The Umbrian town of Gubbio is worth a visit and I suppose could be done in a daytrip from southern Tuscany. But personally I'd take 10 days in Umbria and hit Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto – more or less in that order. Today I'll tackle just Gubbio.
My favorite parts of Gubbio are the architecture and the atmosphere. Last time I was there we had great weather, so we spent most of our time walking around the town, looking at the stores, admiring the medieval architecutre, and people-watching from outdoor cafes.
We found an amazing hole-in-the-wall enoteca where we spent a memorable evening drinking fabulous local wines paired with cheeses and jams. I hestiate to mention it in this blog because we are eternally regretful that we did not take the business card. But I think Gubbio is just the type of town that even as a tourist, one can have a unique off-the-beaten-path experience just like that.
Some more worthwhile suggestions:
I love the medieval events that Italy keeps alive year after year, and Gubbio hosts two, both in May:
For more suggestions and some good info, here's a good websiteon Gubbio.
I recommend driving to Gubbio, first because there is no train, but also because the scenery on the small roads in Umbria is just beautiful. But if you don't drive a stick shift and can't find an automatic to rent, or just don't want to drive, I understand. In that case, take the train to the nearby town of Fossato di Vico and then a local bus (35 minutes) to Gubbio.
Photo by Sanjay
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