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Umbria Family Holidays & Breaks

River-rafting in Umbria.River-rafting in Umbria.©
View towards Assisi, Umbria.View towards Assisi, Umbria.©
Birds of prey display at La Città della DomenicaBirds of prey display at La Città della Domenica© La Città della Domenica
Boys fishing in Umbria.Boys fishing in Umbria.©
Sunset over Lake Trasimeno, Umbria.Sunset over Lake Trasimeno, Umbria.©
Kitesurfing on Lake Trasimeno, Umbria.Kitesurfing on Lake Trasimeno, Umbria.©
Umbrian proscuitto.Umbrian proscuitto.©
Cascata delle Marmore, Umbria.Cascata delle Marmore, Umbria.©
Paragliding in Umbria.Paragliding in Umbria.©
Simple but delicious Umbrian fare.Simple but delicious Umbrian fare.©
Flying Time 2.5hrs
Carbon Footprint 1.15 CO2
Timezone GMT +1
Currency Euro



Italians everywhere love children, but this is particularly true of Umbria's little villages, where ageing populations delight in watching kids play and explore. And while you may be tempted to stay by your villa or hotel pool and enjoy the great summer weather and some of the most breathtaking scenery in Italy, Umbria's gorgeous landscapes give plenty of scope for active family holidays, whether you want to delight younger kids with a donkey-hiking excursion or thrill teens with adrenaline activities such as river-rafting and paragliding.

Things to do with kids in Umbria

Enjoy the small beaches at Lake Trasimeno, where you can find a good selection of watersports from rowing boats to wakeboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Visit Isola Maggiore, one of three islands on the lake, with its 15th-century village.

Get active in Umbria: options include climbing, canyoning, rafting, tubing, hydrospeeding, paragliding, treetop adventure parks, hiking or donkey-hiking, archery and mountain-biking in a natural bike park next to the Marmore Falls, the world's tallest man-made waterfalls, created by the Romans and worth seeing in their own right. You can also go caving in waterfall caves.

Take your family to the stunning town of Orvieto, perched on top of a sheer cliff in southern Umbria. Tour the cathedral and the alternative underground city, and sample the local Orvieto Classico.

Head for the outdated but fun Città della Domenica, a Natural Park just outside Perugia where you can walk through the forest and around the lakes, go on the miniature train and enjoy the adventure playground and the likes of birds-of-prey displays.

Visit breathtaking Assisi and the Basilica of San Francesco, and explore the Umbrian capital Perugia with its walled old town, medieval palace housing a museum of regional art, Gothic cathedral and chocolate museum.

Discover Todi, one of the prettiest hilltop towns in Umbria, with its lovely central square and impressive cathedral and medieval public buildings. It's home to a hot-air balloon festival each July.


Food is important here as elsewhere in Italy, whether you eat in a ristorante, trattoria or osteria or grab a bite from a shop selling slices of pizza, panini or the local speciality of torta al testa (flatbread filled with prosciutto or cheese).

When to go to Umbria

The peak months of July and August see high temperatures in Umbria, with long hot cloudless days. Try to go in late May or early June when it is slightly cooler and you will see fields full of sunflowers. September is also ideal – the crowds of August holidaymakers have left and you can visit the famous sights such as Assisi at a more leisurely pace.

You may want to time your visit to coincide with one of Umbria's many annual festivals, such as the Umbria Jazz Fest in early July or the Hot Air Balloon Grand Prix in Todi in July.


Getting to Italy can be relatively inexpensive if you book early with a low-cost airline, but car hire is expensive. Most people coming to this region choose villas or other self-catering accommodation, though hotels in Umbria are usually good value compared with their equivalents elsewhere.

By Rhonda Carrier

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