Much of the Umbrian region is backcountry and, while this fact affords some pleasant scenery, it also means some challenging driving situations. One is inclined to think that Umbria's rural roads were the inspiration of Lennon and McCartney's woeful classic,  Long and Winding Road. It's highly possible. The curvature of the roads, combined with fast-driving locals and overly self-assured  tourbus drivers can inspire a diet of fingernails and dramamine, whether you're a passenger or driver.

Driving, by the way, is probably the best way to travel in Umbria, though it is also the costliest. The fact is, no one cares as much for your life and safety as you do, so why put such precious cargo in the hands of another? You'll feel better if you don't. Local drivers tend to be Mario Andretti wannabes. Invest in a quality map of the area, and study it hard as road signs are confusingly misleading, sometimes mentioning obscure towns, while completely overlooking larger, desired destinations.

Umbria's parking system allows for both free and fee parking. Look for white lines that designate no-cost parking availability. Blue lines indicate cost. The end of the street on which you are parking has a meter that will dispatch a ticket.

Train travel is available, though often overcrowded, and not particularly safe at night. Travel by bus is acceptable if you're traveling short distances.