About This Listing
Casa Foresti: an ancient house with a warm feeling, located in a quiet medieval village on top of a green hill in the center of the region. As hosts, we do our best to have our guest experience Umbria off the path - our reviews speak by themselves...
Hello traveler! Looking for a cosy and elegant base to relax and explore the beautiful landscapes, tastes and cultural heritage of Umbria - the region nicknamed "The Green Heart of Italy"? We're glad you found this page, and ready to welcome you!
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"Casa Foresti" is a 4-rooms, 120sq/m apartment with garden inside a 14th century building (renovated in 2009); it's located in the historic centre of Bettona, a lovely medieval village resting on top of a green hill coated in olive groves. Finely furnished and decorated, equipped with Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer, dishwasher, washing machine, bed linen, towels and (we hope!) everything you might need to have in your own house, it's just the perfect place for your stay, offering you...
relax in the typical barrel-valuted living room;
fun while trying your cooking skills with real italian food in the lovely kitchen;
a beautiful dining room with wide windows overlooking the ancient etruscan walls
and a small terrace on the walls for an aperitivo while admiring the sunset on the hills.
Our comfortable holiday house, with room for up to 5 people (two communicating bedrooms), is the ideal option for a pleasant stay in Umbria, ensuring you moments of rest and relax between visits to the precious historic and cultural jewels of which Umbria is rich, either in the well-known cities like Assisi and Perugia and the “minor” centres to discover.
Interaction with Guests
On top of this, we - the Foresti family - really enjoy to get to know a little our guests by offering something to make their stay unique.
If we have time and if you wish to, we'll be glad to show you around some hidden spots in the local area, have you over for dinner or take you to a local winery, cheesemaker, restaurant or cultural event - obviously free of charge! My son Francesco speaks very good English and my wife Anna is available if you'd like to get some Italian cooking lessons. We'll do our best to make you feel really at home - of course without being invasive - so feel free to ask us about interesting destinations nearby, as well as restaurants or other local attractions! We live just upstairs of the apartment...
We'll be glad to help you get the best this region has to offer. Giorgio, Anna, Francesco and Lucilla Foresti are pleased to welcome you in their home for a pleasant stay in Bettona!
Bettona, is a beautiful small village of 300 people of Etruscan (4th century BC) and medieval origin, set on a hill overlooking Perugia and Assisi. Although tiny, in town you will find three restaurants, two bars, a small grocery shop with homemade food, a deli shop, a city museum, an international library, a multi-sport complex and, quite often, some social events where people gather to eat all together.
Bettona is quite close to every interesting destination in Umbria:
it is just 16 km far from Assisi, home of St. Francis and UNESCO Heritage Site;
5 km from Torgiano, renown worldwide for its precious wines;
10 km from Deruta, famous for its ceramics;
17 km from Bevagna, the town that turns medieval for the whole month of June;
20 km from Perugia, largest city in the region, seat of a large University for foreigners and with a young nightlife in its historic center;
22 km from Spello, 24 km from Montefalco, 26 km from Foligno, 33 km from Todi, 55 from Spoleto, each one a different medieval pearl to explore;
and 45 km from the shores of Trasimeno Lake and its wonderful tiny islands.
In one hour of travel by car it’s possible to reach every destination in Umbria. If you're up for longer travels, Siena, Firenze and Roma are all within two hours.
Public transportation isn't that great in Umbria, we recommend renting a car (either in Perugia airport, 15km away, or Perugia train station) to experience Umbria at its best.
Parking spots are always available not more than a minute away from the house. At the moment of booking we provide a map of Bettona with everything the village has to offer and a map of Umbria with our favourite landmarks.
Other Things to Note
Just to be sure you won't have surprises when you arrive in Casa Foresti: being an old medieval house, the plan is circular and the two bedrooms are communicating; that means that in order to reach the living room and the bathroom, guests staying in the second bedroom can either pass through the first bedroom or through the patio (few steps outside). See the last picture (house plan).
Just the basic ones:
- PLEASE NOTE: Check-in is after 4pm, check-out before 10am. If you need to arrive earlier, PLEASE make sure to let us know in advance.
- The second bedroom can be arranged with two single beds or a double bed. Please let us know which arrangement you need, or you will find the two single beds by default.
- bed linen and towels are provided.
