Vacation in breathtaking Umbria! Apartment is beautifully restored and fully equipped. Sleeps two. Additional two-bedroom apartment available -- see http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/80382. Rent either or both. Studio space on the ground floor available free of charge to artists -- please inquire for details.
Located in Montenero, a medieval borgo with a 13th century castle and incredible mountain views. Only 8 km from historic Todi and within easy driving distance to Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, and Perugia. Rome in less than 2 hrs., Florence in 2 and a half. Forty minutes to trains. Quiet neighborhood -- perfect for those looking for a peaceful holiday in beautiful, ancient surroundings.
Casa Antonia was named in honor of my (Maria's) beloved great grandmother who immigrated to the US from Italy in 1904. She was my best friend until her death in 1963, and I'd like to think she's able to see our beautiful house and enjoy knowing we are there in her homeland. We are happy to share our place with travelers planning their Italian holiday.
Montenero is a medieval hamlet located in the region of Umbria, also known as “The Green Heart of Italy.” The village is situated high amidst a forest of pines with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. The houses are arranged in a half circle around Montenero Castle, which dates back to the 1200's. Our house was once the rectory and is connected to the lovely old church, which occasionally offers mass on Sunday mornings.
Nearby Todi is a charming and historic medieval town with great history, architecture, art, restaurants and shopping. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking. The general area is known not only for its art and architecture, but also for its wine and cuisine, ceramics production, hiking/biking trails, music festivals, and friendly locals.
The house is divided into two apartments which can be rented separately or together. Both apartments have exposed stone walls, cotto tile floors, and ancient ceiling beams. Casa Antonia was lovingly restored with authentic materials that reflect the typical Umbrian style. Everything apart from the house itself (which is 500 years old) is new.
Each apartment is centrally heated and has a fireplace, satellite TV, DVD player, and stereo. Both apartments are tastefully furnished in a style that is a mix of contemporary and traditional Italian. The carpets are Persian and Oriental.
This smaller apartment has a large master bedroom that sleeps two, with a queen size bed and large armoire. It has a fantastic window view of the mountains and countryside. It features a large bathroom with shower and bidet. The kitchen area is small but fully equipped.
On the ground floor there is a laundry room with washer and dryer, ironing board, and iron. There is also a studio space available on this level.
We are in easy driving distance to trains (Terni or Orvieto), as well as to many interesting and important Umbrian and Tuscan destinations: Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, and Perugia (home of the Umbria Jazz Festival)--45 min. to 1 hr.; Rome--1hr. 45 min; Florence Siena, and Arezzo--2 to 2.5 hrs.
Montenero is in the countryside, only about 5 miles from Todi. However, shopping for groceries, wine, etc., can be found even closer. A grocery truck comes to our piazza twice weekly and a bread truck comes once a week. There is a supermarket as well as some small grocers, bakers, etc., in nearby Ponte Rio -- only about 5 min. by car.
We will be happy to answer any questions about the house or region. Best of luck on your travel plans!
Maria and Richard Orr
There is no smoking allowed. No companion animals. Guests are not permitted to attempt adjustments to thermostat or hot water heater, and must instead call guest services if a problem arises. Laundry room on first floor is shared with other apartment. Washer and dryer are not to be used simultaneously, as circuits will not permit it. All appliances must be used as instructed in the house manual. Studio space is off limits unless prior arrangement has been made. We ask that guests be courteous to guests staying in other apartment and to neighbors. Thank you.
The intimate medival setting proved to be a splendid retreat for five ladies on holiday. The two apartments were not only comfortable, but were decorated in beautiful wood furnishings and traditional Umbria style. The bathrooms were updated and the new gas stove called upon you to cook wonderful Italian meals.
We were fortunate enough to be there during the Feast of St. Phillipe and joined in the village ceremony holding lighted candles as we walked along the hamlet walls and hedges with the locals. The amazing town of Todi was only one of the hill towns that was a short distance away. Our day trips into the Umbrian countryside are unforgettable. Thank you Maria & Richard for a vacation to remember!
My husband and I stayed in the apartment for a little over a week. The area is an easy drive from Rome (90 minutes) and there is so much to do! Montenero is an easy drive from Todi and so many other great places to visit. Although Maria couldn't be there to greet us, she set up quite a support network to show us the ins and outs. The apartment itself is elegant and is equipped with everything you would need. The views from the third floor are amazing- I can't tell you how many pics I took! We are already talking about going back!
We stayed here for one week. It is such a beautiful little spot. Perfect for those who wish to take time out and explore Umbria. A car is important to have, and it's so easy to do day trips. There's a studio downstairs as well, which if I had longer would have rented. This apartment and the other one on offer would work well for people who want to create and be inspired. You awake every morning to the gorgeous castle and the views. Our stay was embraced by the community (which is tiny) and coffee with Maria and her husband became a daily treat. We can't speak Italian but that didn't seem to matter. Bella seemed enough! Beautiful place and wonderful people. All the facilities were great, clean and modern. I miss it already.
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