The tour begins in the market town of Città di Castello. Start in Piazza Garibaldi, visiting one of the many palaces, the 16th century Palazzo Vitelli a Sant'Eglio, then go on to see the work by Alberto Burri (d. 1995) displayed in the Palazzo Albizzini. The collection includes sculptures, paintings and stage designs by Burri who was born in Città di Castello in 1915. More Burri exhibits can be seen in the old tobacco drying building - the Seccatori del Tabacco. By way of contrast, you can see sacred art work in the Duomo museum and in the art gallery in Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera there are works by Raphael and Luca Signorelli, as well as other famous Renaissance artists.

Travel West from Città di Castello to the village of Morra to see another important work by Signorelli, - a superb fresco cycle in the San Crescentino Oratory. To the East of Città di Castello lies Pietralunga, on the edge of the Monte Cucco Regional Park, which borders the Marche. This is an area of typical Apennine landscape - woods and meadows and rounded summits, with deep gorges, the most spectacular of which is the 30 kilometre long, 923 metre deep Grotta of Monte Cucco. The park is not only a marvellous place for walking and skiing but also for caving - having the deepest cave system in Italy.

Beautiful Gubbio was once called "a stone cascade upon the lower slopes of Mount Ingino" (John White). This ancient town was originally founded by the Umbrians. Seven bronze tablets, the most significant extant record of the Umbrian language, can be seen in the Palazzo dei Priori. The Romans followed and the remains of the Roman amphitheatre can still be seen. Many important buildings testify to the importance of the town in the medieval period - these include the Palazzo dei Consoli, Palazzo Pretorio and the Palazzo dei Canonici. There are many bars and restaurants in the area around the Palazzo Ducale in which you will find a history museum.

High on a hill, East of Gubbio is Gualdo Tadino. The town is dominated by the fortress, the Rocca Flea. For centuries the citizens of Gualdo Tadino have been famous for their ceramic skill - a ceramic fair is held each year and an exhibition in the Rocca celebrates this art.

As you travel southwards you reach Nocera Umbra and the Bagni Nocera. From Nocera Umbra there are sweeping views over the countryside around Assisi. The medieval centre, with its beautiful palaces and churches was severely damaged by the earthquake in 1997. The Bagni were famous for their therapeutic waters from the 16th to late 19th centuries.

Onwards to Foligno - an industrialised city, the many medieval treasures of which were destroyed in World war II and in the 1997 earthquake. However, the Cathedral, with its two Romanesque facades remains and surviving Palazzi include Palazzo Comunale, del Podesta and Trinci - in the last there is an art gallery. The Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Infraposta contains an important Byzantine mural.

The typical, small Umbrian medieval town of Spello is close to Foligno. This pink stone, walled town has preserved many of its Roman remains and still uses three of the Roman gates, set in the medieval walls. One of the most important places to visit is the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore - built in the 12th century and containing frescos by Pinturicchio and the Baglioni chapel with its mosaic floor. The town's art gallery is beside the church in the Palazzo dei Canonici. If you climb upwards to the viewpoint at the Rocca you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the Valle of Spoleto.

Finally, you reach Assisi - described as "Umbria's crowning glory", despite the crowds of pilgrims. In this famous birthplace of St. Francis there is so much to see. The most important building is the Basilica. This complex is huge and full of famous works of art, many of which have been restored after the damage caused by the 1997 earthquake. Well known works include the Giotto cycle on the Saint's life and work by Simone Martini and Cimbue. Beyond the complex, Assisi has much more - for example the Roman Temple of Minerva in the Church of Santa Maria, the Rocca Maggiore with its amazing views and the Basilica of Santa Chiara, honouring the founder of the Poor Clares. Today, the town is also linked to the peace movement, being the venue for meetings initiated by Pope John Paul II and the finishing point for the Perugia-Assisi Peace March.