Marche and Umbria

Marche and Umbria

Although offering an expanse of Adriatic seacoast, Apennine peaks, fertile farmlands and countless lovely ancient towns, the Marche have remained surprisingly unspoiled. We will explore some of its prettiest corners, and then travel on to Umbria, known as the cuore verde: “green heart” of Italy.  The only landlocked region, Umbria has been inhabited since ancient times and is known as a mystical center because the birthplace of numerous saints.  Both of these regions are known for their National Parks, and are sprinkled with small towns offering wonderful hospitality, delicious cuisine, and great hiking.

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Tour Overview

Day 1-2

We meet in Bologna and drive southeast to Urbino. Recently named a Unesco world heritage site. We will stroll through Urbania, known for its colorful majolica ceramics, we’ll walk the rolling hills of the surrounding fertile farmlands, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a country house with a lovely family that makes honey, has a carpentry workshop, as well as running a small printing press and afterwards, we’ll drive south to the heart of the Marche region. Our home for the next two nights.

Day 3-5

We’ll have full day hikes that lead us through thick woods and forests. We will be visiting a gorge that follows a stream until we reach a lovely hilltop picnic with a view. After lunch we continue on to a small town where we’ll taste their own special and delicious local wine. The following day we will continue farther south, stopping to hike on Mt. Fiorito (“the flowered mountain”).  After our hike and a picnic lunch we’ll drive to our hotel in Ascoli Piceno.

Day 6-8

This morning a local guide will introduce us to the marvelous architecture of the town, built with the gleaming local travertine. The day after our hike will take us into a gorge known as the Valley of the Inferno!  Where we’ll hike up to visit a small ancient monastery. The next day we’ll transfer north to the Monte Sibillini. We’ll stop in the valley of Castelluccio, known for the tiny flavorful lentils that are grown locally.  From here we’ll have a nice long walk into the high open pastures and stunning views of the valley spread out below us all the way into Norcia, our home for the next three nights.

Day 9-10

After a beautiful breakfast we have a short drive to start our walk at Forca d’Ancarano. We’ll walk through some small stone hamlets until we reach the town of Campivecchio. After a picnic lunch our walk continues onto the exquisite Benedictine monastery of St. Eutizio, where we’ll visit the church, gardens and grotto. More explorations of the marvelous Sibillini mountains for our last day in Norcia. We’ll be enduring in one of our most spectacular hikes in the area: walking through woods and pastures where sheep, cows and horses graze, and touching three mountain rifugi (refuges) on our way. 

 

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Dates and Prices

 

Trip Cost$5700 (6-12 members)

Single supplement: $700

*Smaller groups and fewer days option are available upon request

DeparturesSpring: May

Autumn: September

Trip Payment ScheduleAt time of reservation: $500

60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation  Fee ScheduleUp to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!

61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost

46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Price IncludesExpert leadership of a Journey Through Italy Trip Leader and local guides;

Accommodations in comfortable inns, hotels, homes, castles, mountain huts;

All meals included (breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners);

Wine with meals;

All transportation during the tour (van, bus, boat, ferries, cable car or funicular);

All entry fees to: museums, historic sites and parks;

Trip Price Does Not Include 

Air and land transportation to and from the trip, and individual arrival or departure transfers;

Personal expenses, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff;

Additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors;

Travel insurance or passports;

Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages and non outside of group meals, snacks, room service, laundry, etc.);

Clothing and EquipmentYou will receive a detailed list of suggestions for packing upon tour reservation.

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