Umbria off the Beaten Track

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  • 22 September–29 September 2020
8 days
from £1,849 pp
Tour code: AGT1154

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 22 September–29 September 2020
    8 days
    from £1,849 pp
    Tour code: AGT1154

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      Tour Code AGT1154
      Max Group Size 26
      Single Supplement £300
      Start/End Point Rome / Rome
      Tour Manager Leonie Loudon – Read Bio

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      There are few regions in Italy more beautiful than Umbria, home to some rustic cuisine with roots firmly in her Etruscan past, and with a viticulture boasting wonderful grapes such as Trebbiano and Grechetto. Join Prestige in a world where Roman remains and Renaissance gems are interspersed with some truly tasty indulgences.

      A chance to discover the history, art, architecture and cuisine of this lesser-known area of Italy. Umbria is a hidden collection of small and picturesque medieval towns. Explore this corner of Italy from its Roman past to the stunning churches that adorn every one of these intriguing hill towns.

      Spend six nights in the delightful walled medieval town of Spello, famous for the incredible frescoes of Cappella Baglioni and also for some remarkably intact Roman mosaics. Stroll through the remains of Gubbio’s Roman theatre, visit the world famous Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in the company of a resident friar, meander through the streets of the picturesque town of Bevagna to admire Romanesque churches, and marvel at the architectural genius of Pozzo di San Patrizio in Orvieto.

      However, it is certainly not all architecture and history, as you are also accompanied by a qualified sommelier who will indulge your tastes in viticulture at some fantastic hand-picked local restaurants. What could be more desirable than culture and cuisine in what is often called ‘The Green Heart’ of Italy? Umbria really is crying out to be explored.

      Words from Your Tour Manager…

      “So often overlooked and passed by in favour of neighbouring Tuscany, both in terms of olives and wine grapes, Umbria makes highly drinkable whites and some ancient and highly distinctive, often sensational reds. Trebbiano (known locally as Procanico) and Grechetto are Umbria’s two most common white varieties but others include Canaiolo Bianca and Malvasia Bianca whilst Spoletino, an ancient Umbrian grape, related to Trebbiano, is also worth seeking out.

      It was the Etruscans who first introduced viticulture here and from the middle ages until the 1950s Orvieto was sought-after for a botrytized sweet wine, with the harvested grapes undergoing noble rot in tufa stone grottoes. Nowadays you have wonderful dry whites from careful producers as well as some rather forgettable mass-produced table wine.

      Then we have Sagrantino, it is an indigenous red grape variety unique to the Montefalco region of south central Umbria. One of the most tannic grape varieties it is robust, thick-skinned and ripens late and can make complex, exceptional wines. Long forgotten, though known of centuries before, it languished in obscurity before a chance discovery in a churchyard led to a revival due to the efforts of winemaker Marco Caprai with the University of Milan in the 1980s. It is now made by a handful of specialist wineries. Of course, these are just a few examples of some of the wonderful wine which we will get to sample on this gorgeous tour.”

      Leonie Loudon

      Highlights

      • Make the gorgeous historical town of Spello your home for six nights
      • Appreciate the well-preserved finds of Villa dei Mosaici di Spello
      • Explore the Etruscan walled capital, Perugia
      • Sample delectable wines from some of the region’s famous families
      • Exclusive insights from culinary and wine expert, Leonie Loudon

      What’s Included

      • Return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Rome
      • Seven nights’ accommodation in good standard hotels
      • Daily breakfast, three lunches and five evening meals
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      Arrive for a one-night stay at a characterful agriturismo on the edges of Orvieto, nestled in the delightful Umbrian countryside.

      Overnight: Orvieto

      Day 2 - Orvieto (B, D)

      Morning in spectacular Orvieto. Appreciate the clever architecture of the incredible Pozzo di San Patrizio, before a visit to the Duomo to discover Signorelli’s famous frescoes. This afternoon, indulge in a wine tasting at the estate of Decugagno dei Barbi before driving to your home for the rest of the week; Spello.

      Overnight: Spello

      Day 3 - Spello (B, L, D)

      Morning tour of Spello, including the Chiesa di Andrea and the Capella Baglioni. From here, visit the wonderfully intact Roman floors at Villa dei Mosaici di Spello. In Gubbio, visit the Roman theatre. Walk up to the Piazza Grande, admiring the Palazzo dei Consoli, before entering the museum to see the unique Iguvine Tablets.

      Overnight: Spello

      Day 4 - Montefalco / Bevagna (B, L, D)

      After a morning visit to the Church of St Francis in Montefalco, meander to the picturesque vineyard of the Montioni family for a tour of the olive grove and vineyard, followed by a light lunch and wine tasting. Continue to the historic town of Bevagna to explore the Romanesque churches of San Michele and San Silvestre.

      Overnight: Spello

      Day 5 - Assisi (B)

      Visit Assisi, strolling through the city to see Roman and Romanesque buildings and discovering the church of Santa Chiara and the world famous Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. This last visit is a highlight as we are joined by a local friar. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

      Overnight: Spello

      Day 6 - Spoleto / Pissignano (B, L, D)

      Depart to Spoleto, taking in the Roman sights of the House of Vespaia Polla, the Roman theatre and the Duomo.  Continue to the intriguing Temple of Clitumnus, before a visit to the beautiful town of Pissignano and finishing the day sampling delectable wines at the vineyards of the Lungarotti family.

      Overnight: Spello

      Day 7 - Perugia (B)

      Visit Perugia, the capital of Umbria. Walk through the evocative Rocca Paolina, a veritable medieval Pompeii. Admire the Palazzo dei Priori and the Fontana Maggiore before visiting the Renaissance Collegio del Cambio. This afternoon, explore the Etruscan, Roman and Renaissance gems of the city.

      Overnight: Spello

      Day 8 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £300 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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