Guided Tours in Umbria

Guided tours in Umbria:

The original goal, and hence the name aWeekinUmbria, has been to offer specialized experiences. I’ve always enjoyed taking people who stayed with me around to show them the Umbria I fell in love with. It started out with groups of 4 people who needed more help finding places and wanted to spend less time worrying about how to get there, where to park or, more importantly, where to eat. It was fun sharing what I had discovered with them and I realized it was what I enjoyed most.

I really started doing full out tours, like this year’s Knitting Adventure or Parliamo in Italia, in 2012. Since then I’ve done about 25 tours on a variety of topics. Food and culinary tours are what I’m asked to do most but I have done several photography tours, many general art and culture tours, and several book club tours, which are a lot of fun. Tour sizes have ranged from one or two couples up to 32 people. But from 4 to 8 person tours are the norm.

Small Group Tours:

Groups of as few as 2 people can make up a tour. Choose your area of interest or let me craft one especially for you. I specialize in cultural and art themed tours with a strong emphasis on great food and wine.  Small tour packages include accommodations, pick up and drop off at airport, tours, meals, and most other fees. All inclusive tour packages average between $2500 and $3000 per person, depending on activities. (Price for a minimum of 2 people sharing a one bedroom apartment or B&B room or 4 people sharing the largest apartment -Assisi.  Other room/apartment configurations also available.)

Tours are from 7 to 10 days and range in price from $2500 to $3750 per person. Double occupancy is preferred and there is an up-charge for one guest in a room. (If the entire palazzo is full, I usually wave the surcharge for single occupancy.) Included in packages are accommodations, all transportation, tours, meals, admissions/activity fees, and pick up/drop off at airport.  Air fare is never included.

For more information contact Michael at

Themed Group Tours already planned

Join us for one of the themed tours already planned for this year (see column to the right) or let me plan one for this or next year. Family events like  special birthdays, anniversaries, even a destination wedding are great excuses to come and make a week of memories.  I can put together an all inclusive package you’ll love. The palazzo sleeps 14 guests with additional rooms at the town’s hotel a few blocks away. (Remember nothing in Bettona is more than a ‘few blocks away” in any direction.)

Join us for an all inclusive tour this year

• Knitting /Fiber Tour: May 16-24 2018

Join Shaina Bilow on this knitting and fiber adventure. Visit cashmere and alpaca farms, a jacquard weaving studio, and commercial processing, knitting, and weaving factories. Trip includes 4 workshops with Shaina.
6 places still available >Knitting/Fiber Tour

Umbrian Wine and Culinary Adventures

Come learn with local chefs the secrets flavor of Umbrian cooking; visit an organic farm; cheese making demonstration; truffle hunt; lessons with chefs at the palazzo or in chef’s restaurants. Customized tours anytime you want. Minimum 4 people. More info> aWeekinUmbriaCooks

• Treasure Hunt Tour

Discover the great art treasures of Umbria with a series of specially treasure hunts by Michael LaPlaca. Treasure hunt book included. Minimum 4 people. More info> Treasure Hunts of Umbria tours

Book Club tours

Available anytime you want. Joins us for a fabulous adventure. Read 3 books and come prepared for the authors’ world come alive as you discover the actual settings and real flavors of Umbria. (Available for 2 to 4 people too)
More info> Book Club tours

• Parliamo in Italia 2018

In the planning stages: Spend 8 days with a unique immersion experience – daily lessons, shopping adventures, a wine tasting and a cooking lesson, and fun car banter . . .  More info > Parliamo in Italia

• Best of Umbria Tours

Discover Umbria’s art, food, wine and so much more with an week-long adventure. Customized tours for 4 to 8 people. (And incredible accommodations in a 17th-century palazzo.)  More info > Best of Umbria Tours