Umbria is one of the only landlocked regions in Italy. Situated more or less in the centre of Italy, it is bordered by Le Marche, Lazio and Tuscany. Umbria is divided into two provinces, Perugia and Terni. Perugia is the capital of the region. Umbria covers an area of approximately 8,500 square kilometres and has a population of 867,878, the fourth lowest of all the regions in Italy. Its beautiful scenery of woodlands and gently rolling hills has led it to be called the "Green Heart of Italy". Umbria is 'Picture Postcard' Italy.
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Although most visitors are drawn to Umbria for the beautiful scenery, they soon discover that the region has many wonderful artistic and historical relics as well. Almost every town hosts beautiful examples of Medieval and Renaissance art. Wonderful frescos such as those in the famous St. Francis Basilica in Assisi are lovingly preserved by the people of the region. Churches, ancient buildings, and roman theatres still stand virtually unchanged by time as a testament to the artistic and scientific achievements the inhabitants. Visitors can also enjoy a glimpse of ancient hand-crafting techniques in ceramics and pottery that are still in use today. Umbria is also home to many fascinating museums and cultural centres.
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