Umbria

Getting To Umbria

Travel Options

Perugia airport, served by Ryanair, is conveniently located for our Umbria properties. The Rome airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino are also worth considering, as they provide a wider choice in terms of airline and departure airport.

Nowadays, the variety and choice of flights from UK airports to European destinations is considerable. We do not tie you in to a package holiday with prearranged travel; you are free to choose flights from your closest airport using any charter, scheduled or low cost airline. 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.

You may prefer to take your own vehicle and drive to Italy. If you wish to travel by ferry to France, we can offer guidance and exclusive discounted rates for Brittany Ferries services. Further information on sea crossings.

Another option is to take the Eurotunnel service through the Channel Tunnel to Calais, and driving from there. It is also feasible to take the train to Italy, via Paris to Turin or Milan, and onward to Florence or Rome. More information on train travel.

We always recommend booking your travel arrangements as soon as you have decided on your holiday accommodation. You will usually find that fares are lower and the choice is wider. If you need to place a 'hold' on your chosen property whilst you are booking your travel arrangements we are more than happy to do this for you.

Fly from:

  1. Birmingham
  2. East Midlands
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Gatwick
  5. Glasgow
  6. Heathrow
  7. Leeds Bradford
  8. Luton
  9. Manchester
  10. Newcastle
  11. Stansted

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Villages and towns in Umbria

Preggio

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.

Paciano

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.

The name Paciano is thought to derive from ‘Pagus Dianus’, meaning ‘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.

Giove

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.

Deruta

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. 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. You can learn more about this local industry at the ceramics museum in the 14th century former Convent of St Francis. Also don’t miss a visit to the Church of Madonna dei Bagni to admire the decorated ceramic walls.

Perugia

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.

Todi

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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