Are you ready to Lose Your Heart in Umbria, il cuor verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy?
Umbria is described as being located in the heart of Italy and with neither a coastline or a border with a foreign country, it is also the only landlocked one. Known for it’s verdant hills and valleys, picturesque medieval hill towns and unique cuisine and wines, Umbria will steal your heart!
Our “home base” for this immersion into Umbria’s heart is Montefalco, also known as the “Railing of Umbria”, or the Belvedere. A picturesque medieval hill town (one of many we will be exploring during our stay), it is perched on top of a steep hill dominating two large valleys and enjoys a spectacular panoramic view of the very heart of Umbria. Within the steep medieval walls, with its cobbled streets, charming piazza and frescoed churches, Montefalco is a gem indeed!
Overlooking olive and wine groves, our visit in autumn will be accentuated by the vibrant colors of harvest and pleasantly warm sunny days. Renowned for its exquisite wines (including Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco, both renowned and coveted by wine connossieurs), unique cuisine and friendly locals, this little village has much to offer.
Read on because that’s just the beginning…you’re going to venture and explore so much more of Italy’s verdant green heart!
Can you wait to experience Umbria?
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Where You’ll Stay
Welcome to Agriturismo Camiano Piccolo where you will stay and enjoy the hospitality of Giuseppe and Piero Fabrizi, Camiano’s congenial owners and proprietors. Welcoming and tranquil, this country guesthouse is located just outside the walls of Montefalco. With all of the comforts of home and conveniently located for all of our sightseeing and excursions, Camiano is perfectly situated for our explorations of the area.
The shady garden has a swimming pool and spectacular views. The estate still produces their own vegetables, herbs, wine and olive oil, all of which are used to prepare the delicious simple meals served in the welcoming dining room or al fresco on the patio under pine trees.
Each ensuite bedroom has its own bathroom and private entrance, and then there’s the inviting patio and breathtaking views, are you sure you will want to leave!
What You’ll Do
You will have a fabulous and delicious time! You can be sure that this is NOT your “typical” cookie cutter tour!
Every detail of your itinerary will be carefully planned in conjunction with local Umbria experts and residents, Living Italy. Each destination and activity has been carefully chosen to ensure that you will experience the real Umbria as only a local can!
Enjoying a comfortable pace, you will cook in private homes, enjoy wine tasting in local wine cellars, go truffle hunting with a professional, and meet local artisans. In addition, informative and interesting talks and guided walks will introduce you to and bring to life the rich history, art and architecture of each medieval gem.
The relaxed pace will also ensure that you have the time to enjoy and drink it all in…time to just relax with an espresso or glass of wine. Ahh…la dolce far niente (the sweet doing nothing)!
What You’ll Eat and Drink
Umbria is renowned for its variety and diversity! And you can sample and savor the best it has to offer!
Rich regional culinary traditions include fresh organic locally grown and seasonal produce as well as the game of the region.
Wild mushrooms, black truffles and cinghiale (wild boar) are often featured. With no coastline, pork is also prominently featured in sausage, ham and salami often accompanied by cheeses from sheep or goat milk. Umbria’s light and fruity olive oil is another delight. All of this and luscious local wines, too! (Of course!)
That’s enough for now, are you getting hungry yet??
What You’ll See
You can visit and explore nearby medieval gems – Assisi, Spello, Bevagna, Orvieto, Spoleto, Deruta, Perugia, Todi and, of course, Montefalco – each with its unique history and character.
In addition to time to stroll ancient passageways and meander around charming piazzas, a highlight of your tour will be the informative talks and guided walks from local experts, enriching your understanding and appreciation of each town you visit.
If you are interested in visiting Italy’s green heart, contact me and let’s chat!
Learn More About: Umbria– Guides & Links
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Credit: All of the beautiful Umbria photos are courtesy of Living Italy