When you think of Italy, the Tuscany region probably ranks highly on your list of places to visit. However, holiday rentals in Umbria have begun to pick up in recent years even though it still benefits from being a quieter tourist region. You’ll be making the most of the Mediterranean climate with either of these regions, and here’s a few things you can enjoy in these breath taking timeless areas.
To See the Luscious Scenery
If Umbria is the green heart of Italy, Tuscany is its backbone. If time isn’t on your side and you want to take it all in on a budget, then car hire could be the answer. There are some amazing routes to take advantage of in both regions. Perhaps take in the gothic splendour of Gubbio with its medieval architecture, and make your way to 18th century Novafeltria, taking in the glorious views with everything in between.
To Reflect on Life
With its quiet back roads and its rolling hills, cycling holidays have been growing in the regions for a while. It’s an opportunity to be transported back in time and quietly reflect as you make your way around the regions exploring at your own pace. The landscape routes can be suited depending on your fitness level, and with only a couple of the hottest summer months to avoid it is an amazing chance to enjoy Italy for most of the year.
To Wine and Dine
Italians are known for their family connections and closeness, and food is an integral part of these intimate ties. These regions have some fantastic local dishes on offer, because at the heart of it all is local well grown produce that gets made depending on the season. Meats are generally slow roasted or stewed, and how about working your way through sampling the various styles of prosciutto ham, cured on your back door? The local grape translates to “blood of Jupiter”, and makes some of the best wine found anywhere in the world.
If you are into using the two good legs that God gave you, then there are some fantastic hiking routes to be had in these regions. Depending on the time of year and what sites you are particularly after seeing, there are coastal walks, inland wanders and mountainous treks in the Apennines all to be found in these regions. Just remember to pack a good pair of boots!
Visiting Tuscany, you’ll be surrounded by pleasure and peace. A life going at a different pace to the bustle you might be used to. Influenced by agriculture and the surrounding beauty, there is an abundance of culture to be had. Most towns house museums, gardens and art galleries, and it is home to Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence, and Pisa’s Leaning Tower. Umbria also has historical culture set deeply at its core, and it has some more modern tastes too. The Umbria Jazz festival takes place each July, and “The Two Worlds” is another music festival featuring all flavors of music to serenade you each summer.
With so many fantastic things to see and do in these regions, take the time to check out holiday rentals in Umbria and Tuscany in advance. They book up quickly and you’ll want to have somewhere perfect to rest your legs after a long day of exploring.