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Charm & Comfort Among the Green Hills of Umbria

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Last updated: 04/17/2015

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Casa Uliveto is one of two units we offer within a wonderful old stone attached country house, lovingly restored to a rustic beauty with modern conveniences. Every window overlooks olive trees or a valley of wooded hills and distant mountains. (If you would like information about the larger unit, Casa Vista Verde, you can view those details on another page of this Web site: VRBO,#165264)

The charming Casa Uliveto (olive grove) is the smaller of the two units and is reminiscent of the interior of a storybook cottage, located on the ground floor of the main structure. It offers a bedroom with a wood beam ceiling and views to the olive grove, a small bathroom with shower and bidet, and an open kitchen, dining, and living area with a sleep sofa and a wood burning fireplace. This unit is very comfortable for two persons or for four persons if the sleep sofa is also used.

Casa Uliveto is located at the edge of the tiny village of Tenaglie with its Renaissance castle/fortress set into the hill, part of which has been converted into a charming three-level hotel and intimate restaurant with original stone walls and period furnishings. A short walk north is the lovely medieval hill town of Montecchio with shops, three cafe-bars, two restaurants, post office, bank, and open market every Friday morning. During seasonable weather, there is a town swimming pool available for a nominal fee.

You will be delighted with the many beautiful hill towns in this “little Tuscany”: Baschi, Giove, Alviano, Lugnano in Teverina, Amelia, Orte, Narni, and Civitella del Lago. Orvieto is 11.2 miles northwest (18 kilometers) and Todi is 18.6 miles (30 kms) northeast. Lago di Bolsena, 45 minutes by car, is the purest lake in Europe, where you can enjoy a day of swimming and picnicking. Nearby the lake are the hill towns of Montefiascone and Capodimonte with great trattorias for a delicious lunch. The historic Umbrian towns of Assisi, Spoleto, Spello, Gubbio, Montefalco, and Perugia are all within picturesque day-trips by car or train. Florence is 2 hours drive north through the beautiful Tuscan countryside and about 1.5 hours by train, and Rome is 1 ½ hours south by car or 1 hour by train from nearby Orvieto or Attigliano.

NOTE: The larger unit, Casa Vista Verde,is in this same house which has two bedrooms and is on two levels, with beautiful views and a terrace. If you wish to view that listing, please use the Search box from the VRBO main page and search on VRBO listing number 165264. Also note the comments from renters on that listing.

Keywords: Condominium


Property Type

  • Condo

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • freezer, picnic table with umbrella, on-street parking,


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Spectacular view over olive groves into valley and mountains beyond. View is toward west so the sunsets are fabulous....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Swimming


  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio


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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included


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    Montecchio View on map

    Medieval hilltown with the oldest buildings in the old town center dating from the 1100's and 1200s. It is about 2.75 kilometers (1.5 miles) from our place - a very picturesque walk or a 5-minute driv

  • B

    Deruta View on map

    This is the town that produces world-famous hand-painted ceramics. Many people shop here for good prices on beautiful items. It is about a 45 minute drive to Deruta. Perugia, the capital of Umbria

  • C

    Orvieto View on map

    Orvieto is a world-famous hill town with a beautiful cathedral, other historic sites, wonderful shopping "corso" (main street), good restaurants and coffee bars. There is also a tour to an underground

  • D

    Todi View on map

    Beautiful medieval and Renaissance town with museums and churches. A very popular attraction for tourists because of its traditional charms and beautiful piazza. It is just 30 kms (18.5 miles) from o

3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Montecchio or Guardea
12 Miles
Nearest Train
Orvieto, or Attigliano
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

The attractions of central Italy are well known. It is a 2-hr drive to the Mediterranean, an hour north on the highway brings you to a selection of gorgeous Tuscan hill towns, with romantic views of vineyards and olive groves, castles and cathedrals. Short day trips throughout Umbria reach Perugia, Asissi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi, Montefalco, Narni, Amelia. Easy train trips into the heart of Rome or Florence.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2006

About: Merritt and Kate would very much like to have you enjoy staying in one of our beautiful units in this renovated farmhouse with spectacular views of the olive groves, vineyards, and sunsets within the rolling green hills of Umbria. Just a 2-kilometer walk or drive to the medieval hilltown of Montecchio and only 11 miles by car to the world-renowned hilltown of Orvieto. Merritt is a multi-talented guy, working currently as an Episcopal Priest, a Life & Work Counselor, and a real-estate agent! Kate is an Associate Professor and Instructional Designer at a Health Sciences College. We have an adorable West Highland White Terrier who brightens our every day. Merritt enjoys reading history and playing chess. Kate is an avid reader and would-be artist (work gets in the way too much). Both Merritt and Kate continue to study and love the Italian language.

