Perfect Pairings: Rome & Umbria

Italy
5 nights private tour from $10,800
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Perfect Pairings Rome and Umbria
At a glance
  • Indulge in Rome's fascinating Baroque center soaking up the knowledge from your local art historian guide

  • Get lost in the magic of Rome with an exclusive afterhours visit to the Vatican Museums 

  • Delve deep into the heart of enchanting Umbria getting under the skin of the beautiful hillside towns of Orvieto, Perugia and Assisi 

  • Let tranquillity wash over you as you sink into a luxuriously restored castle estate in the Umbrian hills

Journey highlights
  • Indulge in Rome's fascinating Baroque center soaking up the knowledge from your local art historian guide

  • Get lost in the magic of Rome with an exclusive afterhours visit to the Vatican Museums 

  • Delve deep into the heart of enchanting Umbria getting under the skin of the beautiful hillside towns of Orvieto, Perugia and Assisi 

  • Let tranquillity wash over you as you sink into a luxuriously restored castle estate in the Umbrian hills

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Rome enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. Summers (from June to September) are hot and dry with temperatures often soaring to 37°C. High humidity is also common, particularly in July and August. Winter tends to be moderate, at least by northern European standards, with temperatures averaging around 10°C to 15°C between December and February. Spring (March to June) and early autumn (September and October) are the best times to visit Rome, with lovely blue skies and mild temperatures. November and December are the two wettest months.

Starting in mid-June, the summer rush really picks up, and from July to mid-September the Rome teems with visitors. August is the worst month: Not only does it get uncomfortably hot, muggy, and crowded, but the entire country goes on vacation at least from August 15 to the end of the month (many Italians take off the entire month). Many hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed.

Your Itinerary

Lose yourself in the artistic secrets of Rome and Umbria, blending these two regions seamlessly with exclusive after-hours tours and personally curated artistic experiences. Skip the crowds in Rome to soak up the wonder of the Vatican Museums and the hidden secrets of the Baroque center before submerging in the beauty of the Umbrian countryside. Meet expert artisan crafters and take in the wonder of Assisi all whilst staying in the epitome of luxury throughout this bespoke Italian itinerary.

Rome

Your Itinerary

Kickstart your bespoke itinerary arriving at the enchanting Hotel de Russie. The only place to be seen in Rome, the hotel exudes a magical, cosmopolitan and buzzing atmosphere. Home to a beautiful secret garden, along with stunning terraces, here you can expect the limitless luxury that all Rocco Forte properties promise you. 

Dive into the splendour of Rome on an exceptional private tour through the Baroque center. Your local art historian will share their passion and insider knowledge taking you to Piazza del Popolo, its art galleries and ateliers, the magnificent Piazza di Spagna and the Barcaccia fountain, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. You will be treated to a visit to the small Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, a treasure trove of important works of art including three absolute masterpieces by Caravaggio. In the early afternoon, meet a master goldsmith at his workshop and learn about the traditional artisan techniques and the secrets of this ancient art. Then brace yourself for an exclusive afterhours visit to the Vatican Museums, a rare chance to admire the priceless masterpieces of the greatest artists. You will also have time to privately contemplate Michelangelo's Vault and the Last Judgment. 

Bid farewell to Rome as you take a private transfer to Umbria, via a guided visit to the beautiful hillside town of Orvieto, one of the oldest towns in Italy. Take in the beauty of the city before going underground to discover the wonder that still hides there. Explore the underground city which holds many surprises; a few steps from the Cathedral, the tunnels and cavities reveal another world to be discovered. Wells, quarries, laboratories and olive mills still survive here. Follow this with an extraordinary tour of a winery and its centuries old cellar before enjoying lunch with a delicious wine pairing. 

Umbria

Your Itinerary

Plunge into the magnificent beauty of Castello di Reschio as you arrive in Umbria. A restored ancient castle estate, Castello di Reschio stands in the rolling hills, offering you a slice of timeless luxury. You can expect olive oil from the surrounding trees, truffles from the forest, and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Admire spectacular sunsets from the rooftop restaurant, where the setting sun hugs the hillside. 

After a decadent breakfast lose yourself in beautiful Perugia, the capital city of Umbria. Perched high on a hill, you will discover its historic center surrounded by Etruscan and medieval walls. Take in the historic center, the Basilica of San Domenico and the monumental Piazza 4 Novembre. Stop for a delicious break at a historic chocolate producer to discover the link between the food and the gods. Then, head to the Moretti Caselli studio, founded in 1859-60 by the painter and master glassmaker Francesco Moretti. It is a museum-archive where you can retrace the history of the laboratory and the techniques used to create artistic glass windows. You will then be taken on an exquisite visit to Deruta, listed as one of the most charming villages in Italy, boasting beautiful architecture. Here you will discover the century-old art and unique world of Umbrian pottery. Admire the artisans at work and step into the Alviero Moretti Foundation. Return to the tranquillity of your hotel for a refreshing swim, a relaxing spa and sublime alfresco meal watching the sunset on your penultimate evening here. 

