Villa del Sogno captures the essence of Umbria, the province known as the green heart of Italy. The large restored stone farmhouse sits high on a hill overlooking the Tiber River Valley, and is surrounded by vineyards that produce the famed Orvieto Classico white wine.
Villa del Sogno is a quiet, peaceful oasis in the midst of vineyards about two miles from a main route that leads to the hill town of Orvieto. Only an hour by train to Rome and two hours to Florence, it is a convenient location for many sightseeing excursions. The Orvieto train station is 10 minutes from the house and has a free parking lot.
Orvieto is a wonderful town for shopping, eating, and wandering. The cathedral is located in the heart of the town and is considered to be the best Gothic church in Italy. There are also underground caves to explore, other small churches, lovely shops, restaurants, wine bars, and gelaterias.
There is a renowned outdoor market twice a week in the Piazza del Popolo, and views that range from glances down classic, minute Italian streets to scans over the ramparts to the valley below.
Villa del Sogno has been carefully restored. The architecture is still that of a classic stone house, while the sunny interiors have been updated. White walls and chestnut beams frame contemporary and comfortably furnished rooms. The open kitchen is decorated with blue and white Florentine tiles and is superbly equipped (one of the owners was the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine) with a large stove, marble island, and two refrigerators. The villa's cook, Alexandra, is available(at clients' expense) upon request. Her wonderfully varied menus can be served at the dining table or outside on a stone table under the pergola.
The house has three separate terraces so there is ample space for privacy as well as entertaining. The swimming pool is on its own terrace with a pergola for dining and hammocks for afternoon naps. There are chaises with awning covers and large white umbrellas to provide shade.
An English house manager will greet you on your arrival and be available to help you with local information and reservations. There is a complimentary food and basket for you to enjoy at your leisure. Villa del Sogno is a beautiful destination where you can relax, dine, and soak in Italy.
-Appropriate day trips include: Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto, Banoregio, Deruta, Viterbo, Sorano, Pitigliano, Siena, Florence, Rome, Tarquinia, Todi, Basci, Porto Santo Stefano, and many other small hilltown villages in Umbria, Tuscany, Lazio.
-Wealth of local restaurants.
-Local festivals and open markets throughout spring, summer and fall seasons.
-15 minute drive to Orvieto center.
-10 minute drive to supermarket shopping.