Discover untouched landscapes of rugged mountains, verdant valleys, and historic hilltop towns in Umbria, the "green heart" of Italy in the fertile Tiber River basin. Bordered by the coastal region of Marche to the east, the cultural capital of Lazio to the south, and the rolling hills of Tuscany to the west, Umbria is the only region in Italy without a coastline or an international border. But it is this central location, pastoral charm, and unrivaled tranquility that make our vacation rentals in Umbria so memorable and magnetic.
Begin your visit in the regional capital of Perugia, a picturesque town known for its Etruscan fortifications, cobblestone alleys, and fun-loving students at the Università degli Studi di Perugia and the University for Foreigners of Perugia. You'll also be just a short drive west of Assisi, which is the birthplace of St. Francis, the site of his frescoed namesake Basilica di San Francesco, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the slopes of Monte Subasio.
The eastern reaches of Umbria include the central Apennines and Monte Vettore, which marks the region's highest point of 8,123 feet. At the base of these mountains sits the town of Norcia, a food lover's paradise known for plentiful black truffles, cheeses, and cured wild boar products that are produced in the shadow of Monti Sibillini National Park.
Heading west, you'll come upon the picture-perfect town of Todi, where a medieval tangle of streets and stone houses tumbles down a hillside overlooking the river Tiber. Crossing the olive groves and vineyards to the west will lead you to Orvieto, where you can sample the celebrated regional wine varietals and tour the magnificent 14th-century cathedral.
Experience an authentic glimpse of Italian life in Umbria - our vacation rentals will show you the very best of this charming region!
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