About the property
- Apartment1076 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Apartment, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
You’ll find La Gardenia in the heart of Todi, an Umbrian hilltown famous for its picturesque winding streets and breathtaking views. It has been recommended by Lonely Planet’s Tuscany/Umbria edition, and it is easy to see why. This is a place where you feel instantly at home, because the apartment belongs to an Italian, not a foreigner using it as an investment. It has been in the family for generations and the owner has personally seen to its decoration. The result is an eclectic and harmonious combination of cherished family heirlooms and stylish contemporary pieces. At La Gardenia, you’ll be welcomed as a traveller -- even a member of the family -- and never an anonymous tourist.
The apartment is situated on the upper two floors of a traditional stone-built house dating from the Middle Ages. Because the house is taller than those surrounding it, each room enjoys plenty of light all day long (many such houses can be dark and damp), and there are stunning views over rooftops, churches and town monuments. The balcony offers fresh air and a peaceful view of the surrounding hills.
The First Floor has a formal living-room with lovely 19th-century antiques and 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 single) connected by a full bathroom. Both bedrooms have fine views.
The Second Floor has a dining-room with a table for four which leads out onto a balcony with beautiful views over the hills to the south and west. The sunsets behind the cupola of the famous Renaissance church of the Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione are amazing. There is a fully equipped kitchen open to the dining-room on one side and a sitting-room (with sofabed) on the other, and a single bedroom with half bath.
The narrow streets of Todi are beautiful but can also present parking problems. Directly in front of La Gardenia is a small piazza where you stop to unload your bags. And only a few metres down the road there is unlimited secure free parking.
Carlo Rocchi Bilancini
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- May 5, 2018
About Carlo Rocchi Bilancini
Carlo is a native of Todi, Umbria. A professional photographer who also works for the Umbria's cultural sector, he is perfectly placed to help you explore the region's rich history and abundant tourist attractions. The apartment at La Gardenia has been in the family for generations and Carlo has personally seen to its decoration. The result is an eclectic and harmonious combination of cherished family heirlooms and stylish contemporary pieces. You will feel instantly at home in this environment, a traveller -- even a member of the family -- and not an anonymous tourist.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
elegant and spacious townhouse in Todi
This beautiful townhouse is in a very old building on a quiet street in Todi, which is a perfect base for exploring Umbria. Carlo has renovated and decorated the apartment impeccably. It has much more space than we expected: two bedrooms, a formal salon with historical furniture, and a bathroom on one level, and a modern living room, dining room, large kitchen, half bath, and balcony on another level. The balcony does indeed have breathtaking views of church bells, rooftops, and the countryside beneath Todi. The main bed has a new and very comfortable mattress. The kitchen is well appointed, including a washing machine, and can accommodate full meals. The best feature is Carlo, who is enthusiastic, welcoming, and a gold mine of suggestions, maps, and guides. Highly recommended.
We absolutely loved staying in Carlo's apartment in Todi. The view is unbelievable (almost every window has an incredible view). We spent a lot of time on the balcony relaxing at the end of each day. Carlo is a perfect host. He really goes out of his way to make sure you are happy and comfortable in his home. When we booked the apartment, we thought that it might be too big since it is just for two of us. We never regretted our decision. It was such a treat to have some extra room to relax in. The location is perfect. We visited several of the medieval hill top towns in the region during our five night stay and we agreed that Todi is our favorite. So charming and a central location to so much to see and do in the area. We walked everywhere in Todi. There was no need for us to use our car once we returned from our many day trips. The highlight of our trip was a cooking class with La Lingua La Vita school. If you are looking for an authentic experience with an Italian family, we highly recommend doing this.
