Every 6 months, the Italy Group Specialists and Italy Vacation Specialists hold regional educational trips for travel professionals and travel writers in the hopes of educating those that work in the tourism profession about some of Italy`s best kept secrets.
This year, we are holding the Umbria is Italy's Green Heart and Le Marchen Italy`s Adriatic coast, where vineyards and olive groves roll right down into sea.
Both Umbria and Le Marche are spectacular both in terms of geography, culture, history and the culinary delights which are produced in each region which include wine, olive oil, tartufo (truffle), wild bore, porcini mushrooms and many, many others.
These regions in Italy are some of the most fertile and beautiful in the entire country and still remain relatively unknown by the millions of tourists who come to Italy each year.
There is so very much to discover in these territories and along with our local guides and regional hosts, we will be delighted to welcome you on this incredible journey.
This morning we will meet in Rome City Centre at the Ludovisi Palace Hotel at 10AM with breakfast offered by us. We will leave at 11AM for our first stop today which will be Orvieto which is a town in the region of Umbria known for some of the finest white wines and one of the greatest cathedrals in the area.
In Orvieto, we will enjoy lunch at 1.30PM in a wonderful restaurant, winery place called "Il Palazzone" right outside the town in the centre of the countryside with gorgeous views over the valley.
Following that We will go straight to down town to be taken on a tour of the famous and outstanding Dome of Orvieto and St Patrick's well with an english speaking official private tour guide who will give you a free city card to use in order to visit the museums in Orvieto - the card expires after a year.
After that We will move onto the stunning Borgobrufa resort and spa, where we will enjoy a fantastic welcome dinner.
At 09:00 AM this morning we will depart the Borgobrufa Resort to visit Perugia where there will be some time to experience this marvelous hill-top town and famous in Italy and Europe for the chocolate arts as well as the Etruscan heritage.
At 11.30 AM from here we head to Tuscany where we will have the possibility to stop at Il Falconiere Relais, which is a gorgeous facility with a fantastic spa. Here we will enjoy lunch, wine tastings and experience with true Tuscan hospitality.
Following the inspection, light lunch and wine tastings we will visit the town of Cortona, which was made famous by the film Under the Tuscan Sun. After that We will head to Castiglione Del Lago, a beautiful medieval town situated on Lake Trasimeno which is right on the border between Tuscany and Umbria and one of the largest lakes in the region.
In the late afternoon We will head back to Borgobrufa for dinner and Gio' Patti Pop star singing for all of you... al lot of fun!!! Stay there overnight.
After breakfast this morning at 09:00 AM we depart Borgobrufa Resort and head to the town of Civitella del Lago that offers stunning views over the lake of Corbara situated in the centre of an expansive and beautiful valley dotted by vineyards and olive groves. Here you will be given information of the area by Chiara and Daniele, a great couple in life and in business!
This town also has a unique Guiness Book of World Record for the smallest barber in the World, so be ready for a brief stroll around it and then head to the town of Todi for delightful lunch at one of the most wonderful overlooking sites.
After that we ready to go visiting Assisi, which St. Francis made so famous. After touring the Religious area with his Church and Tomb, we head to Spello, our final destination, where we will enjoy a fantastic dinner in one of our chosen taverns formore local products. Overnight stay at the Hotel Bocci a lovingly restored Palace in the centre of Town.
Today will be dedicated to the beautiful town of Spello, which is a delightful hill-top town overlooking the valley.
Spello is known as the city of Flowers and has an incredible history, not to mention some of the finest olive-oil in the region.
Over the course of the day approximately around 11 AM you will have a guided walking tour as well as have an opportunity to sample many of the local products throughout the day.
Today is a day dedicated to eating, drinking and learning about the rich culinary traditions that Umbria is so famous for.
Lunch at Teresa's local shop with panino sandwich and bevarage and dinner in one of the most well-known Trattoria - Restaurant.
Overnight at hotel Bocci in Spello.
This morning we depart Spello at 9:30 AM and head toward the Adriatic Coast through the Appenine Mountains. We will make a stop in Norcia, an incredible and amazing area known for its delicious meats and cheese. The valley is home to hundreds of wild horses who graze in the valley. It is truly a spectacular site to behold. Passing through the Monti Sibillini, we will stop in Castelluccio di Norcia.
We will head towards the town overlooking the valley for a short walk.
This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner surrounded by the marvelous valley.
Today is a day dedicated to experience the beauty of Le Marche region and getting to know some of the beautiful towns the area has to offer an experience some of the excellent food and wines.
We will leave the hotel at 9.30am for Ascoli Piceno taking you on a tour with an official guide giving you great knowledge of the town.
We will have something to eat there in Ascoli and over the course of the day, we will bring you to some hotels in this area where you can enjoy with Giuseppe and Jesse this day dedicated to learning about the incredible splendor of this fantastic region of Le Marche. We will head back to Monteprandone for some time to rest and in the late afternoon we take you to Offida for a briefing of the area and eat some local products and have wine tasting at the Cantina Ciù Ciù.
Overnight at the hotel Sapore della Luna.
This morning at 9:30 AM we will depart the hotel to begin a day trip in Le Marche region and to experience the rich
culinary delights of the region which can be paired and enjoyed with some of the region's finest wines.
You will have a cooking class in Agriturismo Arcera and an aperitivo with the lunch you cook. After that we will get a chance to visit
Grottammare, which is a gorgeous sea-side town set high up on the hills offering spectacular views of the coast.
We will go back to the hotel and for dinner we will be at the Osteria 1887 in Monteprandone, 10 minutes from your hotel, and early evening to depart the next day for Rome.
This morning We will depart the hotel early, at 07:00 AM so that we can return to Rome where our tour will conclude for some of our group who need to get flights back home this morning.
For others who are staying on to travel for another week with Italy Group and Vacation Specialists for the Rome, Amalfi Coast & Capri portion of the trip, you will be checking into your hotel in the early afternoon.
We anticipate returning to Rome no later than 10.30 AM for those who want to who have flights departing in early afternoon.
For any others that are traveling on their own, we will also a mid day stop at any hotel or at the Termini Rail Station in down town Rome.
G R A Z I E M I L L E !!! Thank you so much !!!
Umbria is one of the most remarkably natural beautiful regions in Italy. Located in the very centre of Italy, it is approximately 1 hour north of Rome and 1 hour south of Florence. It borders the regions of Lazio, Tuscany and Le Marche, making it an ideal region to base oneself for a holiday and enjoy day trips. This region is also becoming a favorite holiday spot for visitors to Italy because it is remarkably less expensive than Tuscany and offers considerable more value for money, since Umbria is less of a touristic destination than Tuscany and in this sense we believe in some ways Umbria offers more value for money since the prices in Umbria are still very reasonable compared to Tuscany, its more frequently visited neighbor to the north.
Assisi is perhaps the town most famous in Umbria, for it is where St. Francis of Assisi lived and one of the regions most important cathedrals and the Duomo of San Francesco is located there.
The town, like many in the Umbria region is located overlooking a sea of green countryside dotted with vineyards, olive groves and farms.
This patchwork quilt of green countryside, the lush valleys between high hills make for naturally beautiful geography, some of the most pristine and dramatic in Italy.
Perugia, is the capital of the region and is home to one of Italy's largest Universities for foreign students called 'Universita' per Stranieri' and is located about 30 minutes north of Assisi.
Great places for making a holiday in Umbria include:
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