Terrazza Tetto - car NOT necessary
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Incuded in rate : WiFi + large private pool, 7 miles away, at our Villa Marianna.
Terrazza Tetto is in the middle of an important and significant 14C Roman building that has been completely restored. It is on the official tourist map of Spoleto (available at the information office) listed as La Rocca dei Perugini – one of 33 listed buildings in Spoleto. It was originally built in the 6C as the strong-hold of Perugia to watch over the citizens of Spoleto, whom the Perugians, alias "the Barbarians", had just conquered! However, while the building itself is ancient, as with many very ancient buildings, parts of it were irreparable and so had to be gutted. Hence, the entire centre of this ancient building has been replaced by a few luxury modern apartments that cannot be seen from the outside - it's very clever and very beautifully designed.
Terrazza Tetto is on the 1st floor with views from the sitting/dining room of the pretty terrace packed with potted shrubs and flowers, of nearby roof-tops, of scattered dwellings and the hills beyond. So that, while your immediate interior surroundings are modern, the context you are in dates back to the days when Spoleto was a Latin colony and Roman community.
The entrance to the apartment is through a wide Roman stone passage with a smart shop at the beginning and which opens up to a large Art Gallery. A few metres along this passage is a lift or stairs, which take you up through the centre of the building to our apartment.
Terrazza Tetto (110 sq mts) has 2 large smart shower rooms, 1 medium sized sitting/dining room and a separate, very smart kitchen. The sitting/dining room is a wide room with 2 large windows and a glass door that opens onto a long, shady terrace, wide-open all along one long side and to the front, thus allowing a wide expanse of view of old Spoleto, roof-tops, hills and the mountains beyond.
Terrazza Tetto also has 2 bedrooms (1 twin, but the beds can be joined, and the other a triple, including a large double bed) and.....the added bonus of 2 large shower rooms, one of which contains a full-sized tub.
The furniture in Terrazza Tetto consists of bleached blonde, wooden bedroom furniture, fabulous “Italiana” lighting throughout, two matching 2-seater red velvet sofas and, beautiful wooden dining furniture for 4 with padded chairs.
A spacious and elegant apartment that includes a wall-mounted plasma SKY SAT TV/DVD with Eng speaking news channels.
Staying in the centre of Spoleto is like staying in a fairy-tale castle, peppered with piazzas, sprinkled with bars, restaurants and shops amidst a maze of tunnelled, cobbled lanes and alley-ways, all leading skywards to the famous Rocca and the aqueduct and, some of the best views in the world. This whole surreal setting is akin to a stage-set in the making, fringed by mountains, olive groves and vineyards and a mixture of mediaeval monasteries, towns, cities and tiny hill-top villages - all beckoning a visit !
However, for me, Spoleto is the ultimate temptress. Once under her spell, you are lost forever in her beauty. You must use all your will-power to leave this place, even for a short while. It is, quite simply, the most captivating city in Italy, never mind Umbria, Venice being on a par – the difference being that Venice has the water and Spoleto has the mountains. Nonetheless, like Venice, Spoleto has a history to be reckoned with.
Subsequently, Spoleto is becoming more and more in demand with those in search of "a truly Italian" experience, love to be surrounded by beauty and who wish to base themselves in the centre of Italy because, from Spoleto, you can get to practically anywhere else in Italy easily and cheaply within minutes to a few hours.
Up until now, it had always been too expensive to stay in Spoleto and, holiday-makers were forced to find apartments outside of Spoleto and drive in. However, we have changed all that and, in effect, we have "unlocked" Spoleto, having launched several apartments in central Spoleto at rates that are competitive with our "out of town" apartments, making Spoleto affordable for you, at last !
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bolsena 50 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome 80 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, 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, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
Please order a cot(s), a high-chair(s) - no extra charge.
|Further details outdoors|
Please order sun-loungers and beach towels - no extra charge.
Private parking space (50 euros/week) - please order in advance.
