—Courtney Mundy, Experience Designer | 2022 Top Travel Specialist, Condé Nast Traveler, Italy
The “Green Heart” of Italy
Umbria is landlocked into preserving traditions, culture and Italian spirit. Hills draped in vineyards, olive groves and thick forest wrapped in mist and sunshine define the Umbrian landscape. It seems as though time has stood still here—with hilltop towns that have kept watch since the Middle Ages, habit-clad monks and nuns that wander the streets and wooden chapels that emanate the humming of Gregorian chants. We’re certain that once you experience the region’s medieval magic, you’ll want time to stay still, too.
Discover the possibilities:
Walking in Umbria
St. Francis of Assisi was the original advocate for traversing Umbria by foot—and the trend has stuck. Follow in his footsteps among shimmering olive branches on the Sentiero degli Ulivi and sample freshly-pressed ‘liquid gold’ along the way. Hunt for truffles beneath oak and beech forests, mingle with the flora and fauna in Mt. Sibillini National Park, enjoy unparalleled dining and soak your feet in five-star spas at the day’s end.
Umbrian Food & Wine
Umbrians are quite modest considering their embarrassment of culinary riches: delectable prosciutto di Norcia, creamy pecorino cheese and oft-photographed fields of blooming legumes. We’ll bring you to hunt with hounds for prized forest truffles, sharpen your skills in a Michelin-starred cooking lesson, and pull up a chair overlooking a multi-generational family vineyard. Wash it all down with a glass of Sagrantino red and a drizzle of fresh olive oil.
Discover divine purity in St. Francis’ Basilica in Assisi, walk with historians through Gubbio’s gothic castle and gaze upon masterworks by Titian and Raphael in Urbino’s 15thC palace. Whether tuning into Latin vespers in a simple wooden chapel or dancing under the stars at Perugia’s renowned jazz festival, the spirit of Umbria will move you.
Singular Stays: Private Villas in Umbria
Unpack just once and make a charming and luxurious Umbrian villa the cornerstone of your stay. From here, you can set out on daily excursions to explore Italy’s ‘Green Heart’ and connect with the locals. Make fresh pasta in your kitchen, comb the forest for truffles with an expert and his hounds, watercolour with a local artist, or simply relax into the slow, sweet countryside rhythm poolside.
Umbria’s abundance of mountains, valleys and inland waters are ideal for lovers of the outdoors. Cycle a quirky and historical ex-railway route, swim in crystal spring waters or paddle the churning (and safe!) river rapids, trot on horseback through endless natural reserves and soar with the eagles on a hang-gliding adventure. Whether you seek a rush of adrenaline or a moment of peace, Umbria offers the perfect breath of fresh air.
Start the planning process
These highlights are just a sample of what you can do and discover in Umbria. Mix and match a little bit of everything, add on a few nights and private tours in Rome, Florence and Venice or pair it with another Italian region like Tuscany. Connect with your Experience Designer for Umbria to start piecing together your perfect trip.
Notes From Your Designer:
Ideal trip length: 5 - 8 days
Activity Level: 3
Starting Price: US $1,000 Per Person/Day
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