THE HOUSE: Our recently renovated stone house is located in the quiet hamlet of Morruzze in the rolling hills of Umbria. Surrounded by fields and chestnut forests, and with sweeping views of the valley below, Morruzze (population 30) is an ideal location for an Italian country escape in any season.
Morruzze was founded by the Romans in the 12th century and the crumbling foundation of its first church, which dates from this period, can be seen nearby. The restored castle (Palazzo Paparini) also dates from the 12th century and the current church dates from the 17th century. For those looking for a peaceful environment, our house in Morruzze could not be more ideally located.
In the Spring, Summer and Fall, take advantage of the garden and outdoor patio. Our grapevine-covered pergola is an ideal spot for al fresco dining. In the early Fall the vines are heavy with bunches of grapes ready to be eaten. During the cooler evenings, pour a glass of local Umbrian wine and sit around the outdoor stone fireplace, or move indoors to an equally cozy location in front of the living room's large stone fireplace. Two of the bedrooms overlook the garden and the large master bedroom overlooks the valley and the hamlet of Acqualoreto. There is a second fireplace in the kitchen.
THE AREA: Morruzze is 20 minutes from Todi, 30 minutes from Orvieto and within an hour of Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Deruta, all must-see Umbrian cities. Within 15 minutes of Morruzze are numerous hilltop villages nestled in the hills surrounding Todi. The family run restaurants in these villages should not be missed. Southern Tuscany, including the wine towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano, are just over an hour away.
We loved the Stone House in Morruzze. It felt like a relaxing home away from home. All communication with Matthew was excellent prior to arriving and the notes he supplied on the surrounding area, where to find what, recommendations on places to eat etc were fantastic and invaluable. Mario was there to greet us and although he speaks no english (and us, very little italian) we were able to communicate just fine. The house was extremely comfortable and well equipped for our family of four. The peace and quiet of rural setting after dashing around through cities was fantastic and the house is well located to explore some of the wonders of Umbria. We would highly recommend this house if you want to get away from it all like we did. Already we are yearning to get back there. Thanks Matt!
We stayed in Morruzze for 10 days and had a marvellous time. It´s defvinitely the best place I´ve ever stayed at in Italy. The house is beautiful, has a great patio and every comfort you need. The cities of Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi etc. are not far away, so you can experience typical Italian cities and afterwards you return to Morruzze and can relax in absolute quietness (expect for the donkey in ther neighbourhood :-)).
Matt was very helpful and answered all our questions. Mario often came by to chat and give us tipps- so we felt to be in good hands.
All in all it was a great trip to Umbria!
Matthew's beautiful house in Morruzze was a perfect getaway for the summer. The tiny village is locates on a magnificent Umbrian hilltop, between two valleys. The house itself is very elegant, furnished with good taste, comfortable, and fully equipped. We visited when the weather in Italy was extremely hot but the thick stone walls and the wind that blows from the valley make the house itself cool.
We stayed there for 10 days with our baby and had a wonderful time. There are about 10 stairs leading from the kitchen, located on the ground floor, to the rest of the house, on the first floor.
Matthew was an excellent host: helpful, considerate, available and pleasant. His neighbor Mario came by to show us around and was very nice. Although he doesn't speak English, somehow we understood every word he said.
Matthew also sent us recommendations for places to visit nearby, which were very helpful and made our little day trips easy and enjoyable.
If you are looking for an “off the beaten” track place to make your home base for touring Umbria, I can’t imagine that you’d find a better place than this one. Situated within driving distance to many destination towns in Umbria (even training to Rome which we did), the house itself is an area that doesn’t draw tourists and therefore provides the backdrop to a truly authentic experience. Sometimes the tradeoff for authentic is less creature comforts, but that is not the case here. The house has ample room, comfortable beds, a shower with plenty of hot water and water pressure, a well equipped kitchen that invites you to cook in for a night or two, and a garden that you won’t want to leave. The slower pace of a village town is a perfect fit if you are looking for a true vacation; the kind of place where you can play old school games like wall ball and kick the can in the charming piazza or a game of bocce in the garden. Unlike some foreigners who move into a country with their gated villas, Matthew has clearly come to Umbria with a desire to be part of a long standing community. Matthew is a delight to work with – responsive, helpful, and very easy to communicate with. The activities to do from the house are unlimited (cycling, running, olive oil tasting, eating out, wine tasting …)—we did them all, plus had the pleasure of being able to relax in this most special place.
