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Anna Matranga

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

Gorgeous 18th Century Stone Villa, Stunning Views, Pool, Wifi

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Perugia area Villa Rental Photos and Description

360 Sq.m, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Pure Luxury

Villa dolce vita is an elegant stone house immersed in the green umbrian hills. The house is made in stone and shows the main characteristics of umbrian rural architecture. Immersed in a breathtaking green landscape, villa dolce vita offers an unforgettable vacation of relaxation and tranquility.

All the interior furnishings are antique, and they work in harmony with the ancient structure of the house. All the finishings are of the highest quality, such as the 'cotto' pavements and wooden ceiling beams.

The house is on two levels. The main entrance is on the ground floor, composed by a living room, dining room and kitchen. All the rooms on the ground floor have direct access to the garden via french doors. From the kitchen one can access the loggia and the pergola, each of them well equipped with tables and chairs for pleasant outdoor dining. The first floor is reached via an internal “cotto” staircase. Here there is a double bedroom with king size bed (this room is also reachable from outside through an external staircase) with an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower, a double bedroom with french size bed with en-suite bathroom with shower, another double bedroom , a twin bedroom and a bathroom with shower. All the bedrooms have window screens, and fans.

The park spreads out over two acres and is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers that perfume the air. The area is mostly covered by a beautiful well kept green lawn and olive grove with 30 trees. The garden around the house is shaded by secular trees and is equipped with wooden sun lounges and tables. Near to the kitchen there is the loggia and a pergola perfect for alfresco dining, furnished with an outdoor teak dining table that comfortably seats 12. There is also an ancient pizza oven, and a barbecue. Natural steps lead to the swimming pool area with its breathtaking view over the evergreen umbrian valley.

The rectangular-shaped pool is located inside the park and is totally surrounded by a wooden deck, curated green lawn and covered pergola area. The position of the pool offers spectacular views over the gentle umbrian hills. It is situated on a lower terrace level to the right of the house, about 100m from the main entrance. The pool area is spectacularly lit at nighttime, and has a chlorine purification system. It measures 6 x 12 m with a constant depth of 1.50m. Natural and cotto steps lead to the pool which is lined with blue pvc. The spacious solarium area is composed of stone and lawn and is equipped with double canopee bed, six sunbeds with cushions and a covered pergola with climbing roses. The pool is open from the last saturday of april to the first saturday in october.

Although the house is located in Monte Castello di Vibio, the closest town center is in Fratta Todina, only 3 kilometers away. Here, you will find a supermarket, ATM, butcher, pharmacy, post office, beautician, coffee bars, and pizzeria.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Anna Matranga (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

About Anna Matranga

We are a married couple who have made Italy our home for almost two decades, first in Rome and now in Milan. Villa Dolce Vita is where we exhale.

Anna Matranga purchased this villa in 2007

Why Anna Matranga chose Perugia area

It was love at first sight with Villa Dolce Vita. We had decided to buy a farmhouse in the Todi area, and knew as soon as we approached the house that this was the one. The location took our breath away, with its open views of checkerboard fields and stone farm houses across the valley. And the magnificent silence!

Once inside, we saw what the house COULD become, with love and commitment. We spent two years renovating it, and the house now truly reflects our tastes and passions.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Dolce Vita is a stone farm house with an elegant soul. Everything about the house is designed to instill peace, and provide luxurious comfort. From the antique furnishings to the linens to the kitchenware, everything is of the finest quality.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Gorgeous 18th Century Stone Villa, Stunning Views, Pool, Wifi
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Utterly gorgeous villa in an idyllic spot

  • 5 of 5

Dolce Vita was an amazing place to stay. The villa is even more stunning than the pictures suggest and it has the most incredible views. The owners were very helpful, answering my questions and suggesting options such as a meal cooked on arrival by the local lady (delicious, thanks Tushari!). The remoteness added to the appeal and romance but the directions to get there were spot on and we had no problems finding the place. The villa was well equipped and beautifully decorated. We took two small children (ages 5 and 3) and concluded it was probably better suited to slightly older children due to steps and the un-gated pool but it wasn't a problem for us and the boys had a marvellous time. The nearby town of Todi is one to visit, with a beautiful old town centre and grand cathedral. We would also recommend the waterfalls, Cascata delle Marmore, a bit further away but spectacular and dramatic (check the website first for times when the upstream dam is open). All in all a lovely holiday. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Just splendid

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the lovely Dolce Vita villa which was a fantastic getaway from the busy city life. Remotely located with unspoilt views of the Umbria hills this villa has all the comforts one could wish for. The owners are very helpful and knowledgable, providing good addresses to eat out, shop and what to do locally. Highly recommended for a chilled out holiday with good food and beautiful scenery.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Upstate NY

La Dolce Vita indeed

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about La Dolce Vita. The house is on a stunning and totally

private site overlooking a lovely agricultural valley. The owners did an amazing job updating

a beautiful building, and the taste shown in the materials, design and furnishings is impeccable. Everywhere one looks there is beauty. The kitchen is fully equipped with the

highest quality tools and was a delight to work in with wonderful local ingredients. The outdoor spaces have perfect feng shui, great for enjoying the magical setting and sunsets.

