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Do you want a second helping...?


You’ve ambled Amalfi.

You’ve feasted in Florence.

You’ve vacationed in Venice.

You’ve roamed through Rome.

You’re not what we’d call an Italy newbie. You’ve tasted Chianti in Tuscany. You’ve perused Pompeii. You’ve gazed at the Blue Grotto off Capri. With so much Italy under your belt, the usual sights — Michelangelo’s David in Florence or a St. Mark’s Square in Venice — don’t do much for you.

You want more out of your Italy adventure. 

What’s left to savor for a return traveler to Italy like you? One of our favorite Italian getaways is Umbria. Located just 90 minutes from the center of Rome, Umbria feels like you’re stepping back in time. Driving the countryside here, you’ll see medieval hamlets rising from stone bluffs in the distance. It's the perfect escape for Italy-loving travelers.

Did you know we’re bringing a group of agents to Umbria this month on one an educational trip? In 2018, we’ll also explore SICILY (3/11 – 3/20) and TUSCANY (10/21 – 10/28) . Click below to apply to see Italy with us in 2018: www.seeitalytravel.com/application.You can also contact as at info@seeitalytravel.com .

Hungry for a third or fourth helping of Italy? Unearth Umbria in the fall months, relishing real traditions and spectacular scenery. On Umbria’s many farms, you can meet the sheep whose make cheeses like pecorino umbro or ricotta salata. In region’s northern reaches, you can taste the famed salami norciani — dried, cured pork sausages.

Below you’ll find Delicious Activities You Can Only Try in Umbria :

TRUFFLE-HUNTING IN THE WOODS

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Far from the stone streets of Umbria’s towns lies one of the region’s most prized foods — the black truffle. Aided by speciality-trained dogs, able to sniff out truffles, you can hunt for this famed fungus in Umbria’s woods. After a brisk walk in the forest, you return to our guide’s rustic farm — with a bounty of truffles in tow. Once at the farm, you’ll make pasta by hand with the truffle hunter’s wife. Your sauce? You guessed it: freshly-shaved truffles.

CHOCOLATE TOUR IN PERUGIA

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Sweet lovers flock to the town of Perugia for the annual Eurochocolate Festival . But, sugar fiends in-the-know skip the festival’s long lines and crowded streets — visiting Perugia either before or after these cocoa-fueled festivities. Perugia’s stone streets are home to boutique chocolatiers and the world-famous Perugina chocolate company. With a local guide, travelers can go behind-the-scenes at family-run chocolate shops — observing how cocoa beans are transformed into that most decadent of dolci.

CHEESE & SALAMI TASTINGS

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Not far from Perugia, you'll find the countryside of Norcia. This area is famed for its porky products — including salami, copa, prosciutto, and capocollo. While some of these are cured using just salt and air, others get seasoned with local wine or juniper berries. Italians rarely eat salami on its own, preferring to pair it with hard cheeses. Food-loving travelers can spend the day farm-hopping in Umbria, enjoying pecorino here and prosciutto there — enjoyed, naturally, with a glass (or three) of wine.

WINE, WINE, WINE

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Grapes have been grown in Umbria since Roman times. In Umbria, you’ll pass through some of Italy's most scenic wine country — dotted with quaint towns and vineyards. While Umbria's red wines are rich in tannins, the whites from the Orvieto area are fruity-and-dry. Less well known to tourists than Tuscany, Umbria boasts countless family-operated wineries. In fact, you can enjoy tastings in Umbria’s private cellars — hearing about wine production here from the vineyard owners themselves!

Ciao, ciao!

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