After picking up your car in Rome, enjoy a scenic morning’s drive to Perugia and the exquisite Relais Casamassima
, a quintessential rural Italian idyll that’s surrounded by rolling hills of vines and olives. This working farm in Umbria has plenty of character and charm, alongside luxurious interiors and delicious food made with fresh produce grown and produced on the farm, such as its award-winning olive oil.
If you can drag yourself away, some of Italy’s most picturesque spots are on the doorstep. Historic Perugia, which showcases elegant palazzi and cobbled streets, as well as a buzzing 21st
-century vibe, is just a 10-minute drive, and the beautiful medieval town of Assisi is also nearby, where you can wander amongst pretty houses and piazzas and see churches adorned with 13th
-century frescoes. There are plenty of smaller towns to discover here too, such as Gubbio, which has a Roman theatre that puts on performances every summer and a cable car that takes you up to the summit of Mount Ingino for glorious views over the Apennines (and if you’re there over Christmas, you’ll be treated to the spectacular sight of the mountain’s slopes lit up by an illumination of a giant Christmas tree). Just ask Anna for her tips on what to see and do, and on your return, enjoy a swim among the sweet-smelling lavender and relax in a gazebo under the wisteria, plucking a fresh fig or cherry from the trees.