Umbria’s rural landscape is a patchwork of vineyards, sunflower fields, olive groves and cypress trees, interrupted only by a peppering of hilltop villages and the winding country roads that connect them. Italy’s only landlocked region, the area remains unchanged by outside influences - making it ideal for experiencing quintessential Italy. You’ll be based across idyllic Spoleto and Assisi, from which you’ll discover some of the country’s most beautiful and best-kept secrets.
7 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Rome. We transfer to the Hotel Clitunno (3T) in Spoleto.
Spoleto - Bevagna
Explore Spoleto, the hillside town where natural beauty and stunning architecture beautifully collide. Discover the main square, St Mary’s Dome, with an 11th century mosaic that decorates the façade; the market square, built on the ruins of Roman Foro; and the Roman Theatre. This afternoon, we enjoy a walk in the medieval village of Bevagna, where you are free to explore sights including the beautiful main square, two outstanding Romanesque churches of St Michele and San Silvestro, and the Consoli Palace.
Not only is Todi gifted with glorious views of the River Tiber below, but collections of stone houses, intertwining steep backstreets and medieval architecture adds to the unique fairytale appearance. We roam the enchanted streets discovering the main square bound by beautiful aristocratic palaces, the medieval district and the San Fortunato Church - built on the site of an ancient Roman temple, this remarkable Catholic church hosts both Gothic and Renaissance styles. We visit the Renaissance-styled Santa Maria della Consolazione, a stunning domed church designed by Donato Bramante, which took a century to complete. On our departure journey we pass the mesmerising Marmore Falls, the cascading waterfall set in deep green forest scenery is an image of incomparable beauty credited to the artificial work of the ancient Romans.
Orvieto - Amelia
We visit Orvieto today, one of the most important Etruscan cities, situated high on the summit of volcanic rock above stunning green fields of vine, olive and cypress trees. A local guide will show us the highlights including the incredible 14th century Gothic Cathedral, a remarkable structure built under the order of Pope Urban IV to commemorate the Miracle of Bolsena. On our return we stop in the historic town of Amelia. It’s easy to marvel at the sheer beauty of this Roman city, with its dramatic scenery, ancient buildings and incredible town walls dating back to the 3rd century BC.
Spello - Assisi
Spello has plenty of historic sights to admire today, including the thick Roman walls that surround it, the immaculate Church of St Andrew, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the idyllic Belvedere, a stunning terrace providing unforgettable views of the town’s glorious countryside. We travel on to an olive oil mill for a tasting before arriving in peaceful Assisi, the birthplace St Francis of Assisi - a patron saint of Italy and creator of the Franciscan order. Explore the religious heritage when walking through the narrow, picturesque lanes decorated with medieval architecture and discover the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, a UNESCO-listed structure consisting of two magnificent churches: the Upper Church and Lower Church. The churches hold outstanding frescoes decorated by renowned medieval painters such as Simone Martini, Giotto and Cimabue. Later, explore the majestic main square - Piazza del Comune - and marvel at the magnificent structures including the Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Torre del Popolo and the beautiful Temple of Minerva - a grand Roman building built in the 1st century BC. This afternoon we check into the Dal Moro Gallery Hotel (4T).
Gubbio has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, making it one of Umbria’s most historical towns; and most beautiful due to its location on the lower slope of Mount Ingino. Magnificent historical monuments fill much of the picturesque town, for example the historic Palazzo dei Consoli hosts a wonderful archaeological museum exhibiting collections from Umbrian civilisations dating back to the end of the 2nd century BC including seven bronze engraved panels of the Eugubine Tablets. Other sights include the medieval church of San Francesco and the beautiful Gothic Cathedral. Continue to the amazing natural wonder of the Frasassi Caves, a system of karst caves discovered in 1971 by a group of speleologists and geologists.
Spend your final day exploring Umbria’s capital and largest city, Perugia, perched on a panoramic hill above the picturesque valley and glistening River Tiber. Our guided visit begins at the city’s first ever fortress, Rocca Paolina which was built for Pope Paul III, followed by the beautiful Fontana Maggiore, and Priori Palace - memorable for its incredible pink gothic-style windows and ornate portal. Our visit also includes the city’s monumental Etruscan Arch and Collegio del Cambio, a well-preserved Bankers Guild of incredibly-detailed Renaissance design. We conclude our day with an afternoon visit to the Perugina Chocolate Museum and Factory, to learn of the secrets and techniques used to create their famous sweet treats as well as enjoying a delicious tasting of the mouthwatering chocolate.