Idillio (in the walled city)
House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Situated in the heart of the walled historical old town of Citta di Castello, the 600 year old 3 level newly renovated apartment is decorated and appointed with comfort in mind. On the top level is the large master bedroom with an ensuite. Downstairs there is a very large lounge room with sofa's (one sofa bed), TV, CD, DVD, fireplace and small mezzanine with a single bed, suitable for a child. The well appointed kitchen is decorated tuscan style, with new granite tops, Italian hand painted crockery and all appliances. There is also a large table for 6 in the kitchen, as well as another bathroom.
The house has everything you will need to enjoy your stay in this charming Italian village - not yet spoilt by throngs of tourists. The town itself is a walled city, but not a hilltop town. Its flat so easy to walk everywhere. Wander to great local restaurants, shopping, museums and markets or venture further afield to Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Arezzo, Florence etc Although the cobble streets are narrow, if you have a car, you are able to park right outside the house.
The house is also just 10 minutes from the railway station which is also a good way to travel around Umbria and Tuscany. Valentina, who looks after the house speaks Italian and English and is a real local who can help you with any query and also point you in the right direction. There will be a welcome basket on your arrival with locally sourced produce to get you going. The local supermarket is only a few minutes walk so very easy for you to stock up on anything you fancy. We also have plenty of basics in the kitchen for everyone to use as well as a newly purchased Nespresso machine - although the local coffee is pretty good.
There are books on the shelves and plenty of DVD's to watch or use the wi-fi if you want to go online. You will fall in love with the town and our house, just as we have done, and I'm certain you will have a wonderful holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||100 klms - about 1:45 mins|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 50 km, Nearest railway: Citta di Castello 100 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Umbria region
Città di Castello is Umbrian's northern most town, as well as the largest town in the Tiber valley. As a gateway to Umbria from anyone approaching from the north, and situated between Le Marche and Tuscany, the town is in a perfect position in regards to trade with other regions. A noble looking town, Città di Castello is often off the beaten path from most tours of Umbria, but is well worth a day visit if you are in the area. Situated on the right bank of the River Tiber, it's architecture has a Tuscan influence and does not follow the usual medieval pattern and is still surrounded by majestic 16th century walls today.
The city was created by the Vitelli, the occupants of its castle between the 15th and 16th centuries who both renewed the town's layout, but also its dwellings. You can see their influence in their large family palaces, one in each district, all quite splendidly decorated and containing many famous works of art.
The Duomo in Piazza Gabriotti dates back to the 6th century, but was renovated again in 1466 after an earthquake, and again in 1529. During the 17th century a Baroque frontage was initiated but later abandoned. The round bell tower is part of the original 11th century building retaining the Romanesque appearance, but the Gothic influence can be seen in the left-handed doorway which is adorned in twisted columns and relief. The interior with it's single nave and 18th century ceiling is adorned with 16th and 17th century alter pieces. The large building next-door houses the Museo del Duomo.
Just east of the Duomo in Piazza Gabriotti one finds the Palazzo Communale (Palazzo dei Priori), or town hall, that was begun in 1322 by Angelo da Orvieto which has a very rustic sandstone facade adorned by an elegant doorway. Opposite stands the Civic Tower, another 14th century building, decorated with coats-of-arms. From the top of this tower which is open daily, for a small fee one has great views overlooking the town and surrounding countryside.
Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera is a 16th century palace that was built for the Vitelli family by Antonio da Sangallo with a facade by Giorgio Vasari and now houses the Pinacoteca Comunale, an art museum that is second only to Perugia's larger art gallery for Umbrian paintings. Via della Cannoniera 22a.
On Corso Cavour which runs east of Piazza Barbriotti stands Palazzo del Podesta. The facade dates back to the 14th century and is thought that the original design was also by Angelo da Orvieto.
Chiesa San Francescowas originally started in the 13th century, and it was later worked on by the famous Florentine painter and architect Giorgio Vasari in the 1500?s, although it was almost completely remodeled during the 18th century. Vasari was responsible for the lovely Cappella Vitelli as well as an alter with Cornation of the Virgin.
