6 berms/4 bathrms/1 sitting rm/1 dining rm/1 kitchen + dish-washer/huge grounds
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
What a place! Amazing house, amazing views and fantastic welcome.
We were absolutely blown away by the property - what a place! There was ample space for the nine of us (two families) - we loved the outside space, BBQ, fire pit and access to the pool. Lovely walks running alongside the property and great position to explore Umbria. We had a warm welcome from Laurie and Jo was lovely - showing us around and making sure that we had everything we needed. Norma and Laurie left really useful notes and their passion for Spoleto was clear. We would definitely stay here again so that we can carry on our own love affair with Italy!
TRULY VISTA DEL MONDO
Living in Cambridge on the edge of the Fens there is no better holiday than to escape to the hills. Vista del Mondo, perched in a col between two hills in the Appenine mountains above Spoleto, truly justifies its name.
Like all ancient heavy stone houses it has an interior coolness whatever the weather outside, and in our second week the temperature reached 40 degrees, so the house was a welcome home. The silence was profound, broken only by the barking of two sheepdogs. How fascinating that they kept their flock 24/7 with few visits from the shepherd. The swimming pool, shared with an Agriturisimo a little walk away was delightful. The separation from the house suited us because we had no worries over the safety of straying little grandchildren.
The house was well equipped. Only two requests: get a teapot for English guests, and put coat hooks for gowns on the inside of the bathroom doors. The provision outside for wood fires, and plenty of fire wood, delighted me as a bonfire maniac. We arrived to find a very generous welcome pack.
Outside the gate by the roadside was a huge stone with an inscription about the land of San Francesco and this part of the pilgrim way. May the blessed peace of Saint Francis be with all who stay here.
Thank you, Kenneth, I had to brush away a tear, your description is SO perfect.
St Francis actually stayed regularly at Vista Del Mondo, when it was a hermitage, when on his regular trips between Assisi and Reiti, Vista Del Mondo being the mid point and the highest point of his journey. Hence the Holy stone at the gate.
And I remember when this hermitage was a total ruin before our partner restored it, retaining its original features.
I have always loved this house and you echo my sentiments about it totally.
35 people for 1-week rental – A Complete success
35 people for 1-week rental – A Complete success, starring Leonardo, Norma, Ioana, and Laurie
I was hunting for the right place to host 35 people from around the world for 60th birthday gathering for my wife and I. We’ve been to Italy dozens of times but had only been to Umbria once or twice before. I found Villa Marianna and Norma on internet and got in contact about 8 months before the planned event.
Norma and Laurie were extremely easy to deal with. Rates are far below the sometimes extremely high rates offered by other properties. To be honest, the Villas are not polished, Disneyland-type properties, but instead much more genuine and real. Also, Ioana, who does the housekeeping for the managers, was lovely and took care of all practical details and little questions that came up.
The absolute highlight for all of us was Chef Leonardo, the gentle giant who arranged superb dinners on 6 of our 7 evenings at very good value, including the wine. He took lots of time to speak with anyone who was interested in discussing the cuisine and the preparations that evening. He also arranged a truffle hunt and wine tasting. We were all enchanted with his cooking and passion for food, as well as his totally-relaxed and flexible manner in dealing with this group that was sometimes moving in many different directions at the same time.
Overall, we can warmly recommend the Villa Marianna and Vista del Mondo for anyone seeking the real Italian way of doing things.
A great family retreat
We booked Vista del Mondo for a 12 day Umbrian getaway with 4 of our married children and their families of teenagers. It was perfect. Plenty of room and much flexibility for cousins to change sleeping arrangements every night in order to better "hang out" with their cousins. We cooked breakfast and supper in most nights...well equipped kitchen, plenty of dishes AND DISHWASHER!!!! washing machines kept us in clean clothes and light luggage. Spoleto is wonderful and is also the perfect base for visiting Assisi, Norcia, Cascia, Gubbip, Montefalco, Spello, Lake Trasimeno, Orvieto,Perugia and many other magical places in Umbria.We have stayed at Norma and Lauries properties several other times so were not surprised at a the warm welcome (including wine,pasta,and a big bag of supplies to get us going). They can answer any question or request, within minutes. If you are considering an Umbrian holiday with family or a group of friends, consider this property. It was a bargain considering number of guests it can accommodate and the meal and laundry facilities. Can't wait to return. Next time with a group of adults...love teenagers, but now I need a vacation from my vacation.
