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Villa Spago

Montefalco, Perugia

A/C
Five of the seven bedrooms have air conditioning with individual climate control. These are the bedrooms on the first and second floors. There are 250 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.



BBQ
A private wood fired barbecue is available.



Bikes
Bicycle rentals may be ordered and delivered to the house. This service requires an order be placed before guest arrival and is paid on-site in Euro.



Car Needed
It is necessary to have a car at this property.



Cleaning
A mid week refresh cleaning with a towel change is included in the price - This service neatens the bedrooms and living areas, and it does not include cleaning the kitchen. Additional light housekeeping with a two hour minimum per visit may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.



Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino 2 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa 5.5 hours
National and InterEuropean: Perugia S. Egidio 1 hour
National and InterEuropean: Florence Peretola 2 hours, 45 minutes



Cooking Class
For groups of 8 or more, an afternoon cooking class on a weekday may be ordered at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is payable on-site in Euro.



Driving Times
SS3 superstrada, Castel Ritaldi exit: 15 minutes; Castel Ritaldi or La Bruna: 5 minutes; Montefalco: 10; Trevi: 20; Spoleto: 25; Foligno or Bevagna: 30; Todi or Deruta: 40; Assisi: 45; Perugia or Orvieto: 60; Lake Trasimeno: 80; Gubbio or Cortona: 90: Montepulciano: 100; Rome or Siena: 2 hours; Florence: 2.5 hours



Language Spoken
The owner lives in Perugia and speaks some English.



Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), DSL WiFi is provided. The cottage does not have service.



Heat
Heating and firewood are paid on-site in Euro.



Interior Décor
Farmhouse - Gutted and professionally reconstructed with modern baths and a kitchen with commercial grade appliances. A centuries old, authentic stone structure featuring terracotta brick flooring, vaulted brick ceilings on the ground floor, thick beam ceilings on the first floor and a large open hearth fireplace in the living room. Thick stone walls help keep the villa cool in the summer months.

Furnished like a country home in a very comfortable, uncluttered style with a few well placed country antiques. The bedrooms have scenic views and are decorated in light colors making them bright and airy.

Interior Amenities: All windows are screened including most of the bathrooms. Five of the seven bedrooms are air conditioned. Two portable hairdryers are available.

Layout Notes: The property is made up of the main farmhouse and a separate cottage, 25 feet away. The cottage's bedroom faces shrubbery and does not have the expansive views of the other bedrooms. The tower bedroom enjoys wrap around views of the countryside. For outdoor dining, the furnished and gazebo covered patio is just outside the main entrance.



Kitchen
The kitchen features commercial grade appliances including a stovetop with 6 burners, a large fridge and a dishwasher. The cottage with a stove top and fridge is equipped as a beverage kitchen.



Meals
Dinner or a barbecue night may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking to ensure availability of a cook for lunch or dinner, order this service at the time of booking. A minimum of six guests are needed to order this service which is paid on-site in Euro.



Minuses
There are a few days each year when the estate fields are harvested, and workers come within 200 yards of the villa. Sunflowers are harvested in July or August, and the olives are collected in November.



Parking
Parking is free at the property.



Steps & Stairs
Walk 20 level yards from the parking to the entrance with one entry step and two steps between rooms. The most accessible bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor of the farmhouse and the cottage with two entry steps. When rented at the price for 8 guests, all bedrooms and bathrooms are on the first floor and require 16 steps.



Phone
A portable cellular phone is available and upon arrival, is charged with 25 or 50 Euro. Guests pay for all calls made. The keyholder may assist with replenishing the usage card if necessary.



Pluses
A completely private farmhouse on a scenic olive oil producing estate with the major towns of Umbria, such as Assisi, Perugia and Spoleto within easy driving distances.

