Marche & Umbria – Italy’s green heart

  • 8 Days
  • Marche, Umbria
  • Cultural, Naturalistic

Description

This is an itinerary through the natural beauties of Marche region and the best romantic, fascinating “borghi” of Umbria region. These regions reflect the richness that stretches between the Appennini mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Beautiful centres of art, ancient little “borghi”, enchanting views and magnificent architectures, all hidden among the slopes of its hills.
Due to their location and the amazing variety of landscapes they can be defined as “the green heart of Italy”. Umbria is a combination of landscapes, jewels of art and ancient traditions: a treasure chest in the middle of il Belpaese. Travel inland of the Marche and Umbria region means to get in touch with a very traditional life style, the green hills are dotted by small rural villages rich in local history, art, literature memories and traditional myths.

 

What to Expect

This is an itinerary through the natural beauties of Marche region and the best romantic, fascinating “borghi” of Umbria region. In the Marche region, culture, amazing landscape and great food meet. Travel inland of the Marche Region means to get in touch with a very traditional life style, the green hills are dotted by small rural villages (Borghi) rich in local history, art, literature memories and traditional myths.

 

  • Ancient "borghi"
  • Trekking
  • Cultural heritage
  • Local gastronomy

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ancona – Senigallia

Arrival in Ancona and transfer to the hotel in Senigallia. Overnight.

Day 2 - Senigallia - Urbino – Gola del Furlo Natural Reserve – Senigallia • Fascinating Urbino and surrounding areas (150 km)

Transfer to Urbino, the historical city center is World Heritage listed since 1998. We visit the Palazzo Ducale, which is now the Galleria Nazionale here there are a number of paintings from well-known Italian Renaissance artists such as Raffaello, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello e Tiziano. We visit the birth home of Raffaello Sanzio (1483) and then we take a short drive to the Furlo Canyon Natural Reserve, a protected area since 2001 for its wildlife and pristine environment. An authentic paradise where the Etruscan were the first to cross this canyon, then the Roman included this track as part of the Via Flaminia, digging an impressive tunnel in 76-77 AD which is still in use today. Here we follow an easy 1.5 hr trekking. Return to the hotel for overnight.

View of Gola del Furlo, Marche

Day 3 - Senigallia - Frasassi cave – Gubbio - Assisi • The Karst Cave system of Frasassi and the beautiful Gubbio (150 km)

We start the day visiting the Frasassi Cave, which is one the most important karst cave system in Italy and the world, they are located in the “Gola Rossa” reserve. Here we can admire Stalagmites and Stalactites and a small lakes which can be as deep as 25 mt, one cave is so large that could fit in an entire Basilica as big as the Milan Cathedral: “The Duomo”! We drive to Gubbio, one of the oldest town in Umbria Region and very well preserved. We visit the interesting city center then in the late afternoon we drive to Assisi. Check in at the hotel and overnight.

Streets of Gubbio, Umbria

Day 4 - Assisi – Rasiglia - Spello - Assisi • The mediaeval beauty of Assisi and the timeless “borghi” of Rasiglia and Spello (65 km)

The UNESCO city of Assisi is possibly the best preserved mediaeval town and the second most important religious center in Italy because Saint Francis was born here. We visit the Santa Chiara Basilica, the Piazza del Comune, the historical city center where there are many interesting buildings: Palazzo dei Priori, which is the city hall, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Torre del Popolo and the Minerva temple.
Our visit continues with the Saint Francis Basilica, that was completed around 1200 AD and contains precious frescoes by artists such as: Cimabue and Giotto. In the afternoon we drive to Rasiglia, a traditional Medioeval “borgo” called “the small Venice of Umbria” in a fairytale atmosphere thanks to its waterways and waterfalls.
Then we visit Spello located on hill top overlooking the green valley towards Perugia. We return to Assisi. Overnight.

View of Assisi, Umbria

Day 5 - Assisi – Lake Trasimeno - Assisi • The calm waters of Lake Trasimeno (140 km)

Today we visit Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in central Italy. We drive to San Feliciano, located on the east cost of the lake, where we take a ferry to the Polvese Island. Here we take a nice walk to discover the flora and fauna of this island where no one lives. With another ferry ride we move to Maggiore Island. Here we found ourselves walking in a traditional IV century fishermen village with ancient Roman ruins like the Guglielmi Castle. Return to Assisi and our hotel for overnight.

View of the Trasimeno Lake, Umbria

Day 6 - Assisi – Todi – Spoleto – Clitunno Spring - Assisi • Must see in Umbria: Todi e Spoleto (150 km)

Today we drive south to Todi a very nice “borgo” overlooking the fertile valley of the Tevere River. After the visit we drive to Spoleto to discover the ancient capital of the Lombards and in 774 it became part of Holy Roman Empire.
The writer Herman Hesse, who visited Spoleto, wrote a postcard to his wife, saying “Spoleto is the best discovery I have made in Italy”.
On the way back to Assisi we make a stop to visit the Clitunno Springs and interesting place that inspired very well-known poets and writers.
Return to the hotel and overnight.

View of Spoleto, Umbria

Day 7 - Assisi – Monti Sibillini (Lame Rosse trekking) – Fiastra Abbey – Ancona • Easy trekking in the Marche Region “Grand Canyon” and the archaeological site of Urbisaglia (245 km)

Today we will walk on a spectacular trekking path in the Monti Sibillini Park. We drive inland where the lush green hills are, we follow the direction towards Lake Fiastra and then to the Lame Rosse track, known also as the Grand Canyon of the Marche Region, it is a 7 km return track with about 200 mt climb amongst unusual rock formations, pillars ad pinnacles. After the walk we drive to the nearby town of Serrapetrona, the birth place of the Vernaccia, a spumante wine made from the Vernaccia Nera grapes and we taste it. We then continue visiting the archaeological site of Urbs Salvia. This was the birthplace of some leading figures of the Roman Empire and the Italian poet Dante Alighieri described its decadence in his Divine Comedy. We walk through this roman style town and the Archaeological museum. We then drive to Abbey of S. Maria di Chiaravalle di Fiastra, we reach Ascoli Piceno. Check in at the hotel and overnight. View during the Lame Rosse track, Marche

 

Day 8 - Ancona – departure

Transfer to the train station or airport.

Price Includes

  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Transport by minibus or bus (according to the group size)
  • Overnight in 4* hotel in BB treatment
  • 5 dinners
  • 1 snack with taste of local wines
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Local guide

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • All the meals not specified in the program
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not specified in "the quote includes"
  • Transport to / from Ancona

FAQ

When can I travel ?

From March to November. 

How much does it cost ?

On request – quotations from 2 to 12 pax.

For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com.

How's the climate ?

The Marche region has a Mediterranean climate. This itinerary is primarily operated in the summer months the average temperatures are 28 – 30 ° during the day a bit cooler in the evening night especially when on the hills.

Are meals included ?

Daily breakfast, 5 dinners, 1  snack with local products and taste of local wines. 

Which transportation will be used ?

Minibus or bus according to the number of passengers. From 8 to 10 pax – 35 seater bus. From 11 to 14 pax – 50 seater bus.

What type of trip is this?

It is a dynamic trip quite packed with visits and excursions, however the transfer via road are not long. The visit to the Frasassi Cave it is partially in the dark and in narrow tunnels. The short trekking in the Sibillini Mountains it is not difficult nor strenuous. Trekking shoes are required.

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions.

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