8-Day Itinerary In The Green Heart of Italy: Umbria
8 Days in Umbria Itinerary
Our 8-day tour itinerary is perfect for guests wishing to visit Umbria, known as the “green heart of Italy.”
The underappreciated region offers a wealth of natural beauty, rich history and culture, and delicious local cuisine. This 8-day tour allows you to discover the hidden gems of Umbria and experience the best of what the region has to offer. From exploring the charming towns of Perugia, Assisi, and Gubbio, to indulging in truffle hunting and wine tasting, to taking in the stunning views of Lake Trasimeno and the rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside, this tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Umbria.
Day 1: Marmore Waterfalls
The Marmore Waterfalls in Italy are one of the most breathtaking natural attractions in the country. The tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in our luxury vehicle, where you’ll be given a brief introduction to the history and geography of the area.
The journey to the waterfalls takes about an hour, during which you’ll be able to enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding countryside.
Once you arrive at the Marmore Waterfalls, you’ll be given a guided tour of the area, which includes a walk along a series of well-maintained trails that take you to the base of the falls. You’ll have ample opportunity to take photos and admire the stunning beauty of the cascading water. The falls are 165 meters high and divided into three sections, the Upper Falls, the Middle Falls, and the Lower Falls.
The tour also includes a visit to the nearby visitor center, where you can learn more about the history and ecology of the area. The center has a terrace where you can admire the waterfall from a different perspective. From there, you can take a lift to the top of the waterfall, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
After your hike, your private driver will collect you and bring your luggage to your accommodation in Terni. The journey will take approx 30 mins.
Day 2: Guided Tour of Terni
Terni, located in southeastern Umbria, is known as the “City of Lovers” due to its association with Saint Valentine, the patron saint of the city, who was born and became a bishop here. The remains of the saint are preserved in the basilica sanctuary in his honor. The city is situated on a large plain at the junction of the Serra and Nera rivers, and it is surrounded by a natural amphitheater of hills.
In the latter half of the 19th century, Terni was at the forefront of Italy’s industrial revolution, thanks in large part to the vast amount of power generated by the Marmore Falls. This earned the city the nickname “Manchester of Italy.”
After lunch in Terni, your chauffeur will take you on the 30-minute drive to Narni.
Guided Visit of Narni & The Mole of Narni (The Center of Italy!)
Narni is a small town in Umbria that has gained fame thanks to the fantasy novel “The Chronicles of Narnia” by English writer C.S. Lewis, who drew inspiration for the books from this location. However, there are many more reasons why Narni is a destination not to be missed. The town boasts a medieval historic center with beautiful buildings such as the Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo Comunale, and the Cathedral of San Giovenale.
In addition, Narni offers an underground path, discovered in 1979, that is rich in historical evidence from Roman times to the Holy Inquisition. The town also claims to be the geographical center of Italy (although this claim is disputed with Rieti) and is home to the ancient Roman bridge Ponte Cadorna which has become a popular destination for trekking enthusiasts.
Depending on the weather and your preferences, you can also make a quick stop at the Mole of Narni, an enchanting body of water near the Black River Gorges that offers unique scenery with emerald and turquoise waters surrounded by lush vegetation.
Your driver will return you to your accommodation in the evening.
Day 3: Guided Tour of Spoleto
A guided tour of Spoleto is a great way to experience the rich history and culture of this charming medieval town in Umbria, Italy. The tour begins with a pickup from your hotel, where you’ll be introduced to your knowledgeable guide who will give you a brief history of the area.
As you walk through the town, you’ll be able to admire the beautiful architecture of Spoleto, including the famous Roman Bridge, and the Ponte Sanguinario, which dates back to the 1st century AD. The bridge is one of the most important Roman monuments in the region, and it offers great views of the town and the surrounding countryside.
The tour continues with a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a beautiful Romanesque church that dates back to the 12th century. Inside the church, you’ll be able to admire the frescoes and the intricate sculptures, as well as the beautiful mosaics on the floor.
Another highlight of the tour is a visit to the Rocca Albornoziana, a 14th-century fortress that sits on top of a hill overlooking the town. The fortress offers great views of the town and the surrounding countryside, and it’s a great place to take photos.
As the tour comes to an end, your guide will take you to the Piazza del Mercato, where you’ll have some free time to explore the charming streets, and shops and enjoy a traditional local lunch.
At the end of the tour, your driver will transfer you to the town of Foligno where you will enjoy a classically Italian-style lunch before your tour continues.
Private Tour of Foligno
The first stop on the tour is the Piazza della Repubblica, the main square of Foligno, where you’ll be able to admire the beautiful architecture of the town hall and the church of Santa Maria Infraportas.
