Villa Maddalena Italy, Umbria

In the northernmost corner of Lazio, but so close to Umbria (just 3.7km) that we couldn’t resist squeezing it in, the best of all worlds come together in this wonderful country villa. Half way between Florence and Rome, with an address like this, the views are as glorious as you could wish for. And, overlooking the protected Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, a forest-covered landscape stretches as far as the eye can see. 

Sleeping up to nine, Villa Maddalena is a place to celebrate the finer things in life, as well as birthdays and anniversaries or simply quality time with best friends and close family. Elegantly comfortable and thoughtfully designed, the villa combines traditional Tuscan style with a contemporary finish. Wooden beams, terracotta floors and gilt-framed paintings sit alongside handcrafted furniture and a softly feminine colour scheme. Together with WiFi, a smart TV in the living room and a selection of wine to choose from (leave the money on the table), as well as in-villa massages and a private chef service (payable locally), including shopping, table service and clearing up, staying home has never been more appealing. Outside there’s a small, private infinity pool, a pagoda for sunset dining with that amazing view, a ‘help yourself’ vegetable patch and even a pond that can be stocked with trout so you can fish for your supper and pop it straight on the barbecue in the outdoor kitchen.

However, should you wish to venture out, Eline, the charming house manager, will prove invaluable. She speaks perfect English and can arrange cookery classes, horse riding and private drives. She’ll also direct you to the best walking trails and restaurants.

The local area

For a taste of ancient Italy, Trevinano balanced seemingly precariously on the spine of a hill, is an atmospheric destination for dinner, be it pizza or upmarket Italian cuisine, and it’s just five minutes away in the car.

Medieval Aquapendente, known as the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’, is 20 minutes by road. It’s the place to go for groceries and petrol and, in May, the Pugnaloni Festival when the town is filled with flowers. Nearby, you’ll find the Lago di Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe, famous for its islands and the boat trips that take you out to them. Or take in a dip in the thermal baths at San Casciano dei Bagni about a 15-minute drive away – and enjoy a massage or two in the luxurious spa.

Founded by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Civita di Bagnoregio (The Dying City) is 40 minutes away, with entry via a stone footbridge to transport you to another world. Equally magical is Orvieto, 30km from your villa, with its famous duomo and network of caves hidden below the town, which date from the same era.   

Accommodation:

  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-9)

Ground floor:

  • Entrance into large-open plan dining room
  • Fully equipped kitchen includes induction hob, kettle, espresso machine, juicer, toaster, electric oven, dishwasher, wine cooler, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Sitting room with flat screen TV, Satellite TV
  • Master bedroom with en-suite shower room
  • 2 double bedrooms
  • 1 single bedroom
  • Shower room

First floor:

  • Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom (this room is accessed from stone steps on the side of the villa and is not interconnected to the main part of the villa)

General:

  • Wifi
  • Laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board
  • Covered dining area
  • Summer kitchen
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetable garden
  • Fishing pond
  • Panoramic swimming pool 6m x 4.3m (depth 1.3m throughout)
  • Children under the age of 8 are not permitted
  • Security deposit (£300) required 3 weeks prior to departure

Complimentary wifi:

  • All properties with Wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and email checking
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected

Location:

  • Trevinano (shops and restaurants) 5min drive
  • Acquapendente 20min drive
  • Cetona 35min drive
  • Cittá del Pieve 40min drive
  • Rome Fiumicino airport 2hr drive
  • 2 weeks of ‘Tuscan Heaven’, beautiful location, most welcoming shot with fantastic culinary skills. Surrounded by amazing landscapes and numerous interesting hilltop towns to escape to. A trip to Assisi is not to be missed. Also can recommend the ‘Il Cassero’ in Monte San Savino for wonderful food and service. Mr Smith - July 2017

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Pisa

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Luton Airport easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

Florence

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Saturday All season

 

Rome

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Heathrow Alitalia Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick Vueling Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Birmingham Monarch Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season

 

 

For an introduction to Umbria, take a look at our guide.

Olive groves and vineyards, forests and flowers – there’s much to love about the abundant natural beauty of Umbria, and plenty of walking trails to help you explore it. The two most high-profile towns, Assisi and Perugia, have spiritual and cultural gravitas in equal measures, the former the erstwhile home of St Francis, who built his famous monastery there. And after a day of contemplation, in churches, galleries, museums and nature, the ‘green heart of Italy’ will reward you with a generous feast and a glass or two of its famous wine.

