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

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Lippiano with 3 bedrooms sleeps 7

Villa Biena (7 sleeping accommodations) stands 850 metres above sea level and is surrounded by flowers and chestnut woods. The villa is situated in upper Valtiberina, at the border between Tuscany and Umbria, in an area rich in suggestive views an...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Città Di Castello with 6 bedrooms sleeps 12

La Tufaia is a cosy holiday home situated on a panoramic hill and 2 km from the village of Promano where you will find a small supermarket and a bar. The house is divided into two apartments, each one with three bedrooms and connected by a conven...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Otricoli with 4 bedrooms sleeps 10

Beautiful stone farmhouse with panoramic views situated in the surroundings of Otricoli, a small town in south Umbria on the border with Latium. This villa has been recently restored and turned into a welcoming country house offering nice interior...

Gorgeous Panoramic Villa In Umbria With Pool

Poggio Turchino is located on a flat top of a hill (200 meters – about 656 feet above sea level) on whose slopes olive groves and oak trees grow. It is a small and enchanting hamlet consisting of five similar villas arranged as petals of a flower ...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Gubbio with 2 bedrooms sleeps 6

Stone farmhouse which has been recently restored and turned into 3 apartments, situated amidst the green hills surrounding the lovely town of Gubbio. All of the 3 apartments offer welcoming interiors furnished in a rustic style. This property prov...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Gubbio with 1 bedrooms sleeps 6

Stone farmhouse which has been recently restored and turned into 3 apartments, situated amidst the green hills surrounding the lovely town of Gubbio. All of the 3 apartments offer welcoming interiors furnished in a rustic style. This property prov...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Gubbio with 1 bedrooms sleeps 6

Stone farmhouse which has been recently restored and turned into 3 apartments, situated amidst the green hills surrounding the lovely town of Gubbio. All of the 3 apartments offer welcoming interiors furnished in a rustic style. This property prov...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home In Cortona With 7 Bedrooms Sleeps 16

Borgo Antico is a beautiful farmhouse on the high hills separating the wide green Valdichiana from the high Tevere valley which opens up before your eyes like a vast amphitheatre. This villa situated on the border between Tuscany and Umbria it is...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Magione with 4 bedrooms sleeps 12

The old farmhouse, a typical example of rural architecture of the previous century, has recently been scrupulously renovated transforming it into a comfortable holiday home. Its position, at the top of a hill covered by olive trees and overlooking...

Villa / Farmhouse / Home in Castiglione Del Lago with 4 bedrooms sleeps 10

Attractive villa set amongst vineyards and olive groves on the hills indicating the natural limit between the two most beautiful regions of central Italy, Tuscany and Umbria. The holiday house Villa il Cedro is situated in a panoramic position wit...
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