Umbria, better known as Italy’s “Green Heart,” is located in central Italy and is characterized by rolling hills, fragrant olive groves, and many natural wonders.
Umbria, affectionately known as the “Green Heart” of Italy, is characterized by rolling hills, fragrant olive groves, and many natural wonders. While the region is perhaps best known for Perugia, host to the Annual International Umbria Jazz Festival, Umbria offers a wide array of diverse destinations. Our program includes three breathtaking hill towns, Gubbio, Spello and Orvieto. They are ideally situated to leisurely explore the Region; Gubbio with its well preserved Gothic and Renaissance architecture, Spello, with paintings by Pinturicchio, Orvieto with its imposing Gothic Cathedral, it’s Etruscan Tombs and Assisi, the contemplative spiritual center of Italy’s beloved Saint Francis. The Umbria Region is famous for its wines, olive oil, organic cured meats, and the tasty white truffle.
Two nights in a classic room at the four-star Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini Resort and Spa, a former 17th century cloister located outside the walls of Gubbio
Free use of the fitness center and indoor pool with solarium
Buffet breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service
Welcome dinner in a typical restaurant featuring fabulous Umbrian Specialties
Hands-on cooking class with English instruction followed by lunch with wine in the hotels’ professional kitchens
Wine tasting with local delicacies of dried cured meats and cheeses at the renowned Sporteletti Winery outside of Spello. Visit includes a walking tour of the vineyards, a visit to the wine-producing facilities, and wine tasting with snacks.
Two nights in a classic room at the four star Palazzo Bocci, an 18th century stone palace carefully restored into an exquisite hotel in the town center
Winery and Olive Press visit, tasting, accompanied with rustic snacks at the Sportoletti Estate outside of Spello
Two nights in a superior room at the 15th century four star Villa Ciconia of Orvieto, an elegant 15th century villa surrounded by ancient Italian Gardens
Visit to the Frantoio Ricci, an olive oil mill located in the town of Montecchio outside Orvieto. Visit includes virgin olive oil tasting, explanation of the oil production process, walking tour of the olive grove, and rustic lunch
Category ECMR FIAT Panda 2 door 5 speed manual shift with air conditioning for seven days including the 22% VAT, unlimited free mileage, insurance coverage with zero deductible and 24-hour road assistance.
(A private, chauffeur-driven program may also be arranged upon request)
Pick your Category ECMR FIAT Panda 2 door 5 speed manual shift at any Europcar Rental Office location and self drive to Gubbio, a town which was founded in the 10st century B.C. This little town has a rich history dating back to the Pre Roman era and it was known as Iguvium by the Romans. The town became a vital center for the people of Umbria: its ties with Umbrian ancient history were solidified by the discovery of the Gubbio Tables.
These bronze tables comprise of some of the oldest surviving text in the Umbrian language, including ancient works of the Attidian Brethren. As already mentioned, Gubbio has profound links with ancient Rome, too. Its Roman Theater stands as a landmark of them and attracts many tourists to whom Gubbio provides a glimpse into the rich Roman history of this region.
The town is beautifully located on the lower slopes of Mt. Ingino. The former capital of Umbria. Gubbio's compact town center has a good selection of medieval, Gothic and Renaissance structures built of gray limestone.
Check in and room assignment at the Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini, a former cloister converted to a refined hotel and spa outside the city walls.. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant featuring Umbrian specialties. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 – Gubbio
Buffet Breakfast-Cooking Class with lunch
Buffet breakfast at hotel and morning at leisure to enjoy the resort’s spa facilities or to explore the medieval center. Enjoy a hands-on cooking class with English instruction followed by lunch with wine. The kitchen has its roots in the peasant culture when the passing of time was marked by the rhythm of nature. Plates are created with simple, genuine ingredients.
Our chefs have revived traditional recipes., paying great attention to their choice of organic products. By adding a touch of talent and fantasy, they will help you create delicious dishes worthy of any table. Balance of the day is at leisure. Perhaps visit local gourmet shops in the town center.
Day 3 – Gubbio-Assisi-Spello
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. Self-drive to the City of St. Francis, Assisi. Perhaps visit the Basilica of St. Francis with its 13th century frescoes portraying the life of St, Francis attributed to Giotto and Cimabue. Stop to visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels which houses the Porzincula, an abandoned chapel lovingly restored by St. Francis where he lived and died. Continue to Spello, a quaint medieval hill town. "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 of the town's history, apart from the walls themselves, is the Porta Venere, an Augustan-era gate flanked by two 12-sided towers on the west side of town. Check in and room assignment at the Palazzo Bocci, an 18th century stone palace carefully restored into an exquisite hotel in the town center.
