A long weekend in Umbria | Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

Looking for an active and cultural short trip in Italy, then consider the gorgeous area of Umbria. Find the perfect itinerary for a long weekend in Umbria right here.

After a long winter we decided we needed a break from work and bad weather. What better way to spend a long weekend hiking and indulging in local culture in Umbria Italy. In April the weather there is just perfect to explore Umbria, recharge the batteries and start off spring on the right foot and. Besides hiking, we also enjoyed everything that this region in central Italy has to offer.

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Umbria Italy

Umbria is a beautiful green region located in central Italy. It’s located west of Tuscany, the most famous Italian province, and is bordered on the east by the Apennines. Umbria is often overlooked by tourists because of other, more famous, Italian attractions such as Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, the Amalfi coast, … But Umbria has so much to offer and can certainly compete with other popular Italian regions. Umbria is also known as the green heart of Italy. It has a hilly landscape with historic, picturesque hill towns. In short, Umbria is the perfect destination for active and cultural holidays.

How to get to Umbria Italy

From Belgium you can perfectly travel to Umbria by car, but for a short trip such as a weeknd getaway, I advise you to book a flight. We flew with Ryan air from Charleroi airport to Perugia airport. Here you can choose to rent a car and explore the surrounding landscape or to use public transport. We chose the second option because of our hiking plans. Public transport consists of a reliable network of buses and trains. It’s best to take a look at the timetables when planning your trip.

The best time to travel to Umbria Italy

Umbria has a mild Mediterranean climate with dry, sunny summers and cold, wet winters. The best time to travel to Umbria is estimated from May to September. Nevertheless, I already found it very pleasant and sunny in April, but of course this is not a guarantee that you can’t have rain.

A long weekend in Umbria Italy

Day 1: Assisi – Spello

Exploring Assisi

The first day we arrived early in the morning in Perugia. Right away we took the bus to Assisi.
This medieval village built on a hill is a known pilgrimage site. The main tourist attraction is the beautiful Basilica of Saint Francis, where you also have an amazing view over the wonderful Umbrian landscape.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

But the historical centre of Assisi has so much more to offer. It’s a lovely picturesque village where you can get lost in the little streets and alleys, shop for souvenirs or local products and taste the real Umbrian cuisine. We had lunch in la laterna, a cozy restaurant in a little alley between flowers.

Do you want to explore Assisi in a unique an origal way, be sure to check out the tours of Getyourguide below.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

Hiking from Assisi to Spello

After lunch we decided to hike from Assisi to Spello, our next stop where we booked a bed and breakfast. In the tourist info centre of Assisi you can ask for a map. You can choose an easy short route through the vineyards or a long, hard route on top of the hills. Off course we were a bit superfluous and took the long hard route. But it was totally worth the effort. After a steep and difficult climb we reached the top and had incredible views over Umbria.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

The trail is well indicated. But at some point we wanted to take a shortcut by following the map and off course we got lost. So in the end we even hiked more and longer than the normal route. If you are interested in hiking this trail, wear good hiking shoes! The way back down to Spello is very steep and rocky.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

Day 2: Spello & surroundings

A morning in Spello

We stayed in B&B Le Rose just outside Spello. Here you can enjoy the real Umbrian countryside. When you open up a window you can see a magnificent landscape of fields, flowers and hills. You even got a great view of the medieval mountain village Spello.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

In B&B Le Rose you can also reserve bikes for free. It’s a 1O minute ride to the centre of Spello.If you want to stay closer to the centre of Spello I can recommend Albergo Il Cacciatore, Bed & Breakfast Villamena or La Bastiglia.

Entering Spello is like going back in time. It ‘s one of best-kept medieval towns in Umbria. Go early and enjoy the waking up of the city and the morning rituals of the locals.

Spello is not only known as a beautiful historical town, but also for its flowers. Locals decorate their facades, front stairs and balconies with bright, colorful and scented flowers and plants, a feast for the senses. Wander off in the narrow streets covered with gorgeous ceramic tiles and explore the medieval architecture, viewpoints with amazing sights and local shops.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

Take enough espresso breaks and when the time is right enjoy a real aperol spritz. This is my absolute favorite Italian beverage. Together with limoncello and amaretto 😉

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

Exploring the countryside by bike

After spending a long morning in Spello. We decided to take the bike for a spin through the Umbrian countryside. The weather was perfect and the landscape was gorgeous. We didn’t have a route planned out, so we just went on our gut feeling. We didn’t get lost this time.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

In the evening we had a romantic dinner at the balcony of restaurant Porta Venere at Spello. The food and wine were delicious, but the view was just mesmerizing. We had a front row seat on one of the best sunsets I ever saw.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

Day 3: Perugia

The last stop on our weekend in Umbria was Perugia. We traveled by train from Spello to Perugia. Perugia is a small historical city situated on top of a hill. You can easy reach the city centre with the mini metro. The city itself is bigger than the villages Assisi and Spello, but doable to visit in one day.

