Nestled in the hill opposite Todi lies our centuries old farm, refurbished 2013.
The house of 150 sq meters with 3 bedrooms, a big kitchen with fireplace and living room is surrounded by 40 hectares oak tree wood and olive groove.
You'd be renting the whole house.
You will reach the house driving on a private road bordered with secular trees, one of them certified being 500 years old.
The property includes a 30 hectares wood that covers half of the hill which makes for great walks and mountain bike rides in the nature; you will find water creeks, wild plants and a medieval tower that lays on top of the hill.
There is also a farming ground where our centuries old olive trees gift us every year with a superb extra virgin olive oil.
Our estate is an historical one. Garibaldi the national hero that unified Italy in the 19th Century slept in the big house in the summer 1849 along with his wife.
They were on the run along with a small army of volunteer soldiers after the ruinous ending of the “Repubblica Romana” a shortly lived experience of democratic republic values, based on universal right of vote for all men and women, freedom of religion, abolition of death penalty and transformation of the papal power in a pure spiritual one.
Sadly they were too ahead of time....
The republic was overthrown 5 months after its establishment by french troops sent by Napoleon III restablishing the temporal power of Pope Pius IX. Garibaldi and his pregnant wife (brasilian of birth and an amazon in character) fled Rome and headed to the free republic of Venice and where given shelter on our estate by Antonio Valente. The naval army of Napoleon III stopped them before they could get in Venice and Anita Garibaldi and the child she carried died few days later of an unknown fever.
The property will have no other guests.
There is an outdoor area with table for al fresco eating and barbecue.
There is also a oven for bread and pizza.
Two adult bycicles and sunbeds.
You will be received by a person who speaks english on top of italian. She will introduce you to the house and the area. Providing informations on local markets, village fairs and outdoor activities.
Todi is a charming well-preserved medieval town sitting on top of hill overlooking green valleys in Umbria.
The region of Umbria is a yet undiscovered gem of Italy made of great food and wines, medieval villages, rolling green hills, waterfalls, pristine lakes and all kind of outdoor activities.
Our property is in the most exclusive hill of the area, with views of the valley and just 10 min drive away from the town.
Todi is just 10 min drive and there you will find supermarkets, pharmacies, ATM...etc.
Umbria and Tuscany are famous for their mild climate, delicious food and some of the best wines and olive oils of Italy.
Drive on a cypress lined road through a spellbinding landscape over rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive groves and dotted with romantic medieval hill towns, gothic and renaissance villages.
Dine in the best restaurant of Italy (Michelin 2014) Vissani 20 min drive away to mention one.
Or look for the italian family run restaurant where the italian mama will serve you home made filled pasta and wild mushrooms.
You will need a car to get around. You will be provided with a map and directions once you receive the keys.
The bedrooms are:
- King size Super double (173 cm wide, 200 long. Or 68 inch wide, 78 inch long)
- King size double (166 cm wide, 214 cm long. Or 65 inches wide, 84 inches long).
- Large single (114 cm wide, 206 long. Or 45 inches wide, 81 inch tall).
There is a sofa bed that opens in a comfortable double bed in the living room.
Dishwasher and washing machine.
40" flat screen TV
Design Stereo with Cd,Radio,Mp3,Iphone dock
The house is a real one with books,Dvd, Cds...
The house was lovely!
We spent 3 nights here in March. The location is perfect for exploring Umbria, very convenient to many towns but is isolated and perched on a hillside, very private. The house was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped and we spent many hours enjoying the wonderful meals we cooked here. A lot of love and thought has been put in the home and it is the perfect place to stay for a wonderful vacation in Italy.
We spent a weekend at Fabio's fantastic country house near Todi. The property is wonderful; one could spend days exploring it, from the trails in the woods to the pastures and olive orchard. The views of Todi and the surrounding countryside are stunning; I spent the two mornings we were there drinking my coffee outside to watch the sun rise over Todi and the Tiber Valley. The location is perfect for exploring Todi and the surrounding towns, including such hidden gems as Doglio. The house is charming, the beds comfortable, and he and Laura (who looks after the place) left it stocked with some basic food items so that when we arrived, we could feed our hungry kids without driving to the supermarket. Fabio is also the perfect host; we were in touch in the days prior to our arrival, and he called after our arrival to make sure that everything in the house was working and, more importantly, that we were having a good time. My family and I will return.
