Arts Sojourn in Umbria: Gubbio, Assisi, and Spoleto

We love Umbria, and you will too when you join us on this very special Sojourn! If you’re unfamiliar with Umbria, think Tuscany, only with fewer tourists and more truffles! Just pack your bags and leave the rest to us for an unforgettable adventure in this magical region known as The Green Heart of Italy.

Trip Info At a Glance:

May 29 – June 11, 2020

Cost: $2,895 – Per person sharing a double room in both hotels. Singles and upgrades available

$350 non-refundable deposit due with application. Balance must be received no later than March 15, 2020.


We’ll meet you at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and our charter coach will whisk you away to Gubbio, Umbria’s northern jewel, widely considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Italy – an absolute delight for artists, photographers, and sightseers (did we mention truffle lovers?). You’ll join your fellow Sojourners for a welcome reception and orientation followed by a lavish dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants.

We’ve timed our visit to coincide with one of Italy’s most exciting festivals – the Corsa dei Ceri Picolli – an ancient celebration that introduces Gubbio’s children to the traditions of their ancestors. It’s a spirited event with lots of pageantry, and you’ll be right in the midst of the action in our Fifteenth Century palazzo, now one of the town’s finest four-star hotels with all modern comforts and conveniences.

After six nights in Gubbio we’ll head south to Assisi for a visit to the Basilica di San Francesco, one of the most unique and dramatic of Italy’s great churches, exuberantly decorated with Giotto’s ground-breaking frescoes. After lunch we’ll stop at Santa Maria Degli Angeli to step inside the rustic stone chapel where St. Francis began his preaching ministry.

Our Sojourn continues to Spoleto, another wonderfully preserved medieval hill town, home to many significant archeological sites dating back to Roman times. It is stunningly picturesque, from its Fourteenth Century castle to the breathtaking Ponte delle Torri, an ancient bridge in one of Italy’s most dramatic natural settings.

You’ll stay in the finest family-operated four-star in town, ideally situated in the historic center, where you’ll have plenty of time to browse the numerous shops and galleries, and relax with an espresso or aperitivo at a sidewalk cafe’.

Spoleto’s churches and museums are filled with masterworks, and you’ll be treated to a guided tour of the impressive Duomo, including a behind the scenes description of the mysteries surrounding Filippo Lippi’s frescoes in the apse. You can join Matthew and Barbara on a day trip to Spello, a charming nearby hill town, to see Pinturicchio’s magnificent frescoes in the Baglioni Chapel.

Enrollment is limited and room priority (with views in Gubbio) will be given to early applicants, so we encourage you to register right away. Please read below for complete details.

Important Trip Info

May 29 (May 28 US departure) – June 11, 2020

Travel Coordination and Orientation

Detailed travel instructions will be sent to each participant to insure arrival and departure times that coordinate with our charter ground transportation connection. Applicants are responsible for securing their own flights to and from their home and Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome, Italy. No refunds are given for missed connections.

US departure should be on May 28 for next day arrival in Italy. Most airline tickets are non-refundable once issued, so it is essential that each applicant wait until they have received their confirmation and instructions before booking flights.

When we receive your application and deposit we will send a complete pre-trip orientation package to help you prepare. Our Sojourn will begin with an in-country orientation session as well.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to guard against a possible loss in case of cancellation or withdrawal from the trip for some unforeseen reason. Please see our cancellation policy below.


Fine four-star establishments with full modern conveniences including air conditioning, TV, and private baths with hair dryers. Links to the hotels will be sent to all applicants.

Cost of the Arts Sojourn

ARTS SOJOURN IN UMBRIA STANDARD PRICE: $ 2895 — per person sharing a double room. Rooms with views in Gubbio will be assigned on a first-come basis. Register early to insure a room with a view.

WITH SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $ 3395 — A limited number of double rooms are available for single use on a first come basis. We suggest registering early if you desire a single room.They usually go quickly.

For those traveling alone who wish to share a double room, we will try our best to pair you with a compatible traveler of the same gender. If this is not possible you will have the option of paying the additional surcharge for a single (if available) or you may decline to participate and receive a full refund of your deposit.

WITH UPGRADED SUPERIOR ROOMS: $ 3195 – per person in Superior rooms in both hotels. One Jr. Suite with balcony is also available in Gubbio on a first come basis. Please contact us right away.

*Please note that these prices are based on the exchange rate as of August 2019. Although no increase is anticipated, due to potential volatility in the international exchange rate we reserve the right to add an appropriate surcharge to cover additional costs should the value of the US dollar drop appreciably prior to our departure.

Payment Schedule

Payment may be made by credit card using our secure online form.

$350 non-refundable deposit due with application. Balance must be received no later than March 15, 2020. (It may still be possible to join the Arts Sojourn after the March deadline if space is available.)

Confirmation and Pre-Trip Orientation

Confirmation and comprehensive trip information will be emailed within two weeks of receipt of your deposit.

Cancellations and Refunds

We understand that events sometimes happen that may preclude you from joining us. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing via email. The following scale of charges will apply after cancellation notice is received:

  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Between 60 days and 30 days prior to departure, there is a cancellation fee of 75% of the total price of the trip.
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price.

Sorry, but we must be firm in our cancellation policy. We highly recommended all applicants purchase travel insurance to guard against possible loss.
 In the unlikely event that we must cancel an Arts Sojourn, we will issue you a full refund of all funds paid to us, including your deposit.


Each person is strictly limited to one suitcase and one small carry on (art supplies included). No exceptions. Please travel light and be certain that you are capable of handling your own luggage. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the participant.

What IS included in the Arts Sojourn price?

  • Transportation to and from hotels and Rome FCO airport in Italy
  • Hotel accommodations for 13 nights: prices per person are based on two persons sharing a double room with private bath. Surcharge applies if a single or upgraded room is requested.
  • All breakfasts
  • Two welcome reception dinners including wine
  • Day trip to Assisi
  • Tips for drivers
  • All art activities
  • Pre-trip and in-country travel orientation

What is NOT included in the Arts Sojourn price?

  • Transportation to and from your home to FCO airport in Rome Italy
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • City tax in Gubbio and Spoleto (currently less than 20 euro total)
  • Beverages
  • Lunches and dinners not specified above
  • Optional tips for hotel personnel
  • Personal items
  • Fees charged by museums and cultural sites not listed above