Villa Marianna:APT A
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Marianna consists of 5 apartments : 3 huge, 1 medium, and, APT A, which is superhuge. APT A is THE best , not only because of its 4 enormous rooms, spacious corridors and large shower rooms, but, also, because of its stunning terrace that overlooks valleys, meadows, mountains, monasteries, hill-top towns, woods, vineyards and olive groves, a kaleidoscope of colour, magic and mystique, stretching all the way to Assisi.
APT A has 1 huge sitting room with French windows opening onto a blindingly beautiful terrace with views stretching all the way to Assisi, traversing olive groves, fields of poppies and sunflowers, blushes of bright blue cornflowers, hill-top mediaeval towns, monasteries, vineyards, hills and valleys in its sweep.
There are 2 single beds in the sitting room, discreetly placed at the back of the room, for "overspill" !
Step through a separate kitchen/diner that seats 20 persons with a fully fitted kitchen, into a spacious corridor, off of which are 2 triple bedrooms, each with a large double bed and a single bed, and 2 bathrooms, each with a shower unit.
APT A comfortably sleeps 8 persons.
Villa Marianna is a 20 mins car ride into central Spoleto, along a quiet and beautiful country road, where there are restaurants, bars, markets, shops, museums, monasteries and galleries on every cobbled and arched corner of the tiny city.
Please note there is a restaurant on site, which will be open by advanced booking only. There is no passing trade. However, while the car park is at a distance from the villa, and, while the restaurant shuts at 11 pm, some of the guests may linger talking outside and this could be a disturbance to those of you who wish to sleep early. Therefore, when you book at Villa Marianna, enjoy the facility of the restaurant but accept that it may not always be as peaceful as when the restaurant is shut. And, occasionally, there may be a wedding feast or a birthday celebration.
However, the large pool is ONLY for the use of our holiday rental guests and is NOT open to the public who use the restaurant.
The food served in the restaurant is made from a variety of home grown, fresh ingredients, drizzled with our own certified organic olive oil, accompanied with as much wine as you wish. Sit in the shade, under the trees. In the hot dappled sunshine, with a light breeze stirring the air. Such an experience will be one of the most memorable occasions of your life. And, here, you will see the extent to which Spoleto attracts the international traveller, from all 4 corners of the globe.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Benedetto del Tronto 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome, Ancona, Perugia 50 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 8 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||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Further details indoors|
Please order cots or highchairs..
|Further details outdoors|
The parking is secure in that it is on private land but the cars are not locked away in a car-park.
The private grounds around the villa extend for miles with many criss-crossing marked tracks for the walkers amongst you, many following in the footsteps of St Francis.
The large private pool (120 sq mts) is open to all our guests. Often the pool is quiet or empty. There is plenty of space around it to accommodate many people. However, while there is an open invite to all our guests, very few guests staying in non pool apartments take us up on the invite. This is because the majority of people who enjoy pool life, actually book a property with a pool on site. Our non-pool guests tend to be more interested in museums and art, fine dining and shopping, when they visit Spoleto.
The Umbria region
Unlike Tuscany, where Chianti has been dubbed, Chianti-shire, referring to the invasion of the Brits from the British home counties over the past 50 years, Umbria has remained “unpolluted” by tourism. Indeed, you can drive along stunningly beautiful country roads, over mountains and through valleys, and never see another car ! Naturally, this keeps the prices down since the many restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias, all competing with each other, depend on local trade the year round for their income.
A trip to Umbria is a trip back in time. Mediaeval mists stretch across endless landscapes. A land of traditions and rich culture. 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 famous for its cuisine………….truffle, boar, porcini mushrooms, fine wines from Orvieto and Montefalco and the friendliness and hospitality of its people. Still, the most important topic of conversation is food. Everything stops for lunch, the most important meal of the day for young and old !