The house was spotless, and though we didn't need any special services from the housekeeper, she and her husband made themselves very accessible. We enjoyed daytrips

to Assisi, Perugia, Todi (where we loved shopping at the EMI), Spoleto, Bevagna (excellent

lunch at Trattoria di Oskar) and Montefalco.

I have stayed at many properties in Europe, the Caribbean and the US, and this is the best

house of all.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Concord, Massachusetts

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

La Dolce Vita has the most breath taken views in the Umbrian countryside. It is remote and really private which is exactly what we were looking for when searching to vacation in Umbria. The kitchen is updated and very American so it is no different than using our own kitchen at home. The indoor/outdoor feeling of the whole house was amazing. Everything was clean and the caretakers and owners are extremely kind and helpful. I would recommended this place to anyone. I am generally a high-end picky traveler when it comes to accommodations and this place did not disappoint.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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A bit of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

If there is a bit of heaven on earth, it is definitely on top of a hill in Fratta Todina at Villa La Dolce Vita. My husband and I just returned to New York from spending a month there and had the time of our lives. The house is beautiful, roomy, appointed to perfection and has views from every window that you will never forget. Upon arriving at the house we were warmly greeted by the owners Martin and Anna who explained everything in the house in enough detail so it made using the house as easy as living in your own! Not only were they there to greet you, but were there by phone and/ or email to help us throughout our stay with reservations, hiring a chef or for anything we might need.

The family that takes care of the house ,work hard to ensure that everything is kept perfectly....the lawns, the pool, the house, the bed linens, towels. Nothing is overlooked and is of the highest quality.

We had family and friends visit during our time there and spent wonderful hours eating outside, sitting at the pool, listening to music and lolling on the beautiful grounds which are spacious enough that no one is on top of the other, lending to the peace and tranquility of the villa.

We made day trips to many towns in Umbria...Assisi, Orvieto, Todi, Foligno, Perugia, Bevagna and of course to our local Marsciano where we thoroughly enjoyed the large Monday market. We cooked frequently and also enjoyed the amazing cooking of Tushari, who cares for the house, Fabiola , who actually taught us to make delicious pasta, and Jennifer. Each brought their talent to our table and presented beautiful, scrumptious meals. There is a local winery down the hill with great wine at prices you would not believe.

I cannot imagine a more beautiful home in which to spend a month. The house is incredible and has everything you will need and more and the view is breathtaking. As I wake up in my city apartment now, I envision the spectacular countryside of Umbria and am immediately at peace. Thank you Anna and Martin for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Simply paradise...

  • 5 of 5

As an Umbrian virgin I had no idea what a beautiful, tranquil place Dolce Vita would be. The hills echoed with the sound of silence, like A personal valley Martin the owner had arranged for us. The views reach to the heavens and beyond surrounded by fields full of vines, olives and tomatoes. The location 3/4 up the hill means you are undisturbed, no cars, traffic or tractors. It was the epitome of calm and the perfect anti dote to our busy lives.

The Villa itself is immaculate, beautifully decorated and well prepared for all your needs. The bedrooms all on one floor are tasteful and welcoming, while the beds and crisp quality linen provided perfect respite to long days in the sun sitting by the lower garden decked pool. Down stairs the Cozy living room is stocked with full media needs and the WIFI works great. Next door the open plan dinning room for fills the romance of long Italian suppers, drinking wine and taking in the evening air. As the cook of the trip( with great helpers!) I couldn't of asked for more and any problems we did have were immediately addressed by the owner. Quality, spacious and well stocked, I wanted for nothing and we resolved ourselves to only cook with local produce that is comparative to anything I ever experienced after 30 years in the restaurant business.

We travelled with 2 other couples and fell into our own peaceful coma happy to embrace everything the local community had to offer. Supermarkets are amazing and I had to get dragged out before I blew the budget that goes along way in this incredible affordable part of the country. The biggest local town is Todi....Incredible medieval fortress, now a stunning destination, full off restaurants, shops, bars and home to the most incredible gelato that the kids went mad for. Wild boar, truffles...with everything, local free range sausages, game,Pasta like I've never eaten before and off the chart super cheap wine...... we became intoxicated simply by being there.

We're already planning next years trip back to Dolce Vita, It is a travellers dream, a paradise and has taken my heart. Mark Souter. Cornwall.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
169 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Fratta Todina
Nearest Golf
37 Kilometres
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
180 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Villa Dolce Vita is situated only a few kilometers from the antique medieval hamlet of Montecastello di Vibio, famous for its theatre being the smallest theatre in the world. Although tiny, Montecastello is the site of a famous international art school. The medieval walled city of Todi is only 14 kilometers away. Indeed, many Umbrian towns known for their beauty and cultural sights - Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Orvieto - are within easy reach of Villa Dolce Vita. And the big cities of Florence and Rome are 1.5 hours away by car. Nature lovers can organize daily excursion to the well know lakes of Trasimeno and Corbara. The area is also known for its food and wine; a typical Umbrian meal includes game, black truffle and the famed Sagrantino red.


Rates & Availability

Fratta Todina Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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July, August
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,313

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Perugia area Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 360 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , 18th cent. mirror, double sinks, resin surfaces, sunken bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , marble sink, 17th cent. mirror
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Ensuite with rain shower option, bath, fire place, terrace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Bathroom ensuite
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hunting

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