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Colcello ('Colle Cielo' - 'the Hill in the Sky.')

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Al fresco under the vines, seating for 10, a BBQ, a place to gather and relax.


Last updated: 09/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:Contact owner
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Citta di Castello villa description

Colcello is a 3-storey country house in a stunning hilltop location, with breath-taking 360-degree views. It has a large kitchen/dining-room (which used to be a stable!) opening onto a dining terrace with a vine-covered pergola. The fully-equipped kitchen has dishwasher, island prep unit/breakfast bar, and a separate laundry room adjoins the kitchen.
On the second floor a comfortable lounge opens onto a covered loggia, perfect for before-dinner drinks or shaded reading, with miles and miles of beautiful hills and valleys open to your view. Also on this floor is one double en-suite bedroom, opening onto a large terrace - perfect to greet the morning sun with your first cappuccino! Another double bedroom with bathroom, plus a small lounge with a quality sofa-bed, are also on this floor. A spiral staircase leads up to a large third floor bedroom with half-bath, four single beds and a Juliet balcony.
On the property there is a swimming pool, BBQ, 15 acres of woodland and olive terraces, and the best fig-tree in Umbria! The property has a private drive, electric gates and ample parking. It is a short 5-minute drive to a local riverside bar/restaurant, and twenty minutes to the local town, for farmer's markets and supermarkets, restaurants and cafés. Your friendly on-site owner is available if needed, unobtrusive if not, in her own small ground-floor apartment, always very happy to make you welcome and comfortable, and to help with any queries you might have. Rental costs vary with season and number of guests, ranging from $1000-$2300 for up to 4 guests, $1350-$2700 for 5+ guests. Please email for your personal quotes.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Villa

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Primary renter(s) must be adult(s) over age 21, and take full responsibility for the behavior and care of any and all younger guests....moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                Guests responsible for supervision and safety at all times....moreless

              • Limited Accessibility:

                Ground floor accessible with one step up. Use of owner's ground-floor apartment can be arranged if needed....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered:

                Well-behaved dogs may be accepted if at all times supervised and controlled by responsible owner(s). By prior arrangement only. ...moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                En-suite including bath, French doors to large terrace....moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

                High-quality double sofa-bed, adjacent bathroom....moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 4 twin/ single

                Half-bath. Good-quality beds can be made up as doubles....moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                adjacent bathroom....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                Adjacent to bedrooms 2 & 3....moreless

              • Bathroom 3: toilet

                Adjoining Bedroom 4...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Mid-week linen-change/house-cleaning available if required (small additional charge for this service). If available, a local chef will give lessons and/or cook for guests at Colcello....moreless


                  • Books:

                    Assortment of fiction/non-fiction, travel guides, etc....moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Games:

                    Board games, playing cards....moreless

                  • Music Library:

                    Wide range of classical composers....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable


                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain View
                  • Rural

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis


                  • Dining:

                    Formal dining table with removable leaves for smaller groups. Island counter-top with bar-stools serves as a breakfast area....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people


                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace:

                    Open hearth in 2nd-floor living room, with electric flame-effect stove inset....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Central heating, radiators in all rooms, attractive flame-effect electric stoves in both second-floor sitting rooms....moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Free for guests, router for whole-house connection....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    2nd floor, 2 sofas, 2 armchairs, large coffee table, bookshelves, TV/DVD player....moreless

                  • Parking:

                    Alongside the house on two sides....moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wood Stove:

                    One large wood stove in dining area. ...moreless


                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Drip coffee-machine, and stove-top espresso-maker....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    Large selection of serving dishes, crockery and glassware ....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    Large well-quipped kitchen, with island prep surface/breakfast-bar, granite surfaces. ...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven:


                  • Refrigerator:

                    One large and one small refrigerator....moreless

                  • Stove:

                    Gas hobs, extractor fan over....moreless

                  • Toaster


                  • Balcony:

                    Second-floor covered loggia....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lanai / Gazebo:

                    Vine-covered pergola and terrace outside the main kitchen, with tables to seat 10....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Large lawn/play area....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Charcoal-burning BBQ and a gas BBQ....moreless

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Private Pool:

                        Set on an olive terrace below the house, lovely views from every angle....moreless

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


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                          from 6 traveler reviews
                             2014                    2-4 guests/week       5-8 guests/week
                              May 3 - May 31         Euro 650              Euro 850                   
                              May 31- June 28             850                   1050
                              June 28 - July 26          1100                   1250
                              July 26 - Aug 30           1300                   1450
                              Aug 30 - Sept 27            850                   1050
                          A 3-nights minimum possible,if available.  Week-day arr./dep? Euro70 supplement.  

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                          Last updated: 09/29/2014
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                          100 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          Florence (also Rome, Perugia, Bologna, Ancona)
                          5 Kilometres
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Bar Sasso:outdoor amenities, swimming, meals,ices.
                          70 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Lago Trasimeno island ferries
                          25 Kilometres
                          Nearest Golf
                          40 Kilometres
                          Nearest Train
                          Città di Castello(local 5Km) or Arezzo(main line)
                          40 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway
                          E45 (local 5Km) or A1 Florence-Rome.
                          10 Kilometres
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Città di Castello
                          70 Kilometres
                          Nearest Beach
                          Passignano, at Lago Trasimeno, near Perugia.

