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WE OFFER SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN MISSING IN ITALY: a luxurious vacation home with terraces and POOL INSIDE the encircling walls of an historic village WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS! FREE WiFi! Not your average farmhouse miles from town, or a small village apartment with a tiny balcony. Just steps to main piazza for your morning cappucino or gelato or fine dining experience! We have a huge 970 square meters beautifully restored 13th century glass works built in the medieval walls of Piegaro, Umbria. In the middle of everything you want to see: on the border of Tuscany, near Cortona, Lago Trasimeno, Panicale and Perugia. A car is recommended to tour all the sights.
Beautiful Villa terrace with table, chairs, sun umbrella, sun loungers, BBQ overlooking the travertine pool with panoramic views to countryside filled with vineyards, olive groves, and farms. Beautiful sunsets! Night swimming with fully lit pool. Complete privacy, yet just steps to the village piazza with all amenities of village life.
The Villa has five king bedrooms with five baths ensuite/walk-in showers and hand crafted armadios, panorammic views; one bedroom is in the top of the 9th century tower. Two story soaring ceiling with chandeliers in the living and dining area with panoramic view. Comfortable couches and hand crafted dining table with 11th century benches to seat 14. Beautiful antique furniture pieces and antique folio prints on walls. Upstairs library with balcony overlooking the living/dining area has leather couches, fireplace, piano, TV with DVD, large bookcases filled with fiction, art history, travel guides. Library table for your laptops. WiFi! Huge gourmet kitchen with antique fireplace, extra large fridge, cooking island, double sink, dishwasher, American and European coffee makers, blender, toaster, fully equipped kitchen.
We have lovingly and beautifully restored this huge ancient glass works, L'Antica Vetreria, into a large villa and four apartments on three levels of the ancient walls with complete privacy for each unit. It is very rare to find such a property within a medieval village with terraces and a pool and private road from the village piazza.
A rare gem, our luxury vacation property had its beginnings in the 9th century. It was once the first glass works built into the 9th century walls and defensive tower by master artisans who came to Umbria from Venice around 1292. We have faithfully restored all its unique features including the ancient glass ovens, tower spiral stairway, and many arches, stone niches and ancient kitchen fireplaces.
Available year round with central heating and heated terra cotta tiles, the villa and each of the apartments have their own unique historic features. See owner's website for photos and more details: www.anticavetreria.net.
Our romantic village is in the middle of everything! On the border of Tuscany and a few km from the Auto Strada, you can easily take day trips to see most of the hill towns of Tuscany and all of Umbria. You can be in Cortona of 'Under the Tuscan Sun' fame in forty minutes. Florence is an hour away and Rome in under two hours. Dine on fresh fish from Lago Trasimeno. See all the sights and return home to a glass of fabulous Umbrian wine and take a swim in the pool!
Living within a medieval village is experiencing Italian life at its best; what we call 'la dolce vita'. Just steps from our villa and apartments, one can savor a morning cappuccino or have an afternoon gelato while lazing in the sun in the piazza or around our swimming pool with panoramic view. There is no need to drive for miles to a restaurant or shops, for all you need is within its walls. Stroll the medieval cobblestone streets to the news agent, the gelateria, two cafes for snacks and espresso or cappuccino, florist, bakery, butcher, wine shop or the two grocers to plan your evening meal. Book an Umbrian chef to cook a feast or give you a cooking lesson. Or dine at a gourmet restaurant in the small piazza beside our villa with special menu and discounts for our guests.
At every turn and twist in the little stone streets one glimpses ancient doorways, a palazzo, a well and stairways leading to 13th century apartments with the daily washing swaying in the breeze. Savor the quiet of a nature walk in the serene Parco Rocolo just under L'Antica Vetreria and discover a mountain of blue and green glass shards from 750 years of glass making.
The history of our surrounding countryside is romantic and enchanting. St. Francis once strolled through our village on his way to found one of his first convents in nearby Cibottola where he lived for awhile. Hannibal defeated the Romans near our Lago Transimeno.
