Why Choose To Spend A Holiday In Umbria Rather Than Tuscany?

Umbria, the ‘green heart of Italy,  is different from Tuscany, but equally beautiful, rich in history, architecture  and cultural  and natural attractions.  It has a wealth of  fascinating cities – among them Orvieto, Todi, Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi –  and a mass of ancient hilltop towns like our own Acqualoreto, set in  glorious countryside.   Another  great attraction, in the summer, is that Umbria is not overrun, like Tuscany, with  throngs of tourists.  One can actually walk comfortably in its streets.

Is It Easy To Find The House?

It is extremely easy to find the Umbria Towerhouse. We are  between Orvieto and Todi, about a half hour’s drive from the Orvieto exit of the main Rome-Florence highway. Detailed instructions will be provided.

Is It Possible To Do Any Shopping On The Way?

Yes, if  instead of turning left towards Todi, after the toll booth, you turn right towards Orvieto , a few minutes will get you to a large roundabout . On the right you will see a  shopping mall and  a sign for the  large Co-op Supermarket.  The first exit on the roundabout   and a left turn will take you to the parking area.  If you are going to arrive late or have too much luggage for the shopping you can order shopping done  before your arrival.   The cost will be, apart from the shopping itself, a small fee to the maid.

How Long Have You Been Renting?

We have been renting for about fifteen years.

What Basics Are Provided With The Farmhouse?

The house was furnished not for rental but for the owners, with paintings and artistic objects collected from all over the world.  The kitchen has all basics: tea, coffee, flour, spices, oil, vinegar, etc. etc.  There is a fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, liquidizer.

Do You Provide Towels, Bed And Kitchen Linen?

Bed, kitchen linen and towels for bath and pool are all provided and changed on Saturdays.

Are There Hairdryers Provided?

Yes, there are hairdryers provided.

Is There A TV, Video Or DVD In The House?

There is a modern flat screened TV and DVD  player in the drawing room.

Do You Have Internet Facilities?

Yes we have WIFI access in the Umbria Towerhouse.

Is There A Barbecue?

Yes, in the top garden we have a barbeque. There is also a table near the barbecue facing the setting sun.

What About The Pool?

Yes there is  a pool that is fenced and gated which means small children can run about the garden safely.  The pool has a waterfall from which they love to jump.

What Else Does The Umbriatower House Offer?

There is a croquet set, toys, lego and reading for children, a guitar and piano. The house is also full of books, CDs and DVDs.  If you would like to arrive and find a dinner prepared that is possible. A popular and very Italian dinner is a lasagna – truffle, artichoke are delicious -from Idea Pasta, a specialist shop, with a salad and a dessert of fruit with some of the remarkable Italian ice cream.

Is There Someone Local We Can Contact With Any Problems Or Questions?

The owners live in a small wing of the house.  Their wing faces a different direction and  has its own garden.   You never need see them but they are usually there to help with any problems or advice. Should they not be there, a charming English speaking  young woman manages the house .

How Do We Book the Umbria Tower house?

You can book the Villa straight through the site. Or simply by contacting us through an email or a phone call.

Is A Booking Deposit Required?

On booking, a third of the total rental is required. The remainder to be paid six weeks before arrival.

Is There A Discount For Multiple Weeks?

Yes, there is a discount for multiple weeks and for small parties.

What Can I Do If The Week We Are Interested In Is Booked Already?

Not much, beyond asking whoever has rented the week whether they are willing to make a change. If they are willing the change can be made.

What Are The Nearest Airports?

The nearest airports are Perugia, Rome and a little further off Florence.

Perugia is about 45 minutes away. Rome airport about 2 hours, and Florence about 3 hours away.

Do I Need A Car? Where Can I Hire One?

Yes, you must have a car. Cars can be hired at the airports and also in Orvieto. Should you arrive by train in Orvieto we have a someone from whom you can hire a car and who will come to the train station to meet you.

Are Pets Permitted?

In theory why not? But since many are allergic to pet dander we are sorry but pets all not allowed.

Where Are The Nearest Train Stations?

The nearest train station is Orvieto.

What Are The Opening Hours Of Shops And Bank?

Shops generally open at 9am, close for lunch and re-open between 15.30 and 16.00. Supermarkets are open all day from 9 to 20.00 and on Sundays from 9 to 14.00.

Is There A Restaurant, Bank, Laundry Or Supermarket Nearby?

There are many restaurants nearby, the nearest being in Acqualoreto itself  The nearest banks, ATM machines and supermarkets are all in Todi, twenty minutes drive away.  There is a small general shop in the nearby village of Collelungo, that is open on Sunday mornings.  The house has two washing machines, and iron and ironing board but there is a laundry in Todi.

What Local Towns And Cities Are Accessible As Day Trips?

The main towns are Orvieto with its exquisite cathedral and underground caves.  Beautiful and historical Todi, Perugia, Umbria’s capital, with its extraordinary architecture, museums and music festivals.   Citta delle Pieve was the home of the famous painter Perugino. Then there is Assisi from where St. Francis came,

Spoleto with its summer cultural offerings – concerts and operas – and the smaller towns of  Spello,, Montefalco, Norcia, Bevagna.  There is Montecastello Vibio with its theatre – the ‘smallest in the world’,  built during the Napoleonic wars.  Under its frescoed ceiling, its boxes and stalls  hold a mere 99 people.  Nearby is the fossil forest of  Dunarobba and a little further off, near the  ancient town  of Fabriano that has been making paper since the 13th century,  can be found the amazing world of underground caves, streams and  the giant, -150 million year old –  stalactites and stalagmites of the Grotte di Frassasi.