Wish you were here?

Palazzo Ravizza
Siena, Italy

Quirky period decor,
high standards,
charming views

Wish you were here?

Tenuta di Canonica
Todi, Italy

Ancient watchtower,
great for walkers,
great for relaxing

Wish you were here?

Chateau Laroche-Ploquin
Sepmes, France

Elegant chateau,
wine country,
delicious food


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Our places to stay in Umbria and Marche are complementary to those in the neighbouring region of Tuscany. It's natural for visitors to Tuscany to extend their travels east into Umbria in order to visit the fine old town of Perugia, and to see Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. Also the unmissable city of Orvieto, one of the most amazing city locations in Europe on the top of a flat volcanic bluff - it's also known for its fine white wines. To the east, with its Adriatic coastline, is Marche, whose capital is the Renaissance 'art city' of Urbino.

As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Umbria and Marche offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: pensioni, alberghi, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out. Among our longstanding favourites are: Villa Ciconia and Hotel Vannucci.

We have recently taken Castello d'Osciano at Perugia and Locanda Del Capitano at Montone off the site and can no longer recommend these hotels. If you would like to know why, please contact our web editor on 02077201692 during working hours UK time. 

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Apartments Villa Nuba

Via Strada Eugubina 70, 06125 Perugia, +39 075 572 5765
Historic farmhouse on outskirts of Perugia

Castello di Petroia

Loc. Petroia, 06024 Gubbio (Perugia), Umbria, Italy, +39 075 920287
Stunning views, impressive castle hotel

Dei Priori

Vicolo del Commune 4, 05035, Narni, (+39) 0744 726843
Lovely hotel, worth a detour


Collina di Portonovo 149/A, 60020, Ancona, +39 071 801117/801145
Relaxing hotel with great sea views

Fattoria di Vibio

Loc. Buchella, 9-Doglio, 06057, Montecastello, Vibio, +39 075 8749607
Relax in rustic comfort

Hotel Leone

Via Vittorio Emanuele II 60, 63853 Montelparo (Fermo), Italy, +39 0734 782 041
15thC palazzo with views

Hotel Vannucci

Via I. Vanni 1, Citta della Pieve, 06062 Perugia, Italy, +39 0578 298 063
Refreshingly different


Corlo 38, 06014, Montone, +39 338 254 83 36
Charming restaurant, relaxing

La Badia

Loc. La Badia 8, 05018, Orvieto, +39 0763 301959
Old abbey with modern embellishments

La Rosa Canina

via dei Mandorli 23, 06064, Casalini, Panicale, +39 (075) 8350660
Real country living in 15thC farm

Le Grotte de Boldrino

Via Virgilio Cappari 30, 06064, +39 075 837161
Intimate town hotel, contemporary style

Locanda di Valle Nuova

La Cappella 14, 60133 Pesaro e Urbino Le Marche, Sagrata di Fermignano, +39 0722 330303
Feel at home in the real Italy

Locanda Palazzone

Loc. Rocca Ripesena 67, 05010 Orvieto (TR), Italy, +39 0763 393614
Converted palace with interesting history

San Luca

Via Interna delle Mura 21, 06049, +39 0743 223399
Town centre, but in peaceful gardens

Tenuta di Canonica

Loc. Canonica 75, 06059 Todi, Perugia, Umbria, Italy, +39 075 8947545
Converted ancient watchtower in stunning Umbrian countryside

Villa Ciconia

Via dei Tigli 69, 05018 Orvieto (Terni), Italy, +39 0763 305 582
Country villa, lovely garden, edge of town

Villa Giulia

Localita San Biagio 40, , Fano, 0721 823159
Beautiful villa on the Adriatic coast

Villa Milani

Loc. Colle Attivoli 4, Spoleto, 06049, +39 743 225 056
Spectacular views over nearby Spoleto
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