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Umbria & Le Marche

Umbria: wooded, unspoilt and steeped in history, this province hides some of the country’s finest art and music, as well as stunning medieval hill towns. Cross the stunning Sibillini mountains, climb to the towering town of Orvieto, witness the waterfalls of Marmore, and savour the seasonal food festivals. Then retreat to your own luxury Umbria villa in a converted borgo village where you can fish, cycle and swim.

To the east, across the Sibillini mountains lies Le Marche, bordered by the Adriatic Sea so perfect for visitors wanting an Italian Riviera experience. Le Marche offers an unspoilt natural beauty, with nature reserves, hiking trails, waterfalls, caves, charming historic towns, opera festivals, leather craftsmen and a long, long coastline of clean, uncluttered beaches.

Located right in the centre of Italy, Umbria is bordered to the east by the Apennine mountains of the Marche, to the west by Tuscany’s Val di Chiana and to the south by Etruscan Lazio.

The region is a paradise for visitors interested in experiencing Italian art, history, culture and cuisine. Umbrian delights — such as truffles, local prosciutto, sausages, handmade pastas, extra virgin olive oils, mushrooms, game, and cow and sheep milk cheeses—will dazzle any food enthusiasts.

Peruse our Umbria vacation rentals. Umbria is perfect for active travellers with its endless outdoor opportunities ranging from hiking, to mountain biking, from free climbing to paragliding and canyoning.

From Spoleto's summer music and arts events, Perugia's chocolate festival, Orvieto's underground caves, the panoramic vistas of Todi, Gubbio's Roman amphitheatre right through to geologists' prized gorge of Bottaccione (where the meteor hitting the earth hypothesis was established), Umbria enchants and surprises.

Alternatively if you like the unspoilt nature of Umbria but prefer a coastal destination then come to Le Marche. Located on Italy east coast Le Marche offers 200km of highest criteria coastline. Visit the Riviera del Conero and its clear blue seas where some of the beaches are only accessible by boat. Or visit the Riviera del Palme, which covers the area from Pedaso through to Cupra Marittima, Grottamare and San Benedetto del Tronto. With nearly 90,000 hectares of land covered by two national parks, four regional parks and six natural reserves, visitors can try out all types of land and water sports from kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing to diving, through to hiking to cycling.

Alternatively visit pretty and quiet medieval villages such as Macerata, the home to one of the Italy’s oldest universities, and popular for its opera or Sarnana. The region offers a healthy and clean cuisine and produces around 90% of all Italian shoes- so a great place for shopping too.

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