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 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.