Experience a Leisurely Walking Vacation in Umbria, ItalyBased in Orvieto, discover Italy's back roads and culinary traditions
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Dates: May 24-30, 2021 and Oct 4-10, 2021
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Orvieto, Italy
Cost: from $2295 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $425
Program subject to change
All prices are in U.S. dollars
Join our walking vacation in Umbria. You will be 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. Spend all 6-nights at our pretty-as-a-postcard hotel. Unpack only once and stay in an authentic Italian neighborhood in the heart of historic Orvieto. On our walking vacation in Umbria you can relax and enjoy the peace of an unhurried Italian lifestyle.
Experience a Leisurely Walking Vacation in Umbria
We’ve designed a tailor-made, six night tour of our favorite places. Join us in the unspoiled rural region of Umbria. You will enjoy its excellent wineries and stunning landscapes as well as olive, grape and truffle harvests. You will meet local artisans who share their culinary heritage. As a rule, each destination is laden with rolling paths, great views and foodie promise. In essence, our leisurely walking vacation in Umbria introduces you to the scenery, scents and flavors of a hidden land.
Our walking vacation in Umbria is a perfectly paced tour for explorers, walkers, and those wanting to experience authentic Italy. You will find yourself far from the crush of tourist centers. Then return each day to your historic 4-star hotel set among charming cobbled streets. Just steps from Orvieto’s many sights, restaurants, and shops, live like a local for a week.
Find a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Recharge your soul. This is the vacation you deserve.
What’s Included on Our Walking Vacation in Umbria, Italy
- 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 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 walk through olive groves walk near Montecchio (Approx 6-7km)*
- Olive oil museum guided visit
- Tasting with wines, local meats & cheeses, and bruschette
- Visit Civita di Bagnoregio with local guide (Approx 2h)*
- Optional cooking class in Orvieto
- Bolsena lakeside walk (Approx 6-7km)*
- Cheese Farm visit and farewell lunch (wine included)
- All activities are fully guided/hosted
- Local, english speaking guides
* All walks are optional and most may be modified for longer or shorter distances
What to Expect on Your Walking Vacation in Umbria
Each day will follow a schedule beginning with a delicious, full breakfast at the hotel. Then we will set off for our walk in the countryside. Next our small group will have a private tour at a nearby destination. Most locations will have an included tasting or an opportunity to indulge in a lavish lunch. Each day you will return to Orvieto in the afternoon. If a group dinner is not planned, your evenings are free to explore.
The guided walks are all Level 1 to mild Level 2 according to our walk ratings. Of course your guide can offer modifications if you’d prefer not to walk as much. Conversely, there are options if you’d like additional walking or hiking.
We offer a very popular cooking class in Orvieto. If you’d like to try your hand at making pasta and other regional specialties this is a fun way to dive into Italy’s most tasty of traditions.
Excursions and Activities: Walking Vacation in Umbria
Countryside Walk Near Lubriano
After breakfast we depart for a quiet country road near the village of Lubriano. As the fog lifts you’ll walk the undulating path through patchwork fields and shady oaks. In the mornings you may see local truffle hunters. With their trained dogs they head deeper into the woods searching for the hidden bounty this region is famous for.
Guided Tour of Civita di Bagnoregio
This is a bucketlist destination for many of our guests. Our adventure begins with a walk to the ancient and picturesque village of Civita di Bagnoregio. Spectacularly situated, the city clings atop its small ridge surrounded by a ‘moonscape’ of eroding cliffs. Then our Civita guide will share her rich knowledge of local history, culture, food and folklore. The ancient walls come alive with story as she walks us through the settlement. Afterwards you will have time to explore the winding medieval center on your own. Like a village from a fairy tale, the atmosphere is incredible! Before departure you may take a break at one of the many wonderful eateries. Enjoy a wonderful lunch with a view of the valley below.
Walk Hilltops and Olive Groves Near Montecchio
The day’s walking vacation in Umbria begins at a high point outside of Montecchio. Under a blue sky, vinyards, farmlands, and colorful hamlets can be seen in every direction. Then we follow the rolling strada bianche (white roads) taking in beautiful views along the way. Finally we reach an olive farm and meander through the stately groves. This is a favorite walk through quinsessential Italian countryside.
Estate Winery Visit and Tasting
Umbria is reknown for its wine throughout the world. On our tour you will learn what makes the wine of this region so admired. We will visit with a young, passionate winemaker and tour his family estate. First, our private tour will include a walk through the vinyard to gain an appreciation of its unique terrior. Afterward, you will taste of several of their premium wines. Finally, you’ll sample an organic goat cheese tasting from a local, specialist producer. Our guests love this fun, informative, and very personal introdution to Umbrian wines.
Etruscan Tomb and Guided Tour
Close to Porano is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Umbrian region. Markedly, they can only be reached by a walk along a little-used forest path and with a guide. Because of this, the Golini and Hescana Etruscan tombs are amazingly well preserved. The official local archaeologist will lead our private tour to view the Hescana tomb. You will see its sumptuously painted chambers, and its unique and rare secrets will be revealed.
Shoreline Walk Along Lake Bolsena
A Blue Walk wouldn’t be complete without some hours spent by the water. Fortunately, Lake Bolsena, Europe’s second largest volcanic crater lake, is a short distance from Orvieto. After breakfast we will depart for the lakefront village of Bolsena. From there we will enjoy a morning walk along the shoreline. Wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife abound along the lake’s verdant shore.
It’s easy to enjoy lively conversations or find quiet solitude as we stroll along the flat gravel path. Our destination is a small eatery with a shaded deck and warm hospitality. It’s the perfect place to relax over a light lunch and enjoy the tranquil view.
Farm to Table Feast
Our walking vacation in Umbria finale is a specatacular and delicious day. After a scenic drive through pretty farmland and a few rural villages, our private transfer brings us to a truly unique family farm. Here we will indulge in a farm to table gourmet lunch in the truest sense.
First we begin with an abundant antipasto buffet of which any Italian grandmother would be proud. Artisan cheeses, cured meats, and more are offered with abundant and beautiful presentation. Next is tender housemade pasta followed by regional main dishes. Of course locally produced wines are close at hand. Finally a selection of family-recipe desserts will make it hard to choose just one.
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.
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.