Vallocchia Country House
from £151 /night help
House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 18
PRIVATE STRUCTURE. Vallocchia country house is situated in the midst of a wonderful panoramic contest, overlooking the rolling Umbrian hills, only 5 minutes from Spoleto, an important art town which each year welcomes thousands of foreign visitors.
This property is 500 meters above sea level, and is divided into two residential buildings, the main property(5 bedrooms and 4 batherroms) and dependance.(2 bedrooms and 2 bathroom) It is entirely built in perfect symphony with the area. Its strategic position is ideal for a relaxing holiday in direct contact with nature, as well as an excellent starting point for daily excursions and trips in Rome, Perugia, Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto and the Trasimeno Lake.
Inside this splendid property there is traditional flooring, wooden staircase and rooms overlooking the valley. The well kept furnishings is a harmonious mix of antique and modern furniture which guarantees complete comfort. Last but not least are numerous verandas and the pergola's, which offer guests the possibility of dining “al fresco”.
Please Note: when the property is rented in this solution no other guests will be present on site. You can rent only the main villa if you are a group of max 14 people, or the entire property, (also the dependance) if you are up 18 people.
|Size||Sleeps up to 18, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 50 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Trampoline|
The Umbria region
The charm of Umbria derives from its fusion of art, nature, peace and calm, the inspirations behind its various localities that comprise Renaissance masterpieces and small Medieval towns embedded in the hills.
Gubbio is one of these, the oldest village in Umbria that reached its full splendor in the Middle Ages; the Cathedral; the Consul's Palace, symbol of the town; and the Ducal Palace are just some of the attractions that testify to Gubbio's status as a jewel of Umbria. Gubbio not only attracts visitors with its art, but also with its spectacular traditional festivals like the Corsa dei Ceri (Candle Race) and the Palio Balestra (a Medieval crossbow contest on horseback). The former takes place in honor of the Patron Saint, the latter in memory of its ancient past. Another of the countless charming Umbrian cities is Orvieto, with its famous Duomo, one of the masterpieces of Italian Gothic art, and St. Patrick's Well, a 62-meter-deep (203 feet) feat of engineering characterized by two spiral staircases that wind around the well (yet never meet), with 248 steps down to the water.
Then Spoleto, a picturesque town that boasts a thousand-year-old history, still preserves images from the past in its Medieval and Renaissance architecture.
Its stone lanes and its most famous monuments are the setting for international cultural events, such as the Festival of the Two Worlds, a wonderful occasion for enjoying a high-quality artistic atmosphere.
Between art and spirituality, a visit to the Medieval town of Assisi is essential; a UNESCO World Heritage Site,its represents “a series of masterpieces of man's creative spirit.” Everything revolves around its most renowned citizen, St. Francis, Patron Saint of Italy: from the Basilica, which is dedicated to the Saint and contains his tomb, to the hermitage (Eremo delle Carceri), a few kilometers outside the town walls, where St. Francis used to retreat in prayer.
Assisi is very welcoming and lively, and its inhabitants seem to want to share their age-old traditions with visitors; Calendimaggio, for instance, is a splendid historical commemoration that turns Assisi into an old Medieval town inhabited by knights and ladies, bowmen and standard-bearers that belong to a distant, far-off past.
Perugia, Umbria's main city dates back to Antiquity and is composed of a higher section on the hill, whence the Medieval villages spread out on its slopes. The historic center teems with cultural and architectural masterpieces, with one of the most extensive museum collections in Italy. With its vibrant cultural center, two universities and internationally-influential expos, Perugia is a great draw for tourists that also offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The history of Spoleto starts even before the founding of Rome. The remains of cyclopean walls prove the ancient origin of this city, which was founded by people Thessalians around the tenth century BC After the Pelasgians, the area was dominated by the Umbrians, until - with the battle of Sentino in 295 BC - Spoleto was subjected by the Romans. With the name of Spoletium, the city became a colony in 241 BC and was always faithful and valiant ally of Rome.
