Umbria & Marche

Umbria & Marche

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  • Period:

    January 2018 - December 2018

  • Duration:

    Minimum 7 nights

  • Target:

    Small groups

Package description

A charming and unforgettable journey to discover the heart of Italy. You start with an unforgettable tour of 3 days through the artistic and enogastronomic treasures of Umbria: the ancient beauty of Spoleto, the wine history of Montefalco and the wonders of Valnerina. Then immerse yourself in timeless experience in the center of the Marche: from the mysterious Frasassi Caves to secrets of secular craftsmanship and arts of Fabriano and Urbino.
Day 1:
Arrival in Spoleto and accommodation in the hotel, welcome drink. Dinner at a local restaurant that offers regional and seasonal cuisine, mainly meat, where there is a plethora of creativity and a great selection of wines. Overnight stay.
Day 2:
Spoleto, visit to Villa Pianciani, the elegant late-eighteenth century home of the famous architect Giuseppe Valadier and part of a monumental complex that includes several buildings and a large historical park. The villa was built by the Pianciani family, being Luigi Pianciani one of the first mayors of Rome. The villa was the family's country house. It is located above a hill, overlooking the surrounding landscape with a panoramic 360° view. Aperitif in the villa with a local white wine: Trebbiano Spoletino, before continuing for lunch in a restaurant near Spoleto. The restaurant offers you the chance to taste authentic and selected flavours of traditional Umbrian cuisine. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a guided tour of the city of Spoleto to discover a fascinating reality that seems to take you back in time. The impressive vestiges of the Roman era, the remains of the medieval and lombard buildings and the splendid Romanesque churches let us have a glimpse of Spoleto's oldest story. Dinner in the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 3:
Montefalco & Bevagna Visit to the town of Montefalco, called "the balcony of Umbria" due to its high position on top of a beautiful hill. It has been recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. It is known for the frescoes of its churches and has a tradition in the production of coated fabrics and linen-cotton. Today, it is the Wine Capital of Umbria, known worldwide for the production of the Sagrantino di Montefalco GCDO wine. You will have lunch in the town of Bevagna, known to be one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Lunch at an 'anarchic' tavern, where the keyword is to feel good and make others feel good both in terms of simplicity and authenticity of the food and the atmosphere. At Bevagna one can perceive a magical atmosphere along the streets that lead to the main square and near the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, dating back to the 12th century, which shows an imposing Romanesque façade. In the afternoon, we proceed with the guided tour describing the methods of production and wine tasting at two wineries using the Sagrantino grape variety in the territory of Montefalco. Return to Spoleto and dinner at a restaurant with a simple, refined and elegant cuisine, tasting dishes filled with tradition. Return to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 4:
Walk to the town of Monteleone di Spoleto, a place known throughout the world for producingPDO spelt. The only location in Umbria where this ancient food is still cultivated. It is difficult not to be flabbergasted by the beauty of this town: a natural oasis where you can find hidden corners full of nature, architecture and esotericism. After the walk, you continue with a guided visit to one of the major spelt producers that has always used organic cultivation methods, followed by a tasting of their spelt products. Lunch at a restaurant in the countryside at Cerreto di Spoleto, where the wellness and the Italian food and wine tradition can be deeply appreciated. After lunch, visit to a cheese and saffron producer in Valnerina. The cheese farm that you will visit is family- run and uses only the milk from 250 sheep and 100 goats. What distinguishes it from the rest is the wide variety of goat cheeses produced with goat's milk from the Saanen breed. The predominant sheep breed is the Comisana. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Travel to the MARCHE
Day 5:
Depart from Spoleto in the direction of the Northern Marche to visit the fascinating karstic complex of the Frasassi Caves, wonderful, awe-striking natural sculptures, which took tens of thousands of years to form. After a visit to the caves, a stop at the Romanesque Abbey of San Vittore alle Chiuse, built in the 11th century and one of the most significant and interesting Romanesque monuments. After lunch, you continue to the town of Pergola for a visit to the small Museum of the Gilded Bronzes, dating back to the first imperial Roman epoch. It houses works from the territory of the Commune and, in particular, the Golden Bronzes, the only gilded bronze collection existing in the world from the Roman age left today. In the afternoon, visit and wine tasting at the family-run winery CASALETA. Visit to the beautiful vineyard located in Castiglioni di Arcevia before going to the winery to taste their Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi accompanied by bruschettas with olive oil and local cold cuts. Return to the hotel and dinner. Overnight stay.
Day 6:
Guided tour of the Paper and Watermark Museum, pride of the city of Fabriano, located in a former Domenican convent. The museum illustrates traditional paper processing, watermark techniques and the developmental phases of this art that made Fabriano a world-renowned centre. The morning continues with a visit to the museum of sound and historic pianos. The visit of this museum is fascinating: the concert guide will explain the evolution of the piano and its sound using as an example the pianos of the most famous music masters such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and others. Lunch at Fabriano and walk through the town. In the afternoon, visit and tasting at a honey farm belonging to a young honey producer, Giorgio Poeta, who invented a unique product in the world: honey aged in oak barrels. A very high-quality product which showcases the 'Made in Italy' throughout the world. Return to the hotel to rest. Dinner in a beautiful country house near Fabriano, nestled in the greenery of the Umbrina-Marchigian countryside, where the cuisine offers delicious, traditional dishes which are genuine and full of true flavours. The friendly staff will make this experience unforgettable. Overnight stay.
Day 7:
Day devoted to Renaissance history and art. Guided tour of Urbino, a town surrounded by the soft hills of the Marche region, the ancient capital of the dukedom of Federico Da Montefeltro, capital of the Renaissance and birthplace of Raffaello Sanzio. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Visit to the ducal palace, a Renaissance masterpiece where the National Gallery of the Marche is based, rich in works of art and extraordinary paintings belonging to great masters such as Piero della Francesca and Raffaello. Lunch in town. In the afternoon, you will continue to Cartoceto to get to know the history and tradition of the Fossa cheese. You will visit the refining and maturing rooms in the historic ice house of Palazzo Rusticucci and the ancient stone mill of the Beltrami family. You will also have the possibility to taste their extraordinary goat and sheep cheeses accompanied by excellent local wines and enjoy an olive oil tasting. The respect for the traditions and the passion of the family make each visit a unique moment. Cartoceto is also the cradle of an ancient culture and tradition in the production of olives and oil. Return to the hotel and dinner at the Marchese del Grillo restaurant, which is known for its wine selection and gourmet cuisine. Overnight stay.
Day 8:
Breakfast and check out.    
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