Wir waren nun schon zum zweitenmal dort. Wieder ganz wundervoll. In beide Richtungen weite Sicht. Unter den Bäumen auch bei Hitze immer ein Lüftchen, meistens Wind. Der Ort und das alte schöne Haus sind einfach sehr besonders. Die Zimmeraufteilung wurde sogar verbessert, im ersten Stock sind keine Durchgangszimmer mehr. Norma und Laurie bemühen sich immer sehr zügig und freundlich um die Lösung kleinerer Probleme.
Familie mit Kindern, Jugendlichen und Großeltern
The vacation of a lifetime!
Our group (11 adults) stayed at Vista del Mondo "by accident," when plans to stay at a different property had to be changed. What a fortunate accident for us! By the time our week at Vista del Mondo ended, none of us wanted to leave! The setting is idyllic, the views are amazing, and the property makes a wonderful "home base" for excursions and day-trips.
The house itself is clean, comfortable, and well-stocked with everything you might need, from stove and refrigerator to washing machine to first-aid kit. Renting both sides slept 11 adults comfortably, plus provided common areas where we could eat meals together and socialize. Morning coffee on the front lawn provided not only views of the sunrise, but also the entertainment of watching three sheep-herding dogs bring a herd of sheep into and, later, out of the field next door to the house -- without any human assistance! In the evening, you can relax with a glass of wine and build a fire in the outside firepit or the inside fireplace. Meals are easily prepared, and the welcome basket you find on arrival contains pasta, sauce, wine, and other essentials to get you started until you have a chance to do your own shopping.
Because you are several miles outside of town at the top of a mountain, a vehicle is necessary -- and driving the winding mountain roads and narrow city streets can become a bit of an adventure! But once you are into Spoleto, both the main highway and the train station make much of Italy easily accessible. We took a day-trip to Rome (by train) and another to Florence and Pisa (driving), plus spent several days exploring Spoleto, Perugia, Assisi, and the surrounding areas. Our vacation was topped off by an exquisite "farewell dinner" hosted and prepared by local chefs Luciano and Daniella, which Norma and Laurie can help you arrange.
We had, quite simply, the vacation of a lifetime. Thank you!
Car hire, chauffeur hire, chef hire. maid service hire, bicycle hire - all available - please enquire.
Many activities on offer, all at lower rates than you will get elsewhere because we do them "in house" eg truffle hunting, wine tasting, chef at home, cookery classes, olive oil tasting etc .
Please see, included in our activities....
AMAZING OFFER !
4 AUTHENTIC ACTIVITIES @ 125 EUROS EACH, TO INCLUDE GROUPS OF UP TO 4 PERSONS STAYING IN THE SAME APARTMENT OR VILLA.
IF YOU BOOK ALL 4 ACTIVITIES, YOUR TOTAL TO PAY IS DISCOUNTED TO 400 EUROS.
The activities are :
1.A visit to Ciarletti oil mill, including lunch and unlimited wine. This famous Italian olive oil was blessed by the current Pope, in recognition of its status as Italy’s No I olive oil.
2.A cookery lesson by a local “celebrity” chef at his restaurant, including lunch and unlimited wine.
3.A meal cooked for you in your home by a local “celebrity” chef, including all the ingredients and unlimited wine.
4.A truffle hunt with a local “celebrity” chef, including a truffle lunch and unlimited wine
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTAKE IN ANY OF THE ABOVE ACTIVITIES, THE COST IS 125 EUROS, TO INCLUDE UP TO 4 PERSONS IN A GROUP. THE COST IS NOT REDUCED IF THERE ARE FEWER THAN 4 PERSONS IN A GROUP. SO, FOR INSTANCE, IF THERE ARE 10 OF YOU WISHING TO PARTAKE IN ONE, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE, THIS WOULD COUNT AS 3 GROUPS.