Umbria Hotels & Holidays
The landlocked region of Umbria sits right in the heart of Italy;...
The landlocked region of Umbria sits right in the heart of Italy; winding roads lead to fortified battlements and medieval hilltop towns, while the countryside is a patchwork of vineyards, sunflower fields, olive groves and cypress trees.
At the heart of the region sits its capital Perugia, the narrow streets of its centro storico lined with elegant palazzi and linked by sunny piazzas. The city's large student population give it a lively atmosphere, along with the many festivals held here including the chocolate festival held every October.
Half an hour's drive from Perugia is the hillside town of Assisi, home to the famous Basilica di San Francesco; pilgrims and visitors flock from around to world to view the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi and to admire the spectacular frescoes adorning the walls and ceilings. The town's narrow streets are edged with shops, cafés and restaurants set in traditional stone houses, and a number of viewpoints offer panoramic vistas over the surrounding countryside.
Throughout the rural landscapes are dotted plenty of picturesque towns and villages including Todi, with its grand main piazza and fantastic sunset views, Gubbio, which features a mountaintop basilica, and Spoleto, home to a medieval fortress and Romanesque cathedral. Perhaps the most renowned is the beautiful town of Orvieto, here you'll find a stunning Gothic cathedral, an underground network of Etruscan caves and tunnels, along with the famous white wine Orvieto Classico.
Events in Umbria
Umbria Jazz Festival: 26 Jun - 11 Jul 15
Considered one of the most important jazz events...
Umbria Jazz Festival: 26 Jun - 11 Jul 15
Considered one of the most important jazz events in Europe, the Umbria Jazz Festival takes place in the centre of historic Perugia and has been held annually since 1973. Over 20,000 people from around the world gather in the Renaissance city every year for 10 days of live jazz performed by critically-acclaimed artists. Other music genres on show include anything from Rock'n'Roll to Cuban Salsa and African Tribal music with many performances being held outdoors and free to attend. 2015 sees the festival reach its 42nd year.
Food and Wine
Like its neighbour Tuscany, Umbria is well know for its cuisine including elusive truffles used in...
Like its neighbour Tuscany, Umbria is well know for its cuisine including elusive truffles used in abundance grated over pasta or served on top of a simple omelette; and rustic dishes often called cucina povera (peasant cooking), incorporating lots of inexpensive seasonal ingredients like grains and local vegetables. As for meat dishes, pork is a popular choice along with spicy Umbrian sausages made from wild boar.
For wine lovers, Umbria's rolling hills are striped with vineyards producing some fantastic varieties; not to be missed is Orvieto's renowned white wine, or for those who prefer a red, Montefalco Sagrantino hails from the Umbrian hilltop town of Montefalco.
Umbria is a region rich in history having been occupied many times over since its settlement...
Umbria is a region rich in history having been occupied many times over since its settlement by the Umbrian's in the 6th century BC. From the Romans and the Byzantines, to the Lombards and the Etruscans its chequered past is still evident in many towns and villages which feature ancient Roman roads, medieval palaces, and museums filled with ancient treasures.
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"Smack bang in the middle of Italy it is the only region with neither a coastline or border country and has therefore retained and keeps alive old Italian traditions. I enjoy the peace and tranquillity this green region has to offer and love to stay...
"Smack bang in the middle of Italy it is the only region with neither a coastline or border country and has therefore retained and keeps alive old Italian traditions. I enjoy the peace and tranquillity this green region has to offer and love to stay in the hills of Mount Subasio - a natural park of outstanding beauty - nearby the small town of Assisi where I like to visit the shrine of St Francis. For a shopping trip or evening out Perugia has everything to offer. For food, I head to Norcia to sample fine cured meats, wild boar and truffles."Read More Read Less
- Visit Umbria's capital city - Perugia
- Marvel at the frescoes in the Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi
- Tour Casa Romana in the hilltop town of Spoleto
- Explore the Medieval piazza in Todi
- Take a look around Perugina chocolate factory
- Walk around the walled town of Montefalco
- See Orvieto's Gothic cathedral and underground caves
- Enjoy views of Lake Trasimeno from the village of Panicale
- Discover Narni's underground church
Best Time To Go
Umbria is predominantly a summer destination, with the season generally running from April to early November. The spring and autumn months are warm and have less crowds, making May, June and September the ideal months to visit. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is also when Umbria is at its busiest. However, Umbria also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too.
Average monthly temperature and rainfall for Umbria.
The majority of international flights arrive into Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO). Direct flights to Fiumicino are available from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
From Our Experts
Umbria is famous for its DOC red wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco, and it's worth visiting the modern...
Umbria is famous for its DOC red wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco, and it's worth visiting the modern Arnaldo Caprai winery, close to Montefalco, to see the research vineyards and ageing barrels. After the tour, you can opt for a tasting with traditional Umbrian cheese and cold cuts.
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Multi Centre Holidays
Umbria & any destination of your choice
Combining one or two destinations with your holiday to Umbria is a great way to experience some of the diversity Italy has to offer, and conveniently located in the centre of the country means the picturesque lakes of the north and dramatic coastal resorts of the south are never far away. Below are some suggestions for great multi centre ideas, or contact our expert Travel Advisors who will be happy to create you a personalised itinerary.
A perfect contradiction to the rural charm of Umbria, Italy's capital city is a must see for new and old visitors alike. Packed with renowned sights from the imposing Colosseum to the stunning views from the top of St Peter's Basilica, Rome is the ideal destination to soak up ancient history, gaze upon iconic masterpieces, and enjoy a coffee whilst people watching in one of its many piazzas.
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Umbria's neighbouring region of Tuscany shares in many of its themes; from exploring picturesque hilltop towns to driving through the rolling countryside, Tuscany offers the perfect excuse to experience more of the delicious home grown wines on offer such as the well known Chianti, whilst indulging in its famous rustic cuisine such as tortellilucchese (pasta stuffed with seasoned meat and topped with a meat ragu).
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From the rugged countryside of central Italy to the beautiful coastline lying at the heel of Italy's boot, Puglia is a great region to discover a side of the country not traditionally explored by tourists. With plenty to see you can visit the iconic Trulli houses of Alberobello, explore the white-washed village of Ostuni, or simply relax on one of the golden sandy beaches of Savelletri Di Fasano before indulging in the freshly caught seafood.
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