Historical house for rent in the heart of the vineyards of Montefalco, near the castle of Fabbri.
The ancient house has been fully renovated in 2007. With a beautiful view on the Umbrian countryside, it consists of a large livingroom/kitchen with a central fireplace (wood provided), two bedrooms (one with double bed and one with single bed) and two bathrooms (one with shower and the other with bath tub).
Within the reach of a few minutes drive are many of Umbria's characteristic medieval towns. A five minutes drive takes you to Montefalco, known as "the railing of Umbria" for its position overlooking the Umbrian valley, hosting a lively festival in August (agosto montefalchese), and home to an amazing DOP wine, the tannic-tasting Sagrantino.
In 15 minutes you can be in Trevi, a hilltop village spectacularly perched on top of a steep hill at the foot of the mountains, where you can taste one of the finest olive oils of Italy.
Within the same distance is Bevagna, an important center along the via Flaminia in the Roman age and now a beautifully preserved town where once a year the traditional crafts come back to life in the "Gaite" festival.
Also with a Roman past, Spello (20 minutes away) deserves a visit for its archaeological sites and for its labyrinth of lanes full of plants and flowers where old people sit and talk in the evening.
Spoleto (also just 20 minutes away) was in the early middle ages the capital of a powerful duchy. Of that glorious past remain wonderful places all around the town, such as the theatrical down-slope that opens on the Cathedral and the impressive aqueduct (Ponte delle torri) that brought fresh water from the nearby mountain into the city center.
A little more driving takes you to two of the most famous places in Umbria: the wonderful town of Assisi (30 minutes) -home to St. Francis and to the marvelous basilica with frescoes by Giotto- and the regional capital, Perugia (40 minutes).
Perugia was once one of the main Etruscan cities and later the most powerful Umbrian "comune". The heritage of this past is a charming center full of huge gates and arcs, impressive public buildings and beautiful fountains, aqueducts turned into pedestrian walks and hidden corners. Quite original is the system of public transportation, based on escalators placed in old underground fortifications. Nowadays, Perugia is a lively university town, home to events such as the jazz festival UmbriaJazz and the chocolate festival Eurochocolate.
If you are looking for nature, within one hour drive is the national park of the Sibillini mountains in Eastern Umbria, with its soft-looking mountains and the vastness of its plateaux, the most spectacular being the huge Pian Grande of Castelluccio, fully covered in spring by an explosion of blooming flowers.
On the road to the Sibillini mountains, an obliged stop is Norcia, a beautiful town still completely contained by its medieval walls, with a unique "round square" and a food paradise with many specialties one better than the other: black truffle, chocolate, pecorino cheese, farro, lentils, wild boar stew and last but not least, charcuterie, in Italian known as "norcineria", since many of the traditional techniques of processing pork were developed in this town.
So, come enjoy the mild landscapes, the tannic taste of Sagrantino and the aroma of olive oil, the liveliness of the town festivals on balmy summer nights, the constant blend of landscape and art, and that simple, genuine atmosphere which is the secret of Umbria's beauty.
We were there in winter: the house is warm and exactly as described: comfortable beds, fireplace, TV and hi-fi. the location is good, just a few miles from Montefalco and Trevi, immersed in the green of the vineyards. Ivano is a guest friendly and helpful. Recommended.
Siamo stati in inverno: la casa è calda e esattamente come da descrizione: letti comodi, camino, tv e hi fi. la posizione è buona, a pochi km da Montefalco e Trevi, immersa nel verde delle vigne. Ivano è un ospite gentile e disponibile. Consigliata.
Ivano was a very kind and gracious host. It was very foggy when we arrived and he waited for us along the road so we could find the house. After a roaring fire and turning the heat up, the house was nice and warm. It was a great place to spend Christmas and to be able to travel throughout Umbria.
The neighbor downstairs was quiet and we only heard her a few times. When the fog lifted we were left with great views and a very appealing home. Ivano had also left us a nice supply of treats, milk, and fruit to get us started and kept in contact with us throughout our stay to see if we had any needs.
When I travel to Umbria again, I would certainly enjoy another stay here.
Ivano's apartment is very nice and fully equipped. The location is very convenient and makes a good home base for visit in the Umbria region. It just takes about 10 mins to get to the motorway.
It was cold when we were there the first night. It was also very windy and not ideal for fireplace. However, Ivano's father was very helpful to alleviate the issue. It was okay for the following nights once the apartment is warmed up. Although Ivano is not in town when we were there, he has called us twice to check whether we were doing fine in the apartment. A great host and highly recommended.
A visit to Norcia is a must. Although it is out of season, a drive up to Castelluccio is still worthy.
Very pleasant stay at Ivano's house in Umbria countryside, close from many lovely cities and villages.
We greatly enjoyed hospitality from Ivano and his family, including discovering a full bag of fresh vegetables from Ivano's parents garden and wine with Ivano at a nearby celllar...
We spend a few days in this nice house. Ivano's parents were out of town and therefor not able to give us the key. But Leonardo, a friend of Ivano, was a great 'stand-in', a very warm welcome. (Nobody to blame, we reserved it on the day we went here!)
Some shopping for breakfast for the next day was already done and the house fitted the description.
The next morning Ivano's mother came by, excused herself for being out of town and brought us fresh salad, tomatoes, zucchinis and more from her own garden! How about that for a start?!
Fabbri is perfect located in Umbria. Assisi, Spoleto and the beautiful mountains of Monti Sibillini relatively close by (15 - 50 minutes by car). The small city Montefalco is just around the corner (5 min) and very beautiful and friendly. In other words: a perfect spot to discover gorgeous Umbria!
Later that week the parents of Ivano came by again and brought us WiFi, what a nice (not listed) surprise!
And of course: if we had a question, just call...
Conclusion: we can only recommend this house, great value for money!
We had an excellent stay in the property. It is ideally located in between many of the historic hill towns of Umbria. A great base to explore this beautiful and less well known part of Italy. We were met by our host's parents who spoke English and were able to guide us through the property and area.
We had a wonderful stay at Ivano's home in Umbria. He was extremely helpful - even coming to guide us to the home from town. We loved the fresh vegetables and eggs that he brought, too. The home was lovely - very comfortable, immaculate, very updated. Thank you!
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Louis en Jolanda
Great house in Fabbri very near Montefalco, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, kitchen, all newly renovated with clothes washer...great for longer stays. Ivano' father spoke good english and was very helpful...we highly recommend this location.
If you are looking for a very charming Italian countryhouse, this is the place to book. Sorrounded by beautiful hills, you just need to open the windows for a spectacular view. In the morning you will be hearing only birds, the peace and the silence reign supreme... The house is very big and recently renovated, nice kitchen, big bathrooms, nice bedrooms.. And for cold nights there is a very romantic fireplace in the middle of the living room...
Located near Assisi and other turistic attractions, you will be in the center of "Sagrantino wine", where you will be able to taste it in many differents wine shops..
Ivano and his family are very good host.. Higly recommended..