if you book before 1 march 2015, early birds discount 10%
The cottage/gîte is located in a romantic park of 2 ha.(5 acres) on a historical site, which is named by the owners 'al settimo cielo' (in seventh heaven). Traces of the Etruscans who lived here 3000 years ago are still around, and their caves on the premises remain in use, for example as communal kitchen.
The site is perfect for relaxing, reading, thinking, dwelling around, playing and cooking together. Beloved by families, who want to strengthen the family ties, which suffer from the daily rush of working life. It is quite the opposite of Disneyland or some busy camping. On the site itself you will find a heavenly peace and quiet. Are you looking for more bustle and the activity of the city, many possibilities are at disposal.
The site inspires your creativity in a compelling way. If you are not yet a fine arts practitioner, your career will start here! The owners will gladly provide you fine arts materials and, upon request, an art teacher, if available.
Price to be agreed in advance.
For many of our guests, our personal and extremely flexible approach is a compelling reason they choose to stay with us.
As for meals e.g., you can take care of your self or enjoy our care. In the latter case, we provide fresh bread in the morning. Twice a week you can subscribe for our table d'hôte with heavenly home cooked meals, and wine from the barrels of Bacchus(25€ per person).
By the way the name of the cottage/gite 'Vista Sul Mare' is a real misnomer nowadays because – funnily – since ages there is no sea in sight in Umbria. However, during the glacial period there used to be sea in this area. Now stunning views of a fantastic landscape and some walls on the property consisting of 'sabbia di mare' (seasand) are the relics of this period. You can see the famous cathedral of Orvieto .
Although the cottage/gite can lodge 4 to 6 people it is cosy enough for only 2 persons.
Things to do:
Sightseeing & shopping, e.g. Orvieto, Città della Pieve, Todi, Parrano. Rome and Florence are 1 and 1,5 hrs away by train. The nearest shops and restaurants are at 4 km / 2.5 miles distance.
Bathing and swimming in two big lakes and several thermal baths in the vicinity.
Walking / hiking and biking.
Loads of art and culture. The owners will gladly take you to hidden places that you will not easily find on your own. Apart from admissions, pay us what our tour guide service is worth to you. If you prefer to go on your own, there are many small towns and villages nearby as well as Etruscan excavations, museums, churches, sculpture parks etc.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||150 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome 100 km, Nearest railway: Fabro 11 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
* Vista Sul Mare is perfect for 4 persons but can accommodate two more.
*livingroom with kitchen
* it is furnished in a personalized way with a mix of modern & vintage furniture. Some art is present as well.
* amenities: central heating, wood stove, 4 single beds (which can be turned into two double beds), well equipped kitchen, plenty of crockery.
* music equipment
Optional upon request:
* 2 extra beds on the mezzanine
* child's bed/cot, high chair etc.
|Further details outdoors|
* plenty of garden furniture
* chairs and table for your dinner al fresco
* the whole park is at your disposal. So you can take a deck chair to sit at the pond; it is amazing what is going on there: fishes jumping, frogs quacking
* parking is available on site
* please keep in mind that July and August (in 2012 even June) are possibly extremely dry months in Umbria. Water is scarse; it is forbidden to use drinking water for the garden. The sources mostly do not give enough water in high summer. So we cannot irrigate every corner of the park in case of drought.
* welcome pack provided on arrival; welcome meal on request
* 'table d' hôte' twice a week; 25 euro per person and you will get a heavenly Italian meal. modest wine consumption included; subscription one day before
* private garden, but the whole park is at your disposal, shared with the owners of the house, who reserve a part of the ' upper' garden for themselves
* gas and electricity will be charged separately based on consumption.
* for many of our guests, our personal and extremely flexible approach is a compelling reason they choose to stay with us.
As for meals e.g., you can take care of your self or enjoy our care. In the latter case, we provide fresh bread in the morning, heavenly home cooked meals, and wine from the barrels of Bacchus. Pay what it is worth to you.
* the owners will gladly take you to hidden places that you will not easily find on your own. Apart from admissions, pay us what our tour guide service is worth to you.
* we speak English, French, German and Italian to answer any questions.