For your final bespoke experience, you will indulge in an enchanting and totally fascinating guided walk through the beautiful hill town of Assisi and the center of Franciscan spirituality, Basilica of San Francesco, a place that preserves and guards the mortal remains of the saint. Be wowed by the priceless art treasures here, such as the extraordinary frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti.

Itinerary

Day 1-3

Rome

Kickstart your bespoke itinerary arriving at the enchanting Hotel de Russie. The only place to be seen in Rome, the hotel exudes a magical, cosmopolitan and buzzing atmosphere. Home to a beautiful secret garden, along with stunning terraces, here you can expect the limitless luxury that all Rocco Forte properties promise you. 

Dive into the splendour of Rome on an exceptional private tour through the Baroque center. Your local art historian will share their passion and insider knowledge taking you to Piazza del Popolo, its art galleries and ateliers, the magnificent Piazza di Spagna and the Barcaccia fountain, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. You will be treated to a visit to the small Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, a treasure trove of important works of art including three absolute masterpieces by Caravaggio. In the early afternoon, meet a master goldsmith at his workshop and learn about the traditional artisan techniques and the secrets of this ancient art. Then brace yourself for an exclusive afterhours visit to the Vatican Museums, a rare chance to admire the priceless masterpieces of the greatest artists. You will also have time to privately contemplate Michelangelo's Vault and the Last Judgment. 

Bid farewell to Rome as you take a private transfer to Umbria, via a guided visit to the beautiful hillside town of Orvieto, one of the oldest towns in Italy. Take in the beauty of the city before going underground to discover the wonder that still hides there. Explore the underground city which holds many surprises; a few steps from the Cathedral, the tunnels and cavities reveal another world to be discovered. Wells, quarries, laboratories and olive mills still survive here. Follow this with an extraordinary tour of a winery and its centuries old cellar before enjoying lunch with a delicious wine pairing. 

Accommodation: Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

Tuscany

Plunge into the magnificent beauty of Castello di Reschio as you arrive in Umbria. A restored ancient castle estate, Castello di Reschio stands in the rolling hills, offering you a slice of timeless luxury. You can expect olive oil from the surrounding trees, truffles from the forest, and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Admire spectacular sunsets from the rooftop restaurant, where the setting sun hugs the hillside. 

After a decadent breakfast lose yourself in beautiful Perugia, the capital city of Umbria. Perched high on a hill, you will discover its historic center surrounded by Etruscan and medieval walls. Take in the historic center, the Basilica of San Domenico and the monumental Piazza 4 Novembre. Stop for a delicious break at a historic chocolate producer to discover the link between the food and the gods. Then, head to the Moretti Caselli studio, founded in 1859-60 by the painter and master glassmaker Francesco Moretti. It is a museum-archive where you can retrace the history of the laboratory and the techniques used to create artistic glass windows. You will then be taken on an exquisite visit to Deruta, listed as one of the most charming villages in Italy, boasting beautiful architecture. Here you will discover the century-old art and unique world of Umbrian pottery. Admire the artisans at work and step into the Alviero Moretti Foundation. Return to the tranquillity of your hotel for a refreshing swim, a relaxing spa and sublime alfresco meal watching the sunset on your penultimate evening here. 

For your final bespoke experience, you will indulge in an enchanting and totally fascinating guided walk through the beautiful hill town of Assisi and the center of Franciscan spirituality, Basilica of San Francesco, a place that preserves and guards the mortal remains of the saint. Be wowed by the priceless art treasures here, such as the extraordinary frescoes by Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti.

Accommodation: Castello di Reschio ( 3 nights )
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When to visit

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  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Rome enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. Summers (from June to September) are hot and dry with temperatures often soaring to 37°C. High humidity is also common, particularly in July and August. Winter tends to be moderate, at least by northern European standards, with temperatures averaging around 10°C to 15°C between December and February. Spring (March to June) and early autumn (September and October) are the best times to visit Rome, with lovely blue skies and mild temperatures. November and December are the two wettest months.

Starting in mid-June, the summer rush really picks up, and from July to mid-September the Rome teems with visitors. August is the worst month: Not only does it get uncomfortably hot, muggy, and crowded, but the entire country goes on vacation at least from August 15 to the end of the month (many Italians take off the entire month). Many hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed.

Perfect Pairings: Rome & Umbria
Perfect Pairings: Rome & Umbria

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind