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Scenic view of Umbria

Visit Umbria, Italy

Scenic view of Umbria

Often described as the ‘green heart of Italy’, Umbria is a region of rolling hills, wildflower meadows, woods, valleys and vineyards. Its location away from the sea or international borders has protected its traditional identity and this understated charm makes it an attractive — and less crowded — alternative to Tuscany. With lower prices and a convenient location between Rome and Florence, it rewards visitors with medieval hilltop villages, grand ecclesiastical buildings and glorious food and wine. Our specialists have explored the main sights and the lesser-known ones, and they’ll carefully plan your trip to Umbria as an individual tailor-made itinerary to match your preferences.

Explore the regional capital, Perugia, with its Roman amphitheater and Baroque churches, or follow in the footsteps of Umbria’s saintly lineage in Assisi to see Saint Francis’s frescoed basilica. You can also explore the smaller, medieval hilltowns to see Orvieto’s Gothic duomo, the quiet lanes and Gothic towers of medieval Gubbio, or the city walls and stone palazzi of Todi. Along the way, forage for truffles, sample full-bodied wines in family-run vineyards, taste cured meats and local cheeses from market stalls, and revel in la dolce vita, the Italian love of life and fine food.

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Places to visit in Umbria

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Umbria, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring Umbria

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Umbria, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Umbria

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around Umbria

    Our expert guides to exploring Umbria

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Umbria, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Umbria at its best.

    • 4 experiences to introduce Umbria
      Views over Assisi, Umbria

      4 experiences to introduce Umbria

      4 experiences to introduce Umbria

      Often lost in next-door Tuscany’s shadow, Umbria offers a less-visited option in the Italian countryside with the same hill-top towns, Renaissance heritage and truffle-hunting experiences. Specialist Brandon describes why he’s so passionate about the region, and where to focus your attention.

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    Accommodation choices for Umbria

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Umbria. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Umbria

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Umbria, and which use the best local guides.

    • E-bike from Orvieto to Bagnoregio
      Tufo caves, Orvieto

      E-bike from Orvieto to Bagnoregio

      E-bike from Orvieto to Bagnoregio

      Tour the rural roads of Umbria by electric bike, leisurely exploring the rolling countryside and taking in a crumbling medieval village perched on a plug of volcanic rock in a rugged valley followed by lunch at a local farmhouse.

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    • Assisi walking tour and Spello
      Gardens of St Francis, Assisi

      Assisi walking tour and Spello

      Assisi walking tour and Spello

      Get an expert’s view of medieval Assisi on this guided walking tour that introduces you to the highlights of Saint Francis’s hometown as well as the quiet hilltown of Spello where Roman walls encircle a tangle of winding streets.

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