HomeAway has a great choice of farmhouses and villas in Umbertide, and it’s simple to track down the rental that has everything you require. At an Umbertide holiday home you’ll be in the heart of the famous northern Umbrian countryside, minutes from preserved medieval hill-towns, and with scenery that rewards anyone who explores it. Umbertide villas are stone buildings, often dating back centuries but updated in the most tasteful and elegant ways. Few luxuries are overlooked – many holiday homes in Umbertide feature swimming pools surrounded by large gardens with unforgettable views.
-Local history. A few minutes south of Umbertide is the Badia of Montecorona, a preserved abbey complex, which dates to the early-11th Century and boasts a beautiful and surprisingly large vaulted Romanesque crypt. Also just outside the town is the Civitella Ranieri, which is held to be one of the most impressive medieval fortresses in the Tiber Valley.
-Nature. In the Tiber Valley you’ll have idyllic countryside to explore in all directions. There’s rolling hills, farms, oak and pine forests, olive groves and vineyards in the area, and a number of marked trails offering walks both gentle and a little more vigorous. If you’re up for a challenge you could climb the 1,000 metre-high Monte Acuto, which looms to the south of Umbertide.
-Cuisine. In this rural area the local cuisine is hearty and rustic, with lots of meat, especially in the shape of salamis and other cold cuts. Meat sauces accompany pasta types like strangozzi (long and thick) and stozzapreti (short and twisted), both of which are hand-made varieties. When it comes to local produce, Umbrian black truffles are considered among the best in Italy.
-Perugia. This magnificent university city deserves a visit and dates back well over 2,500 years, with evidence of Etruscan and Roman civilisation – see the amphitheatre, forum and thermal baths. In the medieval era it was an important cultural centre and dating from this time is the Palazzo del Prioi an exquisite gothic building that houses a collection of painting from the 1200s to 1800s.
-Lake Trasimeno. If you’re craving some beach-time in summer then you could head for the shores of this large lake, which offers a range of water sports in the warmer months. The shallowness of the water makes it great for younger children. In fact it’s a hub for a choice of recreation, with a nine-hole golf course on its south shore, picturesque towns to visit and walking trails to explore.
Umbertide gets a humid subtropical climate, with moderately cool winters and warm summers. The warmer weather usually arrives in May and lasts through to late-September, hitting the high-20s in July and August. There’s occasional rainfall throughout the year, occurring more frequently in the autumn months. On an average day in January temperatures tend to get up to eight or nine degrees, dropping to just above freezing at night. Spring conditions are mostly mild, with temperatures reaching the high-teens in April.
If you’re heading to Umbertide from Britain then you could fly to Perugia Airport (PEG). There are regular year-round routes with budget airlines to this destination from the UK, and Perugia also has connections to a handful of cities in Italy and other European countries. Umbertide is about 30 kilometres north of Perugia on the E45, no more than half an hour away. Perugia also has a train station, with long-distance links to Florence in the northwest and Rome to the south.