Living Umbria – 2019
With a wealth of history, art and ancient architecture; the hilltowns and villages of Umbria offer a blend of something for everyone.
Itinerary: Foglino • Montefalco • Orvieto • Perugia • Deruta • Assisi • Spoleto • Bevagna • Spello • Gubbio • Foglino
• Unpack once and settle in for relaxing outings every day
• Umbria’s delightful patchwork landscape and hilltop towns
• Discover the delights of Italy and Italians away from the tourist trails
• Small groups (max 14) provide a better experience
• Spend more time in the towns and less on the bus
• Flexibility to adjust to local events
• Foglino station or hotel transfers
• Accommodation for six nights
• 2 days full board, 4 days half board
• Dinner every night includes fresh local produce and local wines
• A wine tasting
• All land travel
• Guided visits to Umbria’s most beautiful hilltowns
• Visits to local festivals when available
• Admission to all galleries, museums and historical sites included in the itinerary
- Sun 13 • Sat 19 Jan
- Sun 14 • Sat 20 Apr
- Sun 26 May • Sat 01 Jun
- Sun 30 Jun • Sat 06 Jul
- Sun 08 • Sat 14 Sept
- Sun 29 Sep • Sat 05 Oct
- Sun 03 • Sat 09 Nov
*City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out
Day 1 Sunday Montefalco
Meet outside the main entrance of Foligno railway station at 11.30am and be transferred to your accommodation at Montefalco.
After lunch on the estate you will be introduced to the art and history of Montefalco including a wine tasting in the town’s delightful piazza. A delicious dinner including wine is served at the accommodation every evening.
Meals: L D
Day 2 Monday Orvieto
Orvieto is a ruggedly beautiful hilltop town with a fascinating array of shops, cafes and an award-winning gelataria. We begin with free time to visit the weekly markets. After a stop at a café the day includes a guided visit to the Duomo, among the greatest of all Italy’s cathedrals.
The hallucinatory imaginings of Signorelli introduced a sense of drama and spiritual extremism into art of the early Renaissance, and his apocalyptic brilliance inspired Michelangelo. Enjoy a relaxed dinner again tonight at the accommodation.
Meals: B D
Day 3 Tuesday Perugia and Deruta
You will wake every morning surrounded by the sound church bells, and enjoy breakfast in the garden overlooking the valley of Umbria. Today we visit Perugia, Umbria’s largest town, a rich blend of medieval and modern. Highlights include the magnificent frescoes in the Collegio del Cambio, an Etruscan well and the extraordinary Etruscan gate from the 2nd century BC, and of course the town’s famous chocolates.
Our guided itinerary includes a walk through the underground medieval ghost town which still has ancient pavements, tall doorways and rooms with windows and fireplaces. After some free time, we travel to Deruta to browse through the ceramics in this famous artisan town since medieval times. Return to dinner in the garden at the accommodation.
Meals: B D
Day 4 Wednesday Assisi and Spoleto
Travel through a dream landscape to Assisi, the home of St Francis, Italy’s favourite saint. The morning includes a guided visit in the town, including the Basilica of San Francesco with Giotto’s frescoes which decorate the lower church.
Then we travel to Spoleto, a town rich in Roman and medieval history, and explore the ancient centre including the Roman house and the Duomo to see Filippo Lippi’s final fresco cycle. There is also free time to wander the streets, shops and cafes in this evocative hilltown. Cocktails and last supper at the accommodation.
Meals: B D
Day 5 Thursday Bevagna and Spello Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Today we visit two sweet fragments of the medieval world. Bevagna is one of Umbria’s most evocative small towns. A Medieval house complete with frescoes and weaving, the town’s Roman mosaics and the beautifully evocative piazza are features in the journey.
Spello’s medieval walls still drape around the town, and here you enter a dream world of floral balconies and winding cobblestone streets. There will be some free time for you to take in the atmosphere and visit the local traditional art and artisan shops. Dinner at the accommodation.
Meals: B L D
Day 6 Friday Gubbio
The historic centre of Gubbio has a decidedly medieval aspect: the town is austere in appearance because of the dark grey stone, narrow streets, and Gothic architecture.
The hills above the town were already occupied in the Bronze Age and it was an important town of the ancient Umbrian people in pre-Roman times. Gubbio’s Roman theatre is the second-largest surviving in the world.
Meals: B D
Day 7 Saturday Foligno
On the last day of the tour you will be transferred to Foligno Station at a time in the morning that suits you.
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