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Weddings in Umbria, Italy

The Italian word for Umbria, ombra, means shadow. Appropriately named, as one of Italy's smallest regions, Umbria lies in the shadow of its more famous neighbor, Tuscany. This beautiful area, a land of rolling hills, ancient castles, fortresses and watchtowers, is a magnificent choice for a wedding spot for those seeking old-world Italian charisma. Umbria lies east of Tuscany, north of Rome and west of the Marches, right in the middle of the country's 'boot.'

The multitude of Umbrian hills and mountains cast long dark shadows over the river valleys below, which are already dimmed by the abundant chestnut groves and elm forests. There is a distinct medieval character here that takes visitors back to the times of the Dark Ages. Traces of the Etruscan civilization are evident and can be found throughout Todi, Bettona, Orvieto and Perugia. Spello and Spoleto have notable Roman remains, and other significant Roman relics can be found in Assisi and Gubbio.

Umbria is rich in history and its lush, green land is a natural platform for the Falls of the Marmore, which are the highest in Italy. The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Rocca Maggiore are historical landmarks that echo the medieval tone that reigns throughout the region. The Roman Theater and Druso's Arch can be found in the ancient city of Spoleto. Near Perugia, people can visit the ancient Etruscan tomb, the Ipogeo del Volumni.

Although Umbria has existed in the 'shadows' for centuries, its Romanesque architecture has flourished in this region beginning in the twelfth century. This is clearly observed within the Cathedrals of Spoleto and Assisi, St. Silvestro and St. Michele in Bevagna. There are fascinating patterns and models available to see in almost every city. The Renaissance era is clearly reflected in the magnificent monuments that exist in Perugia, Gubbio and Todi. With such a genuine historical tenor, Umbria beckons the marriage ceremony that seeks to reproduce medievalism and romance.