Umbria, with its many medieval hilltop towns, within a reasonable train ride from Rome, offers those who are visiting the Eternal city a chance for taking a break from the city. And if you love music or theatre, early July you have more reasons for heading to Umbria.
The historic town of Spoleto, less than one hour and a half train ride from Rome, is hosting the Spoleto Festival, major event for visual arts featuring international stars of theatre, opera, dance, and cinema. The 2008 edition runs from June 27 through Juy 13.
The city of Perugia, with its Umbria Jazz Festival, offers a peaceful holiday in Umbria with a soundtrack of jazz, soul, blues, gospel, pop and salsa, with the historic settings used as venues. The festival, regarded as one of the major international jazz festivals in Europe, also offers a combination of good music and fine food with aperitifs, jazz lunches and dinners, jazz served with wine and gourmet cuisine in some of the restaurants in the town centre.
The 2008 edition runs from July 11 through Juy 20 (see Umbria Jazz programme).