Nestled in the center of Italy, between the regions of Marche, Tuscany and Lazio, Umbria is characterized by a distinct variety of landscapes – green hills alternate with wheat and sunflower fields – and medieval villages of rare beauty.
On our on-the-road trip that took us from Genoa to Umbria with the goal of witnessing the much-desired lentil bloom in Castelluccio di Norcia, we took the opportunity to visit new places in Umbria and also in Tuscany, thus breaking the long journey into several stages.
What to do and see in Umbria with kids: itinerary
In this article you will find our itinerary with children in Umbria, including villages, blooms, waterfalls, and playgrounds; perfect to please a little bit of the whole family!
☛ Monster Park in Bomarzo
☛ Marmore Falls
☛ Castelluccio di Norcia
➤ Along the road from Orvieto to the Marmore Falls, we decided to make a small detour to Bomarzo in Lazio to see the unique Monster Park ➟ Here is the article in which I talk about it.
6-day itinerary in Umbria with children
1° day: Orvieto
Arriving from the sunflower fields of Montepulciano, our first stop in Umbria was Orvieto. Like many towns in Umbria, Orvieto is perched on a hill, and the ways to get to the top are by funicular (functional and you avoid the stress of parking) or by car, parking it outside the ZTL zone.
Orvieto is easy to visit in a day, the historical center is quite intimate and really very characteristic.
▶ Read what to do in Orvieto with children, with all the practical tips for visiting.
2° day: Marmore Falls
Ranked among the highest in Europe, Marmore Falls is divided into three spectacular falls. There is a lower and an upper belvedere, and both are worth a visit.
If you really don’t have the time, head to the lower belvedere from where you can see the three jumps perfectly.
To see both belvederes, you can take a walking route that winds through the park, or you can leave the park by car and enter the site through the other entrance. Keep the entrance ticket carefully because it is valid for both viewpoints.
▶ Read about our day at Marmore Falls with kids, with all the practical tips for visiting.
3° day: Blooming in Castelluccio
Every year, from mid-May to mid-July, one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature in the world is staged in Castelluccio di Norcia: the flowering.
We are in the Monti Sibillini Natural Park at about 1450 meters above sea level, and the scent of flowers is truly intoxicating.
Several trails take you to see the bloom up close, but if, like us, you are traveling with young children, be careful not to step on or snatch the flowers so hard cultivated by farmers.
▶ Read about our day in Castelluccio di Norcia with kids, with all the practical tips for visiting.
4° day: Assisi
Perched on a hilltop at an altitude of 424 meters, Assisi is one of the must-see places if you visit Umbria, and its fame is surely linked to St. Francis, the patron saint of animals.
Not only did the many churches and the Hermitage of the Prisons bring us to Assisi, but also the lavender festival at Assisi’s renowned Lavandeto!
▶ Read what to do in Assisi with children, with all the practical tips for visiting.
5° – 6° day: Perugia
In Perugia we stayed two days, the first day we dedicated to sightseeing, while the second we spent inside the Città della Domenica wildlife amusement park, a must if like us you travel with children.
The remaining time, we used it to rest and take a dip in the beautiful swimming pool of Perugia’s Chocohotel, another must-see!
▶ Read what to do in Perugia with kids, with all the practical tips for visiting.
Where to sleep in Umbria with children
But where is it best to sleep in Umbria during a family vacation? Below are some good facilities we tested during our on-the-road tour in Umbria.
❒ Orvieto: Agriturismo Podere Pescara – Farmhouse surrounded by greenery, renovated really tastefully. Pool, parking, and excellent breakfast included in the price. Book here.
❒ Terni: L’ Antico Casale – Farmhouse 2 kilometers from Marmore Falls offering a relaxing stay, in contact with nature. Some rooms have a small kitchenette. Parking and breakfast included – Book here.
B&B Fonte Vena – One minute from Norcia, this B&B offers family rooms in a very cozy setting. The breakfast cakes are outstanding! Parking included and free crib on request – Book here.
Relais & Chateaux Palazzo Seneca – Top-notch facility inside a true noble palace, recently restored. At guests’ disposal, a small spa with Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna. Massages and babysitting service at an additional cost. Truly quality buffet breakfast included. The building also houses the starred restaurant Vespasia inside – Book here.
❒ Assisi: Hotel Il Palazzo – Very nice hotel located in the historic center, a stone’s throw from the Basilica, with the possibility of entering the ZTL zone for loading and unloading luggage and then parking a 5-minute walk away in a free parking lot (San Giacomo) – Book here.
Hotel Porta Nuova – Hotel strategically located a stone’s throw from Assisi’s pedestrian zone but outside the ZTL, private indoor parking and excellent breakfast with local cakes – Book here.
❒ Perugia: If you are a chocolate lover, you absolutely cannot miss the Chocohotel in Perugia which is a themed hotel whose subject, as you may have guessed, is chocolate – Look here if you want more information.
Why go to Umbria with children: conclusions
Umbria amazed us with its villages rich in historical and architectural treasures, its scenic roads and its immense fields of wheat and sunflowers.
Plus, nature walks, good food, traditional festivals.
There are many things to do and see in Umbria with your family, perhaps planning an on-the-road itinerary in advance.