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UMBRIA in Italia

Thanks to its lushness, Umbria is known as the “Green Heart” of Italy; with its rolling hills, and fertile plains surrounded by picturesque towns, castles and monasteries, dating back to the renaissance and Roman times. Geographically, it sits in the centre of the Italian peninsula half way between Florence (Firenze) and Rome.

Small in comparison to Tuscany; its more famous neighbouring region, it still radiates a powerful image of unspoilt heritage. It is Italy’s only landlocked region with 90% covered by hills and mountains. Umbria’s pristine natural loveliness is certainly a major enticement. From the peaks of Monte Sibillini on the border with Le Marche to the gentile hills and plains around Assisi, Perugia and Todi, a home here is as attractive as a chalet in the Swiss Alps or an ocean beach house in Cap Ferret.

Whether in the form of a town, a village, or a medieval monastery, an ancient farmhouse, a dry stone wall or a ruined church, architecture is essential to the region’s spirit. You are simply surrounded by Etruscan, Roman and medieval history at every turn; a beauty that is distinctly Umbrian.

The Climate
Umbria has hot dry summers and cold clear winters. The hottest months are July and August with average noon temperatures of 30 degrees centigrade - Autumn and Spring are the most pleasant with temperatures in the low 20’s. In the winter the temperature drops near to freezing but the skies are often blue

Autumn begins with the wine harvest in late September and the olive harvest in November. They are special times to be in Todi. Four of the properties have mature olive groves and produce ample olive oil for your needs.

Umbrian Wine
The local wines of Umbria are a well-kept secret. They are equal to the world famous brands of Tuscany but are happy with a lower profile. The vineyards tends to be smaller so most production is consumed within the region. For example, the ‘Sagrantino’ grape of Montefalco is grown nowhere else in the world and is regarded as a superb red to be compared with the best of Tuscany and Northern Italy. The white wine of Orvieto is equally famous.


 

Getting There
Major Airports: There are two international airports in Roma (160kms) and a local airport at PERUGIA (40kms); which is rapidly expanding. Alitalia and Ryanair fly regularly to Perugia and it accommodates private jets.

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