A journey through history, art and countryside
10th May 2022 – 17th May 2022
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Tour code: 51790
Last Modified: 2nd September 2021
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Quieter than Tuscany but just as beautiful, Umbria has no reason to envy its more famous neighbour. The views are just as exquisite and the towns display that same balance of charm and opulence, refinement and authenticity. But life here, especially in the Upper Tiber Valley, goes on at a quieter and slower pace. Why hurry, when you have mastered the art of the Dolce Vita for centuries?
Our Umbrian base, Città di Castello, is a classic example of a small Renaissance city. Centrally located in northern Umbria, it is the perfect place to start exploring the surrounding hill-top towns and villages of Italy’s landlocked heart. Its compact historic centre is almost car free, with shops, galleries, cafés, gardens and restaurants all within walking distance. Culture vultures, photographers, ice-cream fans, wine buffs, strollers, aficionados of all things Italian...this is just the place for you!
During our week we will learn something of local custom, history, art (the work of Piero della Francesca and Perugino stands out) and architecture. We take a relaxing stroll to appreciate the abundance of beauty this region processes. Our week offers a feast, for the eyes, the soul and the stomach!
Please note this is not an art tour. We will see some of the finest art ever produced anywhere on this holiday. However, our Adagio Leader will not be an art historian and you will not need any knowledge of art to enjoy the holiday. It requires no previous knowledge to recognise and enjoy the sight of such beautiful things, be they paintings, sculptures, buildings or countryside views.
Why not check out our Stylish Umbria holiday where we spend 7 nights in the medieval hill town of Trevi. We spend the week exploring the natural beauty of Umbria, visiting tranquil hill top villages with local guides, and unwind with wine and olive oil tasting.
What's not included?
All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind.
There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
We fly to Bologna and travel south through Emilia Romagna, across the Apennine watershed into Umbria and the upper Tiber Valley (Tevere in Italian), to Città di Castello our base for the week. Our coach cannot enter the old town, so we have a short stroll to the hotel. We will take some time to look around the hotel and the town before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant.
Transfer Time = 2 hours
Città di Castello
Breakfast & Dinner
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.
We spend a relaxed morning exploring the streets and sights of Città di Castello, meandering through its quiet streets and alleyways, without forgetting to stop for coffee.
In the afternoon, we take an easy walk along the Tiber, still a modest river here as we are only 50km away from its source in the Apennines. Walking back to Città di Castello’s centre, we go past the immense Alberto Burri Museum, an old tobacco drying shed of phenomenal proportions.
Breakfast & Dinner
A short scenic drive takes us to Gubbio, a delightful medieval town of quiet streets and centuries-old palazzi. A local guide will show us the highlights during the morning.
The afternoon walk is an excellent leg stretcher as most of it follows an impressive medieval aqueduct running along a dramatic ravine and is almost perfectly level. Get your camera's ready!
Breakfast & Dinner
We are in wonderful Tuscany today, visiting Arezzo’s architectural wonders in the morning and much smaller (but perfectly medieval) Anghiari in the afternoon. The village is ideal for impromptu exploration, just following your nose or one of the many maps dotted around the village. Photographers will be in for a treat.
Breakfast & Dinner
Another transborder day as we make an incursion into The Marches, to the east of Umbria. The drive to Urbino is an adventure in itself as it takes us through some of the most isolated and rugged parts of central Italy.
What a contrast when we arrive in Urbino, this perfect Renaissance town exuding culture and refinement. A local guide will show us the highlights and we can further our exploration in the afternoon.
Breakfast & Dinner
We are in Perugia today, where a local guide helps us discover the many different facets of that most stylish Umbrian town. We can admire Medieval and Renaissance masterpieces in the plethora of building housing great art in the city.
The afternoon’s allows some free time for exploration of medieval Perugia. This is urban walking at its best!
Following in the footsteps of the early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca
Breakfast & Dinner
Tuscany, Umbria, Tuscany again…all of this in the footsteps of the early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca. We start the day in Sansepolcro, where Piero was born, visiting the Museo Civico which houses one of the painter’s masterpieces, his “Resurrection”. From Sansepolcro, it is only a short drive to the scenic little hill-top village of Citerna overlooking the verdant Tiber valley.
