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A holiday villa or apartment in Umbria is just what the doctor ordered

Located in central Italy, Umbria is a magical area that abounds in history, culture, and natural beauty. Characterised by rolling hills, vibrant valleys, and peaceful plains, Umbria is a great option when it comes time to book your next holiday villa or apartment. What's more, Umbria's central location in Italy makes it a great starting point for trips to surrounding regions, such as Tuscany and Rome.

Something comfortable in Umbria, Italy for every taste

No matter what type of accommodations you are looking for, HomeAway is sure to have something to suit your needs, giving you a viable alternative to booking hotels during your trip to Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Spoleto, or many other points of interest in the Umbria region. From spacious villas with picturesque views and pools that are fun for the entire family to romantic apartments with excellent views of the city that are ideal for couples and everything in between, our villas come with the amenities you expect at a price you can afford. What's more, with villas and apartments spread throughout Italy's Umbria region, you can plan ahead by locating accommodations closest to the things you most want to see and do during your next trip to Italy—even if that includes visiting neighbouring regions such as Tuscany or Marche.

Much to see and do in and around Perugia, the capital of Umbria

Though Umbria is notably the only Italian region that does not border on the sea, it is nevertheless an idyllic destination for those seeking fun in the sun and the water. Lake Trasimeno is the largest lake in Italy and is the perfect spot for those who enjoy the peace and quiet that corresponds to an afternoon spent fishing. History and architecture fans also have a lot to take in at Lake Trasimeno: the lake boasts several castles in various states of repair. Some are surrounded by small villages, while others are isolated and have fallen into ruins.

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- Castello del Leone in Castiglione del Lago. Built by Emperor Frederick II, the castle was finished in the mid-1200s and used to hold dominance over the area surrounding Lake Trasimeno. It has withstood many assaults over the centuries, and today is a memorable place to visit—especially when one considers the majestic view it offers. Castiglione del Lago is a small village brimming with culture. In addition to the castle, the town has several other places of interest, including the ducal palace, town hall, and Santa Maria Maddalena, a church that includes a panel painted by Eusebio da San Giorgio towards the end of the 16thcentury.

- Guglielmi castle on Isola Maggiore. The castle was built on the island in 1880. Since then it was not well maintained and thus was badly in need of repairs. It is currently being transformed into a luxury spa and resort for those seeking relaxation when they travel to Umbria. In addition to the castle, the island is noteworthy because it is the only inhabited island in Lake Trasimeno. Most of the buildings on the island date back to the 14thcentury, when a Franciscan monastery was built. The famous St. Francis of Assis is known to have lived on the island in the early 13thcentury, adding to the islands historic appeal.

- The Vernazzano leaning tower. Like the leaning tower of Pisa, this tower is known for its tilt. The tower is the only remnant of an old castle, and the entire area has a fascinating history. At one point the town moved away from the tower because the area was strategically useful but not very conducive to living. Thus, only the tower remains to attest to the multifaceted history that unfolded here—and even that must be held up with steel cables to keep it from tumbling down.

Majestic waterfalls and beautiful landscapes in Umbria

In addition to Lake Trasimeno, those who book holiday villas and apartments in Umbria can take advantage of another aqueous wonder: the Cascate delle Marmore, or Marmore's Falls. The waterfalls themselves are stunning to behold, as are the valleys, rivers and hills that surround the falls. They are not far from the city of Terni, in southeast Umbria, and Terni is in turn a mere 104 kilometres away from Rome, making Terni a great place to book a villa if you want to stay on the countryside while being within striking distance of one of the world's most vibrant urban centres. In addition to Marmore's Falls, visitors to Terni should see a few other points of interest:

- Though now in ruins, Carsulae is an important archaeological site that gives much insight into how life was during Roman times. Once a prosperous trading hub, the ruins tell an interesting tale everywhere you look. Whether you just want to go for a long hike or delve into the site's rich history and fascinating ruins, Carsulae is a must see for those who book a villa in the Terni province of Umbria.

- The Dunarobba Fossil Forest. Though there are other petrified forests, what is unique about this particular petrified forest is that the trees remained intact and upright during the fossilization process. The trees here are more than 2 million years old, making this a very important scientific discovery and a fantastic way to travel back in time while enjoying the warm Umbrian sun with your friends and family.

The spiritual side of Umbria

Several villas and apartments are located in and around Assisi, one of Umbria's and Italy's most important cities in terms of its spiritual significance: it was here that St. Francis of Assisi was born and ultimately laid to rest after a lifetime dedicated to his spiritual beliefs and to helping those in need. Assisi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts many thrilling sites, including:

- The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi. The basilica is comprised of an upper and a lower church and is stunning to behold. The lower church contains frescos down by Cimabue and Giotto in the late-medieval period, while the upper church contains frescos dedicated to the life of Saint Francis.

