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Truffle hunting and lunch at San Pietro a Pettine
Stunning towns - Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi, Spello and Gubbio
Wine and olive oil tastings
A night at the Perugia Jazz Festival
Often overlooked in favour of its neighbouring region, Tuscany, Umbria is a region that deserves a more elevated reputation, as its cultural, architectural and culinary treasures explored on this tour demonstrate and a relative lack of crowds mean that it retains much more of its authentic Italian atmosphere. From our base at the welcoming Antica Dimora Alla Rocca Hotel in the charming and authentic hill town of Trevi, we explore gorgeous pastoral scenery, spectacular mountain landscapes, classic hill towns packed full of architectural gems and artistic treasures. Enjoy a variety of tastings, hunt for truffles and immerse ourselves in the region’s atmospheric jazz festival. This is genuinely a tour that offers a true taste of all the variety that Italy has to offer.
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Rome.
On arrival in Rome, transfer by coach to Trevi (approx. two hours) and the Hotel Antica Dimora Alla Rocca. This evening a welcome drink will be served and dinner will follow in the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: Full day tour to Perugia.
The well-preserved hill town of Perugia, the regional capital, is as close to a city as it gets in Umbria. Full of lovely museums, churches and 400 year old architectural treasures to explore, Perugia’s two universities give the town a wonderfully vibrant atmosphere – a drink in one of the many pavement cafes on the Corso Vannucci is the perfect way to soak it up. Housed in the Gothic Palazzo dei Priori, often said to be one of the greatest public palaces in Italy, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria is a must visit. This evening dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: Full day tour to Assisi and Spello.
Assisi’s fate as an attraction and pilgrimage site was sealed when St Francis, founder of the Franciscan order, was born here in 1182. A charming medieval hill town, little changed over the centuries, Assisi can be quite busy, but there are still pockets of tranquillity as you wander the old streets. The Basilica di San Francesco is a fantastic monument to 13th and 14th century Italian art with one of the greatest art collections outside of a gallery in the world. Pink-stoned Spello sits above the Vale of Spoleto. Originally a Roman settlement there is some old architecture to see, but the languid charms of this medieval town generally call for a leisurely stroll of the old streets. This evening dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.
Day 4: Today we will visit La Cucina di San Pietro a Pettine, a family run truffle restaurant, for a truffle hunting experience followed by lunch. We will enter into the forest with expert truffle hunters and their trusted dogs searching for the precious truffle. You will be led by a local expert who will teach you all about the ancient tradition of truffle hunting which remains unchanged for centruies. Afterwards you will enjoy lunch at the restaurant. We return to Trevi in the afternoon with free time for you to spend as you wish. This evening dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.
Day 5: Full day tour to Gubbio with guided tour.
The town of Gubbio climbs its way up the steep slopes of Monte Ingino, its Gothic splendour backed by the mighty Apennine Mountains. A powerful town in the early Middle Ages, Gubbio may appear austere thanks to the dark grey stone of its architecture, but its past is both turbulent and fascinating. Although most of the architecture is 14th and 15th century, you’ll find Roman remains, a 12th century Duomo and the magnificent ancient Umbrian Eugubine Tables in the Palazzo dei Consoli. Take care around the Fontana dei Matti – it is said that anyone walking around it three times will end up mad! This evening dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.
Day 6: Full day tour to Spoleto and Todi.
One of Umbria’s most charming towns and in a spectacular setting, ancient Spoleto was once an important Roman city and capital of the Duchy of Spoleto. Perched in the foothills of the Apennines it is in the medieval hilltop Upper Town where you’ll find some of Italy’s oldest Romanesque churches, the Duomo and a variety of museums and galleries, whilst in the modern Lower Town there are Roman ruins and more lovely churches. Perhaps Umbria’s best known hill town, Todi is believed to have one of Italy’s most perfect medieval piazzas, surrounded by fairy tale architecture and ancient walls in its beautiful hilltop position. Dinner this evening is not included giving you the chance to pick from one of the restaurants in Trevi.
Day 7: Morning tour to Montefalco and evening in Perugia.
Morning tour to Montefalco, a medieval walled hill town at the centre of the eponymous wine region. We visit the Romanelli Agricola, a winery and olive oil producer, where we will taste locally produced wine and oil alongside other local produce. Return to Trevi for time to freshen up before an evening transfer to Perugia for the Umbria Jazz Festival, one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, having been held annually since 1973, with a varied programme of artists in excellent venues. Dinner this evening is not included giving you the chance to pick from one of the many restaurants in Perugia.
Day 8: Transfer by coach back to Rome airport with an en-route visit to the seaside resort of Lido di Ostia.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager’s discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
Antica Dimora Alla Rocca, Trevi
Housed in the 17th century Palazzo Valenti in the centre of Trevi, the four-star Antica Dimora Alla Rocca offers a restaurant, bar, sun terrace and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have en-suite bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, safe, minibar and hairdryer. All rooms feature wooden ceilings, antique furniture and offer panoramic views.
