A 4-days tour through the Umbria region and its villages, the large Italian garden that overlooks a wide variety of landscapes thanks to differing nature of the geographical areas concerned.
Wedged between Lazio, Tuscany and the Marches, Umbria is the natural beating heart of Italy, located in the center of the entire nation, without any outlet to the sea. This absence of the sea, however, doesn't limit the marked landscape splendor from which Umbria is characterized, which replaces the marine waters with rivers that cross the region, streams, lakes and natural waterfalls, interspersed with hilly areas and flat valleys. The varied naturalistic and landscape interest is interspersed with cities and settlements rich in history and millenary traditions that should not be underestimated, some of which you can discover by following me in this short 4-day trip through the region and its historical, cultural and naturalistic offer: a journey intended not only for discovery, but also for relaxation and well-being of the body and mind.
Departure from Naples to reach Parrano, a very small village in the province of Terni located north-west of the latter and just north of the town of Orvieto. Parrano is located on a height of over 400 meters above sea level, at the base of which are hidden karst cavities inside which thermal waters flow. Characterized by an elongated historic center, Parrano extends along two main streets that start from the central square and that wind through a network of alleys that give the village a characteristic typically medieval appearance, which embraces, with the very rare residential buildings, the castle: the real core of the village. In Parrano you will be served an aperitif accompanied by a presentation of the program of your stay in Umbria, which will start with a visit to the village, continue with dinner in a typical restaurant in the area and finally an overnight stay.
After breakfast, the journey continues to discover nearby Orvieto, about 40 kilometers from Parrano. Just like Parrano, Orvieto also stands on top of a hill, at a height of about 325 meters above sea level. Decidedly more populated, Orvieto is renowned for its civil and civil architecture which is rich in the historic center, including the Cathedral of Orvieto, defined as an excellent masterpiece of central Italian Gothic architecture, completed about 300 years after the start of its constructions in 1591. The very high façade saturated with details, bas-reliefs and sculptures overlooks the square of the same name from which a historical-cultural journey begins for the entire historic center. You will arrive in Orvieto through the funicular that will take you between the walls of the heart of the city and after a visit of a few hours, which is enough to fully assimilate the beauty that this place has to offer, you will move towards Lubriano, a small village in Lazio on the border. with Umbria. About 18 kilometers from Orvieto, Lubriano stands on a high tufaceous cliff at an altitude of 441 meters, overlooking the valley of the Calanchi, the same valley overlooked by the splendid Civita di Bagnoregio, a hamlet of 11 inhabitants in the locality of Bagnoregio, which is one of the first most beautiful villages in Italy. Connected only by a pedestrian bridge, Civita di Bagnoregio rises like a mushroom on a deep valley, placing itself as the undisputed sovereign of nature, a jewel unchanged over time and rich in history. The day will conclude with a return to the designated hotel and dinner at a local trattoria.
The whole day will be dedicated to the well-being of your body and the relaxation of your mind, thanks to the entrance to the Thermal Baths of Fonteverde, located in the nearby town of San Casciano dei Bagni, belonging to the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy and on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. You will have free time for lunch, differently from the organized dinner based on tasting of typical local dishes after returning to Parrano for overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel and subsequent cooking lessons to enjoy a typical homemade Sunday "Italian" lunch. After a moment of relaxation and a visit to the vineyard in the surrounding area, departure for a short stop (maximum two hours) in Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region, home to artists and artistic training during the period of the Italian Renaissance, a place of art , education and the famous chocolate. At the end of the visit, the journey will continue towards the final destination, completing the weekend in the best possible way to discover the heart of Italy and its timeless villages.
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