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Umbria Festival and Flowers Tour Overview

Does your heart skip a beat at the sight of hilltop towns surrounded by fields of flowers in full bloom? This is what you’ll see when you join us on a tour of beautiful Umbria in Spring or early Summer. Nestled between Rome and Tuscany, Umbria is an ancient region where traditions and rituals have endured for centuries thanks to its proud and passionate people who ensure their continuity.

Our Umbria Festival and Flowers tour itinerary is a fun and immersive trip of discovery that will open your eyes to the region some are calling the “new Tuscany”. Starting and ending in Rome, we visit family vineyards, some of the prettiest towns in Italy and enjoy gastronomic experiences including making pasta, cheese tasting, and long lunches under the Umbrian sun.

The finale of this tour is very special. Depending on the dates you book you could discover an enchanting Medieval fair (Spring) or a gorgeous floral festival (June).

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Umbria bursts into color in Spring when huge fields of flowers sway in the breeze. The hills and countryside are bursting with new life and blooms and it’s the perfect time to relax outdoors and enjoy aperitivo accompanied by the region’s tastiest cured meats and olives.

Umbrian olive oil and wine are celebrated throughout Italy and of course the famous regional dishes include mouthwatering porchetta and pasta with truffles. We’ll try them all on our Umbria Festival and Flowers tour, and toast our new discoveries with a glass or two of local wine.

So come and join us as we taste our way through hidden Umbria, bite by bite.

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Umbria Summer Tour Highlights

Delicious Umbrian food and wine • Picturesque hilltop towns • Medieval cities • Cooking class • Local wine and olive oil tasting • Artisan ceramics • Annual flower festival or Medieval Festival

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Umbria Festival and Flowers Tour Itinerary

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Day One

WELCOME TO UMBRIA

Our adventure begins in Rome where you meet your tour host and group before hitting the road towards charming Orvieto. This beautiful hilltop town is famous for its majestic cathedral and charming narrow streets. Get a full debriefing on what’s in-store for the week ahead as we savour local wines with tasty cured meats and local Umbra (Umbrian) pasta together over lunch.

Later we meet our local guide for a guided walking tour through this fascinating hilltop town. Discover Orvieto’s Etruscan past and magnificent cathedral plus many other curiosities. After taking in the sights, enjoy some free time to wander, snap some photos or do a little shopping, before we whisk you away to our charming countryside relais.

Our very special accommodation is nestled in the Umbrian hills, surrounded by silvery olive groves not far from Todi. Enjoy some time to freshen up before we relax over apericena together at the hotel with a refreshing spritz or one of Orvieto’s famed white wines.

  • ACTIVITIES: Guided tour of Orvieto
  • MEALS: Lunch with wine, Welcome apericena (light dinner) with wine
  • ACCOMMODATION: Charming 4 star relais (luxury country house)
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Day Two

CERAMICS and

OLIVE OIL

As you sip your morning caffè (coffee), do you ever wonder who made the cup that you’re drinking from? This morning, we’ll find out as we head to the home of Umbrian ceramics – Deruta.

Here we visit an artisan’s workshop and discover the stories and techniques needed to make their beautiful ceramics. Laden with beautifully crafted souvenirs and gifts, we enjoy a drive through the countryside towards our special lunch stop at an organic family-run winery and olive oil grove.

We learn how they make extra virgin olive oil and their delicious wine using indigenous Umbrian varieties before experiencing a tasting and delicious light lunch. Enjoy local goat cheeses, and pork and wild boar salumi from the winery’s favorite artisanal producer just over the hill.

This afternoon, you have some time to relax at our relais swimming, reading a book, or unwinding in your room breathing in that fresh countryside air.

In the evening we visit a beautiful hilltop town – Todi. Enjoy some free time soaking up the scenes, snap some photos, or why not do some shopping. There’s a wonderful shop that sells handmade linens in the main square. Later on, we meet for a delicious feast at a local restaurant – bring your appetite because it’s sure to impress.