Antica Dimora Alla Rocca Website
OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
Located on a quiet square in the centre of the lovely old town of Trevi, the Hotel Antica Dimora Alla Rocca is an old romantic palace built in 1650 by local Giovanni Battista di Filiberto. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, some offering beautiful period features such as original beamed ceilings whilst the restaurant is located in the atmospheric vaulted cellars.
The accomodation was quirky. The room was dark as there was no window but had curtained glazed door leading to a small hallway with two locked doors either side and then a door on to the balcony. At mealtimes it was a set meal which came without vegetables. When the weather is wet, which it was at times, the only place to sit is the bedroom. There is no comfortable bar for example. Barbara raised this for us and the following evening vegetables were announced and lettuce appeared. The staff were friendly and wlcoming the local guides were good and Barbara was an excellent tour manager.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 09-July-2019
A very enjoyable holiday with a good mix of tours and free time. Barbara was an excellent tour manager and dealt skilfully with some difficult health issues of one of the group.
Review by Pengilley who travelled 09-July-2019
only slight downside was towns visited have similar themes but interesting! Great hotel at Trevi and food was excellent at hotel.
Review by Taylor who travelled 09-July-2019
I would have preferred to have had longer in Spoleto and leave out Todi. Some of the clients on the trip were disappointed that there was no cookery element included - especially since they had expected this from your advertisement in a magazine. Possibly you could do this instead of visiting Todi? Personally we would have liked to have spent longer at the Jazz Festival as this was one of the main reasons we booked the holiday although I must say that the visits and 'experiences' included in the trip were really first class as was our room in the hotel. I can think of no real negatives apart from the fact that our welcome drink and fruit juice at breakfast were provided in plastic cups!! Really!! Thank you, though, for what was a hugely enjoyable week.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 09-July-2019
Review by Anonymous who travelled 09-July-2019
Review by Newman who travelled 09-July-2019
Another wonderful holiday with Travel Editions expertly led by Barbara who looked after us all very well indeed. It all went very smoothly despite the heat and was most enjoyable.
Review by Courtis who travelled 10-July-2018
This was an excellent tour, wonderful excursions and an excellent hotel. The tour manager, Barbara, was well organised and thoughtful, making each day enjoyable. The food at each provided meal was a great example of Umbrian cuisine and together with the quality of the hotel made this trip very good value for money. Our only quibble would be why the return flight needed to be the last flight of the night, leading to worries about missing the last train home when it was delayed by 30 minutes.
Review by McDonald who travelled 10-July-2018
I enjoyed this Tour very much We visited so many lovely places with our brilliant Tour Guide Barbara. The Truffle hunting was very interesting as I had never done anything lke that before. I look forward to travelling with Travel Editions again in the future.
Review by Miss Wendy Twitchett who travelled 11-July-2017
There was no outdoor seating area at the hotel in the evening when the restaurant was open
Review by Mr Robert Harding who travelled 11-July-2017
The care taken to manage the tours allowed extensive sightseeing with adequate free time to enjoy an excellent hotel and cuisine.
Review by Mr Gordon Chard who travelled 11-July-2017
Barbara was excellent, nothing too much trouble, very informative. Some days a little tiring, and extra few days would have helped. Hotel very good but had poor air conditioning.
Review by Mr Christopher Smith who travelled 11-July-2017
Our tour manager was excellent - a real star. Our group was by coincidence very compatible and at 23 just right. The lunch in the celebrity chef's restaurant was very disappointing and not worth the build up or the money!
Review by Dr Jill Hockey who travelled 12-July-2016
Review by who travelled 12-July-2016
Lunch @ Da Giorgione restaurant was very poor and not good value. A chicken drumstick + lettuce is hardly cuisine from a celebrity chef. Rip off. EasyJet had only one person on check in & @ the gate @ Rome. Which was poor. But we enjoyed the holiday very much
Review by Mr Alan Beale who travelled 12-July-2016
Great hotel food ,wine and service. Itinerary well balanced and very interesting. Very poor lunch at celebrity chef restaurant! Last day flight times far too late. All round good experience !
Review by Mrs Linda Giles who travelled 12-July-2016
A most enjoyable holiday. Full marks to Barbara for playing a major part in in this with her friendliness and alround efficiency.
Review by Mr Keith Mellard who travelled 12-July-2016
Review by who travelled 12-July-2016
Most trips were for a day but could have taken half a day and we found ourselves killing time unnecessarily. Tours ended and shops were closed with little else to do. The hotel was very good but showering was poor when others were using their showers. Our return flight was cancelled and we were given no option as to which airport we returned to. There were some options and with consultation our group could have fared better overall. Going to Luton (not Gatwick0 meant we got home at 1:30 am
Review by Mr Andrew Meakin who travelled 07-July-2015
An excellent hotel the rooms were wonderful and the food was superb The staff at the hotel were courteous and nothing was too much for them to do.
