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Introducing Umbria

Situated southeast of Tuscany and north of Lazio, Umbria is the only landlocked region in Italy that doesn’t share a border with another country. As such, Umbria has managed to stay off the typical tourist itinerary, attracting the kind of visitors looking for the more traditional Italy of decades past. 

Umbria’s rolling vineyards, olive groves, and medieval hill towns call to mind the landscape of Tuscany, but without the world-famous towns (and crowds) of Siena or Florence. If you’re willing to venture into quiet Umbria, its lush beauty, welcoming locals, and authentic atmosphere will convince you that this region won’t remain under the radar for long. 

Home to St. Francis’s birthplace, Assisi, the region’s charming capital, Perugia, dozens of preserved hilltop villages, and vast expanses of unspoiled nature, including seven regional parks and one national park, Umbria offers more to do within its humble borders than could fit in a week or two. So do as the Umbrians do: take your time, enjoy the region’s spectacular food and wine, and allow yourself to fall in love with “the green heart of Italy.”

Must See & Do

Top regional attractions
  • Visit the town of Assisi, home of St. Francis and the St. Francis Basilica’s famed frescoes 
  • Learn about Etruscan history and architecture in Umbria’s capital, Perugia (also host to Europe’s largest chocolate festival in the fall) 
  • Marvel at the Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore’s Falls), a man-made waterfall created by the ancient Romans and the tallest man-made waterfall in Europe 
  • Spend a peaceful day sunbathing and swimming in Lago Trasimeno, Italy’s fourth-largest lake
  • Visit the stunning cathedral in Orvieto, a car-free town perched atop a plateau and accessed via escalators dug into the cliffside 
  • Wine lovers: Follow Montefalco’s Sagrantino wine trail, a series of over 70 vineyards and wineries following la Strada del Sagrantino
  • Spend an afternoon in the hill town of Todi; if you’re lucky, you might catch the annual hot air balloon competition or art festival, both held in the summer 

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Most popular concierge services
  • A car rental or private driver 
  • Private chef service 
  • Private group cooking class with an Umbrian chef
  • A guided tour of Perugia 
  • A vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • A truffle-hunting excursion
  • Grocery pre-stocking in your villa 
  • Restaurant reservations 

Expert Tips

“Set aside an afternoon for shopping in the quaint village of Montefalco. Their local artisan-produced textiles are famous for their quality and adherence to tradition, and authentic Montefalco fabric, tablecloths, or curtains are a perfect souvenir.  ”  Saffo, Managing Director, Italy Division

“If you’re a wine lover, make sure to visit the wineries near Montefalco along la Strada del Sagrantino. We suggest that you stop for a tasting at the Caprai and Lungarotti wineries.

And if you’re a music lover, keep in mind two major music events held in the summer. The beautiful town of Perugia hosts a jazz festival every July that attracts artists from all over the world. And in nearby Spoleto, The Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds), a music, opera, and dance festival, is held annually in June and July.”  Margherita, Managing Director, Italy Division



Inspiration

A Foodie’s Guide to Umbria A Foodie’s Guide to Umbria
From casual fare to highly elegant dining, these restaurants have the local flavors you crave.
All That Jazz in Umbria All That Jazz in Umbria
Discover the Umbria Jazz Festival, a 10-day annual event held in Perugia.

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