Overview

Where pleasure takes priority

From smoothly rounded cypress-covered hills to lush valleys, through the Tiber’s central basin to the rugged Mont Sibillini along its eastern edge, Umbria abounds with natural beauty, much of it uninhabited. This ‘green heart of Italy’ boasts olive groves and vineyards, chestnut forests and fields of flowers. And for moments of peaceful contemplation, there are hiking trails and pilgrims’ tracks to guide you.

As Umbria is Italy’s only province with neither coast nor foreign border, the region also has a well-developed sense of history, community and belonging – but visitors are warmly welcomed into the fold to enjoy convivial meals with local wine flowing.

Made for roaming

There are many easy walking trails woven into the gently rolling landscape, around reed-fringed Lake Trasimeno or into the woods of Monteluco. For more of a challenge, there are mountain hikes, including those through the Monte Subasio nature reserve, and a series of long-distance cycling routes too.

St Francis of Assisi, St Clare, St Benedict of Norcia – and millions since – have made Umbria a place of pilgrimage and you can follow in the footsteps of Italy’s famous patron saint along way-marked routes for all levels of fitness. While spiritual enlightenment may (or may not) be forthcoming, everyone can relish the mystical quality of Umbria’s late-afternoon sunshine.

Architectural and artistic treasures

Umbria’s fortified hilltop villages and towns aren’t only living monuments to the skills of ancient architects and craftsmen, they’re often the guardians of exquisite art too. The medieval town of Assisi – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has beautiful pink-stone buildings lining its slopes and the Basilica di San Francesco contains extraordinary frescoes by Giotto, the Lorenzetti brothers and more. Gubbio, the region’s oldest village, has an astonishing array of architecture including a cathedral, Consul’s Palace and Ducal Palace. Meanwhile, Orvieto’s Duomo is one of the masterpieces of Italian Gothic art and Spoleto combines medieval and Renaissance buildings to memorable effect.

Peruse Perugia

Sprawling Perugia, Umbria’s capital, has a reputation for hosting influential expos and, with two universities, it’s a vibrant combination of forward thinking café culture and historical reflection.

Within its ancient town centre, you’ll find cobbled streets, fine Etruscan and Roman monuments, a raised medieval walkway and the impressive Gothic palace: the Palazzo dei Priori. This grand building is now home to the impressive Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, an art gallery of international renown with a collection of paintings and sculptures from the 13th to 19th centuries. It includes pieces by Perugino, the town’s most famous native painter, as well as paintings by other Umbrian masters.

Fine food and festivals

The elusive truffle is very much an Umbrian speciality, but with a geography and climate well suited to agriculture and viniculture, there’s also a plentiful supply of olives, pulses, cheese, charcuterie and other fresh local produce. And this rich culinary heritage is part of almost every summer festival too. As well as a number of religious Feast Days across the region, Perugia boasts two contrasting yet equally successful annual festivals: Eurochocolate and Umbria Jazz, both attracting a global audience. Elsewhere, you’ll find Gubbio’s Corsa dei Ceri (Candle Race) and the medieval celebrations in Assisi (Calendimaggio).

Map

A taste of Umbria

Simple and rustic, Umbrian cuisine relies heavily on what’s in season from its rich soil, dense forests, plentiful lakes and busy farms. Menus are based around typical cucina povera (peasant cooking) with ingredients that include beans, mushrooms, asparagus, onions and celery – and the rich flavours of olive oil and truffles, plus lamb, pork or game (grilled or cured) all feature too.

Truffles are an important component for hors d’oeuvres – including crostini al tartufo and crostini alla norcina – and also used to flavour pecorino and formaggio di fossa (pit-ripened cheese). Truffles also accompany spaghetti (or the local variation, strangozzi) while other pasta highlights include a fish-based umbrichelli in salsa di Trasimeno and spaghetti col rancetto with bacon and cherry tomatoes.

Umbria boasts two tasty soups, one made with chickpeas and the other with chestnuts. These – alongside pappardelle alla lepre, a wild hare ragout – are enjoyed with regional bread such as pan caciato and pan nociato. The unsalted bread of Terni, or classic rustic bread known as brustegnolo, are favourites too.

Typical mains include Terni’s colombaccio selvatico (a wild pigeon dish, spit-cooked before being placed in a casserole pot with a ghiotta sauce) and gallina ubriaca (literally, ‘drunken hen’). The latter gets its name from the copious amounts of local wine used in the recipe.

Generally reserved for special festivities or religious ceremonies, traditional oven-baked Umbrian desserts often include almonds, spices, honey, or candied fruit. Panpepato is a cake eaten across the region, while ciaramicola is unique to Perugia and traditionally baked for Easter. Umbria’s chocolate-producing history dates back to 1907, with the making of Baci from ground hazelnuts and dark chocolate.