The tour continues with a visit to the Palazzo Trinci, a 14th-century palace that was once the residence of the Trinci family, one of the most powerful families in Umbria during the Middle Ages. Inside the palace, you’ll be able to admire the frescoes and the intricate sculptures, as well as the beautiful mosaics on the floor.
Another highlight of the tour is a visit to the Church of San Feliciano, a beautiful Romanesque church that dates back to the 12th century. Inside the church, you’ll be able to admire the frescoes and the intricate sculptures, as well as the beautiful mosaics on the floor.
As the tour comes to an end, your guide will take you to the Piazza della Repubblica, where you’ll have some free time to explore the charming streets, and shops and enjoy a traditional local lunch.
After your day excursion, your driver will transport you back to your hotel.
Day 4: Cookery Experience On A Farm Near Perugia
On the 4th day of your best of Umbria tour your guide will collect you at your accommodation as you take the 1hr journey to the idyllic farmlands of Perugia.
If you are looking for an authentic culinary experience in the Umbria region of Italy, a cooking experience on a farm and local winery in Perugia may be just what you need. This experience starts with a visit to a local farm, where you will be able to see how the freshest ingredients are grown and harvested.
Then, you will be transported to a local winery, where you will learn about the process of wine-making and get to taste some of the region’s finest wines. After the winery visit, you will be taken to a private kitchen, where a professional chef will guide you through the process of preparing a traditional Umbrian meal, using the ingredients you’ve just seen being grown and harvested.
The class is interactive and hands-on, allowing you to learn the techniques and tricks of the trade, while you cook alongside the chef. You’ll learn how to make pasta, prepare meat, cook vegetables, and make delicious sauces, all while enjoying a glass of wine.
Once the meal is ready, you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor, accompanied by more local wine.
Guided Tour of Perugia
Your guided tour begins with a pickup from your hotel, where you’ll be introduced to your knowledgeable guide who will give you a brief history of the area.
The first stop on the tour is the Piazza IV Novembre, the main square of Perugia, where you’ll be able to admire the beautiful fountain of Four Rivers and the Palazzo dei Priori, the town hall. The tour continues with a visit to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, a beautiful Gothic church that dates back to the 14th century. Inside the church, you’ll be able to admire the frescoes and the intricate sculptures, as well as the beautiful mosaics on the floor.
Another highlight of the tour is a visit to the Etruscan Arch, an ancient Roman arch that dates back to the 3rd century BC. The arch is one of the most important Roman monuments in the region, and it offers great views of the town and the surrounding countryside.
Explore the Piazza Matteotti, where you’ll have some free time to explore the charming streets, and shops and enjoy a traditional local lunch.
In the evening you will be transported back to your hotel, equipped with a wealth of knowledge about Perugia’s history and culture and a plethora of photographs to remember your tour.
Day 5: Guided Tour of Spello, The City of Flowers
Your driver will collect you at your accommodation as you make the 30-minute journey to Spello.
The first stop on the tour is the Roman Amphitheater, a well-preserved ancient Roman structure that dates back to the 1st century AD. The Amphitheater offers great views of the town and the surrounding countryside. The tour continues with a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, a beautiful Romanesque church that dates back to the 12th century. Inside the church, you’ll be able to admire the frescoes and the intricate sculptures, as well as the beautiful mosaics on the floor.
Another highlight of the tour is a visit to the Porta Consolare, an ancient Roman gate that dates back to the 1st century AD. The gate is one of the most important Roman monuments in the region, and it offers great views of the town and the surrounding countryside.
Discover the Piazza del Popolo, where you’ll have some free time to explore the charming streets, and shops and enjoy a traditional meal.
Transfer to Assisi with your chauffeur.
Guided Tour of Assisi
Explore the famous pilgrimage site of Assisi on a 3-hour walking tour, starting with a hike up to the summit of Monte Subasio.
This tour takes you through the winding medieval streets of Assisi, allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of this historic town. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Basilicas of Santa Chiara and St. Francis, home to one of Italy’s largest collections of church art.
Assisi, located on a gentle hill beneath the summit of Monte Subasio, is known for being the birthplace of Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order, which is integral to the history of the area, having been settled by ancient Umbrian tribes before becoming a Roman town. Today, it remains a popular pilgrimage site and a must-see destination for those interested in history, art, and culture.
Eremo delle Carceri Visit
Experience a unique and immersive visit to the Eremo della Carceri, a place located away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, where you can truly “live” the history and atmosphere.
This 800-year-old retreat is located about five kilometers from the city center, in the direction of Mount Subasio, and offers a peaceful and contemplative environment, much like the Franciscan environments of the Middle Ages.
