|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
This is a fabulous house that dates back to the 13th century, as witnessed by a Romanesque lion's head still in the facade. It has been entirely renovated (with suggestions and designs by the great sculptor Beverly Pepper). It is inside the town walls, about 5 min. walk from the main square, so it is conveniently located in terms of shopping.
I mean why come to Italy and isolate yourselves in a rural farmhouse? May as well stay in Palo Alto. We wanted to enjoy living amongst the Italians and that is why we chose this house. And yet it is very private and quiet because it is flanked by the apse of the church of S. Prassede on the south-west side, and has a 1,200 sq.ft. garden in front. All the windows have great views of the valley below and the Martani mountains directly east.
Todi is smack in the center of Umbria, one of Italy's most beautiful and artistic regions. (It is much less touristy than neighboring Tuscany.) Todi has about 9,000 inhabitants, with very little industry and rolling hills and farm land all around. It is set on top of a hill, 480 sq. meters above sea level, and is primarily medieval in its architectural make-up.
Another good reason for being in town, apart from enjoying concerts at the theater, exhibitions,
cocktails on the square, is the BEST ICE CREAM
in the world (as verified by many of our guests).
Yes, the Bar Pianegiani, a 10-min. walk up the street.
My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English. My mother is Italian and
I have lots of relatives here. We have two children, William, a pianist/composer who lives in NYC and Alice, a contemporary dancer who lives in London.
George Tatge purchased this house in 1981
We lived in Todi for 12 years between 1974 and 1986. It is truly an
'Ideal City', but don't tell too many people, or it will turn into another
San Gimignano (the town in Tuscany with more tourists than townsfolk). For years we searched for a property here and
finally found it. One that we could restore as we wanted.
Not many properties in Todi with such views and with a 400 sq. meter garden inside the city walls.
"Nothing but plaudits for both these sites, an in-town 12th/13th century villa in Todi, Umbria, and an in-city apartment in Florence on the Via Romana just a few minutes away from the Pitti Palace. Both dwellings are fully modern and elegant in their different ways; both are right in the middle of the best of their localities -- restaurants, museums/galleries, varied boutique shopping and more; both are really within walking distance to everything that matters -- forget about the car. And both are spotless and very reasonably priced -- far more attractive than the hotel option.
We spent two weeks, one week at each location, and were delighted with everything. Of special note -- George, our landlord, oversaw all the detail of our planning,arrival, stay and departure with personal concern. And this was important. We don't speak Italian and were a little leery of getting by in a real neighbourhood -- shopping, transportation, entertainment. But no problem. George's advice and ample local literature made it all easy.
We'd do it again. Great vacation.
One note -- Todi is a genuine hill town: climbing is a prerequisite for enjoymen, and touring the countryside by Car a wonderful experience -- i.e. a small car that fits in the medieval streets. My decision to go for a large power car because of the reputation of the autobahns was wrong -- I should have opted smaller. And in Florence -- get rid of the car asap."
We rented this lovely home in Todi for a month. George, the owner, was a fantastic host. He provided a list of local restaurants and important phone numbers, none of which we needed but it was a comfort to have them. He arranged for our pick up in Rome and welcomed us with a phone call on arrival and continued to keep in touch by phone and email. The house is just as pictured. It was clean and comfortably furnished. After touring around Umbria during the day, we were very happy to stop and pick up food for dinner at the supermarket in Ponte Rio and enjoy a fire in the fireplace at night. As we were there in winter, not all of the local restaurants were open, but those that were served delicious typical Umbrian cuisine at very reasonable prices. We had to pay for heating which is quite expensive, but by turning it off when we were not at the house, it cost no more than what we would have paid had we been home. We loved our month in Umbria and would not hesitate to recommend George's home. It was perfect.
If you are planning a trip to Umbria and you want to feel a part of an historical hilltop town then you could not pick a better place than Todi, nor a better in town home than George's medieval house. We have just returned from five weeks that went by way to fast....like past guests we spent time touring the neighboring towns and countryside and Todi is perfectly situated for day trips to any place in Umbria. We also took the train from Orvieto into Rome a couple of times and we entertained a steady flow of guests throughout our stay. But the best parts of our stay revolved around time spent with friends enjoying lunch on the terrace, views of the beautiful countryside from almost every room in the house, the steep walks up to the main plaza which made our pasta dinners (think we tried almost every restaurant in town and some more than once) almost guiltless, a spritz at the Grand Café, shopping each day at the local stores and exploring the town.
George was very attentive to our needs and his suggestions prior to our arrival were so valuable. His best advice was to rent a car from Agostini Motors in Todi and arrange to have Stefano pick us up at the Rome airport and boy was he right. We arrived in Todi after dark and in the middle of a storm and without Stefano as our guide we would have been lost. The next day the sun was out, Stefano delivered our rental car and we spent the next few weeks managing to drive in the hilltop towns very narrow streets without any incidents!
It was a great vacation and we would definitely recommend the town, the house and Stefano! We hope to return....
George was a wonderful person to deal with; friendly, generous, informative and accmodating. The house waseven more amazing than the online photos. We had all our meals on the terrace with its stunning view of the Umbrian hills. We discovered many new things about Todi, a favorite town, and made several easy day-trips to Assissi, Siena, Orvieto, and Spoleto. The cooking lesson and dinner which George told us about and we arranged through Stefania was a highlight of our visit. We all participated in making the pasta and the antipasto. If you are thinking about a visit to thjis part of Italy, look no farther for the place you want to stay in; this is definitely it!
