General Activities in umbria
- Shopping in Perugia - explore the many streets for shopping in the historic centre of Perugia including Corso Vannucci, Via dei Priori, Via Oberdan
- Lake Trasimeno - take a 6 hour tour, which gives you the opportunity to discover some of the best kept secrets of the lake. Aboard one of the comfortable ‘Lake Limousines’, you will sail across the waters, observing the Isola Maggiore and the Isola Polvese
- Bevagna - an Umbrian treasure, Bevagna awaits your visit, a beautiful “borgo” with its ancient town walls. Visit the Roman Mosaic, San Silvestro Church, and The Torti Theatre
- Lunch in the Roman Amphitheatre of Bevagna - enjoy a lunch of gourmet Roman-Umbrian specialities in the ambulacra of an ancient amphitheatre followed by a wine tasting session in the cellars
- Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
- Wine tasting and Olive Oil tasting – visit the wine cellars of a wine grower near Assisi
- Wellbeing – spend a relaxing day at Assisi’s or Città di Castello’s thermal baths
Sporting Activities in umbria
- Golf - 8 golf courses
- Wind Surfing - watersport activities are possible at Lake Trasimeno
- Rafting - the perfect place for rafting is the Sibillini National Park
- Trekking - there are many trekking possibilities in the naturalistic area of the Coscerno and Aspra Mountains
- Paragliding - paraglide above the Planes of Castelluccio di Norcia.
- Kayaking - the perfect place for kayaking is the Sibillini National Park
- Horse riding - discover the beautiful Umbrian countryside on horse back
- Mountain bike - rent a bike and head to the Sibillini National Park
Local Attractions in Umbria
- Perugia, The Rocca Paolina - Open all year round
- Perugia, Church of San Bernadino - Open all year round
- Perugia, National Archaeological Museum of Umbria - Open all year round
- Perugia, Fontana Maggiore
- Perugia, Botanical Gardens - Open all year round
- Orvieto, Cappella di San Brizio - Open all year round
- Orvieto, Orvieto Underground 'Parco Delle Grotte' - Open all year round
- Trevi, Flash Art Museum - Open all year round
- Spoleto, Pinacoteca Comunale - Open all year round
- Assisi, Cripta Della Cattedrale - Open all year round
- Assisi, Galleria D'arte Contemporanea - Open all year round
- Assisi, Rocca Maggiore - Open all year round
- Assisi, Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi - Open all year round
- Magione, Castle of the Knights of Malta
- Magione, The Fishing Museum at San Feliciano - Open all year round
- Marsciano, Museo Dinamico Del Laterizio E Delle Terrecotte - Open all year round
Practical Information for your umbrian villa holiday
GMT +1 hour
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping in umbria
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather in umbria
In general, the climate in Umbria is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity supply in umbria
Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.
Driving in italy
There are some important rules of the road -
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- Always carry your driver’s license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- Traffic drives on the right.
- Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
- Speeding fines: Euros 30 – 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked “biglietti” before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.
Parking in Italy
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying “Zona a traffico limitato”.
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.