About this listing
Once a mansion belonging to a local noble family Torre Bertona has now been converted into guest apartments. Perched on top of hill, nearest to the town's center, Torre Bertona is an ideal spot for a perfect vacation in the heart of Umbria!
The Domus Picta apartment - bright, elegant, and refinedly decorated with great attention to detail - has been restored preserving the house noble and long history. The ceiling's beams are the original ones, as well is original part of the tiled floor. The kitchenette is decorated with Sicilian 19° century tiles and the walls have been redecorated following the patterns of the original decoration.
We want our guests to feel at home even if for a short stay!
Our guests have access to a large terrace with a panoramic view, that is the perfect location for sunbathing or just relaxing sitting outside reading quietly, and ideal for a summer evening dinner party... cool and fresh.
A beautiful panoramic swimming pool is set in the luxuriant garden. Sun beds and parasols are provided as well as garden furniture.
A large rustic room used to make wine has been restored and converted into a common lounge.
An elegant room opening onto the patio is devoted to relax and equipped with a big Jacuzzi hot tub
Below the restored castle structure lies a terraced Garden, which once provided fresh fare for noble lord's table. The garden has been transformed full of botanical plants both aromatic and medicinal, and also is utilized for courses in all phases of herbal lore and preparations, or just to sit and enjoy - in a perfect natural setting - conversing, reading, or being quiet!
The communal laundry with washer and dryer is on the ground floor.
Interaction with Guests
Gloria will be there to receive and assist you with advice regarding the exploration of the territory and its many historical and artistic points of interest. She will also supply a list of tipycal, not-touristy restaurants, wineries and oil mills, and can organize, on request, guided eno-gastronomicals tours as well as guided visits to archaelogical or artistic sites.
Todi, a renowned tourist attraction, is two miles away from the house; it is a charming town with a rich cultural life and is exciting to explore, especially during the early evening and at night.
In Todi you can find a cinema (open air during summer) and a very famous 19° century theatre with good shows, menu restaurants and wineries.
Torre Bertona itself, our hamlet, is also part of the Tiber Natural Park and of "Circuiti del Paesaggio" / "Landscape Circuits" of Todi and a starting point for easy walks and horse trekking. From Pian di San Martino (1/2 mile away) also starts a cycling circuit called "Tevere ring" : the river Tevere (Tiber) is indeed very close to it, and a nice trip is the one to the river canyons (follow the road towards Orvieto and Corbara lake).
In July in Todi there is a famous art and music festival, but also during August there are several concerts and events. During summer, also innumerable "SAGRE" (local celebrations) in the nearby villages and towns take place. Some of the events are really worth seeing. Normally during these celebrations it's possible to eat very good food at convenient prices , because the local housewives cook and obviously it's a wild competition among them.
At the end of July there is also a "Sagra" in Pian di San Martino: food and dancing every night, but they allow you to sleep at a convenient time.
For food shopping, there is a commercial centre in Ponterio, 1 mile from home, where there are also many excellent shops of typical Umbrian products.
Todi is considered to be one of the best cities in the world for the quality of life; its location is one of the best in Italy in order to visit the principal beauties of central Italy and the landscape and culture are not touristy but genuinely Italian.
Perugia (Umbria's main city), Assisi and Orvieto are all reachable in 30 minutes; Rome and Florence are at 1 hour and 1/2 drive.
Don't miss to visit Assisi, Orvieto and Perugia, with the splendid Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria; but worth a visit is also the Todi museum and the roman cistern below the square, besides a gorgeous fresco in a nunnery called "Purgatorio di San Patrizio".
Also Bevagna and Foligno are absolutely worth seeing.
If you feel like going to a famous Spa resort, you will reach San Casciano Terme in Tuscany (1 and 1/2 hour drive), or enjoy a day Spa nearby Todi.
Other Things to Note
INCLUDED IN RENT: electricity, water, cooking gas, standard heating (the heating of the apartments is included from October 15 until April 15 according to Italian regulations - Eventual fuel consumption exceeding the standard 5 cubic meters/day consumption will be calculated by individual apartment meter's reading at euro 5/cubic meter), weekly change of bed and bath linens, regular gardening and pool maintenance, parking.
FINAL CLEANING: € 45
SECURITY DEPOSIT (only for weekly rentals): € 200
N.B. It's advisable to have a car.
ARRIVAL: 2:00-6:00 pm. Also some flexibility depending upon reservations DEPARTURE: 10:00 -11:00 am. Also some flexibility depending upon reservations.
Please park your car only where suggested.
Dispose your garbage in the waste bins separating glass and plastic from paper and organic waste.
We'll take care of the cleaning up of the apartment, but please don't leave dirty dishes or pans.
If an additional housekeeping is needed during your stay, pleas ask Gloria for the costs.
Smoking is allowed only outside the apartment.
Small pets are welcome but please ask in advance. An extra fee of Eur 20 for the cleaning of the apartment will be applied.
Ciao, sono Gloria. Ho una vera passione per gli edifici antichi, l'arredamento e l'erboristeria. Ho unito le mie tre passioni realizzando il restauro di una casa si campagna nobiliare del 16° secolo sulla collina di fronte a Todi, ricavandone tre appartamenti comodi ed eleganti che riflettono lo spirito del luogo, e un giardino colmo di piante medicinali e aromatiche, in cui è inserita una bella piscina con vista su Todi. Spero di ospitarvi presto: vi sentirete a casa, spero.
Hi, I'm Gloria. I'm fond of historical buildings and of herbalism. I've restored a 16° century country house perced on the hill in front of Todi, trying to preserve its "look and feel" and set up three elegant self catering apartments and a garden rich in medicinal and aromatic plants, surrounding a panoramic swimming pool. I hope to welcome you there soon!