Peter WattsItaly, Europe

Stylish Umbria

Peter WattsItaly, Europe
Stylish Umbria

The Adagio Specialist, Peter has been walking in Italy surveying Umbria as a new tour destination for Ramblers Adagio Holidays. He takes us through his experiences walking and staying in and around the picturesque village of Trevi.

Well as a Ramblers leader I don’t usually write blogs, but I must be one of the most fortunate people on earth to have been sent out to Umbria to devise a new tour for Ramblers Adagio Holidays.

I’ve just had a wonderful meal in a 4 star hotel in the hilltop village of Trevi – I think that the food is actually 5 star and you just haven’t had an Italian meal until you’ve eaten here. The hotel is actually an old palazzo with all modern amenities and to stay here is like stepping back in time 400 years. As you stroll around the maze of medieval alleys and streets you get a sense of it all having been here forever.

After dinner I went out to do a little passegiata and took time to look out over the valley at the twinkling lights far below me with Assisi visible in the distance – a world away from the tourist trap.

I’ve seen many things in the last few days, one of the highlights being the Basilica of St Francis and the Hermitage where he went to pray and meditate – such a tranquil and serene place to enjoy a gentle walk through the forest.

Another UNESCO world heritage site is Spoleto with its Ponte della Torre. It was built as an aqueduct in the 14th century and can be easily crossed on foot. The views into the wooded valley below are spectacular.

You must go to Spello and admire the Pintoricchio frescos as well as the amazing Porta Venere gateway dating back to the 12th century.

Another must do is a visit to the beautiful and tranquil island of Isola Maggiore on Lago Tresimeno. Lunch in one of the lake restaurants after a walk to the top of this small island to visit the church of San Michelle Archangelo was delightful.

But my most memorable day was a walk through the olive groves of Trevi a few minutes away from the hotel with views to die for every step of the way – the village is well renowned for its olive oil.

Your hosts Valentina and Roberto will make you most welcome and you will instantly feel at home here. In fact you may never want to leave this place. I certainly won’t forget my stay here.

So let me show you Stylish Umbria with some fine wine, food and scenery. I am sure you will have an unforgettable experience.