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Charming Medieval House with piano & Big Garden, in idyllic Todi

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 BR, 2.5 BA, sleeps 2-7

This is a fabulous house that dates back to the 13th century, as witnessed by a Romanesque lion's head still in the facade. It has been entirely renovated (with suggestions and designs by the great sculptor Beverly Pepper). It is inside the town walls, about 5 min. walk from the main square, so it is conveniently located in terms of shopping. I mean why come to Italy and isolate yourselves in a rural farmhouse? May as well stay in Palo Alto (they tell me the landscape is very similar). We wanted to enjoy living amongst the Italians and that is why we chose this house. And yet it is very private and quiet because it is flanked by the apse of the church of S. Prassede on the south-west side, and has a 1,200 sq.ft. garden in front. All the windows have great views of the valley below and the Martani mountains directly east.

Todi is smack in the center of Umbria, one of Italy's most beautiful and artistic regions, so it's not far from any of the other wondrous hill towns in the region. (It is much less touristy than neighboring Tuscany.) Todi has about 9,000 inhabitants, with very little industry and rolling hills and farm land all around. It is set on top of a hill, 480 meters above sea level, and is primarily medieval in its architectural make-up.

Another good reason for being in town, apart from enjoying concerts at the theater, exhibitions, cocktails on the square, is the BEST ICE CREAM in the world (as verified by many of our guests).

Yes, the Bar Pianegiani, a 10-min. walk up the street. We can also help you participate in a cooking class with the chef who will come to the house, cook the meal and serve it to you. Great fun! You will find shelves of guide books and a green folder with lots of suggestions of things to do and places to visit.

More Details

George Tatge
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About George Tatge

My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English. My mother was Italian and I have lots of relatives here. We have two children, William, a pianist/composer who lives in NYC and Alice, a contemporary dancer who lives in London.

I began my career as a photographer using Todi as a base. I shot mostly portraits and landscapes and was often hired by the Regional authorities to work on large exhibitions which required photographs for its catalogues. I was then hired by the Alinari Archives in Florence to become their Director of Photography, the reason we moved there in 1988. In 2003 I left the archive and returned to free-lancing and to exhibiting my work. I was awarded the Friuli Venezia Giulia prize for photography in 2010. My recent book Italia Metafisica won an IPA award in NY in 2015 and the Hemingway Award in Italy in 2016. You can see some of my work at www.georgetatge.com.

George Tatge purchased this house in 1981

Why George Tatge chose Todi

For years we searched for a property here and finally found it. One that we could restore as we wanted. Our house is in the neighbourhood of Borgo, one of the oldest areas, inside the first ring of the Etruscan town. We lived in Todi for 14 years between 1974 and 1988. It is truly an 'Ideal City', but don't tell too many people, or it will turn into another San Gimignano (the town in Tuscany with more tourists than townsfolk).

What makes this house unique

Not many properties in Todi with such views and with a 400 sq. meter garden inside the city walls.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Nothing but plaudits for both these sites, an in-town 12th/13th century villa in Todi, Umbria, and an in-city apartment in Florence on the Via Romana just a few minutes away from the Pitti Palace. Both dwellings are fully modern and elegant in their different ways; both are right in the middle of the best of their localities -- restaurants, museums/galleries, varied boutique shopping and more; both are really within walking distance to everything that matters -- forget about the car. And both are spotless and very reasonably priced -- far more attractive than the hotel option.

We spent two weeks, one week at each location, and were delighted with everything. Of special note -- George, our landlord, oversaw all the detail of our planning,arrival, stay and departure with personal concern. And this was important. We don't speak Italian and were a little leery of getting by in a real neighbourhood -- shopping, transportation, entertainment. But no problem. George's advice and ample local literature made it all easy.

We'd do it again. Great vacation.

One note -- Todi is a genuine hill town: climbing is a prerequisite for enjoymen, and touring the countryside by Car a wonderful experience -- i.e. a small car that fits in the medieval streets. My decision to go for a large power car because of the reputation of the autobahns was wrong -- I should have opted smaller. And in Florence -- get rid of the car asap."
May 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Todi in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Double sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , These can be united to make a King size
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , These can be united to make a King size
  • There is a fourth bedroom with one single bed. To reach the ensuite bathroom others must walk through this room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Insect screens on windows!


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Charming Medieval House with piano & Big Garden, in idyllic Todi
average rating of 4.85 based on 21 reviews
Toronto and Thornbury, Ontario

Character, comfort, views

  • 5 of 5

Big, comfortable 4-floor house, and a nice garden with exceptional views. Eat-in kitchen is well equipped and spacious, exits to the garden, and is ideal for indoor-outdoor living. Two comfortable bedrooms/bathrooms on floor 2, (slightly quirky but very functional), shower-only bathroom has a delightful little balcony. There's a good-sized reading room at ground level and a terrific extra bedroom or yoga studio up top on floor 3. Host George is well organized, always accessible and gives fast turnaround if any issues arise. Todi is pretty, not especially busy, and well stocked with restaurants (we loved Panne et Vino) and food stores. In all, a very agreeable place to spend time. We would happily return.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful charming house perfectly situated near the main piazza.

  • 5 of 5

The owner George is ever so helpful and responsive. He made it possible for us to plan our holiday and make our stay perfect.

One of the highlights was picking the figs from the fig tree in the garden and having it for breakfast.