An Exquisite Experience in Umbria
My husband and I stayed at the apartment in mid November 2016. As you can see from the other reviews, this apartment is a wonderful place. Todi is a beautiful Medieval labyrinth and you feel as though you are living inside a fairy tale. The apartment is located on two floors. Below are 2 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 single), a full bath, as well as an amazing room filled with Carlo's family antique furniture and paintings. Upstairs is a another room which can be used as a bedroom, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath. The 3rd floor also has an amazing balcony facing south overlooking the hills of Umbria. The view actually brought tears to my eyes. From there, you can see sunrise and sunset. The apartment is clean, comfortable, the beds are comfortable, the towels are plentiful and plush, the kitchen is charming and utilitarian, but most importantly, it is actually a home with interesting art and books. For us, the best part of renting the apartment was Carlo. Carlo is a talented photographer and his work hangs in the apartment. He is also a wonderful host. He keeps a book with all of his suggestions for restaurants, coffee, shops, and outings. He has travel books for use, and many maps for your use. Todi is centrally located to many other towns. With Carlo's help we could suggest an itinerary of Assisi one day, a second day to Civita Bagnorigio and Orvieto, and a third day to Bagnava, Spello and Montefalco (this direction has amazing rural landscapes of olive groves and vineyards). Carlo also suggested a cooking class at the School of Italian Language and Culture in Todi. You can contact them directly and they will make arrangements. The class was in a family's home in Todi, and it was a highlight of our trip. Umbria is amazing, Todi is amazing and the apartment is amazing. I have used VRBO and similar sites for many years, and I can give this apartment my highest recommendation. Thank you Carlo. We hope we can host you when you come to NY !
La Gardenia is excellent!
Carlo was a fantastic host meeting us over coffee and then helping us get moved into La Gardenia where we had fresh fruit, water, and coffee waiting for us. He gave us a tour of Todi, made many recommendations and even helped coordinate a cooking class.
La Gardenia has an amazing view, is spacious and beautifully decorated. It is very clean and well stocked. We had everything we needed!
We will return to La Gardenia!!
My wife and I found this to a very nice apartment which met our expectations in every way. Location is great, right in the heart of Todi. Apartment was very comfortable, clean, well maintained with all the amenities one might expect. Top floor living and kitchen area offers nice privacy and natural light with great views of the surrounding area. Host Carlo was exceptional, meeting us personally, helping with luggage, and taking the time to answer questions about Todi and recommending restaurants, markets, and nearby places to visit.
I would recommend this to anyone visiting Umbria. The only possible drawback for some might the the steps up to the apartment. Visitors need to be ok with climbing a flight of stairs into the apartment. And, of course, Todi itself is a 'hill town'.
Still Dreaming of La Gardenia
My first visit to Todi in Umbria, and upon arrival I am politely escorted to La Gardenia by its Owner, Mr. Carlo Bilancini. Carlo is a charismatic fellow and a Todi native who seems to know and is known by everyone we meet along the way. Halfway up (or down) Via S. Maria in Cammuccia, Carlo guides us into a quiet alcove where we find the heavy wooden door that is so characteristic of the homes in this beautiful medieval city. Up the several steps we climb and enter La Gardenia, which has reportedly been in Carlo’s family for generations. For the next 11 days, La Gardenia will be our home-away-from-home and our central point of embarkation for numerous side trips to various scenic locations in Umbria and Tuscany.
The quiet, very private apartment is everything my traveling companion and I need. Smartly but simply decorated, each room has an open, airy feel. Carlo is a professional photographer and we later learn that many of the photographs that adorn the walls are his own work. Everything is spotlessly clean, including, most importantly, the bathrooms. The bedrooms are all ample in size and the bed in the smaller of the two rooms adjoining the Master Bath is plenty comfortable for me. The fully-equipped kitchen is simple, but roomier than many other European kitchens I have seen, with an adjacent family-style dining room, where we spend much of our time. If they wanted to, a family could easily prepare and eat all meals right there in La Gardenia.
And once you throw open the French doors to the balcony, you might just want to do that. The panoramic view of the entire Southern side of Todi is simply spectacular. From this point you can see the sun rise from over the mountains (an occasional hot air balloon in the distance), and then enjoy it again as it sets directly over the cupola of the Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione into the Fiume Tevere valley on its way to Orvieto. A photographer’s dream. Simply breath-taking and I briefly consider spending all 11 days right there without ever leaving the apartment. I don’t, of course, as Todi’s central piazza is just a short walk past the shops and up the hill. But I am most happy to return each evening to enjoy the quiet starlit sky from the balcony.
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Gas/Heating is required for rentals from October to April.