Italian tipples

The locally produced wines provide an excellent accompaniment to the regional cuisine, and some have gained a reputation beyond this land-locked region. Umbria’s famous white wine is made from Grechetto grapes, largely found in the Orvieto and Assisi regions, often bearing that name. The flagship red is Sagrantino di Montefalco, made from a grape that’s found virtually nowhere else in the world. The sweet (passito) version is better still.

Towns and villages in Umbria

Assisi

Medieval, pink-stoned Assisi sits enticingly on Monte Subasio’s slopes. The town’s famous son, St Francis, was born here in 1181 and is buried in the impressive Basilica that takes his name. Other Franciscan sights worth a visit are the peaceful San Damiano, rural Eremo delle Carceri and the Basilica di Santa Chiara. However, St Francis doesn’t hold the monopoly on magnificent spectacles. Visit the Romanesque Duomo (cathedral) plus the Roman temple façade (Tempio di Minerva) in the main Piazza del Comune too.

Montefalco

Montefalco means Falcon’s Mount and, given that this walled town’s also known as the Balcony of Umbria, it’s not surprising that the views from here are stunning. Absorbing sights abound within the medieval centre too. Tiny lanes and a narrow main street lead to the Piazza del Comune. Nearby, the Museo Civico di San Francesco includes a series of awe-inspiring Renaissance frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli that depict the Life of St Francis. There are beautiful masterpieces by other artists too.

Spello

Visible from afar and framed by the slopes of Monte Subasio, Spello’s medieval houses stretch across the terraces above the Vale of Spoleto. Within the town walls however, the homes fight for space and it feels more claustrophobic rather than charming. However, the vivid frescoes by Pinturicchio in Santa Maria Maggiore, and the paintings and sculptures in the museum next door are worth seeing. Spello is also a base for mountain hiking – all the way to Assisi if you like.

Gubbio

With a backdrop of mountains offsetting its medieval buildings, Gubbio is one of Umbria’s most attractive towns. Explore the imposing Palazzo dei Consoli and its gallery and the fine interiors of the plain-faced Duomo. Or try the Palazzo Ducale (largely empty of furniture and period fittings, but with good views) that was built by Federigo da Montefeltro, the renowned Duke of Urbino. Alternatively, escape the architecture and take the funicular up Mount Ingino for views across the town and beyond.

Todi

Perched on a perfect natural pyramid, Todi is the quintessential Umbrian hilltop town. The main square is an exemplar of early medieval piazzas and a popular film location. There are cafés around its flanks, the Duomo at one end (with beautifully carved and inlaid wood) and, within two palaces, the Museo e Pinacoteca di Todi featuring paintings and displays tracing Todi’s history. The nearby church of San Fortunato has an airy Gothic interior and a tower offering splendid views.

Orvieto

Straddling an immense volcanic outcrop, the town has a Duomo with dazzling façade that took 300 years to complete. Inside, Luca Signorelli’s graphic frescoes of The Last Judgement take pride of place. The nearby Museo Claudia Faina recalls Orvieto’s rich Etruscan past and the 2,600-year-old Necropoli Etrusca (Etruscan tombs) are just below the town. The town’s deep well, the Pozzo di San Patrizio served as a place of refuge when the town was under siege: it was a popular papal bolthole when unrest ruled in Rome.

Things to do

Catch the capital's sights, in Perugia

The exterior of the Gothic Palazzo dei Priori – now an art gallery – features tripartite windows, an ornamental portal and fortress-like crenellations. For Renaissance frescoes, go to the medieval money exchange (Nobile Collegio del Cambio) or the Sala dei Notari, where the nobles once met.

Ignite your senses on Mount Ingino

Although the mountainside Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo has interesting displays, the real pleasure is in the journey not the destination. Admire the picturesque valley below as open cages whisk you up the mountain, ski-lift style. Then enjoy a picnic, to spark the taste buds too.

Go beyond – and below – Orvieto's Duomo

Alongside the cathedral, the 14th-century Palazzo Soliano houses a collection of bronze sculptures, etchings and drawings. Below the town are 440 caves previously used as fridges, wells, refuges (during WWII and Roman and barbarian sieges) and for catching pigeons – a local delicacy.

Enjoy gilt and gardens in Perugia's basilica

The 10th-century Basilica di San Pietro boasts an eye-catching blend of gilt and marble, plus a Piet (of the Madonna supporting the dead Christ) by Perugino. Outside, the serene Orto Medievale gardens include the Cosmic Tree and Tree of Light and Knowledge, symbolising sacred stories.

