Spoleto House Rental Photos and Description
House, 2 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Nestled in a hidden valley in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, lies the tiny village of Vallocchia a short drive from the city of Spoleto. The village is a quiet and friendly outpost where one can enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains. Vallocchia offers a serenity and a way of life long forgotten in most parts of the world today.
The house itself offers the utmost privacy. The house was originally an old farmhouse/tower that was lovingly restored by an Academy Award winning Italian art director a decade ago. The top floor of the tower is the master bedroom, with a second bedroom a floor below, at street level. There is also a small bedroom off the living room with a twin bed.
The kitchen and living room are on the ground floor (one floor below street level) and both open onto their own terraces. Only Gioia and A.D., the village horses grazing in the pasture, impede the idyllic view of this stunning valley and the mountains surrounding it. In the basement is a third bathroom with shower and laundry facilities. The kitchen and bedrooms are connected by a circular staircase. The house has thick walls that keep it cool in the summer. You can also opt to close the shutters to keep out the heat of the day and then open them to let in the cool evening breezes.
Vallocchia offers many wonderful hiking opportunities, from treks to the nearby ancient chestnut forest - Vallocchia is legendary for its chestnuts - to spectacular hikes up into the mountains offering breathtaking views of this glorious mountain region. Also, the beautifully preserved medieval town of Spoleto is just ten minutes away by car. Here, one is centrally located for day trips to all the wondrous history, art and nature Umbria has to offer.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
We always wanted to give our daughter a second language and fantasized of doing it in Italy. One day the stars aligned, making our dream a possibility. Three weeks later we came upon Casa Cristina. It seemed too rich an experience to not make the leap. And what a leap it was. We were city folk unused to the quiet rhythm of nature but, looking for adventure, it didn’t make sense to trade one city for another. And so we came to this historic mountain hamlet for a full year and fell in love. Our neighbors immediately embraced us. When the moving van couldn’t make it through the narrow pass by Mimma’s house, Lando called Aleandro in from the field. They hitched a flatbed up to Aleandro’s trailer and made several trips, depositing all of our belongings onto the car park. Thus began what has been a decade of experiences rich beyond recounting. Pictured here is our daughter just before we took her down to Spoleto for her first day of school at the age of nine. She is now in her second year of college and working on her fourth language. Sharing our life and home here with other adventurous travelers has been a wonderfully rewarding experience.
Kristine and John
Kristine purchased this house in 1999
Why Kristine chose Spoleto
After visiting friends in the area for many years, we came to view this part of Italy as home. We fell in love with the house when we first saw it! The village is a protected historic site and one of the best preserved villages of its kind in all of Umbria.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your perfect Italian home. Daily we visited local towns and returned to relax in the hammock, sit by the fire, and eat around the family table. Our little one loved feeding the horses carrots and chasing the gray cat. We all enjoyed the Star Wars videos late at night. The perfect ending to another perfect day!
We hope to return some day.
C & P, M & K