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Umbria is a tapestry of rolling hills, vineyards, medieval hilltop towns and cypress trees, the green heart of Italy located in the middle of the country. Bordering Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio, Umbria is known for its lush countryside and enchanting brown-stone towns shaped by a history of Etruscans, Romans and Renaissance families. For a villa holiday in Italy, there are few places better than Umbria, appealing to the families with its vast expanses of countryside, great local restaurants, friendly towns and space to kick back and relax, and couples for its dozens of wineries and many romantic trattorias. Being a countryside location, many of our villas in Umbria come with a private pool and are near to charming and exciting towns, from Orvieto with its grand Gothic cathedral to Perugia, the regional capital and site of the world-famous Palazzo dei Priori. 

Things to do in Umbria

Umbria is a gastronome's dream, along with an outdoor lover's dream, history lover's dream and adventure lover's dream. A villa holiday in Umbria gives you the chance to dine on fantastic cuisine, like truffles, cheeses, game and local wines sourced in the Umbrian hills, but to also explore archaeological sites, great museums and some of Italy's most beautiful nature reserves.

Our villas in Terni will suit outdoors lovers, located near the famous Marmore Falls and Black River Park, while our villas in the capital of Perugia offer a more vibrant experience. Family villa holidays are well catered for in Umbria, being a safe and peaceful Italian region with fantastic outdoor sights and nature parks, and couples will be blown away at the likes of vertiginous Orvieto and the myriad of Umbria wineries.

While there is no coastline in Umbria, there are a handful of spectacular lakes which offer opportunities for swimming and watersports, like Lake Trasimeno

Lake Trasimeno

History and Culture in Umbria

Not being on the coastline or bordering another country, Umbria has managed to retain a distinctly Italian charm, shaped by a history of Etruscans, Romans and Renaissance noble families. On a villa holiday in Umbria you can see some fantastic historical sights paying homage to this past, the most famous being the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Carsulae – north of our villas in Terni and home to Roman baths, an amphitheatre and many surviving frescoes.

Each Umbrian town where our Umbria villas are has its own plethora of historical sites, top attractions being the San Michele Arcangelo just outside Perugia and the majestic Duomo and archaeological museum in Orvieto. For the best art gallery in Umbria, visit the National Museum of Umbria in Perugia, featuring medieval and Renaissance Italian masterpieces.

Family holidays in Umbria

Umbria is the ideal destination for a family villa holiday, offering ample space for luxury villas in its lush countryside and with a peaceful and safe atmosphere. Families will love our villas in Umbria with a private pool, available in all our Umbria villa locations offering a secluded spot to kick back, relax and splash around. Many of these villas have cinematic views of the nearby hilltop towns and valleys. One of the star attractions from our family villas in Umbria is the Perugina chocolate factory (home of Baci chocolates) near Perugia, where groups and families can enjoy tasting, tours and even chocolate-making masterclasses.

Of course, families will also love the food, appealing to even from even the fussiest of little ones with fresh pizza, pasta, locally-sourced meats and creamy gelato and desserts.

Lake Trasimeno

Adventurous activities in Umbria

Adventurous travellers will feel right at home in our villas in Umbria – surrounded by stunning countryside offering opportunities for hiking, cycling and trekking. Hire a car on your Umbria villa holiday to explore the stunning surrounding area, with top destinations for adventure lovers being Terni – the gateway to the Black River Park national park – and Perugia – near the action-packed shores of Lake Trasimeno.

No coast? No problem, as from Lake Trasimeno it’s possible to enjoy an adrenaline-packed day of watersports like canoeing, kayaking, rafting and boating. Combine a trip to Trasimeno with an exhilarating quad bike tour around the lake’s treacherous terrain.

Romance in Umbria

Romantic hilltop villages? Check. Rolling vineyards and fantastic local wines? Check. Spectacular scenery? Check. When you think of what you’d want on a couple’s villa holiday in Italy, Umbria delivers tenfold. Couples visiting our Umbria villas will be met with a plethora of romantic activities and excursions, from exploring the cobbled old towns of Perugia, Terni and Orvieto with their Gothic churches, candle-lit trattorias and palaces, to enjoying the sunset from their villa with a private pool.

When not enjoying romantic hikes and gentle walks in the hills carpeted in olive trees and vines, enjoy a day out wine tasting in top spots like Goretti Wines in Perugia and the Decugnano dei Barbi vineyards in Orvieto. Couples will love the gastronomic aspect to a villa holiday in Umbria, all truffles, local mushrooms, cheeses, rich gamey meats and the freshest homemade pasta.

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