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Charming Medieval Townhouse with Breathtaking Views in the historic centre Todi

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Townhouse in Todi, Umbria, Italy - La Gardenia Located in Heart of Todi

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.

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About The Owner

Carlo Rocchi Bilancini is a native of Todi, Umbria. A professional photographer who has worked 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Guest: David(Murray Bridge South Australia)

Date of Stay: 11/01/09 Review Submitted: 07/04/10

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the La Gardenia townhouse in Todi. The apartment was very clean and provided us with all our living and cooking needs. We were attracted to the website because of the photos and because of the balcony overlooking Todi and surrounding hills. We spent a great deal of time out there drinking and eating local fare as well as having Bocelli playing in the background. Carlo was very helpful with our e-mails and while we were there. He met us at the car park, helped us with our luggage and answered all our questions and even suggested places for us to visit. We haven't stopped raving about our stay in Todi and we recommended La Gardenia to all our friends and hopefully one day they will share the same experiences as we did. To us having is a car is essential as you can travel freely around Umbria and there are some lovely small villages to visit.
Dec 2008
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Todi Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over. Bathroom with wc and wash basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-6 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with single bed. Bedroom 3 with single bed. Double sofa-bed in the living room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: From the balcony, which is large enough for a small table and chairs, you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset, fantastic views and the peacefulness of the surrounding hills. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided and final cleaning included.


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Charming Medieval Townhouse with Breathtaking Views in the historic centre Todi
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Spacious Villa.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, spacious and well-decorated two-story villa in the heart of Todi. My wife and I enjoyed sunsets looking over the Umbrian hillside from La Gardenia!s balcony after exploring Todi and the surrounding Umbrian towns. Carlo, the owner, is a warm and knowledgeable host who made us feel like family. Todi is a great town to use as a base to see Umbria and Tuscany, and La Gardenia is the perfect place to stay. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming Indeed!

  • 5 of 5

We had a GREAT stay at this lovely Todi townhouse. The town is enchanting, the home is lovely and well-maintained, and Carlo is a fantastic host. Between Todi's hilly terrain and the stairs in the building, our legs got quite a workout (consider yourself warned if climbing is a problem for you) but, other than that, everything was easy. We loved the marble floors, the comfy bed, the spacious kitchen and dining area, and the tiny but charming balcony where we spent many a morning sipping coffee and admiring the view. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An Exquisite Experience in Umbria

  • 5 of 5

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 !

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Still Dreaming of La Gardenia

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If I close my eyes I can still remember the peaceful morning coffees on the terrace. Just as vivid are the memories of the vibrant sunsets over Umbria's gently rolling hills and Todi's medieval stone towers with their terra cotta roofs. The apartment is well appointed, spacious, and sunlit with all the modern comforts of home. Carlo, the owner, couldn't be more kind or helpful. He not only made sure we felt at home in the apartment, but he was a wealth of knowledge about Todi and things to do in the area and beyond. The apartment is located within the city's walls in an old stone tower on a medieval street. It is a short (but steep) walk to the town's main piazza and shops. Todi is such a gem and this apartment helps you lose yourself in its past. There are plenty of places to buy groceries or even "take-out" to bring back home and enjoy that view! We had a car and parked it down the hill, about a two minute walk, and never had a problem finding a space. Travelers do need to be aware that the apartment is on the top two floor of a four story tower, and the steps are quite steep. That being said, I can't imagine a nicer location for taking in the beauty of one of Italy's most spectacular hill towns.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Local language school offers painting, pottery, cookery courses, sightseeing and Italian language and culture programmes.


One hour and a half from closest seaside locations.


30 minutes from Perugia airport (see Ryanair) and 2 hours from Rome airport (Fiumicino or Ciampino).


30 minutes by car to places of interest such as Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, Bevagna, Montefalco, Orvieto.

Further Details:

In the center of the medieval quarter of the town of Todi, 3 minutes walk from the cinema, the theatre, museums and shops.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $86.14
Refundable damage deposit $246.12

Notes on prices:
Prices are for 1-2 people per week in euros. For every extra person 100€ per week.
Heating is not included and will be charged as an extra.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.