There is no region of Italy that has such a strong and direct relationship with love like Umbria. Here was born the patron saint of lovers, Valentine’s Day, here runs the marathon dedicated to him, we organize a festival that binds the love of couples to the sweetness of chocolate, here are produced bonbons from the starry wrapper accomplices of having done dissolve, at least in a hug, millions and millions of lovers.
In view of such a special occasion as that of February 14th, the feast of all the lovers, we took a trip around here to discover that in these places, between romantic itineraries and sweet proposals, one can blissfully lose oneself.
It starts from Terni, the city of love. San Valentino was born here and here, inside the basilica that is located near the historical center, his mortal remains are preserved. It was 197 when what would become the holy symbol of universal love became the father of the people of Terni. Around this figure, over time, dozens and dozens of legends have arisen. One of these narrates that he was the one to unite the legionnaire Sabino and the beautiful Serapia in marriage against every obstacle and difficulty, thus sanctioning his role as Protector of the lovers.
Here every year, on the Sunday before February 14th, the bride and groom meet for the “Promise Festival”. And always here is hosted one of the most tasty and romantic events dedicated to lovers. It is called “Cioccolentino”. The kermesse, now in its 16th edition, from 13 to 17 February next, will greet “The goal of Love”. For five days the historic center of the city will host a series of initiatives that will combine the goodness of chocolate and pastry with passion and love.
A traditional marathon on the calendar is also dedicated to Valentine’s Day, for what is the 2019 edition, on February 17th. A running race, the Marathon of San Valentino, truly unique that crosses the most fascinating and evocative of the Valnerina up to the Cascata delle Marmore, emblem of love, as the legend on its origins reminds us. It is said, in fact, that a nymph named Nera fell in love with the shepherd Velino, but Juno became aware of this love, turned the nymph into a river that took the name of Nera. Velino then threw himself headlong from the cliff of Marmore, to reunite with his beloved. That leap of water, today the Cascata delle Marmore, is the symbol of their eternal love. Discover this place on your own, with your loved one or your loved one, coming up to the “Balcony of lovers”. It is a small but enchanting window which can be reached by crossing the “Tunnel of the Lovers”.
If you want to live these moments fully, however, we suggest you to enjoy a stay here, perhaps in a unique and full of charm like Villa Antico Incanto (https://www.homelikevillas.com/it/villa-antico-incanto/) .
Set on a hill, among the gentle Umbrian slopes, this house still preserves the rough stone walls of when it was built, together with the solid wood details and the climbing ivy, giving it a magical touch full of magic.
Guests can stay in thirteen cozy rooms each with private bathroom and another four shared bathrooms, for a total reception of thirty people. Going down a stone staircase with respect to the central body, you reach the most panoramic point of the structure, where stands the splendid glass Spa, with sauna and indoor pool.
In the hills of the high Tiber we suggest Villa Dama D’Acqua (https://www.homelikevillas.com/it/villa-dama-dacqua/). His creative inspiration strikes the eye and marvels. The interiors of the villa are creative and cared for in every detail: from the painted and painted walls to the particular ceramic floors.
Villa Dama D’Acqua can comfortably and comfortably accommodate 12 people thanks to its 6 rooms. Do not miss a view from its panoramic tower: a room with large windows and wooden ceilings where you can admire, comfortably lying on an armchair or a sofa, beautiful hills and green valleys.
Resuming our journey in Umbria, the land of love, we can not but propose a small stop in one of the most romantic places in this region: Lake Trasimeno. Enjoy a sunset from one of the small villages that are located on its shores: Passignano sul Trasimeno, San Feliciano, Tuoro sul Trasimeno and Castiglione del Lago. Every day, every season, they always take on different and surprising colors.
But if you want to give you something unique, treat yourself to a stay in one of the beautiful villas of this land. Like Villa del Lago (https://www.homelikevillas.com/it/villa-del-lago/), an ancient stone rural residence, completely renovated respecting its noble style, surrounded by greenery with a large park that It houses a large infinity pool.
With its fascinating lake view, in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, we also recommend Villa Antonella (https://www.homelikevillas.com/it/villa-antonella/). Surrounded by a garden of 4 thousand square meters with outdoor pool and sun terrace, the villa has two rustic-style apartments and is the ideal place to relax in contact with nature and, at the same time, reach and visit some of the most beautiful cities of Umbria.
With the branches of the trees that plunge into a stretch of water wrapped in the silence at Campello, the evocative Fonti del Clitunno await you. This place has inspired poets and writers such as Pliny the Younger, Virginio, Lord Byron and Carducci, so you can not conquer you too with the crystalline and cold waters of its lake where there are many small green islands between grassy banks surrounded by weeping willows and poplars. On foot you can reach the Tempietto del Clitunno: it is a paleochristian building in the form of a temple with four columns, surmounted by a tympanum, which dominates the Clitunno from a small height. The building, among the places of Longobard Italy, was inspired by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Benozzo Gozzoli, Palladio and others.
Not far away is the wonderful city of Spoleto on whose hill stands the fortress of the Rocca Albornoziana with the Camera Pinta, or the bedroom of the castellan. You are enchanted by the images painted on the walls and you remain open-mouthed in the face of the exaltation of courtly love that the novellas represent.
Continuing on our journey we suggest two more destinations: Città della Pieve with the alley Baciadonne. The name, linked to a narrow passage, was born as a result of a dispute between neighbors. The popular tradition tells that in the Middle Ages the two neighbors decided to detach their houses, giving rise to an alley of width between 50 and 70 centimeters. Hence the origin of the name. In fact, two passersby who find themselves walking the alley in the opposite direction, are forced to stay so close to touch their lips.
Last stop in Perugia, Capital of chocolate and homeland of the Kiss, bonbon with a hazelnut in the middle that sums up, in its inimitable flavor and in the love notes under its starry wrapper, the union between passion and taste.
Enjoy Umbria and its most beautiful locations such as Deruta, famous for the artisan production of artistic ceramics. Here you can stay at Villa La Terrazza (https://www.homelikevillas.com/villa-la-terrazza/) from whose pool you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Umbrian countryside. The interiors of the villa are delicate, simple and functional, with comfortable living areas: thanks to the exposed wooden beams and the refined parquet, there is a great widespread feeling of well-being and hospitality.
The residence can accommodate up to 14 people in 7 comfortable and bright bedrooms with 6 indoor bathrooms and 3 outside in the pool area. The structure is located in the open countryside: wake up every morning with the sweet song of birds and spend pleasant hours surrounded by greenery will fall in love with guests of nature and natural wonders that surround it.
If you are looking for a place of other times, we suggest Villa La Contessa (https://www.homelikevillas.com/it/villa-la-contessa/), a stone’s throw from Gubbio. This charming house is ideal for relaxing with your family or friends, including a dip in the pool and outdoor walks. The rustic exterior, with exposed stones and wooden details, differs from the refined and elegant interiors in the Baroque style that are enriched by frescoed vaulted ceilings, sculptures and references to a pleasant glimpse of the past. The relaxation areas leave room for some modern touch, for a comfortable and relaxing environment.