Umbria - an unspoilt beautiful region of Italy

Dotted with splendid medieval hill towns and offering the chance to escape the crowds in Tuscany, Umbria presents a great alternative for those wanting to visit their own little piece of Italy. Umbria certainly has some great attractions and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in Italy.

Umbria is one of the few landlocked regions in Italy, and locals often refer the region as "il Cuore verde dell' Italia" ("Italys green heart:). Heart is something that this area has plenty of. It is the landscapes of Umbria that exert the most lasting charm; rolling hills, valleys and lakes make it gentle and serene.

Umbria

The locations

What you find in Umbria is a wealth of impressive towns, which rival those of Tuscany. Assisi is beautiful with an array of cobbled streets, impressive piazzas, geranium filled window boxes, wonderful architecture and of course the world famous Basilica di San Francesco.

The region's capital Perugia is a star attraction; a stylish and bustling hill city with a strong cultural tradition and some splendid monuments. In the summer during the Umbrian Jazz festival, Perugia takes centre stage with a range of events.

The hill town of Gubbio is one of the most striking with medieval architecture and surrounded by rugged and wooded landscapes. Many have classed this town as the 'Siena of Umbria'. The gorgeous hill town of Todi is a sophisticated little place with its impressive Piazza del Popolo and medieval public buildings. Other delights include Orvieto, a remarkable town with an extraordinary cathedral; Spello, often referred to as Assisi's little sister; Bevagna, a sleek and welcoming little gem of a town and the almost unknown Trevi. The dominating hill town of Montefalco, which is often referred to as "the balcony of Umbria"..

Lake Trasimeno has a subtle and sleepy charm and is a great location for swimming, fishing, water sports and horse riding.  It takes an hour to drive around its 35-mile circumference and is surrounded by gentle hills covered with olives and vineyards. There are a number of interesting resorts around the lake. Passignano is a lively and modern resort with shops, fish restaurants and bars. The enticing Castiglione del Lago on the West shore is dominated by a 14th century fortress and has some pleasant beaches. Tuoro and San Feliciano to the south are pleasant as is Panicale with its picture postcard views over the lake and medieval core.

What to do?

For history lovers, you are spoilt for choice - the region is endowed with many spectacular medieval hill towns offering the  chance to step back in time and learn about its history.  

If you love your food and wine, then there are many gastronomic tours which lend themselves to a perfect day trip - the region is famous for its wines so a vineyard tour is a must!

If you are looking for culture, Umbria is awash with art exhibits, drama, opera, classical music, and performances, many of which are outside or take place in the magnificent piazzas.

And there is nothing wrong with simply relaxing by the pool and soaking up the rustic Italian landscape of rolling hills.

How to get there?

There are three main ways to access Umbria: Perugia; Pisa and Rome airports.

Where to stay?

Due to its popularity as a holiday destination, Umbria does have a great selection of properties to rent and ranges from the typical Umbrian farmhouses to apartments in Borgos, villas, townhouses, village apartments and houses.

What to eat?

Umbria's cooking is uncomplicated, hearty and excellent. The towns markets are awash with local produce and the region produces great olive oil, wheat and truffles. The Umbrians love their pasta and you will find a great selection in local restaurants. The wines from the region are internationally recognised, especially the king of Umbrian wines, Orvieto and Orvieto Classico, which are delicate dry whites.

Why Umbria?

In conclusion, Umbria does have it all: wonderful countryside, excellent hill towns, lively Perugia for shopping and nightlife, Lake Trasimeno for swimming and water sports, mountains for walking, excellent culture and strong traditions. The rich combination of countryside, magnificent medieval towns and not forgetting the lake, give Umbria its own identity and it won't take long for this green heart of a region to steal your own.

 

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Casa Collina
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* Shared swimming pool only with the owner * 20km from Perugia * Fenced off property * Traditional rustic furniture

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Casetta
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* Gorgeous stonehouse located near Gaglietole * Private swimming pool * Small pets allowed on request * Surrounded by lush greenery * Suitable for small families

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Trasimeno Vista
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* Suitable for small families looking for a relaxing holiday * Mid-hill position and it is surrounded by olive trees * Panoramic position with spectacular sunsests on the Trasimeno Lake * 500m away from the local village * Private equipped swimming pool * Tennis courts 900m away * Small pets allowed on request

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Villa Marsciano
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* Typical Umbrian stonehouse is located around Gaglietole village * Fenced off property with shaded garden * Nice private swimming-pool & jacuzzi * Small pets allowed on request

