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Umbria holidays

Umbria is often viewed as Tuscany’s sister, in many ways it mimics Tuscany’s delights, but also has its own distinct character. Umbria, known as ‘the green heart of Italy’ sits right in the middle of the country.

It’s about half the size of Tuscany, which means most of the region can easily be explored. Umbria is serene, understated, breathtakingly beautiful, and most importantly, unspoiled. It has long lived in the shadow of Tuscany, but visitors are discovering its charms and learning that a holiday in Umbria is not to be missed.

The landscape is littered with rolling hills, streams, valleys, olive groves and woodland. Visitors report there being a special quality of light that illuminates the horizon. Umbria is also famous for being the birthplace of the saints, which further contributes to its magical appeal.

This region is known for its olive oil, truffles, fine cured meat and full bodied wine. There are plenty of gorgeous hill towns to visit such as Assisi, Orvieto and Perugia, as well as quaint villages like Trevi, Spello and Montefalco. What are you waiting for? View the links below and book a holiday to Umbria.

Umbria holidays

Orvieto

Umbria, the birthplace of St Benedict and Francis of Assisi, seems bathed in a mystical glow, and Orvieto plays into the mystique. Set midway between Florence and Rome, Orvieto is Umbrian perfection, with luminous frescoes and enigmatic churches only serving to underline its lofty otherness. Looming on a sheer ledge of lava-stone, Orvieto is a brooding Etruscan presence hewn out of dark volcanic rock. In medieval times, this citadel, perched on its impregnable rock, controlled the road between Florence and Rome. Although majestically sited on top of a volcanic tufa plateau, the hill is porous and in danger of bringing the city down as it crumbles. More positively, the fertile volcanic slopes are covered in the vineyards that produce Orvieto’s famously crisp white wines. The town also scores high in the spirituality stakes, with its low-key churches counterpointed by the grandeur of the Duomo and loveliness of the undulating landscape.

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Perugia

The hazy hills, a magical quality of light, and an air of spirituality help set Umbria apart, along with its bewitching capital, Perugia. Cosmopolitan, arty, heritage-minded yet forward-looking, Perugia makes a delightful introduction to the region, with easy side trips to Assisi, Gubbio and Lake Trasimeno. Compared with Florence, Perugia feels far less tourism-led.

Umbria has often languished in Tuscan’s shadow but is just as lovely as its grander neighbour. Lap up the rolling landscape with hill-towns that look as if they have been there since time immemorial. It is not an illusion: some were founded by the Etruscans and later dedicated to medieval saints. Even if Perugia feels more secular than most of the region, Umbria is the cradle of western monasticism, with St Benedict born in Norcia. Beyond the tourism hotspot of Assisi, the region strikes a near-perfect balance between sustainable tourism and an authentic way of life.

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E-Bike Tour of Florence & Piazzale Michelangelo

Venture off the tourist track in Florence on a 2.30-hour electric bike tour to see where the Renaissance city’s artists and scientists lived and worked. Enjoy an effortless ride through the streets of this popular city with an expert guide and ride up to Piazzale Michelangelo with its stunning view!.

from 52,13 US Dollar

Florence Vintage Photo Tour With a Polaroid Camera

Explore Florence with a vintage Polaroid camera on this 3 hour photo and city walking tour. Capture Florence's most famous sights and popular tourist attractions on instant film. Get creative and frame your stay in a truly unique way.

from 68,35 US Dollar

Santa Croce Basilica entrance ticket

When in Florence make sure you see one of the historic beauties of Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.

This single ticket gives you access to the treasures of the Monumental Complex which includes the Basilica, the cloisters, and the Museo dell'Opera

Basilica of Santa Croce is one of the most beautiful churches of Florence and the largest Franciscan church in the world; it is also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, as many important artists, writers and scientists, including Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Gioachino Rossini, Ugo Foscolo and Leon Battista Alberti are buried here.

from 13,03 US Dollar

Truffles, Chianti Wine & Olive Oil Tour with stop in Pisa

SNUFFLE & TRUFFLE ! Truffles, Chianti Wine & Olive Oil Tour with stop in PISA !
Schedule
08.00 am. Departure from your ship dock  in Livorno.
10.00 am. Arrival at San Miniato (The Truffle Tuscany Town). Truffle hunting tour with dog through woods. 
12:00 am. Lunch with truffle based appetizer. Wine & Olive Oil and Truffle Tasting
02:00 pm. Departure to Chianti region for wine tasting and olive oil tasting at organic farm included wine tour (see the cellars)
04:00 pm. Departure to Pisa (time to see and enjoy the famous leaning tower)
05:30 pm Return to your ship in Livorno 
Price includes:
– Truffle hunting & Tour.
– Lunch with truffle appetizers & Wine Tasting
– Wine tasting & Olive Oil tasting at the winery (Chianti DOCG and Supertuscan)
- Panoramic stops in Chianti

from 162,19 US Dollar
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