Arguably, the best of Italy's traditions can be found in the rolling hills of Umbria. Bordered by neither sea nor other country, this region has kept alive the customary food, wine and lifestyle of Italian culture but remains a better value option than some other areas in Italy.
Known as the green heart of Italy, this sparsely populated region boasts a vast undulating landscape robed in olive groves and dense forests. Woodlands, sunflower and corn fields and vineyards surround the stunning Lake Trasimeno, which also offers nine beaches well-equipped for holiday-makers. For culture, art and architecture Umbria’s towns and cities offer the lot: Perugia, with the River Tiber running through it, and its cobbled alleys and historical mansions, the beautiful medieval hill towns such as Todi and Spoleto, and Assisi’s grandiose Basilica di San Francesco containing frescoes by Giotto. Experience the real Italy from your villa in Umbria.