We (me, my wife and two daughters) had a welcome chance to step off the hamster wheel of everyday life and just relax for a couple of weeks at a different, much slower, pace.
Umbria has been described as Tuscany without the tourists and its easy to see why. Same charming hilltop towns, same great restaurants, same scenery.......just a lot quieter and maybe even a little more authentic. Perhaps because of this, you would be advised to try and grasp the basics of the Italian language as many places are family run. In any case, as in most countries, the people really do appreciate you at least trying.
Jane and Robert were ideal hosts, there when you wanted them and invisible otherwise. They were a great help in pointing out places worth seeing and eating out. We particularly enjoyed ice cream at Piangiani in Todi and Grom in Perugia. Nobody would ever find the Gelateria in the Pian de Porto(?) if you didn't know about, it but follow the directions provided in the apartment and... more