A spellbinding haven of hills and woodland, Umbria is a peaceful idyll at the heart of Italy. This rural region boasts quaint medieval cities and beautiful rolling countryside. Umbria is revered amongst Italians for its mouth-watering local produce, harvested from the charmingly rustic farmsteads that scatter the landscape. A peppering of pink-stone villages still echoing with the voices of a wonderfully rich history further add to the magic of this captivating destination.
Scattered throughout the area affectionately known as Italy’s ‘green heart’ our Umbria villas are found in the charming, historic towns on the outskirts of the region’s capital, Perugia. Authentic and brimming with character, these rural retreats are the epitome of relaxation.
An undulating patchwork of fields and farmhouses, Umbria retains an air of tranquillity without the numbers of tourists frequenting other parts of the Italian peninsula. With plenty of space to enjoy the beautiful countryside, the area is ideal whether you want to walk, cycle or simply relax amongst cypress trees and sunflowers.
Famed for its excellent wine production, the picture-postcard Umbrian countryside is dotted with vineyards and wineries, perfect for spending a sunny afternoon walking amongst the vines or even indulging in a few tasters of this year’s vintage.
Umbria is famous for its production of some of the finest ingredients used in Italian food including rich olive oil, rare black truffles and delicious pasta. The result is a superb choice of delectable local dishes such as pasta al tartufi – pasta with truffles, and porchetta – roast suckling pig.
As the sun sets, Umbrian towns buzz with locals and visitors alike, enjoying a leisurely ‘passagiatta’ – the traditional stroll through the streets and piazzas, before retiring to one of the many atmospheric restaurants to feast on local pasta and risotto.
A distinctly medieval atmosphere prevails in Umbria, with awe-inspiring architecture and fascinating artwork to be found in almost every town, large or small. A prime example is the beautiful cathedral in Orvieto, which dominates the city skyline and will captivate you with its majestic Gothic facing and elaborate frescos.
If it’s even older history that you crave, the Umbrian landscape is rich in ancient historical sites including the ruins of Ocriculum near present day Otricoli, the fascinating site of a Roman town where countless antiquities and works of art have been unearthed since its discovery in the 18th Century.
Umbria Local Charm
Umbria is a melting-pot of the traditional and modern, which combine seamlessly to create a wonderfully rich cultural heritage. Popular time-honoured festivities such as the Corpus Christi day procession in Orvieto and the crossbow contest in Gubbio thrive alongside colourful contemporary occasions including an ever-popular jazz festival.
Artistic and musical expression flourishes in the region as it has done for centuries, fuelled by the student population of the 700 year-old University of Umbria, with young people at the forefront of creating today’s fascinating cultural landscape.
Umbria Holidays - Points of Interest
Spend a few hours browsing the shops of Deruta and get great prices for the renowned Umbrian ceramics.
Pass a warm summer evening sipping a glass of Orvieto whilst enjoying the calming al fresco music of the Umbria Jazz festival, held each July in Perugia.
Cool off in the spray from the spectacular Marmore falls, the highest waterfall in Europe plunging 165 metres down into the lush, rural valley below.
Hop over the border into Tuscany to sample the elegant red wines of the many cellars in Montepulciano, a charming hillside town.
Eat out in style with a once-in-lifetime pasta meal topped with delicious grated Umbrian truffles.
Make an unforgettable day-trip to Rome, a city with more historical and artistic treasures per square mile than anywhere else in the world, just two hours away from your Umbrian hideaway.
Tolentino has become well known for its shopping as many Italian designers produce their shoes and clothes in the region and there are many factory outlets where budding fashionistas can pick up a bargain!
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Scores 8.6 out of 10based on 5 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
4 out of 10
Isle of Man Family (the eldest child is at school)
Rome and Florence within easy reach by car or train . We booked s car park in central Florence so made life really easy. Train network brilliant and journey to /from Rome a pleasure . Owners of villa lovely and cannot be faulted - only one observation would be better mattresses!
Marsciano- a dump
Confirmed stay: 18 August 2018 Published on: 19 August 2018 9 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Small Hannibal museum. Cortona is fabulous as was Todi. Tomatoes and wine.
Confirmed stay: 11 August 2018 Published on: 13 August 2018 10 out of 10
Downham Market Group
Friendly Beautiful Food fantastic
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 05 August 2018 Published on: 07 August 2018 10 out of 10
Eating at pizza restaurant Leone in Collazzone.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 26 May 2018 Published on: 27 May 2018
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