Umbria self catering villas are located in a small region in central Italy, with Perugia as its capital. Umbria is a mountainous region, and famous for well preserved hilltop towns, and beautifully hand crafted ceramics. It is a lush area, and many of the Umbria villas have outstanding gardens growing produce available at the local markets so prepare to eat well, even on a self-catering holiday! The full-bodied wines, black truffles and salami are a foodie's haven as many of the delicacies of the region have not yet been discovered by the mass tourist market. Umbria remains a tranquil, relaxing, un-crowded haven. A rented villa in Umbria gives the freedom to soak in the culture, relax and sample some of the best food in Italy, with the flexibility and privacy needed to really enjoy and discover Umbria at your own pace.
Villas in Umbria are a great base to search the hills, churches and walled hill towns of Spello, Todi, Narni and Panicale or watch a performance in the Roman amphitheatre at Gubbio.
The walking and hiking in Umbria is extensive, the lush river valleys provide a relaxing, meandering stroll, or for a more strenuous walk, there are plenty of hills, the largest of which is Mt Vettore.
Perugia, the capital, is home to Italy's largest fortress, the Rocca Paolina, built in 1540, and is the main metropolitan area of Umbria. The famous fortified hill towns like Montefalco, Citta di Castello, and Umbertide (where Hannibal first defeated the Roman Empire) are all defiantly worth a visit. With so many places worth seeing on an Umbria holiday, it is suggested that hiring a car is the best way to get around.
Festivals and carnivals are very popular in the area, and Spoleto hosts the famous Festivals of the Two Worlds, and Torgiano is a must for all wine connoisseurs.
Umbria, Italy has a Mediterranean climate, so benefits from long, dry, hot summers starting at the end of April, with average temperatures of 23°C. Winters are cold; but the Apennine Mountains prevent the worst rain reaching Umbria.
Perugia Airport (PEG) is serviced by many airlines, including AirLingus, Air France, Flybe and British Airways, and Ryanair provides direct flights. Last minute holidays in Umbria are easy to arrange independently, and an Umbrian villa is a perfect place for a relaxing weekend.
Read more about things to do in Umbria from travel experts Donald, Rebecca and Jennifer