Once a mansion belonging to a local noble family who utilized the house as its preferred summer residence, has now been converted into guest apartments. The building dates back to the 16th century and has been restored in such a manner as to retain its original simple charm...a fresh cool cosy house to sojourn in the hot summer months or anytime to take a nice stress free break, on the outskirts of the town's center walls of Todi.
Perched on top of hill, nearest to the town's center, with a spectacular scenic view of the best preserved part of the city, Torre Bertona is an ideal spot for a perfect long or short termvacation in the heart of Umbria, still with all the amenities, close by that the town has to offer and very close to the freeway!
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 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!
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.
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.
FINAL CLEANING (only for weekly rentals): € 45
SECURITY DEPOSIT (only for weekly rentals): € 200