  • ACTIVITIES: Deruta artisan visit, Winery visit
  • MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch with wine, Dinner with wine
  • ACCOMMODATION: Charming 4 star relais (luxury country house)

Day Three

a perfect pair: wine and Cheese

Prepare for a morning of delicious tastes as we try perhaps the freshest cheese of our lives. This morning begins with a visit to a nearby family-run dairy farm that make truly artisanal raw milk goat cheese. We learn about the production and how the taste of each cheese changes depending on the seasons over a degustation of soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses.

Relax over a light lunch with freshly house-made bread, local wine, cheeses and seasonal fruits. We return to our relais during the warmest part of the day so you have time to take a nap or relax in our beautiful surroundings.

This afternoon, we head off to visit another local wine maker in the heart of Umbria’s wine producing region. Enjoy a taste of indigenous Umbrian wines including, of course, a Montefalco Sagrantino, all enjoyed against the backdrop of the stunning green hills and vineyards.

Then it’s onwards to nearby Montefalco – home to some of Umbria’s best wines. You have a chance to explore, shop for wine, or relax at one of the town’s many excellent enotecce for an aperitivo. This evening, we meet for a delicious traditional dinner in Montefalco. One thing is for sure – pasta and Sagrantino wine are on the menu.

  • ACTIVITIES: Cheese farm visit, Winery visit
  • MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch with wine, Dinner with wine
  • ACCOMMODATION: Charming 4 star relais (luxury country house)

Day Four

A cooking class and Assisi

Today we head towards UNESCO heritage listed Assisi. But before exploring, we roll up our sleeves and learn how to cook some of the fantastic Umbrian dishes we have already enjoyed.

Our cooking class is held at the gorgeous home of a local woman born and bred just outside Assisi. She can’t wait to share Umbria’s Cucina Rustica with us. We enjoy a glass of wine before donning an apron to learn how to make ravioli, stringozzi, or perhaps lasagne along with some other traditional dishes. We’ll relax afterwards enjoying our well deserved meal.

Afterwards, we check-in to our beautiful agriturismo immersed in the green countryside of Umbria. Have some time to freshen up and relax before heading out on this afternoon’s special adventure.

A trip to Umbria would not be complete without exploring the UNESCO heritage listed Assisi. This is the birthplace of St Francis, the patron saint of Italy, and it is celebrated for its Medieval architecture and resplendent Basilica.

We meet our private guide for a walking tour through town including, of course, a visit to the St Francis Basilica comprised of two equally beautiful churches. Afterwards, we continue onto a local trattoria for a delicious meal together with local wine.

  • ACTIVITIES: Cooking class, Assisi guided tour
  • MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch with wine, Dinner with wine
  • ACCOMMODATION: Charming 4 star agriturismo
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Day Five

Medieval Gubbio

Umbria is proud of its cultural heritage and today we learn why. Together we venture to explore ancient artisan traditions at a pretty regional town. You’ll have a chance to wander the pretty laneways before meeting at a local trattoria for a knockout lunch.

You can never see too many hilltop towns in Umbria, so in the afternoon we journey to ancient Gubbio. Here we meet up with our private guide to learn about the pre-Roman Umbri and Etruscan civilizations as we admire the town and its winding Medieval streets. You even have the chance to be ‘certified mad’ – you’ll find out more soon.

After walking through town, we relax over a delicious dinner together at a wonderful local restaurant with a big focus on vegetables.

  • ACTIVITIES: Umbria town visit, Gubbio guided tour
  • MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch with wine, Dinner with wine
  • ACCOMMODATION: Charming 4 star agriturismo
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Day Six

Perugia and enchanting Spello

Get to know the capital of Umbria, Perugia, with a delightful walking tour. We meet our local guide who helps us uncover stories, legends and tales of Perugia (including the tale that really inspired the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones). We also have the opportunity to meet a local artisan weaver at her workshop and learn about her ancient craft.

Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore this pretty city on your own and grab a bite for lunch. In the afternoon, we have some time to relax before our evening in magical Spello.

