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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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San Miniato al Monte and Orsanmichele Art Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour early morning walk. Begin in the heart of the city, at the Baptistery, and end up at the “The Gate of Heaven” of San Miniato al Monte. A gate that is both tangible and invisible. Its key is under every one’s eyes but only few can find it.

from 68,28 US Dollar

Uffizi Gallery Monolingual Tour from Montecatini

Skip the long lines and tour the Uffizi Gallery with a monolingual guide. See famous paintings by some of the most famous artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Throughout your tour of this prominent museum, your guide will share insights into the artists and their craft, technique and tools.

from 77,87 US Dollar

Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in the Chianti Countryside

So you love pizza, you crave gelato, and you would like to get out of the city and discover the amazing Tuscan countryside. Experience it all at once during this 4 hour pizza and gelato cooking class in the Chianti Countryside with a famous local chef. Meet at the predetermined departure point and be transferred from Florence to a Villa in Chianti and then back again. All off the ingredients needed to make your pizza and gelato will be provided.

from 94,64 US Dollar

Tuscan Sweets and Dessert cooking class and Wine Dinner in Tuscany

Nice experience to learn how to make authentic delicious sweets with seasoned product in English. Sweet Class offering a relaxed and respectful environment to learn Tuscan culinary secrets. Enjoy your wonderful creations of three types of sweets for dessert, followed by tastings of 15 products including wine, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Through the assistance of a professional in English, you will learn everything there is to know about fresh and delicious sweets.

from 128,18 US Dollar
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