Join us on tour in Umbria!

Summer Umbria Tour Highlights

Delicious Umbrian food and wine • Picturesque hilltop towns • Medieval cities • Truffle hunt and cooking class • Local wine and olive oil tasting • Artisan ceramics • Annual flower festival

Untold Umbria Tour Overview

Does your heart skip a little beat when you see photos of hilltop towns surrounded by fields of flowers in full bloom? This is the sight you’ll see when you join us on a tour of beautiful Umbria in 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 early Summer Umbria itinerary is a fun and immersive trip of discovery that will open your eyes to the region some are calling the “new Tuscany”. Starting in charming Orvieto, we continue to the heart of the region to discover its famous hill towns and Medieval cities.

Visit family vineyards, some of the prettiest towns in Italy, Assisi, Perugia (the home of Italian chocolate), and enjoy gastronomic experiences including making pasta, cheese tasting, long lunches under the Umbrian sun and a gorgeous floral festival. All in the company of fellow food and wine loving travelers with a passion for Italian culture.

umbria summer tour

Umbria bursts in to color in early Summer 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 their famous dishes include mouthwatering porchetta and local truffles. We’ll try them all on our trip, 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.

Untold Umbria Summer Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Orvieto

orvieto cathedral

Welcome to charming Orvieto! This beautiful hilltop town is famous for its majestic cathedral and just over an hour on the train from Rome. 

Check-in at our city centre hotel in the early afternoon and relax into the Umbrian way of life. Once you are settled in, you’ll meet with the rest of our group and your host Olivia to embark on a guided walking tour through this fascinating hill-top town. Discover Orvieto’s Etruscan past and magnificent cathedral plus many other curiosities.

After taking in the sights, it’s aperitivo time. Enjoy a refreshing spritz or one of Orvieto’s famed white wines before we continue onto a traditional Umbra (Umbrian) dinner, and an evening walk back to our hotel.

Day 1 Inclusions:

  • Tours and experiences: Orvieto guided tour
  • Hotel: Luxury 4 Star hotel in the heart of Orvieto
  • Meals: Evening welcome aperitivo, Dinner with wine

Day 2: Umbrian vineyards and hilltop towns

Our time in Orvieto is short and sweet and this morning we hit the open road towards greener pastures. Vineyards in fact! This morning we are visiting a family-run organic winery nestled between Orvieto and Lake Trasimeno. After a walk through the vineyards and cellar, we’ll enjoy a wine tasting paired with locally produced organic goats cheese and salumi. 

Then it’s back on our private minibus and towards the beautiful hilltop town Todi. Enjoy some free time soaking in the scenes, snap some photos, do some shopping, or stop for a bite if you’re still hungry. But make sure to leave room for tonight’s feast…it’s a good one!

umbria vineyards

This afternoon, we head towards our four star accommodation in Montefalco – home to some of Umbria’s best wines! You have a chance to unpack, settle in and take in our home base for the next three nights. 

Tonight, we meet again for a delicious traditional dinner in Montefalco. One thing is for sure- pasta and Sagrantino wine is on the menu!

Day 2 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Winery visit with tastings, Todi town visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Light lunch at winery, Dinner with matching wines
  • Hotel: 4 star country house hotel

Day 3: Truffles and the magic of extra virgin olive oil

trevi olive trees

Today we are off to one of Italy’s prettiest villages – Trevi! This ancient town is known as the city of oil and is also famed for its celery.  We arrive for a unique truffle hunting experience in the forest with trained dogs and our private expert local truffle hunter in search of black truffles. 

After spending some time outdoors and hopefully finding a truffle or two, you’ve surely built up an appetite! Truffle is definitely on the special menu our hosts have prepared, so you can savor these decadent fruits of the earth. 

Unwind after a long lunch with some free time to stroll around beautiful Trevi or grab a gelato, another favourite Italian pastime!

This afternoon we meet again to visit an award-winning olive oil grove. We will tour the groves and learn how they make extra virgin olive oil before experiencing a tasting. 

truffle pasta

We head back to our accommodation in the evening where you have free time to relax and enjoy a light dinner or aperitivo.

Day 3 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Truffle hunt and olive oil tasting
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with matching wines
  • Hotel: 4 star luxury country house hotel

Day 4: Umbrian ceramic traditions

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. Afterwards, you have free time to explore some of the beautiful boutiques and do some shopping.