The Eremo della Carceri, meaning “hermitage of the prison” in Latin, was a place where Francis and his fellow friars sought retirement, penitence, and solitude. They would retreat to the tiny Chapel of Saint Mary and the caves and ravines of the mount to pray and meditate.
After your guided tour here your chauffeur will deliver you back to your Perugia accommodation.
Day 6: Transfer To Lake Trasimeno
The journey with your private driver will take approx 1 hour.
Bike Tour Around Lake Trasimeno
Lake Trasimeno is situated in the picturesque Umbria region, surrounded by reeds and white water lilies. It is a natural haven for wild ducks, cormorants, kites, and kingfishers. The lake is surrounded by gentle hills, wooded areas, and fields of sunflowers, corn, vineyards, and olive groves. Traditional farming methods are still used in the area.
A bike tour around Lake Trasimeno would take you through the idyllic Umbrian countryside, where you can take in the stunning natural beauty of the lake and the surrounding hills. The tour will start in one of the towns located on the lake, such as Passignano Sul Trasimeno or Tuoro Sul Trasimeno, and take you on a leisurely ride through the charming countryside.
As you pedal along, you will pass by fields of sunflowers, corn, and vineyards, as well as olive groves and wooded areas. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to spot some of the local wildlife, such as wild ducks, cormorants, kites, and kingfishers. You will also have the chance to stop and visit some of the traditional farms in the area and learn about the traditional farming methods still used there.
As you make your way around the lake, you will also have the opportunity to take in the picturesque views of the towns that dot the shoreline.
After the bike tour makes the 30-minute transfer to Montepulciano with your private driver.
Guided Tour of Montepulciano
This afternoon, we will venture outside of Umbria and discover Montepulciano a picturesque town in Tuscany.
Perched on a hilltop, Montepulciano sits on a ridge that separates the Val D’Orcia from the Val di Chiana. The town, which still maintains its medieval layout, is a beautiful Renaissance hill town surrounded by a picturesque landscape. As you turn in any direction, you will be greeted with the iconic Tuscan countryside, featuring rolling hills, golden fields, and scattered cypress trees.
Montepulciano is known for its exceptional vineyards and is considered one of the premier winemaking regions in the world, making it a popular tourist destination in Tuscany.
The best way to explore the sophisticated historical center is to walk through it. Starting at Porta al Prato, in the lower part of the town, walk uphill to the summit and Piazza Grande, which is the site of many internationally significant cultural events. Along the way, you will encounter numerous Renaissance palaces, artisan workshops, and beautifully adorned churches that are even more impressive inside.
In addition to its undeniable beauty, Montepulciano is renowned for its Vino Nobile, one of Tuscany’s most highly esteemed wines. This red wine is made from grapes grown in the vineyards surrounding the town.
Your chauffeur will deliver you back to Perugia in the evening.
Day 7: Transfer To Gubbio
This morning your guide will collect you outside your accommodation as you make the 1-hour journey to Gubbio.
Gubbio Guided Tour
A full-day guided tour of Gubbio, Italy would take you on a journey through one of the most picturesque and historic towns in the region. The tour would likely start with a visit to the town’s medieval center, where you will see the Piazza Grande, the main square of the town, which is surrounded by impressive palaces and buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. You can also take the opportunity to visit the Palazzo dei Consoli, a beautiful palace that now serves as the town’s museum.
From there, you will head to the Basilica of St. Ubaldo, a beautiful church that sits at the top of a hill overlooking the town. The view from the top is breathtaking and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.
After that, you will visit the Basilica of St. Francis, a beautiful Gothic church that houses many artworks and frescoes.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to take a stroll through the charming streets of Gubbio, lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Day 8: Truffle Hunting In Umbria
A truffle hunting tour in Umbria is a unique and exciting experience that allows you to discover the world of truffle hunting and taste the delicious truffles that are found in the region. The tour typically begins early in the morning, when the truffle hunters, accompanied by trained dogs, set off into the woods. The tour guides will provide information about the different types of truffles found in the region and the methods used to locate them.
As you walk through the woods, the truffle-hunting dogs will lead the way, using their keen sense of smell to locate truffles hiding in the soil. Once a truffle is found, the guide will carefully dig it up, and you will have the opportunity to see and smell the truffle firsthand.
After the hunt, you will have the opportunity to taste the truffles, which are often used to prepare traditional Umbrian dishes such as pasta or risotto. You will also have the opportunity to purchase truffles to take home with you.
This tour is not only a unique and delicious experience but also a great opportunity to learn about the local culture and the history of truffle hunting in Umbria. It is also a great way to enjoy the beautiful Umbrian countryside and the natural environment.
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