Exceptional Digs in Umbria
The Apartment: This property is very large, comfortably and tastefully furnished, and beautifully maintained. It is the entire middle floor of a fine old palazzo, and has two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with a Jacuzzi tub, the other with a shower stall), a complete kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a huge living room, and a lovely dining room. In addition, there is an office stocked with books, videos, and music CDs. (This is the owners second home, so you’ll find just about everything else you need, including a washer.) All the rooms except the kitchen and second bath have tall French windows, and all rooms have marble or ceramic tile floors and high ceilings. There are amazing views over the Umbrian countryside from the windows and the roomy balconies. In addition, there is a private garden below which the owner, an amiable and cultured gentleman, describes as a work-in-progress. It too has beautiful views through the grape arbor and is scented by masses of star jasmine. The palazzo is perched high on a cliff at the edge of town but is within 5 minutes by foot of the main square. We certainly appreciated being able to reserve the apartment and pay for it by credit card. The Town: Narni is an unspoiled Umbrian hill town, with all the narrow, winding, picturesque medieval streets anyone could desire. There are wonderful old churches, good restaurants and friendly cafes, well-stocked alimentari for food & wine, and an outdoor market on Saturdays. Just below the town are the huge remains of a famous 2000 year-old Roman bridge. We stayed a month and used buses and trains to tour other Umbrian towns. It’s easy to do, and you can day-trip into Rome by train, an hour or so each way. The train station is in Narni Scalo, at the bottom of the hill. There are frequent buses connecting Narni to the lower town, so no problem getting to and from the station, although the bus schedule is reduced on Sundays and holidays There are a couple of well-stocked supermarkets in Narni Scalo as well, easily reached by bus, especially the A & O, with bus stops each way right in front. If you have a car you can park it for free in the town parking lot and use the elevators to get to the main square. Narni is the exact geographic center of Italy, and if you love the country you can experience it here in comfort. This was our seventh rental in Italy and by far the best!
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Helpful votes: 8/8
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