Umbria was launched in 2000. The
entrepreneur behind the idea was Petra, a Dutch woman who had been
working in Umbria as a local representative for a large agency
based in the Netherlands. She enjoyed welcoming and supporting
tourists coming to Umbria. This combined with her passion for
cycling and walking in the green countryside and charming medieval
villages of Umbria... and Meravigliosa Umbria was born. Over the
years the unspoilt beauty of this region began to be better known
abroad and Meravigliosa Umbria grew, becoming also an agency for
touring holidays in countries such as The Netherlands, Belgium,
Great Britain, Austria, South Africa and the USA.
saw the founding of Ecologico Tours, which incorporated
Meravigliosa Umbria. Operating as both travel agent and tour
operator, Ecologico Tours takes care of both incoming and
outgoing. We organise cycling and walking trips in Italy and the
rest of Europe for groups or individuals, both for fit experts and
for those who seek a well-deserved break for themselves and their
families. All of the routes proposed are checked out by our team
and by accredited expert guides, or by the local agents. For every
holiday both telephone and face-to-face assistance is on hand.
In 2015 Ecologico Tours moved to Switzerland to develop new opportunities in a beautiful country, ideal for lovers of winter sports and
for walking and cycling holidays. For our tours in Umbria we have our local management: experience, service and professionalism
at the service of our customers who are discovering the beauties of Umbria
All of our tours are Ecological, because they are organised to
allow you to get around while showing maximum respect for the
places visited and the environment in a broader sense. The
holidays are enriched with multi-activity packages designed to aid
the total recovery of energy and of both physical and
psychological well-being. All the information about our tours can
be read on our website and downloaded, or pdf files can be
requested. There is no paper catalogue of our tours, as we try to
avoid wasting paper and ink and strive to create less waste. We
support the Trees for All organisation, participating in their
project in the Philippines, and we invite all those who set off on
a trip with us to contribute to this worthy cause.
through lush countryside; breathing in the fresh air as you walk;
exploring new places both near and far; getting to know different
cultures and new people: this is what our holidays are all about,
and doing all this in harmony with nature is also synonymous with
adventure and freedom.
all the advantages of our tours and the reasons for setting off
and CEO of Ecologico Tours.
art scholar and lover of unspoilt nature, she came to
Italy in the early '90s on a self-planned tour to visit
the places and see the sights which had fascinated her in
her reading and studies. When she got to Umbria she
explored it far and wide and was so taken with it that on
her return to The Netherlands she reported “Italy really
is beautiful, but Umbria is truly marvellous!”. She
returned to the Bel Paese, working for the Dutch tour
operator Eigen-Wijze Reizen, then established first
Meravigliosa Umbria then Ecologico Tours.
her years of experience, Petra is expert at organising
tours and is the mind and soul of the company. She plans
the routes and personally checks out all the itineraries,takes care of the commercial and administrative
side of the business and contacts hotels and guest houses,
local bodies and co-operators in order to carefully plan
all aspects of our tours. Petra is on hand throughout the stay
of our clients to deal with any requirements which might
doesn't love computers, but is great with his hands. Paolo
loves travelling and outdoor life and has a wide knowledge
of paths, routes and places to visit in many regions of
is an expert in maintenance, thanks to years of working in
companies where he has looked after all the technical
aspects of production. If something isn't working as it
should, he can fix it. The city bikes, mountain bikes and
e-bikes of Ecologico Tours are kept in perfect working
order by Paolo, who is constantly checking & preparing
them, test riding them to be certain of their
complete reliability and deliver them in your Hotel.
indispensable technical ability is coupled with
creativity: with a little scrap wood and his handicraft
skill he built all the stands and display boards which are
used to exhibit our tours in our central office.
– Area Manager Umbria
a marketing and tourism expert and an interpreter and
translator for the following languages: English, German
and French. She has a master degree in foreign languages
and literatures and graduate studies in hospitality and
tourism subjects. She is our Area Manager in Umbria and
our representative on site. She has a long experience in
hospitality management and tourist information in
She has a
great passion for travel: she has been travelling to
many countries in the world, getting to know different
cultures, peoples, languages and traditions; she can
understand immediately what the expectations and needs
of tourists and travellers are.
Umbria, her birthplace, very much: she knows the
territory very well and always injects enthusiasm and
energy when she talks about it.
- Responsible transport luggage and customer support
Elessar is an integral part of our team, offering assistance in Umbria.
He is of Italian - Dutch origin, young and dynamic,
caring and attentive. He speaks good English and is dealing with the care of your luggage, allowing you to fully enjoy the journey, effortlessly and
unpacked. Elessar will make sure that you find your luggage at your arrival, in every hotel in which you are going to stay.
He also takes care of the bike rental, offering complete and professional assistance to our customers, both by telephone and on-site. Courtesy and competence characterize his profile.
– Tour escort and Expert Guide,
accredited by the Region of Umbria.
An enthusiastic walker, who began planning and
carrying out short excursions around the Perugia area when
he was young.
Today, as well as being a trusted member of our team,
he is a voluntary guide for local walking groups and for
the Club Alpino Italiano, for whom he is a hill walking escort. He
accompanied many individuals and groups in the Sibillini mountains and
in central Italy in general.
passion for walking is combined with an
insatiable curiosity for history and anthropology, which
is reflected in his deep knowledge about the areas he
also his proposals for lovely walking day trips !