A newly renovated apartment to rent in the Umbrian countryside, Casa Rondini is not far from the village of Montegabbione. The apartment has a large front and back terrace to catch the sun and private separate entrance. It is spacious with a large sitting-room and adjoining fitted kitchen, two bedrooms - one double and one twin and a modern bathroom. The apartment has central heating for the colder months and an open fire, with a supply of logs. There is a large infinity swimming pool 16 x 8 meters surrounded by pine trees and private gardens. Casa Rondini is a perfect base for visiting the most beautiful art cities of the central Italy. It is 35 km from Perugia, 20 km from Orvieto, 110 from Rome, 120 from Florence. Shops and supermarkets in Fabro are within easy reach. We are a working organic farm producing organic extra virgin olive oil vine and saffron. We offer free seasonal organic fruits and vegetable as available from the garden, fresh eggs daily from fee range chickens. Those who enjoy making and eating Italian specialties are welcome to join us on the special cooking evenings:
- making your own pizza in the stone oven
- making fresh pasta
- enjoy special saffron recipes
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perugia 40 km, Nearest railway: Fabro 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Cots available (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Access||Secure parking, Wheelchair users|
Umbria is an enclave of tranquillity between the powerhouses of Lazio and Tuscany, a rural region dubbed the ‘Green Heart of Italy’, life here is laid-back and peaceful. With their buildings made of grey-pink stone, Umbria’s towns, among them Perugia and Spoleto, have their own charm. Perugia itself is home to two universities and some excellent chocolate, and plays host to a jazz festival every July and the smaller towns of this area, Orvieto and Todi offer much quiet charm.
Known for its beauty and artistic flair, Umbria is similar to its neighbour, Tuscany, but has fewer tourists.
It’s renowned for festivals, truffles, and cheeses.
Here are some useful links for planning your trip to Umbria:
www.umbriaonline.com - Tourist information and what to see and do in Umbria
www.umbria.org - information about the region, including events and the arts
www.umbriajazz.com - Umbria Jazz festival website
www.trenitalia.it - Train timetable and ticket booking
Perugia, the largest and wealthiest city in the province, is famous for its chocolate, Perugina. Chocolate lovers take note - the Eurochocolate Festival is held from mid to late October. Jazz Umbria, Europe’s most popular jazz event, is held in Perugia in July. Assisi is the home of the Basilica di San Francesco which houses Giotto’s incomparable frescoes. Gubbio is renowned for its spectacular views and ceramics. Deruta, located just south of Perugia, is also a ceramics centre
Casa Rondini is an ideal departing point to explore the countryside and towards the beautiful art cities of central Italy: Perugia, Arezzo, Orvieto and Assisi.
Nearer to home, walks and cycle paths are across the countryside and through nearby forests. Here are just a few of the activities you can enjoy during yoru stay at Casa Rondini:
- Bicycles available. We have a range of bikes to lend!
- Badminton and Table Tennis playing facilites
- Horse riding available - lessons for beginners and trips in local woods and fields
- Excellent tennis court in Monteleone only 7km away
- Golf course 30 km away on the way to Perugia www.golfclubperugia.it
- Fishing in the nearby lake
-Visit the chocolate and sweet factories where famous Baci are made
- Trips to the local caves Tane del Diavolo can be arranged
- Enjoy Thermal spa in San Casciano dei Bagni which offers hot water thermal pool, hydromassages, sauna, turkish bath and other exclusive treatments
La Scarzuola - the main interest of visiting Montegabbione is La Scarzuola. This Franciscan Convent funded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1218 ( he sow a rose and laurel there and made them turn into a water) and bought by Tomaso Buzzi a very eccentric Italian architect in 1956. For the next 20 years Tomaso planned and erected his own Ideal City just next to the convent . His Ideal City includes 7 theatres very cleverly designed with very different ideas, overloaded with symbols secrets and memories. It creates very interesting relationship between the sacred (the convent) and the profane (the treaters). On the death of Buzzi in 1981 the work has been continued to be carried out thanks to his sketches by Marco and Brian. You can only visit Scarzuola booking the tour and it takes about 2 to 3 hours to visit the whole complex. If you happen to be guided by Brian I assure you will will have 3 hours of joy listening to the stories, memories , references and quotations. You will never forget Scarzuola one you have been there. It is something no to be missed!
Many walking path lead from Casa Rondini. You can walk to Monte Arale and admire amazing views towards other medieval towns - Monteleone, Citta della Pieve and Parrano. If you like you walk even longer you can carry on to Greppolischieto – little medieval hamlet restored in the late 80s by Anna Fendi well known Italian fashion designer. Is a charming place and the view is fantastic. You can see Lake Trasimeno from there. If you happen to be there in late August and early September you can fill yourself with delicious blackberries. Other lovely walk is to Castel di Fiori. Is a good walk on the sunny days as you go mainly through the forest. Every year in August Castel di Fiori organise a week of Festa with food, dancing and stars watching. From there you can carry on your walk to Castellieri – enclosure turned to fortification since the bronze age and re-used in the Middle ages where some Roman tombs have also been found.