About Umbria

The charm of Umbria derives from its fusion of art, nature, peace and calm.

Tours in Umbria, Trevi

The tours start in Perugia with one base on the outskirts of Spello, on the doorstep of Assisi, and the other in the vicinity of Orvieto, both allowing splendid views over the surrounding landscape.

It includes walks among Sagrantino vineyards around Montefalco, on hills draped in silvery olive groves around Assisi, on panoramic routes in the Monti Sibilini National Park, on Roman aqueducts and evocative pilgrim trails.
We sample the wines and explore its medieval walled towns – with their blend of art, history, food, wine, landscape and crafts.

Nature

Umbria is a land that gives as many visual as tasting pleasures. The region extends along the Tiber’s central basin and offers an ever changing landscape – the splendid Monti Sibilini surrounded by silent high planes, dramatic valleys and waterfalls, wild and rugged scenic natural parks or hills draped in silvery olive groves, vineyards and cypress-topped peaks.

Culture

Home to 2 UNESCO heritage listed sites, Umbria is a cultural cake: layers of history one on top of another. You will get a taste of its Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance history, contrasting with modern architecture.

Umbria is a mystical land: many saints are born here including St Francis, St Benedict and St Valentine. Its land is crossed by pilgrim trails linking isolated villages.

Wine Tours in Umbria, ViaVino

The wine

Wines included in the tour will be representative of the 4 Umbrian wine trails - Montefalco Rosso, Grechetto, Colli Perugini and Orvieto DOC.

Umbria has its own indigenous grape varieties from which wines are made that have a distinctive Umbrian character – from the lightly-bodied refreshment of a crisp Orvieto bianco, to the gentle roundness of the white wines made from Grechetto, to the brooding masculinity of a powerful, red Sagrantino. Umbria also does its own version of Sangiovese – the red grape made famous in Chianti – and sometimes does it better than its Tuscan neighbours.

The food

Umbria has preserved alive many local traditions. Umbrians like freshly pressed olive oil, vegetables and pulses, salami and cheese, home made pasta, their bread baked in wood fire ovens and their meats.

Tours in Umbria, Porchetta vending machine

No description would be complete without mentioning the roast pork, mouth watering porchetta. A local’s favourite take away, porchetta is sold by porchetai, farmers and vendors hawking delicious sandwiches off their vans, at markets or by the side of roads in popular places.

For the vegetarians – we loved lentils or farro soups splashed with olive oil and crusty breads, wild asparagus, black truffle.

What to see

When it comes to things to see, Umbria is one of the most dense of all Italian regions. In short, here are some headings of what Umbria has to offer:

Mystic Umbria

The Franciscan Trail, Romanesque churches

History

  • Etruscan Umbria - Monteleone Spoleto - the village where the chariot was found (currently at the Met, New York); Civita di Bagnoregio - the Town That's Slowly Eroding Away; Perugia
  • Roman Umbria - Bevagna, Assisi, Spoleto, The Roman waterfalls - Cascate delle Marmore
  • Medieval Umbria - Assisi, Montefalco, Spello (delightful 11th century San Claudio church), Gubbio
  • Food trail

  • Norcia for the wild boar salumi and pulses;
  • Olive oil - Spello, Trevi
  • Cheesemakers in Cascia
  • The 4 main Wine Trails - Montefalco Rosso, Grechetto, Colli Perugini and Orvieto DOC. Touring the small family vineyards

    Tours in Umbria, Sibilini Mountains

    The Parks:

  • Monti Sibilini and Casteluccio in Spring - for the most undimenticable sight of your life;
  • Mount Subasio
  • Valnerina; Nera river
  • Colfiorito;
  • Lake Piediluco & Trasimeno
  • The Towns:

  • Perugia - a truly spiritual feast;
  • Orvieto - The Wow Factor: Duomo, Orvieto Underground;
  • Todi - its central Piazza del Popolo widely held to be among the most perfect medieval piazzas in Italy;
  • Spoleto - Duomo or the magnificent Roman Aqueduct
  • Ceramics

    Deruta

    Events in Umbria

  • Spoleto Music festival - June/July
  • Umbria Jazz
  • Classical Music - Sagra Musicale Umbra held in September in historic halls, throughout Umbria
  • Umbria Folk Festival - August, Orvieto - historic regional Italian musical traditions or instruments
  • Infiorata in Spello / Canara-5th weekend after Easter
  • Farmers Markets
  • Montefalco – 3rd weekend in Sept, Festa della Vendemmia
  • Montefalco Trekking Cantine aperte - end of May
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