Getting To Umbria

Travel Options

For our Umbria properties, the airport at Perugia is served by Ryanair and the Rome airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino are also worth considering.

 If you need to place a 'hold' on your chosen property whilst you are booking your flights we are more than happy to do this for you. We can book flights on your behalf if you would like us to, for this service we charge a fee of £30 for each return flight booked

Fly from:

  1. Belfast
  2. Birmingham
  3. Cardiff
  4. East Midlands
  5. Edinburgh
  6. Gatwick
  7. Glasgow
  8. Heathrow
  9. Leeds Bradford
  10. Liverpool
  11. Luton
  12. Manchester
  13. Newcastle
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Villages and towns in Umbria


The regional capital, Perugia is one of Umbria’s best preserved medieval hill towns. A beautiful and elegant place, it teems with history, architecture and art, yet at the same time is a vibrant modern city with plenty of events throughout the year. The focal point and social hub of the historic centre is the Piazza IV Novembre, an impressive square dominated by the splendid Palazzo dei Priori and the San Lorenzo Cathedral. A whole host of churches and chapels, palazzi, a 13th century aqueduct, and the Botanical Gardens also await discovery, and an amazing view of Monte Subasio and Assisi unfolds from the Loggia dei Lanari terrace.


Paciano is one of ‘I Borghi più belli d’Italia’ (The Most Beautiful Borghi of Italy) and justifiably so.  Sitting on the olive tree covered slopes surrounding Lake Trasimeno, this medieval village retains its old world charm:  three arched gateways in the village walls lead to narrow streets and the main square surround by centuries old buildings.  Two restaurants and a number of amenities ensures it still bustles with life.

It is thought that the name derives from ‘Pagus Dianus’, which means ‘bright village, in a good position’. An apt description as from Paciano, you can easily reach not only many of Umbria’s towns for a day out but also much of southern Tuscany. The Val d’Orcia is quintessential Tuscany with its rolling hills and cypress trees, and the stunning towns of Montepulciano and Pienza.  


Surrounded by oak and chestnut woods and farmland, Preggio’s hilltop position affords wonderful views of the Niccone Valley. It lies in a sleepy rural area not far from beautiful Lake Trasimeno, the bustling picture-postcard town of Cortona and the historic city of Perugia. Although a small village of only around 120 residents, it attracts a large number of visitors during its yearly sacred music festival, and the Chestnut Festival in October, when food and other farm produce is sold from ancient cellars converted into rustic shops for the occasion.


The pretty little town of Deruta, situated about 15km from Perugia, has been known since the 16th century for its ‘majolica’, ceramics characterised by a colour scheme of verdigris, cobalt blue and orange. Learn about this local industry at the ceramics museum in the Convent of St Francis, and visit the Church of Madonna dei Bagni to admire the decorated ceramic walls. There are still many workshops and shops here producing and selling majolica ware, which could make a lovely souvenir or gift. Much of the production is carried out as a cottage industry, the clay shaped and hand-painted by craftsmen, but taken to a large scale kiln for firing and glazing. This can mean the artistic quality of the decoration varies, so it is worthwhile visiting many shops to compare similar items before buying.


Keeping guard over the valley below from as early as 1191, Giove’s impressive castle is the first sight to greet visitors to this small medieval village. Towering five storeys high it has 365 windows, one for each day of the year, and hides a labyrinth of terraces, courtyards and secret passages behind its imposing walls. Inside, the rooms are adorned with exquisite mythological paintings by the 16th century masters Domenichino and Paolo Veronese, testament to the prestige of the families that have called the castle home. With a scattering of shops and restaurants welcoming visitors and locals alike, a spot not to be missed is the alfresco café kiosk which sits beside the castle, its terrace offering a panoramic view that takes one’s breath away.


Todi was once voted the ‘città ideale’, or the most perfect place to live, by a group of researchers. As you make your way up the winding road to the top where Todi is perched overlooking the Tiber valley, you can easily see why. It is a charming place with a real sense of history, emphasised by the three concentric walls from different eras – Etruscan, Roman and medieval – that encircle the town. Entering through the gates you arrive at a beautiful square, Piazza del Popolo, surrounded by medieval ‘palazzi’. Narrow streets lead off the square, lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. All in all, maybe the ideal town?

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