Rates & Dates
May 25-31, 2020 (6 nights) from $1990
Single Supplement: $275
Program subject to change.
All prices are in U.S. dollars
Blue Walk Italy Walking Vacation in Umbria
Immersed in the stunning, rolling landscape of central Italy, the beautiful region of Umbria is unique and richly steeped in art, history and culture. Here you can discover ancient hilltop towns, stroll through rolling countryside, and experience incredible regional gastronomy. On our walking vacation in Umbria you can relax and enjoy the peace of an unhurried rural lifestyle.
We’ve designed a tailor-made, six night tour of our favorite places. Experience the unspoiled rural region of Umbria with its excellent wineries, stunning landscapes and olive, grape and truffle harvests laden with foodie promise. Our leisurely walking vacation in Umbria brings you to the scenery, scents and flavors of a hidden land.
Explore the iconic sights of Orvieto, one of Italy’s most spectacular cities. Far from the crush of tourist centers, our walking vacation in Umbria is a perfectly paced tour for explorers, walkers, and those wanting to experience an authentic side of Italy. For those seeking to recharge the soul, a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life – this is the vacation for you.
Your home for the duration of the tour is the wonderful art city of Orvieto, with its stunning art and architecture, history, excellent wineries and irresistible Umbrian gastronomy, all set in the noble quintessential countryside of the green heart of Italy.
Our hotel, pretty-as-a-postcard, is located in an authentic Italian neighborhood right in the heart of historic Orvieto. The hotel is a stunning restoration with exposed honey colored tufo stone so typical for the area, which adds much to the overall ambiance. As you step inside the cool interior of this scenic and stylish base, you will step back in time. A wonderful oasis serenely situated and equipped with everything a frequent traveler would require. An idyllic place for a relaxing holiday yet close to Orvieto’s best cultural attractions, so guests can easily explore the charming cobbled streets of this truly magical town and return and recuperate after a busy days’ sight-seeing.
What to Expect
Not only will you see all the sights this delightful city has to offer, but you will have the chance to walk and explore the splendor of the typical countryside by way of local trails and country roads. You will experience an area rich in artistic, cultural and culinary heritage. Among the many places you will discover are:
Civita di Bagnoregio (the Dying City)
We will walk to the ancient, crumbling, but very picturesque village of Civita di Bagnoregio, spectacularly situated on top of its small ridge surrounded by a ‘moonscape’ of eroding cliffs. Our local guide will share her rich knowledge of local history, culture, food and folklore. You will explore the winding medieval center with its tiny church and learn about the history of this unique place. Like a village from a fairy tale, the atmosphere is incredible! You will end your tour at a wonderful eatery with an olive oil tasting and a view of the valley below.
Etruscan Tomb Visit
This day’s adventures will delve into the sights and tastes of the verdant hillsides to the southwest of Orvieto. Our countryside walk will take in the beautiful scenery around the ancient Borgo of Porano. Here, close to Porano, there is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Umbrian region, the Golini and Hescana Etruscan tombs. A private tour with the official local archaeologist to view the Hescana tomb will reveal its unique and rare secrets.
Estate Winery Visit
After the guided tour of the Tomb, we will take a short journey and enjoy a private winery tour on an ancient estate. The tour will include a wine tasting of several of their premium wines as well as an organic goat cheese tasting from a local, specialist producer. This unique, family-owned, artisan winery is run by a young, talented and innovative winemaker who will personally host our tour and provide a wonderfully informative commentary during the tastings.
Food Lovers Day Trip
Our walking tour in Umbria finale is a spectacular and delicious day of touring in both the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. First we take the scenic road from Orvieto to Lake Bolsena, Europe’s second largest volcanic crater lake. From there we will enjoy a morning walk along the shoreline with its crystal clear waters. Then, through rural farmland and a few scenic villages, our transfer brings us to a truly unique family farm. Here we will indulge in a farm to table gourmet lunch in the truest sense.
An abundant antipasto buffet, followed by housemade pasta, main dishes and locally produced wines are your reward for a week of leisurely walking in the Umbrian countryside. Traditional, handmade, award winning, and organic, the cheeses and charcuterie offered here are all made on property. Experience passionate artisans, lovingly prepared food, and a most memorable meal followed by a tour of the sheep and goat milking process.
Blue Walk Italy Walking Tour: What’s Included
- 6 nights at our 4-star hotel in Orvieto’s historic center
- Daily breakfast
- All transport per the itinerary
- Welcome aperitivo
- Orientation walk in Orvieto
- Countryside walk near Lubriano (Approx 1h 20m / 6-7km)*
- Etruscan tomb visit with local, archaeologist guide
- Winery tour with owner/winemaker
- Wine tasting and artisan cheese tasting
- Welcome dinner (wine included)
- Countryside through olive groves walk near Montecchio (Approx 1h 30m / 6-7km)*
- Olive oil museum guided visit
- Tasting with wines, local meats & cheeses, and bruschette
- Visit Civita di Bagnoregio with local guide (Approx 2h)*
- Light lunch with panoramic view in Civita
- Optional cooking class in Orvieto
- Bolsena lakeside walk (Approx 1h 30m / 6-7km)*
- Cheese Farm visit and farewell lunch (wine included)
- Sheep milking demonstration at the farm
* All walks are optional and most may be modified for longer or shorter distances
Where in the World
South of Florence and north of Rome, Umbria is uniquely situated close to everything and conveniently off the beaten path. Immersed in the stunning, rolling landscape of central Italy, the beautiful region of Umbria is unique and richly steeped in art, history and culture. Here you can discover ancient hilltop towns, stroll through rolling countryside, and experience incredible regional gastronomy. On our walking vacation in Umbria you can relax and enjoy the peace of an unhurried rural lifestyle.