CHARMING MEDIEVAL HOUSE IN THE 'IDEAL TOWN' OF TODI, UMBRIA

George Tatge

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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CHARMING MEDIEVAL HOUSE IN THE 'IDEAL TOWN' OF TODI, UMBRIA

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3 BR, 2.5 BA, sleeps 2-7

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.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
"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."
May 2010
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George Tatge

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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.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Charming Medieval House in the 'Ideal Town' of Todi, Umbria
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Charming Medieval House in the 'Ideal Town' of Todi, Umbria
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Todi Todi area
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Back in Time

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Relaxing holiday in a wonderful house in Todi

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Charming Medieval House in the 'Ideal Town' of Todi, Umbria
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Todi Todi area
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Incredible place in an incredible town

  • 5 of 5
This is an exquisite property, and pictures do not do it justice, especially the views from the garden, where we started most evenings with wine and provisions secured from the days adventures.

The apartment itself is spacious and decorated very smartly with great attention to detail. It has everything you need including a fully equipped kitchen that we utilized with a cooking lesson form a local chef recommended by George. Highly recommended,

It is a short walk to everywhere in Todi, which is a charming town and a great jumping point for most places in Umbria. I would highly recommend the Todi house as a great headquarters to explore Umbria!
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Charming Medieval House in the 'Ideal Town' of Todi, Umbria
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Todi Todi area
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Beautiful Italian Getaway

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay in George and Lynn's home! We traveled with 4 adults and 1 infant and it couldn't have been more perfect...the house is beautiful and cozy. We enjoyed fires in the morning with coffee in the living room when it was chilly and spent many afternoons and evenings outdoors in the garden. It is truly an ideal setting for a family.

The house had everything that we needed to make our stay easy with a one year old and plenty of space. They provided a crib, highchair and even gates to keep our little one from going up and down the stairs. It made our stay so much more relaxing knowing that we didn't have to worry about traveling with all of this overseas. The kitchen had every pot and pan we could want which made cooking so fun and easy.

The town of Todi is a short (albeit steep) walk from the house with many shops and plenty of places to eat. It is a wonderful town with much to see. It is also an ideal location for day trips (we visited Florence, Cortona, Perugia and Orvieto during our stay). We couldn't have asked for a better house and town for our Italian getaway. Thank you both for allowing us the pleasure of staying in your home! Love, The Solomons and Rydlands
  • Submitted: May 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Charming Medieval House in the 'Ideal Town' of Todi, Umbria
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Glorious home in glorious Todi

  • 5 of 5
I just returned to the United States from a two week stay in Todi, Italy at the gorgeous vacation rental #247510. The home was exquisite - spacious, immaculately clean, beautifully appointed and furnished, and perfectly situated. I could not have dreamed of a more comfortable, lovely place to spend my vacation. Moreover, the owners were extraordinarily helpful and kind. They gave me extremely helpful and detailed suggestions about how to get to Todi from Rome; and they arranged for someone to meet me at the bus stop and drive me to the house when I first arrived in town. (My wonderful driver even took me grocery shopping!) They provided me with fabulous suggestions for activities, restaurants, and possible resources (chauffeur, taxi driver, language specialist, physician.) And they checked in on me periodically to make sure I was doing well. I felt enormously valued and cared for - embraced by their generosity and by the loving energy in their home. Bravissimo!
  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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Charming Medieval House in the 'Ideal Town' of Todi, Umbria
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+39 055-2298620
Todi Todi area
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700 year old house loaded with charm

  • 5 of 5
We were three couples in our 70ies and very active so the 4 flights of stairs in house did not bother us. It was fascinating for us to see how the owner had been able to modernize this 700 year old house and still maintain the charm of the place. We thoroughly enjoyed the style of the house, the ceilings, the antique farm doors, and re-purposed lights. It just took a little getting used to the odd arrangement of functionality and style in the kitchen. The views of the Todi country side from the bedroom windows and the 3rd floor patio were classic Umbria. The owner had suggested a chef to come in and give us cooking lesions in the house and it turned out to be a night to be remembered forever. An incredible 7 course dinner served over 5 hours with every one getting their hands dirty.
The main piazza in Todi was only a short 7 minute (uphill) walk away. A very interesting and pretty hilltop town that was not overrun by tourists as we had previously encountered in Pisa, Florence and Rome. Todi is a very clean, attractive and picturesque old city. We had briefly stopped in Todi in 2008 and had vowed to come back and spend more time. We are glad we did.
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Rome, Fiumicino or Perugia S. Egidio
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Todi Ponte Rio
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
E45
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Tarquinia or Sirolo
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
In main square
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Terminillo
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Perugia
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
In main square
Car: recommended

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

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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High
Apr 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
5 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes * $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 the season, the number of people and the length of your stay. $1,500/wk is the 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 the utilities (negotiable depending on season) and €100 clean up fee. The rental fee should be sent 2 months prior to arrival.
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Amenities

Amenities

Todi House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
  • 4 stories
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Living Room
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Chauffeur
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • rock climbing
  • basketball court
  • spelunking
  • whitewater rafting
  • mountain climbing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Insect screens on windows!

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