Italians everywhere love children, and this is particularly true in the small Umbrian villages, where the ageing population will delight in watching your children play and explore. The variety of things to do on a family holiday in Umbria will ensure that all age groups are kept happy on days out. You may prefer to stay by your pool to enjoy the great summer weather and some of the most breathtaking scenery in Italy. The food is ideal for the younger palate and restaurants welcome families.
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Enjoy the small beaches at Lake Trasimeno, where you can find a good selection of watersports, or visit Isola Maggiore, one of three islands on the lake, with its 15th-century village.
Take your family to the stunning town of Orvieto, perched on top of a sheer cliff in southern Umbria. Visit the cathedral and the alternative underground city, and sample the local Orvieto Classico.
Head for La Città della Domenica, a Natural Park just outside Perugia where you can walk through the forest and around the lakes or go on the miniature train and enjoy the adventure playground.
Visit Assisi and the Basilica of San Francesco.
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 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).
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 such places 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 is relatively inexpensive if you book early enough with a low-cost airline but car hire is expensive – even a small car will cost in the region of £200 per week.
Self-catering apartments in Umbria vary from £320 to £1,000 per week; hotel rooms range from £40 to £90pppn.
Umbria is a great place for self-catering in a characterful stone villa or converted farmhouse; see our partner James Villas for some great examples.
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