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Umbria: A Journey Between Sacred and Profane in the Green Heart of Italy

This is an in-depth itinerary of one of the richest regions in naturalistic and artistic beauties of our country. Along roads that cross valleys or climb hills, you will discover one by one the places that preserve architectural and artistic treasures, the postcard landscapes that Umbria offers to its visitors and the town where St. Francis was born and lived, now known in all over the world for the ancient, splendid Basilica that houses his remains, but which for devotees takes on a particular spiritual significance. You will also not fail to appreciate the delicious Umbrian cuisine and local wine in a journey that will allow you to thoroughly get to know this region, not just visit it.

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10 days

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Best season : From March to December

Included / Not Included

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Assistance upon arrival at the airport

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Car rental with insurance

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Nights in a hotel with a minimum of 3 stars

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Directions and suggestions for best beaches

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Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM

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Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants

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Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French

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Flights to/from your home city

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Meals where not mentioned

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Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary

Arrival in Orvieto, one of the best-known Umbrian cities. Of ancient Etruscan origins, it is perched on a hill of volcanic origin, dominates the neighboring valleys and is surrounded by splendid views. The road to reach it, which climbs through the hills covered with woodlands and vineyards, is already a spectacle in itself, with the appearance of the splendid facade of the cathedral at the highest point of the city and the Etruscan necropolis at the base of the cliff. In the historic center, in addition to the cathedral which contains the works of the greatest Italian Renaissance fresco painters, there are countless things to see such as the squares overlooking the roofs, the valley with the underground city dug into the tuff with the unmissable St. Patrick’s Well and the fortress. Night in hotel in Orvieto.

In the morning after breakfast, you will leave Orvieto and head to another beautiful city of art. This road will also give you a panoramic tour of the area. Along the lake, you will climb the hills that will gradually become low mountains covered with forests, from which you can see the suggestive cliffs overlooking the lake. In this area, there are small villages with archaeological sites because the Romans used to navigate this part of the Tiber River where they had found trading centers. You will then arrive to Todi which, with its fairytale profile, offers one of the most beautiful medieval squares, significant monuments and panoramic views. After your visit to Todi, you will get back on your journey to reach other iconic places in the Umbrian countryside. There are numerous villages that have enchanting views and small jewels of art to offer, as well as villas that can be visited with parks and gardens. After your circular route, always on country roads, you will return to Orvieto in time to see the sunset from the fortress or in the square. You will be dazzled by the mosaics of the cathedral that reflect the rays of the sun that is lowered on the horizon. Accommodation in hotel in Orvieto.

In the morning after breakfast, you will head to Perugia for an unforgettable day in the name of the great Renaissance art and the harmonious landscapes in which the city is immersed. Perugia is the largest city in Umbria and also its capital. Together with Florence, Siena and Rome, it is one of the capitals of the Italian Renaissance. Many of the greatest painters of the time worked on establishing their own art school here including Perugino, Raffaello, Benozzo Gozzoli, Signorelli and many others. The place that preserves the masterpieces to show them to the general public is the National Gallery, so rich and prestigious that it has been named The Louvre Museum. The city, which boasts an ancient history, is nevertheless rich in monuments from every era, from the Etruscan to the Baroque era; the main medieval square, with its palaces and the splendid fountain, is among the most beautiful in the whole peninsula. In the afternoon, all that remains is to enjoy the lake, surrounded by towers and castles in defense of these fertile lands. You can go for walks or rent a bike, take the boat to reach the islands, or relax on one of the many beaches and swim. Accommodation in hotel in Castiglione del Lago.

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