If you are looking for inspiration and ideas on how to spend an unforgettable weekend in Umbria, stop and read this article.
I’ll suggest you a couple of itineraries in the Italian region famous for its abundance of wooded hills, towns and villages with historical and artistic heritage of great value, local products of excellent quality such as wine and olive oil.
Umbria has little to envy to the neighboring Tuscany! Those who choose to take a trip to Umbria want above all to relax, breathe clean air, explore Italy away from the beaten path.
THE BEST PERIOD TO VISIT UMBRIA
Avoid the hottest summer months.
I do not recommend traveling to Umbria during July and August. The hot and sultry climate that there is in these months throughout Italy, where temperatures touch 40 degrees, becomes more intolerant here because there are no outlets to the sea.
Spring and Autumn: the best periods
From April to June, from September to November you’ll have a chance to see the woods that are colored orange or green just sprouted.
From Christmas to New Year
Here is another good period to visit Umbria. The small towns are filled with lights and decorations, they become more inviting.
WHERE TO STAY IN UMBRIA FOR A WEEKEND
Relative to the proposed itineraries, I will suggest a few places to stay. For a region like Umbria, the best choices fall on “agriturismo“, especially those that produce their own food, or on B&Bs immersed in the historic centers of the small towns you will visit, possibly integrated into the ancient architecture.
TWO ITINERARIES TO SPEND A PERFECT WEEKEND IN UMBRIA
ORVIETO AND AMELIA
The city of Orvieto, perched on a large, flat spur of tufa rock, with its medieval architecture has much in common with other towns in the so-called Tuscia, the area inhabited by the ancient Etruscans on the border between Latium, Umbria, and Tuscany.
But while most of those pretty towns near Rome can be visited in a few hours, Orvieto will keep you busy for more than one day, being full of historical and artistic treasures to discover, such as:
The Duomo of Orvieto
A gothic cathedral built between the 13th and 16th centuries, the Duomo was created by the hands of 20 artists and never ceases to fascinate those who enter it for the first time.
Recently discovered, the underground part of Orvieto, perfectly preserved, hides a labyrinth of over 1200 rooms, tunnels, caves, wells, cisterns.
Well of San Patrizio
A masterpiece of hydraulic engineering also beautiful to see! This majestic well is 62 meters deep and has a double staircase and windows to illuminate it naturally.
Archaeological Museum of Orvieto
Here are exhibited the objects found in the Etruscan necropolis of Orvieto. The cost of the ticket is included in the cost of admission to the cathedral, €5.
Restaurant La Pergola
Authentic dishes made with local products. The owners also manage an agriturismo just outside of town.
HOW TO REACH ORVIETO IN UMRIA
Take a train from Roma Termini, the ticket costs about €9, then get off at Orvieto-Scalo (1 and half hour trip). Then get on the cable car (funicolare in Italian) that takes you to the top of the tufa cliff, in the historic center, it costs €1.30.
ACCOMMODATION IN ORVIETO
Agriturismo San Giorgio is located just outside Orvieto, has an outdoor pool, and produces olive oil and wine.
Amelia stands at the northern end of the ancient Roman road called Via Amerina. The road started from the Etruscan city of Veio, fallen to the Romans in the year 400 b.C., which was located north of Rome. Also Amelia as Orvieto, for its historical legacy, is part of the area of Etruscan influence called Tuscia.
WHAT TO SEE IN AMELIA
Amelia receives far fewer foreign visitors than Orvieto. It is surrounded by green hills, which you can enjoy by having an aperitif or dining in restaurants with breathtaking views such as “Il Baronetto”. Among the historical attractions, you cannot miss in Amelia:
The polygonal walls that surround the city
Walls consisting of giant stones laid interlocked with each other without mordant. It is not known who built them. The tradition of Greek historians such as Herodotus told of the ancient people of the Pelasgians, who once inhabited this region.
The Roman Gate
The main access to the city, from which you can set off on an itinerary in the historical center of Amelia.
While walking through the streets of Amelia, take a good look around. Some buildings will remind you of the magnificence of cities like Rome, for example, Palazzo Farrattini and Palazzo Petrignani.
The ancient cisterns and the Roman hypogeum, built underground.
The Cathedral of Saint Fermina, which rises in the highest point of the city
WHERE TO EAT IN AMELIA
Book in time a table at the trattoria “Il ConVitto“. Appetizers with self-produced cheeses, homemade pasta and desserts are the highlights of the place, along with the romantic terrace.
HOW TO REACH AMELIA
Take a train from Rome to Orte, €5.10, it takes 40 min. On weekends there are no buses to take you from Orte to Amelia, so take a cab from there.
ACCOMMODATION IN AMELIA
The B&B Residenza del Borgo is located right in the heart of the historic center of Amelia, just a few steps from all the sights and cafes.
PERUGIA AND TODI: A WEEKEND IN THE HEART OF UMBRIA
Perugia is not only the administrative center of Umbria but also its cultural core. The Perugia University for Foreigners welcomes every year hundreds of foreign students who animate the atmosphere and the economy of the city.
Your weekend in Umbria must start from Perugia if you don’t like towns too small and if you want to fill your eyes and time with art and architecture. One day will not be enough to see all the magnificent treasures of Perugia, such as:
- Piazza 4 Novembre with the Fontana Maggiore in the center
- The Cathedral of Perugia
- The Capitular Museum, housed in the cloister of the cathedral, exhibits a rich collection of paintings and sculptures from the eleventh to the nineteenth century.
- The National Gallery of Umbria
- The Perugina Factory, where were born the chocolates “Baci Perugina“, known all over the world.
HOW TO REACH PERUGIA
The train from Roma Termini to Perugia costs around €13 and takes 2 and a half hours. Alternatively, you can fly to Perugia.
ACCOMMODATION IN PERUGIA
Hotel Fortuna welcomes its guest in a palace dating back to the 14 Century. On the ceiling of the breakfast hall, there are original frescoes, as well as in some of the rooms. A terrace with a view over Perugia’s rooftop runs along the perimeter of the highest floor.
Barely 40 km from Perugia lies the tiny Todi, defined by many as “a terrace on Umbria”. If you love to spend time feeling like the only visitors of the place, then make a plan of staying in this quiet Italian medieval town.
Todi is practically unknown to both Italians and foreigners but nonetheless deserves to be visited. The historical center can be covered in a few hours. Add these stops to your walk:
Piazza del Popolo with the Palazzo del Popolo, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Palazzo del Capitano, the Pinacoteca and the Duomo.
Via Mazzini, which runs along the medieval heart of the city.
The Franciscan Church of San Fortunato
The Public Park of Todi with the breathtaking view of the Umbrian countryside
Have lunch or dinner at the Pane e Vino tavern, which has embraced the Slow Food philosophy and practices.
ACCOMMODATION IN TODI
Ever thought of sleeping inside an ancient Italian castle? You can do it near Todi, at the Agriturismo Castello di Belforte.
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