Umbria hilltown guided tours




Assisi

The birthplace of St. Francis, most beloved of all saints for the Italians, Assisi is a synthesis of the splendor of the medieval hilltowns. Read more…

Spello

Built in the local pink limestone like Assisi, tiny Spello is a gem of the undiscovered medieval hilltowns, where every backstreet is a feast for the eye. Read more…

Perugia

Of Etruscan origin and called “city of the infinite view” by Henry James, Perugia perfectly embodies medieval elegance. Tours to Perugia can also include Deruta, Torgiano and Lake Trasimeno. Read more…

Gubbio

Dramatically perched on a hill overlooking the ruins of its Roman theater, here in Gubbio time seems to have quite literally stopped in the Middle Ages. Read more…

Deruta

Since at least the 13th century, Deruta has been one of the most significant production centers in Italy of maiolica (twice-fired pottery). Read more…

Spoleto

The Roman and Romanesque architecture of splendido Spoleto form a perfect backdrop for the “Festival of the Two Worlds.” Tours to Spoleto can also include Bevagna and Montefalco. Read more…

Bevagna

Once a prosperous Roman town, Bevagna today offers an intimate view of quiet Umbrian daily life, unfolding in the midst of Roman ruins, Romanesque churches, characteristic arched backstreets. Read more…

Montefalco

Perched high on a hill and offering probably the best, all-encompassing view of Umbria, Montefalco is noted today for its fine textiles, superb Sagrantino wines, a 13th c. Franciscan church-now-art-museum – and more! Read more…

Todi

Of pre-Roman origin, Todi sits perched on a hill overlooking the Tiber River. Its main piazza is a synthesis of the Middle Ages, graced by the cathedral and stately civic buildings.

Orvieto

Constructed by the Etruscans on a volcanic tufo-rock plateau, Orvieto’s cathedral is certainly one of the wonders of the medieval world. Tours in Orvieto can also include Todi and Cività di Bagnoregio. Read more…

Narni

One of my personal favorites, Narni – near the breathtaking Nera River Valley – is an unspoilt, untouched and – as yet! – undiscovered medieval hilltown where recent astounding archeological and architectural discoveries fascinate. Read more…

Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)