Once you arrive on the top you will be surprised by the vibrant city life. In the centre you’ll find the main tourist attractions such as the beautiful Fontana Maggiori. It’s also a great place to do some shopping or just relax on a terrace with a drink watching the people come by. If you are into the dark Middle Ages don’t forget to visit Rocca Paolina. It’s an impressive underground fortress.

I advice you to explore the other sights and viewpoints of the city by foot, in your own pace. You can ask for a city map in the tourist information office. This way you’ll discover beautiful and less touristy places.

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

Would you like to know more about the city, then I advise you to book a private guided tour with Getyourguide.

I really liked crossing the medieval aqueduct and strolling around in that more quite part of the city. Close to Tempio di Sant’ Angelo we stumbled on a little local store ‘Il tempio’ with specialties of Umbria. It looked like a medieval inn. The friendly owner offered us to taste the food and wine. He made some bruschetta with different toppings and it was so delicious! When we left, we found this amazing community garden covered with bleu wisteria. It’s looked like heaven on earth.

For staying the night in Perugia I can recommend  Locanda della Posta Boutique Hotel, Pastello or B&B 7 B.A.C.I..

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

A 3 day itinerary for Umbria in Italy

How did we experience our weekend in Umbria?

The next day we had to leave early to go home again. Too bad! I really loved spending a long weekend in Umbria and I wish I could have enjoyed it a bit longer. But in three days we have seen a lot, did different activities, enjoyed the Umbrian specialties and it didn’t feel rushed at all.

Would you love to explore more of Italy? Be sure to check out our tips for  Florence and Cinque Terre and our road trip itinerary for Puglia.

Do you prefer active or cultural vacations? Or is a combo like this just what you are looking for? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Yours truly,

Sarah

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30 thoughts on “A long weekend in Umbria | Italy

  1. Stephanie says:

    Super handy detailed post about Umbria! Italy is such a great country wich I definitely need to discover more often. So close to my home, but I haven’t discover much of the country yet. You made me change my mind!

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      Oh Perugia must have been a great place to live while studying abroad. Happy I could bring back some memories 🙂

  2. kmf says:

    Love discovering hidden gems…definitely adding this charming place to the itinerary when I return to Italy. Looks like you stepped onto a movie set. Stunning photos!

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      Thank you so much! I also love off the beaten path locations. This part of Italy is stunning and less touristic. A great place to just unwind and indulge in locale culture.

  3. Tina says:

    I’ve never heard of this area of Italy until now. Love how green it is. Spello looks absolutely magical. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kelsey says:

    What a beautiful location! I am saving this for when I plan a trip to Italy (hopefully next summer)! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. molly says:

    Thanks for the travel tips. Italy is one of my favorite places to traveal but this is a route that I have not done yet! The horses and other pictures are really beautiful!

  6. Ildiko says:

    Love your post. I’ve never been to Umbria, despite my many trips to Italy. I plan to do on one of the next Italian ventures. Hiking in that area would be a dream. Same with bicycling. Pinned for my trip. Thanks!

  7. Lekha Chellani says:

    Whenever I seem to think that I have added all the places I would want to see in Italy to by bucket list, a new one comes across and takes my heart away. It’s the only country that does that for me haha. Lovely post, looking forward to visit Umbria someday!

  8. Kelly says:

    You never hear as much about Umbria as you do about other parts of Italy, but it looks like there are so many beautiful spots! I just love all of the cute towns and the landscape. Can’t wait to visit one day 🙂

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      No, and it’s a shame that Umbria isn’t that popular, but I guess that’s part of the charm. I love places that are not crowded with tourists yet 🙂

  9. May Durkee says:

    What an incredible post!! I haven’t to Italy yet, and honestly never even heard of Umbria until reading your post, so THANK YOU for sharing, because now, I’m definitely adding this destination when traveling to Italy. I love hiking, so this is perfect 🙂 Beautiful photos too.

  10. Nina Out and About says:

    I love a good old Italian city. The shots of you in the poppy field are gorgeous! I didn’t even know you could get to it from Beligium – will have to add that to my European road trip idea.

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      Yes, defenitely add it! It’s such a stunning (and less popular) destination. So perfect for a relaxing stop in the Italina countryside during a busy European road trip 😉

  11. Coline says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. The area looks gorgeous! I would love to explore more of Italy, now I have an extra place to discover!

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