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
La Gardenia is a traditional stone-built house, dating from the Middle Ages. It is located in the heart of Todi, voted the most livable town on earth and the setting for the classic 1965 film The Agony and the Ecstasy.
Situated on the upper 2 flo...
This small apartment is on a 1928 historical building and it has been completely renewed in 2013. The front looks over Via Cacciatori delle Alpi and it is 200 meters from the escalator to the Historical Center, which you can reach with a 2 minutes...
Large, private, pool available to all our guests, 7 miles away, FREE OF CHARGE, at our Villa Marianna.
In central Spoleto, in the midst of bars, shops and restaurants, in the pedestrian area of Porta Fuga, these 3 fabulous, self catering apartmen...
Large, private, pool available to all our guests, 7 miles away, free of charge, at our Villa Marianna.
In the 14C Rocca Dei Perugini, the stronghold for the Perugini when they conquered Spoleto, located in a pedestrian area, Terrazza Bella + Bell...
Large, private, pool available to all our guests, 3 miles away, FREE OF CHARGE, at our Villa Marianna.
With internet/Wifi access, free of charge, this very pretty part of a 16C Convent was converted into 2 elegant apartments while retaining many ...
This large villa consists of 2 floors.
Upper floor: large living room with fireplace, terrace, 2 double bedrooms, kitchen.
2 double bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, large living room with huge fireplace, leading out onto the garden.
Glorious, cosy and comfortable home in Umbrian village called Acqualoreto, with large kitchen, living room with fireplace, study, bedroom, bathroom and outside seating area. Use of lovely pool available.
Townhouse beautifully situated, overlooking the oldest mediaeval downtown place.
Gorgeous and elegant apartment, a part of mansion century XV. Carefully restored, is smaller (about 50 sq.m.) than “Dimora La Sapienza 1 “(about 150 sq.m.), but equal...
Luxury rental villa town center property, less than a stone throw from Corso Vanucci, the main road of Perugia, in an elegant and quiet alley. This romantic let in Perugia centre is ideal for any time of the year, summer holiday rental or winter w...
Old farmhouse situated on the border between Umbria and Tuscany, in the country with large fenced garden and large swimming pool overlooking the valley and the Trasimeno Lake, within easy reach of the most beautiful cities of central Italy.