Treat yourself in the Casa del Cioccolato Perugina

Run by local chocolate-maker Perugina, this wonderful Wonka-esque museum in Perugia honours the manufacturing process, as well as the highly desirable end result. Call ahead to book a one-hour guided tour in Italian or English and prepare your taste buds for the experience.

Find peace, like St Francis

St Francis chose the caves of Eremo delle Carceri, above Assisi, as his refuge-in-nature: a place for spiritual contemplation. The carceri (isolated places, or prisons) along Monte Subasio's oak-forested slopes are still peaceful today, so ideal for a reflective walk or peaceful picnic.

Explore an Etruscan burial site

Ipogeo dei Volumni is an underground burial site dating from 2BC, in Ponte San Giovanni, a suburb of Perugia. It holds the funerary urns of the noble Volumni family and, in the surrounding grounds, there’s a display of household artefacts and partially unearthed burial chambers.

Soak up a history of wine

In a 17th-century mansion, Torgiano’s Museo del Vino tells the story of viticulture from the Bronze Age onwards, including its medicinal and mythological role over the centuries. There’s a display of Greek, Etruscan and Roman ceramics and wine-making implements and, of course, wine tasting.

Pop into a papal fortress

Rising high above Spoleto, the imposing 14th-century fortress of Rocca Albornoziana now contains the Museo Nazionale del Ducato and uses Roman, Byzantine, Carolingian and Lombard artefacts to trace the history of the local duchy. The Rocca was also once home to Lucrezia Borgia.

Helpful phrases

  Hello Ciao
  Good-bye Arrivederci
  Please Per favore
  Thank you Grazie
  Yes Si
  No No
  How are you? Come stai?
  I'm fine, thank you Stò bene grazie
  I don't understand Non capisco
  My name is… Mi chiamo…
  The bill, please Il conto per favore
  How much is it? Quanto costa?

Events

What’s on in May

Mid May: Porchettiamo, in San Terenziano, is a celebration of all things pork, with food stalls, craft beers, workshops, tastings, music and walks.

What’s on in June

First weekend in Jun: The Infiorate Flower Festival, Spello. On the eve of the Corpus Christi procession, locals spend the night creating colourful floral arrangements on the pavements. 

Until Jun 15: The ‘Quintana’ jousting event in Foligno is an historic parade with locals competing on horseback, followed by the chance to sample some excellent Baroque-inspired dishes.

28 Jun - 4 Jul: The Trasimeno Music Festival, Magione, curated by celebrated pianist Angela Hewitt, brings together international artists to perform in Magione’s Castle of the Knights of Malta.

24 Jun - 10 Jul: Spoleto’s ‘Two Worlds’ Festival is an internationally renowned event with opera, music, dance, theatre, art and more.

Last week in Jun: Il Mercato delle Gaite gives you a taste of medieval life throughout the ancient districts (Gaite) of Bevagna. Expect craft workshops in book making, pottery and traditional cookery. 

What’s on in July

5 – 14 Jul: Umbria Jazz was first held in 1973 – and this international festival in Perugia continues to attract international artists and audiences. 

What’s on in August

11 Aug: The Festival of Saint Rufino in Assisi is a combination of solemn liturgies and spiritual music alongside a palio and medieval costume parade, in honour of the town’s patron saint.

15 Aug: Ferragosto – Assumption Day – is a countrywide celebration and supermarkets, restaurants, public services and most tourist attractions remain closed. If it falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, the same applies to the Monday and Friday.

Mid Aug: The Palio dei Terzieri in Città della Pieve is a 12-day tradition, including competitions between archers of the various village districts, a historical parade and the opening of 14th-century stalls and taverns.

What’s on in October

Second to third weekend in Oct: Eurochocolate celebrates chocolate from around the world, and the local brand, Perugina, in particular, with tastings, chocolate sculptures and performances.

 

  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
Villa Maddalena 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
Villa Maddalena 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
Villa Maddalena 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
Villa Maddalena 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
Villa Maddalena 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
Villa Maddalena 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 2,700 5,300 2,600 5,100 2,500 4,900
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
Villa Maddalena 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   2,400 4,750 2,350 4,650 2,300 SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

A daily tourist tax applies in Italy for only the first week of your stay which means that an average of €1.50 per person (12+ years) may be charged.  This should be paid in cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay.

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  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
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  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
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Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
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As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
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Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience most of our properties in Italy have a washing machine.
 
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Satellite television
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Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Swimming pools
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Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:

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Comfort

Space, style, furnishings and interiors

Facilities*

Property enhancements

Amenities

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