Welcome to Umbria


Separated from Le Marche by the jagged spine of the Monti Sibillini, it contrasts wild, in-your-face beauty with the gentle fall and rise of overlapping hills and wildflower-flecked meadows. The Etruscans, Romans and medieval feuding families have left their indelible imprint on its pretty hilltowns, where history seems to creep up on you at every corner – from the Gothic wonder of Orvieto to Assisi's saintly calling.

Foodies are in their element here, with the rich earthiness of the tartufo (truffle), fine cured meats from Norcia and full-bodied local wines finding their way onto menus.


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$644.55 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Best of Italy Trip

Leave Rome and explore the delights of central and northern Italy on this 5-day Italy trip – taking in top cities in breathtakingly beautiful regions like Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and the Veneto. Learn about the different regions – their history, art, cuisine and sights – from your guide during walking tours, and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace, too. There are many activities and sites to explore in Florence and Venice, so handily, these places act as your bases throughout your trip. You'll spend two nights in Florence, followed by two nights in Venice before returning to Rome. Your hotels in each city are centrally located for maximum convenience, and you’ll have a choice of a 3- or 4-star hotel for your time in Venice. In Florence, your accommodation is a 4-star hotel. Please note: Rates do not includes city taxes. City tax will be paid directly at the reception hotel desk at the arrival or at the check out according to the local city board procedure. City tax will change according to hotel category. Hotels are subject to availability at time of booking. In the rare event that the mentioned hotel is unavailable, you will be accommodated in another centrally located hotel of the same star rating. Please note that this escorted tour operates in English (monolingual from April to October), Spanish (bilingual), Portuguese (bilingual) and French (bilingual)

$143.23 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Taste of Italy Food Tour to Chianti and Umbria from Rome

Start your experience with a pickup from your Rome hotel or meet your guide in the city center and board your air-conditioned coach. Listen to interesting facts about the Italians’ famous love of food and enjoy the views as you head north into lush, southern Tuscany.Arrive in Cortona and enjoy a walk through the heart of this walled hill town, which is little changed since medieval times. Admire the ocher-colored houses that line the cobbled lanes and piazzas and listen as your guide recounts its history and recent surge in popularity for featuring in 'Under the Tuscan Sun', American writer Frances Mayes’ tales of life in Tuscany in the 1990s. Perhaps enjoy some free time to look around the picture-postcard streets independently and maybe visit the 19th-century Cathedral of St Margaret (Basilica di Santa Margherita), perched on the hilltop.Continue along the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, and stop for lunch at an authentic farmhouse restaurant. Enjoy a tempting 4-course of regional dishes, washed down with drinks (own expense). Please see the Itinerary for a sample menu.With your appetite sated, drive through the rolling Chianti countryside to the charming hilltop town of Montepulciano, known for its ruby-red Vino di Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano wines, produced here since early medieval times. Visit one of the town’s oldest rock-cut wine cellars and hear how the region’s wines are produced as you run your palate by some of the varieties.After your wine sampling, return to Rome, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or a choice of points in the center.

$53.71 Walking & Biking Tours

Small Group Tour of Assisi

Meet the guide at 10:30am and visit the old Roman ruins of the local amphitheater, which was reused in the Middle Ages as a quarry for stones to build local houses. You will see how the amphitheater was turned into a private neighborhood. From there, the view toward the Rocca Maggiore medieval castle is one of the best in the city.Through narrow alleys and medieval squares you will reach Saint Rufino’s Cathedral and Saint Claire's Basilica. From there, you will get to the main city square, Piazza del Comune. At the square you will see one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Italy – Minerva's temple – which is surrounded by imposing medieval government buildings.The tour will then head down to the Basilica of Saint Francis which is world-famous for its 13th-14th century frescoes by the best painters of Italy at that time. Among those, the most famous is Giotto.Come to Assisi and explore with a guide the history, art,and local traditions of one of the most famous hill towns of Italy.