There is a local tennis club within walking distance. And, there are many swimming pools in and around Spoleto. We provide an information sheet, that will be in the apartment when you arrive, on all the local facilities such as pools, markets, restaurants, walks, places to visit and so on.
Lettings of at least 2 weeks attract a discount - the longer the letting, the bigger the discount ! See Booking Info.
We provide all utilties gas c/h, unlimited hot water etc plus towels, linen (beach towels, if requested) etc plus a Welcome Pack…wine, bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, all the condiments, fruit, pasta, olive oil etc….enough for our guests not to have to worry about food shopping before settling in ! All for free.
Beware of owners who charge extra in winter for heating costs - it could well turn out to be more then you're paying in rental costs - gas and electricity charges are exorbitant in Italy.
With us, there are no additional charges !
Days booked in addition to a week are costed at the weekly pro-rata rate.
Flexible arrival/departure days,
If you decide not to hire a car, then, if you phone Laurie, my husband, an hour or so in advance of your arrival, he can usually pick you up from Spoleto station and take you straight to the apartment. He can also, usually, deliver you back to the station of your departure day. I say "usually" just in case our car happens to be unavailable.
If you arrange to hire a car locally in Spoleto, then many of our guests use AVIS and, PROVIDING YOU BOOK THROUGH THEIR LOCAL SPOLETO OFFICE, AVIS will meet you at Spoleto station with the car or send a cab for you FREE OF CHARGE.
The Umbria region
The Umbria region of Italy has been called "The Green Heart of Italy", due to its central location and equal distance from Rome and Florence. The area is far less visited than its neighbour, Tuscany, where Chianti has been dubbed, Chianti-shire, referring to the invasion of the Brits from the home counties over the past 50 years. Indeed, Umbria has remained “unpolluted” by tourism so much so that you can drive along the stunningly beautiful country roads, over mountains and through valleys, and never even see another car !
Umbria is a magnificently, unspoiled area of rolling, forested hills, sprawling grassy meadows covered with flowers, olive groves, vineyards, lakes and valleys. Dotted with picturesque medieval villages, perched on hill-tops, Umbria is best known for its distinctive cuisine……truffle, boar, porcini mushrooms, its fine wines from Orvieto and Montefalco, its very sunny climate - very hot in the summer months, cool at Easter and in the Autumn, crisp in Dec, Jan and Feb - and, the friendliness and hospitality of its people.
A vacation here is truly a feast for the senses.
All the “hot-spots” of Umbria eg Perugia, Orvieto, Montefalco, Todi, Spello, Norcia, Casteluccio, Trevi, Gubbio have festivals throughout the year, the most sigificant of which is held in Spoleto the 1st 2 weeks of July, with some events leading up to it in the last week of June ie the Festival of Two Worlds. However, all the tiny hill-top villages also have festas throughout the year, most commonly in the summer months, celebrating the truffle, chocolate, various pastas, asparagus and boar – all in a context of song, dance, choral music and orchestra. The Italians certainly know how to live !
A trip to Umbria is a trip back in time. Medieval mists stretch across Roman landscapes. The Renaissance mingles with the Middle Ages. Vintners work vineyards owned by family members for 500 years. Farmers drizzle bread with freshly pressed olive oil. Women kneel in churches filled with artwork by famous artists. Children kick soccer balls down cobblestone streets.
So, take your time and enjoy the show. Bring your camera. Leave your diet at home.
And, if you are wanting the most special holiday ever, why not explore this tranquil treasure from the heart of the most conveniently located city of all, Spoleto, in the very centre of Umbria…and, of Italy, where you do not need a car – you can reach the train station easily from all our central city apartments.
Or, if you prefer to stay outside this famous city and immerse yourself in the dreamy folds of its countryside…. purple hills, pink mountains, violet streaked, blue skies, yellow puffy clouds – the colours of an Umbria landscape defy imagination, then, we have an equally diverse choice of villas and country houses, some with pools, as well as our spectacularly beautiful 16C ex Convent, all of which are close to Spoleto.
