Introducing Umbria

Savour the quiet life on a country retreat in Italy’s ‘green heart’. Step back in time in beautifully preserved medieval towns, or marvel at the grandeur of Italy’s greatest gothic cathedrals. Discover pristine landscapes of lakes and mountains, woods and valleys. Then, as evening draws in, withdraw to your exclusive boutique hotel and sample local cuisine and renowned Umbrian wines. 

Things to do

Umbria is also known as the ‘land of the saints’. The region’s most famous religious landmark is the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. This popular spot is worth a visit to see the stunning frescos by Giotto. But, there are many quiet historic sites to visit, too. Perugia, the capital city, retains the feel of a quaint hilltop town, with plenty of winding medieval streets, grand palaces and fascinating museums to discover.

Those in search of the Umbria’s wild side will love Mount Sibbini National Park. Hike through a striking landscape of mountains, forests and steep, glacier-carved valleys. But the region also has a gentler beauty. Plan a day out on the shores of Lake Trasimeno to discover rolling hills peppered with medieval hamlets, vineyards and silvery olive groves.

You’re sure to eat well on a luxury break in Umbria. This fertile region specialises in wholesome, rustic fare, with plenty of fragrant, roasted meat dishes and traditional lentil broths. Truffles feature in many dishes – with white truffles a particular delicacy. Look out for guided tours along the ‘wine trail’ to taste Umbria’s fine, dry white wines. 

Top Tip from SLH

For an active day out, visit Marmore’s Falls – a Roman-built cascading waterfall, surrounded by rivers that are wonderful spots for canoeing.