Friday, 6 January 2012 10:26 AM
Booking Italian villas with pools will allow you to enjoy a refreshing break in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, where you are free to relax in the sun during the day and under the stars in the evening – but where exactly should you stay? Umbria could be one option.
The region is simply stunning and is renowned for its pretty natural scenery. Indeed, this is one of the things that makes it so perfect as a location for independent villas in Italy as you can use your property as a base from which to get out and explore the landscape at your own pace.
As well as the countryside, there are also some popular towns that could make for interesting daytrips during your break. Here are just a few of them.
The region's capital, Perugia is a fascinating city full of amazing architecture.
It is known across the world for a number of qualities: the mouth-watering chocolates it produces, the jazz festival that is held every year and the large population of students who come from all over the globe to learn the language while soaking up some Italian culture.
One of the main attractions to visit are the unusual ancient medieval streets that now lie underground, after a fortress was built on top of them in the 16th century.
In the centre of Umbria you will find Gubbio, a walled town that dates back to before the time of the Romans.
There are more architectural marvels to admire here, including the renaissance-style Palazzo Ducale, the 14th century gothic cathedral and the Palazzo dei Consoli.
The latter is a particularly interesting place to visit, as it was necessary to create a flat surface within the hillside town that could accommodate the huge building at its centre.
Another medieval town, Assisi lies in the heart of Umbria and has much to recommend it for a daytrip.
Here, you are sure to love walking along the cobbled streets between the houses and shops, where you could stock up on fresh food to prepare at your villa.
Although not a town, this landmark is well worth a visit thanks to the wealth of opportunities there are to do water sports here.
This is the largest lake in central Italy and a popular spot with people who like outdoor pursuits. Indeed, you are sure to find this natural attraction just as beautiful as all the manmade spectacles you have already visited during your holiday.
As you can see, there are many reasons to choose Umbria for your Italian getaway!