Casa Tufaia is a lovely home for a family holiday or a large group of friends. It has very spacious rooms,(being a converted school) and is laid out as 2 separate living areas each with 3 en-suite bedrooms, kitchen, living and dining rooms, so can be used as one very large apartment, or as the whole house with 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens 2 lounges, 2 dining rooms.
There is a large upper terrace overlooking the pool for private sunbathing, reading, and a large garden with 360 degree views of the valley and surrounding countryside.
The village of Promano has a supermarket and bar, but for a larger choice of shops etc, there is Trestina or Umbertide , 4 or so kms where guests will find banks, garages, bakers, butchers, hairdressers and a great variety of restaurants.
Many guests have found the position of the villa to be a perfect base for visiting the well-known towns and cities such as Assissi, Siena, Perugia, Cortona and many others to be discovered during the holiday. We advise guests who want to go further afield such as Rome or Florence to take the train which is inexpensive, no need to find parking, and fun!
There is a local private railway line which runs from Sansepolcro (home of the painter Piero della Francesca) to Perugia, the county town of Umbria with stations in Trestina ad Umbertide.
We normally visit guests the day after arrival to give advice if needed, for places to visit which might not be on the normal tourist route, and therefore less crowded (we have lived about 20 mins from the villa for 23 years, so know the area well.) We can also suggest restaurants, from the set meal at 12€ to more sophisticated venues for gourmets or special occasions.
The road is good and the property has automatic gates so is secure and safe for children. The grounds are mostly grassed with flowering plants and many areas for relaxing as well as the area around the pool .
A traditional bread oven can be found near the house and many guests have enjoyed preparing and cooking their home-made pizzas, barbecues as well as using the heat from the oven to cook roasts ,and casseroles.
We can recommend many good places to eat nearby from very inexpensive pizzas to more sophisticated gourmet experiences. One of the best has an imaginative chef who gives cooking lessons for guests who are interested in making their own pasta, bread and delicious fish ,meat and vegetable dishes
The house has all the facilities for giving guests a wonderful, peaceful, interesting and relaxing holiday with enough spaces for reading, games, listening to music without encroaching on other guests' space.
There are many opportunities for enjoying local festas -most towns have annual themed events with food prepared and served by the local people all guests are made to feel welcome. There is the famous jazz festival in Perugia in early July with New Orleans marching bands, well-known musicians performing in bars restaurants and halls all over the city.
The music festival in Citta di Castello is another well-known event as well as many smaller concerts, classical and rock/pop throughout the season, some held in the open air, and many free.
For people who enjoy clothes shopping there are several outlets selling designer fashions - Prada has a "seconds" shop where previous guests have been delighted with their bargains! In Anghiari (about 30 mins along the E45) there is a shoe warehouse with men and womens shoes, handbags, luggage and clothing - we can tell how much guests appreciate the shop by the number of shoe boxes we find at the end of their stay !