Secret Umbria is a unique service specializing in one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, Umbria. We fell in love with this remarkable region over many years of visiting with family and friends. We bought an old farm house and the 3 years spent restoring it allowed us to connect with the community, developing deep and lasting friendships with the locals. As an English-American couple who have adopted Italy as our home, our desire is to provide you with an intimate experience of this very special region and share with you our love of the people, places and food.
If you would like to explore Umbria “from the inside” with us, whether for a family holiday, a week-end getaway or a landmark event, Secret Umbria will work with you to plan the most wonderful and unforgettable visit.
In today’s busy world in which we are all rushed off our feet, surrounded by incessant stimulus and under constant stress, Umbria provides the perfect antidote to modern life.
Nestled in the heart of Italy, only 2 hours from Rome and Florence, this uniquely rich region will win your heart, touch your soul and leave you longing to discover more.
Somehow untouched by the fast-paced progress of the outside world, life here seems to exist in a time-warp and provides the perfect antidote to the hectic tempo of modern life. The exquisite mediaeval towns for which Umbria is so famous provide the perfect setting to experience the folkloric traditions which are still very much at the core of local life. Throughout the year, these colorful and historical festivities celebrate feast days, local harvests and seasons, highlighting both the depth of Umbrian culture as well as the extra-ordinarily warm and hospitable nature of the locals themselves.
This magically unspoiled region offers a special experience for everyone. Whether you are looking for historical or contemporary culture, musical and artistic inspiration, outdoor adventure, culinary exploration, spiritual awakening or total relaxation, if you want to get away from it all and take a step back in time, Umbria awaits you.
I grew up in London and, having completed my piano studies at music college, moved to Paris and then to Milan where I spent 11 years working as a performing arts manager, organizing performances throughout Italy for internationally renowned musicians and dance companies. Life took me to New York City where I met my husband and lived for 20 years with our family while working in fund-raising for arts organizations and children’s charities.
In 2017, we decided to make Italy our permanent home and moved to Montefalco in Umbria. Over the years, I have greatly enjoyed introducing my family and friends to this magical region as it always gives me tremendous joy to share my love for this place and see the impact its beauty and culture has on them.
This is why I decided to start Secret Umbria, to open the doors to one of the oldest, most wonderful cultures and enable you to discover its fascinating natural and architectural beauty, amazing cuisine, and warm and welcoming locals. Let me show you Umbria…… from the inside. –Fiorenza Scholey