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Villa Archi di Poreta

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 5 reviews

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 108 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Villa Archi di Poreta is located in the medieval village of Poreta, just 10 kms away from Spoleto. Private and independent entrance and parking,3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms , and a very spacious living area with a magnificent view of the garden trough arched glass windows and a private dining area in the garden to eat "al fresco"

The Villa has a wide garden all walled and the village of Poreta is located in a beautiful countryside with countless olive trees

Perfect retreat for family and friends travelling togheter.

Good restaurants at a walking distance. Shops and pasta fresca at only 2 kms.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Adriatic sea coast 108 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Perugia 54 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Umbria region


Surrounded by olive trees, nestled in the quiet hills, the Castle of Poreta overlooks one of the most beautiful views of the Spoleto Valley. Since Roman times, as attested by some big tile remains of tombs found in the area, passed through here a diverticulum, which is a secondary road, which joined the Via Flaminia Via della Spina, an artery very important from antiquities, which connected Spoleto to Camerino.

The oldest inhabitants of this town was in 1196, while in 1279 it speaks of a house (that is, an inhabited and organized) comprising 30 families and called "Porrecta Sicce" which according to the Latin etymology means "extended dry "(from" Porrecta Sicce ").

In 1378 a wall was erected to heavy leaning towers. Unlike other castles to Poreta not born as a property of a local lord, but as a public good of protecting the population.

During 1400, Poreta, who controlled a vast territory including also Silvignano and San Giacomo, took no part in the rebellion implemented by other castles of the district against Spoleto, which remained loyal even during the 1500 escaping the punitive sanctions that each victory Spoleto reserved to the rebels. Poreta had its peak population between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, when to meet growing population, the inhabitants began to build their houses outside the walls of the castle and along the hills and on the hillsides.

In 1703, then to earthquake, the castle was virtually abandoned, as the documents of the pastoral visit of Bishop Giacinto Lascaris (1715) in which he speaks of a place "almost ruined and abandoned and the population consists of 201 souls, distributed in eight villas surrounding Colle Mattuticcio, Capo del Colle, I Cerri, Pie di Poreta, Casa Morello, Il Palazzo, Il Rio e la Piaggia. Since then, more houses have sprung up outside the castle, focusing mainly Pie di Poreta, where it was also transferred to the parish seat. From 1818 to 1820, Cardinal Annibale della Genga, later Pope Leo XII, came to stay here in the house that still bears his name. Then as now, could offer Poreta rest, tranquility and spirituality in his charming silence protected by olive trees, woods and meadows.

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9 Mar 2014


"A cosy, comfortable Italian Villa within olive groves and nearby villages"

This property is a great example of what we wanted to see in Italy. It has a stone wall frontage and you enter through a large wooden gate into a lovely courtyard. It is very comfortable and spacious. Rocco ensures you are comfortable and speaks English and Italian and knows the surrounding area intimately. Olive groves abound in the area and Spoleto is only 15 minutes by road from Poreta. There are small villages close with shops and cafes all in walking distance and Poreta is at the foothills of large snow capped mountains accessible by road.

6 Mar 2014


"Best place to stay in Umbria"

We have stayed at Gli Archi six times over the years for a total of twelve weeks, which shows how much we have enjoyed being there. Our visits have been made variously by just me and my wife, by us together with another couple, and by us with a group of 6 or 7 artist friends who accompanied us to paint the Umbrian landscape. Each stay has been totally special for many reasons.
The accommodations are finished and furnished to a very high standard. (For the larger groups we used also the smaller house, sleeping 4). The kitchen has everything that one might need; cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, ample storage space a good sized refrigerators (and, of course, wine glasses). The bedrooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable, and for the three bedrooms there are three bathrooms and an extra toilet, which means that there is no waiting in line, even with a full house.
The gardens at Gli Archi are a delight, providing a wonderful backdrop to an al fresco meal, or a glass of wine sipped while watching the evening light fade over the hills. With all the comfort provided by Gli Archi as a home base it is sometimes difficult to tear oneself away to explore the surrounding areas, but it is really worthwhile to do so. Umbria has a multitude of beautiful and historically important towns and villages, including, of course, Assisi and Spoleto, but with so many others that just one week is far too short a time for a stay. I must also mention that the owners, who live on site, are exceptionally hospitable, yet unobtrusive, hosts, who have freely provided us with fresh produce from their garden, while their local knowledge has ensured that we have not missed the treasures not found in the average guide book, like great restaurants tucked away in the countryside, the shop in the neighbouring village selling freshly made pasta and prepared lasagna, numerous historical sites and local concerts.
Altogether Gli Archi is a treasure, and has our highest possible recommendation.

5 Mar 2014


"Absolutely Amazing"

We are a family of two adults and one teenage daughter and have always had a passion for travel visiting Europe for about six weeks every year. Our daughter was 11 months old when she began her trave… More

4 Mar 2014


"Fabulous villa, gardens and views with easy access to both countryside and to wonderful towns and villages to visit."

An absolutely wonderful place to stay. The villa was very clean, spacious, with loads of character, and well equipped with lovely furniture and ornaments. Bathrooms large with excellent shower facilities. The setting was fantastic and was an oasis of tranquility - it was wonderful to sit outside with a glass of wine reading, chatting, watching the swallows, swifts and other birds flitting about on the adjacent church tower or just soaking up the atmosphere. The owner Rocco was very warm and welcoming. The village is within very easy driving distance of loads of wonderful places to visit - Spoleto very close, and Assisi and Perugia not far away, as well as numerous beautiful villages. Also lots of well marked walking routes available from the villa.

10 Jan 2014


"Grande serenità e tanto spazio"

Abbiamo trascorso alla Villa Archi di Poreta il Natale 2013.Siamo stati accolti da Rocco con tanta gentilezza e abbiamo anche avuto con lui un buonissimo pranzo a base di prodotti della sua terra di o… More

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Calendar last updated:25 Jan 2015

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Languages spoken
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  • Italian

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