Unlike your typical Italian vacation, “Under the Umbrian Spell,” is our rendition of what a dreamy sojourn should be. It includes an array of food and wine fit for royalty and rich cultural adventures. The region remains untouched by mass-tourism and because of this, tradition and authenticity can be found around every corner. Join us on this journey and you will find yourselves immersed in sensational colors, flavors, and surreal views. Treat yourselves to a well-deserved 7 night stay in a spectacular country house, nestled in the heart of majestic vineyards and olive groves. Revel in the delight of your en-suite bedroom, and indulge in the offerings of the resident chef. Travel to Umbria and experience the benevolence of its people as well as the sheer magnificence of the region.
Your home for a week will be one of history and charm. Our selection of villas in Umbria range from the 12th to the 17th century, and each one comes with its own history and modern comfort. More than just feeling at home, you will feel that leaving is just not an option.
Experience the quieter, more authentic towns and villages of Umbria, as opposed to its tourist-filled neighbor, Tuscany. This curated tour of Umbria covers the breathtaking areas of Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, Spoleto, Trevi, and Perugia. They all boast centuries of rich history, quaint markets, and intriguing traditions.
Our local chef is privy to the best products and farms. He will deliver an outstanding and authentic culinary experience at the estate. Our menu is varied, diverse, and remarkably traditional. The flow of wine is also consistent!
Led by the best local guides, become acquainted with the towns and villages of Umbria in the most fitting manner. Enjoy a flexible and carefully-designed tour of the region, all while delighting in the tradition and beauty around you, at your own pace.
Upon your arrival in glorious Rome, you will be collected and whisked on an adventure that begins with a 3 hour guided tour of the main attractions and sites, followed by a lovely, leisurely lunch. We then take a short drive to what will be your stunning home for the exciting week that lies ahead of you. In the evening, our chef will tantalize your palate with traditional cuisine and perfectly paired wine. We welcome you to Umbria, a mesmerizing place, indeed. Rest assured that your hosts will do their utmost to cater to your needs, all you have to do is revel in the luxury and delight of your surroundings.
On Sunday morning, we venture into the incredible town of Assisi. Your private and knowledgeable guide will ignite a sense of wonder on a comprehensive 3 hour walking tour of the quaint town, followed by lunch, on own account. We spend the next part of the afternoon discovering the delights of the town and its intriguing shops - envisage eclectic trinkets! Afterwards, we return to the estate where we have the opportunity to indulge in some leisure time, why not take a dip in the pool, or read a good book alongside it? Dinner and drinks will be served admit the vineyards, as the sun sets over the impeccable estate.
Today we venture into Montefalco and start by visiting a family farm where animals, pepper the fields. We sample cheese and yogurt made from the cows, sheep and goat on the property. We then take a stroll through the beautiful hilltop village of Montefalco, where we become acquainted with the locals that produce linen and olive oil. To end our adventurous day, we visit another quaint farm, tucked behind the walls of the town. Here, great emphasis is placed on biodiversity - from honeybees, to geese, each animal is respected. We have lunch on the farm and dinner at the villa, where wine will flow freely.
After a lovely morning at leisure, we depart for Spello and its eclectic streets, where colorful flowers ordain the balconies and stairways. After lunch, we depart for the town of Trevi, where our guide and chef awaits, to lead us on a short yet satisfying tour. No journey to Umbria is complete without a truffle hunting expedition, and we have arranged the perfect adventure suited to you. Afterwards, we indulge in the truffles we have lovingly gathered over dinner at what was once a 12th-century church. Dinner will be paired with wine from the beautiful Montefalco region.
Today, after a languorous morning, our local chef teaches us the art of making pasta and tiramisu. In the comfort of our villa, we learn how to make fresh pasta and Italy's favorite dessert, all before lunch is served. After a quick "siesta," we head to Perugia, one of Italy's chocolate capitals. Here, we are hosted by local artisans, who demonstrate chocolate making. We will have the opportunity to sample the chocolates paired with dessert wine. In the evening we enjoy a pizza night at the villa, where everyone is invited to participate!
Today, we leave Umbria for a short while to venture into Tuscany. Bordering on Umbria, we journey to one of its capitals, Siena. Home to the famous "Palio", our knowledgeable local guide, Kathleen, will take us on a short, but sweet, tour of the city's main attractions. After lunch (on our own account), we make our way to our favorite winery: Felsina. Here, we are privy to a private and intimate tour of the cellars, followed by a tasting. In the evening, dinner will be prepared by our chef at the villa and served with excellent Tuscan wines.
Today is yours to do as you please, do as much or as little as you please. Relax by the pool, or experience an array of exciting activities. Be it horseback riding and hiking, or shopping for locally made cashmere and ceramic products, we will be delighted to make assist. Visit more attractions or enjoy another wine tasting and rest assured that our hosts will always be willing and able to make arrangements. In the evening, our farewell dinner will be a grand one! Prepared by our Chef at the villa, its sure to be a memorable experience.
Your transfer back to Rome will be included (to either the airport or a city). Why leave so soon? Let our travel experts design the perfect extension for you, beyond Umbria. Discover Florence, Piedmont, Lake Come and Venice. Or, how about a short flight to Sicily or Malta? Our experts will avidly listen to your interests and make their recommendations based on your personal needs, allotted time and budget.
Wonderful week in Umbria. The food and wine were fabulous! Our daily tours were fun, and we learned a lot. It would be impossible to say what I liked the most, because everything was great! Our hosts went out of their way to make sure that all our needs were met. It was perfect!
Thank you so much for our amazing trip to Umbria! Your team truly catered to our personal preferences on every level; with both of us being foodies, it made a difference! Our favorites were the fantastic dinners by Chef Jennifer and her AIV touches? Her culinary creations were arts themselves! The truffle hunt with Bruno was a wonderful experience as well as the visits to the various local towns! Looking through the pictures they were each different and very charming! Memories for a lifetime for sure!
Art in voyage exceeded every expectation I had. Each day I thought well they can’t do better than this and the next day they did. you didn’t even know they were paying attention to our conversations but then they would adjust the schedule and you realized it was because they were paying attention to what we wanted. You can’t ask for better than that
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All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
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