To the east of Tuscany, lies the province of Umbria, known as "the heart of Italy." Little-known and often overlooked, villas in Umbria are surrounded by a kind of romantic mystery, starting with its name which derives from the Latin word for shadow. For all its obscurity, staying at luxury Umbria villas will put you in the heart of some of the country's most fascinating and sacred territory.
Experiencing a Villa in Umbria
From your Umbria villa rental you can visit Italy's biggest lake, highest falls, and the source of the country's mighty Tiber River, which begins as a small mountain ravine before culminating into that famous gushing waterway. Your Umbria villa may be tucked within thick wooded groves of elm and chestnut, blanketing the river valleys that roll through here untamed across a swatch of national parkland.
For culture buffs staying at an Umbria villa, Umbria has the hallowed land of Assisi - birthplace of the country's patron saint St. Francis - the intrigue of Romanesque Spoleto and the deepest Etruscan roots of anywhere in Italy. The nearest crumbling ruins or art galleries are rarely more than a short drive away from Umbria villa rentals. Surrounding your villa, traditions will be centuries old and landscapes even older, seemingly untouched since even its more 'modern' Medieval towns began sprouting up on the green countryside.
Umbria villas embody the essence of this storied place, rich in all senses of the word and as warm as the Italian sun. From small and intimate to expansive and lavish, guests of Umbria villa rentals will delight in the otherworldly experience of having a country home all their own. Take a dip in your private pool, stroll your Umbria villa rental's gardens, and maybe say a small prayer to St. Francis that this stunning slice of Italy has yet to be discovered by the masses.
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