Its importance grew much in the period of the Punic Wars, especially with the arrival in Italy of Hannibal and his Carthaginian army. In 217 BC, Hannibal was stopped in his rapid advance towards Rome just by the valiant resistance from Spoleto. The Gate that reminds the battle was called - not without irony - "Door Escape" and still bears the inscription that reads: "HANNIBAL AFTER DEFEATED THE ROMANS IN TRASIMENO, REJECTED FROM SPOLETO WITH GREAT MASSACRE OF ITS WHILE hostile marching towards ROME WITH THE MEMORABLE ESCAPE SAID THE NAME OF THIS DOOR ". The episode confirms the remarkable organization strategic, military and economic reached by Spoleto ever since. In 90 BC Spoleto became Municipio "optimo jure", joined the tribe Horatia. For centuries the city was famous resort for the rich Roman bourgeoisie, who built numerous villas in the area.
Spoleto followed the vicissitudes of the Empire: Christian since the fourth century, Spoleto soon became an episcopal and developed a solid ecclesiastical organization, influenced among others from eastern elements due to the presence on the Monteluco of a colony of Syrian monks, who settled there. The city suffered various barbarian invasions passed there Teodorico, Belisario, Totila, Narses. Passed under the Lombard domination, which stretched from the Adriatic coast to the Tiber, Spoleto continued to exercise a strong political role, becoming the seat of one of the most important Italian ducats. In the subsequent period of domination by the Franks, the city was ruled by Duke Guido, who won the 891 was crowned emperor by the pope; the death of his son Lamberto (898), the imperial crown definitively emigrated from Italy.
When the Carolingian Empire was dismembered, the dukes of Spoleto tried to conquer the imperial crown: the project could not be implemented for the intervention of Barbarossa that , who went to Italy to meet the Pope, destroyed the city in 1155. At that time Spoleto was one of the richest autonomous municipalities in central Italy, but the destruction it very reduced role and political-economic vitality, and it was essential prerequisite for a gradual submission to the State of the Church. Gregory IX obtained by Emperor Frederick II the final recognition of the sovereignty of the Church of Spoleto in 1231, and the duchy was abolished in 1247.
Spoleto gradually resources, but remained long in the grip of civil wars between Guelphs and Ghibellines, who for long time it contrasted the domain of the city. The acts of cruelty and barbarism, committed during these fratricidal struggles, were numerous and still arouse horror. The struggles ceased in the mid-fourteenth century, when Cardinal Albornoz, papal legate, conquered the city. Albornoz chose to transform Spoleto in strategic stronghold for the reconquest of the Papal States and built on the hill above the grandiose Sant'Elia Rocca, an imposing defensive complex that also includes the famous Tower Bridge. The building was the seat of civil and religious power, that is the seat of the rectors of the duchy, usually chosen by the pope among his most faithful relatives, as well as the destination of frequent stays the same pontiffs. In 1499 Alexander VI gave the city government to his daughter Lucrezia, but remained in Spoleto just over a month. Spoleto was often visited by popes, kings and queens who went or came from Rome. The city remained under the rule of the papacy to the end of the eighteenth century, but already in the sixteenth century there were the first signs of decay. The gradual loss of political power of the city is the fact that even at the time of Pope Pius IV - precisely the mid-sixteenth century - rectors, no longer chosen among the relatives of the Popes, but still among the clergy of high rank, not ruled directly, but through lieutenants.
Since the First World War, and particularly with the advent of Fascism, Spoleto sees depopulation due to emigration of its citizens to Rome.
Around the middle of the twentieth century, the city is in a severe economic and demographic crisis, worsened by the exhaustion of lignite mines in the area, which leads to a worrying isolation. But thanks to the construction of the highway to Rome isolation is broken and Spoleto starts to get back on top.
Also from the cultural point of view there is a progressive revival, with the inauguration of the National Theatre in 1946 and Experimental Studies on the center Middle Ages in 1951. In 1958 he founded the Festival of Two Worlds already mentioned, the event is still active, which attracts famous artists from all over the World.
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30 Aug 2013
"rilassante soggiorno nel verde dell'umbria"
siamo un gruppo di amici e siamo stati alloggiati in questa stupenda villa una settimana nel periodo del festival dei 2 mondi che si svolge tra giugno e luglio nella citta di Spoleto,le camere sono be… More
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