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Holidays to Umbria

With medieval towns, sweeping pastures and soaring mountains, Umbria has a wealth of attractions. Bordered by Tuscany to the west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the south, this landlocked region includes some of Italy’s most impressive historical sites, but its smaller charms are also well worth exploring.

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.

The properties we feature are as follows:

Le Silve

Le Silve

Le Silve di Armenzano is a beautifully restored farmhouse, set in peaceful countryside in the wooded hills near Assisi, which had been converted into an extremely comfortable hotel with self catering apartments nearby.

Palazzo Seneca

Palazzo Seneca

Located in the centre of historic Norcia, the Palazzo Seneca is a stylish hotel with 24 rooms and an elegant restaurant. It became a Relais & Chateaux property 3 years ago and has been in the Bianconi family since 2008.

Villa di Monte Solare

Villa di Monte Solare

In a tranquil position near Lake Trasimeno, the Villa di Monte Solare is an elegant hotel set in lovely walking country within easy access of the Umbrian capital Perugia, and has recently become a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

La Casella

La Casella

La Casella is set in the midst of beautiful Umbrian countryside, 6km from the road, approximately 2 hours north of Rome. It is within easy reach of Orvieto whilst Assisi, Florence and Siena can be visited for the day.

Locanda Palazzone

Locanda Palazzone

Locanda Palazzone is a magnificent medieval building lying on a hill outside Orvieto which has been restored and converted into a luxurious hotel.

Castello di Montignano

Castello di Montignano

Castello di Montignano is a magnificent building which dates back to the 10th century, set in wonderful countryside near Massa Martana, about 10 kms from Todi, in Umbria.

Casale de Lanci

Casale de Lanci

Having woven their magic with the development of Borgo Il Poeta, Louise and Eugenio Grippo used all the lessons they had learned there to perfect their restoration of this outstanding property.

Borgo Il Poeta

Borgo Il Poeta

Located in the unspoilt countryside of northern Umbria, Borgo Il Poeta was formerly the site of one of the watch towers which stood along the Tuscan/Umbrian border. Today, the remnants of the 16th century tower and the hamlet surrounding it have been integrated into a collection of 6 elegant country houses.

Pieve di Comunaglia

Pieve di Comunaglia

Having already developed Borgo il Poeta and Casale di Lanci, Eugenio and Louise Grippo have raised their sights to the transformation of the whole hamlet of Comugnalia, a medieval hamlet dating back to 1050.

Mazzaforte

Mazzaforte

Mazzaforte is in a stunning position on a hill with wonderful views of the lush green Umbrian countryside, situated near Citta di Castello and Umbertide and within easy reach of Perugia, Gubbio and Cortona.

Fondo le Teglie

Fondo le Teglie

Fondo le Teglie lies about 12km from Todi in a wonderful position overlooking the rolling hills and green fields of Umbria. You will never tire of sitting out on the shaded loggia, the lovely courtyard or by the swimming pool, and gazing at the unsurpassable views surrounding you.

Casa del Conte

Casa del Conte

Casa del Conte is a beautiful property which lies by itself on a hill about ten kilometres from Todi with wonderful views of the hilltop town and the Tiber Valley below.

Il Coltorto

Il Coltorto

Knowing the professionalism and care that Benedetta demonstrates as manager at La Foce meant that we were excited to learn that she had been working on converting a former farmhouse in a very quiet and unspoilt setting near Gioiella on the Tuscan/Umbrian border.

Palazzo del Gastaldo

Palazzo del Gastaldo

The Palazzo del Gastaldo was originally a fortified hamlet and has been exquisitely restored by its present owners and converted into six apartments.

Agriturismo Sant'Illuminato

Agriturismo Sant'Illuminato

Sant'Illuminato is set in 18 hectares of land with uninterrupted views from the low hills overlooking the Tiber Valley close to the Umbrian / Tuscan border, near Citta di Castello, San Sepulcro and Cortona.

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