This home is indeed charming in every way. This historical home has been carefully renovated and still has retained its ancient charm. It has four floors -- the kitchen (with a door to a gorgeous outdoor terrace) is the bottom floor and has a half bath, the living area (with a door out to the street) is the second level, the third floor has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and the fourth floor has an attic bedroom. You will climb stairs in this house and in Todi, but we found, after one day here, that it was not a problem for us.
Todi itself is lovely small medieval town (perhaps about 10,000 citizens), with several restaurants, stores, a large grocery, churches, and a great central piazza. Our favorite restaurant was Ristorante La Mangiatoia (great food and kind owners and wait staff).
We were so pleased with George, the owner. Though he lives in Florence, he contacted us frequently and was genuinely warm and caring and available whenever we had a question. The owner recommended Stefano, a Todi area resident, who picked us up from the Rome airport, drove us to the grocery store, rented us cars,and was an awesome resource. Todi is close to many great Umbrian towns--Assisi, Siena, Montefalco, Spoleto, Orvieto, Deruta, to name a few. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this medieval home and town. You were right, George -- one week was not enough!
Todi is a hidden gem of a town in Umbria. A gem for its picture-perfect setting on a hilltop, medieval alleys, and wonderful sights. Yet quiet, somewhat off the beaten track, without hordes of tour buses -- without being inundated with tourists even in peak season. This Todi house is also a hidden gem. Tucked away in a quiet walkway, its four floors easily accommodate a family of 6 or more; we were only 4 and left whole rooms unoccupied. It features an expansive kitchen in the basement opening into a shaded garden, a large living area on the ground floor (main entry), a second storey with 3 charming bedrooms (one of which with a balcony offering stunning views over the valley), and an attic loft perfect for an afternoon snooze. We were within the town center... right at the second of three walls ("cerchi") circling the town ... less than five minutes' stroll from the Piazza del Popolo.
George Tatge anticipated our needs including directions, and left a very useful guidebook which we encourage all visitors to read upon arrival.
Some additional tips:
1) Easy free parking right down the hill, outside the Perugia gate
2) As far as gelato goes, the only show in town is the Gelateria Pianegiani on Corso Cavour. The clientele is 99% local, and it is always packed... which tells you that even they don't ever tire of a great thing. Sit by the Cesia Fountain and indulge in the best pistachio or hazelnut ice cream you will ever taste.
3) There's a convenient supermarket (EMI) down the hill in Ponte Rio.
4) You can jog loops of the 2-mile perimeter of the town, with a half-mile leg cutting through the Piazza del Popolo, past the house and down steeply through the Perugia gate... and a half-mile ascent up the Viale della Vittoria.
We have traveled and rented in Tuscany, Rome, Venice, Trieste and Pirano, as well as Sardinia, and had high expectations for our first stay in Umbria. We were not let down. Overall, we highly recommend a vacation here -- and if you are going to stay in the neighborhood of Todi, this home will complete your stay.
I chose Todi (for 4 adults) simply because George's house had a garden & view of the valley. What a great choice it turned out to be! There are not many tourists in Todi (unlike other towns we visited) but plenty of restaurants and great clothing shops. We particularly enjoyed the brilliant food at Antica Osteria della Valle.
The house is quaint and delightful, very clean and well maintained - spread over 4 levels - and well equipped with plenty of cutlery, crockery, serving platters,pots, pans etc. Every bedroom has a view of the valley, as does the living room. It was nice that people had not thrown out their left-over olive oil, balsamic, tea bags, washing detergent etc, and we did the same for the next tenants. There were travel guides a'plenty on Todi and Umbria, and a well-stacked library of books and magazines. We had every meal possible in the garden at the table under the massive fig tree (unfortunately the figs weren't quite ripe). The view of the valley is breathtaking and we spent many hours just sitting and absorbing it, with the odd glass of vino, of course! A hot air balloon competition was on, and we delighted in watching them from the little balcony off the bathroom/laundry as they floated up from the misty valley early in the morning .
We organised a cooking class in the house one night - loads of fun and we made every dish from scratch and then sat down to a feast. At George's suggestion, we hired a car from a local dealer. It was there waiting for us in the private car park just below the house when we arrived. Too easy! We did day trips to other towns, but also had "lay days" exploring Todi and enjoying the ambience of the house and our lovely view. George rang several times to check that things were going well. We were intrigued with the history of the house and wished we could have read about it and seen pictures of what it once was like.
Would I recommend this house to others? Most definitely.
Todi is equidistant (30 min. drives) from Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto, Orvieto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Foligno, all beautiful towns worth day-trips. A two-hour drive from Florence and 90 min. drive from Rome.
Other Activities: Hot Air Ballooning, Wildlife Viewing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 15 2015 - Nov 14 2015
5 night minimum stay
Nov 15 2015 - Mar 15 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
* $1000-$2000 / wk
* 1-2 people .. $1000-$1600/week
3-4 people .. $1400-$1800/week
5-7 people .. $1600-$2000/week
These prices are negotiable depending on the length of the stay.
* A $ 500 security/holding fee is required when reserving for short stays. This is returned to you within 10 days of your departure minus the utilities and clean up fee (€ 100).
The rental fee depends on season, number of people and length of stay. $1,500/wk: average fee. A $500 deposit/holding fee is required when reserving ($950 for long rentals). This sum is returned to you within a wk of your departure minus utilities (negotiable depending on season) and $100 clean up fee. Rental fee to be sent 2 months prior to arrival (negotiable). Credit card, check, transfer.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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