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Italy • Umbria



Umbria is rightly known as the Green Heart of Italy. Famed for the natural wonders of its landscape it is also home to a seemingly inexhaustible array of artistic and architectural treasures. This balance between the natural and artistic is what makes it so special. Any reference to Umbria would be incomplete without mention of its food. This is the land of the truffle, fine olive oils, game, succulent pork, the freshest local produce and of course, excellent wine.

Canalicchio – hilltop magic

Canalicchio is a picturesque town built around the Castello di Poggio which dominates the town with its imposing tower and a splendid little church. The area is famed for its well preserved medieval towns, whose narrow, winding streets reveal secrets around every corner such as tiny churches sheltering their frescoes. Set against the delights of the towns is a little-explored landscape of rolling hills, ancient beech woods, olive groves and vineyards.

Titignano – our own private estate

The small village of Titignano, today a modern estate, is surrounded by 2,000 hectares of maquis, woods, vineyards and olive groves and is located on a panoramic position on the hills between Orvieto and Todi. It dominates the valley below with the enchanting Lake Corbara. The traditional farm houses and buildings were built by Farolf of Montemarte in 937 A.D and are now owned by Marchesa Nerina Corsini Incisa della Rocchetta.

Where we stay

Hotel Relais il Canalicchio

Nestled amongst the rolling green countryside of Umbria, Relais Il Canalicchio overlooks vineyards and olive groves, standing like a small gem proud on the summit of a hill. It was once a medieval village with a church and tower. The panoramic restaurant serves fine Umbrian cuisine, together with classic Italian dishes.

Hotel Relais il  Canalicchio, Umbria Dining Room, Hotel Relais il  Canalicchio, Umbria
Dining, Hotel Relais il  Canalicchio, Umbria Bedroom, Hotel Relais il  Canalicchio, Umbria
Hotel Relais il  Canalicchio, Umbria
Airport transfer time
Approximately 2 hours

Hotel Titignano

Our hotel occupies the whole village of Titignano, now a modern estate complete with forty bedrooms decorated in a traditional Italian style, a church (perfect for our singing groups!), traditional restaurant serving handmade pasta, olive oil, bread, truffle and game, an outdoor swimming pool and glorious panoramic views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. Our very own perfect Umbrian paradise for a week.

Swimming Pool, Hotel Relais il Castello, Umbria Twin Bedroom, Hotel Relais il Castello, Umbria
Swimming Pool and Vinyards, Hotel Titignano, Umbria Piazza, Hotel Titignano, Umbria
The green heart of Italy
Archetypal Umbrian landscapes – rolling hills, ochre farmhouses, and hilltop towns
Historic medieval village base
Fantastic views from hotel of the Tiber valley
Classic Umbrian cooking – a region with the perfect ingredients
The smallest theatre in the world!
Rich in frescoes
Optional activities
Visit Assisi – famed for the Basilica of St Francis
Visit Perugia – rich in Etruscan architecture and history
Discover Todi – centre for the arts and medieval hilltop top
Relax around the swimming pool

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