East of Tuscany, we have the green region of Umbria, a mainly agricultural area with vast valleys, historic woods, and rolling hills. As the region is not as famous as it’s western neighbor, Umbria is often underrated. However, if you choose to visit it during your stay in Italy, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the architectural treasures and rustic countryside this region has to offer.
Our travel programs include visits to many of Umbria’s classic hill-towns. Exploring these hidden gems will make you feel like you’ve walked straight into a postcard.
Here are some of the Umbria day tours we offer to our clients.
A Melting Pot of Art and Architecture
The small town of Assisi is an excellent example of those previously mentioned “postcard places.” Located in the Province of Perugia, Assisi takes us back to a medieval and religious Europe.
The town was the home of San Francesco; an Italian Catholic friar later canonized as a saint. For such a small town, Assisi has a plethora of popular tourist attractions, including the hermitage where San Francesco lived and the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, also known as the Santa Maria degli Angeli. There is also the Church of Santa Chiara where San Francesco was born and the Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva.
The beautiful and ancient pathways and the surrounding old structures will take you back to a much simpler time in history.
The Capital of the “Green Heart of Italy”
The next stop is Perugia, the capital of Umbria and on the most underrated cities in Italy. Why underrated you might ask? Perugia boasts one of the most beautiful squares in the country. The Piazza IV Novembre can easily rival the bigger and more famous squares of Rome and Venice.
It is also a university city, so it’s no wonder its streets are vibrant and full of life. During your tour, we recommend visiting the Collegio del Cambio, a historical landmark that belongs to the exchange guild. Stunning frescoes painted by native artist Pietro Perugino and renaissance furniture grace the hallways of this historic building.
If you’re in the mood for a relaxing stroll, we recommend checking out the pedestrian boulevard Corso Vannucci where you’ll find many popular tourist attractions. Those looking to envelop themselves in culture and art, we recommend giving the National Gallery of Umbria a visit. The collection features the likes of Pinturicchio, Fra’ Angelico, Piero Della Francesa, and of course, Perugino.
Perugia also hosts the world-famous chocolate festival, so if you’re visiting Italy in October, make sure to add Perugia to your shortlist of places to visit.
The Balcony of Umbria
Another tour we offer is a trip to Montefalco, an enchanting town located in the heart of Italy. Like many other Umbria locations, Montefalco offers stunning medieval architecture and panoramic views like you never seen before. The town’s 13th-century look is perfectly preserved – it’s no wonder that connoisseurs of history consider Montefalco as one of their dream destinations.
You can continue your journey with our luxury transportation service and explore Trevi, a charming hilly town that provides the best view of Umbria. Trevi is a small town, yet it is home to some of the most impressive medieval churches and Basilicas. It is also known for being a gourmet paradise. You can eat at many excellent restaurants that will really allow you to experience Italy with all your senses.