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About Francesco Bachetoni
My profound link with Spoleto and this beautiful area goes back to my roots, as my ancestors lived in Umbria since 1500. Pianciano and the estate were bought by my greatgrandfather in 1911 and the property still belongs to our family. I am a civil engineer with a master at the MIT, Boston. Even if i live in Rome and have been working abroad for many years, I like to spend my free time at Pianciano. Horseriding and taking care of the property are the most relaxing activity during holidays.
Francesco Bachetoni purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Francesco Bachetoni chose Spoleto
The medieval hamlet of Pianciano needed restoration. I decided to give the hamlet a new life! I love to share the pleasure to stay at Pianciano with other people, and to let them know Umbria and Spoleto. We know a lot about historical buildings, art, shops and restaurants, and we can give good advices, even if sometimes we still learn from our guests. When possible, I take our guests for a tour in our family house, Villa Paradiso. Recently restaured, has a frescoed ceiling ballroom, and a collection of paintings and art objects. It gives an idea of Italian taste for art in a private home.
What makes this Villa unique
Pianciano is unique for its atmosphere, the peace of the garden, the quietness, and the spectacular view on the olive grow (some 11.000 trees). Enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, the taste of the traditional cooking, the authenticity of an unspoilt location. Relax in the panoramic swimming pool after the hammam. The feeling of being in continuity with the past brings an incredible energy to face the challenges of the future.
Pool / Spa
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 9 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautiful and peaceful
Pianciano is an unbelievably beautiful, tranquil place to be.
Very warm wellcome and authentich atmosphere!!
Beautiful house and surroundings. We felt very comfortable as guests: warm wellcome, delicious pizza evening snd comfortable house.
The only problem was that specially one of the sleeping rooms was too warm and we got only a ventilator which was very loud.
For the children was a very nice experience pickung up eggs for breakfast.
We loved everything about our stay here. The villa is comfortable and elegantly designed and the location is stunning. We enjoyed taking day trips to the many nearby unspoiled towns, but looked forward to returning to the villa to relax at the end of the day. Francesco and Claudia were lovely hosts, going above and beyond to help in every way. Pizza night was a highlight! We are already dreaming about a return trip.
This is an amazing property! The accommodations, the vista, and the atmosphere are truly special and make for a delightful vacation.
We had the pleasure of renting two of these beautiful homes during our stay, and they were charming and warm residences for our visit to Umbria. There were many delightful day trips to nearby towns and cities. We dined in during the evenings as our apartments were so well suited for a relaxing dinner on the veranda terrace.
Our host, Francesco, was gracious and helpful. The resident staff was available and saw to our every need. The special tour of the family home and our night of homemade pizza in the old brick oven were highlights indeed.
Many thanks for such a wonderful stay!
Heaven on Earth
On the plane home from Italy, I was already looking at my calendar to see when we could return to Pianciano. Claudia & Franceso, as well as their whole family, were the most gracious, laid back, sophisticated hosts one could hope for. Their knowledge of the area must be unsurpassed, and their willingness to share it was a real privilege for us. The property itself is ideal. The villa was spotless, the rooms are quite large, the decor is simple and elegant. The exposed stone walls, which are very thick, keep the villa cool in the hot Italian summer, and there are two fireplaces for the colder seasons. The kitchen is large and well stocked. It even has a pizza oven (and Aziz will make you pizzas). Also, don't miss having Maria come to prepare dinner for you while giving you a cooking lesson. She is a dear and her meals are delicious! The view from every window and the terrace are spectacular! You will see an opposing hillside, blanketed in olive groves with another hamlet across the way, as well as the Castello belonging to the family of Pianciano. You will also look down at the rest of the the property (a few other villas). The new pool is big and beautiful with a view looking over the entire valley. At this property, you have all the privacy you want but the security of others around. If you want to socialize, the pool and the surrounding terraces are natural gathering spots. While we were there, the other two villas were rented. So, the farm consisted of our hosts (Italians), an Australian family, a Dutch family and us (Americans). It was fantastic and we made some lifelong friends. On the flip side, there are plenty of times when there is nobody at the pool and one can have it to oneself. If you just want to relax in solitude at your villa, nobody will bother you. There are many nearby towns and villages to visit, rural family restaurants and lots of hiking opportunities. As you sit, sipping your Montefalco Rosso (or whatever), from your terrace, you will hear an occasional bray of distant donkeys, and the muffled crowing of a rooster on the hillside. The two resident dogs are sweet and gentle. We even found a couple of baby porcupines, so nature is around you in the lovely place. Step inside to the cool cotta floors, lay back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the beamed ceilings and the quiet of the Italian countryside. Pianciano really is Heaven on Earth! P.S. Don't tell anyone. :)
Pianciano : close to perfection
Unspoiled sceneries from the different houses available in the borgo, tastefully restored and comfortable houses, extremely kind and available hosts, many villages and towns close by to relish authentic Italian art, style of life, great wines, organic products, magical walks in the wild flowers. Over a period of 10 days, we stayed in 2 houses and had the opportunity to visit a 3rd one. This hamlet is a true jewel and Umbria has a lot, a lot to offer. Yes, we shall be back !
Spoleto, one of the most beautiful Medieval towns in Italy, welcomes you with its stunning landscape made of olive trees and hills, its many works of art, its traditional warmth and excellent wine and cooking. The very heart of Umbria, from here you can conveniently reach the most important art cities in Central Italy. (Rome, Florence, Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco, Perugia ). At Pianciano, enjoy total quiet and relax in the lovely garden , with 80 different antique roses. Steam bath, minispa. Wifi in all houses and pool area. Cookery lessons, dinner prepared on request. Pizza night in the medieval wooden oven. Nice trattoria at walking distance.
Other Activities: Natural and typical product shopping. Crafts. Gourmet restaurants. Wineries tour. Best cashmir wool products factories. Worldwide-famous art and music festivals (Festival di Spoleto, Umbria Jazz, Medieval Festa delle Gaite in Bevagna, Medieval Giostra della Quintana in Foligno).