A mountainous region in the heart of Italy, Umbria offers a picturesque landscape of rolling hills dotted with cobalt lakes and traditional villages. Cities like Perugia and Assisi offer medieval architecture and art museums to rival anything in Tuscany, while lush vineyards offer rustic appeal. Thousands of visitors make the pilgrimage to Assisi to honour St Francis every year, and this traditional region’s villages often bustle with festivals and markets. Many of Umbria’s old towns incorporate remnants of Etruscan and Roman settlements with a timeless atmosphere.
Umbria has become the holiday destination of choice for foodies, known for its truffles, olives and wine. But its mountains and lakes also make it an exciting destination for those seeking outdoor adventure. Trek through pine forests to the summit of Mount Sibillini or go sailing on the vast waters of Lake Trasimeno. If you’re seeking a holiday in 2020 rich in art, culture and lush scenery, Umbria’s stunning landscapes won’t disappoint. We can help you find a cheap holiday to Umbria too, leaving you with more for your stay.
Why book Umbria holidays
Explore the city
Explore the gorgeous region’s capital of Perugia with its rich medieval arts collection
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Visit the Unesco World Heritage Site of Assisi, famous for being the town of San Francesco
Must-visit historical sites
Discover medieval towns like Spello and Spoleto
Savour the beautiful views from Piazza Grande in Gubbio
Lush natural wonders
To fully admire the lush mountainous scenery why not head to the picturesque town of Norcia?
Try the local wine
Sample the rich local wines at Monte Vibiano Castle winery
Top resorts in Umbria
Incredible food, a rich cultural history and wonderful cityscapes will greet you on your holidays to Perugia. There are loads on …From £178 per person
Gubbio is a medieval town and commune situated in the far north eastern part of the Italian province of Perugia …From £228 per person
Spoleto in Umbria, Italy …From £327 per person
Assisi is a small Umbrian town in central Italy, located 12 miles east of Perugia. Assisi is one of Italy's …From £246 per person
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Your guide to Umbria holidays
Indulge in impossibly fresh food and flavourful wine on your Umbria holidays. Its culinary traditions are one of the region’s top attractions. Orvieto is famed for its wine production, and you can visit a vineyard or take part in a cookery course here. Explore Umbria’s humble charms in its hilltop villages and towns, which feature narrow cobblestone streets and rustic villas. Towns like Spello are pedestrian-only, making them a pleasure to explore on foot. You can view 13th-century murals in Spello’s Church of Santa Maria Maggiore or Giotto’s famous painted frescoes in Assisi’s Basilica of San Francesco.
The capital of Umbria is Perugia, which features Byzantine churches, the National Gallery of Umbria and a number of medieval palaces. Its historic centre dates back to Etruscan times, making the city rich with culture and history. You can also visit Umbria’s natural attractions including Italy’s highest waterfall, the Falls of Marmore, and the mineral springs of Collina de Benessere Park.
Although Umbria is a landlocked region, you can still get a taste of the Italian beach life by visiting Lake Trasimeno. It’s central Italy’s largest lake, ringed with attractive beaches where you can soak up the sun or take a cool dip in the clear waters. There are nine beaches in total, located in Castiglione del Lago, Trasimeno, Magione and Passignano. All offer typical amenities including sun loungers, umbrellas, cafes and snack bars. The lake’s waters are monitored carefully to ensure they’re clean and safe, making this a top spot for swimming in the summer months.
Get out on the water by renting a canoe, sailboat or pedal boat during your Umbria holidays. With brisk breezes, Lake Trasimeno is the ideal spot to learn how to sail. Stay in a lakeside villa or resort hotel to make the most of Umbria’s beaches. A number of charming medieval villages are situated around the lake offering panoramic views.
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