Review by Mr Edmund Revell who travelled 07-July-2015
Easy Jet cancelled the return flight on which we had already booked in. Our party was sent to various London-wide airports from Pisa, instead of from Rome to Gatwick. I would hesitate before using a company which booked Easy Jet in future. The different standards of accommodation amongst the people on the tour was unacceptable. In our case the hotel seemed to be using a nearby house as a temporary overflow. We were on the top floor, in the hottest part of the building, with no air conditioning although the temperature some days reached 38 degrees Celsius. We could not access UK TV, had no room safe, and no wakeup calls. We would be unwilling to stay at that hotel in the future and would advise others similarly. We liked Trevi as a tour base. The tour was marketed as taking place during the Perugia Jazz Festival and offering the option of hearing some of the concerts. We did indeed go to Perugia for a few hours in the evening, and saw some of the ad hoc "free" concerts. The ticketed concerts all took place at about the time at which we had to take the coach back to Trevi (10pm). It would be good if future tours offered the option of a separate minibus booking returning at a later time - say 2am - to enable those who wished to take advantage of the main jazz concert. The Tour Manager, Barbara Santarelli, was first class and managed the above difficulties with aplomb and initiative.
Review by Mrs Diane Webb who travelled 07-July-2015
The room was small and 2 drawers full of chair covers but air-con did work but not in all rooms .However food and staff attitudes excellent.and good choice of sightseeing tours.Tour manager helpful but could have given more guidance in towns
Review by Mrs Patricia Brown who travelled 07-July-2015
Tour guide was good on admin and contact with clients but lacked knowledge of the country. Local Italian guide was excellent but we had him for only 2 days! It would have been much better to have had a local Italian guide when visiting the hill towns. Hotel was excellent - one of the best I have stayed in. It was a shame that the transport both bus and flight home was so chaotic. Nevertheless an enjoyable holiday.
Review by Mrs Mary June Brodie who travelled 07-July-2015
I have written separately on the problems with the return flight. We upgraded our hotel room and apart from inadequate clothes storage it was excellent. Others were not so lucky with no aircon and facilities not working. The food and wine at the hotel were excellent. The hotel staff were outstanding in their levels of service. The Tour Manager was brilliant; she was very sensitive to what people wanted to do and see and judged the level of information about right. She handled two issues with coach (one accident snarl up and a breakdown) calmly and efficiently. We felt that the lunch at Da Giorgione was overrated, too long and in quite cramped and hot surroundings. The jazz evening in Perugia was a little betwixt and between. The best concerts were due to start after we left. It would have been good to have investigated booking concerts beforehand and arranged transport back to the hotel etc.
Review by Mr Christopher Miller who travelled 07-July-2015
Wonderful hotel, marvellous food, lovely scenery and locations - what more could one ask for?... similar-minded companions and an attentive tour manager (Barbara Santarelli) made the holiday all the more enjoyable. The only glitch was a forced return from Pisa rather than Rome Airport, but the circumstances were out of Travel Editions control. The extra leg-room in the pre-booked seats made up for any inconvenience. Excellent tour Travel Editions - I shall definitely book with you again!...
Review by Mr John Cheong who travelled 07-July-2015
temp=37 degrees centigrade- so trips could be modified accordingly. Rome airport cancelled our return flight, so 300 mile drive to Pisa. Barbara Santorelli a wonderful tour manager
Review by Mr Iain Paterson who travelled 07-July-2015
A lovely holiday in an exceptionally nice if quirky hotel. Rather spoiled by very hot weather and a series of mishaps with coach transport. None of us appreciated the long coach transfer to Pisa from Trevi for the return trip, but glad to get home to the same airport. Barbara Santarelli did a wonderful job under difficult circumstances. More time please for the Perugia Jazz Festival - suggestions in your literature that we should book tickets implied a longer stay but we had only a few hours and left at 10PM when many concerts begin.
Review by Mrs Margaret Pinder who travelled 07-July-2015
As ever TE gave value for money and thoughtful planning. Barbara, as ever, dealt with the various transport mishaps with fortitude and good nature. The hotel was excellent, so all in all a very good holiday.
Review by Mrs Joan Griffiths who travelled 07-July-2015
Review by Ms Heather Florence who travelled 15-July-2014
The olive/wine tasting morning should not be on the same day as the lunch because we were given food with the wine at the vineyard and then lunch followed very soon after. Therefore we could not enjoy the lunch fully.
Review by Mrs Anna Hornan who travelled 15-July-2014
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