In the afternoon, a mostly downhill walk takes us from Citerna to Monterchi, where we visit the tiny local museum to admire one of Piero della Francesca’s most moving frescoes, the Madonna del Parto.
We must leave the delights of Città di Castello and take our private coach back to Bologna Airport.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London to Bologna Airport and return. We drive approximately 2 hours by private coach to Città di Castello.
If you intend joining and leaving the party in Italy, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Where are we going to stay?
Piazza R Sanzio, 13, 06012 Città di Castello, Italy
+39 075 8550331
Set in the broad Tevere valley in the very northern most part of Umbria, with ranges of hills rising to either side, Città di Castello is a compact little town that enjoys all the facilities you might require. All facilities are easily accessible from our centrally located hotel. There are cafes and restaurants in the piazza just a couple of minutes from the hotel. We will make use of some of the restaurants for our evening meals. The town’s charm is to be best enjoyed wandering up and down the streets. There is a cathedral and museum that are well worth a visit. Those interested in art history might note Raphael worked in the town during his early career. His crucifixion painted for the San Domenico church in town has been stolen or saved depending on your viewpoint and now hangs in the National Gallery in London.
Centrally located and beautifully restored to its former glories, the 4 star Hotel Tiferno is ideally suited for our holiday. The building previously contained the monastery of the nearby church of St Francis. Many period features have been retained. The name of the hotel derives from the Latin name for Città di Castello Tiphernum Tiberium. Everything the town has to offer is a short walk from the front door. The hotel is particularly proud of the art displayed around the building, both ancient and modern. Works by local modern artist Alberto Burri are prominently displayed in the lobby. The hotel is well equipped with sauna, steam room, fitness room, free WIFI, lounge, bar and breakfast room.
Rooms are decorated with contemporary pale colours and wooden furnishings. They are simplistic and include:
Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday price. Breakfast is a continental buffet including cereal, jams, bread, cakes, biscuits and a small selection of gluten free and vegan choices.
We dine in the hotel the first and last night of the holidays. We dine local restaurants during the remaining evenings where we can enjoy a range of al la carte, set menus and buffets. Local restaurants allow us to enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional Italian restaurant along with local diners and the Italian hospitality. Italian dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients. Usually we can expect a variety of international and local delicacies such as pasta, risotto, meat and fish!
In Italy, traditional meals usually have four courses, antipasto or antipasti, primo, il secondo, and dolce; but this varies depending on restaurants and the regions of Italy.
Antipasto and Antipasti are a traditional course in formal Italian meals and translate as 'before the meal' as they are usually before the primo course. Antipasto refers to one portion and Antipasti refers to more than one portion. This usually includes cured meats such as salami, pepperoni, prosciutto or mortadella. Rich cheeses such as fresh mozzarella, gouda, provolone or Parmigiana-Reggiano are also included. Seafood like shrimp, anchovies and salmon are sometimes included too.
The first course, known as primo, is served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal. Coffee usually follows too.
Lunches are not included. We will have opportunities to purchase a picnic lunch at a local cafe or supermarket or maybe even have time to stop in a restaurant.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
Electricity in Italy
Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found Power Plugs Sockets.
Maps & Guidebooks
Ideal Maps & Guidebooks
Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful.
Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK.
The Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria has some useful insights into the area and sites we will be seeing and lots of other in-depth information about the country.
Umbria Travel Guide by DK Eyewitness
Some useful information can be found at Umbria Tourism.
Gino D'Acampo's Italian Escapes: Hidden Italy Umbria - Season 4 Episode 4
To the centre of the Earth - Episode 2 of 3 - Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore the East Coast of Italy and its cuisines. They make a visit to the region of Umbria.
A short clip about Pinturicchio’s Frescoes in the Baglioni Chapel in Spello.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
Find out more
Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy on Holiday
Health Advice for Italy
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 1000m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
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