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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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Private Tour: Fashion and Perfumes Tour in Florence

Private walking tour to Santa Maria Novella square with the possibility, upon your request, to visit one of the most important churches of Florence. You will also visit the famous "Officina di Santa Maria Novella", the oldest European pharmacy. Your tour includes a two-course menu with light drinks in a typical restaurant.

from €114.60

Do not miss it: Wine tour of the Tuscan Medieval Castles (Chianti - Tuscany)

Do not miss it: Wine tour of the Tuscan Medieval Castles (Chianti - Tuscany)
Popularity: *****  (best seller castles tour in Tuscany). 
Chianti Tuscan Wine Tour Program
9:30 am Meet your Driver directly at your address
10:30 am Visit A Medieval Tuscan Castle (wine tour see the underground wine cellars, wine tasting)
12:00 am Stop for great farmer lunch at wine farm in Chianti (lunch and tasting)
2:30 pm Visit thE Medieval Town of San Gimignano (time to climb the Great Watch Tower and taste the Gelato World Champion)
5:00 pm Return to your address

from €114.60

Tuscany Vespa Tour

Escape from the crowded streets of the city to see life as a local as you zip around the stunning Tuscan countryside on a REAL Vespa (with automatic gears)! The tour is perfect for all levels as we always begin with a lesson so that beginners may get the hang of driving. After the lesson, the real fun begins. We will zip through the winding country roads and stop for pictures along the way. You won't want to forget your camera on this trip - the sights are incredible and you will be in the heart of the Chianti region! After our picture break we will continue driving until we return to a private Tuscan winery to learn a little bit about how local wine and olive oil is created. With this tour you won't feel like just another tourist, you will get to explore Chianti like a real local!

from €135

Carriage Rides Maremma

This amazing tour is located inside of "Parco della Maremma" (natural reserve park) where it is possible to make carriage horse-routes. They will lead you to discover the most fascinating places in the Park. Particularly suggestive is at the sunset an ideal moment to meet the animals that inhabit the Reserve like roe deer, wild boars, foxes. Every routes end with a pleasant tasting on the beach to taste the typical products at km 0 of the farm.
The carriage route itinerary is suitable from 0 to 100 years and can be organized on timetables, stops and personalized routes. This private tour includes tickets entrance fee, tasting, guide and naturally round trip trasnfer with carriage.
Please bring a valid form of ID/ passport, as visitors may be asked for security reasons
Please bring sun hat; sun bath; sun towel, sun glasses, confortable shoes

from €401.09
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