For those seriously intent on enjoying a healthy holiday in the open air, Umbria offers a broad range of outdoor sports, from golf to biking, riding, hang-gliding, para-gliding, rafting - all in magnificent natural surroundings.
Although a relatively recent sport, rafting enthusiasts guarantee that the thrill and excitement of rafting are unrivalled, combining the sheer speed of descending rapids on an inflatable dinghy with unforgettable views and a sense of being truly immersed in nature. Rafting also has the added advantage of requiring little training, making it perfectly suited to individuals and families with little
From the myth of Icarus to the flying machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci and the final achievement of the Wright brothers, flying has always been among the oldest dreams to fire the imagination of mankind. But getting onto a passenger plane and sitting comfortably in an armchair at thousands of feet above ground level hardly satisfies the archaic desire to fly with the freedom of a bird. And this
Besides being arguably the oldest form of locomotion known to mankind, riding is among the most complete all-round sports in terms of keeping the body fit and healthy. Beginners should bear in mind that you are not sitting on top of a machine and that a certain degree of confidentiality and sensitivity are needed when dealing with horses or ponies, however. In order to learn all the
As a sporting discipline, golf has frequently been unjustly branded as suitable for portly, middle aged gentlemen with money to spend and little inclination towards any real physical activity. It is, on the contrary, an extremely healthy sport, not least on account of the considerable distances golfers are required to walk – an 18-hole course involves a walk of roughly ten kilometres.
As part of a broader inter-regional programme of encouraging cycling tourism across Italy, in February 2008 the Regione Umbria presented its "L'Umbria in bicicletta: 30 itinerari per scoprire il Cuore Verde d'Italia su due ruote"* guide that comprises a total of 30 bicycle itineraries of varying difficulty levels.