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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Visiting the Tuscany Umbria Border Area of Italy

Orvieto Le Dôme-Façade-Ombrie-Italy-
Orvieto Le Dôme-Façade-Ombrie-Italy- (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Emma Cordingley

South eastern Tuscany meets its smaller neighbour Umbria, on Umbria's  north
eastern border.  The border area of Tuscany and Umbria in Italy is a wonderful place
to stay as the visitor is able to visit the many cities and towns of the two regions
while staying in one of the most picturesque areas the world has to offer and
enjoying one of its greatest cuisines.  The area is largely rural, the main crops are
sunflowers, maize, olives, vines and tobacco which is being phased out.  Modernity
has been slow to reach this area and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, many
visitors feel as if they had stepped back in time 30 or 40 years.   Staying in this area
you are within 90% of UNESCOs world art treasures: Rome and Florence are within
two hours drive and one must not forget the important art works of nearer towns
such as Arezzo, Siena, Perugia and Assisi.  Apart from their art treasures these
towns are places everyone enjoys visiting.  All have their own architectural delights
and meandering lanes and interesting shops and restaurants. Also worth visiting are
the Tuscan towns of ; Cortona and Sansepolcro and the Umbrian towns of
Gubbio,Citta di Castello, Todi and Orvieto.  Lovers of ceramics will also want to visit
Deruta famous for its production of some the world's finest majolica. 

Wine lovers are also in for a treat as many great wines are found in this area. 
Although Chianti is not strictly on the Tuscany Umbria border it is only a short drive.
The brunellos of Montalcino and Vino Nobile of Montepulciano are found in this

There is a wide choice of accommodation available for those wishing to come to this
area of Italy.  Agriturismi offering either self-catering apartments or B&B type
accommodation have sprung up everywhere.  A popular choice for the visitor to this
area of Tuscany and Umbria is to rent a self-catering villa, farmhouse or apartment
through a rental agency.  With a rental agency one can be sure that the house or
apartment has been properly scrutinised and is priced fairly to reflect its quality,
situation and accessibility.  Farmhouses, villas and apartments with or without
swimming pools are all available. If one wishes to stay in a country property in this
area car hire is almost essential.  Public transport in the rural areas of Tuscany and
Umbria although reliable, is sparse. Most villages have a bus service once a day,
relying upon this creates a lack of flexibility.  Many of the farmhouses and villas for
holiday rental are on hillsides a good walk from a main road.  Often vacation rental
houses in Tuscany and Umbria are reached along gravel roads or "strade bianche" . 
City inhabitants are often alarmed at these gravel roads but after the initial drive
along them the nerves are soon overcome.
Please visit   rel=nofollow to find a rental property for your holiday in the
Tuscany or Umbria regions of Italy.

Emma Cordingley, originally from the UK has lived on the Tuscany Umbria border
for 7 years with her husband and 2 daughters.  Together with her husband she runs
a vacation rental agency offering villas, farmhouses and apartments for holiday
rentals, and  walking holidays; []

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