Umbria highlights

UMBRIA HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Impressive hilltop towns such as Perugia, Todi, Orvieto, Spello, Montefalco and Gubbio.
  • Several festivals throughout the year including the famous Umbrian Jazz Festival which takes place in July.
  • There is some great walking country from short strolls to longer treks, something for everyone.
  • Umbria is well known for its gastronomy with simple hearty dishes with a sprinkle of truffles to some very good white and red wines.
  • We have a range of accommodation from simple apartments to luxury villas with pools and rural boutique hotels.

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What makes Umbria special? I could write reams about its light and landscape but what is so special is that its pleasures are small scale. It is Perugino rather than Leonardo, it is Montefalco rather than Siena, it is students outnumbering tourists in Perugia's Piazza Italia

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Description

Umbria's capital, Perugia, retains much of its Etruscan and medieval past with impressive stone archways and narrow winding streets. It was an important centre for Renaissance art, with many masterpieces by local artist Perugino on display in the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria. With a lively student population it also has a more contemporary side and hosts an excellent jazz festival each summer, drawing well-known names from the music world. Don't miss the lively passeggiata along Corso Vannucci each evening, best viewed from one of the enticing cafes which line the street.

East of Perugia lies Assisi, famed for its magnificent frescoes by Florentine artists Cimabue and Giotto in the Basilica of San Francesco. The city commands an impressive position from Mount Subasio over the surrounding countryside and plays host to one of the region's many festivals, Calendimaggio, with medieval processions and theatrical events during early May.

Umbria offers many wonderful smaller towns such as hilltop Montefalco, known as the "balcony of Umbria" for its impressive views, with its delicious Sagrantino red it is an excellent starting point for wine-lovers. South of Montefalco, little Spello is well worth a visit for its beautifully preserved medieval streets and peaceful atmosphere.

In the south of the province, Orvieto sits proudly on a tufa plateau with its striking cathedral visible from afar. From here, an enjoyable drive along forested roads next to Lake Corbara brings one to the delightful town of Todi, with its beautiful Piazza del Popolo. Northern Umbria sees fewer visitors so the pleasures of the charming town of Città di Castello and the beautiful city of Gubbio, with its imposing palazzos can often be enjoyed in relative seclusion.

Complementing Umbria's history and culture are some impressive rural diversions, most notably the Sibillini Mountains. With many peaks above 2,000m, this mountain range acts as a natural border with neighbouring Le Marche; and there are some particularly stunning driving routes between the two regions taking in the towns of Norcia and Casteluccio. Combine this with some dramatic valleys and, come early summer, pastures rich in wild flowers make this an area not to be missed.

In the east of Umbria lies Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth largest lake. Offering beaches, water sports and some delightful towns such as Castiglione del Lago, Trasimeno is a popular spot in summertime.

Properties

Special
offer
Restored farmhouse set in the beautiful Umbrian countryside

Early Booking Offer

Book by 28th February and receive a 10% discount, full payment required at time of booking

Free weekday package

Book 4 nights starting on a Monday and get the Friday night (5th night) free of charge

Beautiful hotel in Norcia, rural Umbria
Elegant hotel in a wonderful position in the Umbrian hills
Beautifully restored medieval building just outside of Orvieto
32 room hotel in a 404 hectare estate in the Umbrian countryside
Renovated castle near Massa Martana in Umbria
Villa sleeping up to 10 guests set in 28 hectares of beautiful countryside
5 bedroom villa near Todi
Luxury resorted farmhouse sleeping up to 10 with 5 bedrooms and a private pool
2 restored villas with their own swimming pools and beautiful views of the countryside
Collection of 6 rustic and elegant villas with a shared pool in the Umbrian countryside
3 townhouses with a shared pool and beautiful gardens in the Umbrian countryside. 
Wonderful villa in the unspoilt countryside in Umbria
5 apartments with a shared outdoor pool in Umbria
Agriturismo in the heart of the Umbrian countryside made up of 5 apartments and an on site restaurant

Itineraries

Fly drive from Tuscany, through the hills of Umbria ending at the coast in Le Marche

Fly drive starting in Venice and ending in the beaches of Elba Island off of Tuscany

Special offers

Special
offer
Restored farmhouse set in the beautiful Umbrian countryside

Early Booking Offer

Book by 28th February and receive a 10% discount, full payment required at time of booking

Free weekday package

Book 4 nights starting on a Monday and get the Friday night (5th night) free of charge