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Taste of Umbria

This  getaway to the heart of Italy is all about unique experiences: you’ll stay in the heart of an Italian town and live among the town’s people. You will have access to experiences most travelers don’t have. We’ll introduce you to local artisans who share their life experience with you. You will hunt truffles with a real truffle hunter  and get to taste this expensive delicacy., you will visit a family farm in the countryside to see how they make fresh  cheese and explore stunning towns.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Meet us at 11:00 am at Orvieto train station.
If this is an extension after your tour in Tuscany:  A driver will pick you up from our villa in Chianti  to start the tour in Umbria.
Today you will  discover Orvieto, Umbria’s grand hill town. The town sits majestically on a big chunk of volcanic rock called tuff. Built over several generations, the Duomo is one of the seven wonders of Italy; and the dense, organic, medieval fabric of the town dictates the human scale of today’s centro storico, with its cafes and restaurants, its bookshops and artisans’ work. Orvieto has  long kept the secret of its labyrinth of caves and tunnels. You will have a special access to private underground caves that accidentally was discovered by the owners. Next, you’ll visit an olive mill and have  a light lunch. In the afternoon we’ll  drive to Spoleto.
In the evening we will  walk to dinner at a family owned restaurant for an unforgettable evening.

Day 2:
A great way to start your day is to have breakfast on the beautiful terrace – enjoy the stunning views! After breakfast you’ll enjoy one of the prettiest drives in the region. We will drive through Valnerina (little valley of Nera) with its dramatic craggy mountain peaks, perched hamlets and stone villages  until we reach a family farm. You will join a truffle hunter and his dog searching for the illusive and famous truffles of Umbria. Then you will enjoy lunch that includes fresh pasta with truffles. MM…
In the afternoon we will visit a magical hilltown called Spello. Spello has some of Italy’s best preserved city walls, many of them Roman, some medieval. Spello’s main point of interest is the town itself: its hundreds of steep medieval streets and stairways, arches and angles, decorated by colorful seasonal flowers.
Upon returning to Spoleto you have the evening to relax.

Day 3:
After breakfast we will drive through perched hamlets and stone villages  until we reach a family farm where we will  watch a family member making fresh Ricotta cheese. After tasting this delectable cheese  we will visit a medieval gem, the town of  Bevagna. Bevagna, a fairy tale town is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It boasts stunning Roman mosaics, a pair of fascinating Romanesque churches and the re-creation of a medieval merchant’s house of the early 14th-century. You will have time to walk around and enjoy lunch on your own.  In the afternoon we will explore Assisi. Perched high above the flat valley floor next to Monte Subasio, the cobbled streets of Assisi wind across the hill with spectacular views of the valley below. You will have time for shopping and exploring before we return to Spoleto for a free evening

Day 4:
If you have other travel plans you can take a train from Spoleto. We can help you with logistics,  train tickets or a private transfer.

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    FCO

  • Pick-up Location:

    Orvieto train station

  • Pick-up time:

    11:00 am

Departure details

  • Airport city:

    Rome FCO

  • Drop off location:

    Spoleto train station

  • Drop off time:

    08:15 am

The program includes:

  • One way group transfer for Tuscany tour guests
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Cheese tasting
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Truffle hunting
  • Private tour guide
  • Transportation to all excursions

The program does not include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

ACCOMMODATIONS

You will stay in a privately owned 15 century Palazzo that has been beautifully restored. It has beautiful Italian gardens and a terrace, which you can enjoy stunning views from while having your breakfast.
Each room, with its unique architecture, color, and décor is reminiscent of a noble’s room of the past.

DATES & PRICES

Available year-round based on availability.

2020

  • June 5 – June 8
  • $ 1650.00
  • 2 spots
  • 8 Sept – 11 Sept
  • $1650.00
  • Available
  • Sept 26 – Sept 29
  • $ 1650.00
  • Available

2021

  • June 27 – June 30
  • $ 1650.00
  • Sold out
  • Sept 9 – Sept 12
  • $ 1650.00
  • Available
  • Sept 26 – Sept 29
  • $ 1650.00
  • Available

Reduced price for people who are booking another tour with us: $1450.00
Single supplement: $250

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.

You can get a quote here

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Travel protection provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay and much more. Plus, we offer our exclusive One Call 24-hour Traveler Assistance Service to help you with emergency situations that arise during your trip.

You may also consider ‘Cancel for no reason’. It may seem costly, but if you are deeply concerned about things like Hurricanes, strikes, Coronavirus outbreak, terror attack and such, you should look into that.

For pre existing condition, it’s important to purchase a policy within 10 days of your deposit.

FAQ about Travel Insurance

The best would be flying in and out of Rome.

You may want to check our other tours in Italy or consult with us based on your interests.

walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.

we try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am.

The itinerary is balanced between activities, sightseeing and leisure time.

What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.

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REVIEWS

REVIEWS

Bella Umbria

5.0 rating
12 October 2019

My daughter and i signed up for this tour as an extension after the Secrets of Tuscany tour. I am so happy for we did that. Umbria is so beautiful, less crowded and touristy. The food was great. The hotel was beautiful. Our tour guide was amazing. She took us to her hometown, Orvieto to an underground private cave which was very interesting. The truffle hunting followed by lunch at the family farm was a memorable experience.
Thank you Sam for all your advice and help!

Mindy
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