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Holidays in Umbria

The Umbrians are isolated from everyday life by encircling mountains and inhabit a timeless world of natural beauty, historic sunsets and a gastronomic paradise that consists entirely of fresh local produce. Specialties such as risotto with grated truffles, mazzafegati (chopped liver) or Castellucio lentils are followed by rare ewes' milk cheeses and tasty pinoccate cakes, and enjoyed with a delicious Colli del Trasimeno white wine or the unique Sagrantino red.

A visit to Umbria is still an adventure into the undiscovered, a mediaeval backwater that is remembered for its stillness. The only way to fully appreciate it is to slow right down to walking or cycling pace. There is, of course, bustle too. Perugia has one of Italy's finest art collections, Gubbio is a complete memorial to the mediaeval period and Assisi is famous for St Francis. But every little town and village has its own unique charm or hidden treasure.

Umbria is very aptly described as 'the gentle soul of Italy' and it's a wonderful choice for a relaxed walking or cycling holiday. Aside from the beautiful ancient cities, picturesque hilltop villages, exquisite frescoes, and as well as producing more than 40% of the nation's pasta, the best olive oil in the country and black truffles that are sought after all over the world, Umbria is above all home to wonderfully down-to-earth and friendly people.

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Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

This 8-night holiday combines relaxed walking through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages. Highlights include Etruscan Perugia, picture-postcard Spello, ancient Assisi and the wild Subasio Natural Park.

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JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1099per person, tour only

  • 41 Reviews
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Aspects of Assisi Cycling

Aspects of Assisi Cycling

This 8-night holiday combines gentle pedalling through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages. Highlights include mediaeval Bevagna, Etruscan Perugia, picture-postcard Spello and ancient Assisi.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1169per person, tour only

  • 41 Reviews
  • All breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
Mediaeval Umbrian Cycling

Mediaeval Umbrian Cycling

This 10-night holiday combines gentle pedalling through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages with 4 nights spent in Spoleto with its fantastic architecture and opportunities to visit Rome and Norcia, famed for its cured meats.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1309per person, tour only

  • 13 Reviews
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • High quality bikes provided
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels