Tuscany is so popular that travelers frequently forget to visit Umbria, snuggled just “next door.” Although similar in many ways to Tuscany, Umbria has its own haunting beauty and the advantage of fewer tourists. This is a region seeped in history and imbued with romantic charm. Here you find a beguiling landscape—a blend of rolling hills, craggy forests, rushing rivers, lush valleys, chestnut groves, and hillsides laced with vineyards. Adding further to Umbria’s magic is that its hills and valleys radiate a soft mellow light, gleaming gently in the sun. It is not just the landscape that makes Umbria so delightful. It also has stunning medieval castles, incredible cathedrals, ancient monasteries, art treasures, fine wines, beautiful ceramics, and captivating towns perched on hilltops.
You can conveniently follow this itinerary either before or after a tour of Tuscany. If you already have visited Tuscany on a previous trip to Italy, this itinerary stands alone. After the finishing the itinerary, you can loop back to Florence by heading north on the A1, or head south on the A1 to Rome. Whichever way you choose, in order to capture its beauty and many sightseeing possibilities, you need at least five nights in the Umbria region: We suggest three nights in the eastern part of Umbria. Choose a place to stay and in use it as a hub from which to journey out each day to explore a different sightseeing target. Next, loop south and choose a place to stay for two nights in the western part of Umbria, somewhere near Orvieto.
NOTE: This itinerary is excerpted from the E-Book titles, Italy Hotels: Exceptional Places to Stay & Itineraries and Italy Bed & Breakfasts: Exceptional Places to Stay & Itineraries. You might want to consider the complete E-Books if you are considering any additional itineraries as there are eight for Italy (only seven available as individual E-Itineraries) and they are all duplicated in the more complete E-Books.
This E-Itinerary includes only recommendations (also excerpted from both the E-Book titles) for places to stay that are in close proximity to this featured itinerary route. This E-itinerary version has the added bonus that includes places we recommend from both Italy Hotels and Italy Bed & Breakfasts.
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Revised 2017 Edition