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Nido House
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* Private swimming pool * Amazing views over the Umbrian countryside * Set approximately 4km from Assisi * A few meters from the house, in a quiet position, there is an enclosed pen with small farmyard animals

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Arancia Villa
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* Located on the border between Umbria & Tuscany * Perfect for exploring both regions * 10km from Lake Trasimeno * Private swimming pool with equipped solarium * Tennis 100m away

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Casa Lunario
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* Not from the famous town of Assisi * Beautiful garden that boasts a magnificent view of the hills * Spello within walking distance * Small swimming pool in a corner of the panoramic garden * Very romantic villa

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Villa Countryside
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* Set in a quiet & peaceful position near the little village of Grutti * Not far from the wonderful town of Todi * Attractive country house, comfortably furnished in rustic style * Pergola with a wood-burning oven for barbecuing * Private swimming pool

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Villa Pietra Olivia
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* Swimming pool shared with owner only * Set in a favourite hilltop position * Immersed in the wood but only 4km from Perugia * Table tennis

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Villa San Feliciano
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* Walking distance from San Feliciano of Lake Trasimeno with many restaurants, bars and shops * Shared tennis courts * Private swimming pool * Pets allowed

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Vista sulla Valle
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* On hilltop position with great views of the valleys below. * Private pool is ideal for those with small children as it is fenced in and there is a small area of the pool just for them * Special view on Umbrian Valley with Assisi town

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Todi Apartment
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situated inside a small medieval hamlet 8km from the town of Todi. Beautiful and broad views of the surrounding hills

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Villa Farmhouse
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* Located 2km from the village of San Tereziano * Just 14km from Todi * Beautiful panorama of the valley of the Tevere and the surrounding hills * Large, panoramic garden equipped with garden furniture * Nice private swimming-pool

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Antiche Mura
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* Within walking distance of the local village of Castelleone * 4km from Deruta itself * Private swimming pool * Surrounded by lush garden & olive trees * Small pets allowed on request

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Chiara di Pietra
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* Private pool with hydromassage * Located in a very peaceful position in the green hills between Tuscany and Umbria * Outdoor area perfect for meals * Possible cooking course, chef service, domestic helper on request

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Spendida Vista
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* In a panoramic and isolated hilltop position * Gorgeous view on the surrounding hills * 50 minutes drive from the Adriatic coast * Large solarium with private swimming-pool and jacuzzi * Pets allowed on request

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Villa Crema
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* Surrounded by woodland & within walking distance from San Felicano * Excellent sunset views over Lake Trasimeno * Private swimming-pool in a sunny and position * Pets allowed on request

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Villa Deruta
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* Private outdoor and indoor swimming pools * Indoor pool has a jacuzzi, sauna & fitness area * In a stunning position for your holiday rentals in Umbria * Hilltop position around Deruta town

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Villa Magione
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* With private pool & 200m from the beaches of the lake * Fantastic view of the islands of the Lake Trasimeno * Vegetable garden with fuits and vegetables * Ideal position to reach major attractions of Umbria & southern Tuscany

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Villa Pianello
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* Within walking distance of the village with restaurants * 12km from Assisi * Nice private swimming-pool connected to a small pool for children * Lower price in off season for sleeping only 4 people * Private fenced off property

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Villa Torgiano
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* Set in a peaceful position surrounded by olive groves & vineyards * Barbecue and a wood-burning oven * Spacious sun terrace with large saltwater panoramic swimming pool * 2km from the local village of Torgiano

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Casa Lugnano
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* 4km from Lugnano in Teverina in a peaceful position * Located on the border between Umbria and Lazio * Surrounded by a lawn with an oval-shaped swimming pool * Possible to go for walks, & buy wine & olive oil at the local makers

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Villa Casteltodino
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* Private swimming pool * Positioned within private woodland * Pergola for meals outdoors equipped with a barbecue and a wood-burning oven for baking pizza * 600m from the village of Casteltodino * Pool table

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Villa Teverina
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* Set on the side of a hill that overlooks the town of Lugnano in Tevernia * Private swimming pool and Jacuzzi * Equipped gazebo, table-tennis & boules pitch

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Villa Umbria Pietra
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* Beautiful stone farmhouse is set in a quiet and panoramic location on the hills near Valtopina * Excellent private swimming pool & pleasant shading structure, an outdoor whirlpool and a barbecue * Decorated with attractive modern furniture

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