Wandering up and down the narrow alleys or gazing over the medieval walls to the countryside below, you'll be enveloped by the centuries of history in Assisi. The hilltop city in central Italy's Umbria region is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis
The old town of Orvieto in central Italy sits on a volcanic rock several hundred feet above a river valley. Looking down, you'll see why the surrounding Umbria region is called the Green Heart of Italy. Along the winding stone streets, you might pass by a century-old bakery or a small linen shop that smells of hand-pressed soaps.