Where To Go On a Road Trip Through Tuscany And Umbria

Assisi

Assisi is one of Italy’s prime tourist attractions; a simple and peaceful town with a rich religious heritage. Its narrow and steep lanes are picturesque and conceal plenty of surprises: a hidden restaurant, a faded fresco, a stunning view.

The town’s attractive main street is the Via San Francesco, which runs from the Basilica up to Piazza del Comune. There are many interesting buildings along the way.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Assisi. Signs pointing down narrow lanes will direct you to Assisi’s many small restaurants and pizzerie.

Florence

Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany, in the centre of Italy. A town with a turbulent and action-packed history

Florence is not a cheap place to stay, but the general standard of accommodation is higher than in some Italian cities. Tourist hotels in Florence know their stuff and they are used to overseas guests with demanding requirements. As well as comfortable hotels, Florence also has a range of B&Bs, offering more basic bed and breakfast accommodation to travellers on a budget

Florence is more famous for its art than its food, after all, so if money is tight, save up for museum tickets and eat on a budget.

Montepulciano

Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty highly recommended visiting in Tuscany. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares

Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known worldwide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy’s best.

Lago Trasimeno

Lago Trasimeno is a lake in the province of Perugia, in the Umbria region of Italy. The lake is south of the river Po and north of the nearby river Tiber

There are castles all around Trasimeno, many in the center of small towns while others are isolated and in ruins. Castiglione del Lago, Passignano, Magione, Maggiore, and Polvese islands all have castles, while Zocco castle, Montali castle, and others are on hilltops.

Perugia

Perugia’s hilltop town centre – connected by escalators – is a good place to explore medieval lanes and fine buildings. Corso Vannucci, the town’s principal street, is pedestrianised and leads to the main square, Piazza IV Novembre. A grand thirteenth-century fountain known as the Fontana Maggiore is the square’s centrepiece.

There are direct budget flights to Perugia, making the town an appealing destination for a weekend break, or a starting-point for a tour of this part of central Italy.

 

Siena

Siena is one of the most appealing towns in Tuscany, one of Italy’s most appealing regions. The first stop for tourists in Siena is Piazza del Campo . This is the secular heart of Siena, a sloping amphitheatre of a square, lined with cafe tables and thronged with tourists, school parties and locals.

Siena has a good selection of hotels and B&Bs in the historic centre, many of them located in historic buildings with a boutique atmosphere, or period charm.