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In the Medieval hill town of Calvi Dell'Umbria, this stone village farmhouse, looking across the rolling green hills of beautiful Umbria, has been converted with care to a cozy and welcoming family vacation home with pool. In an idyllic setting, perched on the side of the village it clings to the hillside. A sitting room has an inviting, wood-burning fireplace for year-round holidays. The kitchen opens to the outside and is fully equipped with dishwasher, large fridge, and everything you will need for cooking great Italian meals. There is dining for up to 8 inside, and two tables for dining outside, one next to the pool, one on the terrace. Outside, in the summer, you will find a lovely little lawn with a refreshing pool and a stunning view of the rolling hills of the Umbrian Countryside. Sun beds await you through a little gate in a space designed to capture the sun.
he house has 3 bedrooms, and one bed-sitting room which can double as a study. The living room has two comfortable sofas in classic white, Terracotta floors, and a fireplace for spring and fall evenings. In total, there is 1 Queen bed, and 5 single beds. There are 2 bathrooms with showers, a practical kitchen with a dishwasher, oven, fridge, and stove, and a dining table , large enough to hold 6 comfortably, and an extra with a squeeze. Outdoors, there is a stone barbecue and pizza oven, a walled garden, a dining terrace, and a Solarium with sun-beds. There is a second dining table in the garden. The pool is in the garden, just steps from the back door. Though you are within the Medieval village, all is very private, with views of the rolling hills of the Umbrian Countryside.
Calvi di Umbria is near many special places full of art, history, and nature. It is near to Narni, Todi, Orvieto,Deruta, Amelia, Terni, Viterbo, and Orte, and further away, Assisi and Perugia. Umbria is a great spot for a vacation any time of the year - as beautiful as Tuscany, and in fact, even better as it is not over-crowded with tourists. Enjoy wonderful food and local specialties, wine from the region, and excellent olive oil from the neighboring farms. Search for the various monasteries built high in the hills. Discover the local festivals in medieval streets, or take picnics up into the woods and relish the stunning vistas. And another great feature? Only 45 minutes from Rome!! And Rome's Airports.A Perfect place for family Holidays, for old and young alike.
Children will love the pool and adults, the charm of this typical Medieval, hill-town, and its convenience to Rome either by car or train.
We had a wonderful stay at Mia Fantasia: beautiful position, lovely garden and pool and outside space. The town of Calvi was great and we really enjoyed walking up to the square and watching Italian life go by while we drank delicious cappuccino. We had a great holiday!
Pros: The house is extremely pretty from the outside, as the photographs show, the view from the kitchen window and back garden is fabulous, the garden furniture is very functional and Calvi is quiet, pretty and historic.
The kitchen is reasonably well equipped and fit for purpose, as was the dining area, with a lovely view from the window.
It's quiet, and would suit those wanting complete peace and stillness.
Cons: the one restaurant in Calvi was closed while we were there - I couldn't believe our bad luck! Other than that, there's one bar serving drinks and ice creams in the central piazza, and a small cafe there serving slices of unappetising, dry-looking pizza! There's little nightlife - no "passegiata", people-watching, etc. - pretty much no buzz at all. I was so disappointed.
There are no supermarkets in Calvi - the owner directed us to somewhere in a nearby village that was in fact derelict! The small Calvi grocery shops in the main piazza keep traditional Italian hours, and don't have everything that you need. You need to arrive with your provisions.
We stumbled across an open air swimming pool, where many locals went with their children - no info from owner.
Calvi is too far, along windy roads, for easy day trips to other towns, unless you're prepared to spend 90 minutes to two hours each way.
Directions provided to get to the house were DIRE - we spent hours trying to find the place - there are two arches, and the arch you need to get to is well off the main road. Get clear instructions, and a map from them, if you do go.
In terms of the house, the pool is small (you see possibly half of it in the photograph), and not heated so it was cold. I went in for a couple of minutes, max, at a time only.
The stairs inside the house are not suitable for toddlers (not a problem for us, but I wouldn't have wanted to encounter them when my children were younger) - steep, no hand-rails.
The double bed was really uncomfortable, as were the pillows. It gave me back ache.
The main shower room is cramped, and needs an overhaul. The shower didn't drain properly.
Because of the hedge in the garden, you can't see the view once you're on the sun loungers - a small point, but since the view is fabulous, and the biggest plus point for this property, it's is a shame.
Overall, the property is suitable for those wanting total seclusion and peace, arriving with a car and all their provisions!
This home is a 45 minutes drive from Rome and 80 kilometres from Perugia. The area was inhabited in Roman times, but only developed as an urban centre in the High Middle Ages. Calvi was a fiefdom of the Orsini and then of the Anguillara families. The main attractions are the church of Santa Maria, with an elegant Late Renaissance baptisal font, and the church of Sant'Antonio. In the neighbourhood are the remains of a convent erected by St. Francis in the early 13th century.. There are a wealth f towns to visit nearby including Narni (inspiration for the Narnia series), Terni, Amelia, Orvieto, Perugia, Asissi, Todi, and so many more. For nature and sports lovers, there are walks, trekking, trails offering numerous excursions, as well as descents to caves, mountain biking, canoeing and rafting.
Other Activities: Plenty of sight-seeing, food and art festivals, and reasonable dining