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Gaetano Zappulla

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, italian

Villa ' Pian del Rocchio ' - Beautiful Country House in a lush Umbria up land

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Terni area Villa Rental Photos and Description

5 BR, 5 BA, Sleeps 10

In Umbria, the green heart of Italy, there is a place that speaks to you with tranquility and peace. A place where you are embraced by nature and history. Where you realize that above else, being on vacation means getting closer to yourself.

Villa Pian del Rocchio is a place designed to accommodate the interest of the people staying there, to respect their inclinations and their wish to stay where they feel truly at ease.

- Completely renovated, Villa Pian del Rocchio has a geometry architecturally defined as 'spontaneous' - typical of the old country homes shaped over the years by adding on new living spaces to satisfy the changing needs of the large farming households that lived there.

- The Villa is in five blocks: three central ones (the Tower, the Hearth, the Kitchen) and two side ones (the Dining Room and the Veranda). The entire 'daytime' is on the ground floor, and the upper floors, with 5 bedrooms, house the 'night-time area'.

THE GROUND FLOOR: The ground levels have floors in 'cotto fiorentino' - Florentine-style fired brick. The doors and windows are in solid chestnut, with roll-up screens.

- The Villa is furnished with beautiful pieces all restored to perfect condition. Combined with the charming colors of the upholstery and wallpaper, they create a warm, family atmosphere.

- The Sitting room is furnished with comfortable sofas and armchairs, plus a spacious built-in bookshelf that also contains a stereo system and satellite television. The large fireplace gives ambiance character and warmth.

- The Dining room has two large windows, one looking out on the garden and the other on the flowerbed with its specimens of 'antiques roses'. The walnut table seats 10-12 guests. A comfortable, colourful 'Dormeuse' for a relaxing afternoon siesta in the cool shade of the house complete the furnishing.

The Game room has two game tables (backgammon, cards, bridge board games and bidding box are available) as well as a harmoniously old-fashioned regular billiards table.

- The spacious yet cosy hi-tech Kitchen is completely furnished and equipped with a large oven and range, a refrigerator/freezer with ice dispenser, a built-in microwave and dishwasher.

- The large cool and sheltered Veranda, adjacent to the house, has a large, rectangular wrought-iron table easily capable of accommodating 12-14 guests for all outdoor occasions.

- The Parlour area has a 'guest bath' and the ground floor Laundry room is equipped with washer and ironing supplies.

THE FIRST & SECOND FLOOR (Mansarda): The bedrooms all have warm, light oaken parquet floors and beds may be quickly rearranged to suit the Guests' needs.

- Of the four first-floor bedrooms with en suite bathroom, one has a double bed and the other three have twin beds.

- The fifth bedroom with en suite bathroom, on the mansard level, is particularly large with a double bed.

- The bathrooms are all delightfully decorated with precious matching tiles, with large showers and ceramic sinks. The marble-lined bathroom has a whirlpool bath.

- All the bedrooms have private terraces that look out on two small lakes, one to the north and one to the south of the Villa, and offer a splendid view of the surroundings.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gaetano Zappulla (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, italian


based on 14 traveler reviews

Villa ' Pian del Rocchio ' - Beautiful Country House in a lush Umbria up land
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Magnifique villa au coeur de l'Ombrie

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé deux très belles semaines dans une villa où tout est d'une qualité et d'une propreté incroyable. Pour les amoureux de nature , c'est l'endroit idéal.

La villa est de tout confort , billard,baby-foot et pour les amateurs de charcuterie Italienne , vous trouverez même une trancheuse professionnelle.

Services irréprochables.

Nous remercions le propriétaire et son épouse(Gaetano et Clara) qui nous ont fait découvrir l'Ombrie et ses environs et avec qui nous avons passé une soirée inoubliable .

Un tout grand merci et à bientôt.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beyond Expectation!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family just completed 4 weeks at Villa Pian Del Rocchio. Our stay, thanks to the accomodations and owners, was incredible. We were a party of up to 9 at times (including two 3 year olds). The villa offers great gathering space both inside and out and is also very accomodating for those times when one wants to be alone for a while. The facilities and amenities were in perfect condition having been impeccably maintained. As described, the views from the Villa and grounds were breathtaking. We really enjoyed the flower gardens, fruit trees and vegetable garden on the property. The outside space and pool provided constant entertainment possibilities or wonderful relaxing areas depending on your need at a particular moment. As far as the owners, Gaetano and Clara, I can't say enough. From our landing at Rome airport to our depature 4 weeks later, Gaetano and Clara were extremely helpful, informative and available as needed. We honestly felt that we were treated like family. They were an encyclopedia of information and recommendations for all thing Umbria. Their advice was always right on as far as restaurant recommendations, shopping locations, driving directions, vineyard advice and must see sights and towns of Umbria. When we left the Villa for the last time on June 27, 2015 we left good friends. We look forward to seeing Gaetano and Clara again. We would highly recommend Villa Pian Del Rocchio. It will not disappoint!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

The villa is fantastic and so is Umbrie! We enjoyed our holidays very much. We have visited Rome, Assisi, Marmore (waterfalls), Orvieto and Florence: beautiful cities and surroundings. The villa has everything you want, is very clean and well equiped and has a perfect swimmingpool and a stunning view. The owners are very welcoming and helpfull. We can recommand this villa!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Columbia, South Carolina USA

Pian del Rocchio - A Place To Visit Again And Again!