Ideal for food & wine aficionados - The Montefalco area is one of the two top rated wine producing locations in Umbria with 25+ wineries and four enotecas for tasting local vintages.The friendly owners offer a fantastic cooking class featuring hearty Umbrian dishes. Commercial appliances and the wood-fired barbecue make cooking for a large group a pleasure.

Five of the seven bedrooms are air conditioned. All the windows and several French doors are screened.



Pool
The private pool is open from the last weekend in May to the first Friday in October. Pool towels are provided.



Road Condition
Villa Spago is about 8 miles off of the SS3, a central roadway running north to south from Assisi to Spoleto. The easy approach to the villa is on a private road with 300 yards of flat gravel road.



Screens
Property has screened windows and most of the French doors are screened.



TV
Satellite Basic package - A limited number of channels with most of them being Italian. There are one or two news channels in the English language.



Views
Far reaching views over the countryside include looking beyond the surrounding olive groves, sunflower fields and a few neighboring farms to the distant hills of Mt. Subasio and the towns of Montefalco and Spello. The best views are enjoyed from the patio and the top floor bedrooms.



Washing Machine
This property is equipped with a washing machine.



What's nearby

Day Trip Ideas near this home Meet true Italian artisans and learn hands-on the secrets of their specialty!

Walk Florence & The Uffizi: Private Guide for 1-12 people   A guided tour.
Florence & The David: Private Guide for 1-12 people   A guided tour.
Sagrantino: Montefalco's Mystery Wine   A half day wine tour.
Italy day trips
& cooking tours near your villa.
Shopping and Dining: Within 3 miles are the towns of Castel Ritaldi, Moriano and La Bruna with each having a restaurant. A number of dining options and a supermarket are in Montefalco within a 10 minute drive.

Not To Be Missed:
- The town of Montefalco, known for its DOCG Sagrantino di Montefalco red wine has a museum dedicated to St. Francis housed in a 13th-century church containing a wall mural of twelve panels depicting his life.

- Spoleto's historic center with a number of architectural gems and Roman sites such as an amphitheatre from 2 AD, the Ponte delle Torri (a Roman aqueduct) and adjoining one of the town's art galleries are the remains of Casa Romana. This Roman home with mosaic floors and frescoes is believed to have been the house of the mother of Emperor Vespasian.

Public Transportation: Spoleto's train station is a 25 minute drive with service into Rome's Termini station leaving about every two hours with the journey taking 1 hour and 45 minutes. The last train returns from Rome at 10 pm. To visit Florence by public transit, drive two hours to San Giovanni Valdarno with service leaving about every 30 minutes into Florence's Santa Maria Novella station with the ride taking 40 minutes. The last train returns from Florence at 10:30 pm.

Golf: In Ellera Umbra, "Circolo Golf Perugia", an 18 hole course is an hour away and is open year round. Closed on Mondays.

Special Events:
- Montefalco Enological (Wine) Festival - A four day event starting on Thursday before the third Sunday in September with exhibitions in the center of Montefalco and many wineries hosting tastings and events at their location.

- In nearby Trevi, October is festival month: the 1st Sunday is the town's palio; the 3rd Sunday is a feast of Trevi's black celery and sausage and the 4th Sunday is a medieval food festival in the main square.

- In Foligno, the Giostra della Quintana is a knight jousting tournament with the 1st Challenge in June and the Counter Challenge taking place during the 2nd or 3rd week Sunday in September. The event includes food stalls and a parade of medieval costumes prior to the final joust.

- In Spoleto, the Festival of Two Worlds (Festival dei Due Mondi) is a two week event taking place from the end of June to the beginning of July with performers from all over the world in theatre, opera and dance.

- In Todi, the Italian Antique Exhibition takes place April 15 - May 1.

Market Days: Morning outdoor markets are held on Monday in Montefalco, on Tuesday in Perugia, on Wednesday in Spello and Spoleto, on Friday in Trevi and Spoleto and on Saturday in Assisi and Todi. An outdoor antique market comes to Spoleto every second Sunday of the month.



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