View PDF article Much quitter then neighboring Tuscany, Umbria is building a reputation as the Italian hideaway for those in the know. Nicknamed the green heart of Italy, the region produces some of the best truffles in the world; summer and winter varieties – many local specialties showcase the prized ingredients. But there’s more to Umbria then food alone. Base yourself in the quite town of San Gemini and explore the Renaissance buildings that form the heart of the old town. Book to stay at the grand Palazzo Santi Terzi, Housed in a medieval palazzo, the villa comes with its own tower, pool and gardens that overlook the town and surrounding countryside below.