Jewel in the Heart of Umbria among green hills,olive, groves, vigne
- English, French, Italian
About Carla Franceschelli
We are Carla and Franco, both doctors in Rome. We have a son with a degree in Economics who lives and works in Brussels and a daughter, historian of contemporary art and photographer. Our family is completed and delighted by the presence of two wonderful cats,the umbrian sister kittens Gaia and Maya . We love traveling, reading good books, seeing good movies, eating healthy and natural food and drinking a little wine, but very good with friends. We also love the art and the nature and in Umbria have found their harmonious synthesis. In organising of our offer of high-quality holidays, we have become what we are now through our guests: thank you very much to all our guests!
Carla Franceschelli purchased this Apartment in 2001
Why Carla Franceschelli chose Marsciano
Looking for a place near to the most beautiful art cities of Umbria we had a vision .... and it was love at first sight: a hill, an old stone house, a 360 degree view of hills , small villages, medieval castles, fields, woods and a small lake ... and it was easy to reach through a small stretch of a white road in good condition. We have renovated our "Casa Paradiso" with seismic criteria in the absolute respect of the original structure and materials we recovered.Our corner of Heaven gave us privacy and tranquility, but at the same time yet within five minutes by car from Marsciano, full of supermarkets, banks, shops, bars, restaurants, people. In a few days the vision has become our reality and after some months our loved home.
What makes this Apartment unique
The location of the property, situated on the top of hill, gives the possibility to reach easily the most beautiful art town of Umbria, the Trasimeno lake, a lot of shopping centres and the Perugia and Antognolla golf clubs. Our guests enjoy the products of our organic garden according to the season: strawberries, peas, beans, chard, lettuce in spring; tomatoes, arugula, salade, zucchini, green beans, peppers, eggplants, melons, watermelons during the summer; broccoli, cauliflower, chicory in autumn.The sun and the swimming-pool bronze skin while extra vergin oil produced from our olive grove improve healthy.With our two bicycles the guests can visit the green hills around , the paths along the Felsinone and Nestore rivers, the small villages and also organize a tour of Trasimeno lake.
Pool / Spa
Minimum age of primary renter:20
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Enjoy with respect to the house and garden, use the pool properly, carry out separate collection of waste
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Casa Paradiso is aptly named!
This is a lovely property in a beautiful location. If you want peace and quiet and amazing views then this is the place for you.
Carla and Franco are extremely helpful and the apartment contains everything you might need including a well equipped kitchen. There was a generous welcome pack including supper for the day we arrived and a bottle of very nice wine.
The nearest town, Marsciano, is an easy 10 minute drive and has many supermarkets, restaurants etc. We highly recommend the restaurant Hosteria Mattta.
We stayed in Carla and Franco's little paradise for a week during the heatwave across Europe this summer. Carla and Franco were there to meet us after our long journey and had even provided us with supper and breakfast on our first night. Their home is traditional and rustic and perfect. The gardens are just stunning and the pool just a few metres away from the house is lovely. There are many places to sit around the property to enjoy the sun/shade and enjoy the scenery, the garden is buzzing with life, beautiful butterflies and little lizards. Marciano is a short drive and offers all the facilities of a small town eg supermarket and restaurants and the property itself is well placed to explore the delights of Umbria. It is so very peaceful and for us the ideal holiday. Thank you Carla and Franco for sharing your piece of paradise.
Beautiful property, perfect location and very lovely owners
We couldn’t have asked for a better first experience of Italy. It was everything we hoped for and more. It was perfect just to relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the long views across the beautiful Umbrian countryside, admire Carla and Franco’s garden, watch the butterflies and listen to the humming of the insects. It was the most relaxing and comfortable property we have stayed in and we returned home feeling happy and enriched. There were so many interesting places to visit nearby and with an early start one morning, we were also able to enjoy a day in Florence. Umbria has some beautiful national and regional parks which also have great cycling trails suited to all abilities. We look forward to going again and highly recommend this lovely place.
Easily the most beautiful holiday place ever
Our fourth visit to the wonderful countryside home of Carla and Franco and it just gets better every time. The house is a few km from Marsciano, a lively town with everything you could ever need. Marsciano itself is just a few minutes drive from the fast dual carriageway running down from Perugia to Terni, which makes travel very easy.
But the real attraction is the opportunity to share the absolute beauty of the panoramic scenery, the generosity and kindness of our hosts, the elegance of a lovingly crafted home. The house itself is of a very high standard; traditional materials but with a high level of comfort. The outlook is idyllic and the garden is Carla’s baby....we’ve watched the garden grow and develop over the years and it is a true oasis of calm. Carla and Franco produce their own olive oil and grow many organic vegetables, which you will be able to taste. On arrival there is a generous basket of local goods and wine, plus a home made dish of lasagne or something similar. The pool is lovely and a real treat not to have to share it with hordes of other families.
Umbria itself is a delight. Besides the well known towns of Perugia, Orvieto, Assisi, there are so many smaller towns worthy of discovery...Todi, Montefalco, Trevi, Spoleto. Almost every hill has a medieval castle or village to wander round. Not far away is Lake Trasimeno, with the fortified town of Castiglione del Lago and the hill top Panicale. Even though this was our fourth stay, we still had plenty of new things to discover.
An Umbrian paradise with a 5* welcome!
Our trip to Casa Paradiso was quite simply wonderful from start to finish. We have stayed in many self catering cottages and villas and this has to rank among the top. As other reviewers have suggested, the setting is out of this world! Set in the Umbrian hills with soothing breezes in the hot summer sun and spectacular views. The accomodation was lovely with great facilities and a simple walk to the swimming pool which is wonderful for a dip at any time. Shutters keep the inside nice and cool and dark at night time - although you may want to keep them open to take in the views of the sunrises, sunsets or nightscape! The gardens are beautiful and one of the lovely memories will be the constant sight of butterflies fluttering across the garden.
