About this listing
Historical house in the heart of the vineyards of Montefalco, near the castle of Fabbri. Two bedrooms, a spacious living room with fireplace, recently renovated. Ideally located close to many of Umbria's medieval hilltop villages.
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;
- two bedrooms, one with double bed and one with single bed;
- two bathrooms, one with shower and the other with bath tub.
The house is equipped with all commodities, including washing machine, a large TV, internet connection, bath tub, fireplace.
Our guests are also welcome to enjoy the space around the house, sitting in the front porch or, in summer, at the table under the fig tree in front of the house.
The house has plenty of parking space.
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.
If you are coming from Rome, you'll be at the house in 1.30-2 hours.
Take highway A1 northwards (towards Florence) until Orte. At Orte get out and follow for Terni (road E45) and then just follow the road past Terni towards Spoleto.
The road, which is now SS3, will become winding and go through some mountains, but don't worry: that's right and you're almost there.
After Spoleto, continue on the road in the direction of Foligno. You will see a town perched on a hill on your right. That is Trevi. Get off there and at the roundabout take for Montefalco. Follow the road for about 5 minutes until a big turn to the left, right after which you'll see a sign saying "Fabbri".
Take that road and at the top of the hill you're at the tower of Fabbri (now a winery). Take left at the tower and follow downhill for a few hundred meters until you get to a group of houses. Ours is the third on the right (you will see cypresses and olive trees).
If you are coming from the North, take highway A1 southwards, towards Rome, and get off when you see the sign for Perugia (exit at Bettolle).
Follow the road, SS75bis, which borders Lake Trasimeno. When you get to Perugia keep following the road, which becomes SS75, in the direction of Foligno, for about 30 minutes. At the end of the road in Foligno follow the direction for Spoleto, taking road SS3.
After about 10 minutes you will see the exit for Trevi and Montefalco (Trevi will be right there on your left).
At the roundabout take towards Montefalco (first exit) and then proceed as in the directions above for from Rome.
We have no specific rules other than common sense: use the house properly and respectfully and leave it in decent conditions. In fall and winter we will provide wood for the fireplace. Check-in and check-out times are flexible, and if you have special requests or needs, hopefully something can be arranged. It is also possible to organize a visit to a local producer of (amazing) biological wine and olive oil. Just let us know what you would like for your stay!
While we did not get to meet Ivano in person, he was very helpful prior to us arriving at his home. He provided phone numbers for both himself and his father who watches his house. The house was lovely! Even though the add states there are no amenities, we were surprised to find towels and shower soap for our use. His family was also super sweet and left us a tart to eat during our stay! The kitchen was also stoked with water, orange juice, coffee and tea- which was fabulous! Would definitely recommend for people to stay here for a weekend- quiet and close to some great towns for food and wine!
We loved our 4 days at Ivano's. It was a luxury to have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house to ourselves and it was a great base to explore the surrounding area. Montefalco was a short drive away and a great place for dinner and site seeing.
Ivano was generous in emailed responses before our visit and his father welcomed us warmly and provided further help and information.
Ivano was away undertaking post grad studies and we were met at the home by his father, Sestino. He is an absolutely charming and delightful man who spent a lot of time showing us the house and answering our questions about the area and providing worthwhile suggestions. The house exceeded our expectations. It was incredibly well equipped, with Sestino leaving a large assortment of food and drinks, so much so that we were unable to use them all. The kitchen was excellent and equipped with all that was needed to cook fantastic meals, which we did most nights. We were well served by a great supermarket not too far away by car and which served great fresh food, including seafood, at very reasonable prices. To be honest, the house was so comfortable that we enjoyed lazy days just enjoying being 'home 'and savouring the delightful rural views with grapes and olive trees surrounding us, as well as mountains and stunning villages built on hillsides. Also, having 2 bathrooms and an extra bedroom was a luxury. For us it was the perfect place to spend our last days in Italy, and there is so much to see and do in Umbria. Having a car meant that we could relax at home and do day trips to amazing, medieval hill side towns such as Assisi and Spoleto (not to be missed) as well as beautiful rural landscapes such as Cascata della Marmore waterfalls. We have now rented a number of homes through air B&B, all very good so far, but this one is the place that has been most enjoyable and memorable. We certainly hope that we can return and would like to thank Sestino for being the perfect host in Ivano's absence.
Ivano's parents were extremely great hosts. Amelia (his mother) came to meet us as we were travelling by car and found it a little difficult to find. The house was one of the best equipped houses I have stayed in with Air Bnb. Everything you could possibly need was in the house from a very well stocked kitchen to hair dryer. The house was also well situated for travel to the main towns in Umbria. My husband and I highly recommend this place.
Che dire... accoglienza incredibile, casa fornita in tutto dalla cucina alle camere. La casa è ancora più bella delle fotografie presenti sul sito! Posizionata in un angolo suggestivo a 20 min da Spello ed Assisi
My wife and I had a great stay in Ivano's place, his parents met us and explained everything we needed to know. His father was also kind enough to print some tickets we needed as well. The house is nicely located out in the country and is easy driving distance to lots of Umbrian hill towns. Highly recommended :)
We had a phenomenal stay in Ivano's wonderful house. The great experience started with my correspondence with Ivano. He was kind, prompt and ready to answer any questions I had. It was much appreciated. Upon arrival, we met his lovely mother, who made me a homemade crostata for my Birthday! (With homemade jam and eggs from her chickens!) Amazing! The house itself is very comfortable and in a quiet, idyllic setting. We have no complaints! The location of the home is perfect for exploring Umbria by car. We went all over the place without having to travel more than an hour and twenty minutes. The house was clean, cosy and the Wi-Fi functioned perfectly. We hope to go back one day! Graze mille Ivano!!!!!!
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About the Host, Ivano
Hello! I'm a PhD student in logic and formal linguistics in Amsterdam. I'm originally from Umbria, a beautiful region of hilltop villages, vineyards, olive trees, sunflowers, a cheerful atmosphere and lots of genuine food! Things I like in the world are grapefruits, drops, how simply words can combine to form new ideas, red wine, evolution, the month of September, and basil leaves.