- no smoking inside the house, but there's an ashtray in the garden.
- in case of key loss, 25€ will be taken from your deposit.
- the most important: enjoy your stay!
What a delightful home, area and hosts. We had a super time in Anna and Giorgio's home. It's definitely 5 star. The apartment was enormous. The bedroom was very comfortable and bathroom very modern. We found Bettona a lovely town to explore Umbria from. Giorgio is a man with a heart of gold who took time out of his day to show us around the area. There was so much we learned that we'd never known without Giorgio.
Staying here will refresh your body and mind, it's highly recommended.
The apartment is charming and is in a fantastic location, with wonderful views. The apartment was nice and clean and the kitchen had bread, milk, butter, cookies and yogurt. The place matches the photos on the website. They had a bottle of local wine waiting for us - which was so nice! Also liked the house slippers! Thank you for a lovely stay!
We had a lovely time in Bettona at Anna & Giorgio's apartment. Everything about the apartment was exactly as described and there is a huge amount of space with a very nice sun room. It had everything we needed. Anna was also very kind and helpful. Bettona is a very pretty old town with fantastic views and easy access to other historical towns in the region and has the best gelato in Italy (officially) at Dulcinea in Passaggio.
We would recommend this as a great place to say.
Danny & Nicole
Anna and Giorgio were wonderful hosts. Their place is beautiful and they couldn't have been more welcoming. Lots of space, great kitchen, spectacular views. It's a magical town on a hill that's one of a kind. The absolutely perfect place to explore Umbria from. Hope we are lucky enough to go back!
Before we arrived, the hosts provided very good communication about the apartment, how to find it and the area. When we arrived we were greeted by Anna's charming smile and she gave us a thorough tour of the apartment with clear instructions about using the appliances, heating, etc. and left us with a gift of wine and provisions for breakfast. The next morning, Giorgio kindly took us on a tour of the area, including local shopping and the nearby town of Bevagna, which was very helpful for getting oriented to explore this beautiful region. The apartment is just as described, with a well stocked kitchen and everything needed for a comfortable stay. We would definitely like to return some day.
I was welcomed to Italy by Anna & Giorgio, two of the most enjoyable people I've ever met. The lovely apartment I rented from them was more than aptly equipped, and any questions I had Anna & Giorgio were ready to answer, and if they weren't sure, they found out and got back to me later. I don't think I could've found better hosts, they are wonderful people and made my vacation fantastic!
The 14th century house in Bettona is a fantastic place to stay and a great base for exploring Umbria. The apartment is very comfortable, well-equipped for travellers, and easy to locate. Our hosts were very punctual in responding to emails prior to our arrival, and made us feel very welcome. Thank you Anna and Georgio for our stay - only wish it had been longer.
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About the Host, Anna & Giorgio
Hello, i'm Giorgio! After 33 years spent in Rome, where I studied and practiced law, I moved to Umbria to live in the countryside in a farming cooperative. After that, i managed a publishing house, a software house and a communication agency, while putting my heart and work in renewing the house in Bettona listed here on Airbnb. But I won't keep it all for me - I hope you'll come live it a little yourself!
I am a lover of traveling as well, either in Italy, Europe or Asia; I enjoy human contact and me and my family (my wife Anna, my daughter Lucilla and my son Francesco) will be happy to guide our guests, if they wish, to discover the nature, history, art and enogastronomy of this beautiful region. Hope to see you here soon!
Il mio nome è Giorgio, dopo 33 anni trascorsi a Roma dove ho studiato e esercitato la professione di avvocato, mi sono trasferito in Umbria per vivere in campagna in una cooperativa agricola. Terminata questa esperienza ho fondato e gestito una casa editrice, una software house, una attività di formazione e comunicazione. Una parte della mia casa, ristrutturata di recente è dedicata a ricevere come ospiti per brevi/lunghi periodi, turisti e viaggiatori di tutto il (website hidden) stesso amo ed ho amato molto viaggiare fin dalla mia giovinezza, sia in Italia che in Europa e in Asia. Amo molto leggere e ascoltare musica. Mi piacciono i contatti umani e amo guidare i miei ospiti, se lo desiderano, alla scoperta dei tesori naturalistici, storici, artistici, enogastronomici della bella Umbria. La mia casa vi aspetta. A presto!
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