Living Umbria & Umbrian Appetites
A combination of the two itineraries for when we have fewer than 4 pax on either for any dates
Staying in Montefalco
Visiting Spoleto, Bevagna, Deruta, Spello, Perugia, and Orvieto with an walk.
Small groups. Fully accompanied by dedicated locals.
7 days / 6 nights
This itinerary is a selection of what we consider the best experiences of the two itineraries combined. Occasionally when numbers are low on any of our dates we need to combine the Living Italy and the Umbrian Appetites itinerary. Bear in mind that because numbers are low we also have increased flexibility and we are open to suggestion, so if these arrangments don't suit please send us an email telling us what is missing for you and we do our best to ensure it is included when you get here for your holiday.
• Foligno station or hotel transfers
• All land travel by air-conditioned coach
• Accommodation for six nights (1 day full board, 5 days half board)
• Dinner every night includes fresh local produce and local wines
• A wine tasting
• Guided visits in Montefalco, Spoleto, Todi, Bevagna, Deruta, Spello, Perugia, Assisi and Orvieto
• Optional guided walks to Bevagna and in the countryside of Spello
• Admission to all galleries, museums and historical sites included in the itinerary
• The services of a tour leader throughout the tour
Camiano Piccolo is a family run country guesthouse located just outside the walls of the medieval hilltown of Montefalco, where a cluster of farm buildings has been converted into high quality accommodation. All rooms are furnished with solid antiques and have their own bathroom and private entrances. There is a shady garden with a swimming pool and spectacular views across the Valley of Umbria. The estate still produces their own vegetables, herbs, wine and olive oil which are used to prepare the delicious simple meals held in a pleasant dining room or outside under pine trees.
Day 1 Sunday: L D
You will be met outside the main entrance of Foligno railway station at 11.30am and transferred to your accommodation. After lunch on the estate you will be introduced to the art and history of Montefalco including a wine tasting in the town's delightful piazza. A delicious 4 course dinner including wine is served at the accommodation every evening
Cooking Class # 1, Wine tasting & Spello
Day 2 Monday BLD
In the morning there is cooking class and lunch at the accommodation.
After lunch we travel to Colle Ciocco for wine tasting then on to Spello for a tour of its food shops including tastings of pecorino, prosciutto and salami
In this sweet fragment of the medieval world, Spello's splendidly intact town walls are draped around the centro storico like a necklace. "Hispellum" was originally a Roman settlement – it lay on the Via Flaminia consular road, close to the strategic junction for Perugia. The most impressive remnant of this stage of the town's history, apart from the walls themselves, is the Porta Venere, an Augustan-era gate flanked by two 12-sided towers, standing in magnificent isolation on the west side of town.
Our guided visit takes in the sights strung out along Via Cavour, the main street, beginning with Santa Maria Maggiore. This church has a finely sculpted medieval portal, but the real treat is inside: the Cappella Baglioni side-chapel, decorated with superb frescoes by the Umbrian Renaissance master Pinturicchio. Standing in the chapel you can turn your back on the real world and enter the artist's dream world of exquisite colour, sweetness and grace including his scene of the annunciation with the green and golden silken robes of the angel still floating, airborn as he lands to point his finger to the bewildered but resigned virgin.
Spello's real pleasures, apart from its two standout sights, are the civilised pace of life of the town and the lovely Subasio marble from which it is built, which takes on a peach-pink hue around sunrise and sunset. There will be some free time for you to take in the atmosphere and visit the local traditional art and artisans shops which populate the town.
An optional walk along an ancient Roman aqueduct can be arranged. 2 hours approx, after which you be needing the large and delicious dinner served at the acommmodation
Dinner is at the accommodation
Perugia & Deruta
Day 3 Tuesday B L D
9AM Travel to Perugia for guided tour and lunch.
Perugia is Umbria’s largest town is a rich microcosm of medieval and modern. Its highlights include the magnificent frescoes in the Collegio del Cambio and the town's famous chocolates. Once an important Etruscan settlement, Perugia has piled up layers of history ever since, turning Renaissance palaces into shops and inserting modern escalators into medieval remains, Perugia’s surprising underground city. The morning is free for shopping and lunch. Our afternoon guided tour includes a walk through the medieval ghost town under Rocca Paolina. The virtual underground city was a stroke of genius by the architect who was ordered to destroy the area. After Perugia lost out in a salt war in 1540, Pope Paul Farnese III crushed part of the medieval city and built a new fortress, the Rocca Paolina, on top. But he left entire streets intact beneath, which still have their pavements, tall doorways and rooms with windows and fireplaces. Some are now incorporated into the system of escalators that bring visitors up from the lower town. The pope's fortress is long gone after three centuries of angry citizens - as are the days when the Vatican controlled this area. Umbrians have long memories however and to this day bake their bread and make pasta without using salt.
The tour also includes a visit to an Etruscan well and the extraordinary Etruscan gate from the 2nd century BC.
After some free time to enjoy the ambience, we travel to Deruta to browse through the ceramics in this famous artisan town since medieval times where you will be shown through a selection of some of the 300 outlets selling majolica or brightly coloured plates, and bowls.
Return to dinner at the accommodation and dinner
Cooking Class # 2 & Bevagna
Day 4 Wednesday B L D
10AM For the chefs amongst you, Cooking class and lunch at the accommodation.
After lunch travel to Bevagna for a guided tour including tastings of pecorino & prosciutto
Down in the valley and just a short distance from Montefalco, Bevagna is one of Umbria's most evocative towns. During our visit we take in the town's Roman mosaics and the beautifully evocative piazza encircled by Bevagna's other essential sights; the two Romanesque churches that face each other across Piazza Silvestri, the intact medieval main square. San Michele is fascinating, but my favourite is San Silvestro; its utter lack of adornment and steeply raised presbytery radiate a stern romanesque purity. We visit a revocation of a Medieval house complete with frescoes, bedlinens, bath and weaving loom as part of the guided exploration of this small gem.
Dinner at the accommodation.
Cooking class#3 & Orvieto
Thu Driver and Guide B L D
In the morning travel to Orvieto, a ruggedly beautiful hilltop town, where there will be free time to visit the weekly markets and to explore the town centre with its fascinating array of shops, cafes and an award-winning gelateria. The day includes a guided visit to the Duomo, among the greatest of all Italy’s cathedrals, containing the work of Luca Signorelli. There is also a cooking lesson for those on the cooking program and a guided tour for those on Living Umbria
Dinner at the accommodation.
Truffle Hunt & Spoleto
Fri B L D
Travel Patrico above Spoleto for truffle hunt and lunch
We spend the afternoon in Spoleto, a town rich in Roman and medieval history, with a guided exploration of the ancient centre including the Roman house, and the Duomo.
Then we travel through a dream landscape to Spoleto, a town rich in Roman and medieval history, and explore the ancient centre including the Roman house the Duomo to see Filippo Lippi's final fresco cycle. There is also free time to wander the streets, shops and cafes in this evocative town. A relaxed dinner again tonight at the accommodation.
Dinner at the accommodation.
Sat Tour ends B
AM Transfer to Foligno Station at a time that suits
The program may be altered to accommodate group sizes, seasonal variations and activities, including local festivals. However the essential content of the itinerary will remain the same. B L D means that breakfast, lunch and/or dinner will be included that day.