The kitchen was superbly equipped with everything you could possibly need. The WiFi was also great to have, especially for the children. There are lots of beautiful sights to see with hilltop villages and towns throughout the region. Larger attractions like Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia and Todi are all within easy reach as the Autostrada is about 15 minutes away. There is a good swimming pool for the children in nearby Marsciano and a great waterpark in Tavernelle (although you would struggle to leave the luxury of the casa swimming pool.) Activopark in the mountains is about 45 minutes away and is really worth the trip for the children. It has limited opening hours around the weekend but it was great value and the local town there is very pretty. Rome is also easily accessible for the day. We travelled an hour to a local town -Orte- and got the train which was cheap and dependable. The family loved the trip.
However. above all, the outstanding characteristic about this property is the welcome from Carla and Franco. They were wonderful from start to finish. They welcomed us with a beautiful homemade lasagne and local wine and had a selection of local products including cereal for the children. The children loved them and my daughter was always practicing Italian to speak to Carla when she saw her. It was such a wonderful welcome and they made the stay simply amazing. Grazie Molto for a wonderful trip!
Exactly as described!
We arrived to a warm welcome from Carla and Franco with a lovely vegetable lasagne and wine laid on for supper. It couldn't have been a better start to our holiday.
The apartment was part of a traditional Umbrian rural house with chestnut beams and terracotta floors and ceilings and was very clean and cosy.
Outside, the garden was a delight, obviously a passion of Carla's. It was a pleasure to be sat out eating alfresco in amongst a riot of colour during the day and scent filled evenings drinking wine and watching the fire flies going about their business.
The swimming pool was of a decent length and was ideal for spending a lot of time around doing nothing but relaxing. A large sun shade would have been welcome though during the hotter parts of the day and possibly some slightly more comfortable sun loungers though.
We didn't do much sightseeing having lived in Umbria/ Tuscany some years previously, however the area is well situated for day visits out and about.
Eating out, it would have been nice to have been able to walk to a pizzeria /bar and although this is not a criticism, it is something worth noting if you like to do that kind of thing on holiday.
Overall I would recommend this place to anyone who likes it nice and quiet!
Thank you Carla and Franco.
Special interest holidays:
On your request we will be happy to book for you useful cooking classes of Umbria and, more generally, Italian.
At your disposal you have two bikes to discover greenways along rivers and through fields and small medieval villages on the hills around our old farmhouse.
What better opportunity to reach in half an hour the places where lived, preached and died St. Francesco: Assisi, Gubbio and the wonderful land of Umbria with its art, its culture, its nature and .... its good and famous cuisine!
In an hour fourty five you are in Ancona, in the middle of the promontory of Mount Conero with its beautiful coastline and beaches where swimming, diving and surfing. In twenty minutes you are on the Trasimeno lake's sandy beaches, where you can practice all water sportses. In about an hour you can reach Lake Bolsena .
The nearest airport, 20 mins, is Perugia with direct flights from London . Rome 1 hour 30 mins. Pisa 2 hours 30 mins.Ancona 1 hour 45 mins. Car hire or use of your car is essential for visiting the art cities and the wonderful natural places of surroundings.
Busy town of Marsciano 7 mins.; Perugia 20 mins;Corciano 20 mins; Assisi 30 mins.; Orvieto 40 mins.; Todi 15 mins.; Spoleto 50 mins.; S. Feliciano(lake Trasimeno) 20 mins.; Arezzo 1 hour 10 mins.; Florence 1 hour 50 mins.; Cortona 1 hour;Montefalco and Bevagna 40 mins.;Gubbio(Feast of the Ceri May 15) 1 hour; Sangemini 30 mins.; Civita of Bagnoreggio and its suspension bridge
Marsciano has supermarkets, banks, cinema, beauty salons and restaurants serving traditional Umbrian food.Nearby there are restaurants with gourmet Italian cuisine The first Sunday of each month in the village of Campello on Clitunno river has an antique market of the most beautiful and richest of the Central Italy,located just 40 minutes driving peacefully from the apartment. Using the same time you will be in Bevagna where every 3rd Sunday of the month there is a market in the streets of the Etruscan city.
Water sports at lake Trasimeno: the lake Trasimeno is the fourth largest lake in Italy within a 20 min. drive from your apartment. A popular pastime is to take a small ferry to one of its islands for lunch. For the more active,the lake offers a variety of water sport, such as sailing, wind-surfing and diving. May 15 in Gubbio, a town where lived S. Francesco each year repeats the extraordinary FESTIVAL of CERI, which attracts an international audience. We are just on the "wine route of the Song", a vast area full of vineyards and companies who sell it.Some Companies invite you to visit their cellars and taste their wines for free:I want to remember a wine for everyone, the magnificent red Sagrantino of Montefalco!
Do not miss a visit to San Gemini, one of the most beautiful medieval villages of Italy, full of craft shops and a church of the twelfth century, a superb bell tower and a 360 degree panorama of the Umbrian hills.Sangemini is also the village of the same named mineral water and nearby ruins of the ancient Roman city of Carsulae.In July two great cultural and entertainment events: the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia and Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto.And Civita di Bagnoregio,the dying city, a wonderful handful of houses on top of a hill accessible just walk through an old bridge, that is a candidate to become a World Heritage Site....and much more that we will have the pleasure of sharing with you!