Arrive in Umbria around noon and transfer to the beautiful city of Todi. Historically a border city between the Italics and the Etruscans, Todi’s roots date back to the 8th century BC. The town continues to stun visitors with more than just its rich history, but also its immaculate beauty. Walk through the sloping bricks of the Piazza del Popolo and the Duomo sits at the far end of the square, the sun glaring off of the pristine white façade, holding a stunning rose window at the center.
The church of San Fortunato is close to crumbled ruins of a medieval fortress on the far crest of the city. The church is decorated with vines for good, and figs for evil, and the balance juxtaposed through the aisles. The Tiber Valley lies at the foot of Todi. Take in the view and smell the soft grass, the fresh bread, and the vines.
Enjoy lunch in rustic style in a farmhouse cellar and taste Colli Martani and Grechetto di Todi. The low yields of the region means concentrated flavor in the harvested grapes, giving a fruity perfume and notes of lime-skin citrus. Take the time to tour the cellar; the damp darkness has helped perfect the storage of wine throughout history, dating back to Todi’s beginnings.
The village of Casigliano is a quick and delightful walk from the farmhouse. Casigliano is a converted medieval castle, now a plush Umbrian resort. With so many perfect days in Umbria, a walk through the grounds will have the sun on your back, a breeze through your hair, and the sweet scent of sunflowers in the air.
Next, leave for Corbara Lake which is surrounded by the decadent green and gold of grass and wheat fields, while the crisp, blue water can cool the hottest summer day. The private and luxurious grounds of the local castle await you with the fluid tastes of Orvieto ready for you to enjoy: Orvieto Classico can be of the sweet or dry variety, but either note will get your taste buds excited; the Lago di Corbara DOC has foresty notes with a little bright acid to keep you salivating for more.
With the rustic castle around you, and the taste of wine on your tongue, it won’t be long before hunger strikes. For incredible local fare try Il Ristorante Trippini, complete with a stunning view of the lake, Umbrian hospitality, and family cuisine: soft, delicate ricotta with jams, figs and cinnamon to start, ravioli with rich stewed boar and a cream of cannellini beans with orange to finish. Today is only the beginning.