Overlooking Civita di Bagnoregio and close to Lake Bolsena and Orvieto, Lubriano is a small and pretty town in the beautiful countryside where Alto Lazio meets Umbria and Toscana. History, wine, olives, a volcanic lake and rolling countryside.
Perched on a ridge overlooking the Valley of the Calanchi and Civita di Bagnoregio (the ethereal 'dying town') our place is a restored old stone house, that is flanked on either side by other houses but has its own garden that takes in - that view. The house has traditional terra-cotta floors, exposed beams in some rooms and a very simple country eat-in kitchen with an open fire place. There are three bedrooms, the largest with own small bathroom (WC and shower) and a large bathroom with washing machine. The smallest bedroom has a french size double bed (140cm) and the third room is for the kids with one bunk and a kids single. No TV here! But lots of books and a portable computer for DVD viewing if anyone (i.e. kids) gets desperate.
All year round there is a limited shuttle service that links Lubriano with Bagnoregio (for the must do walk to Civita) and the lake foreshore at Bolsena. This means that in Summer you can stay in Lubriano and go down to the lake to swim and relax for the afternoon, all details of this shuttle and connections with Orvieto and Viterbo can be found in the house manual.
For enthusiastic walkers you can also walk directly from Lubriano to Civita (about 3 hrs return). Ask me for more information about wine tasting or archeological visits in the area.
Lubriano is a town of just 900 inhabitants and as the house is in the town you can go out for supplies on foot, visiting one of Lubriano's two superb local butchers, the fornaio, fruit and wine vendors or the mini market. Lubriano has a lot of restaurants for a small town, the best being 'Il Vecchio Mulino' which is in the Slow Food guide and one of the reasons I discovered the town. Book the terrace and have lunch overlooking - that view.
In summertime the Palazzo Monaldeschi takes bookings for it's beautiful swimming pool (no kids) and there are a host of local festivals like the Chianina Beef festival (early July) and the Festa della Torrre and local wine cantinas (late July).
Alice was a great host and her place was excellent. She made me feel very comfortable about renting her place before departure. The place was very clean and the town was wonderful. Everyone must eat at the little restaurant she recommends("Il Vecchio Mulino")! The food is incredible. There isn't WiFi, which is something I should have noticed about the listing beforehand. It turned out fine for us, but it is something that others might want to know. That did not detract at all from the wonderful experience we had there, so do not let it deter you either!
Very accurate description! The house was amazing and has plenty of space for two small families. The town was the quiet and cute. The host was most helpful at all times, especially when it come to directions, reservations, or activities. It was definitely worth the cost and I highly recommend this place!
Nice house, nice location, nice suggestions from Alice. Everything perfect.
We absolutely loved our stay in Lubriano! We were looking for a quiet village, free of tourists after the chaos of Rome, and this place was perfect. The house was comfortable and homely, with an absolutely spectacular outlook - we loved sitting in the grassy back garden admiring the view and listening to the birds. Alice and Leonardo went out of their way to ensure we were welcomed warmly - providing detailed information about the local area and a well stocked pantry, including chilled champagne and home made strawberry jam! At Il Vecchio Mulino we had one our best meals in Italy, whilst we also enjoyed some wonderful home cooked meals using beautiful local ingredients sourced from the butcher and grocer in the village. Lubriano was also a good location from which to do day trips to other Umbrian towns. We'd particularly recommend the walk up to Civita de Bagnoregio. We would not hesitate to recommend this place.
Hello I'm Alice and this is my little holiday house. I am Australian and I've been living in Italy since 2005. I work as a food stylist and translator and spend as much time as possible in Lubriano.