Why Montecchio:
We chose the Montechhio area because of the natural beauty all around, the string of 'undiscovered' (by hoards of tourists, that is), charming hilltowns of Umbria within easy driving or biking or hiking distance, and the easy access to the famous cities of Rome and Florence by train or car. The people in this area are very warm, friendly, and helpful. Umbria has many things in common with the terrain of it's neighbor, Tuscany, but it is a bit less 'manicured' and more natural, in our opinion. In any case, for those wanting to venture into Tuscany, after passing through Orvieto heading north by car you are immediately across the border into Tuscany and ready for lunch in Montalcino within an hour from our place. Also, Lago di Bolsena, the cleanest lake in Europe, beautifully situated below other hilltowns, is just a 45-minute drive

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
We enjoy taking the train into Rome (one-hour ride from Orvieto) and being car-free to visit the city leisurely and then make the short return home (you can park your car in the huge lot at the back of the Orvieto station for free). There is also a train to Florence which takes about 1.5 hours. We frequently like to walk through the hills to enjoy the views and also walk into Montecchio to do some shopping, visit the bank or post office, buy the local foods in the small shops, and enjoy a delicious espresso or cappuccino, or home-made gelato! There are also two wonderful restaurants in Montecchio and a very romantic restaurant in a restored fortress in our tiny village of Tenaglie. For longer day trips by car, we like to go to Perugia (capitol of Umbria), Spello, Gubbio, Assisi, and Spoleto - all beautiful old towns with wonderful architecture. Shorter trips bring you to the equally lovely hilltowns of Amelia, Narni, Todi, Orte, Giove, and Lugnano in Teverina. We have picnics at Lago di Bolsena and also Montecchio has a public swimming pool operational during seasonal weather for which you pay a nominal fee to use. We also enjoy doing next to nothing - reading, sketching, and dining on the terrace or below on the picnic table under an umbrella beside the olive grove. Sunsets can be deeply colorful and magical. In the cool of the summer evenings we walk the road above Tenaglie for the panoramic view below of the Val di Amerina and the Tuscan hills beyond. Or we walk the other direction to Montecchio for an espresso or delicious gelato and sit among the residents who gather in the piazza. The frequent evening flight of small bats and later the glow of fireflies sparkling among the fields and olive groves indicate a very high level of clean, fresh air. Our place is a haven from the stresses and constant noise of the busy outside world.

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Speaks: english, german, italian



  • View from kitchen counter toward fireplace

    View from kitchen counter toward fireplace

  • Sofa with Lit Fireplace

    Sofa with Lit Fireplace

  • New Quilt Bed

    New Quilt Bed

  • Bathroom entrance

    Bathroom entrance

  • Kate & Merritt, Owners

    Kate & Merritt, Owners

  • The valley below us

    The valley below us

  • Plum tree in back yard

    Plum tree in back yard

  • Castle ruin seen from house

    Castle ruin seen from house

  • bedroom windows

    bedroom windows

  • shower


  • couch - sitting area

    couch - sitting area

  • Full kitchen and dining area

    Full kitchen and dining area

  • Olive grove view from kitchen window

    Olive grove view from kitchen window

  • Armoire Near Stairs

    Armoire Near Stairs

  • Front Door View with Flowers

    Front Door View with Flowers

  • Montecchio View from Our Street

    Montecchio View from Our Street

  • Our Olive Grove

    Our Olive Grove

  • Bedroom View

    Bedroom View

  • Umbrian Hills and Tuscan Mountains from house

    Umbrian Hills and Tuscan Mountains from house

  • bathroom amenities

    bathroom amenities

  • bathroom sink

    bathroom sink

  • sitting area

    sitting area

  • dining area

    dining area

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