|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
A unique house - classified as an historic monument! Newly renovated in 2009, the house is being rented out for the first time as a vacation home. A narrow lane runs under the house, as this is one of the original four gates to the old town of Gualdo Tadino, built in 1242. (The lane has minimal traffic.) The first floor above street level has a living room with wood fireplace and comfortable seating, an eat-in kitchen and a bathroom. The floor above has 2 double bedrooms and a bath. Beautiful views of the mountains and town.
After you explore Gualdo or other historic hilltop towns nearby (Gubbio and Assisi are both about half an hour away) or come back from adventures and activities in the National Park of Mount Cucco (15 minutes away), relax at Porta San Donato with a DVD, CD, or book from our library while planning out the next day's activities. Eat out in one of the great town restaurants or get creative (and save money!) by cooking in the fully equipped kitchen.
'Games Of The Gates' (Giochi De Le Porte).: If you choose to be here during the last weekend of September, you're in for a real treat! You'll be able to experience the biggest activity of the year here, the exciting 'Games of the Gates'. Archery, slingshot, catapult competitions, bareback and donkey cart races, flag throwing performances, parades, music, and pageantry in medieval costumes - a real spectacle! The competitors represent the original four gates of the town: Porta San Benedetto, Porta San Marino, Porta San Facondino, and our very own PORTA San Donato.
PARCO DEL MONTE CUCCO; BEACHES; OTHER ACTIVITIES.: Mt. Cucco is part of the ridge of the Apeninnes; Gualdo Tadino and Gubbio are the most important nearby towns to its Park. The house is also half an hour away from Frasassi Gorge, one of the best underground caverns in Europe. The nearest beaches are on the Adriatic, 60 mi. east, and Lake Trasimeno, 40 mi. west. Perugia's website gives events, shopping tips, transport, and more for the whole region. It's not necessary to have a car in Gualdo Tadino to have a great time, since the town has all amenities, there is a train station and connections to nearby towns (Assisi, Perugia, Foligno, Spoleto, etc.), and bus connections to the park and other places. However, if you're staying for a longer time and want greater freedom to see as much as possible, a car is advised. There's parking on the street right near the house. Please note that if you plan to arrive by train you should inform the owner upon booking, as there is only one taxi in Gualdo, and buses do not run on Sunday.
NEARBY TOWNS.: Gualdo Tadino has easy access to many other wonderful Umbrian towns. Assisi (of St. Francis' fame) is only 20 mi. away. Beautiful ancient Gubbio, rich in monuments, lies 16 miles to the nw. In May check out its 'Racing Silk of the Crossbow' and the 'Ceri Race Festival', the 'biggest Christmas tree in the world', every year on Dec. 7, and in Nov. 'The National Exhibition Market', celebrating local truffles, exquisite foods, and local handicrafts (ceramics, wrought steel, embroidery, wood, leather, stucco…). Perugia, 29 miles southeast, the capital of the province, is a notable artistic center of Italy. Enjoy the art, music, architecture, shopping, University, and famous chocolate all year round! Enchanting Spoleto (famous for its 'Festival of the Two Worlds') is 37 mi. south. 23 mi. away is Foligno with many activities, such as the Tournament of the Quintana (June and Sept). There are also MANY other lovely interesting towns all within reach for day trips - a new one each day!
Our 40th Anniversary Italy trip was planned to include a contrast to our initial time spent in Venice and Rome! And Porta San Donato beautifully provided it.As an architect I was fascinated by the history and thoughtful preservation and renovation of the property. It retained it's unique history while incorporating modern comfort and convenience. Because it was so well equipped it enabled local shopping and fabulous meal preparations. Easy parking, Laundry facilities, fabulously equipped kitchen and 2 bathrooms were great assets. House was immaculately clean. Welcome basket was a very nice touch. Location made use of our rental car, except for out of town excursions to Gubbio and Assisi, unnecessary. We happened to be in Gualdo Tadino during a festival which was amazing to witness. Exploring and experiencing this old world town on foot was unforgettable! This place is magic!
Die Unterkunft verfügt über Dinge die den Aufenthalt angenehm machen und die über das übliche Angebot hinausgehen: sehr viele Bildbände, Reisebücher, Lexika, Landkarten, Fahrpläne. Viele nützliche Tipps zu Geschäften, Parkplätzen etc, Stromadapter, Messer die nicht stumpf sind um nur einiges zu nennen.
Die Wohnung wird von Maria äusserst sauber gehalten.