  • 5 of 5

Differences of opinion create healthy discourse. However, in this day of social media we all need to avoid frivolous conversations that can do damage to another's reputation. With this being said, I rarely write a second or third review about an accommodation. But, I was so shocked to read the review indicating that the host of Pian del Rocchio was less than excellent in his hospitality towards his guests that I felt compelled to do so. I have not been requested to do this by the owner. In fact, he is able to defend himself without my aid. But, as a person who retired out of the hospitality industry, I know how much damage one poor review can create.

Here is what I have to say. We have visited Pian del Rocchio in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and just recently September 2012. Our first visit in 2005 was the most complicated as it included a large group of people coming from various directions. Everyone needed assistance of some sort.....limos, buses, car rentals, train schedules....all arriving at different times and on different days. On top of that I requested that the host find a suitable restaurant to celebrate a 60th birthday party with musical entertainment. No task that I asked was too difficult for the owner. During our month long stay a multitude of requests were made of the host and never once did he hesitate to fulfill our requests or attend to our needs with the upmost grace and charm. He went out of his way to ensure that we were familiar with everything in the house as well as taking us on a tour of all the local points of interest including cantina, grocery stores, post office, restaurants, etc. On all future visits we have experienced this same high level of hospitality. When I make recommendations to my friends (2 groups have since stayed at Pian del Rocchio based on my recommendations), the accommodations have to meet 2 criteria: the host/hostess have to make the stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible; and the accommodation has to be one that I would stay in again and again. The owner on each on the 5 years we have visited Pian del Rocchio has exceeded all my expectations. It is only natural that there are regulations regarding a stay in a vacation rental. It is the responsibility of the guest to comply. I can see from reading other reviews that the host has consistently received 5 star reviews. I trust that those reviewing Pian del Rochhio will recognize the 5 star reviews are reliable reviews.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Donna, you have been capable to touch my feelings with your nice words of appreciation and friendship towards me. I’m really honoured and proud for the fond memories you have widely lavished in regard to the Villa Pian del Rocchio’s hospitality. Please accept my best thanks and please be sure that you and your family will be always most welcome in your Umbrian holiday house in Pian del Rocchio with us. Ciao e Arrivederci Gaetano
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Midlands, UK

Extremely disappointing, beautiful villa but only go if you can guarantee you will be there on time!

  • 1 of 5

Have read the other reviews on a number of websites and feel that we have to put our experience to give a fair appraisal of this villa. Firstly the positives, it is quite simply a beautiful location and the villa itself was beautiful and clean with the most outstanding views of the countryside. You can literally see for miles.

HOWEVER we were late arriving in Italy due to plane delays. When we phoned to let the owner know we were running later than anticipated, we were greeted by a torrent of abuse. Not what you expect when you have paid a considerable amount, are tired from delays, have two babies with you and are on HOLIDAY. Granted he came out to meet us (shouted down the phone to tell us to stay where we were) but when he got out of his car, immediately started shouting again, he called us "stupido people", asked us how old we were saying "you should know better" and told us that we were very rude for interrupting his family dinner and that the least we could of done was called (he said he had been trying to call us repeatedly - turned out he had been calling the UK landline). He threatened to not let us have the villa and then said that he would, but only because of the bambino's got in his car shouted at us to follow and drove off at speed around the twisting hills.

I am a psychologist and so would like to think that I am quite calm in my approach, therefore knowing that the only way we were likely to have a roof above our heads, would be if we managed to calm him down. Therefore when we arrived he got out of the car and stood there not saying anything, so I thanked him and continued to apologise as we had been doing. He responded by getting up close to my face & shouting "you think you say sorry and it all be ok, it's not ok I am very angry..." After much apologising for our 'rudeness' he finally let us in. He then showed us around the villa.

I would like to say this was as the other reviewers have described, but to say he was pedantic would be an understatement. He clearly thought they've wasted my time, I'll waste theirs. He showed us how to turn on & off every light switch, every hob on the cooker, showed us the contents of every cupboard ("in here pans, in here nothing, in here nothing, in here glasses" etc you get the idea!).

The owners live on site & throughout the stay he kept walking in (let a sky man in to do the sky - it wasn't broken) and kept telling us we were using too much electricity!