Perfectly situated near the town centre we could walk everywhere. The caffe in the southwest corner of the piazza Popolo serves the best macchiato.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Experience Umbria in this wonderful Todi house

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Todi was as described by George, the owner, and former guests. Be advised that this is a hill town...everything in the town is uphill--great exercise! We loved being able to explore the whole town--my husband walked up and down every street within the walled town and in doing so, discovered lots of restaurants and shops that were the favorites of the locals.. We were able to relax and keep to our own schedule. Having a car (from the wonderful Stefano) made it so easy to explore all the surrounding countryside. Stefano and George both offered hints of where to go--the GPS was even preset to places of interest.

As some of the other reviewers stated, George is all about his guests being able to experience Umbria to the fullest. We chose this Todi house because of its location and di not regret our decision one bit. The four of us are also VRBO owners in NW FL and all agreed that George was all about his guests having a memorable vacation. Stay in Todi at this house--it will be the best time of your lives.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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naples, FL

Exquisite Umbrian Hilltown experience

  • 5 of 5

We wisely returned to George's home after a 16-year hiatus; that delay in returning to Todi will not be repeated; we will return with family (home sleeps 7 comfortably) within the next 18 months.

Recent posters have accurately lauded George's home; it is a pleasure. George has a genuine love of his home, Todi, and Umbria, that is unsurpassed. He is all about his guests experiencing the food, beauty and tranquillity of Todi and Umbria.

Todi is a perfectly located base from which to explore by day-trip any number of thoroughly intriguing Umbrian (and adjoining Regions) towns.....Orvieto, Cortona (lunch: La Bucaccia), Montefalco, Amelia, Perugia, Siena, Gubbio, etc., (Ristorante Umbria, located immediately off of Todi's City Square, is not to be missed).

If you are looking for the hard-to-capture feel of the 15th Century, combined with modern amenities, this Todi home is for you and your loved ones. Note: The EMI supermarket, a quick 5-minute drive from Todi's City centre walls, provides an array of quality food to be enjoyed at George's backyard dining table, that offers an incredible view of the Valley below.

Hard to beat!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely enchanting

  • 5 of 5

My family (4 adults with the occasional add on) spent a glorious 3 weeks at George's home in Todi. The house was all we hoped it would be: nestled in a beautiful stone alleyway on the edge of town with a breathtaking view over the valley. The kitchen was well stocked and a pleasure to use: we prepared some lovely meals - even a delicious roast lamb with herbs we had gathered on walks in the countryside. A lunch made up around the amazing Porchetta bought from a van that comes into the square on Saturdays is something we will never forget nor the moonlit nights in the garden shared with fireflies and even a hedgehog! George is a wonderful host who made some excellent recommendations particularly to hire a car from Stefano, (who also drove us to Rome at the end of our stay). Todi is wonderfully located with many of Umbria's most beautiful towns and walks within an easy drive. The most spectacular walk was in Castelluccio Di Norcia where the wildflowers are just extraordinary - and the lentils amazing. With all the walks and the steps in Todi we left in much better shape than we arrived but never once dreamt of holding back on the wonderful Umbrian food and wine - effortless! It was so very hard to leave - thank you George!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for these kind words. I often tell our guests that I worked so hard on the restoration of this medieval house that I left my soul there (from cleaning the old clay floor tiles one by one in a solution of muriatic acid in photographic trays out in the garden, to carrying the huge flag stones down the alley, to looking for the right faucetry in Rome). Only a truly obsessed 29-year-old could do such a thing. So when I read an enthusiastic review it fills my heart with joy and satisfaction. It is a truly special house in a very special town. But I don't want to spread the word too much for fear of Todi turning into another tourist town, like San Gimignano or Spoleto.
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Charming villa in Umbria

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this villa for a month and thoroughly enjoyed it. We used Todi as a hopping off spot for numerous day trips throughout Umbria. The villa was exactly as described - very comfortable and spacious.The kitchen was very well equipped and there was an abundance of sheets and towels, so that we change them every week.

The owner was extremely helpful. He contacted us our first day there, and answered any questions we had (via phone or email) quickly. In fact, even after we left Todi to spend a month in Campania, he remained in contact, answering further questions.

Todi itself was delightful; the pace was much slower than the larger cities, and had far fewer tourists, which is what we were looking for. However, Todi was always alive with activities - festivals, concerts, street fairs. Absolutely charming.

There was no need for having a car in town, every place is walkable. But we had a car for our frequent day trips to Orvieto, Marmore Falls, Umbrian and Tuscan wine regions, Florence, Assisi, Spoleto,

I definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants to get away from the large, bustling tourist destinations of Italy and experience the heart of Italy. The only people I would not recommend it for are for those have substantial mobility or breathing issues, as the town is on top of a hill, which while not particularly steep, does require some sustained walking up and down the narrow streets and staircases.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Rome, Fiumicino or Perugia S. Egidio
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
In main square
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Todi Ponte Rio
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
In main square
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Tarquinia or Sirolo
Car: recommended

Todi is equidistant (30 min. drives) from Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto, Orvieto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Foligno, all beautiful towns worth day-trips. A two-hour drive from Florence and 90 min. drive from Rome.

Other Activities: Hot Air Ballooning, Wildlife Viewing


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Todi, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Apr 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
Autumn Low
14 Oct 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
Standard pricing
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £357.15
Clean up fee £83.57

A $ 500 security/holding fee is required when reserving for short stays $950 for multi-weeks. This is returned to you within 7 days of your departure by HA/VRBO minus the utilities (gas and elec.) and phone line usage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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