                          Car: Necessary

                          Città di Castello is a small, very ancient walled town on the banks of the Upper River Tiber. Cafès and restaurants enliven little streets and the central piazza. Visitors enjoy the evening after-dinner passegiata - the traditional socializing stroll around the town. Live music in the piazza are events on summer evenings, and a weekly farmers' market is a busy social occasion. A smaller antiques market is held most week-ends.

                          A recreation center & indoor/outdoor swimming pools is on the outskirts of the town. Tennis, thermal spa, health and beauty treatments, restaurants, are also available nearby in the spacious grounds of a resort hotel.

                          Colcello's location provides easy access to both Tuscany and Umbria, and the many famous and picturesque hill-towns of both regions. It is an easy drive to Arezzo, on the main rail-line between Florence and Rome, making it possible to enjoy a car-free visit to both those historic cities. Arezzo itself is an ancient and cosmopolitan city, famous for its gold jewelry, its monthly international antiques street fair, and renowned frescoes in the Church of San Francesco.

                          A pleasant 'day on the beach' is at the easily accessible Passignano, on the north shore of Lago Trasimeno, west of Perugia. Ferries cross the lake to little islands, and to Castiglione del Lago, a ruined castle on a promontory south-west of Passignano. Further south-west is Chiusi Scalo, with a national Etruscan museum and a chance to visit frescoed Etruscan tombs. Your route to Assisi passes the cathedral of Santa Maria deli Angeli, which houses the restored original church built by St Francis of Assis, a tiny gem, a shrine for pilgrims, and a complete contrast to the magnificence of the huge cathedral itself.

                          In the mountains north of Città di Castello is La Verna, a beautiful working monastery where Francis and his followers would go in retreat. You can see the slab of rock which was his bed, and the chapel marking the spot where he received the stigmata on his hands. Modern pilgrims now hike his ancient route between Assisi and La Verna, passes right by Colcello.

                          Near La Verna is Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of Michelangelo. You can visit the room in which he was born, and the tiny chapel of his baptism.

                          After sight-seeing, and there is much to see, Colcello offers a beautiful and welcoming place to relax, swim in the pool, read, eat and drink, maybe go to town for a cocktail and dinner. Enjoy strolling the olive groves, find an easy chair under the pergola to sip your wine, watch the sunsets, gather to eat and laugh and talk under the stars, soak up the peace and tranquillity. Benvenuti! Welcome to you!


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1988

                          About the owner: Hello! My name is Ann, I speak English and Italian, and I have owned Colcello since 1988. It is my pleasure to welcome my guests to this beautiful house in Italy. My Italian neighbors and my very good friends in the lovely valley below Colcello have taught me so much about life in Italy, and how to enjoy its many pleasures. Colcello is an old house, dating from 1675, and home to many generations of Italian families. Part of the ground floor is my private apartment, so I am easily accessible to help with any information or help you may need, without encroaching on your privacy. It is my great pleasure to welcome guests to my home.

                          Why the Owner Chose Citta di Castello:
                          Italy is a popular vacation destination for guests from many parts of the world. The warmth and friendliness of the people, the food, the history, the art, the climate, the traditions, all play a part in making this a wonderfully diverse place. History is all around, in every-day life. This area of Umbria was once occupied by Roman soldiers, and pieces of old Roman roof tiles are sometimes turned up when the olive terraces are plowed. Old Medici palaces in the nearby town are still in use as museums, galleries - and local council offices! There is easy access to many other fascinating places in Umbria and Tuscany, hill-towns and hidden valleys, vineyards and olive groves, castles and cathedrals, and always the beauty of the landscape and the clear light. To live my daily life in this ancient home, in a magnificent landscape brimming with history, is a privilege and a pleasure for me, even more so when I can share it with guests and friends.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                          *stunning views over hills and valleys, rivers and mountains *full of character and history *spacious, comfortable accommodation *swimming pool *well equipped kitchen *interesting things nearby to do and see *beautiful surroundings for relaxation *a country retreat near a pretty little town

                          Contact us

                          Speaks: english, italian

                          Links to more information:



                          • Al fresco under the vines, seating for 10, a BBQ, a place to gather and relax.

                            Al fresco under the vines, seating for 10, a BBQ, a place to gather and relax.

                          • Woodland shades

                            Woodland shades

                          • Valley view

                            Valley view

                          • Evening glow

                            Evening glow

                          • Relax!


                          • Olive terraces

                            Olive terraces

                          • Fast food lunch!

                            Fast food lunch!

                          • Well-equipped kitchen

                            Well-equipped kitchen

                          • Dining room and stair to 2nd floor.

                            Dining room and stair to 2nd floor.

                          • View from the 2nd-floor loggia.

                            View from the 2nd-floor loggia.

                          • Third floor studio-bedroom.

                            Third floor studio-bedroom.

                          • Pool and hills.

                            Pool and hills.

                          • The house on the hill in the sky.

                            The house on the hill in the sky.

                          • Pool,olive terraces and St.Francis's old road.

                            Pool,olive terraces and St.Francis's old road.

                          • Figs!


                          • Rear terrace

                            Rear terrace

                          • Poolside.


                          • Pasta-making lesson!

                            Pasta-making lesson!

                          • Second floor living-room.

                            Second floor living-room.

                          • One of the 2nd floor bedrooms

                            One of the 2nd floor bedrooms

                          • Woodland at rear of house.

                            Woodland at rear of house.

                          • Market day in Città di Castello

                            Market day in Città di Castello

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                          Date last modified - Wednesday, October 08, 2014


                          3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

                          View calendar: Updated 09/29/14
                          Member since: 2012
                          Speaks: english, italian
                          • Calendar last updated 09/29/2014
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