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mpfitz Jan 10th, 2008 07:29 PM

Tuscany and Umbria
My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy for two weeks in May. We would like to spend a week in Tuscany and a week in Umbria. We're interested in agritourism or B&B style accomodations. Any recommendations for places to stay or must-visit towns would be appreciated, particularly in Umbria. Our primary interests are food, wine, and enjoying quiet countryside towns.

2Italy Jan 10th, 2008 08:20 PM

In Tuscany you might enjoy Montalcino, a great hill town with commanding views. A B&B there called Palazzina Cesira is a very nice place to stay also.
Pienza is close and is a nice town to visit also. Just south of Montalcino is the Abbey Sant' Antimo, a beautiful ancient abbey in a fantastic setting. The monks there still do the Gregorian chanting.
The area around Montalcino is flush with wineries producing the wonderful Brunello.
In Umbria we stayed in Todi, a very nice little town that is is easy to get into and out of to visit other places. Be sure to visit Orvieto and Spello, you'll be amazed.
In Todi we stayed at Hotel Fonte Cesia, a really nice 4 star hotel that is reasonably priced.

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Henry Jan 10th, 2008 09:00 PM

My trip report may be helpful to you;tid=35046872


vincenzod Jan 10th, 2008 09:49 PM

Agritourism in Tuscany:
LOCANDA ILUNE at Pitigliano
Agritourism in Umbria:



gard Jan 10th, 2008 10:45 PM


My wife and I went to the Chianti district last summer. Here is my trip report with pictures and links:

Gard - trip reports and pictures

syd Jan 11th, 2008 12:13 PM

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Corte del Sole, in the general area of Lake Trasimeno. Wonderful breakfasts, and a very nice restaurant for dinner on site. It was a great location to explore Assisi, Pienza, Montalcino and Montelpuciano. If you have interest in this sort of thing, definitely check out the gregorian chants at Sant' Antimo. So beautiful.

In Tuscany, Borgo di Pietrafitta relais, near Castellina is a very special place, and a great base for exploring the chiati region.

StCirq Jan 11th, 2008 01:20 PM

I loved my two stays at Vacanze Ideale just outside Paciano in Umbria.

markrosy Jan 11th, 2008 01:44 PM

Don't look any further - beautiful location between Siena and Montalcino - stylish apartments, a pool with spectacular views and Italian hosts who are a whale of a time.

maitaitom Jan 11th, 2008 02:03 PM

Here's another trip report (with pictures) for you to peruse. It includes handy gasoline hints, too.

We loved Spello in Umbria and St. Quirico d'Orcia in Tuscany as bases.


mpfitz Jan 12th, 2008 07:52 PM

This will be our second visit to Tuscany, but our first to Umbria. What differences can we expect?

Can you recommend a central location for exploring Umbria?

vincenzod Jan 12th, 2008 09:50 PM

In my opinion the best location for exploring Umbria is Foligno.
A good hotel in Foligno is Le Mura, whose restaurant is very good, also.
Foligno describes itself not only as the center of Umbria but as the center of Italy and there is an amazing way to define this item.
But I cannot tell you because I cannot translate several words, sorry.


Dayle Jan 13th, 2008 07:26 AM


On my second trip to Italy, we stayed in Orvieto for 3 nts, doing daytrips to Todi, Deruta, Civita di Bagnoreggio. Loved all of these towns, but could have passed on Deruta. We went mainly for ceramics and didn't find what we were looking for. Probably partly due to ignorance on our part, we went on a Sunday and only visited the lower, newer part of town.

Third trip I stayed 1 nt in Assisi (unplanned) and 2 nts in Spello. Both are beautiful towns, Assisi full of tourist and pilgrim throngs during the days. Spello basically untouristed and very tiny, lovely little hill town. LOVED the Palazzo Bocci, but you may be too late to reserve. I kind of rearranged the order of my last trip to stay there and was glad I did.

From Spello also visited Montefalco. Be sure to try their local wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco. Fabulous red!

On the way to Assisi, stayed 1 nt in Gubbio. Very fascinating town and really liked it. Did not like the church bells ringing all night long every 15 minutes. (Really don't need to know when it's 2:15 a.m.) Checked out a day early, hence the 1 nt in Assisi.

Foligno is a much larger city on the flats. Great location for Avis car rental as the office is right in the train station. 1 hr 40 min to Rome from there.

Maitaitom and his merry group and I were in Tuscany and Umbria, but couldn't manage to meet up. We visited many of the same towns so I won't post my old trip report. Tom's is much more fun to read!

bfrac Jan 13th, 2008 08:44 AM

We loved this agriturismo in Umbria, . We enjoyed the best sagrantino and meals of our trip here. We also visited Deruta, Todi, and Montefalco to name a few. I dream of returning...

franco Jan 15th, 2008 10:17 AM

The main difference betweeen Tuscany and Umbria is that Tuscany is the mainland of Renaissance art & architecture, while Umbria is all medieval.
As far as Umbria, check out this one:;tid=34792839

tcreath Jan 15th, 2008 11:32 AM

We LOVED le Case Gialle in Umbria. It's near Bevagna and Montefalco, making it a perfect base. Our apartment was absolutely lovely, with a huge shower, comfortable bed and a balcony with amazing views over their olive trees and towards Montefalco. From here you could easily visit Assisi, Spello, Perugia, Deruta, Todi, Trevi, etc.


zoecat Jan 15th, 2008 12:34 PM

I'm with Tracy on this one-

Le Case Gialle is very central, well priced and beautiful. I am returning this spring for my second visit.

WTnow Jan 15th, 2008 01:04 PM

We looooved this place:

It is in the ideal " near Bevagna and Montefalco area" high on a hill with the most SPECTACULAR view of umbria on the planet I believe.

We spent a few nights here in late October and have endless gorgeous photos of the vineyards dressed in bright colors with all of Umbria in the background.

it is new and attention is paid to every detail from large showers, comfortable beds, great pool, classic Umbria styling.

The owner is an American, an art history major who has lived in Umbria for 39 years, married to a local from a prominent family. Her wonderful and handsome son runs the place and she teaches cooking classes there and they have great wine and olive oil that they make on the property.

They know all the secrets of the where to get the best cheese or where to go or eat. I have not got the pictures up on my blog yet, but will soon.

We didn't want to leave!

Ronda Jan 15th, 2008 01:41 PM

WOW, great places!

WTnow Jan 15th, 2008 01:51 PM

On a completely different note we loved this place in Tuscany:

We travel by RV, but this is not really a campsite, but a 5 star resort without the hotel, yet with many places to rent a stone built cottage or bungalow.

It is quite deserted in May so we had the place to ourselves and a few smart Europeans retirees. There was a heat wave last May, so all the pools really came in handy, but there is also wine tasting, horseback riding, vineyards, great restaurants and lots of privacy in a very rural area near Greve.

It is easy to get to everything by car or you can take a train,bus or tours are arranged there as well.

We paid less than 20 dollars a night, but I hear that even the lovely stone apartments are very cheap and there is everything in between on tons of acreage.

jnjfraz Jan 15th, 2008 02:06 PM

We always stay in Radda in Chianti at Le Selvole.

The owners are wonderful, the grouds are spectacular and you are right in the middle or Chianti Classico.

If you are interested I have a bunch of photos and a really good area restaurant list.

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