Umbria is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy.‑ Perugia, the region's capital. is a lively university town packed with artistic treasures (and home to Perugina chocolate), so well worth a visit, as are a host of smaller towns and villages, such as Assisi, Gubbio and Citta di Castello. Few summer visitors will want to miss a visit to Lake Trasimeno, central Italy's largest lake, where they may choose to relax on the shores, enjoy the restaurants of the lakeside towns, or take a ferry to one of the lake's islands.
Some of the most beautiful and culturally rich artistic centres in Italy are to be found in Tuscany so an easy day trip from your chosen villa in Umbria is often a highlight. Florence, with its majestic Duomo immortalised by Brunelleschi and Donatello, beautiful Siena, home of the Palio horse race and the walled town of Lucca are a must see while Arezzo and Cortona are also within easy reach.