3 double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms and stunning views of the valley
Handmade kitchen with marble worktop and high spec appliances
Open plan living and dining area with wood burning stove
Swimming pool (12m x 4m)
Covered outdoor dining area
Cot – payable extra
Mid week clean
Garden and pool maintenance
The house is just outside the small hilltop town of Citta della Pieve (8 minutes by car) on the Tuscan/Umbrian border. The lively town has a weekly market, three supermarkets, several bars and restaurants as well as hotels
Monteleone d’Orvieto is a 10 minute drive
Orvieto is a 40 minute drive (it has one of Italy’s most beautiful cathedrals, the Duomo of Orvieto)
Montepulciano is a 40 minute drive
Perugia is a 50 minute drive
Assisi is a 1 hour drive
Todi is a 1 hour drive (great for antique furniture shopping)
Siena, Rome or Florence are all within driving distance for day trips
Driving distances from nearby airports:
Perugia 50 minutes
Rome 2 hours
Florence 2 hours
Car hire is essential
Citta della Pieve is famously the birthplace of 2 of Italy’s greatest Renaissance artists (Perugino being the more famous of the 2) – works by both artists can be found in St Maria and St Antonio churches. The town is small and has most of its medieval town wall intact. It boasts an 11th century tower and an impressive medieval castle.
The labyrinth alleys date back to medieval times and the picturesque nooks and corners, steeped in memories and emotions are still full of life today. Enjoy the Nonna sitting outside her small house playing top trumps with her grandson or make the most of the beautiful girls who arrive on their Piaggios to have a latte mid morning in one of the many cafes.
There are some great restaurants: both basic and ’posh’; a little of everything but all very delicious. The weekly Saturday market offers some great local fare, clothes and even small ducklings for sale!
The village also has a claim to fame: it is home to what is thought to be Italy’s narrowest street, the Via Baciadonne (or “Kiss Women Street”), probably built following a quarrel between neighbours.
There are many other wonderful hilltop towns within easy reach, Perugia is the nearest. A trip to Orvieto is a must, with its elegant shops and wonderful cafes. The site of the city as you approach is incredibly dramatic as it rises above the vertical faces of cliffs (it is built on an old volcano) that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone.
It is also under an hour to drive to Montepulciano, world-famous for its vino noble (do try the Pici pasta which it is also very well known for) where a happy day can be spent in the cool wine caves sampling the delicious local wine.
Nearer to the house is horse riding, tennis, cycling (around Lake Trasiemo which is only 30 minutes drive) and white water rafting. There is a small (but fun) water park 20 minutes away which serves great coffee for adults!
A recently restored property in the modern European style, the owners are passionate art collectors and the property includes a fine selection of unique pieces by the Dutch artists Erwin Olaf and Henrik Kerstens. In the sitting-dining room is an impressive painting by the Sicilian artist Sergio Fiorentino which provided the design inspiration for the house. Upstairs there is a red, blue and green bedroom, each with individual colourful elements, old Sicilian tiles, high quality linen sheets and memory foam mattresses.
Surrounding the property are age-old olive trees and the stunning views stretch over the surrounding hills towards the Cetona mountains. Within the clever landscaping a big cherry tree stands next to the front door as a wonderful landmark. This is a property of truly eye-catching design and perfect for small groups looking for somewhere unique to stay.