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From the New York Times: Umbria, Italy’s only province without a coastline or a border with another country, has long played second fiddle to Tuscany, its larger and more glamorous neighbor to the north. But that has worked to buyers’ advantage in a number of ways, agents said.

“It’s not a brand like Tuscany is, but it’s catching up a little,” Victoria Greenwood, a London-based negotiator for Knight Frank, said of Umbria. “It has a little bit more quintessential Italy. It’s not overly manicured. It still has some secrets.”

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