The Spoleto region of Umbria in Italy is a peaceful and very attractive area, suitable for holidays all year round. The main town, Spoleto, is an ancient city with strong Roman influences set in the foothills of the Apennines. The region is a favourite destination for agro-tourism in Italy, with many visitors coming to enjoy the rural way of life first hand, which has gained notoriety as a magnificent way to relax and absorb the true culture of Umbria.
The annual Spoleto Festival, the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of two worlds), in June and July transforms this peaceful region into a vibrant, exciting destination with performing arts and activities springing up on every corner of the Spoleto region. Getting a Spoleto holiday villa during the festival is a genuine coup as every room and apartment in Spoleto is taken from an early date.
Above Spoleto town, perched high on a hill is the Rocca, an impressive Papal fortress, adorned in beautiful frescos. The fortress was then turned into a prison, and touring the cells, it certainly makes you appreciate the fresh air and stunning scenery of the Spoleto scenery. The guided tours are well worth doing, as they not only inform you about the fortress, but provide interesting information which can aid your stay whichever Spoleto accommodation you choose.
There are a number of magnificent walks which can be enjoyed straight from your Spoleto villa, and aside the festival and architectural beauty, it has been walking holidays which have really put Spoleto on the tourist map. Circumnavigating the summit of Spoleto provides beautiful panoramic views of the countryside and takes you to some of the best sculptures in the town. The Ponte delle Torri is a large bridge over a shear wooded gorge which dominates the landscape on that side of the hill, and from the far end, there are a couple of long marked trails.
The town of Spoleto is a magnificent place to take a holiday rental, with many great sights to see and some excellent places to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. Upon arriving in your Spoleto holiday villa, take a walk to the Cathedral complex which has some magnificent mosaics and luxurious furnishings. Both the Church of St Peter and the Church of St Eufemia will also leave an impression.
Summer temperatures in Spoleto are hot, with average temperatures soaring to over 30°C during July and August. Winters last from November until March, and although there is a marked difference between the seasons, temperatures still remain above a very pleasant 12°C, even during the heart of winter.
The holiday rentals in Spoleto are easy to reach. A cheap flight to Perugia (PEG) from UK only takes an hour and a half, and there are regular connecting trains to Spoleto. RyanAir and easyJet provide the majority of cheap flights to Perugia.