Nestled in a hidden valley in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, lies the tiny village of Vallocchia. A village of approximately twenty homes, it is a quiet and friendly outpost where one can enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains with the city of Spoleto only 10 minutes away. Vallocchia offers a serenity and a way of life long forgotten in most parts of the world today.
The house itself, located in the heart of the village, 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 the second bedroom a floor below, at street level.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.
There are no shops or restaurants in Vallocchia, just a couple of horses, a smattering of lovely villagers, and lots of peace and quiet. Vallocchia is a sleepy, pastoral village, but what it lacks in amenities, it makes up for in beauty and charm. There is private parking on the property that easily accommodates 2-3 cars.
You can expect all the comforts and coziness of a real home including high speed internet. The kitchen and bedrooms are connected by a circular staircase. The kitchen is a fully stocked cooks' kitchen with All-Clad cookware. In the basement is a third bathroom with shower and laundry facilities. The kitchen and bedrooms are connected by a circular staircase. A small third bedroom is off the living room.
Things to do:: 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.
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
We fell in love with it the moment we saw it! Except for the advent of electricity, running water, and a recently restored road, the village is much as it was hundreds of years ago. Vallocchia is protected as a historic site and is one of the best preserved villages of its kind in all of Umbria.