Tuscany and Umbria
The epitomy of beautiful landscapes, delicious food and wine, medieval hill towns and culture to die for !
Tuscany is acclaimed the world over, especially for its art, history, architecture and beautiful landscapes. Florence is a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance - the artistic and cultural re-awakening of the 15th century. Tuscan wines are renowned.
Situated in central Italy, Tuscany is a region of rolling hills, mountains and rugged coastlines. Fabulous palaces are a testament to the region's wealth while medieval town halls bear witness to a long-standing tradition. The Tuscan countryside is a heady mix of vineyards, olive groves, poplars and cypresses, rolling hills and charming hill towns steeped in atmosphere and tradition.
Tuscan cuisine is famous - hearty, country-style food. Tuscan olive oil is fruity and pecorino - sheep's cheese and truffles, feature widely on the menus. The vineyards of Tuscany yield Brunello, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile.
Umbria is an enchanting and mystical land, with more castles and towers than any other region in Italy and known as the homeland of saints and soldiers. LikeTuscany, Umbria is an ancient land and dates back to the Etruscan age. Umbria is known as the green heart of Italy and lying next to Tuscany is therefore in a most perfect location in central Italy.
The region has a wonderful mixture of panorama, rolling hills covered with vineyards, olive groves and fields upon fields of sunflowers, medieval hill towns dot the landscape, with more dramatic landscapes of mountains with pine forests lakes and waterfalls. Lake Trasimeno, Italy’s fourth largest lake, is no doubt a mystical lake. World famous towns such as Assisi, home of St. Francis, Orvieto, Perugia, Spoleto are all in Umbria. . Also Deruta, home to the world famous Renaissance majolica-ceramics
Umbrian olive oil is spicy and one of Italy's finest. Its wines are renowned especially Orvieto Classico bianco, the wonderful Grechetto, a fantastic straw coloured wine and for a strong red, Montefalco Sagrantino will sure to impress the most discerning of wine buffs. Umbrian cuisine is rustic and tasty with its wild boar, truffles and mushrooms and wild asparagus all found on local menus.