|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Our beautiful apartment is set in the middle of the charming Umbrian hill town of Città Della Pieve ('Pieve' for short). It is 1100 sq. feet (110 sq. meters) with two bedrooms (one master with queen bed, and dressing room, one with two single beds) -- both with spacious 'en suite' bathrooms. The main floor has an open plan living room and combined kitchen-dining room. Adjoining are the master BR and bath, with a shower as well as large tub. The view is breathtaking: westward at the expanse of the 'Val di Chiana, dividing Tuscany and Umbria. The Tuscan towns of Piazze, Cetona, Sarteano, Chianciano, and Montepulciano can easily be seen.The second floor is comprised of the second bedroom and bathroom. The apartment is elegantly furnished with antiques and modern pieces. It is well-equipped and very comfortable. There is Wi-Fi and an MP3 stereo, but no TV (we think that's a plus). There's a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, gas range, four-burner cooktop, large refrigerator (by European standards), and a variety of small electrical appliances. And of course there is a hand crank pasta machine for special occasion meals. There is a clothes washer (no dryer, but a 'standino' for drying clothes as the locals do). In addition to the living space, the apartment has a large cantina for storing wine and olive oil.
Città Della Pieve is as picturesque and as pleasant as you can possibly imagine. It is rich in history, tradition, art, and cuisine, and everything you need can be found within a short walking distance from our front door. Pieve is situated near the border of Tuscany, two hours north of Rome (1 hr. 40 min by train). Many destinations in Tuscany and Umbria are easily accessible by car (and often, by train from nearby Chiusi). Thus day trips from Pieve will bring you to, for example: Orvieto, Assisi, Cortona, Perugia, the Tuscan 'Wine Trail', Florence, and Siena -- not to mention many beautiful villages and towns close by in Tuscany and Umbria. And, because the 'star attractions' are elsewhere, Città Della Pieve remains a 'real' town, not a tourist trap, and from your first day will feel like a second home.
Some activities that we have enjoyed in Pieve include, walks and hikes with small organized walking groups, the harvests: grape, olive, saffron, chestnut (autumn), festivals and processions (too many saints to list here!), The l'infiorata (June), The Palio (August), Trasimeno Blues, Umbria Jazz, and many, many more. The summer nights, for example, are filled with free concerts in the various churches and piazzas of the town, as well as plays, operas, and concerts held in Pieve's jewel of a theater.
Finally, our town is characterized by the openness of its people. They are not jaded by a steady stream of tourists, but are thrilled to interact with you, share their knowledge, their time, their town. You will find yourself included, and because we have a large community of friends, you will have the privilege of availing yourself of their generosity and companionship if you choose.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a cleaning fee (80 EUR, regardless of length of stay) payable in cash to our caretaker Angela. ** This fee is NOT reflected in the fees shown on the website. **
We live in Portland, OR, in the U.S., but Jan lived in Italy as a child, and we met in Rome while attending college. For many, many years we talked about doing more than just vacationing in Italy. In 2000 we 'discovered' Città Della Pieve, and from that point it was only a matter of time before we made a second home there.
Jan Martin & Toby Chamberlain purchased this apartment in 2009
Città Della Pieve is a very friendly, vibrant town. Its central location provides access to enough day trips to fill every moment of a two week vacation. Sharing a border with Tuscany makes many Tuscan destinations within easy reach by train (Chiusi, 6 km. away is a major rail hub) or by car. However, many of our guests have commented that of all the places they visited, coming home to Pieve was the highlight of their trip. We have a wonderful community of friends, both Italian and expatriate, who will be willing to help you out, give advice, notify you of the free concert happening in the cathedral, and include you in the morning cappuccino ritual if you would like. In the beginning, we wondered if we would miss having an outdoor space with the apartment, but all of Pieve is our recreation area. The numerous bars, restaurants and gelaterias with their lovely outdoor tables and pergolas, the piazzas, and park benches, all of this is ours, and yours, to enjoy. The Umbrian countryside is gorgeous, but we chose a life inside the walls of this unique hill town to be part of a community and participate in its celebrations and rich cultural life. There is something happening almost every day. We believe once you experience Citta della Pieve, it will call you back.