Exclusive wine tour and tasting at local 'green' vineyard; world famous as the only 'carbon neutral' vineyard in the world! Special discounts for our guests. Fabulous wines and also olive oil!
Walk-in showers, modern baths all ensuite. Hairdryers in each bathroom....moreless
Spacious library with fireplace; gourmet kitchen with fireplace for grilling; two story arch; ensuite baths; beautiful linens; guide books; hand made wood furniture; antiques; historic property dating to 9th century with 9th century tower; tower bedroom with bath; panaromic view toward valley; private pool and terraces; within historic village of glass making tradition since 13th century; famous glass artisans created mosaiacs in facade of Orvieto Duomo; luxury living in a beautiful medieval village; all shops: two restaurants, two bar/cafes steps from Villa; bakery, butcher, groceries, gelateria; gourmet chef available for cooking or lessons; private tour and tasting at local 'green' vineyard, world famous as only vineyard that is 'carbon neutral'; exclusive discounts for L'Antica Vetreria guests only. Glass museum tour/brunch with extensive curated exhibits and model of 750 years of glass making heritage of Piegaro....moreless
Extensive collection of art history, guide books, fiction and non fiction, Suggested Itinerary booklets....moreless
100% cotton bedlinens and custom Thai silk pillow cushions.
Two extra large and comfortable couches, bookcases, antique crendenza, custom tables. Extra large Thai silk floor cushions. Two leather couches in library, book cases, piano, library table & chairs....moreless
Free and safe parking in piazza accessed by our private drive....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Safe parking in village piazza next to our private road....moreless
2 per person: one face and one large shower towel. Pool towels upon request at 5 euros....moreless
Washer in Villa laundry room with soaps provided.
And self-serve laundry in village with large washers and dryers....moreless
Gourmet kitchen has full size refrigerator with freezer, five burner cooktop, hood fan, oven, microwave, dishwasher, granite countertops, deep sink, cookbooks, espresso maker, toaster, blender, American and European coffee makers....moreless
Early Summer May 30 - Jun 19, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
High Season Jun 20 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Autumn Aug 29 - Oct 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
Saturday to Saturday schedule; weekly bookings only except in winter season.
30% upon confirmation; remainder six weeks before arrival. Payment in euros via direct bank wire transfer. Please NOTE: We do Not Accept Company Checks for payment.
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Glass museum in village and largest water park in Umbria.
Exclusive free tour and tasting at world famous 'carbon neutral' vineyard; special discounts on fabulous wines for our guests.
Cooking classes in 18th century palazzo, once the home of the Prince and Princess of Piegaro, available by appointment.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Tom and Colleen, the owners, found this beautiful property in 2004 and spent two years faithfully restoring it into a remarkable property for our guests. It is a dream-come-true to welcome you to L'Antica Vetreria. We make our home in Piegaro all year and are always available to help you plan itineraries, give advice and share our love of Umbria! We offer Specials such as guided tours, catering meals, cooking classes, auto rentals, scooter and bicycle rentals, Suggested Itinerary booklets with all day trips in Umbria and Tuscany, shopping advice, airport transfers and more! We love to be on hand to help our guests who have come to us from over 23 countries! We also offer specials for large groups and weddings, and can provide complete wedding planning.
Why the Owner Chose Piegaro: We spent our honeymoon nearby in Montefalco and continued to return for 10 years until we found this most historical property right inside a village, but with private terraces, views and room for pool. it was a vast abandoned glass factory that we lovingly restored to its original beauty with grand archway spanning the entire villa with library above and kitchen below with large fireplace. We are proud to reclaim its cultural heritage is the most historic property in Piegaro that started the 750 year tradition of glassmaking since 1292. Part of the property including the watch tower date to 840 A.D.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: This is the only propery that we know of that is right inside a village with all shopping and amenities, but has complete privacey with views, pool and terraces oriented to the iconic countryside!