Our renovated 18th century house is located in the hamlet of Morruzze above the Tiber Valley in the hills between Todi and Orvieto. Morruzze is a true Italian country experience, but is not far from some of the nicest towns in Umbria and Tuscany.
We renovated our house with the things we like to do most in mind; cooking, eating, drinking and relaxing. Our kitchen has a working fireplace that we often cook over and is a cozy spot to eat as well. The focal point of our living room is a large fireplace surrounded by comfortable seating. In the Spring, Summer and Autumn we eat outside under the pergola next to our outdoor fireplace or in the garden (where we grow a variety of herbs and vegetables). We have three bedrooms which are perfect for a large family, two small families or several couples.
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 and vineyards 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.
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Food, wine and relaxing by our outdoor fireplace are the few simple things we enjoy and you can enjoy these things at our house in the hilltop village of Morruzze! We also like the beach, watersports and watching the sun set with our rum and tonics in Vieques!