This apartment, like the ones adjacent to it, is built into one of the medieval walls surrounding our town. A few hundred years ago, the space was part of a communal bakery. The apartment was last inhabited fifty years ago by a couple from Rome. When we first saw it in 2008, it was dirt floors, and rough brick walls, and not much else. I hope you'll agree that by the time we were through making it into a home, we had something special.
Il nostro soggiorno a Città della Pieve, dal 30/12 al 3/1, è stato davvero piacevole. Complice una casa silenziosa, aggraziata, immersa nel contesto medievale del luogo dove, soprattutto, non abbiamo trovato manchevolezze di alcun genere.
Tutto era presente senza chiasso: oggetti di primaria importanza, elementi di arredo, angolini davvero utili e funzionali.
L’assenza di televisione è un valore aggiunto così come lo è stata la connessione WIFI, l’igiene in primis e la Sig.ra Angela presente e solerte al nostro arrivo.
Per il resto, da molti anni frequentiamo la Pieve e camminare e gustare ci riempie di vita.
Abbiamo salutato quella “casa” con un ARRIVEDERCI.
Annalisa sergio e le porzie
The apartment has an amazing view of the Umbrian countryside. My first impression was "I could live here". No detail is left undone, right down to the braiding of the electrical wires to provide a clean look. All appliances are new and the apartment is simply cozy. The area is one of the most spectacular places I've ever visited and Citta' della Pieve is central to being able to reach so many beautiful little cities in Umbria and Tuscany. I will definitely be trying to use this property again.
My wife and two daughters stayed here while visiting Italy. This was a great place to stay while we visited the sites in and around Tuscany. The apartment is absolutely beautiful and the view is spectacular. We would stay there again if we ever go back. The town is also very friendly and quite, it is also very central making it easy to get to a lot of places. Angela was excellent. She was very friendly and helpful. She showed us around the apartment and made sure we new how to operate everything. I would recommend this place in a heart beat.
Thank you Angela and Toby!
I stayed here with my daughter, who had been studying in Rome, in December of 2012 (note this site would not allow the correct date of travel). From our first arrival to the our departure I thought I couldn't wait to bring my husband to this magical place. We are traveling back there very soon. I truly can not wait!
Wow, what an amazing little and very old town! Citta Della Pieve (CDP pronounced in English: "Chee Dee Pee"), is the kind of town you had no idea still existed, inhabited by real people, unspoiled by tourist busses and shops selling only trinkets and chocolate. There are stores that sell to locals, and tourists are welcome, but it is not a tourist town. But it LOOKs like one of the Disneyland "towns", as if Captain Jack Sparrow might turn the corner any moment and off you go on some new adventure! This apartment is spacious and comfy and puts you right in the old part of town.
A few key things to catch in CDP:
• Vicolo Baciadonne (Baciadonne Alley) - the narrowest street in Italy;
• Flag throwing and flower art on the streets for “Infiorata”;
• Amazing wafer thin pizzas at Perugino’s;
• Art by Perugino (the artist, not the pizza guy);
• Tiny twisty streets with flower pots hanging from 700-year old walls
CDP is centrally located, and with a rental car (there is ample parking around town) we could use it as a home base. On our trip, we spent 12 days in CDP and managed day trips to:
• Civita di Bagnoregio (perched on a rock outcrop, accessible only by a narrow bridge);
• Assisi (St. Francis’ home town – be sure to lunch at La Bottega dei Sapori in the central piazza);
• Lunch in Perugia and Brunellos (tasting, buying and shipping home) in Montalcino;
• Spoleto (ancient fort, Roman ruins and aqueduct, amazing town) then dinner on the piazza in Montefalco;
• Cortona for shopping and wine;
• Overnight trip to Florence (two days of sights there);
• Montepulciano and a deep Etruscan era wine cellar;
• Siena for the Palio trial
This is an amazing town, and this apartment is spacious and comfortable. Go!
Beautiful house and exceptional view. Kitchen really well-stocked, which was appreciated. Everything clean and in excellent working order. Lovely, charming, authentic (and less-touristy-than-most) hilltop town. Town itself has tons to explore, and is a perfectly-sited jumping off point for easy (and awesome) day trips. Highly recommended!
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.