Between Piazza Garribaldi and the Pinacoteca is the largest church in town called San Domenico. It was built by the Dominicans in the 15th century and later remodeled although the facade to this day remains unfinished. It's nave contains some very lovely 15th century frescoes well worth checking out.
Collezione Tessile de Tele Umbracan be found just off of Piazza Matteotti at Via Sant'Antonio, and is a textile museum annexed to a small textile workshop that was set up in 1908 by the Franchetti family. It is still in operation and creates some of Umbria's famous linen textiles using centuries old methods.
Citta Di Castello
Perugia is the largest city in Umbria, and is the capital of the province of Perugia. The historic center of the city has a medieval feel to it but is actually based on Etruscan plans. Perugia today has a cosmopolitan feel to it compared to other cities in the region and is famous for it's world class jazz festival, it's University for Foreigners, and it's chocolates and pastries.
The small town of Assisi is one of the Christian world's most important pilgrimage sites as it is home of the Basilica di San Francesco. This small town has been an important place of pilgrimage for over 700 years. Perched high on the hill, the cobbled streets of Assisi wind across the hill with spectacular views of the valley below.
Gubbio is one of northern Umbria's most stunning stone hill towns and stands at the foot of Mount Ingino. It is difficult not to be awed by the stark beauty of this medieval town as you approach by car and see it's grey limestone buildings built along it's steep streets that wind up the base of the mountain.
Often nicknamed the balcony of Umbria, Montefalco is famous for its Sagrantino wine and its position high in the hills which allows one views over to Perugia, Assisi and even Spoleto. Although Montefalco today still retains some elements of its Roman origin, the atmosphere of this charming small wine town is very medieval. Although primarily known today for its textiles and wine, this tiny town also produced six saints over the centuries which is reflected in its impressive frescoed churches.
Located just a few kilometers from the Valnerina, occupying an impressive hillside position, Spoleto feels very civilized surrounded by a very rural backdrop. Midway between Rome and the late imperial capital Ravenna along the Via Flaminia, Spoleto was one of the few towns able to prosper in the twilight of the empire. Most famous for its famous Festival dei Due Mondi held every summer since 1957, Spoleto is often considered one of Umbria's most graceful hill-towns.
Todi, a very popular small Umbrian hilltown is situated halfway between Perugia and Terni, was founded by the Umbrians around 2700 BC and shows traces of both Etruscan and Roman civilization. Todi has stunning views overlooking the surrounding Umbrian countryside in all directions.
Trevi is a small picturesque town perched high on a hillside surrounded by olives trees as far as one can see. Most of the town is densely built in a spiral fashion around the hill with many buildings predating the 18th century. From town one can see one of the best views in Umbria, over 50 km to the west and on clear days as far away as Perugia to the north and even Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany. Trevi is well known across Italy for the high quality of its olive oil and holds a wonderful festival every fall in celebration of the olive oil harvest.
Orvieto is best known for known for its spectacular Duomo, its Etruscan ruins, and for it's world famous Orvieto Classico wine. The site of the city is considered one of the most dramatic in all of Europe as it sits high up on a 1000 meter tufa cliff.
AND CLOSE BY IN TUSCANY
lorence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.
Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be.
The Chianti area in Tuscany is one of the most beautiful in the whole region, as well as the most well-known and appreciated by visitors from across the world.
The borders of the Chianti region are not clearly defined but in general it extends over the provinces of Florence and Siena, covering all of the area between the two cities and extending to the east toward the Valdarno and to the west to the Val d'Elsa. The Chianti wine area extends further beyond the two cities, all around Florence and even toward Arezzo, Pistoia and Montepulciano.
You'll often find references to the "Florentine Chianti" and the "Sienese Chianti" to define the areas closest to one or the other city, but these often refer to a wine's origin within the Chianti region.
AREZZO - ANTIQUES AND GOLD
Arezzo is one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany. Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits atop a hill (where else?) at the crossroads of four valleys: Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana.
Its ancient origins are verified by the stone tools and the so-called Man of the Elm discovered here and found to date back to the Paleolithic era. The Etruscan Arretium was founded around 9th century B.C., and quickly became one of the most important cities in Tuscany, playing an important role over the centuries due to its strategic position along the Via Cassia.
Arezzo hosts the most astounding Antiques market on the first Saturday & Sunday of every month. Here is the link:
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