To stay anywhere else in Umbria, you risk missing the ultimate experience, the complex mix of food, fashion, religion, architecture, bars, churches, museums, art galleries, arched, cobbled streets that are older than Rome…all to be found in and around this most famous city of all, Spoleto, the city of the rich and famous and, up until now, Italy’s best kept secret !
SPOLETO (the historical information extrapolated from the official tourist guide) :
Spoleto is close to Assisi, Foligno, Trevi, Bevagna, Perugia, Todi, Orvieto, San Gemini, Gubbio and Lake Piediluco, famously painted by Turner. It is about 1.5 - 2 hours to Lake Bolsena and Lake Trasimeno. It is about 1.5 - 2 hours to Rome, 5 hours to Venice, 4 hours to Naples and 2.5 hours to Pisa, Sienna and Florence.
And, staying in any of our centrally located apartments, you don't need a car.
A favourite haunt for Italians, the tiny city of Spoleto resembles an illustration from one of those classic fairy-tale books. Walking through its cobbled, arched streets is like walking in a dream. It is the kind of place where fantasy meets reality and you believe that anything could happen !
It has very ancient Umbrian origins. It became a Latin colony and Roman community and life in Spoleto flourished. Many splendid monuments were built. Then, at the end of the 6C, Spoleto became the residence of one of the most important Dukes of Longobard. And, the town that centuries ago had heroically driven back Hannibal became self-governed. Later, it was invaded by the Barbarians.
Importantly, both these battles took place on the door-step of La Rocca dei Perugini, the building that houses Terrazza Splendida, the latter battle of which caused La Rocca dei Perugini to be built in order that the Perugini could keep a watch on the conquered Spoletini. But, the Spoletini fought back, pouring hot burning oil upon the heads of the unfortunate Perugini, killing them outright. This took place just a few metres up the road from the Rocca dei Perugini at the Torre Del’Olio. And, after two years of blood-shed, the Spoletini regained Spoleto. Fortunately, these atrocities didn’t adversely affect the cultural growth of Spoleto much. From that period onwards, many magnificent monuments and works of Art were added to those that survived the atrocities. And, Perugia and Spoleto are now on friendly terms with one another, even though we all know that Spoleto should have been the capital of Umbria and, is clearly better suited for the role, given its central hill-top location and outstanding beauty !
Inside and outside the city walls of Spoleto, there are significant remains of the Umbrian polygonal kind and the Mediaeval Roman type. And, both mediaeval and “modern” monuments amalgamate with Roman ones. For instance, the Cathedral was constructed in 1067 on top of a church built in the 9C, which in its turn had been constructed on an even more ancient and classic building; S. Salvatore was constructed at the end of the 4C with building materials taken from a Roman structure nearby; S. Eufemia was constructed in the 12C on the site of an “island”, where there are walls and mosaic remains; the crypt of S. Isacco, near S. Ansano, originated in the temple of the Forum near the “Arco Del Druso”; and, the church and monastery of S. Agata was constructed on top of the Roman Theatre; the outstandingly beautiful church of S. Pietro was erected on a pagan site that had evolved into a Christian necropolis; the fortress of Totila was built over an amphitheatre; the Ponte delle Torri was built on top of Roman remains; and, the Rocca was built on an ancient Acropolis.
Strolling within the walls of this tiny, exquisitely pretty city, one can see monuments, churches, towers and all kinds of other buildings of historical interest as well as works of Art galore. Spoleto boasts numerous world famous institutions such as The Italian Centre for Studies on the Early Middle Ages, the Festival of Two Worlds (colloquially known as the Spoleto Festival) and The Experimental Opera Theatre. And, if you walk for a few minutes up to the Cathedral (the Duomo), you’ll see an example of what is arguably the most beautiful piazza in the whole of Italy – the very piazza that was featured in one of Brigitte Bardot’s early films and where her character lived and died.
