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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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Montepulciano Wine Tour ( 3 wineries and lunch )

Montepulciano and Nobile Wine Tour - Experiences 1 day exciting trip in Montalcino.
Tour Length: 7/8 hours.
Dates: Every season. 
Days of Week: Everyday.
Departure Point: From your accommodation - pick-up and drop-off in Florence or Siena province.
Departure Time: From Siena or nearby 09.00/09.30 AM – Florence 08.00AM
Note: During this excursion transport will be made in a Mercedes 9 seats minivan which offers the maximum comfort, with air-conditioning, large panoramic windows and comfortable seats.
Popularity: *****  (best seller wine and food tour in Tuscany)

from 204,78 US Dollar

Florence Area to Rome Airport Transfer

• Private Direct Transfer from Florence to Rome
• Pick up at your accommodation
• Drop off FCO Fiumicino Airport (Departure Terminal)
• Private Service
• Private Air Conditioned Vehicle
• Professional Driver

from 758,83 US Dollar

Montalcino Cooking Class and lunch with the local lady

A day dedicated to the Tuscan cooking tradition.
Get the opportunity to participate to our cooking class, where you will be preparing recipes of the Montalcino tradition, with its typical ingredients.
Homemade pasta (pinci, dumplings, noodles), Tuscan sauces, traditional sweets made with simple ingredients, healthy and nutritious.

from 135,38 US Dollar

Gardens of Florence Private Tour

Choose this private tour to have a walk between the green and relaxing Boboli and Villa Bardini gardens with a professional tour guide.

from 182,03 US Dollar
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