We lived for five days in this Umbrian getaway, and I believe we discovered Umbria in its truth and essence. The town of Morruzze has a population of 30, three of whom have now become trusted friends. Our liveliest neighbor lived half a kilometer away in a home-turned-petting farm. The residents of this and surrounding villages know altogether about 30 words of English, and yet despite my equally awful Italian, communicate we did! The people here have bright eyes and smiles like they’ve lived the good kind of hard-working life. This is the place where we learned how to pick wild asparagus, how the freshest mozzarella just melts in your mouth, and where to buy a whole wheel (and no less!) of pecorino cheese for twenty Euro. This home is absolutely wonderful for an Umbrian getaway. We also used it as a launch-pad for visits to Orvieto and Assisi. It served us well in that way, though the drives were somewhat long (one hour each way, each town). So if you’re looking to be a classic American see-everything tourist, perhaps this won’t be your best choice. But if you’re looking to ESCAPE from classic American tourist patterns, this is absolutely your place. Our hosts are very good people, and took exquisite care of us. My family thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. I recommend it to anyone who wants nothing more than to drink Sangiovese and throw bocce while overlooking the best of the Umbrian countryside.
We fell in love with Umbria from the vistas to the vinos, the wonderful home and the hospitality of the local people! Truly the heart and soul of Italy, a timeless haven of tranquillity steeped in history!!
Morruzze is my idea of the perfect ducal village with views to the Tiber and the Bramante dome in Todi. The house is Umbrian - stone and tile roof with trellis and grape leaves, roses, and oleanders. Many daytrips include the Piero della Francesco cycle in Arrezzo, Renaissance garden in Viterbo, and the Giottos in Assisi. The house is comfortable and spacious, the bathroom very modern, and the kitchen practical and with character. There are 3 fireplaces, indoors and outdoors on the property. But the best credential is theHouse manager, Mario, affable and knowledgable and a great avatar for Italy ! You will not find a more suitable place to experience Umbria (and the host provides all the useful local info) ! And a good value to boot.
This is an incredible home and location! We can't recommend the home and the host highly enough! We can't wait for the opportunity to come back to this lovely home. This home is beautifully decorated, with high end furnishings...yet very casual and relaxing. The surroundings are picture perfect, in a quaint village and there are so many places to visit close by, you could spend a whole three week vacation in the area. We liked it so much that even after eight nights, my family didn't want to leave. We ended up coming back after visiting Venice and Florence and stayed here again for an additional five night stay. Matthew the owner is exceptionally responsive, always available to answer questions or offer suggestions for sightseeing, and the caretaker Mario so friendly, he even brought us his wife's homemade pastries one morning, and his homemade wine another evening! The people in the small nearby villages are lovely as well, even though we don't know a bit of Italian. We made friends with the local grocer who took us out for espresso one morning, and invited us to a local festival another evening. This place is a gem! HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it.
If we are ever back in Italy, we would never dream of staying anywhere else but Matthew's house!
We had a wonderful time. Matthew's home is delightful and the locals were so kind and helpful. We appreciated the great notes that Matthew sent us and visited all of the places that he suggested. We especially loved the little places like Melezzole but Orvieto was also a highlight. thanks for allowing us to share it!
What a gorgeous place to stay! Beautiful scenery, peaceful and a lovely spacious and wonderfully equipped home to stay in. We loved the garden which was just beginning to bloom and spent quite a few hours sitting around the outdoor table eating and drinking. Matthew provided a very useful outline of the surrounding towns and places to go. You do need a car for touring round and there are lots of amazing places to explore. Mario the caretaker was an absolute gem- friendly and helpful. I would love to return one day.
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