The villa, surrounded by olive trees, lies 1,6 km from the charming village of Montecchio in a hilly and very quiet location with panoramic sights on the Tevere valley, halfway the beautiful cities of Orvieto and Todi (both around 25 kms far away) and 35 kms from the sand beaches of the Bolsena lake. It is a quiet location and there aren't other houses directly around (nearest one at 700 meters) so it is an ideal place if you search privacy. The whole property is for private use of the tenant and it is suitable for up to 10 persons. There are 4 bedrooms (two with double bed, one with double and single bed, one with 2 single bed). Baby cot and extra bed available on request. In front of the house there is a 9 by 3 meter swimming pool, the pool area is fenced for the security of the small children. There is an equipped covered terrace to eat outdoor with sight on the pool and panoramic sight on the Tiber valley. On the lower floor there is a large dining/living room with a well equipped kitchen. Bedroom with double bed, bedroom with double and single bed (both have direct access to the garden). One bathroom. At the upper floor there is a double bedroom and the oter has 2 single beds. This floor has 2 bathrooms. All the most common household appliances are available. Broadband Wi-fi internet connection available through satellite. In the village of Montecchio thereare: bar, baker, 2 butchers (by one it's also possible to buy cooked meals), small supermarket, grocery store, pharmacy. There are 3 more supermarkets and other shops in Baschi (11km). Big supermarket, often open on Sunday, available in Orvieto Scalo close to the motorway exit. Recommendend restaurants: La Perla (in the centre of the village of Montecchio, it has also takeaway service), Sala della Comitessa (Baschi, 11 kms), Casa Vissani (Baschi at 11 kms...high quality but very expensive), Il fontanile (7 kms from Montecchio). At 10 km it is possible to visit the Falesco winery (visits and tasting from Monday to Friday).From Montecchio it's possible to reach quickly the principal cultural and naturalistic beauties of Umbria, Rome and northern Lazio, southern Tuscany (it's at 20kms from the motorway Rome-Florence, exit Orvieto). The train station of Orvieto is at 25 Kms, from the train station it is possible to reach Rome and Florence in around 1h30.
In Umbria, a region that has gained a name for being the green heart of Italy, tourism is growing because of the unfamiliar harmony between nature, antiquities, historic centres and culture. The quiet of the countryside, good provisions and an inimitable cuisine are the great draw. This region is less touristy than Tuscany and this is especially appreciated by many tourists.
Southern/centre Umbria forms an ideal starting point for enjoying the peace of the surrounding hilly and mountainous landscape and on the other hand making trips to beautifull towns like Todi, Orvieto, Narni, Spoleto, Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi. There are also numerous charming little villages – many of medieval origin - as Amelia, Labro, Spello, Norcia, Bevagna, Montefalco to visit. In many towns and villages you can taste local dishes or buy local wines and olive oil (generally of excellent quality). You can also easily visit – in day trips - famous towns and charming villages in the southern part of Tuscany such as Siena, Arezzo, San Giminiano, Pienza, Cortona, Sinalunga, etc. Many tourists visit also Rome from here (without staying in the city which is very hot in summer) once or more times. It is possible to go by car (journey of 1h-1h30) or by train from the stations of: Terni, Narni-Amelia, Orte & Orvieto.
We must not forget the mountains with some splendid woods, e.g. Terminillo (up to 2000 metres by car). In around 1 hour it is possible to reach the shimmering lakes of Bracciano, Vico, Piediluco, Bolsena and Trasimeno. The Mediterranean Sea (mostly sand beaches) situated between Tarquinia and Chiarone are 90-120 Kms away (around 1h20-1h40 driving). Near the city of Terni you can also visit the Marmore falls (165 meters, one of the highest of Europe), there is nearby also a rafting/canoeing/hydrospeed center.
Lago di Bolsena (35 kms) is Italy's largest lake formed in the crater of
an extinct volcano. The water of Bolsena is so clear, in fact, that it
is completely safe to drink it. The local government has gone to great
efforts to maintain the lake's natural purity; a technologically
advanced purification system has eliminated the errors that might have
been made before pollution-awareness was so developed. Luckily no
industrial development mars Bolsena's shores, nor its views, and the
gently sloping nature of the encircling land limits the amount of
spill-off and soil erosion which could effect the water's transparency.
The native fisherman still use the lake's water to make the local
culinary specialty - a fish soup called sbrosia - a rarity to find.The
lake is 12 km. long and 14 km. wide, with a maximum depth of 151 meters.
The most important town on the lake is called Bolsena. Like so much of
Italy, it bears the signs of almost every important period of the
Italian peninsula, going back as far as the Iron Age and progressing
through the times of the martyrs, catacombs and miracles and on to the
Middle Ages. The Rocca Monaldeschi della Cervara sits at the top of the
hill, overlooking the medieval quarter of town. The castle was built
between the 12th and 14th centuries. It has been completely renovated
and since 1991 has housed the Museo Territoriale del Lago di Bolsena
(Lake Bolsena Territorial Museum). The museum is well laid out; each of
its three floors is dedicated to various aspects of Bolsena's history,
ranging from its prehistoric volcanic origins to its Etruscan-Roman
period. A walk along the ramparts of the castle offers a gorgeous view
of the entire lake and should not be missed. The Church of St. Christine
is the town's other major site. It is a Romanesque church built in 1078
in a typical basilica style over the catacombs where St. Christine, a
young woman martyred during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian,
was buried. From April to September, excursion boats depart Bolsena town
headed for Bisentina and Martana, the islands in the lake. Both are
privately owned and Martana is not open to the public, but Bisentina is
an ex-summer residence of the Popes and has a large church on it. There
are also seven small chapels built around the island. Don't think that
Bolsena is just for history and culture buffs. It is also ideal for
swimming, sailing, relaxation and dining. One of my fondest memories is
having a delicious meal of grilled coregone (a local fish from the lake)
at one of the many unpretentious restaurants lined up along the shore.
If you happen to find one that's serving sbrosia, consider it your lucky
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