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Country house: extraordinary view on Orvieto, garden and ancient Roman selciata

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Orvieto

Wide garden with private pool, 2 living rooms, 3 bedrooms, 3 ensuite bathrooms

Located east of Orvieto, “La Selciata” is situated on a “garden-terrace” from which you can enjoy a unique and exceptional view of the Etruscan city and its cathedral built by Pope Leo XIII. It has an extensive highland behind where for centuries vines have been cultivated thanks to the microclimate and the volcanic earth.

The name of the house derives from the presence on its land of a “selciata” or paving stone of a Roman road (circa 260 B.C.) that connected Orvieto to Rome, still partly visible.

The enclosed garden was designed by the British architect Peter Curzon and is framed by mature oaks that give welcome shade in summer. It has native plants and trees such as elaeagnus, viburnum, bay, spiraea and cypress. The private 5 x 10 metre swimming pool, fully equipped with sunbeds and cane chairs, is behind a small, rose-covered slope, The house, recently renovated, is full of family mementoes and has all the comforts of home as well as many special features such as fireplace, handmade terracotta tiles, parquet in the bedrooms (cool in the summer) and en-suite bathrooms. It has exposed beams and old coloured old doors.

Walking or bicycle excursions can be organized at extra costs; thematic tours and archaeological areas as well as exclusive visits to the excavations (Campo della Fiera) or to small museums (Museo Faina or Museo dell’Opera del Duomo); visits can also be organised to the Cathedral with its exceptional frescoes by Luca Signorelli and Beato Angelico, executed fifty years before the Sistine Chapel, and its crypt with its sarcophagi, in the footsteps of the famous “Grand Tour” that the English took in the 18th century to perfect their classical studies. Orvieto has numerous churches and historical, art and architectural treasures, as well as natural attractions such as the Oasi di Alviano, or underground wells and columbarium. And last but not least there is the local cuisine renowned for its gourmet quality, as well as wine tastings in the many wineries in the area.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
4 October, 2016
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About Giovanni

I am an independent lawyer based in Rome


based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

Country house: extraordinary view on Orvieto, garden and ancient Roman selciata
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Charm, Hospitality, Spectacular Views, Wonderful People, Superb Location

  • 5 of 5

We just completed 10 unforgettable days at La Selciata with our kids and grandkids. The country home was just as beautiful as promised and accommodated the 6 of us in comfort and spaciousness with both indoor and outdoor spaces for gracious living. The owner, Giovanni, is personable and helpful, making himself available via phone or email to address any issue. Daniella manages the property and is delightful, eager and willing to assist in any and every way. She is thoughtful and anticipates needs and even baked a cake and brought in fresh fruit for our arrival. We needed assistance when our rental car failed. Daniella showed up in 15 minutes to take us to the train station. The pool and yard are maintained daily. This is a wonderful location, private and yet just minutes from Orvieto's sightseeing, restaurants and shopping. The nearby train station connects with Rome and Florence. We have been in Italy multiple times, but this has been our favorite spot because of its comfort, privacy, location, cleanliness, and responsiveness of the owner and staff. Excellent on all categories, perfect for adults and families?

Joyce and Marty Lutrey

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joyce ad Marty, I just saw your very beautifull review and I want to thank you very much for this. It was my great pleasure to make your knowing because I like very much people who love Italy with its beauty and history . You are perfect people to host and also to meet through homeaway. Many thanks to you . Looking forward to meet you again. Giovanni Ciarrocca
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Very nice house, great location, very accommodating owner

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our 2+ week stay at La Scelciata. Giovanni (the owner) and Daniella (the housekeeper and cook) were very hospitable and responsive. The property is as represented in the pictures and the location is very private. It is also within easy access to Orvieto, other villages and sites, the grocery store and the highway (for day trips to other towns and lakes, this is very practical). We very much enjoyed our stay and made many wonderful memories at La Selciata. Thank you, Giovanni, Daniella and Benedetto for helping us feel at home!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vanessa, Thank you very much for your kind and positive comment on " La Selciata " . I was really happy to have your nice daugther, Guido and the swit dog as my paying guest . I think that is not so easy to have trought homeaway nephew of friend. Despite the terrible hot ( now ended) and little inconveniences, I am sure that you have profited of relax and the history of Orvieto . I hope to keep in touch with you also for next your ideas of vacancies because you love Italy which I know very well and it s nice to give suggestion to person cultivated like you. All my best and best wishes, Giovanni
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Stunning location & great week of relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic week. The view of Orvieto from the garden is simply stunning. The villa is traditional, but well furnished with lots of places to sit in the garden to enjoy the views & Italian sunshine with a glass of wine. The owner Giovanni was friendly and really helpful in recommending places to see & eat out.

