This lovingly restored artist’s home is located in a ‘sacred grove’ on the hillside of Monteluco, which has a wooded nature preserve facing Spoleto. The property sits tranquilly amid olive groves and is within a stone’s throw of hiking paths that wind up through a forest renowned since ancient Roman times. La Torre dell'Artista includes: Living room with fireplace and spectacular views, renovated eat-in kitchen with fireplace and windows opening out to the covered dining area for serving food outdoors. Downstairs, the master bedroom with en-suite bath opens out onto a garden terrace with views out over Spoleto and the mountains beyond. Upstairs, the sleeping loft has two single beds. There is a second bath with shower and separate laundry/utility room on the main floor beyond the kitchen. A shaded dining porch is outside the kitchen as well as a shaded car park and an extensive garden amidst the olive groves. The property has wifi and a spa that is located close to the house but in a very private area carved into the hillside within the original wash house with a spectacular view out over the town of Spoleto and surrounding hills. The hot tub is easy to operate and there is a refreshing outdoor shower: both are available May through October.
- House1291 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay5 nights
Independent tower home, 2 bathrooms, 1 bedroom and a sleeping loft
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 13 Aug 2018
We raised our children here and enjoyed the endless variety of cultural offerings in the area, from the Spoleto Festival to the many nearby art treasures and the beautiful landscape of Umbria. Although we no longer live here it remains in our hearts and memories as home to the best moments of our lives.
Sophie purchased this House in 1978
Why Sophie chose Spoleto
An artist must have a tower, a view and isolation to work--but also a short walk through the woods to clear the mind and a welcoming cafe a short distance away to read the paper and enjoy the passing parade each day.
What makes this House unique
To live close enough to walk into town yet enjoy the tranquility of the countryside, to pass over the Ponte delle Torri to reach the historic center and then return to the protected woods of Monteluco is a unique experience.
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Wonderful house, wonderful setting
The house was comfortable and cool, despite hot weather. Our favorite part was a walk in the hills but level called the Giro dei Condotti, over a mile with gorgeous views of Spoleto. It also passes by an abandoned monastery and an abandoned hermit hut, and it crosses the property at the bottom of the driveway. The driveway is very steep, with hairpin turns, and if like us you are out of practice with a straight shift on challenging hills, you should start refreshing your skills now. Driveway apart, our two weeks were magical.
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Torre. It was truly a pleasure to have you both as guests and we hope you'll be able to return to Umbria for further explorations! Yes, the driveway can be a challenge; I thought you did excellently even on your first try.
Wonderful setting, comfy and relaxing. A long walk from Town, closed aqueduct: drive a challenge!
Spoleto charming and full of interest. The steeple and tortuous access became a problem when the driver had an inner-ear problem: rescued by the wonderful Sophie and Franco, who provided taxi service and support with hospital visits. Cured within 48hrs (Hospital Staff were super): these were the days it rained. The views, the crepuscular visits by wild boar piglets after the fallen figs, the hot tub... each a delight. Such a shame the aqueduct remains closed, even to pedestrians, or it would have been an unqualified success. Being too mean to hire mr AVIS' satnav, got wonderfully lost between Spoleto and Orvieto: the scenery was magnificent. I will aim to get lost again the next time I visit! The unexpected gem was Bevagna, ancient, solid, largely unspoiled: well with a visit, if only to slow down even more.
Lovely home in a stunning location.
Much more than a typical AirBnb rental, this property feels like a home. Tastefully decorated and very spacious. Great kitchen, well-equipped. The fireplace was very welcome given the weather during our stay. The bathrooms were recently completely remodeled and were superb. Across the Ponte delle Torri from Spoleto, we felt as if we were a world away, but in fact Spoleto was easily accessible. A great place to stay for an extended period of time if you plan to explore the many small towns in Umbria. Fantastic access to innumerable hiking trails. The host, Sophie was very responsive and very accommodating. The only drawback is that the driveway leading to this hillside house is not for the faint-of-heart!
Thank you so much for your lovely review, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay even though the hot tub was not open yet. It was a pleasure to have you as our first guests after the recent renovations and we hope you'll be able to return again to explore the region further.
La Torre is a unique and wonderful place to stay in a beautiful location. Full of character echoing its artistic past, La Torre is a relaxing and comfortable retreat, with stunning views across the valley to Spoleto. Easy access to the good regional road network allows exploration of the beautiful surrounding area with many, many historic hill towns to delight in.
A great place to relax
We absolutely loved our stay here. It was our first holiday without kids and our main objective was to relax and do as little as possible. We couldn't have found anywhere better. It was 2 days before we even walked into town and that was mainly because we needed to buy more wine !
The house was lovely inside and stayed cool despite the 30+ temperature outside. But there is plenty of shade for sitting out in the garden as well. Being on a hillside there was often a gentle breeze which was nice.
The views were lovely too: Spoleto in the morning from the living room, the distant hills from the spa pool, and the stars at night from outside the bedroom.
Sophie was incredibly helpful as well. We hadn't hired a car so she provided transport from the station when we arrived and took us back at the end of our stay. She also provided invaluable assistance when we needed to go to the local hospital and we cannot thank her enough.
Unfortunately we didn't get to experience walking over the bridge to Spoleto due to it being closed for inspection following the earthquake. The alternative route down the road was certainly a bit longer and felt hot walking back up but the spa was great for soothing tired legs. Oh well, we'll just have to come back when the bridge reopens !
Thank you for your thoughtful review, we're very glad you enjoyed your stay at La Torre and really do hope you will be able to get back for another getaway as soon as the walking bridge reopens, which we hope will not take much longer. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to welcoming you back again.
Lovely setting with spectacular views.
The Torre is very well placed to explore the town of Spoleto and the walk over the aqueduct is stunning. The location and the views and lovely walks straight from the property are what makes this such a lovely place to stay. It would have been helpful to have been advised of the steep driveway so that we could hire a suitable car that is small but has a flexible engine.
Thank you for staying with us at the Torre dell'Artista, we're very pleased that you enjoyed your time at the house and in the area. We do draw attention to the driveway in our description of the property: there is a photo of the driveway with the caption "the driveway is steep!" I'm sorry if you missed this information when looking at our listing, most of our guests are prepared for the drive which may at first seem challenging but becomes easier with a little practice. Best wishes, Sophie
This independent house a short and scenic 15-20 minute walk (1.5 km). from the town centre offers exceptional convenience to all the cultural offerings of Spoleto and the rest of Umbria while remaining immersed in the natural beauty of the Sacred Wood of Monteluco. It’s only 1 ½ hours from Rome by train or car. Summer cultural offerings include the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto and the world-class Umbria Jazz in Perugia. Umbria is known as the Green Heart of Italy and has a wealth of both natural and cultural treasures to be explored including: Assisi, Gubbio, Montefalco, Perugia and much more.
Additional pricing information
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please note that winter rates do not include heating costs. All rates include utilities and complete bed, bath and kitchen linens. We do request a security deposit of 150 euro on arrival which is refunded on departure. The final housecleaning fee is due in Euro cash on arrival if you are not paying online, thank you.