Umbria & Abruzzo
Umbria is a hidden gem in Italy, a treasure trove of ancient churches, picturesque hamlets, and sprawling vineyards, all set against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes. A visit to Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must. Other must-see destinations include the medieval hilltop towns of Spoleto, Todi, Spello and Orvieto, as well as the university town and capital Perugia, home of Perugina chocolate and the famous annual Umbrian Jazz Festival. In June, witness the stunning 'bloom of Norcia' wildflowers - a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Abruzzo, situated between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic coast, is a rugged and captivating region that often goes unnoticed by tourists. With its medieval villages, rich culinary traditions, and undiscovered cultural treasures, Abruzzo offers a genuine Italian experience off the beaten path. This mountainous and remote region boasts a plethora of castles, monasteries, and medieval towns, along with picturesque seaside towns, ports, and beaches. Its unspoiled beauty and slower pace of life make it a hidden gem in the heart of central Italy. Abruzzo is home to Italy's most stunning and pristine national parks, including Gran Sasso National Park, which features the highest peak in the Apennines. Nature thrives here, with wolves, deer, and even brown bears roaming freely. Immerse yourself in the charm of Abruzzo and discover its untamed allure.
When to visit
Umbria & Abruzzo is a truly ‘year-round destination’, with ancient villages, castles, lakes and rivers nestling between soaring mountains that in the winter months offer some of the best skiing in the country, some of them only 30km from a pristine coastline.
The climate is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cold winters. However, each season has its own charm, the spring and summer period bring pastel-coloured fields with red and purple flowers, an endless calendar of events in charming medieval towns with warm terracotta roofs and, of course, packed beaches. July and August can often be relentlessly hot and dry for long periods, with daytime temperatures typically reaching 38–40°C.
During winter, the region opens up to lovers of winter sports, especially during the months of December to February. Sunny winter days can be magical in the mountains and the snow gives the towns and villages a fairy-tale appearance.