Laden with your beautifully crafted souvenirs and gifts, we enjoy a drive through the countryside towards another of Umbria’s stunning hilltop towns – Bevagna. This medieval village is truly lovely and you’ll have a chance to wander after a delicious three course lunch with the group.

This afternoon, before heading back to the guest house, we visit another local wine maker. Today’s winery is at a small organic family run winery just outside of Montefalco. 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.

Relax this evening before we take a drive to magical Spello. A true jewel of the region, we have the opportunity to explore the town before it is taken over by the Infiorata festival at the weekend. Enjoy some free time exploring town or relax at one of the town’s excellent restaurants for an aperitivo or dinner. 

Day 4 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Ceramics workshop visit, wine tasting
  • Meals: Breakfast, 3 course lunch with matching wine
  • Hotel: 4 star luxury country house hotel

Day 5: Cooking class and beautiful Assisi 

assisi umbria

This morning we are off to 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 a local cooking school in the tranquil countryside. 

We enjoy a class of wine and a walk through our hosts beautiful herb garden before donning an apron to learn how to make ravioli, stringozzi, or perhaps lasagne along with some other traditional dishes. We’ll relax in the panoramic terrace afterwards taking in the views and enjoying our well deserved three course meal.

A trip to Umbria would not be complete without exploring UNESCO heritage listed Assisi! This is the birthplace of St Francis, the patron saint of Italy, and is famed for its medieval architecture and resplendent Basilica. Assisi is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in all of Italy. 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.

perugia

You’ll have some free time to wander Assisi, before we continue our drive towards the capital of Umbria, Perugia. This gorgeous hilltop city is known for its chocolate and is sure to warm your heart. We check-in at our city centre hotel and have free time to unwind, grab a gelato or stroll around the medieval streets.

Day 5 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Cooking class and Assisi guided tour
  • Meals: Breakfast, 3 course lunch with wine
  • Hotel: 4 star luxury hotel in Perugia

Day 6: Medieval Perugia and Gubbio

umbria produce

Today we get to know Perugia a little better with a delightful food and history walking tour. We meet our local guide who shows us around the best culinary spots in town and recounts the stories, legends and tales of Perugia. Bring your appetites – we hear truffle is on the menu!   After a few hours of eating our way around town and discovering some of the most famous sights in the city, we have some free time. Relax back at the hotel or visit some of Perugia’s attractions like the Palazzo dei Priori.

You can never see too many hilltop towns in Umbria, so in the afternoon we meet again and 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. 

gubbio umbria

This evening we are back in Perugia where you have free time to wander, visit a museum or enjoy an aperitivo or dinner (we know all the best spots after our food tour!)

Day 6 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Perugia food and history tour, Gubbio guided tour
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (included in food tour)
  • Hotel: 4 star luxury hotel in Perugia

Day 7: A festival of flowers

You will never forget our final day in Umbria. It’s an early start so we don’t miss the region’s most famous festival – Spello’s Infiorata.

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. The work starts the day before and the teams work all through the night as the carpets need to be ready at 8am for judging and are then walked on by a celebratory procession. 

To see the carpets in all their glory we’ll need arrive in Spello by 7am before the crowds arrive and the flower carpets are trampled on. If an early start is not on your vacation agenda, not to worry, we’ll all meet up later for a delicious farewell lunch together to celebrate the beauty of Umbria and our time together.

Satisfied after a long, relaxing lunch we return back to Perugia where you will be dropped at the city center railway station to continue your onward journey in Italy. Ciao, for now!

Day 7 Inclusions:

  • Tours and activities: Spello Infiorata visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with wine

Accommodation

We’ve hand selected three beautiful properties full of charm that provide traditional Umbrian hospitality.

Our tour is full of exciting experiences so we’ve made sure you have time rest and recuperate in comfortable surroundings in the heart of Orvieto, the Umbrian countryside and Perugia

  • Orvieto: Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini
  • Umbrian countryside: Palazzo Bontadosi
  • Perugia: Locanda della Posta

In the unlikely event that chosen hotels are not available, accommodations will be of a similar or higher standard.

Meet Your Host

Olivia Windsor
Tour leader

Olivia is an Australian woman living in Piedmont, with a huge love for the land of la dolce vita, cooking, food and wine. She has spent the last few years learning the language (not to mention some Piemontese dialect!), immersing herself in the culture, and working on organic farms, wineries and agriturismi.