A true jewel of the region, and famed for its Infiorata flower festival, you have some free time to explore the town and pop into its many boutiques.

We meet again for a wonderful dinner at one of Spello’s best restaurants and enjoy local mouthwatering pasta dishes and meat courses paired with the region’s best wine.

For those on our June Infiorata festival tour, we will pass by locals who begin creating their incredible flower tapestries. Starting from 9pm, they work all through the night. Get a glimpse of how much work there is to do as the locals band together – all will be revealed in the morning.

  • ACTIVITIES: Perugia walking tour and artisan visit, Free time in Spello
  • MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
  • ACCOMMODATION: Charming 4 star agriturismo
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Day Seven

An incredible Umbrian festival

No region in Italy celebrates its cultural heritage quite like Umbria. This land locked region has largely avoided the cultural influences from conquering city states and trade with far away lands so you could say the Umbrian culture is a pure representation of the indigenous people over thousands of years.

Today we visit one of these local festivals and discover the community spirit and pride behind these long standing traditions:

Bevagna (April) – the town is transformed into a large open-air Medieval village. Its four neighborhoods host special artisans like paper and candle makers and open up traditional taverns serving tasty dishes, inspired by ancient recipes. Enjoy some free time to visit the artisan stalls and soak up Medieval village life before a special farewell meal together in town.

Spello (June) – The Infiorata is a celebration of flower carpets created by the town’s people over two days to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Domini. Around 15 million flowers are used by some 60 groups of Spellani to create astoundingly beautiful floral carpets laid out in the street.

Our time together comes to a close with a leisurely visit to a biodynamic family-run vineyard. We tour the property before enjoying a tasting of delicious wines over a wonderful lunch.

Satisfied after a long, relaxing lunch we return back to Rome to continue your onward journey in Italy.

  • ACTIVITIES: Local festival visit
  • MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch with wine
  • TRANSFERS: Back to Rome
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Umbria Festival and Flowers Tour Inclusions

We have strived to make our Umbria tour as all inclusive as possible with no hidden surprises. Included in your tour are:

  • 6 nights in a charming country house accommodation in the Umbrian countryside – 3 near Todi and 3 near Perugia
  • Unique experiences:  Cooking class, winery visits, olive grove visit and tasting, Perugia artisan visit, local festival visit, 4 guided orientation tours with local guides
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 apericena and 5 dinners as specified in the itinerary, Wine and bottled water are included with most meals other than breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned transportation
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Pickup and drop off in central Rome

Umbria Festival and Flowers Tour FAQ

Accommodation on Tour

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We have two wonderful accommodation stops on our Umbria summer tour. Close to Todi we stay in a luxury relais, a former castle in the countryside with buckets of charm. Our home base near Spello is a gorgeous 4 star agriturismo. Both properties have swimming pools and wellness centers for you to enjoy.

Meet Your Host

Olivia is an Australian woman living in Rome, with a passion for the land of la dolce vita, cooking and wine. Her super powers include finding the most charming villages and delectable cheeses.

Olivia is your local host that ensures your trip is memorable for all the right reasons.

Arrivals and Departures

Our tour begins in Rome at 10am from where we head to Orvieto to start our adventures in Umbria. Tour activities conclude on our final day at 5pm back in Rome after a wonderful time exploring beautiful Umbria

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • SPRING 2025 – June 16 – 22 – book now
  • Exclusive tours available on request for groups of 6-10 – inquire

Booking information

  • Price from $US 5,790 per person based on twin share accommodation
  • A supplement applies for solo travelers wanting a private room
  • 30% deposit required to reserve your spot
  • Cancel for a full refund up to 120 days before departure
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GENERAL TOUR FAQ

Discover Umbria

Hidden in plain sight to the north of Rome and south of Florence, Umbria is sometimes referred to as the “new Tuscany” but this region has plenty of charm in its own right and a proud and unique culture, largely untouched by waves of conquests and immigration that influenced other Italian regions.

Umbria Travel Guide

Uncover the highlights of the region

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Dishes from Umbria

Tastes of Umbria to try on tour

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