Umbria is a small region famous for its many good vineyards, which produce excellent quality wines like Rosso di Montefalco and Torgiano. The area is also known for its black truffles from Valnerina which produces 45% of Italy’s black truffles. Umbria is also known for its ornamental ceramics, sportswear, clothing and textiles.
The best shopping in Umbria is found outdoors in traditional markets. In most towns and some villages flea markets and open air markets are well kept traditions. Shoppers can find good quality locally made products and handicrafts at very low prices.
In the town of Perugia, famous its chocolate, a large market is held in the Palazzo della Prefettura on the last week end of every month. This market offers good quality ceramics for everyday home use. These traditional ceramics are decorated with bright colors and patterns that have been made the same way for centuries. Shoppers interested in antique jewelry should also think of visiting this market.
In Bastia Umbra a large market dedicated to the four seasons of Italy is held in March, June, September and December. The market has sixty stands where visitors can find a number of small everyday items sold at very low prices. Another market which is worth to be visited is the one held in Castiglione del Lago on the third Saturday of every month from April to September in the Piazza Gramsci. This is a good market for those who are interested in purchasing locally made ceramics and archery equipment.
Every year in March in the town of Todi there is a large market that brings antique dealers from all over the country. You will find here everything from paintings and furniture to rugs, ceramics and bronze figurines.
In Perugia visitors can purchase a lot of unique items that represent the region. The old quarter of the town offers many good shops where visitors can buy high quality ceramic pieces as well as the gift items.
Sights: Rocca Paolina, Old Town, Piazza IV Novembre
Hotels: BEST WESTERN Hotel Quattrotorri Perugia, Castello di Monterone, Borgo Dei Conti Resort