FAQs

Spring Umbria Tour FAQs

Yes. Prices are per person, in US Dollars

No, Untold Italy tour prices do not include airfares or ground transportation to the tour departure point in Orvieto. You will need to make your own flight and travel arrangements.

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 charming luxury 4 star accommodation (based on double occupancy). A single supplement of $550 applies
  • 4 guided walking tours with expert local guides
  • Unique experiences: Cooking class, 2 winery visits, truffle hunt, olive grove visit and tasting, and gourmet walking tour in Perugia, Spello Infiorata flower festival
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 aperitivo and 2 dinners as specified in the itinerary, wine and bottled water is included with meals other than breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned mini-bus
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Group departure transfers

Where only 2 meals are included per day, either lunch or dinner is extremely substantial and usually guests prefer a small snack for the other meal. We can recommend excellent restaurants and snack bars at each location should you require them. All meals include wine and bottled water. Should you prefer other beverages, they are not included in the cost of the tour.

Our tour prices do not include your international roundtrip airfare or internal flight or travel arrangements to Orvieto, travel insurance, your arrival transfer to our first hotel, activities not included in the trip itinerary; additional hotel charges such as room service, hotel bar tabs and laundry; and food and beverages not included in our itinerary. Gratuity for your tour leader is also not included.

The $200 hold deposit to secure your place on the tour is fully refundable if we cancel the trip for reasons beyond our control or if we do not meet the minimum number of guests for the trip to go ahead. If we cancel the trip before this time, a full refund of the hold deposit will be issued minus any bank charges. Should you change your mind and decide not to come on the tour, this deposit is non-refundable.

Once your first deposit is due, all payments are non-refundable, and the initial hold deposit will be put towards your final balance. We require that you purchase travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy (see our Tour Terms and Conditions for full details).

You need a moderate level of fitness for this tour as there is a decent amount of walking involved. Our guided walking tours range from 1-3 hours depending on the town. Additionally, we will be doing a lot of walking through the forest during our truffle hunt.

Orvieto is the start for our tour and has excellent train connections from Florence and Rome. From the train station it is a short taxi ride to the hotel.

Our tour ends in Perugia where you can take the train to Florence (1.5 hours) or Rome (2.5 hours)

We will provide a packing list outlining suggested clothing and other items to bring with you once your tour is confirmed

Prior to departure we will provide a list of online and written resources to start your immersion in Umbria.

No. While we will be enjoying an exceptional standard of food and wine on our tour there is no need to dress formally.

General FAQs

All travelers to Italy must have a valid passport with 6 months remaining until expiry on departure from Italy.

US, Canadian, UK, Australian and New Zealand citizens are currently not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of under 90 days. Citizens of other countries should check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements relating to their citizenship and residency.

Covid requirements must be checked regularly as they change often. This Italian government site has relevant information and our Italy Travel Planning covid group is the place where travelers meet to discuss the latest requirements.

Because refunds are not available once your first deposit has been made, and we are unable to make exceptions for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies, we require all guests to take out comprehensive travel insurance to compensate in case of unexpected cancellations. Insurance should cover you for both travel cancelations, and medical emergencies in the country of your tour.

The unexpected can occur and getting sick in a foreign country is a very daunting experience, we require guests take insurance with international evacuation coverage for all trips. You should book a policy as soon as the trip has been confirmed. We can provide a list of recommended providers on request. We will request your travel and medical insurance details no later than 30 days before departure.

Please see our full terms and conditions for further details.

If the tour has to be postponed based on border closures or restrictions in Italy, a credit for your deposit will be issued to be used for the postponement date of the same trip. If the tour happens as scheduled, but a guest decides not to attend based on any other reason than a country’s border closure, then the regular cancelation policy will be maintained.

If Italy only closes its borders to citizens from certain countries, and the tour goes ahead, the regular cancelation policy will be maintained, and your travel insurance is where you will seek compensation. Please see our full terms and conditions for further details.

Your health is our priority and Italy currently has tight restrictions on unvaccinated people which means they cannot actively take part in the tour. Therefore we require all staff and tour participants to be fully vaccinated for Covid19. Please see our full terms and conditions for further details.

Our tours are focused on food, wine and cultural experiences and have been designed with adults in mind. Please contact us if you would like your older teenagers 16+ to join us tour. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate children younger than 16. Note also that the legal age for drinking alcohol in Italy is 18 years.

Whilst we love our furry friends, we have a strict no pets allowed policy – thanks for understanding.