$77.59 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tiber River Evening Cruise with 4-Course Dinner in Rome

Make your own way to Sant'Angelo Bridge which is close to one of the oldest and most distinctive monuments in the entire city, Castel Sant’Angelo. Board the boat for your stylish dinner cruise on the Tiber River in Rome. As your boat slips away from land, sip your welcome cocktail and sample the delicious assorted canapés as you marvel at some of Rome’s famous sights by night. From 2018 season, beside the standard gourmet menu that rotate during the season, we have decided to propose you some special Italian Regional Menus, to let you discover some of the most famous typical recipes coming from Sicily, Umbria, Lazio and Apulia. Take a minute and have a look to the Sicilian's wonderful choice: Fresh cheese, Sicilian pesto bruschetta, sun-dried tomatoes, Pachino cherry tomatoes, seafood salad in oilFlan of Anelletti (typical Palermo’s pasta in delicious seasoning with “sarde” fish, wild fennel, sage, pine nut, raisin)Palermo typical breaded and pan-seared swordfish Vegetables couscousSeasonal sliced fruitsSicilian Cannolo dessertNow all that you have to do it's to take a seat at your table out on deck or in the lower saloon of the boat (weather dependent), and listen to live musicians playing well-known international hits and dinner music as you admire unparalleled views of Rome’s twinkling skyline. Pass by the great Palace of Justice, Vatican City and the famous St Peter’s Basilica and enjoy a sumptuous, freshly prepared 4-course dinner served by your waiting staff. Finish your cruise experience with a cool mineral water and a strong Italian coffee. Your cruise concludes back at Sant'Angelo Bridge.

$190.98 Private & Custom Tours

Assisi Private Walking Tour

Head for Monte Subasio on a 3-hour walking tour of Assisi and explore Italy’s famous pilgrimage site. Stroll the maze of medieval streets, and visit the Basilicas of Santa Chiara and St. Francis to see one of Italy’s largest collections of church art.Located on a gentle hill beneath the summit of Monte Subasio, the fabled Umbrian town of Assisi is the most famous pilgrimage site in Italy, a consequence of being the birthplace of Saint Francis. Born in the village of warm pink stone in 1182, Francis founded the mendicant Franciscan order to which he gave his name in 1210. Prior to his birth, Assisi had been settled by ancient Umbrian tribes, and later became a Roman town.Thanks to this rich history and blend of incredible architecture and art, it’s a multi-sided town. Discover all its facets on one emotional 3-hour walking tour, stopping to pay particular attention to the 2 churches of the Basilica of Santa Chiara, dedicated to the founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, and the papal Basilica of St. Francis, built between 1228 and 1253. Now home to the consecrated remains of the saint, the stunning monument is also said to have the best collection of art in any church of Italy, including frescoes and paintings by Cimabue, Giotto, Lorenzetti and more.

$159.94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Assisi and Basilica di San Francesco Full-Day Tour from Rome

Get picked up at your hotel in Rome or make your own way to the prearranged location in central Rome. Then, climb aboard an air-conditioned coach for the 2-hour drive to Assisi, a striking hill town in Umbria. On the way there, learn about the history of Assisi as well as the man who put it on the spiritual map: St Francis of Assisi.Once there, explore Francis’ eponymous basilica, erected in the 13th century. The UNESCO World Heritage site is placed where Francis’ body rests and is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world. Next, break for a delicious 3-course lunch at a quaint, local restaurant. Feast on traditional delights such as pasta al pomodoro (pasta in a tomato and basil sauce) and roast chicken with potatoes.Then, visit the Basilica of Santa Chiara, named for St Clair, who saw St Francis as a spiritual father figure. Formerly known as St George (and the spot where Francis’ body rested before the construction of the basilica named for him), the church has a simple yet striking façade.Finally, visit the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, at the base of the hill that Assisi sits on. This spiritual spot, constructed in Mannerist style of architecture in the 17th century, is a popular pilgrimage site because it houses the Porziuncola, a small church that St Francis had restored after having a vision of Jesus.

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