WHY VISIT UMBRIA & TUSCANY?
After thirty years of sending people to Italy, we specialise in Umbria & Tuscany – maybe because we love those areas so much ourselves! And we’ve built up a list of fantastic properties for you.
We have a selection of unique accommodation to offer from old castles and monasteries, to converted tobacco barns and olive mills, stylish villas and rustic cottages for all group sizes. We go there as often as we possibly can!
Tuscany was the centre of the Renaissance, the rebirth of learning that dragged Europe out of the Dark Ages. So the cities are unrivalled in the majesty of their buildings, the beauty of their piazzas.
Florence (Firenze) is the place to start for many – as it has been for hundreds of years. The hills of Umbria are quieter than Tuscany, so it’s every bit as exciting and beautiful, but a path less trodden and thus more genuine – and very good value for money. Among the unique places to stay are old monasteries, schools, churches and windmills.
THINGS TO DO IN UMBRIA & TUSCANY
PLACES TO VISIT IN TUSCANY & UMBRIA
You can visit mediaeval Perugia or Assisi, where St Francis preached to the birds. Umbria’s mountains offer good skiing but also bird watching, horse riding and other ways to let the day drift by.
FOOD & WINE IN TUSCANY
Aficionados of food, wine, and rolling green countryside should jump on the nearest flight to Tuscany and tell their friends they will be back in a few months. Possibly years. Because Chianti, Montalcino and other fine wines are produced here, in the lush vineyards that the region is famous for.
Don’t just sit back and let the (excellent) restaurants provide you with all those wonderful dishes – take a cookery course and you will learn how to make them when you return home. Over the course of a day or a week you will understand the delicate flavours of this region and how to blend them to perfection.
RENAISSANCE ART AT UFFIZI
Art lovers will happily spend days in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The greatest collection of Renaissance art in the world hangs on these walls and you will probably need a guided tour to get the best out of it.
PALIO HORSE RACING
For a bit of a thrill, you can watch Siena’s twice-yearly Palio horse race. It’s a wild race through the city, with the horses decked out in bright colours. Assisi’s Basilica di San Francisco, dedicated to the animal-loving saint, was badly damaged in a series of earthquakes 20 years ago, but it has been painstakingly preserved. Set on a hill, the churches and buildings feature a fresco by the renaissance master Giotto, the crypt where St Francis is interred and views over the pretty town.
WATER SPORTS & WINE TASTING NEAR LAKE TRASIMENO
For an agri-tourism trip, why not stay in an eco-hostel by the shores of lake Trasimeno. There are water sports aplenty but it’s not all high-energy – the nearby vineyards will provide you with tastings during the afternoon and all the bottles you want to see you through the evening.