We also fell in love with Orvieto & enjoyed exploring the small streets, shops & restaurants in the cooler evenings. Had a great time!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Will, Thank you very much for your kind and positive comment on " La Selciata". I am very happy you were well and relaxed. I regreted to have not meet you . I hope for your next stay in Orvieto for better profiting of its history and relax. Looking forward to see you. All my best, Giovanni
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Villa with a (great) view!

  • 5 of 5

Within close distance of beautiful Orvieto, this villa offers you the space, privacy and views that will make your stay unforgetable.

The house offers all necessary equipment and space to have a comfortable stay. The garden is spacious and the pool is great, but the view is something you will remember.

On top of that the housekeeper is extremely helpful and friendly and the owner goes the extra mile to make the best of your stay.

Therefore you can't go wrong with this place, unless you are NOT looking for a nice and relaxing holiday. It's up to you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Richard, thank you very much for your very positive review . I regreted not to have met you and your family. I can say from my part that you have been a very goog host who all onwer would like to host. Looking forward to meet you in a possible next future .Best wishes, Giovanni
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Nearest Airport
79 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Kilometres
Canale di Orvieto
Nearest Ferry
95 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
24 Kilometres
Torre Alfina (VT)
Nearest Train
6.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
210 Kilometres
Campo Felice (AQ)
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Bolsena Lake
Car: necessary

Orvieto is one of most famous City with Etruscan origin but also in part of Medieval and Reinaissance age. There are lots of events, exhibitions, festivals and celebrations: the Historic Procession of the Corpus Domini in Medieval dresses; the Festa della Palombella; the horses race (Corsa del Palio).

It is also possible to attend - again at extra costs - through the Associazione Orvieto Viva, special tours to archeological sites and the currently in progress escavations (Campo della Fiera); Naturalistic Oasis (Oasi di Alviano) with an interesting bird watching but only in some period; the extended underground with caves, wells and the old "colombaie" dovecotes; the Gotic Cathedral with famous San Brizio Chapel and its frescoes by Beato Angelico and Luca Signorelli, previous of fifty years of those by Michelangelo in Sistina Chapel in the Vatican; to hear a concert in the Cathedral; to attend to a theatrical show; to visit the Pozzo di San Patrizio;to see the Umbro -Toscan '400 century school frescoes cycle in many churches; the interesting local museums like the Opera del Duomo and the Museo Faina.

The handicraft is essential part of economic social fabric with ceramic, the embroider, the work of wood. Really, many are the restaurants where is possible to eat excellent Umbrian dish . It is possible to organize at extra cost short trip by bycicle, cultural excurtions, archeological and naturalistic (bird wathching) trips also overnight with English guide.

Many and many are the beauty places which can be reached in a day car trip in Tuscany and Umbria. Orvieto is in fact an ideal place where to start if you want to begin a tour of Italy's most beautiful Città d' Arte, towns and historic village, and admire little rural churces placed in a still untouched landscapes; and while doing so, redescovering the rich Italian history and its cultural, natural and gastronomic heritage.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Orvieto, Orvieto area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
25 September - 17 December
25 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £268

Please note that the house's availability as is shown on the calendar may not be up to date.

Payments to be made directly to the owner's bank account.

Eventual heating costs are extras to be paid directly to the owner and will be calculated on a forfait basis. Weekly rates include broadband services, a welcome 'aperitivo', two hours cleaning service twice a week and linen service once a week.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Orvieto, Italy

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , Bidet , ensuite bath with shower of single-double beds, parquet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • double bedroom with queen side bed - 1 Large Double Bed , the room has access to separate garden with table and chairs
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , the two beds are covertible in double because can be joined
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , the two single beds can be not joined
  • All bedrooms are fresh and they all have parquet on the floor. Each has its own wide closet, ensuite bathroom and its own access door which separates the room from other spaces. However, their access doors all open on a common living room with a bookshelf and a small writing table
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Available activities include walking tours in Orvieto, tours of the Etruscan necropolis and archeological sites, together with exclusive visits to the most fascinating private houses and palaces in town thanks to the support of the Historic Houses Association. The renting price includes a welcoming hand-made cake and basket of jams, coffe and more for your stay; daily swimming pool cleaning; and house cleaning twice a week for a total of 4 hours. Moreover, each week clean new towels and sheets will be provided.

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