Day 4 – Spello-Sportoletti Winery-Spello
Buffet Breakfast-Organic Olive Oil Tasting
Buffet breakfast at hotel and depart for the Sportoletti Wine Estate outside the walls of Spello. The Sportoletti family, who have been farmers for generations, have always been passionately dedicated to wine production. They have constantly been researching the perfect balance between innovation and tradition, using their skills to take the best advantage of the potential of the hills between Spello and Assisi- where their 30 hectares of vineyard are situated. Enjoy a winery visit, wine tasting, and organic olive oil tasting accompanied with rustic snacks. Balance of the day is at leisure
Day 5 – Spello-Todi-Orvieto
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. Self-drive to Todi, a town which was founded in 2700 BC. The town’s name derives from the Etruscan word “tudicolare” or “tutus” which translates to “a fortified palace”. The Romans later occupied the town and embellished it with a number of monuments, most of which can still be viewed, such as the Nicchioni Romani, the Piazza del Mercato Vecchio. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the town was ransacked and destroyed by the Barbarian hoards.
The town re-blossomed during the middle ages, and became the protectorate of Bishop Fortunato who later became the town’s patron saint. The town became a free commune in the 12th century, and a number of palaces and churches were erected.
Proceed to Orvieto, a former Etruscan hill town, Its situation is marvelous - perched high above tufa cliffs - showing traces of every phase of history for the past three thousand years, culminating in its magnificent cathedral. The tufa butte on which Orvieto is located is itself riddled with tunnels and wells dating from Etruscan times to only a couple of hundred years ago. The most spectacular of these subterranean burrows is the Pozzo di San Patrizio, a deep well with a double spiral stair leading to the water source at its base. It dates from 1537 and is 62 m deep. If you're in need of exercise, it's possible to descend and return. Try carrying up a couple of buckets of water - it'll bring the life of earlier times vividly before you. Check in and room assignment at the 15th century Villa Ciconia, an elegant villa surrounded by an age old park on the outskirts of the city. Butius, suffering from bad health, was advised by doctors to live near a river, the first air conditioning The villa was built so that the Carcaione Stream ran under one of the arches which upheld the structure.
The garden is composed of 10,000 square meters, surrounded by 3 courses of water that make it a peninsula, with ancient Trees, holms, palms, rose bushes, bamboo and other typical Mediterranean flora. There is a beautiful swimming pool and family run restaurant on the premises.
Day 6 – Orvieto-Montecchio-Orvieto
Buffet Breakfast-Olive Oil Press Visit and Tasting
Buffet breakfast at hotel and depart for nearby Montecchio. Stop at the Frantoio Ricci for an informative stroll through the olive grove. Followed by an olive oil tasting and rustic lunch. The village of Montecchio is a delightful and quaint medieval village that is located on a hill just a few steps from the Tiber Valley .
Today Montecchio preserves many other important and mysterious relics from the past in its territory, such as the Etruscan Necropolis of San Lorenzo Valley, not far from the village.
The first reliable information on Montecchio dates back to 1150-1160 and refers to the family Chiaravalle from Todi, who after its settlement enlarged the castle walls for a more effective defense.
Visitors of Montecchio can enjoy moments of relaxation, breathtaking views, ancient history, mystery and culinary excellence, as evidenced by the extra virgin olive oil Alessandro Ricci.The balance of the day is free to visit nearby wine cellars for tastings. Return to your hotel.
Day 7 – Orvieto
Buffet breakfast and check out. Self drive to Europcar’s Rental Office to return your car. Arrivedeci!!!
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
FIRST CLASS PACKAGE
Hotel Fonte Cesia in Todi
Hotel Villa Ciconia in Orvieto
PRICING PER PERSON
VALID FOR TRAVEL MARCH 01-31, 2017 & NOVEMBER 01-30, 2017
DOUBLE TRIPLE SINGLE
$999.00 $899.00 $1,599.00
VALID FOR TRAVEL APRIL 01 – 30 JUNE, 2017 & 01 SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 31, 2017
DOUBLE TRIPLE SINGLE
$1,069.00 $949.00 $1,749.00
VALID FOR TRAVEL JULY 01 – AUGUST 31, 2017
DOUBLE TRIPLE SINGLE
$1,169.00 $ 1,149.00 $1899.00