Gualdo Tadino ist ein sehr authentischer Ort, der alle Annehmlichkeiten (Einkaufen. Schwimmbad etc ) bietet aber nicht vom Tourismus vereinnahmt wurde.
Das Restaurant gg8 (sprich: gigiotto) ist seht zu empfehlen.
My partner and I spent a week at Porta San Donato in July after winning a bid for charity, so the owner donated the rent to a couple of good causes. It was a delightful place, in a very Italian town with very few tourists and marvelous views from every window. We especially appreciated the warm welcoming basket upon arrival, the large selection of books and brochures, especially on Italy and the surrounding area, and also games such as Scrabble and Boggle (fun! we had never played it before). The owner was very prompt and helpful in her emails, the house was spotless, and the kitchen had all the utensils, spices, etc, needed for cooking. We did not have a car but had no trouble making the odd day trip by train or bus (the house an easy walk to/from to the bus station), though for the most part we were quite content to stay put and chill out in Gualdo Tadino. Would definitely recommend it, it's a really authentic Italian experience!
Like all of the other visitors who wrote comments in the guest book of the Porta San Donato, we found Gualdo Tadino to be a delightful small town full of friendly people nestled among a stunning landscape of snow-capped mountains. The grocery store on the corner, just up the hill beyond the apartment, was a treat - supplying us with everything we needed, including endless varieties of fabulous local pecorino cheese. However, once we'd discovered the Hostaria da Baccus, all thoughts of cooking went out the window. It was a fantastic place with great food (lots of truffles), and extremely lively on a Saturday night when reservations are recommended. On our fourth visit, the owner presented us with a souvenir book in which his establishment is included among the 100 best restaurants in Italy. (We left it on the bookshelf). Likewise the bar in the main square was a cozy place to hang out when it rained and practice our halting Italian with the locals.
Although the weather was quite chilly when we were there, coming back each evening to the apartment where we could light a fire made all the difference. Easy to snuggle up on the comfortable sofa and feel extremely lucky that we'd found such a great place to stay. We particularly enjoyed trips to nearby Assissi, Gubbio and Spello to see early medieval frescoes, especially Giotto, Perugino and Pintoriccio. We took the train from Assissi to visit Florence for a couple of days and left the car in the station parking lot.
It was a great experience to experience life in a small town in such a lovely, comfortable apartment. We hope we have the chance to go back again sometime soon.
The house has incredible views, clean, comfortable queen size beds, and is located right near the center of the village. I would highly recommend going during the festival in September. It was like stepping back in time: such pageantry! The local store was amazing with fresh mozzarella to die for and wonderful wine. Even though the side streets are a bit steep, the stairs are usually wide and the whole village is worth exploring!
We have recommended it to many of our friends and hope to go back some day!!
Our stay at Porta San Donato began long before our actual arrival there. We have traveled to Italy several times but this was our 1st visit to Umbria and our 1st experience in home rental. The owner answered all our pre-visit questions promptly & warmly. She offered many helpful suggestions. This was a good sign. We agree with the previous reviewers on the many delights of Porta San Donato and Umbria. Our stay was just before the annual Festival of the Gates which gave us the added enjoyment of observing the happy citizens of Gualdo Tadino as they prepared for an event they take great pride in. For us Porta San Donato, Umbria and the community of Gualdo Tadino was very positive and a memory to keep.
There's lots to enjoy in this beautiful old medieval town in NE Umbria! Stroll through the streets and alleys to see wonderful old architecture, museums, magnificent churches. Stop for a bite to eat or glass of wine at a bar or restaurant; browse in the shops - don't miss the metallic-colored pottery for which G.T. is famous, in the craft shops that still have muffle kilns, as well as the Modern Pottery Museum, or the unique handcrafted jewelry of Elisabetta Lupi. Visit the Emigration Museum, where you can find information about Italians who emigrated from various regions, and the Rocca Flea museum with the Permanent Pottery Fair and paintings by da Gualdo. Every 2nd Thurs. is the open market in the town center, offering local goods, antiques,etc. The town is also famous for its delicious mineral water; just turn on the tap at Porta San Donato for a taste! Gualdo T. is not overloaded with tourists, and the friendly locals will enthusiastically welcome you!
Other Activities: Cross country skiing, hang gliding, speleology, hiking, canoing, fossils, shopping!
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|Notes||.PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THE GAMES OF THE GATES (THE LAST WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER), THE MINIMUM STAY IS ONE WEEK.|
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