UMBRIA – Italy’s Green Heart
Let’s imagine a place where the overlapping hills are surrounded by wildflowers, where history seems to creep up on you from every corner and the Italian delicacies pamper all your senses… Benvenuti in Umbria, Italy’s Green Heart! Situated between Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio, Umbria is the only Italian region that borders neither the sea nor another country.
How to get there
Umbria has a regional airport, the Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria – Perugia “San Francesco d’Assisi”, often known by its former name of Sant’Egidio, midway between Perugia (12km) and Assisi.
There is a direct flight from London Stansted to Perugia with Ryanair. From April to October, this is a daily connection. From April to October, three times a day flights go to Rome Fiumicino, which can be a good solution for connections with international flights.
Flights to Rome leave a similar two-hour-plus journey time by train or car to southern Umbria. A map of Umbria towns can help you to see where are the important cities and how to get there.
If you want to explore the remoter rural areas, driving is the best. Umbria road map is looking good. The roads are generally well-maintained, and 24-hour petrol stations are reasonably common, though don’t always count on being able to use your credit card in the machine.
Buses connect most smaller towns and villages, and provide the only public transport access to Norcia and Gubbio, though services can be sparse on Sundays.
If you want to travel on the bus you should buy the tickets before boarding (look for the blue “T” sign). Also, bus tickets and train tickets always need stamping: for trains, in the orange machines on platforms and in station buildings, for buses, in the machines onboard.
Weather – when to visit
The best times to visit Umbria is in the spring and fall.
From late May, the summer tourist rush really picks up and from July to mid-September, the country is teeming with visitors. The hottest month is July when the max temperature is about 31℃. In winter (late October to Easter), most sights go to shorter winter hours or are closed for restoration and rearrangement. Umbria stays cooler throughout the year and can get downright frozen in winter. Fall is also fairly mild, with lots of rainfall being the only drawback.
Where to stay in Umbria?
Now, if you want to discover the very best towns and villages in Umbria, discover the perfect accompaniment – our fantastic villas to rent. Family villas, luxury villas, find the best ones selected by our specialists. If you look for ideal holiday rental in Umbria, check out our selection of villas: villas with a private pool, villas for couples or villas near the beach. If you’re looking for a romantic break with your loved one, rent one of our villas for two.
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Villas in Umbria FAQ
Why Italian Breaks?
All of our holiday homes in Italy are handpicked by Italian Breaks founder, Cristina Swift. She was born and raised in Italy so you can be sure that she knows the best locations for an Italian getaway. Whether you’re looking for luxury or value, the Italian Breaks portfolio is always filled with exclusive properties that radiate comfort and quality. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line accommodation with a local touch, Italian Breaks is where you’ll find it.
Is there a deposit?
A refundable deposit for incidentals is required on arrival to the key holder. Each property differs in price, so the deposit total will be indicated at the time of confirmation. Make sure to claim your deposit when handing in your key.
Are additional services available?
Additional services can be made available for a fee. Whether you’re looking for a chef, babysitting, special events, or recovery of lost property, you may be charged a fixed amount starting from £30, or a % of the cost of the service.
What do you recommend doing in the area?
This ancient city is known as the home of Saint Francis. Visitors will love the Roman ruins, beautiful churches, museums, shops, and medieval sites. Walking from the main town to the countryside nearby is highly recommended.
This hill town is full of Roman, Etruscan, and medieval sites. It’s filled with historic churches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and surrounded by an ancient city wall.
Spend some time outdoors at one of the most scenic lakes in Italy. Take a ferry to explore the nearby islands or just lounge on the beach. Nearby Castiglione del Lago is one of the top cities here so spend some time admiring the castle on the lake.
This small hill town is thought to be at the centre of mainland Italy (according to geography.) It was once an important settlement during the 12th to 14th centuries and is now a place to admire ancient architecture and natural views.
Go Truffle Hunting
Umbria is a fantastic destination for truffle hunting in the countryside. Get yourself a guide who will take you out to hunt your own truffles. When you’re through, your guide will take you back to a local restaurant where the chef will cook them up and serve your bounty to you.
Spend time outside while visiting these stunning waterfalls. They’re the tallest man-made waterfalls in the world and the second tallest waterfalls in Europe. They’re not only beautiful but are historic as they date back to Roman times.
When is the Best Time to Visit Umbria?
The best time to visit Umbria is during the fall or spring. From May through September it’s high tourist season so expect lots of crowds. August isn’t ideal as it can be muggy, crowded, and much too hot. While visiting in winter will offer smaller crowds, many of the main attractions are closed, have shorter hours, or are undergoing renovations. A spring or fall visit will offer the best weather, limited crowds, and plenty to see and do.