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5 Must See Beautiful Hill Towns in Umbria

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SET FOOT IN UMBRIA’S TOP BEST

 

Umbria is one of the smaller regions in Italy and considered to be the green heart of the country with its fertile landscape and rolling hills. Fairly preserved from mass tourism, each town has something unique to offer with the beauty of its charming medieval villages, lakes, olive groves, vineyards and rich Etruscan culture. Here is our top destinations in Umbria. We’ve picked the best attractions and towns for you to visit.

 

Spoleto

Spoleto

Spoleto is a hill town and relatively larger than some other towns in Umbria. Its famous landmarks are Rocca Albornoziana (pictured), a glowering 14th-century former papal fortress. The Cathedral of Santa Maria dell’Assunta and ancient Roman Theaters are also something interesting to see. Spoleto is also famous for the Festival of the Two Worlds an annual summer music and opera festival held each June to early July. Where to stay...

 

Spello

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Only half an hour from Perugia, lies this ancient town of Spello. It is an old-walled town filled with historical architecture from three  millenia. Very photogenic, the lovely town is home to medieval churches, art museums, medieval castles, palaces. You can walk in the streets, stairways and relive the nostalgia of the past. One of the highlights of the year is the annual festival Infiorata Flower Festival held late May or early June. For some months, the entire streets of Spello are covered with flowers, intricately designed to a piece of artwork. The annual event has attracted tens of thousands of tourists while many artists showcase their craft. Spello also held free concerts in the summer, apart from being famous for its olive harvest and wine making. With the onset of tourism, many restaurants and shops opened in Spello that offers nouvelle Italian cuisine. Where to stay...

 

Castiglione del Lago

Castiglione del Lago

The town of Castiglione del Lago is located along southwest part of Lake Trasimeno, the fourth largest lake in Italy. It was ruled by Etruscans and Romans but have few noteworthy Umbrian architectural structures blamed on the long cycle of death and destruction among competing Etruscans against Romans, and later Tuscans against Perugians. The location of this town is the prime reason why tourists loved this delightful village. It has an outstanding view of Lake Trasimeno from the fortress walls of the town. During summer, enjoy plunging to Lake Trasimeno’s cool waters or just lay down your picnic blanket and get some sunshine. Along the lake are well kept beaches and excellent restaurants with picturesque views. In Spring, an annual festival Coloriamo I Cieli or Let’s paint the sky is held and colorful kites and hot air balloons are organized, an extraordinary event for families and friends to bond togetherWhere to stay...

 

Gubbio

Gubbio

Located in the Northeast of Perugia on the slopes of Monte Ignino. The city’s history dates as far as Pre Roman times, an important city to native Umbrians. The town centre is very medieval recognizable by its Gothic architecture, dark grey stones and narrow streets. There are a number of significant historical architectures worth to visit in Gubbio, the Duomo (Cathedral), Basilicas, Roman Theaters, Museums and Palaces. Another way to view the beauty of Gubbio is by a unique cable car to top of Mount Ignino, there you can rest and enjoy the view in a classic Italian restaurants and bars with wonderful views of the town and the surrounding countryside. On the  15th day of May, an annual run called Corsa dei Ceri is held as celebration of Saint Ubaldo Day accompanied by processions, roving musicians and great Italian food. Where to stay...

 

Perugia

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The capital of Umbria, Perugia is a large hilltown famous for its architecture, arts, university, even chocolate. In the 15th century, the town was at the heights of its pursuit for arts, culture and commerce. It is home to artists and art lovers alike. Expect a myriad of beautiful attractions, cathedrals, historical structures. From the town centre you can head to the outskirts of Perugia where you can find the Parks and miles of green countryside, rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards. The much awaited annual festival Umbria Jazz festival is one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, that’s 10 days of the best singers and jazz artists from all over the world during  the month of July. Where to stay...

 

 

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Travel Guide : Malta

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DISCOVER SMALL BEAUTIFUL MALTA

 

Malta is a home to lovely sandy beaches, beautiful craggy rock formations, prehistoric temples and medieval towns. Extraordinary architectures attest to the influence of Roman, British and Arabic culture. Its strategic location to important trade routes have attracted colonizers lasting until 1964 contributing to its rich culture and history. Although the place remains hidden to mass tourism, but if you get there, it will open a world fascinating to discover.

 

The best time to visit is summer. Winters are wet and windy but the costs of the airfare and accommodation is cheap. Beach season lasts for 6 months from April to end of October. The most exciting places to visit are Valleta, Sliema, Rabat, Mdina, Gozo, Mellieha. Every township has its own uniqueness to discover.

 

Despite small, the place offers a span of activities for holiday makers to choose from. A great place for diving, marine life is at its peak during warmer months and the waters more visible. Charter a boat or go kayaking and be impressed by its beaches and blue sea. Hiking in the countryside,  trekking along the coasts of Gozo, cycling, even paragliding from its amazing limestone formations. These beautiful rock formations have been featured in several Hollywood movies and recently the famous TV series Game of Thrones. June and July are the highlights of Malta’s cultural events. Open air venues for Jazz festivals, arts festivals, joint performances and workshops.

 

Maltese cuisine is strongly influenced by Middle Eastern, Arabic and Sicilian influences. As more colonizers came, a mix of foreign dishes were absorbed. Malta food is fresh using vegetables in season, homemade cheeses, and cuts of meat. Being an island, the fresh catch of local fish also samples in the Maltese hearty flavour full dishes.

 

Our great villas in Malta is a selection to make your holiday fantastic! All with swimming pool to unwind, comfortable and richly furnished interiors, superb view and great locations to discover this impressive country.

 

VALLETA HOUSE

In the Capital of Malta, Valleta House overlooks the sea and the majestic skyline of the City of Valleta. The house is a modern villa with 4 bedrooms and pool with a spacious deck. The villa has limestone walls and high vaulted ceilings and jaw-dropping light fixture in the main room. Read more…

 

VILLA GAIA

This luxuriant villa features cutting-edge design, including a mixture of clean, crisp lines, minimalist décor, and prestigious materials. It has 4 bedrooms, indoor and outdoor pool with spacious deck, jacuzzi and sauna. Set among the sprawling hills of Santa Maria Estate in the exclusive location of Mellieha. Read more…

 

BAMBOO FARMHOUSE GOZO

Bamboo Farmhouse Gozo is a fabulous Fully Detached Farmhouse located on the outskirts of the village of Nadur. Abound by tranquility, this property is set on approx. 1500m2 of land overlooking a valley and offering stunning sea and countryside views. The building stands on high ground, the view from the swimming pool terrace sweeping wide over the valley, all the way to the sea in the distance. The luxury house has 4 bedrooms, pool. Read more…

 

VILLA GHEA

The view from the pool and the pool deck is spectacular; the entire valley opens up beneath you, and the twinkling Mediterranean can be seen undulating in the distance. The sun-drenched deck offers al fresco dining facilities, as well as sun loungers which enable you to fully relax with the impressive view of the valley and the sea as your back drop. The villa has 4 bedrooms, outdoor and indoor pool, sauna. Read more…