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Choose Your Pace: Walking the Hill Towns of Umbria

Learn from scholars and local farmers as you walk the meandering hills of Umbria at the pace you choose, discovering its vineyards, olive groves, villages and sensational cuisine.
Rating (4.93)
Program No. 18709RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,459
Flights start at
825
Italy

Choose Your Pace: Walking the Hill Towns of Umbria

Learn from scholars and local farmers as you walk the meandering hills of Umbria at the pace you choose, discovering its vineyards, olive groves, villages and sensational cuisine.
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,459
Flights start at
825
Program No. 18709 RJ
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Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2021
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2,459
Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2021
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2,459
DATES & starting prices
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Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2021
Starting at
3,049
Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2021
Starting at
3,049

At a Glance

With all the amazing views that echo the landscapes of Tuscany but none of the crowds, Umbria holds a special place in the hearts of those who love the stunning Italian countryside. With rolling hills, picturesque medieval towns and beautiful vineyards and valleys, it also holds a special place for those who love to walk. Join local experts for spirited and informative rambles through this truly unique region on daily hikes selected based on your preferred pace and difficulty.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from multiple hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 1.5 - 8 miles on mountain trails. Elevations up to 3,596 feet. Sites visited may vary based on the hiking level you choose for that day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Above the town of Spoleto, join a truffle farmer to learn the proper way to hunt this delicacy.
  • Climb through the Umbrian valley with views of Assisi and Trevi to a local winery for a tasting.
  • In the town of Bevagna, visit a medieval paper manufacturer to learn the technique of this ancient art.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Ratking
by Michael Dibdin
Venetian crime investigator Aurelio Zen goes after the kidnappers of a Perugian industrialist in this enjoyable thriller, winner of the Gold Dagger Award (and first book in the series).
Italian Days
by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Grizzuti Harrison writes with warmth and depth of her journey from Milan south to Calabria in this sprightly account of Italy and the Italians.
The Italians
by John Hooper
Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait.
Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves, An American Naturalist in Italy
by Gary Paul Nabhan
The author, a poet and naturalist, heads along the Franciscan Way from Florence to Assisi. This most unusual travelogue combines natural history, spirituality and a lively appreciation of local food and food traditions. A print-on-demand paperback.
Mysteries of the Middle Ages, And the Beginning of the Modern World
by Thomas Cahill
Cahill deftly evokes the historic glories of the major medieval figures (and the places they frequented) in this illuminating overview of philosophy, art and literature.
Italy for the Gourmet Traveler
by Fred Plotkin
Organized geographically, this encyclopedic guide features eating establishments, cooking schools, markets, shops and other gastronomic treasures in 500 cities and villages, perfect for the food-addled who can't be in the company of the irrepressible master himself.
The Art of the Renaissance
by Peter Murray
A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
A Traveller's History of Italy
by Valerio Lintner
A brief history of Italy through the 1990s -- wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
Italy in Mind
by Alice Powers
A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others.
After Hannibal
by Barry Unsworth
Unsworth's vivid novel takes in the history, landscape, pleasures and the other Americans and Europeans, like himself, who live in Umbria.
Reluctant Saint, The Life of Francis of Assisi
by Donald Spoto
Spoto draws on fascinating new research to explore the travels, spirit and work of the beloved saint. This engaging portrait provides an excellent overview of the life of St. Francis.
The Italian Renaissance
by J. H. Plumb
A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance.
Eyewitness Guide Umbria
by Eyewitness Guides
A marvelously illustrated, compact guide to the culture, history and attractions of Umbria, organized geographically and especially helpful for its innovative site plans, building diagrams and local maps.
D.H. Lawrence and Italy
by D.H. Lawrence
This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places, his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia.
A Valley in Italy, The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria
by Lisa St. Aubin de Teran
This short memoir chronicles a year in the small Umbrian village of San Orsola--especially the delights and frustrations of renovating a decayed villa. Taking in food, wine, local customs and landscapes, the book is an excellent introduction to the region
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
Canti
by Giacomo Leopardi
An acclaimed new translation of Italy's greatest modern poet's work. Born in the Italian Marches in 1798, Leopardi lived in Rome, Central Italy, and Naples, where he died in 1837.
Umbria Regional Map
by Touring Club Italiano
A colorful, detailed map of Umbria and surrounding areas, at a scale of 1:200,000. The most detailed map of the area available, imported from Italy.
Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary
by Rick Steves
This compact phrase book, organized thematically and with a brief dictionary, also includes Steves' insight into how to break the ice and make friends around the world.
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4.93 Average
(5)

Wonderful views and a variety of hiking experiences available. Comfortable family owned hotel in Foligno with great food selections. This is a great way to see a more rural Italy without the hordes of tourists.

