Nestled in the middle of the Italian peninsula, halfway between Rome and Florence, lies Umbria, a region steeped in history, art and culture, and awash in hilltop towns and ancient castles. Its cuisine and wines rival those of its neighbours, Tuscany and Lazio and its unrivaled natural beauty has earned it the title of “The Green Heart of Italy”.

Here you’ll find a traditional, rural lifestyle cohabitating with a buzzing international university and world-renowned festivals. Millennia-aged ruins await contemplative history-seekers, while postcard-perfect medieval villages cascade down the hillsides and beckon to be explored. Placid country roads wend through rolling hills and pass fields of smiling sunflowers, while snow-capped mountains loom to the east.

Nature lovers will enjoy Umbria’s unspoiled mountains and sparkling rivers. Country lanes that pass olive groves and flower-carpeted fields make nice walking paths, hiking and bike riding all over the region. Lake Trasimeno is one of Italy’s largest lakes, perfect for water skiing and boating. It also boasts three islands that can be reached by ferry.

The food and wine heritage of this region is superb as well: mainly famous for the black truffle (find it during a hiking tour with our local hunter!) and for the art of "norcineria" - delicious salami and prosciutti are still made in the local farms by food artisans - the local dishes are well paired with white and red wines of the region, as the outstanding Sagrantino.