#UmbriaLovers Week – The ultimate Tour of Umbria

Love Umbria Tours is celebrating its first 10 Years in the travel industry with the ultimate Tour of Umbria! 10 years of research and experience rolled into a vibrant and active itinerary, to include all the best our region has to offer, mixed with excellent food and wine. You will visit Umbria’s most beautiful towns with a small group of like-minded people, be entertained by local hosts and guides and make memories to last for a lifetime…

On this tour you will:

  • Sample local goat cheese and wine at a small Farm near Orvieto;
  • Roll up your sleeves for a rustic, Umbrian Cooking Lesson;
  • Go Truffle Hunting in the mountains and see the truffle dogs at work;
  • Visit beautiful hilltop towns and taste locally produced extra-virgin olive oil, artisanal beers, cured meats.
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#UmbriaLovers Week – The ultimate Tour of Umbria Itinerary

#UmbriaLovers Week – The ultimate Tour of Umbria Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Umbria!

Relax, meet your fellow #UmbriaLovers and Wine Pairing Dinner.

Check into the lovely Agriturismo (working farmhouse) in the countryside between Spoleto and Montefalco, your home in Umbria for the next 7 nights.

Meet your local Tour Manager and fellow #UmbriaLovers over an aperitif of delicious Umbrian snacks and drinks.

Relax by the pool then get ready for a Welcome Wine Pairing Dinner prepared for us by bubbly Chef Andrea at his Locanda (Inn) nearby.

Day 2 - Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio

Goat Cheese and White Wines.

Perched on a pinnacle in a grand canyon, the traffic-free village of Civita di Bagnoregio is Italy’s ultimate hill town. In the last decade, the old, self-sufficient Civita has died — the last of its lifelong residents have passed on, and the only work here is in serving visitors. But relatives and newcomers are moving in and revitalizing the village, and it remains an amazing place to visit. (It’s even become popular as a backdrop for movies, soap operas, and advertising campaigns.) Civita’s only connection to the world and the town of Bagnoregio is a long pedestrian bridge.

Today we will spend the day in the ancient city of Orvieto. Orvieto, founded around three thousand years ago, was a very important Etruscan city. Orvieto is also famous for its stunning striped Gothic cathedral, one of the most important medieval buildings in Italy, containing The Last Judgment fresco by Fra’ Angelico and Luca Signorelli. Our tour of Orvieto will also stop by the Pozzo di San Patrizio (Saint Patrick’s Well) where, if you want, you can descend the 248 steps of the double spiral staircase. After lunch in Orvieto you will have the afternoon free to do some more sightseeing or shopping.

Dinner tonight will be free but with our recommendations.

Day 3 - Spoleto

Pizza Night at the Farmhouse

Check in at your charming 4-star Hotel inside Spoleto medieval walls. Tour introduction by your local Tour Manager over a light aperitif, consisting of typical Umbrian snacks with hot and cold drinks.

Following this, we will accompany you on a Private Walking Tour of the atmospheric hilltop town of Spoleto, home to the annual Due Mondi (Two Worlds) Arts Festival. The Walking Tour will lead us through the quaint medieval streets and will take in the main sights of Spoleto, including the Duomo (Cathedral), with frescoes by Pinturicchio and Fra’ Filippo Lippi and the Ponte delle Torri, Spoleto’s striking 13th-century aqueduct.

Welcome Dinner at one of our favourite Country Inns, to get us started in true Umbrian Style!

Day 4 - Assisi Sacred and Profane

Churches, Monasteries and Artisan Beer.

This morning we will head for the city of Assisi, known throughout the world as the birthplace of Saint Francis. We will take a guided walking tour of the city and see the many important sights, including the spectacular Basilica of Saint Francis with its frescoes by Giotto. In Assisi we will also have a light lunch, including salamis and hams accompanied by the local Torta al Testo bread. In the afternoon we will visit the Eremo delle Carceri, immersed in the forests of Monte Subasio above Assisi, where Saint Francis and his followers would retreat to pray and the nearby basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli which incorporates the tiny church known as the Porziuncola, where Saint Francis died in 1226. Pizza night at our favourite Pizzeria in Spoleto!

Day 5 - Truffle Hunting and Cooking Class

A special excursion followed by a Truffle Cooking Lesson.

The truffle hunting trip usually lasts for around an hour and a half to two hours. After the truffle hunt, lunch will consist of local salamis and cheeses and truffle dishes prepared using truffles found by the truffle hunter.

There are two main types of black truffles (“tartufi” in Italian) to be found in central Italy, the precious black truffle, Tuber melanosporum (also known as the “Norcia”, “Spoleto” or “Périgord” truffle), which can be found from November to March and the summer black truffle, Tuber aestivum, which can be found from May until November. Despite the truffle’s reputation as a precious ingredient, it is used extensively in rustic Italian cooking to add a special touch to simple dishes such frittata (a type of omelette) and strangozzi (a local pasta dish).

Find out more information on truffles and truffle hunting.

Day 6 - Montefalco and Bevagna

Red Wines and Extra-virgin Olive Oil.

Montefalco Sagrantino is one of only two Umbrian wines to be awarded the prestigious Italian DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita –the highest Italian wine appellation) and the area also produces the excellent Rosso di Montefalco.

This morning, we will depart for the nearby towns of Montefalco and Bevagna for private tours of selected local wineries and wine tastings of the area’s excellent wines, which are considered to be among the best in Italy. Weather permitting we will start the morning with a gentle stroll through the vineyards. Following lunch at a typical local restaurant or at one of the wineries we will also pay a visit to these fine Umbrian towns.  Montefalco, known as “the balcony of Umbria” because of the panoramic views it enjoys, is now famous in Italy for its wines but it is also home to some important works of art, such as the 15th century fresco cycle by Benozzo Gozzoli, depicting the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Bevagna, the Roman “Mevania”, is a true gem that retains some amazing Roman and medieval monuments . If you are taking the Tour in June, you’ll be able to step back in time, during the renowned “Mercato delle Gaite” Festival, a 10-Day re-enactment of everyday life during the Middle Ages.

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Day 7 - Perugia and Deruta

Hand-weavers, master potters and chocolatiers – Farewell Dinner.

Today we will accompany you on a tour of Perugia, the capital city of Umbria.  We will see the recently restored 13th century Fontana Maggiore, the Palazzo dei Priori which houses the National Gallery of Umbria and the Collegio del Cambio with its frescoes by Perugino and amble along Perugia’s elegant main street, Corso Vannucci.

Following lunch at a local Osteria, on our way back from Perugia we will stop in the town of Deruta, famous for its maiolica ceramics, where we will visit the studio of a local ceramic artisan. Truffle night in the ‘kitchen” of a Small Truffle Estate to taste Umbria’s most sought after delicacy.

 

Day 8 - Time to say "Arrivederci"...

This morning unfortunately it is time to say farewell.

We are sure you will head for home with loads of lovely memories and the desire to return to Umbria soon.

This tour can be customized for private groups or couples. The tour can also easily be extended by adding one or more of our other tours before or after this tour – see our other Group Tours and Custom Tours.

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