Step into the pages of history through this splendid medieval castle, with its 1300-acre estate in the Tiber valley on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany. Surrounded by olive groves, woodlands, lakes, streams and farmlands, the original castle frames a large courtyard that is the perfect setting for a grand celebration. Renovated to provide all the modern comforts needed, the castle's seven bedroom suites each has its own decorative theme. The star attraction outdoors is the large infinity, saltwater pool with its wrap around terrace.
Since 1973 the City of Perugia has hosted The Umbria Jazz Festival every July. Now a world renowned event, the festival is a must for music lovers and features some of the biggest names of the genre.
Begun in 1228, The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. The church features frescoes by some of Italy's most famous artists and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel one of the four official wine routes through Umbria and discover why the region is home to some of the best vineyards in the country. Don't forgot to include Tenute Lunelli Estate where you will be amazed at the renowned cellar designed by the famous artist Pomodoro.
Every May 15th since 1160 Gubbio has hosted the Corsa dei Ceri. Three teams, each representing a particular saint and carrying an enormous wooden candle, race from the town square to a nearby mountain top. Thousands line the route every year to cheer on the competitors and take part in the festivities that follow.
After over-indulging in the gastronomic delights of Umbria, a trip to The Marmone Waterfalls may be the perfect excursion. Cycle or hike around the falls that tumble 165 meters to the lush valley below. Forested and serene, the area is the ultimate getaway.
For 60 years The Festival of the Two Worlds, in Spoleto, has become a popular event featuring opera, drama and dance. Fans crowd the streets to take in the vast array of performances that take place through June and early July.
While the adults enjoy their meal the kids enter their own restaurant complete with decorated miniature tables and chairs where they are entertained by the entire cast of the timeless tale. Dine with Jiminy Cricket, Gepetto, The Blue Fairy and of course Pinnochio.
Take a ceramics class and enjoy the clay! Some of the best classes are in Ficulle and Deruta and offer the chance to create, fire and paint your own work of art.
Visit the tranquil beaches and parks of Lake Transimeno. Bring a picnic lunch and rent canoes, kayaks or sailboats to explore the shoreline or visit an island.
Nothing will make a child smile like chocolate can. In Perugia take a tour of the chocolate factory where you can even attend chocolate school to create your own delights!
Below The Marmone Falls, The Nera River tumbles through the valley where you can find some of the best rafting in the region with something for all levels of thrill seekers.