I stayed a couple of nights in Fabio’s house around new year’s eve with my partner and 2 year old son. This was the 6th time we booked accommodation through AirBNB and this was by far the nicest of all places. The house is a lovely, centuries old structure with thick stone walls, which has recently been completely remodeled from the inside. The result – as the pictures show – is a unique mix of old and new. Everything is new, crisp and immaculately clean. It’s a holiday house, not a place where people live year-round, which makes it more anonymous and helped make it feel like “our place” from moment we arrived. In the previous accommodations we booked through AirBNB we were constantly aware that we were guests in somebody else’s house, but not this time.
Lighting, bedding, seating and cooking facilities are all excellent. There is even a dishwasher but strangely no microwave. The sound and tv-systems are modern, but we didn’t use them. We also didn’t use the fireplace in the kitchen or the wood fired oven in the basement, but I’m sure it would be fun if you know how to use these things! The wifi connection was very good and fast, which surprised me considering the remoteness of the location. Mobile phone reception is poor inside the house but better if you walk outside. The shower (over a bath tub) is a cheapish model and it took some effort to place it in a comfortable position. Also the water pressure fluctuates (I guess due to the isolated location of the house) but the water temperature is good and thanks to the gas heater the supply of hot water is unlimited, which is nice if staying with multiple persons. The only issue we had with the house was with the central heating, which was recently installed and apparently had not been well tested and tuned in. But I’m confident Fabio will sort this out for future guests, as he has been a very forthcoming host and very communicative by email and telephone in the run-up and during our stay. The fact that he purchased a baby cot especially for our stay shows how extremely helpful he is. His friend Laura, who lives nearby and will meet you on arrival with the key, was also friendly but speaks limited English.
Todi is an excellent base for exploring Umbria, with nearly every destination within 1 hour drive. A car is essential if you want to stay at Fabio’s place, like it is for travelling around the region. The nearest store is a 15 mins drive: a huge EMI supermarket just off the Todi/Orvieto exit on highway SS3bis. If I ever visit Umbria again I will no doubt return to this wonderful house.
My husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights- as soon as we got there I was wishing that we could stay a week! Fabio's description of the place is very accurate. The house inside and out is beautiful, well-equipped, clean, and comfortable... and there are spectacular views of the surrounding forests, vineyards, olive groves, Todi, and some of the other smaller hill towns nearby. Fabio, in addition to coordinating easy access to the house by Laura, read our airbnb profile and made some thoughtful suggestions as to places we might enjoy. Montecastello di Vibio was especially enjoyable- we got to see the smallest opera house in the world and it was indeed just the kind of thing we like. If you are looking for a stay in Umbria, short or long, this place has a very special feel and is a perfect location for exploring the area. We barely scratched the surface of what there is to do and see here. Highly recommended!
Fabs' home high on a hillside above Todi was our fifth and final B&B stop and we discovered we had saved the best for last. Although we fully enjoyed the prior stops, his home created that ultimate setting that was romantic and comfortable with the feeling of being at home.
Fabs is an excellent host. He lives in Spain but is always available by email or phone. He is responsive and flexible and has strong communications skills. A friend lets you onto the property and shows you around the house.
The home is on the outskirts of the small hillside village of Canonica about 4 or 5 miles from Todi. It stands at the end of a long dirt driveway off a paved road. The house itself is a centuries old handsome stone structure but the interior has recently been modernized.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable and created a feeling of being at home right away. The old blends with the new throughout (most of the furnishings are new but Fabs left family heirlooms to remind us of the countryside setting). Everything we used was nicely functional. His photos are accurate. There is wi-fi that works very well.
There is a single neighbor about 100 yards away but otherwise his location is quite isolated. There is no grocery store, cafe or gasoline in Canonica (but Todi is a bustling little town) so you should plan accordingly.
The home sits on a large property. There is an old olive grove and a large tilled field but otherwise we were surrounded by the vast stillness of the heavily wooded hills. There are no street lights so it's pitch black at night. For us gentrified city folk it was simultaneously scary and romantic. We were simply in awe of the thick canopy of stars. That's a sight we never see in Los Angeles.
As I drove out on our way to Rome, my wife summed up our stay, "I want to come back to Fabs' castle."
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.