Though Tuscany gets the lion’s share of attention, the bordering region of Umbria is not to be overlooked. The green heart of Italy beats with vineyards and olive groves spread across rolling hills that lead to the mountains. Get to know a new side of Italy not far from Rome by staying at one of the best hotels in the Umbria Region – bookable with Culture Trip.
Come to Umbria to experience medieval towns like Norcia and Todi that blend their ancient architecture with modern attractions, while towns like Perugia and Assisi are always abuzz with people, pilgrims and plenty of local food. These villas and resorts are primed to provide you with a relaxing, decadent Italian vacation.
Locanda della Posta will lure you into the “living room” of Perugia. As the sole hotel overlooking the main street of Corso Vannucci, the location is only rivalled by the deluxe suite with a Jacuzzi Frame – both equally deserving of your time and wandering mind. Immerse yourself in the cascade of chromotherapy and hydromassage cycles, before allowing your eyes to be treated to the same rhythmic experience as you stand on your private balcony and watch the town of Perugia pulsing into the night.
With its Michelin-starred restaurant, Vespasia, you’ll likely stumble into Palazzo Seneca for its Norcia-centric menu of sweetbreads, eel and sheep ricotta pasta. We urge you to stay, and allow the concierge to arrange an interactive gastronomy experience for you to enjoy. From cooking classes and wine pairings to cheese-making and black truffle hunting, you can discover how nearly every delicious dish in the restaurant is made – savour each bite – then retire to your deluxe suite for a mini bar nightcap.
Its comfortable setting off the evocative Montefalco square is reason enough to stay at Palazzo Bontadosi – but this luxury boutique hotel sweetens the deal the moment you arrive. Allow them to suggest favorite items off the a la carte breakfast menu, before leading you down to the private Aquam Spa for a complimentary hour of relaxation. The concierge has a towel at the ready, so you can dry off and set off for a wine tasting at the local winery.
Wherever you stand, sit, and sleep at Casale Valigi, there’s a good chance you’re within arm’s reach of a locally-made product. From the handloom and handwoven fabrics and lime-based paint to the stone staircase and terracotta washbasins, this rural hotel prioritises traditional handicraft from wall to wall. In the Pietra (stone) room, you’ll settle in surrounded by ancient stone walls, raw terracotta flooring and fantastic views of the Narni medieval fortress.
Rescued from abandonment and restored for your pleasure, the medieval fortified hamlet of Castello di Postignano redefines resort expectations. The spa, bowling green, pool, billiard room and cosy fireside reading room are reserved for guests only, but there’s much more to explore throughout the hamlet. A wine bar stocked with cheeses, oils and homemade biscuits, a charming cafe with views of the Valnerina valley, a quaint rose garden, vintage shop and an 11th-century church will make you feel like a local in minutes. Feel like you could stay forever? You could: these village buildings are for sale.
Why not extend your Italian holiday by exploring nearby Rome? Through Culture Trip, you can book a stay at the best bed and breakfasts and best family hotels in the city now. There are plenty of family-friendly experiences for you to enjoy, and you can unearth fascinating history in the Jewish Quarter. After a long day of exploring, discover new flavours at the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Rome.