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.
Le Silve di Armenzano
Restored farmhouse set in the beautiful Umbrian countryside
Beautiful hotel in Norcia, rural Umbria
Villa di Monte Solare
Elegant hotel in a wonderful position in the Umbrian hills
Beautifully restored medieval building just outside of Orvieto
Castello di Montignano
Renovated castle near Massa Martana in Umbria
Casale de Lanci
Villa sleeping up to 10 guests set in 28 hectares of beautiful countryside
Pieve di Comunaglia
2 restored villas with their own swimming pools and beautiful views of the countryside
Borgo Il Poeta
Collection of 6 rustic and elegant villas with a shared pool in the Umbrian countryside
Agriturismo in the heart of the Umbrian countryside made up of 5 apartments and an on site restaurant
- 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.