Why not make the most of your vacation by taking a step back in time and "go back to school" in style. During your stay in Umbria you can participate in numerous types of courses and lessons, held privately for you and your group, or in larger groups. Professional teachers or expert tourist and naturalist guides are available on demand.
ArteLingua Italian Language School
Professional courses tailored for foreign learners, try a full-immersion classe of Italian language, culture and way of life. Discounts offered for Italy to Rent guests.
Take a look at their various Italian programs that include lifestyle, gastronomy, tradition, literature, music, walkings, wine tastings, guided tours, cinema.
But they offer much more: passion, enthusiasm and genuine care go into each and every hour they teach and this guarantees an experience of a lifetime.
Private chef services - Cooking Classes
A classic Umbrian dinner prepared directly in guest rental property, using only the best local and seasonal ingredients. Umbrian DOC wines included. “Pizza Night”or pizza making classes available for those staying in villas with a pizza oven. Please inquire firstname.lastname@example.org for info, reservations and extended personal chef services.
The best restaurants offer cooking classes, the program includes the demostration and preparation of a complete Umbrian meal, a lunch or a dinner.
Guided tours/Urban Trekkings
A large variety of guided tours in the countryside or in the main cities of art in Umbria and the central part of Italy. Customized tours for groups or individuals.
Professional guides specialize in planning Umbrian tours to its most enchanting sites.
Umbrian gastronomy and tasting tours
Life Italian Style: find out more about fun excursions, private chef service, bicycle tours, picnic lunches, cooking classes, winery tours, farm tours, tour of the ancient olive mills tasting of Umbrian genuine olive oil - and more - all from an eno-gastronomical point of view!
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Wine Tasting Tour
A wine tour will take you away from the crowds and introduce you to the people behind the wines. You will enjoy a wonderful Umbrian lunch and, of course, sample some of the best wines in the
world directly in the wineries. All this in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, visiting vineyards and winemakers, experiencing open country roads, the views of charming green hills dotted with
farmhouses, topped by picturesque medieval towns ....
In the countryside around Spoleto or in the amazing mountains of Sibillini national Park.
For groups or families with children.
You can ride a mule or walk close to your mule while takes your backpack, like rural people used to do in the past ages.
A relaxing, funny experience in deep contact with nature.
Trekking, nature walking Tours
In Umbria you can enjoy landscaped of great suggestions and practice many outdoor sports in parks and protected areas.
The mountains and green hills with olive groves around Spoleto are the perfect set for daily trekkings with guide discovering fortified villages, towers, ancient little churches and Abbeys with painted crypts.
Don't miss the panoramic "Franciscan Footpath" or the beautiful "Footpath of Olive Trees".
Raftig - Hydrospeed - Canyoning
In Umbria, beneath the Marmore falls, less than 30 mins drive from Spoleto or 30 mins by bus, there is an ideal place for rafting: the fabulous descent of rapids on a rubber dinghy. The Nera river bubbles over the rocks for over 3 kilometers, forming rapids, surrounded by lush vegetation, in a beautiful tropical-like setting. No particular skills are required. There are also easy and funny itineraries for children or families.
Vespa Tour of Umbria
The region of Umbria is perfect to be discovered by Vespa: the area you can cover in a day on a Vespa 125 is sufficient to give you a huge variety of impressions, yet small enough to enable you to take them all in and to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
There are delightful back roads passing through rolling pastureland and vine-covered valleys. But these roads are not just beautiful – they lead you to picturesque towns.
MTB, road bikes, hybrids. Cycling tracks and itineraries of a day or more. Mountains. hills, lakes, rivers: Umbria's variety of landscapes offers endless possibilities for any kind of cyclist, from experts to beginners and Sunday riders.
To rent your bikes: www.giralumbria.org
Winter tours in the mountains
In the snowy scenery of Sibillini mountains, there are many daily tours with guide to be done in Winter, also good for families with children: walkings, cross-country sky, nordic sky (sky and special shoes to be locally rented). Easy walkings + traditional lunch at the stone village called Castelluccio di Norcia, based on the local tasty products like lentils, sausages, cheeses and truffles. Magic walks in the evenings with full moon + traditional dinner at the shelter. In the Park is not unusual to see eagles, deer, chamois, foxes and the tracks of wolves, which still live in the mountain forests.
Courses about Umbrian handicraft embroidery made by expert Umbrian embroiderers.
Weekly or weekend courses, threads and all materials will be provided, the course will be held in a period villa or in its beautiful garden in the warmer period. Guided tours in a Convent where to see the embrodery work af the sisters, or in an ancient embrodery school located in a small island of Trasimeno Lake. In Spoleto there is a beautiful Fabric Museum with ancient clothes and precious embroideries.
Outdoor activities for children and families
There is a huge variety of experiences to be done for families with children. They can try donkey or mule riding, go to swimming pools, rent bikes (it is possible to rent carriages for babies to be added at parents' bikes), walk along easy footpaths. Children enjoy rafting along the river Nera in its quitest areas, take part to the olive harvesting and discover how to press the olives in the traditional mills.
Near Spoleto there is the Activo Park, a large surprising adventure park for children.
In Umbria there are several SPAS where visitors can enjoy massages, beauty treatments, sauna.
Indoor swimming pools.
Gym and swimming pool
Villas and country houses have private swimming pools.
The vacation apartments are located in the city centres and guests can enjoy the public swimming pools of the towns.
They are easily connected to the centre by bus or can be reached on foot.
There are outdoor pools with nice parks and indoor heated pools for the colder periods. Some of them have a gym.