Far from being your typical Italian vacation, "Under The Umbrian Spell" is our version of what a diverse journey combining food, wine and culture should be, in a region that has not yet been overtaken by mass tourism and where tradition and authenticity can still be found at every corners.
Join us on this journey discovering or re-discovering a true pallet of colors and flavors. Spend 7 nights in a breathtaking country house situated in the middle of vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy your own bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and be pampered by our staff and resident chef.
If you have not yet visited Umbria and discovered its infinite beauty and the kindness of its people, this is your chance to do so.
Your home for a week will be one of history and charm. Our selection of villas in Umbria ranges from the 12th to the 17th century, and each one comes with its own history and its modern comfort. More than just feeling at home, you will feel that leaving is just not an option.
Experience the less busy/more authentic towns and villages of Umbria (as opposed to its neighbor Tuscany), their markets, their traditions and their incredible cuisine.
Our local chef knows the best products, the best farmers and of course, delivers an outstanding and authentic culinary experience at the estate. Our menu is mixed, varied, diverse and always traditional. And our wine flows at will!
Armed with some of the best local guides, get to know the towns and villages of Umbria without ever being bored nor overwhelmed. Enjoy a light and carefully-thought itinerary to discover what this Umbria has to offer, all while enjoying its traditions and its beauty at a pace that is yours.
On arrival in Rome, you will be picked up and your adventure will start right away with a stop in Orvieto for a tour at leisure and lunch. Then, an hour drive will bring you to what will be your home for a week. Tonight, our chef awaits to surprise you with local traditional cuisine and wines perfectly paired.
On this Sunday morning, we discover the incredible town of Assisi. A private guide awaits for a 3-hour walking tour followed by lunch (own account) and the afternoon discovering the town and its shops. We then head back to the estate for some time to be spent by the pool, or enjoying the ground, before sunset drinks and dinner are served in the vineyards.
A magical morning spent in the countryside of Montefalco! We begin with a visit to a family farm where we will meet the animals, notably various breeds of Italian cattle, and sample cheeses and yogurt made from their cows, sheep and goats! We then take a stroll through the beautiful hilltop village of Montefalco to see local producers of linens, olive wood and more! Our final stop is a small farm just under the walls of the town where we will learn about biodiversity and how all of the animals ‘help out’ from honeybees, to chickens & geese, to the pigs and sheep! We conclude the day enjoying a light lunch on the farm. Tonight, dinner is served at the villa, paired with local wines.
After a lovely morning at leisure (or slow pace), we depart for Spello and its award-winning streets where flowers of all colors and all shapes ornate balconies and stairways. After a lunch at leisure, we depart for the lovely town of Trevi where our guide/chef awaits for a short yet fulfilling tour. It is followed by a truffle hunting and a truffle dinner at what was once a 12th century church. It is paired with lovely wines from the Montefalco region.
Today, after a morning at leisure, our local chef introduces you to pasta and tiramisu making at the villa. At the estate, learn how to make traditional fresh pastas and Italian's favorite dessert, before lunch is served. After a quick "siesta", we head to Perugia, Italy's (contested) Chocolate capital. There, we are hosted at a local artisan's for a demonstration on chocolate making, served with dessert wine. Tonight is Pizza night at the villa, and everyone is invited to participate and contribute.
Today, we cheat on Umbria and venture into Tuscany. Bordering Umbria, we make our way to one of its capitals, Siena. Home to the famous "Palio", our local guide Kathleen awaits for a short yet fun tour of some of the city's main sites. After lunch (own account), we make our way to our favorite winery: Felsina. There, we are given a private tour of the cellars followed by a tasting. Tonight, dinner is once again prepared by our chef at the villa, and paired with exciting Tuscan wines.
This is your day! To pack, relax by the pool or pack more in your schedule with one of our favorite activities (be it biking, hiking, shopping for locally made cashmere products, ceramics or simply horseback riding in the vineyards). Our hosts are here to assist should you be interested in visiting additional sites, indulge in more wine tasting or even make your way back to some of your favorite towns. Tonight, our farewell dinner is grand and prepared by our Chef at the villa.
Your transfer back to Rome is included (airport or city). Why go home though? Let our travel expert design for you the perfect extension, beyond Umbria. Discover Florence, Piedmont or even Lake Come and Venice. Or how about a short flight to Sicily or Malta? Our experts will listen to your interests and make their recommendations based on those, time allotted and budget.
Nestled in the Umbrian hills of the Murlo Estate located between Umbertide and Perugia, villa Caminata is a six-bedroom home surrounded by a lush garden and a separate guest house with its own private living area, kitchenette and bedroom.
Start the day with a coffee at one of the outdoor dining areas on the terrace, then bring a book down to a lounge chair by the pool. Prepare lunch on the outdoor grill and enjoy the meal in the shade of the pergola-covered al-fresco dining area. The property includes air conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout.
Caminata’s interiors are eclectic and relaxed. The spacious living room has two seating areas, facing either the garden or fireplace, and a comfortable mix of a velour sofa, wicker wingback chairs and tufted leather ottomans anchored by beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. The traditional vibe is carried through to the dining room, which has floral drapes and vintage-style round-backed chairs, and the eat-in kitchen, which has ladder-back chairs and exposed wood shelving. Each of the villa’s six bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. Whether you stroll through the garden of over 3,000 plants or simply relax by the pool, there’s plenty to do at the villa itself.
Rates displayed are per person, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $1699 per single traveler.
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
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit of $750 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $1699.
Your final balance is due 60 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.