The 2 Festivals Tour in Umbria with Italian Affairs – 2nd/15th July 2014

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Date: 26 January 2014

Categories: Cultural, UmbriaTour


The name “The two festivals” highlights our participation in the Festival Dei Due Mondi di Spoleto and at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia.

These two festivals are world famous, attracting both major international and emerging artists.

We have sought out the most intimate performances to connect with these extraordinary artists. Experience the best of the Arts and of Jazz music under the stars in the beautiful towns of Spoleto and Perugia.


In cooperation with Italian affairs and Antonella Nichinonni we are celebrating the Artisan and the Artisanal Life both literally and figuratively.


In this world of interconnection, of instant information & gratification the idea of the Artisan & the Artisanal life is more resonant and relevant than ever. Our tours are hand made and like all hand made products, every outcome is unique.


Antonella has a deep connection to the peoples and traditions of her homeland. She has created a pathway between the worlds we live in and the magical world and people of Umbria. In this region many aspects of life have remained essentially unchanged for generations.

Antonella takes you by the hand to experience the best, small scale & most authentic of Umbria. Visiting with her family, local characters and friends opens a window to a world of unique and non-commercial experiences.


In keeping with our exploration of the Artisan we are firstly journeying to Norcia, at the foot of the Sibillini Mountains, where our focus is engaging in the peak culinary experiences Italy has to offer in Umbria’s most beautiful countryside. Our accommodation is the renowned Relais Chateaux “Palazzo Seneca” in the heart of Norcia.


As we journey to the nearby plain of Castelluccio under the wing of our naturalist guide, Biagio we are introduced to the pinnacle of the “artiginale”, slow food production. Here food is grown and prepared simply as it has been for hundreds of years and al lover Italy these local products are treasured for the authentic techniques and exquisite taste. In this heavenly location we will follow the process from pasture to table


norcia umbria

norcia umbria

For the balance of the two weeks we divide our time between Città di Castello in the north and Spoleto in the south of Umbria. Our focus becomes the musical and artistic aspects of the “Two Festivals”.


In Città di Castello we stay in apartments in a renovated 15th century abbey in the heart of the city. This central location enables us to stroll through the Renaissance streets of this beautiful town and soak up the local hustle and bustle of Italian life. You can visit the local fresh food markets to buy local produce and then sit with the locals at the bar for a cappuccino and a chat, “a fare quattro chiacchiere”.



An Italian Affair has crafted an array of intimate activities such as the Vintage car tour as well as a vespa tour with the Vespa Club of Città di Castello.


For the last part of the journey we venture to Spoleto. At a relaxed pace you can truly unwind in the heavenly surroundings of the Umbrian coutry side. Start the day with a morning swim or a passeggiata . We continue our daily interludes of language and culture and indulge in the best of this captivating region.

vespa tour in Umbria

vespa tour in Umbria


Here we close the circle and integrate our previous learning and experiences. This pocket of Umbria is held close to Antonella’s heart, being her place of birth and upbringing.


Many of our guests also share this strong sense of “coming home” as the experience & feeling of welcome reaches its pinnacle in the presence of these wonderful mountains, amongst Antonella’s family & friends.

In 2014 we invite you to join us in Umbria. We invite you to dive into the slow and deep experience of craftsmanship and dedication, become a true artisan of life.



Tour highlights and inclusions are:

13 nights accommodation (twin share due to high season but there is limited opportunity to secure a single room at additional cost)

• 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners and 7 lunches with local wines

• A day tour in vintage cars with the Vintage car club of Città di Castello exploring the Umbrian countryside

Vintage vespa tour with the Vespa Club of Città di Castello

Attendance at performances at both the SPOLETO FESTIVAL DEI DUE MONDI and at the UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL (pending final festival programme)

Cooking class with Master Chef Flavio of Vespasia restaurant in Norcia

• Aperitivo making course

Walking tour of the Castelluccio plain with Biagio

Cheese making, stile artigianale (hand made) in Castelluccio

Truffle hunt with dogs

Olive oil tasting

Wine tour

Literary Interlude and prosecco with Professor Rodney Lokaj, a Medieval literature expert and enthusiast

Home cooked meal at Antonella’s native village of Casigliano di Strettura to meet her family and paesani

• Language tuition “out and about” (Classes are not compulsory)


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vintage car experience in Umbria, vintage car tours italy, vintage cars tour Umbria




• Norcia, Castelluccio, Assisi, Perugia, Spello, Città di Castello and nearby villages, Spoleto and Montefalco.

• All transfers by air conditioned coach (from Spoleto railway station on the 2nd of July,for entire journey and including the last transfer to Spoleto railway station on the 15th of July for those departing on this day)

…ah, “la vita é bella!!!”

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Small group travels in Italy, small group travel in Italy



Not included:

• Airfare, taxes and insurance

• Entry to museums and extras not listed on the inclusions


Age requirement: Participants must be over 18 years of age and whilst An Italian Affair does not have an upper age limit. We do, however, encourage each participant to self-evaluate his or her own physical stamina, as the Umbrian region is mostly comprised of very steep hills and cobblestone streets; walking up and down these steep hills is part of the daily An Italian Affair experience.


Norcia: Palazzo Seneca Città di Castello: Residenza Antica Canonica Spoleto: Borgo della Marmotta Tour Suitability:

This tour is suitable for couples or singles and only to those who have purchased the full package.

You must read and sign a Terms and Conditions and a booking form when you make a deposit.

All fees are non-refundable. Personal Travel and Trip cancellation insurance are mandatory to participate on the tour and should be obtained when purchasing the package.

Small groups of 5-12 participants. In the event it does not reach its minimum number, An Italian Affair reserves the right to cancel, 60 days before the start of the tour. (see Terms and Conditions).


Contact us for more informations and costs

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