Your English-speaking driver will come directly to your Rome hotel lobby to start your private day trip exploring Umbria, the green heart of Italy.
In just over an hour and a half you will arrive to the town of Orvieto, one of Umbria’s most well preserved and important medieval towns. Your first stop in the city is the stunning Cathedral of Orvieto, with its incredible golden mosaics and gothic architecture. Be sure to take a look inside at the wonderful artwork, frescoes and decorations added throughout the centuries.
Next, we will have reserved a space for you on a small group Orvieto Underground tour to explore the underground tunnels and caves that are hidden beneath the surface. This seemingly endless network of passageways and workshops are carved into the volcanic stone, with some dating back thousands of years to Etruscan and Roman times.
Your guide will tell you about the history and uses of these spaces over the centuries as you explore the hidden realm beneath the city. After your tour, it is time to sit down for lunch at one of Orvieto’s fantastic trattoria or restaurants for a scrumptious meal.
Orvieto is known for its crisp and refreshing white wine, pasta with wild boar sauce and fragrant truffles found in the woods that surround the town.
After lunch, your driver will take you on a panoramic drive along the country roads until you reach the breathtaking town of Civita di Bagnoregio, a place where time stands still. The town is said to be “dying” as it slowly slips into the surrounding valleys year after year.
What remains is a small “island” area where only a pedestrian bridge connects the town to the other side of the ravine. In fact, there are no cars in the small village. The photo opportunities are plentiful and you will have time to walk across and explore this charming town with only a handful of permanent residents.
Certainly one of the most unique and dramatic landscapes in all of Italy and not to be missed!