Umbria summer holidays

Discover Italy's best-kept secret


Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert


Umbria summer holidays When you think of Italy, Umbria may not be the first destination on your wish list; after all, it contains no large cities and few world-famous landmarks or sightseeing hotspots, as is the case with the country’s more popular regions. But for those who choose to venture to this tiny Italian region, there’s a lot to love. Umbria’s charm lies primarily in its agricultural and rural beauty. An understated paradise of rolling green hills and rustic towns, it could be the perfect location for those in need of a relaxing getaway.

The best way to become better-acquainted with Umbria’s virtues is - that’s right - by visiting the region. A simple search on the HomeAway Holiday Rentals website will yield a wide range of capacious Umbrian properties from which to base your trip. Choose from villas with private pools, full air-conditioning and jacuzzis, to country cottages with gardens and private terraces. Before you do, however, take a look at our guide to the areas you’ll want to explore in unspoiled Umbria. 


 

Top five Umbrian destinations


   

Perugia Summer holidays in Perugia

Although Umbria doesn’t boast a mega city, its capital Perugia is as close as it gets. Despite its modest size, the city is nevertheless a sparkling jewel in the crown of central Italy. Perched atop a vast hill, Perugia provides an awe-inspiring vantage point from which to take in the lush valleys below. Set aside time to wander round the town’s charming Etruscan-era architecture by day. If you’re a night owl, join the thousands of native and international university students who flock to Perugia’s vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants.

 

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Assisi Summer holidays in Assisi

Considered by many to be the spiritual hub at the heart of Umbria, the historic town of Assisi is renowned as the birthplace of its most famous son. St Francis was born here in 1182 and preached throughout the town until his death in 1226. The steady stream of pilgrims these days means that Assisi’s tranquillity may have dissipated somewhat since olden times, but rest assured, the town as a whole has lost none of its appeal. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views and take a stroll around the magnificent Basilica di San Francesco.

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Lake Trasimeno Summer holidays near Lake Trasimeno

A simply breathtaking setting that has scarcely changed since the days when it inspired writers like Stendhal and Lord Byron, Trasimeno perfectly encapsulates Umbria’s natural beauty. Depending on quite how active and adventurous you’re feeling, you can take a wander along the lake to admire the beautiful landscape, indulge in some windsurfing, go for a dip in the crystal clear waters or just relax on one of the peaceful little beaches dotted along the shore. At night there are few better places in the country to enjoy a romantic evening under a blanket of stars.

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Taste the wine Taste the wine

Tuscany is undoubtedly the most famous Italian region in terms of wine production, but Umbria has certainly staked a claim to the throne in the past few decades. The two most distinctive red wines, Sagrantino di Montefalco and Torgiano Rosso, are produced in the hills south of Perugia, and have become a staple of the area’s exports in recent years. If white wine is more your style, drop into one of the many pavement bars or cafés, where you can sample a glass of the acclaimed Orvieto. Read the whole article on wine tasting in Umbria

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Marmore Summer holidays near Le Marmore waterfalls

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for wondering why these rarely discussed falls are not lauded as being amongst the most spectacular natural sights on the planet. Look closer. Cascading through the dense highlands a few miles outside the closest town of Terni, the 540-foot high waterfall is, incredibly, man-made. Constructed by the Romans in 271 BC as a means of diverting malaria-infested water from the Velino River away from the natives of Rieti, the jaw-dropping Marmore is the largest waterfall of its kind in the world. The landscape around the waterfalls is replete with willow and beech trees, while the rapids are popular with kayakers and canoeists - several local sports centres even offer guided tours.

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Accommodation in Umbria

Elegant villa tucked away among the Umbrian green with swimming pool near Assisi

Villa Mattia: 280sq.m On the ground floor there are 3 double bedrooms with parquet floor. 2 bedrooms have French windows thought which you can go out in the garden. One of them has the bathroom. On the ground floor there are other 2 bathrooms, on...

Villa in Umbria near Gubbio, Assisi, Perugia,Spoleto

This Luxurios 3 bedroom villa is a Beautiful building with dates back to the XVII century and has recently been renovated.Near the most famous town in Umbria Gubbio, Assisi, Spoleto. Largest garden with deck-chairs end beach umbrellas,with a littl...

Apartment in an old Monastery of the thirteenth century in the historical center

The apartment is the former bell tower of an old Benedictine monastery of XIII century. Although situated in the historic center of the ancient town of Spello, Our guests have access to a large inner square. The autonomous house enjoys two bedroom...

L'Eremo del Sole a place in the Sun of Spoleto

A lovely restored farmhouse with an huge park with an astonishing pool overlooking all Umbria, with all the facilities and with a lot of privacy nestled in the hill of Spoleto.A perfect place for a romantic holiday under the sun of Umbria so close...

Il Barbagatto a Lovely house in Spoleto, Umbria

The Barbagatto tower is located in the Hermitage of the Sun in Spoleto, a beautiful farmhouse completely family managed. The house is set in an idyllic picturesque valley with stunning views of the Spoleto Valley and the many hilltop villages. Fa...

Il Barbacane, When the word small doesn’t mean small, but “beautiful”

For a really breath-taking view you must visit the Eremo del Sole (The Sun Hermitage) with its beautiful houses, big orchard, an olive grove of 2,47 a and 124 acres of forest. From our swimming pool you can see all there places while you are relax...

Le Fate, the house of the Fairies

A very large and comfortable Country House sitting on a hilltop, overlooking all Spoleto combine the beauty and the peace of the Umbrian countryside. Every view from all the windows are stunning and can be defined magic. Walking through olive grov...

Gli Gnomi, Eremo delle Fate

A very large and comfortable Country House sitting on a hilltop, overlooking all Spoleto combine the beauty and the peace of the Umbrian countryside. Every view from all the windows are stunning and can be defined magic. Walking through olive grov...

I Folletti, beautiful jewel in the countryside

A very large and comfortable Country House sitting on a hilltop, overlooking all Spoleto combine the beauty and the peace of the Umbrian countryside. Every view from all the windows are stunning and can be defined magic. Walking through olive grov...

Romantic Hideaway In The Hills Of Todi

The house is part of a historical estate dating back to the 17th Century. Records show that Garibaldi the italian national hero stayed here in 1846 retreating from the defeat at the hand of Napoleon III army of the short lived democratic adventure...
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