Utterly Umbria: Assisi, Orvieto & the Wines of Montefalco
- Visit Assisi & the Basilica of St. Francesco
- See the Gothic cathedral of Orvieto
- View Benozzo Gozzoli's splendid fresco cycle of St. Francesco in Montefalco
- Pick up some ceramics at a pottery factory in Deruta, famous for its majolica
- Roam the medieval streets of Cortona
- Private sit-down tastings at Antinori's Castello della Sala, Marco Caprai, Lugarotti, Colle del Saraceno, Tenute de Alessandro & more
Saints alive! Like the new Pope, who takes his name from St. Francis of Assisi, we're giving some love to Umbria. This is a land of mystic saints, majestic landscapes, majolica pottery, gnarly red wines, and more types of sausage than you can count.
The Tiber River runs through Umbria to Rome, making a natural route for Romans on their northward march. Today traces of Roman civilization are found all along the Appian Way, forming a visible archaeological base for the region’s rich history. Another important component is Saint Francis of Assisi, who took a vow of poverty and started the Franciscan Order here in the 1200s. St. Francis attracted many like-minded mystics and their followers, who built the churches, convents, and monasteries that today are scattered throughout Umbria’s monumental hills and broad valleys.
This tour spotlights that countryside, plus a wide array of wines. We start with syrah in Tuscany, which will be a pleasant surprise to many. Then we continue with Umbria’s historic whites—Orvieto Classico and Grecanico—as well as one of Italy’s most prized new whites, Antinori’s Cervaro della Sala. Red wines include a diverse assortment of prize-winning blends and varietals, including Lungarotti’s groundbreaking Rubesco. But we focus most heavily on Umbria’s prized jewel, Montefalco Sagrantino, whose name probably derives from the Latin sacra, or sacred.
Along the way, we’ll visit Assisi, Orvieto, Cortona, and Montefalco, all ancient hilltowns rich with history and charm. And we’ll see another important export of Umbria: majolica pottery made in the town of Deruta.
Come on the road less traveled! Umbria awaits.
For day-by-day itinerary, see https://www.dolcetours.com/utterly-umbria/