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Autumn in Umbria

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Benvenuti to Autumn in Umbria – The perfect time to visit, grapes are ready for picking, the vines are lush and the colours are exquisite. A most inviting region of Italy waiting for you to explore.

  • OPERATES 9th SEP 2017
  • DEPARTS Umbria


DAY 1 Umbria

Welcome to Umbria, known as the “green heart of Italy”! Make your own way to Orvieto and meet at the Railway Station to be escorted to your centrally located hotel in the afternoon for check-in.

Orvieto is known as the City of the Cliff and is one of the most popular hilltop villages of Umbria.

Tonight be treated to an Italian Welcome Dinner in a traditional Trattoria or Pizzeria, where you will meet your fellow travellers and guides.(D)
Stay: Orvieto, Hotel Corso or similar 3 star 

DAY 2 Orvieto

After breakfast at the hotel, explore Orvieto with an informative 2 hour guided walking tour which will end near the impressive Duomo, the iconic Cathedral which dominates Orvieto and is world famous for its colourful mosaic facade. Free time to visit the Duomo, explore the winding streets filled with a myriad of interesting shops and have some lunch at one of the many restaurants and bars serving traditional Umbrian cuisine.

Afternoon visit to one or two nearby wineries to taste the region’s famous dry white Orvieto Classico wine.

Evening at leisure in Orvieto, try out some of the incredible local restaurants for your own dinner arrangements.(B)
Stay: Orvieto. Hotel Corso or similar 3 star

DAY 3 Umbria

Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to central Umbria for the next 3 nights, where you will stay in a traditional villa or agriturismo (farm-stay) in the gorgeous countryside. On the way, we will stop to visit the amazing tiny hilltop village of Civita di Bagnoregio, which can only be reached on foot by a long, steep footbridge (not for the faint-hearted, comfortable walking shoes recommended).

Today’s journey will include other stops along the way for some fantastic photo opportunities and a light lunch, at your expense. Time permitting, we will also visit an olive oil mill and museum to sample some local virgin olive oil, wine and other Umbrian products. Be sure to stock up for this evening’s dinner.

After checking-in, you will have some time to freshen up before enjoying a home-cooked meal in-house tonight. (BD)
Stay:Agriturismo/Farmhouse Antica Fattoria del Colle or similar 

DAY 4 Umbria

After breakfast, we will explore this unspoiled area of undulating hills, vineyards and olive groves peppered with medieval villages.

Our first stop is Cantina Monte Vibiano Vechhio winery for a tour, cellar visit and wine tasting with a difference. The Eco-Tour will begin in eco-friendly electric powered golf buggies for a ride through the vineyards and olive groves of this family estate. We will then visit the wine cellars before relaxing in the architecturally designed tasting room to sample 4 wines and the estate’s award winning olive oil.

Next, we will make our way to the lovely little village of Paciano in time for lunch at one of the area’s popular restaurants. A beautiful spot to relax and enjoy their Italian fare, including a selection of home-made antipasti, pastas & pizza to enjoy under the shade of the vines on the terrace.

After lunch, we will visit the nearby village of Panicale for a wander around the old town before heading to another winery for some more wine tasting of the local varieties. We will return to the accommodation in the late afternoon to allow you to rest and freshen up before dinner.

Dinner – Transfer to dinner at a nearby restaurant in a beautiful countryside setting that is considered by many locals to produce the best meals in the area. At your expense. (BL)
Stay:Agriturismo/Farmhouse Antica Fattoria del Colle or similar 

DAY 5 Umbria

Breakfast at accommodation followed by a visit to Perugia, Umbria’s lovely hilltop capital city, where there will be some free time for shopping and exploring the beautiful old town.  Travel up to the centre on the mini metro/monorail which glides effortlessly up the hill, providing a unique perspective and introduction to this ancient city. For a quick lunch there is a great “hole in the wall” place that sells pizza by the slice or many pasticcerias (bakeries) and bars to choose from for those preferring something sweet to eat with their espresso coffee.

In the afternoon, travel to a nearby winery for an unforgettable experience. First, we will be taken on a tour of the Estate’s Farm to see where their Cinta Sinese pigs and goats are raised. These are used to create their own fantastic fresh pork products and cheeses, which we will then have the chance to taste together with 2 wines (one white, one red) bread and olive oil from the estate.

Dinner/Cooking Class – Transfer back to the accommodation to freshen up before the private in-house cooking class begins. You may participate as much or as little as you like whilst local cooks display their culinary skills to prepare some traditional Umbrian dishes. Afterwards, you will enjoy the spoils for a leisurely dinner with a few glasses of wine. (BD)
Stay:Agriturismo/Farmhouse Antica Fattoria del Colle or similar 

DAY 6 Montefalco

Check-out of accommodation after breakfast. Transfer to Montefalco, a village that has become very popular in recent years due to its charm, great choice of restaurants serving delicious meals and its now quite famous rich red Sagrantino wine. Along the way, we will stop to visit the oldest winery in Montefalco, called Scacciadiavoli (translated as “cast out the devils”). Here, you can have your first taste of the dark, full bodied Sagrantino, its lighter cousin Montefalco Rosso or even some sparkling white or rose wine.

We will also take some time to discover one of the few Umbrian villages that is not on a hilltop, Bevagna. According to history, this is where the ancient Romans came for their rest and relaxation between battles. With its collection of Romanesque churches, Roman mosaic and Medieval workshops, Bevagna has something for everyone. There will be time for you to continue your discovery of Umbrian cuisine by stopping for lunch in one of Bevagna’s excellent restaurants.

After lunch, we will proceed to check-in to the Montefalco hotel/Bed & Breakfast. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.(B)
Stay:Hotel Degli Affreschi or similar 3 star 

DAY 7 Montefalco

After breakfast at accommodation, spend a delightful morning visiting other nearby villages, eg. Spello or Spoleto with their own appeal plus enjoy more wine tasting in the Montefalco area with some antipasti included. An opportunity too, to sample some of the regions boutique craft beers, for those who like a cleansing ale.

Afternoon at leisure in Montefalco. There is so much to see and do, as well as your last opportunity to pick up some Umbrian souvenirs.

Dinner – Farewell dinner with wines to match a set course menu at a local Winery, outside under the stars (weather permitting). Your last chance to enjoy and purchase some Umbrian wine, so we have saved one of the best for last.(BD)
Stay:Hotel Degli Affreschi or similar 3 star 

DAY 8 Orvieto railway station

After breakfast at accommodation, you will be transferred to Orvieto railway station. Tour concludes. (B)


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