* the entire casetta degli angeli, consisting of 2 gîtes (6-8 persons) is for rent as well. Weekly prices low-. mid- and high season resp. 650, 1050 and 1350 euro. Nightly prices 100, 175 and 200 euro.
* also on offer our wooden lodge that has a double bed, bathroom and small terrace with stupendous views, for an additional 200 E (mid season) and 250 E (high season) per week.
* if you would like to stay for an extended period, please contact us. Al Settimo Cielo is a truly heavenly and perfect spot for writing a book, composing music, concentrating on other creative work like sculpture, ceramics, painting etc.
We'll give you some reviews:
- "Dear Edith and Willem,
We had been very much anticipating our return to Alsettimocielo (and this time from April 19 to May 3, 2014) we brought friends with us), and we were not disappointed. The accommodations were as comfortable and well-designed as we remembered. We all loved having Easter pranza with you and Willem at Paesemio da Matteo in Ficulle, and introducing our friends to the beauty of the city.
Our first week was fun-filled as we took advantage of your proximity to Orvieto to visit that beautiful, historic city. Then we were off to Firenze for an overnight adventure visiting the Uffizi galleries, the Duomo, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio.
After so much activity, we were happy to return to the peace and quiet of Alsettimocielo. Our friends left to visit other sites in Italy, and Gerry and I, blessedly, had a week to ourselves to do nothing but relax. The weather wasn't great that week which gave us an excuse to huddle with a glass of wine before the roaring fireplace. Wireless access to the Internet allowed us to keep in touch with family and friends while we were away.
As always, you were gracious hosts, and we enjoyed our last dinner at the restaurant that wasn't a restaurant.
We had a great time, and look forward to returning.
Ron Roberson and Gerry Schoffelen
- "We stayed at Alsettimocielo over the winter 2011/12 period for three and a half months. If there was a heaven on earth then this is the place to be. A stunningly tranquil setting to structure my book disturbed only by the wildlife. Observing nature through the seasonal changes (even through one of the harshest winters of recent years!) we found meditative, spiritual and rewarding. We left here with a new language, a love of Italian food and a refreshed zest for life.
Edith and Willem have made us both feel welcome and have been both helpful and accommodating since the day we arrived. As tour guides, they are informative and passionate towards sharing their knowledge and love of this beautiful area of Italy. As multi linguists they possess a wicked, dry sense of humour!
We hope to return to 'Seventh Heaven' in the near future.
Alice and Leslie Pearson x
Redcar, UK (but always travelling around the world) "
- ""...Once in heaven you are warmly welcomed by the celestials, Willem en Edith. They offer you a good glass of wine, delicious coffee and gorgeous meals in a superb Italian atmosphere. This paradise is a nice place to stay: enjoyable, relaxed, lay-back, lots of fun and good company...
Joanne Schroder Zwolle, the Netherlands"
- " This place is worth every bit of its name 'alsettimocielo' (= in seventh heaven). I have been there in June 2010 and I have enjoyed the thorough hospitality of Wim&Edith. They do their utmost to secure everybody a pleasant and enjoyable stay [...] I highly recommend a stay in seventh heaven.
Doke Vemer Dordrecht, the Netherlands"
- "" 'al settimo cielo' is a fantastic estate in the Umbrian hills. Orvieto, Todi, Perugia and Arezzo are in the very vicinity. Rome, Siena and Florence are less than one hour away. Excellent accommodations and sanitation.
The piazza between the main house and the Etruscan caves is highly worth mentioning. A wonderful kitchen is made in one of the Etruscan caves. In the splendid climate of Umbria you can enjoy deligthful meals on the piazza till late at night. Absolutely highly to reccomend. Availability of transport is essential.
Elder couple from Rotterdam (anonymous), the Netherlands"
Umbria is known as the green heart of Italy.
It is a hilly and rough area, less cultivated than the surrounding Tuscany and Le Marche and more woods. The eldest inhabitants known in Umbria were the Etruscans, a people which inhabited this part of Italy - mainly at the Thyrrenic coast side - before the Roman period. The Etruscans were of a high technical and cultural standards, although they have left us puzzling, because they have hardly left any written history.
Umbria used to be visited because of its religious importance in medieval times. St. Francis dwelled around a lot.
