Lazio + Umbria

Lazio + Umbria Travel Guide

A remote convent with a cloistered garden, where 75 Trappist nuns make natural wines under the guidance of Giampiero Bea. Sample the Coenobium Rusticum, an orange-inflected white wine made by soaking grape skins in fresh juice, and golden-green Coenobium, with hints of herbs.

Here, tucked under the arid Lepini Hills, the ruins of a medieval town (razed by civil war in 1382) were gradually transformed over the course of the 20th century by the aristocratic, now died-out Caetani family into what some consider the most beautiful garden on earth.

The weaving studio is located in a small workshop in Perugia's San Francesco delle Donne, a deconsecrated 13th-century church. Founded by Giuditta Brozzetti in 1921 to showcase the handwork of village women, it's now managed by her daughter and granddaughter.

Stop by for a degustazione in the bio-architectural headquarters, constructed with radon-free travertine stone. Taste the Montefalco Sagrantino red, made from Sagrantino grapes, with sweet hints of blackberry and persimmon.

Located 30 miles outside downtown, the Miraggio Club, or Club Mirage, is a beachside escape for families to enjoy outdoor activities like swimming pools with waterslides, tennis and volleyball courts, and a small hotel for overnight visits.

Frescoes depicting the life of Saint Francis and others by Renaissance artist Benozzo Gozzoli, a pupil of Fra Angelico, fill this deconsecrated church.

More sculpture park than garden, Bomarzo’s Sacro Bosco occupies a lush area on the grounds of the Villa Orsini. A web of looping trails leads though open glades, past rocky outcrops, and down steep ravines inhabited by giant, often grotesque statues of gods, mythical beasts, and other marvels.

Owner Francesco Antano organizes tastings by appointment amid metal and wooden barrels in a modern farmhouse cellar. The Sagrantino Colleallodole red is a limited-edition 14-degree cru reminiscent of wild berries.

Drizzle truffled honey on slices of young pecorino at this wonderful truffle shop near Città di Castello.

The only way to see what gardening authority Penelope Hobhouse called “one of the great masterpieces of Italian garden art” is by first taking the official tour of the Villa Farnese, a formidable pentagonal fortress that sits above the town looking out toward Rome.

This long-established producer makes chemical-free wines: Umbria Terra dei Preti has an intense, flinty flavor, and the bottles have charming old-fashioned green-and-white labels. Arrange a tasting in the cellars of the vineyard's gray stone farmhouse.