- The Basilica of Santa Chiara, or Saint Claire, who was instrumental in the founding of the Poor Sisters. The Gothic interior is breathtaking, and the basilica houses many frescos depicting the life of the saint as well as her tomb.

- Two medieval castles, one built in a grandiose manner meant to intimidate the townsfolk, the other built in the Roman era.

- A Roman amphitheatre that is of historical significance and which is now the site of a lovely garden.

Natural and manmade beauty throughout Umbria

The Umbrian region has several other sites of interest, ranging from quaint towns with historical buildings to natural landscapes that will leave you speechless. Some of the most notable sites in Umbria include:

- Orvieto, located in Terni, was once the domicile of the popes, and thus appropriately stunning and awe-inspiring. Orvieto is also known for its underground city, and today tourists who visit Orvieto can take guided tours of the labryntine tunnels that traverse beneath the city. Wine lovers will also be pleasantly surprised by the renowned wine produced in Orvieto.

- Spoleto is the perfect place to find a holiday villa or apartment if you are keen on exploring the region's Roman history as well as its medieval history. Spoleto is also known for a summer festival held each year called Festival dei due Mondi, or Festival of two worlds. Each year, dancers, opera singers, and stage actors entertain visitors who travel to this part of Umbria from all over the world.

Forego looking for hotels and search instead for a holiday villa or apartment in the Umbria region. Having your own holiday home makes your stay in Umbria more personal and intimate with your family and loved ones, giving you access to picturesque views, cool pools, history, culture, and, of course, delicious Italian cuisine at the best price available. No matter what time of year you plan to visit the Umbrian region of central Italy, HomeAway has several holiday villas and apartments that are sure to offer the best way of enjoying your time away from the stress of daily life.

You can either pick one part of Umbria to explore, or spend your time exploring the entire region, taking trips to Spoleto, Orvieto, Assisi, the various castles and churches that dot the region—a great way to learn and see new things, particularly if it is your first time in Umbria. But whether you want a more relaxed trip in one place or a more exciting trip that takes you to each corner of Umbria, knowing you'll be resting your head in the comfort of your own home makes it easier to focus on all the fun to be had.

What's more, the central location of Umbria makes it an ideal choice for those who want to see as much of Italy as possible. Rome is just a short drive or train ride away from Umbria, and the region also borders on Tuscany, another beloved Italian region. No matter where your interests lie and what you want to see when you travel to Italy, booking a holiday villa or holiday home in Umbria is the best first step toward a holiday you will remember for the rest of your life.


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We were a gang of friends wanting a easy escape and this was perfect- the pictures do not do the place justice, it's much much better in real life! Will definitely be coming back next year!
  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

A lovely traditional house with great pool area

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Overall we really enjoyed our stay. Plus points: 1. A traditional, cosy stone house, lovely large pool, great location in terms of restaurants (short drives away) 2. Adequately equipped kitchenette with dishwasher and gas hob. Decent sized fridge in adjoining pantry 3 all four bedrroms have their own bathroom, all but the twin are en suite. Bathroom for the twin room doubles as a laundry room, with a good quality washing machine. 4. Owner is very close by (more of that later!) and speaks good English in case of problems On the downside: 1. Proximity to river meant lots of mosquitoes and so we had to keep windows closed at night. With no air conditioning this did make for some pretty uncomfortable nights! All bedrooms have small plug in fans but some nights this really wasnt enough. We understand it has been a particularly hot summer though! 2. We were bombarded with a LOT of 'rules', before our stay, on arrival and during our stay! The owner, Alex, and his wife and daughter, only live just a few metres away (NB driveway is shared, would be tight for more than two cars) and we never really felt completely relaxed because of this unfortunately. 3. We were told we had 1GB of free wifi a day, were warned that we woild be charged if we went over (we had taken this mean we would be updated each day). On our last afternoon, while relaxing by the pool, Alex confronted us to say that we had gone significantly over (a bit surprising as we had not downloaded any films or anything big) and we would be charged €97! Quite a shock. We did pay (it came out of the €150 deposit paid on arrival) but think we should have had more warning of how large the charge could be- so used to cheap wifi in the UK and with teenagers surfing youtube, Spotify etc its not normally something we have to think about! 4. I don't really think it should be down to guests to drive their organic/food rubbish to a public bin on the main road. Never encountered such a request before! We understand the bins aren't emptied regularly but if we stayed in a hotel or serviced apartment we would not expect to do this! 5. The communal lounge area is not condusive to relaxing in the evening. We were only a family of five, not sure how a bigger group would manage. There is just one small, 2/3 seater sofa. Yes you have the dining table, seating eight, but who wants to sit on hard chairs round a table all night? 6. The kitchen is really timy, again not sure how a bigger group would cope!
  • Review Submitted: Sep 04, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017