Cities like Orvieto, Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, Gubbio were all of religious importance. This leads to another aspect: art. Most art was connected with religion. You can see many famous examples of Signorelli, Beato Angelico, Maitani (cathedral of Orvieto), il Perugino (church of Città della Piève), Pinturicchio (Perugia), Giotto (Assisi) e.g.
Those priests and fathers loved good food and good wines; food in Umbria is still famous. Many Italians say: "si mangia e si beve bene in Umbria", good food and drinks in Umbria. Famous wine area's are e.g. Orvieto (Orvieto Classico) and Montefiascone (est, est, est)
Deruta is the centre of ceramics in Umbria, although each region has its own ceramic traditions. The potters of Ficulle e.g. still make the ceramics wich were already made by the Etruscans.
The population of Umbria is over 800.000; 10% has another nationaity. By the way, most Italians see themselves as Umbro, Toscano, Sicilian etc. instead of as Italian. There is a saying "Italy exist, but Italians don't".
In Umbria are many protected area's; we gice just a few examples: the Monte Sibillini, Monte Subasio, Lake corbara, Lake Piedeluco.
Umbria is an ideal area for walking, trekking, hiking, cycling. Watersport is possible in the big lakes Trasimeno and Corabara and, although it is in Lazio, Europe's depest volcan lake, the lake Bolsena.
Many thermal bathes are to be found as well: San Casciano dei Bagni, Parrano, the spa's of Angelica, Flaminia and cacciatore in Nocera Umbra etc.
The climate of Umbria is influenced by its geographical position, close to the Apenines and relatively far away from the sea; the winters are cold and sometimes damp, whereas the summers are hot and often sultry.
The area is perfect for hiking, walking, trekkings, cycling etc. although in summer it might be too hot for activities like these.
Vista sul mare, located in the parc of in seventh heaven, is in the countryside of the ‘borgo’ Ficulle, near Orvieto in the south of Umbria. Life and food are still slow here. Far away from the daily stress, volatility and superficiality.
In Ficulle (appr. 1500 inhabitants) itself are shops like two small self service shops, two butchers, two restaurants, three bars, a doctor, a dentist, a pharmacist, several hairdressers. In the nearness you can find bigger supermarkets.
The lively and somehow tourist city of Orvieto is within a stone’s throw. It has the most wonderful gothic cathedral you can imagine. Besides you could visit a lot of lesser known but even more beautiful small cities, within half an hour’s reach: Parrano, Monte Leone, Città della Piève for example.
By train Rome as well as Florence are very easily accessible one hour to Rome and 1,5 hours to Florence. Of course you can also go by car, but that is less advisable.
As an daytrip we can recommend artistic attractions like Parco Bomarzo. Other recommendable 'arty' daytrips are the Giardino dei Tarrocchi of Niki de St.Phalle and the parc of Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano (Tuscany).
We are in the midst of the Etruscan territory. You can see their tracks everywhere, a lot of tombs and tomb fields. Famous Etruscan museums are to be found In Chuisi and Orvieto. A nice day trip could be Saturnia with its sulphur baths, which were already visited by the Etruscans. You could combine that trip with a visit to the Giardino dei Tarocchi. Also more near are loads of thermal baths.
For who prefer physical activities, there are numerous possibilities for walking, horseback riding, cylcling. Our neighbors have a center for equestrian sports. The Bolsena lake, which is the deepest volcanic lake of Europe, is very good for swimming and other watersports. The same goes for the Lake of Corbara , which is a reservoir and for the lake of Trasimeno.
Umbria is famous because of its 'sagra's, bi communal meals on the ppi9azza of a town; the tradition goes mostly back to religous origins.
Traditional festivals and events:
Orvieto is known for its Corpus Domini in June, a enormous historical procession. Music festivals of Spoleto ( festival dei 2 Mondi, classical music, July), Umbria jazz festival in July in Perugia (world famous artiists, like Marc Knopfler, Sting) and in December in Orvieto, Corsa dei Ceri in Gubbio (15 May) are just a few examples. In August almost entire Umbria celebrates something; in every town or villange are events to celebrate something. Loads of volunteers run big meals; 'si mangia, si beve e si balla' food, drinks and dance.