Umbria, the Italian green heart
The Italian Green Heart, with its various landscape features, is the ideal destination for original weddings and romantic weekends plunged in the most charming nature.
The rugged Apennine hills alternate with the Valnerina mountain ranges and the several regional natural parks, until diving back into the Trasimeno and Piediluco wide lake basins and along the rich river banks, first of all the Tiber. But Umbria is not just tout-court wild nature, but it is also full of hidden treasures within the enchanted natural places: the chromatic illusions of the Castelluccio Plain in the centre of Sibillini Mountains’ Park, the Montecucco Cave’s stalagmites, the fascinating Marmore Waterfalls. The latter ones offer themselves as unquestioned symbol of the Umbrian natural heritage. In front of the first water jump there is a hidden tunnel dug into the travertine, reachable on foot, at the end of whom there is the famous “lovers balcony”.
From there each of us can listen to the sweet waterfall’s sound, dreaming the story of Velino and Nera, the humble shepherd and the beautiful nymph united by an overwhelming love, broken by the wrath of the jealous Juno, who turned the young nymph into the crystalline river now flowing from the top of the Mount Vettore and still bearing its name. A natural spot that gave life to another enthralling legend is the Trasimeno Lake, whose romantic sunsets draw the profiles of the majestic Polvese Island’s castle. The fearless prince Trasimeno, son of the wise Etruscan King Tirreno di Lidia, feel hopelessly in love with the graceful nymph Agilla, and then they got married on the lake’s shores. Nevertheless, the Gods’ wrath struck adversely the young lovers: nowadays it’s still possible, in the gentle breeze rippling the lake, to hear in the distance the moaning of the nymph Agilla, in the perennial search for his lover swallowed by the waves.
The enchanted silences of the local nature serves as a backdrop to the local typical products, marking the visceral bond of the Umbrian people with their land. The abundant and flourishing lake’s waters host an highly valuable culinary treasure; the Umbrian fish, cooked at the “tegamaccio”, with porchetta or on a bed of coals, is the ideal product for each lover of the good cuisine. Seasoned with the excellent local oil and accompanied by an exquisite Umbrian wine, the lake’s fish will be the perfect dish for a romantic candle-lit dinner surrounded by the inspiring Umbrian hills.
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