LA LICINA -Tartufo -
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Guest house | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Nestled into the hillside at 'La Licina', an ancient country estate, 'Il Tartufo' is an ideal place to relax.
Just minutes from the centre of Spoleto, famous for it's summer arts festival, its restaurants and its picturesque winding medieval streets. Away from traffic and the main roads, it is a haven of quiet and privacy, yet close to all services and attractions.
Steps away from your door, set among a four hectare olive grove, is the swimming pool; with a shallow end perfect for children, and lounge chairs for sun-bathing or reading in the shade.
With only one other apartment on the large property, your privacy is assured - yet the helpful English-speaking owners are nearby to assist you; with directions to nearby attractions, arranging a tour or cooking class, or to suggest one of the many restaurants in the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 50 km, Nearest railway: Spoleto 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
Lovingly restored, the apartment boasts all the modern amenities, while retaining its original hand-hewn timbers and stone walls. Beautiful views from all windows of the Umbrian countryside, across the valley to Montefalco. It is furnished in the style of an Umbrian country home, with an eye toward tasteful comfort.
The well equipped kitchen is large enough for the whole family to sit together, or choose dine 'al fresco' on your terrace and watch the sun set as you enjoy your dinner.
Both bedrooms feature large windows to let in light and fresh country air, with the massive stone walls providing natural cooling during the height of summer.
There is a shared laundry facility near the main house.
Wireless internet is provided at no charge.
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment is in a building separate from the main home, with entry off a stone 'vicolo' (tiny street) separating it from the main house.
There is room to park near your front door, facilitating access and for carrying in groceries and wine from the many nearby shops.
A large terrace and garden is steps from your door, equipped with table, chairs, benches and umbrella - so that you can enjoy the sunset while dining 'al fresco'. Beside it is a gazebo with table tennis and bicycles.
Explore the olive grove, where many of the trees are hundreds of years old.
Stroll across the field to the excellent nearby restaurant, "La Macchia", where Claudio, the owner, will welcome you warmly. Sample Umbrian delicacies outdoors, surrounded by Italian families on summer evenings, or by the fire inside in colder months. No need to use your car, so go ahead and order a bottle of wine with your meal, perhaps from the vineyards of Montefalco, visible across the valley. Or carry home a pizza from their wood-fired oven to enjoy with a cold glass of Orvieto from your fridge. (Some visitors say their pizza is the best in Umbria.)
The Umbria region
Umbria is sometimes described as the "new Tuscany"; a reference to its unspoiled natural beauty and friendliness of its people. Locals still outnumber tourists here, guaranteeing a truly authentic experience for visitors.
Hilly and rural in character, Umbria, known as "the green heart of Italy", is justly famous for its cuisine; truffles, olives, cheeses and cinghiale (wild boar). It also enjoys a reputation for some of the best wine in the country, including the reds from Montefalco, and the whites from Orvieto and Montefascione.
Medieval villages dot the landscape, with decaying towers and ruins on many hillsides.
Important towns include Assisi, home of St. Francis, Orvieto, Perugia, and of course Spoleto.
Spoleto is famous for its summer arts festival, drawing participants and spectators from around the globe; transforming its sleepy streets, ancient amphitheatre and piazzas into a buzz of activity for a few weeks each summer.
Most of the city centre is closed to cars, so you may wander the winding streets and explore its Duomo, numerous churches and speciality shops at a leisurely pace. It boasts many fine restaurants, for every budget, most with outdoor seating, offering specialities from the area, and wine from Umbria and other regions.
Assisi is just 20 minutes away, Orvieto, with it's cathedral and underground caves (cool on a hot afternoon), less than an hour.
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24 Sep 2014
"so happy to be back!"
Loving being back at La Licina; our third time! Wonderful location, facilities and hospitality.It is impossible to stay away from La Licina and the delightful Spoleto. Hosts Ludovico and Francesca hav… More
2 Sep 2014
"A tranquil retreat in a beautiful setting!"
We had the good fortune to stay at La Licina for the whole month of March, and absolutely loved it! Ludovico and Francesca are lovely people, and the consummate hosts, going out of their way to show us the beautiful Umbrian countryside and nearby cities and towns in the region.
Our cosy little self-contained home, though updated, retained all its rustic charm with exposed timbers and plastered walls, and had dreamy views of the valleys and distant rolling hills--Montefalco and even Assisi just visible on the horizon.