So a beautiful place thoroughly spoilt!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wish to thank you for your kind appreciation in your review of the “beautiful location, the Villa and the outstanding views of the countryside”. However, it does appear that we have two different views of the events that occurred. I have outlined below the evening of your arrival and your very cordial departure. First two remarks: A) Guests receive, with the booking confirmation, a MAP with detailed “Driving Directions”. The email recommends that the Guests phone the Owner upon arrival at the Airport in order to jointly agree on the most convenient time to meet each other at the fixed “Gas Station Meeting Point” near the Villa. This meeting point is reached in about 2 hours car drive from the Airport. B) The Owner requests that the Guest’s arrival time at the Villa be between 3 - 7:30 pm unless a different time has been agreed upon, by Parties involved. You say … “When we phoned to let the owner know we were running later than anticipated …” the truth is that you didn’t phone the Owner until 8:30 pm saying that you had already arrived in Marsciano (a small town 4 km from the Villa) and you were not at the agreed upon Gas Station Meeting Point. 1) Upon the arrival in Rome you did not place a phone call to the Owner. Instead, you drove directly to an unidentified location in Marsciano and 2 hours later, at 8:30 pm, you phoned the Owner. 2) The Owner, left his family at the restaurant and in about 15 minutes arrived in the place as earlier identified by you on the phone. The Owner asked you to follow him to the Villa where he provided necessities to the 3 ladies and 2 babies in order for them to be comfortable. 4) At 10:30 pm the Owner willing took you and the 2 other young men to a Restaurant and asked for emergency assistance in providing “pizza” for 6 persons and milk for 2 babies to take away to the Villa. 5) At 11:30 pm, back at the Villa, the Owner checked if the overall situation was fully under control and was assured by you that it was. 6) At midnight, the Owner wished “goodnight” to everybody. One week later, you left the Villa and the Owner still remembers the warm thanks you gave for the “extraordinary” reception you received particularly for the 3 ladies and 2 babies. On 04/02/2013, exactly 6 months later, the Owner receives your surprising review. A vacation, particularly, in a foreign country is meant to be a pleasant experience. Clearly you do not think that you had such an experience. The Owner regrets that very much.
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East Sussex, UK

Our little piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Pian Del Rocchio is our home away from home and our little piece of heaven. We have been going to Pian Del Rocchio for the last five consecutive years with our family ranging from age 67 to 3 so this really is a place for all ages and dare I add that on the first day of my first year I broke my foot and coped well with a leg in plaster and on crutches too! Do I want to share this dream? No but that's just being selfish so here goes.

Our hosts Gaetano and Clara are without doubt the most gracious, hostpitable and helpfull, people you could wish for, nothing is to much trouble. You can always be assured of a warm friendly welcome.

The villa's location overlooks the magnificent rolling hills of Umbria with such peace and tranquility that you feel as if the world has stopped for a moment. It's excellent position is great for sightseeing and the local town of Marsciano has everthing you need from good supermarkets, a weekly market, an amazing wine cooperative, great restaurants, and of course the obligatory gelateria which is fantastic.

The villa is as I said is a real home from home. Beautifully furnished and equiped with everything you could ever need. It's cleanliness is second to none. The gardens are safe and the large beautiful pool is delighfully refreshing and child friendly, with numerous sunbeds, chairs and umbrellas. So whether you want to bake in the sun or find a quiet shady spot it's all there.

We love Pian Del Rocchio and in the five years we have been going our daughter got engaged there and this year she found out she's expecting her first child so this is a truly magical place for us and we will be back for our sixth year in 2012!

Don't hesitate just book a little piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Perugia Airport / Rome Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Perugia - San Mariano
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
E 45
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Todi = 15Km; Perugia = 40Km, Orvieto = 50Km, Spoleto = 60Km


In the municipality of San Venanzo in the province of Terni rises Pian del Rocchio, the plain that is home to the house that bears its name.

- Villa Pian del Rocchio, a 'Vacation House' surrounded by a large garden with pool, is situated in a beautiful, typically Umbrian green upland plain at 450 meters above sea level, amid gentle hills sloping towards the Tiber River Valley.

- In a triangle right between Orvieto, Perugia and Todi - all just minutes away - Villa Pian del Rocchio is two kilometers from the Medieval village of Collelungo, and four and five kilometers from Marsciano and San Venanzo respectively.

Other Activities: Shopping, Cooking Class, Ceramic Class, Daily Touristic Tours (Guide), Wine Tours


Rates & Availability

Marsciano Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2017
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest
July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
August 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $28 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

* Prices are per Person
* Prices Include Taxes, Gas, Electricity, Hot water, Pool, Internet, Linen &Towel, Cot, Maid service for bathrooms cleaning on Wednesday.
* Prices Exclude 90 Euro for the Villa cleaning every Saturday
* Advance Payment 30% when Booking - Balance Payment 70%, 8 weeks before Arrival Date
* Refundable Damage Deposit on arrival of Euro 400, to be refunded on check out
* Payment by Bank Money Transfer

For Payment Terms, please see "Notes" herebelow

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Terni area Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 m²
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bidet
    Pool Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
  • Bedrooms, upon request, are arranged as per guest's needs.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 16 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • tennis
Covered parking, Billiards, Card-tables, Bridge cards and bidding box, backgammon, Foosball, Tennis table, Ironing supplies

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