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 “Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring, My summer wine is really made from all these things“ … this is the magic of Umbria and Tuscany, wrapped in a song.  These beautiful Italian regions live next door to each other, in perfect harmony. Lush green rolling hills and vineyards, medieval hilltowns, olive groves, sparkling lakes, incredible food and great wines, guaranteed to give you a sensational holiday. Umbria, the less famous of the 2,  is relatively free from the hordes of tourists who invade Tuscany every year.  Hire a car and drive to your heart’s content, discovering the myriad of hidden treasures along the way. Bask in the sun, sampling wines and food in the many wine estates, meander lazily through hilltop towns - Perugia, Assisi, Norsio, Gubbio and more, and linger in the beauty and history of this glorious region. Stroll through the Piazza in Castiglione del Lago on the banks of Lake Trasimeno, browsing in the shops and lingering over coffee or gelato then walk through the fortress walls which, in days gone by was occupied by soldiers, peering through strategically placed “look-outs” for a birds-eye view of the lake; Cruise to Isola Polvese, with its shady olive groves and sandy beaches, then round the day off with a relaxing drink at one of the lakeside restaurants. Mingle with exuberant students in Perugia’s Piazza IV Novembre and Maggiore Fountain. Beautiful cobbled streets lead you in all directions, but first stop must be Via Pinturicchio’s Cioccolateria Gelateria Augusta Perusia for the most famous gelato and chocolate in Umbria. “Dynamite comes in small packages” as they say, and the home-made gelato and chocolate in this tiny shop is “dynamite:! Exquisite thick, creamy gelato tempts every taste bud … Choc fondant, Choc-Cherry, Lemon, Pistachio, Vanilla … I could go on, but don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself; Chocolates – tiny magical creations decorated to perfection, bars and slabs too. I ask you … could anything be more perfect than sumptuous gelato and chocolate on a perfect summer’s day? Spello - a pedestrian only village with centuries old walls and towers; Norcia’s famous prosciutto and salami with fresh bread, washed down with a glass of wine - heavenly; Gubbio’s ancient stone buildings seem to trudge wearily up the steep slopes, while the cloister in the Church provides serenity, far from the madding crowd; The piazza in Panicale provides dizzying views; Assisi, best known for that most loved of saints, Francis, is a MUST – peaceful, spiritual and absolutely beautiful, the highlight on any agenda. At the bottom of the hill to Old Assisi is the domed church of Santa Maria with the tiny Porziuncola Chapel where St Francis started his Order, nestled inside – it is amazing. Sentry like at the top of the hill is Old Assisi – its ancient cobbled streets, narrow lanes and spectacular views are jaw-dropping. The Basilica is at the end of the town … the smaller, more intimate Lower Basillica houses St Francis’s crypt, so linger awhile in the serenity. Back on the streets, revel in the magic of the village –specialty shops, pavement café’s and cobbled streets, all encapsulated by stupendous views. UMBRIA … glorious views, stunning towns, peace and tranquility coupled with freshly baked breads and pastries, prosciutto, salami, pasta and wine, all fit together to give you the most sensational and unforgettable holiday - Jenny's Travel Blog - Legacy Travel