Il Vigneto is a traditionally-built new stone house in the heart of Umbria, in an old vineyard, a private and romantic hillside setting with spectacular views from the house and pool towards an unchanging Italian landscape. The interior combines traditional terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and travertine tiles with contemporary kitchen and shower rooms. The light and airy living room with air-conditioning for summer and a wood burning stove opens onto a spacious terrace with panoramic views over the landscape, a perfect setting for al fresco dining. The house has broadband, TV/ DVD/CD, iPod dock and a selection of games, books, CDs and DVDs. The kitchen is fully-equipped with oven, hob, refrigerator and dishwasher. The washing machine and fridge/freezer are in the lower floor utility room. The separate conservatory/ dining room is perfect for late night dining in Spring/Autumn. There are two large double bedrooms, one twin-bedded room and two travertine-tiled bathrooms with shower
Il Vigneto's location in the centre of Italy makes it accessible from a number of airports.The nearest are Perugia at 40 kilometres, approximately 45 minutes drive, and Rome (Ciampino or Fiumicino) at 150 kilometres, approximately 2 hours drive. Ancona and Bologna are also within 2 hours' drive and Pisa within 2 1/2 hours. Perugia airport is delightfully small. It takes minutes to pass through customs and collect your baggage. All the major car hire firms have outlets at the airports.
There is a pullman (airport bus) service between Pian di Porto (20 minutes from the house near Todi) and Rome. This bus goes to Rome Tiburtina station (a few metro stops from the Colosseum) in 1 1/2 hours, and on to Rome Fiumicino airport, and is also a useful service for visitors who might want to come during your stay.
From Perugia and Terni fast trains to Florence and Rome make both cities ideal for day visits without the hassle of driving. Both Florence and Siena are also easily reached by road
There is an amazing variety of culture on offer throughout the summer months. Perugia and Spoleto host world famous jazz and classical music festivals whilst every local town hosts its own festa with days of street parties, open air eating and drinking, and dancing. The nearby historic towns are delightful places to stroll through and soak up the sun and atmosphere of traditional Italy. Todi, only 20 minutes away, has been described as the most beautiful town in Italy.
For art lovers there is the world heritage site, Assisi, with its famous Giotto frescoes, paintings by Perugino and others in Perugia and Spello and frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli in Montefalco.
Nearby vineyards offer plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. Montefalco Rosso and sagrantino, as well as the local white wine,grecchetto, are the best-known local wines.
You can enjoy some fantastic hillside walks, hire a bike to explore the beautiful countryside, or simply while away the day by the pool and then pop into our friendly local agriturismo within walking distance of the house, for a delicious and inexpensive traditional Italian meal. Alternatively you can drive to our nearest town Todi, 20 minutes away, for dinner or a drink
There are some great restaurants in the area catering for all tastes and budgets. As well as the agriturismo at the top of the hill, there are restaurants and pizzerias in the local area to meet all tastes and the information pack in the house will tell you all about our favourite restaurants and vineyards to visit. A welcome pack, including wine and food, will be available on arrival and you will be greeted at the house by Karen, our English and Italian speaking local manager.