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Perugia is the capital, and largest hilltop town in the Italian region of Umbria. A university town dating back to the Etruscan period, the collection of piazzas, archways, cobbled streets and steep stairways in the historical centre create a level of charm that is typically Italian. It’s a vibrant town that hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year including the Umbria Jazz Festival in July and the Eurochocolate Festival in October…. Read More

Umbria is a region of central Italy landlocked between Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. It’s fair to say it doesn’t sit as prominently on the tourist map as some other parts of the country. The draw of neighbouring Tuscany with it’s beautiful landscape of rolling hills, cypress lined vineyards and olive groves, along with destinations such as Florence, Pisa and Siena is too much to… Read More

A retreat in the hills of Umbria Do you like Italian food? How about Italian wine? Fancy a relaxing few days tucked away in the beautiful Italian countryside? These were all the things I considered when looking for a holiday to Italy. After much research (as always) I stumbled across some striking images of the Relais Il Canalicchio and was pretty much sold straight away.