(5)

I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The walks through the countryside and special activities like the visit to a winery and a truffle farm provided a closer connection to the region and stunning views. The guides were top-notch, knowledgable on a wide range of topics and very friendly.

This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was a treasured experience! Our trip guide was Sara Trionetti, and we met Keegan, Katrina, and two other skilled individuals who accompanied us as guides on our hikes. The scenery, and historical learning, the olive groves and olive oil production, the truffle farm, and the walled villages of Umbria dating to Roman and medieval times ... it was a sensory experience which touched the WHOLE of mind, body, and inspiration. Uncapped enthusiasm! Hotel Italia was a pleasure.

(5)

This was a wonderful trip with lots of flexibility and options for people of varying degrees of fitness. I was among the "easy" walkers and did about 5 miles per day, mostly in the Umbrian hill towns. If you can't do fairly steep hills, don't sign up for this trip. The intermediate and challenging groups did longer countryside hikes anywhere from 7-10 miles on more challenging terrain. Irene Refani, our main leader, was personable, very knowledgeable, fun, and organized. We had a variety of experiences like hunting truffles, seeing a Medieval parade, eating great food, exploring vineyards and olive groves, drinking wine and eating great food, visiting major historical sites, did I say eating great food yet, learning about frescoes and art, eating great food -- you get the picture! Our group was a bit larger than we've experienced previously with Road Scholar (30 people) but we self-selected each day into 3 groups(easy, intermediate, or challenging) it divided pretty evenly into about 10 or 11 per small group. We had wonderful people in our total group and we always had good times at our daily total group lunches and dinners. If you like variety in your days, a pace that suits you, good food and wine and wonderful company, this is the tour for you!

(5)

The Walking Tour of the Hill Towns of Umbria was even more exciting and beautiful than I had expected. It was fun getting to know the other 27 people in our group who were from all over the United States. We were able to decide which level of activity we wanted on a daily basis and even between the morning and afternoon walks. Our time was spent both in the countryside and lovely cities of Umbria. I felt it was very educational and a lovely tour.

(5)

For me, this was a perfect blend of hiking and sampling food and culture in this area of Italy. The instructors were friendly and efficient, and everyone in the tour was fun to meet and spend time with. It was one of the best trips of my life, and I have visited many countries - I definitely plan do do more trips with Road Scholar.

(4)

Beautiful part of Italy, great people in our group - as usual! But the weather was bad, the hotel running on fumes and the much talked about "flexibility" in terms of "options" NOT really delivered on. Group leader & hiking specialists couldn't get or stay on the same page. Rain happens! Adjustments to the schedule should have been made but were not. All this because the trip SHOULD BE a 5-star one, but a few tweaks are definitely called for.

(5)

How many trips change how you shop at a grocery store at home? I have changed how I look at Italian wine, learned about Olive Oil, and sniff truffles exuberantly.

(5)

Fe This experience was wonderful, beautiful, and helped me to step out of my day to day life and have a marvelous adventure with a group of fun, warm and intelligent participants. The Umbria region was not only beautiful, it was a trip back in time to the Romans days. Our leader, Irene ,was intelligent, fun. and informative. I recommend this program to anyone who enjoys hiking at different paces in a beautiful country.

(5)

A truly wonderful way to see this part of Italy. I very much appreciated the ability to decide my itinerary for the day without being locked into a predetermined schedule. The guides were wonderful as well as my fellow traveling companions

(5)

A trip of a lifetime! Road Scholar handled all the details so I could truly relax on vacation. The guides were awesome & so friendly. I can't wait to go on another adventure! Thank you Road Scholar!

(5)

A fun trip to put my boots on the ground in Italy. Loved walking through the olive groves and vineyards. The farm luncheons were very good and worth any walks to get to them. I'm looking for another Choose Your Pace to sign up for.

(5)

Umbria is a breath-taking province, filled with natural and architectural beauty, engaging personalities, delicious food. Hope you will decide to hike your way through it.

(5)

Great group of people, leaders, hikes and location. It doesn’t get any better when you can enjoy good food and wine guilt free because the hikes/walks balance it out.

(5)

I'm 80 years old, and due to various minor health problems, I initially feared even the "easy" hiking option might be too challenging for me, such as the steep streets of the hill towns. However, due to the appropriate level of activity and opportunities for occasional stops, I found myself able to keep up very well with others in the group. The program leaders were considerate of everyone's physical ability.






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