Umbria summer holidays Discover Italy's best-kept secret
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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
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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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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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
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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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
The pleasure of staying in the green Umbria:
the beauty of the landscape, the silence, the mild climate, the flavor of a generous land.
In order to better discover the charms of the surrounding nature and enjoy the tastes and smells of our tab...
Villa Riva del Lago is a spectacular home, just a 6 to 8 minute drive to Trasimeno Lake. This villa has several bedrooms and sleeps 18 guests in total.
It has been furnished with great care and attention in a rustic style common to traditional I...
The charming villa is set behind the thermal springs of San Casciano dei Bagni and is situated on a hill that allows views of the stunning landscape that surrounds.
The villa has a relaxing atmosphere and is excellently furnished. ...
Villa Mori is a charming farmhouse with a pool, in the heart of an historic wine estate. A short drive from Assisi and Perugia, in the very heart of the Umbria Region, this friendly, relaxed and family-centred holiday home provides a great base fo...
The owners of Case Buca have put huge effort into ensuring that guests staying here will fall in love with this house and the area. The renovated farmhouse is situated in a beautiful location in the Niccone valley on the Umbria/Tuscany border.
Il Monastero is an elegant country house estate near in Umbria. It is a magnificent property offering a unique and luxurious experience.
With more than 800 years of history, Il Monastero was a monastic complex of the Mont'Ulivetani di Gubbio Fr...
For those in search of a enchanting castle retreat, Castello Gubbio is the perfect choice!
It was built in the middle ages to defend the town of Gubbio against Perugia. The castle has retained it defensive character from the outside, but four y...
A luxury villa newly refurbished and providing comfortable accommodation for 8 people to enjoy. It is a relaxing retreat in the centre of one of the most beautiful private nature reserves in Italy.
Villa Savini is a XIV century complex set in ...
Villa Subtila is a beautiful newly refurbished XVI century farmhouse, set on the top of one of the sloping hillside of Umbria. The villa offers spectacular views across the medieval castle of Antognolla and its 18 hole championship golf course.
Beautiful stonebuilt farmhouse located in a very panoramic position, in an area that we have called Southern Tuscany/Umbria. Geographically speaking it is situated in Umbria but it is only a few kilometers from the southern part of Tuscany, close ...