The “hot-spots” of Umbria eg Perugia, Orvieto, Montefalco, Todi, Spello, Norcia, Casteluccio, Trevi, Gubbio, with Spoleto at their cultural centre, have festivals throughout the year, celebrating truffle, chocolate, various pastas, asparagus and boar – all in a context of song, dance, choral music and orchestra. The Spoleto festival is also known as the Festival of Two Worlds.
But, the Spoleto area is the most interesting place to stay in Umbria, not only because of its central location. It combines ancient and modern, simplicity and sophistication, town and country, and, the richest of cultural heritages, bound up in the handful of aristocratic families, who have owned and controlled Spoleto, since the turn of the century, with love and respect for their land. Now, the young ones are in power and are keen to open up Spoleto to the rest of the world, to show off their traditional farming methods, their cuisine and just the sheer beauty of the place.
To stay anywhere else, you risk missing the ultimate experience, the complex mix of food, fashion, religion, architecture, bars, churches, museums, art galleries, arched, cobbled streets, 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 !
Festivals abound throughout the year in every village, hill-top town and city, whether it is the Chocolate or Jazz festival that is Perugia's famous offering or the truffle festivals of Norcia or the wine festival of Spoleto, through to the local sagras of asparagus, onions, olives, tomatoes, cheeses. And, all against a background of classical concerts, theatre and local traditions, that continue without cessation. Yes, the Italians like to party !
Spoleto, 7 miles along a very beautful and quiet country road, used by the famous Giro d'Italia bicycle race, is close to Assisi, Foligno, Trevi, Bevagna, Perugia, Todi, Orvieto, San Gemini, and Gubbio. It is about 1.5 hours to Lake Bolsena, Lake Trasimeno, Rome, 5 hours to Venice, 4 hours to Naples and 2.5 hours to Pisa, Sienna and Florence.
A favourite for Italians, the tiny city of Spoleto looks like a fairy tale book, come alive. Just 0.7 miles from Spoleto By The Pool, you can enter the walls of this tiny, exquisite city, meander in its cobbled, arched streets and feel the spirit of Spoleto's fascinating past immersed in every stone and cobble. A place where fantasy meets reality and anything could happen !
Lounge in bars, gelaterie and restaurants or, don your walking kit and set off into the hills, treading in the foot-prints of millions of pilgrims who have trod the trails of St Francis, since the 12C. In 15 minutes, from anywhere in Spoleto, you can be in the mountains, immersed in spectacular scenery. Bright green valleys, hills covered with olive groves, thick woodland, monasteries, castles and tiny villages dotted here and there – magical !
There is a flash tennis club in the centre. And, there is pony trekking in the nearby hills. Other activities include swimming, fishing, cycling, cooking courses, wine-tasting, truffle-trails as well as day trips to Florence and Rome.
Packed with monasteries, churches, art galleries and ancient monuments, Spoleto is a feast for those who hallow the good life. You can pray, eat, sing, dance, hike, fish, taste the finest wines and olive oils, learn to cook like Mama or like a top Italian chef (what's the difference ?)....or, simply meander through the arched and cobbled lanes, lined by crooked stone walls and faded pink, ochre and sienna washed, higgledy piggledy pallazzos, with ornately curved iron balconies, a deep blue sky punctuating every gap between the silhouetted shapes.....and, marvel at this God given place, a tiny city that predates Rome, where the indigenous inhabitants regard themselves as the ONLY true Italians, apart from the Venetians and the Florentines.
Come here and you see Italy in the raw. In the last 20 years, many Italians have settled here, Spoleto having always been a favourite for the Italian. And, thanks to them, Spoleto offers the finest cuisine from every corner of Italy, the locals are the friendliest you will find and the diversity of the Italian populus makes Spoleto a really fun place to stay because all these Italians have brought with them their own local customs and practices from their home towns, whether it be flag waving, ceramics or shoe making, here, you have it all. But, for me, best of all is the wine, the truffles, the olive oil, the gelato, the cappucino, the pizza. So much of it is my favourite, it is impossible to single out one thing......maybe the cloudless blue skies, the sun and the purply pink tipped mountains.
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