ROLLING HILLS, PALAZZOS, AND WINE
The Umbria Region is in Central Italy, in between Florence and Rome. Chadwick was asked to be a groomsman in a wedding near Perugia, so we took the opportunity to spend a bit of time in the area. Neighbor to Tuscany, Umbria has the same green rolling hills, hilltop towns with sprawling palazzos, and wine, wine — more wine.
This was a relaxing trip exploring medieval towns coupled with wine, pasta, pizza, fresh produce — and most importantly, away from the tourist crowds.
- Currency: Euro
- Getting here: Fly into Rome (FCO)
- Where to Stay: Locanda Palazonne
- Getting Around: Rental Car
- Where to Go:
- Stroll Palazzos
- Drink Wine
GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND
You’ll fly into Rome, and pick up a rental car from there. A car is a must for driving around to the different towns.
PRO TIP: If you are not comfortable driving manual, be sure to specifically reserve an automatic transmission car. The default transmission is manual for rentals, so if you can’t drive stick, you’ll be in trouble; roads are narrow and steep with aggressive drivers.
WHERE TO STAY
Our first hotel in Orvieto was the most memorable of our trip. One of my travel fantasies is to stay in a hotel with a pool overlooking the rolling hills of Italy’s wine regions. There’s just something about drinking amazing wine with that type of relaxation.
Locanda Palazzone did not disappoint. It was quaint, luxurious, and magical.
DAY 2 – Orvieto
Breakfast at Locanda Palazzone
We enjoyed a late lunch (and wine!) at one of the many restaurants in the palazzo, and strolled the narrow winding streets.
Dinner back in Orvieto
We had a siesta back at the hotel, then drove back to Orvieto for dinner.
DAY 3 – Perugia
We had a lazy morning in Orvieto, then drove the hour north to Perugia.
The wedding rehearsal was that evening, so we spent the afternoon wandering through the streets, drinking espresso, eating pizza and chocolate.
DAY 4 – Wedding
DAY 5 – Tivoli
On our way back to Rome we stopped in Tivoli to see Villa D’Este.
Villa D’Este was a renaissance villa built in the 1500s and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its known for its beautiful gardens and over 500 fountains.
We also saw Villa Gregoriana — a park of waterfalls and ancient ruins at the base of Tivoli’s acropolis.
Block Party Dinner
For dinner, we stumbled upon a block party in one of the palazzos. It was so fun to mingle with the locals in the town, listen to music, and eat from local food trucks parked around the palazzo.