Join us for an all-inclusive tour


• Graphic Novel workshop in Umbria with Paul Karasik
August 22—30, 2016

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• 2016 Culinary Tours with Umbrian master chefs

July 13-21, Tastes of Umbria
October 19-27, Olive harvest and tasting
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• 2016 Book Club Tours

June 10–17, 2016 & September 3–10, 2016
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Let us create an unforgettable week just for you

• Discover all Umbria has to offer with a private all inclusive tour for four people.

• Explore the fabled cities of Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, and Spoleto – to name but a few. Savor Umbrian cuisine and wine with a mixture of home cooked meals, visits to extraordinary local restaurants, and wine tastings. Discover intimate villages and hill towns or shop for world famous ceramics in Deruta, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking views all along the way.

• Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca extends a warm welcome to the LGBT community where you can relax in a friendly environment.

• The palazzo is quite flexible. Apartments and rooms can be combined to sleep 2 to 14.
• Airport pick up/drop off available

Group or day tours available.

Discover the charming hill town of Bettona in the heart of Umbria


Living Here – My Blog

  • Villa Boccaglione opens at last I have past the Villa Boccaglione, in Passagio just beneath the...
  • Back to the blog > Vuoi pranzare insieme? (Do you want...
  • The sauce is fragrant and there are small pools of delicious olive oil that make me want to dip my...
  • Back to the blog > Ferragosto rose Today is Ferragosto*, the 15th of August, a holiday in...
  • Last time I was in New York, I was talking to someone at a party and, when I said I...
  • Life in Bettona The reality of living on two different continents means that I’m not always sure where I am these...
  • By the time we’ve reached the front gate of Bettona, the  halfway point in our walk around the town walls,...
  • I know I’ve spoken to just about everyone about my fascination with the clouds here in Umbria — to me...

What people are saying about aWeekinUmbria

  • Your palazzo has been the highlight of our trip. It was worth waiting 50 years for the experience. can’t thank you enough for everything. Keep doing what you’re doing it is all you.
  • A fabulous time was had by all of us “We were a group of five couples from California who wanted a unique experience in a less touristy area of Italy. We found it at Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca. The owner Michael, from beginning to end, helped plan our stay complete with escorted tours. It could not have been a more wonderful vacation in every way.”
  • Our 'Week in Umbria' adventure commenced with our host, Michael, picking us up and filling us in on the week ahead. Michael's restored palazzo in Bettona, between Perugia and Assisi, was lovely, well appointed and tastefully restored and decorated. He was an excellent host, guide, driver, chef and raconteur. After having read our 3 Umbrian books before leaving, we were taken out each day to new towns and villages, wandering through streets and alleys, visiting monasteries and churches, journeying through markets and country sides, sampling restaurants and gelatarias, exploring Etruscan tombs and museums and generally soaking up the region and...
  • I seriously great time I can’t thank you enough, Michael, for a truly lovely week! From the moment we arrived you offered us opportunity upon opportunity to experience this amazing life you’ve both found and built in Umbria. Dinner elbow to elbow with Bettonese at the Sagra, cappuccino on the piazza bar, great dipping and swooping rides from one beautiful hill town down through vineyards and fields of sunflowers to the next. Above all, it was a joy to see Umbria through your eyes. What a fun week. Thank you. Your fan,
  • We arrived announcing a need for repose in Umbria. We came, we saw, we rested. Michael shared a bottle of local wine and in the charm of the attic room we watched the sun pass over the valley changing the colors on the hills below. Asissi always in the distance. Perfetto! Grazie
  • “Our family of four visited Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca and knew instantly it would be the most memorable part of our trip. The apartment was perfect and the view spectacular. Umbria was a wonderful surprise and the town a perfect location. But the best part was coming “home” to our apartment every evening.”
  • The best of everything Did you ever wish you had this really cool friend who lived in Italy—in a beautiful palazzo in a charming hill town—who just loved having guests? Well, you do. Michael LaPlaca calls his establishment a “Bed and Breakfast,” but it is so much more, and so much better. His palazzo, built in the 17th century, has been lovingly and tastefully restored by Michael himself. It retains all of its old world charm, but is extremely comfortable, with great bathrooms and amenities. I've actually come back three times.
  • We had the best time “This was the most wonderful place to relax. My daughters and I were able to ease into our vacation — enjoying the food, art, and so much more — together. Thank you Michael for allowing us to pass a few days in the paradise you have created.”
  • I had an idea for my dream vacation in Italy. It must be relaxing, stress free, serine countryside, a view from above, a taste of Italy without the hustle and bustle. You provided it all. You are a wonderful host and such a considerate person. Dinner was fabulous and the tours of nearby towns and meeting your friends were unforgettable. You truly made this holiday one of the best for us. We’ll be back!
  • Back to the blog > 2011 - A year in review 2011 has been a wonderful season for aWeekinUmbria with more than twice as many people staying here as last year. For me, the best part has been when people come together in the big dinning hall for meals. In the faces of old and new friends, I see my dream fulfilled in the place I’ve restored. It has been my guests that have brought this palazzo truly to life. Here are a sampling of what people have had to say about their visit. These past 4 days we...