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Umbria - First Tinkered Now Planning

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Originally I was planning this trip for the middle two weeks or so of June. However, due to a scheduling conflict it will have to be the middle of July.

As we did on our two recent successful trips to Tuscany and Provence, we will be relying on public transportation to get around.

For a base I want two things. I want the town to be convenient to public transportation. Also, even if we don't plan on any complete days in the base town I expect that we'll spend a fair amount of time either before or after day trips wandering the town. So I'd like a town with enough to keep us busy for part of at least several days.

So far Perugia appears to best base for us even though I'd like it to be more convenient to the main train station. It is close to the FCU and bus stations.

So far I see two parts to the trip with the possibility of a third.

We'll most likely fly into Rome (been twice before), spend a couple of days there with a day trip to Oriveto (I'd love to see civita di bagnoregio but it just takes up too much of the day unless there's another way to get there).

From there we'll move on to Perugia for the rest of the Umbrian portion.

There's a possibility that we'll add a few days in Venice (been there twice before) with a day trip to Verona but haven't decided on this yet.

I've reviewed many of the popular Umbrian towns accessible by bus or train and there seems to be one common thread. Just about all of them are hill towns.

Orvieto (from Rome) and Spoleto, Gubbio, Todi and possibly Montefalco, Bevagna and Spello.

At the end of the trip will all the hill towns blend in with each other or do they each have their own look and personality?

This is the starting point.

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