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UMBRIA with Essential Italy

Known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria has an unrivalled array of beautiful places to stay and is overflowing with fascinating cultural masterpieces. Umbria lies between Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche and is the only Italian region to have neither a coastline nor a border with another country. Due to its relative isolation and lack of outside influence, Umbria has remained much as it was hundreds of years ago, maintaining many of its typical old-world traditions.

Explore Umbria with Essential Italy

Umbria boasts a variety of landscapes with the high Apennines to the east and the rolling hills of the Tiber valley in the west. Whether you’re a couple looking for an idyllic hideaway, a family, or group of friends looking for a typical Italian villa, Umbria is one of our top destinations. We offer a stunning collection of Umbria villas, town apartments and intimate hotels in the best holiday locations in the region.

Towns and Cities of Umbria

The capital of Umbria is Perugia, an ancient University town with a beautiful city centre and the venue for the world famous music festival, Umbria Jazz. Assisi, home of Saint Francis, attracts pilgrims from all over the world and stands proudly on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Spoleto hosts the Festival Dei due Mondi, a feast of classical music and dance, which takes place during the first two weeks of July, while Orvieto, the beautiful town that dominates the Tiber valley to the west of Umbria is definitely including in your trip. Umbria is littered with many smaller towns and villages, all of which merit a visit, and these include Gubbio, Norcia, Todi and Montefalco, all within easy reach of any of our hotels, rental apartments and Umbria villas.

However you want to spend your holiday in Umbria, Essential Italy’s Umbria villas, apartments and hotels across the region will provide you with the perfect base.

Umbria Countryside

Umbria has very few flat areas and the gentle hills appear to roll on and on until they reach the high Apennines that create a natural barrier to the east. To the north of the region lies the large lake, Lago Trasimeno, the gateway to Tuscany, and in the very south the waterfalls of Marmore offer a really spectacular entry into Lazio.

Food and Wine of Umbria

The food and wine of Umbria is superb, and often one of the main reasons that people relish a stay in a self-catering villa. Umbria’s countryside is covered in vineyards and the red wines produced are some of the best in the world. The town of Montefalco produces the glorious Sagrantino red wine and the whites from the Orvieto area are much sought after.

Umbrian food is based around the region’s local produce that includes fresh vegetables and excellent meat. The wooded hillsides provide the ideal environment for truffles and porcini mushrooms to thrive and these are a mainstay in many recipes. With a wide variety of pasta dishes, and meats ranging from beef to wild boar, you are sure to find your perfect Umbrian dish.

Whether your stay is in one of the secluded rural Umbria villas, a town apartment or hotel, our representative in Umbria will happily recommend the best local restaurants and vineyards.

Umbria Secrets – Off the beaten track

With so many small towns and villages to explore, Umbria is the ideal location for those seeking a taste of unspoiled Italy. The villages of Bevagna, Deruta and Città della Pieve provide the perfect backdrop for a delicious lunch and a wander around the medieval backstreets, and just over the border in Lazio is the enduring village of Cività di Bagnoreggio.

For many guests wanting to experience the ‘real Italy’ and rent a holiday villa, Umbria is a fabulous option, making a great alternative to its more famous and much visited neighbour, Tuscany. Almost every village and town houses its own artistic treasure and boasts its own identity and the many churches in the region are living museums. As one travels this diverse region on an Umbria holiday it is possible to find new and exciting parts that will only inspire and enthuse visitors tempting them to return time and time again.

Holiday accommodation in Umbria

At Essential Italy we pride ourselves on finding the best Umbria villas, apartments and hotels. We have visited all the properties on our website, and stayed in many. Our pre-departure information includes all the local information you’ll need to guide you to the hidden corners of Umbria and point you in the right direction of the perfect local restaurant or bar.

Ready to Holiday in Umbria?

Call us on + 44 (0) 1223 460100 and put our friendly and local expertise to work to find you the perfect accommodation option from our selection of Umbria villas, apartments and hotels. No matter which you choose, your holiday is bound to be a wonderful experience to remember.