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Gianni Berna

Member since: 2009
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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

Casa Archi - Charming Hillside Umbria Farmhouse

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Perugia area - Casa Archi @ Maridiana Alpaca

Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Casa Archi is situated on a 100 acres hillside farm, called Maridiana, first alpaca farm in Italy.

MARIDIANA has been running since 1983, when the Berna family decided to leave the congested city of Rome for a more rewarding life in the countryside of Umbria. In 2008 the property has been certified 4 “spighe” by the Umbria Region on a system of quality certification of agro-tourisms (farm stays and B&Bs) from 1 to 5.

CASA Archi is a two story spacious (250 sqm) traditional stone farmhouse which has been carefully restored. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a separate kitchen, dining and living rooms. It can comfortably sleep 6 people. From Casa Archi guests can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Umbrian countryside. The house is decorated with traditional antique furniture of the family and are completely furnished with all modern comforts.

The stay at Maridiana is optimal for friends and families who love nature and culture: children can freely play with the many friendly animals around the farm, while adults can enjoy the unique nature of the Umbrian countryside and its richness of art and history.

Maridiana is situated in the Northern part of Umbria close to the border with Tuscany. The historical hill towns of Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Cortona and Lake Trasimeno are all less than a 45 minutes drive from MARIDIANA.

At Maridiana is possible to rent a second house adjacent to Casa Archi. Together the two houses can sleep up to 11 people. Contact us for more information.

Keywords: Farmhouse, self-catering villa, vacation rentals Umbria

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gianni Berna (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

About Gianni Berna

Maridiana was established in 1984 when Gianni and Marisa Berna decided to leave Rome for a more rewarding life in the Umbrian Countryside. They carefully restored 3 traditional stone-farmhouses, one as their home and other two houses for rental. Since then they were visited by many tourists from States, Australia and Europe with whom they have established strong relationship. Marisa has been a teacher in the local schools, and now (retired) she is the promoter of a local film Film Festival (Montone Film Festival). Gianni, as development economist, has promoted local projects in new agriculture: ecotourism, renewable energies, natural fibers. Today MARIDIANA is the largest (and first) alpaca farm in Italy.

Gianni Berna purchased this farmhouse in 1981

Why Gianni Berna chose Perugia area

Because of the beauty of the property and its surrounding which are rich in nature, art and history. The view of the Niccone Valley that can be enjoyed from Casa Archi is just breathtaking.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Gianni and Marisa moved from Rome to Maridiana 20 Years ago because they wanted a more rewarding lifestyle. The farm is just an incredible place to live and even to spend a short vacation. The location has a spectacular view of the Niccone Valley and the surroundings which are also beautiful. During the years Gianni and Marisa have made many friends from all around the world, many of which, have fallen in love with Umbria and have bought themselves a property in the area.


2 holidaymaker reviews

Casa Archi - Charming Hillside Umbria Farmhouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

We didn't want to leave!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 children 8 & 10) had the most wonderful time at Maridiana. The house was comfortable and charming. We cooked in the well-equipped kitchen as well as visited several restaurants recommended by Gianni and his wife. My girls had such fun with the alpacas & the goats. They played on the swings and even learned to herd the animals and bring them down from the grazing hills. The views are spectacular from every room. We explored lots of other towns in Umbria and Tuscany because the house is in a great location. Nothing is too far. Our kids were begging us to stay longer! Thank you Gianni!!!! We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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colorado, usa

Do you mind if we move in??

  • 5 of 5

"Thank you" seems inadequate to express our appreciation for the wonderful experience Gianni and his whole family provided for us! We stayed with our four young-ish (11, 8, 6 and 4) on the alpaca farm with Gianni and his wonderful family Oct 2010, and we are so anxious to return! The accomodations are comfortable yet elegant...the animals are entirely charming and interesting to experience...and the entire area of Umbria was our favorite. We were in Italy for 3 weeks and traveled through Umbria, Tuscany, Rome and Naples/Sorrento...our week at Casa Archi in Umbria was hands-down the best part of the trip. The towns of Umbertide, Assisi, Gubbio (a must!), Purgia, Cortona are so close and amazing. Gianni provided rich, spontaneous history lessons and interesting information about the region and the country. Our youngest daughter celebrated her 4th birthday while we were there, and the entire family joined us to sing and celebrate...a real treat!

If you are considering staying, look no further...you will be so thrilled with the decision. The Casa Archi is clean and beautiful...Gianni and his family are warm, friendly, amazingly helpful, interesting...the process of setting up our stay was flawless and Federico (Gianni's son) answered all of our questions promptly and fully...Umbria is beautiful and somewhat undiscovered so not as crowded...

We are anxious to return...thank you Gianni and Federico and families for many precious experience and memories! Our kids are begging to return to the 'alpaca farm'!

-andy, jenny and kids

colorado, usa

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Perugia St Egidio
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Castello di Antognolla
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Perugia o Terontola-Cortona
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Girasoli St Andrea - Molino Vitelli
Car: necessary

Staying at Casa Archi is Optimal for Families and Friends Who Love Nature, Art, History and Good Traditional Food.

While Children Freely Play with the Many Animals on the Farm, Adults Can Have Pleasant Walks in the Nature or… Relax in the Garden with a Glass of Wine and Enjoy the Beautiful View of the Valley.

Around the Farm, There Are Well Marked Walking Paths Through the Woods of Different Difficulties.

Guests Will Also Be Given Maps (or Can Be Guided) for Visits to Traditional Handicrafts Laboratories, Eno-Gastronomic Sites (Wine Tasting, Truffles Hunting, Honey Processing) and Undiscovered Places to Eat Local Dishes in Family Run 'Trattorias'.

Maridiana is centrally located for memorible sightseeing excursion. Charming medieval towns such as Perugia, Siena, Assisi, Cortona are all within an easy reach. Florence and Rome can also be easily reached (1,5 hrs and 2 hrs drive respectively)

At Maridiana There is a Well Stocked Shop Where Scarves, Sweaters, Blankets, Etc of Alpaca and Mohair Are Available. Each of the Products is Unique in its Style, Hand Made/Handy Crafted, Natural Coloured, Extremely Warm and with a Touch of Italian Design!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Umbertide, Perugia area

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final cleaning fee £46

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Perugia area in Umbria

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

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