However, it is not essential to be steeped in history to be able to appreciate the spirituality and awesome beauty of Spoleto. The spirit of its fascinating past is immersed in every stone and cobble. Within this mediaeval setting, you can also enjoy the finest wines, the best truffles and the most mouth-watering olive-oils in Italy in the myriad of bars and restaurants scattered in and around the tiny, arched streets. You can literally savour some of the best cooking in the world here. You can sit for hours in the piazzas, sipping real cappuccino and enjoying ice-creams to die for. And, for the really irreverent among you, there are always the shops and, not-to-be missed by any self-respecting Italian, that most famous of all Italian activities, the passeggiata that takes place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, come rain or shine !!! Here you will see a total cross-section of Italian life from the very young to the very old, families, lovers, shoppers and many observers – the Italians love to watch each other !
Staying in the centre of Spoleto is like staying in a fairy-tale castle, peppered with piazzas, sprinkled with bars, restaurants and shops amidst a maze of tunnelled, cobbled lanes and alley-ways, all leading skywards to the famous Rocca and the aquaduct and, some of the best views in the world. This whole surreal setting is akin to a stage-set in the making, fringed by mountains, olive groves and vineyards and a mixture of mediaeval monasteries, towns, cities and tiny hill-top villages - all beckoning a visit ! However, for me, Spoleto is the ultimate temptress. Once under her spell, you are lost forever in her beauty. You must use all your will-power to leave this place, even for a short while. It is, quite simply, the most captivating city in Italy, never mind Umbria, Venice being on a par – the difference being that Venice has the water and Spoleto has the mountains. Nonetheless, like Venice, Spoleto has a history to be reckoned with. And, of all the Italian cities, it is arguably the most beautiful and one of the most diverse in what it has to offer the world traveller.
Of particular interest to our guests who have children is the fact that there are several pools around here, all within easy reach. And, for those people without a car, the nearest pool is very large with picnic areas and a bar; and, there is a bus that takes you directly to this pool, which takes about 10 minutes. It stops at various points throughout Spoleto so that wherever you are staying, there will be a bus-stop conveniently placed for you.
For the more sporty amongst you, there is also a flash tennis club that you can use, which is within walking distance of almost anywhere you are staying – or, it is a short bus-ride from Piazza Garibaldi (otherwise, a 15 minute walk). And, there is pony trekking that takes place just outside of Spoleto. The stables are placed in a exquisite environment and, you can either go on long treks into the mountains or just do an hour or so in the nearby woods – all supervised, the level of supervision depending on your level of expertise.
Other activities available are swimming, fishing, cycling, walking......these and many more activities such as wine-tasting and truffle-trails can be investigated at the tourist office in Piazza Liberta in central Spoleto (0039) 0743 238 920/1 - the persons to speak to are Max or Cyncia, both of whom speak perfect English and who are very helpful – Max, in particular. Here there are also maps with places of special interest marked on trails (including the Rocca dei Perugini) as well as many more walking trails in the hills round about.
Spoleto really is the perfect place for car-free holiday. You can lounge in bars, gelaterie and restaurants, meander up and down the cobbled arched streets or, you can don your walking kit and set off into the hills, treading the very same foot-paths of the millions of pilgrims who have trod this path since time immemorial. Walk for a maximum of 15 minutes in any direction from anywhere in Spoleto and you can be in the mountains, immersed in the most spectacular scenery…….bright green valleys, hills covered with olive groves, thick woodland, monasteries, castles and tiny villages dotted here and there – a truly magical environment ! Particularly, if you start your walk from across the aquaduct.
Glamour and style….. Or, walking boots and a stick ! The choice is yours !
If you go to http://www.paginesi.it/perugia/spoleto/pianta.htm you will see a great map of Spoleto.
Finally, Spoleto has been quoted as being Prince Charles’ favourite city – indeed, he has a place in the hills looking down on this mediaeval city. But, please, don’t let this put you off !! In any case, I love Spoleto, all our guests love it, Italians from all over Italy rave about it, it is SO beautiful……..what more can I say ! It is an experience not to be missed.
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