Umbria timeless Orvieto and surroundings
Umbria timeless Orvieto and surroundings, the cuisine of Umbria blend refinement and simplicity. The repertoire of pasta dishes is similar to that of neighbouring regions. There are two local specialties, however: strascinati and umbrici, both long, thick spaghetti, and dressed with oil, garlic and a soupcon of chilli pepper
In Umbria, pasta is often flavoured with a grating of the local black truffles, found around Norcia. Chocolate has made Perugia, the capital of the region, famous all over the world. In the towns and villages along our route, we dine in fine restaurants and simple tavernas, sampling the sharp pecorino cheese, hand-plucked truffles, and olive oil pressed in the traditional way. Meat is important fare; it is here that the craft of slaughtering the pig and preparing the various cuts for salami is at its best.
The meat of the Umbrian pigs is particularly tasty because the animals live in the mountains and feed on wild plants, herbs and even truffles. Regional white wines are some of Italy’s most renowned, such as the Orvieto, the Torgiano, the Colli del Trasimeno and the red wines Sagrantino and Montefalco, and we experience them with memorable meals. Our accommodation is a charming hotel and will welcome us in the region’s enduring spirit of hospitality. Follow us on Facebook!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY
- Visits to Assisi, Spoleto and Todi, treasures of the Italian medieval art
- Famous Umbrian cooking and olive oil
- The smallest Theatre in the world
- Visit to Mount Subasio Natural Park
- Cheese, Olive oil & Wine tasting
- Opportunity to visit Perugia
- Traditional fresh pasta: Ciriole, Stringozzi
- Wines and liqueurs: Grechetto, Rosso Orvietano, Sagrantino di Montefalco
- Olive oil, pecorino umbro, tuffle, Sagrantino and Gerecchetto jam
|IMPORTANT NOTE||The schedule might be subject to change; Depending on your needs and your requests, we can provide you individual services (accomodation, land service, guide service, single tours and activities) or a full package tour;|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December|
|What is included||1 wine & cheese tasting, 5 packed or picnic lunches, 6 dinners, wine&beverages included, 7 continental morning breakfast, 7 nights in Agriturismo near Todi;, All entrance fees in scheduled stops and local taxes, Professional Official Guide, Transportation in private van 9 seats (8+1)|
|What is not included||– All not expressed in the “What is included”, − Personal Expenses|
Day 1 – Arrival day
Leaving Rome we arrive in hotel and then for a stroll in Monte Castello di Vibio in time for a brief exploration of this medieval town, home of the smallest theatre in the world.
Day 2 – Medieval Towers and The Town of San Martino
A walk in the sweeping hills of Umbria is a journey into Italy’s artistic and agricultural heart. Our path follows history, beginning in Monte Castello di Vibio and on to San Martino close to the Tiber River. In early days, it was the natural borderline between the Umbrians and Etruscans: on the left the Umbrians, on the right the Etruscans. Todi was built on a hill near the river at the end of the large plain and represented the ideal connection between the two people. From our hotel we follow paths through ancient woodland and vineyards. We continue through ancient agricultural hamlets encircled by olive groves before descending to the ancient town of San Martino. In the afternoon, stroll to Todi, built on top of a hill.
13km, 200mts ascent, 4hrs
Day 3 – Meanders on Mount Subasio
After breakfast there is a transfer to the Natural Park of Mount Subasio, a protected area with serene paths, which meander through open meadows with ancient oak and chestnut trees. Mount Subasio is the sprawling mountain on whose flank Assisi is built. A haven of subtle beauty and spirituality, it was here that St. Francis preached to the birds from a simple stone altar. We descend from the top on foot, continuing through the wooded trails along the eastern side of the mountain. The final descent into the town of Assisi, in a commanding position across the slopes of Mount Subasio. The rest of the day is free to tour its many faceted historical centre and the Basilica of St. Francis.
13kms, 700mts descent, 5hrs
Day 4 – Free day
Breakfast in hotel. A great opportunity to visit Perugia and its many artistic treasures.
NOTE: FREE DAY IS NOT ATTENDED NOR GUIDED
Day 5 – Titignano and Lakeside Lingering
We follow the shores of Lake Corbara, lined with the sleepy village of Titignano and surrounded by rolling hills. Lined with tranquil shorelines and sleepy villages, and surrounded by rolling hills, Lake Corbara is a picturesque setting for today’s leisurely outing in the countryside. Here, we will stroll through the shore of the lake formed by the Tiber river, spotted by ancient villages where the rhythms of daily life have barely changed for centuries.
10kms, 300mts ascent, 4hrs
Day 6 – The hills of Spoleto
Breakfast in hotel. A beautiful day’s walking along the green mountains surrounding the ancient town of Spoleto. This is a mystical landscape with ancient spiritual associations and we pass ruined castles, abandoned villages, chapels and a long aqueduct suspended 280feet above the Flaminia valley. Spoleto, the medieval masterpiece of Umbria, will charm us with its intimate alleys and surprisingly spacious, panoramic piazza, flanked by the stunning palazzo comunale and the roman aqueduct.
14kms, 700nts descent, 5hrs
Day 7 – Fratta Todina, San Venanzo
An easy day of walking from our hotel, through dusty roads and a small suspended bridge we will arrive to the walled town of Fratta Todina. Our walk through the neighbouring hills alternates between ancient woods and vineyards where the famous Torgiano white grape is grown for the renowned wine. This picturesque walk later continues through farmland, shady forests, old farmsteads, and hamlets surrounded by olive groves and cypress trees before we make the dramatic descent to the ancient San Venanzo Church.
Day 8 – Departure day
After an early breakfast we arrive back at Rome Fiumicino airport.