The kitchen was well-equipped with everything you could want to prepare meals, and having reliable wi-fi was a bonus.
A real highlight for us was the proximity to the old Spoleto-Norcia railroad--decommissioned in the 60's but now revitalized as an excellent hiking and biking trail. We hiked from La Licina to Sant'Anatolia di Narco--about seven hours of amazing scenery, passing over historic trestles and through tunnels--and took the bus back to Spoleto from the little town.
Many other interesting walks and excursions are possible from the farm, through lush oak forests and olive groves, and at each day's end, blissful relaxation on the lovely terrace, outdoor meals with friends over wine, and happy conversations about all our adventures.
Thank you, Ludovico and Francesca, for making our stay at La Licina one that we will hold in our hearts always!
Mille grazie, e un abbraccione a tutti e due!
Evelyn e Denis
11 Dec 2013
"A warm welcome in a beautiful part of the world"
What can I say? La Licina feels like an authentic Italian Hamlet, very well renovated, full of warmth and life. The views are breathtaking and the surrounding land is lovingly maintained by Ludovica and Francesca. Olive groves, friendly donkeys, a swimming pool and a restaurant just three minutes away on foot all contribute to the atmosphere.
Ludovico and Francesca are two of the most welcoming and hospitable hosts I've ever met and they really are the soul of the place. They're full of good advice about places to visit, both in the area and in Rome (Francesca is an official guide at the Vatican museum), as well as practical suggestions about food shopping and restaurants. They speak perfect English and French and do everything they can to make their guests feel at home.
Umbria is a region full of beautiful small towns set in amazing countryside. Guests will need a car, but La Licina is a terrific base from which to explore the area. Spotelo, one of my favourite Italian towns, is only seven minutes away and is full of culture and history.
My husband and I will definitely be going back!!
30 Jul 2013
"Peaceful location with warm-hearted hosts."
Lovely private location a couple of kms from Spoleto. We stayed in Il Tartufo; a converted 16th century farm building close to the hosts. They speak English very well and are on hand, but not intrusiv… More
29 Jul 2013
"A casa propria"
L'Umbria, una delle più belle e verdi regioni italiane, Spoleto, una delle più belle città dell'Umbria.Per soggiornare a Spoleto, secondo me si deve scegliere o un albergo in centro stori… More
21 Mar 2013
"Warm welcoming host Ludovico!"
We visited Spoleto in the beginning of March, not exactly the best time for visiting because it was quite chilly with temperature falling around 0C at night, and the rain. But the warm welcome of the … More
13 Aug 2012
"Fantastic place - we'd go back."
We loved La Licina: incredibly friendly and helpful owners (every restaurant Ludovico recommended was excellent, he even drove us to a hard to find pizza place), great pool, rustic but comfortable apa… More
24 Oct 2011
We spent eight days here and it was a perfect base to explore the major sites and small towns in Umbria. The apartment is clean and well furnished, located on a quiet farm just a couple km outside Sp… More
28 Aug 2011
"Vivere le sensazioni in una vacanza da ricordare"
La licina non è solo un luogo dove hai passato le vacanze. Te ne accorgi alla fine. E' un insieme di sensazioni, di aromi e di passato che ritornano. E' l'angolo che tutti vorremmo poter ricordare della nostra infanzia; senti i suoni della campagna che si frammezzano al familiare stoviglìo dell'ora di pranzo e le voci pacate di chi non ha fretta. E' il frinire dei grilli che accompagna le tue notti di viaggiatore abituato agli agi della civiltà, dapprima quasi fastidioso, poi cornice sonora immancabile ad un'alba ammirata dalla finestra mentre pensi, sorseggiando un caffè.
La Licina non è solo un posto, è un angolo della mente da riscoprire grazie anche alla gentile discrezione di Francesca e Ludovico. Sicuramente da ricordare.
18 May 2011
"We came back"
We did say we would come back and we did with some friends. This apartment is even better than the other one they offer (which we loved last year), especially for its outdoor space. It was great to be welcomed again by the wonderful owners, who really make you feel at home, yet you are totally independent. We didn't use the pool at this time of year as the weather was mixed (and probably it would not have been opened yet anyway, but that didn't matter as the aparment is perfectly cosy and, in any case, there is soooooooooo much to see around there that you are spoilt for choice even when the weather is not so good, plus one can always just go on gastronomical missions to ones' heart content.
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