Colcello ('Colle Cielo' - 'the Hill in the Sky.')
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
3-storey self-catering country house, large elegant ground-floor kitchen & dining-room opening onto sunny dining patio with vine-covered pergola. Large and small fridges, dishwasher, island prep unit, laundry room, interior & exterior stairs to 2nd-floor living room opening onto a loggia, and to 2 double bedrooms with own baths, plus smaller room with good sofa-bed. Spiral stair to large 3rd-floor bedroom with bathroom, 4 single beds. Swimming pool, small charcoal BBQ, 15 acres of woodland and olive terraces, orchard, and the best fig-tree in Umbria! Large, private 2nd-floor sunny terrace off one double bedroom, plus external stair. Private drive, electric gates, ample parking. 5-min drive to small, pleasant riverside bar with panini, lunch and casual dinner, 20 mins to town center on country road. Friendly on-site owner, available if needed, unobtrusive if not.
- 3 story
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Limited Accessibility:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
- Bedroom 2
- 1 queen
- This bedroom has immediately-adjacent bathroom.
- Bedroom 3
- 2 twin/ single
- 3rd floor, own bathroom.
- Convertible bed
- 1 sleep sofa /futon
- Adjacent to 2nd-floor bedrooms 1 & 2.
- 2.0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms
- Bathroom 2
- toilet, shower
- Adjacent to bedroom 2 on second floor.
- Bathroom 1
- toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet
- Opens off bedroom 1, on the 2nd floor.
- Bathroom 3
- Opens off the studio bedroom on the 3rd floor.
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Coffee Maker:
- Wood Stove:
- Living Room seats 6:
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Deck / Patio:
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Mountain Biking
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Winery Tours
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Recreation Center
- Sight Seeing
Città di Castello is a small, very ancient walled town on the banks of the Upper River Tiber, which rises in the mountains to the north of the town. Indoor and outdoor cafès and restaurants enliven the little streets and the central piazza, and invite visitors to enjoy the evening after-dinner passegiata - the traditional socializing stroll around the town. Live music in the piazza is a common event on summer evenings, and a weekly farmers' market is also a busy social occasion. A smaller antiques market is held most week-ends. A recreation center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools is on the outskirts of the town. Tennis, thermal spa, health and beauty treatments are also available nearby, in the spacious public park-like grounds of a resort hotel. Its location provides easy access to both Tuscany and Umbria, and the many famous picturesque hill-towns of both regions - Siena, Montepulciano, Cortona, the Chianti area in Tuscany, and Assisi, Gubbio, Montone, Perugia, Orvieto and Todi in Umbria. An easy drive to Arezzo, on the main rail-line between Florence and Rome, makes 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 convenient at Passignano, on the north shore of Lago Trasimeno, west of Perugia. Ferries cross the lake to little islands, and to Castiglione del Lago, with its ruined castle on a promontory south-west of Passignano. Further south-west still is Chiusi Scalo, with a national Etruscan museum and a chance to visit frescoed Etruscan tombs. Not only is Assisi a must-see for guests, but your route passes the cathedral of Santa Maria degli Angeli, within sight of Assisi itself. This cathedral 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 in Assisi 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. They walked over the hills from Assisi to La Verna, and today you may see modern pilgrims following his route, which passes right by Colcello itself. Near La Verna is Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of Michelangelo himself. You can visit the room in which he was born, and the tiny chapel of his baptism. The nearby little town of Anghiari, with its precipitous Roman road diving down into the Tiber valley, is portrayed in one of his famous paintings. Sight-seeing can be tiring! When you need it, Colcello offers a beautiful and welcoming place to relax when you'd just like to kick back, splash in the pool, read, eat and drink, maybe go to town for a cocktail and dinner, and count the stars before you go to bed! Benvenuti! ...morecollapse
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- Nearest Airport: Florence (also Rome, Perugia, Bologna, Ancona) at 100 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Città di Castello(local 5Km) or Arezzo(main line) at 40 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: E45 (local 5Km) or A1 Florence-Rome. at 40 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Passignano, at Lago Trasimeno at 70 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Sasso (very local) at 5 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Lerchi at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Città di Castello at 10 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 1988
About the owner: Hello! My name is Ann, and I'm a 'Brit' - English/American dual citizenship, easy-going,sociable, and very happy to welcome guests to my home in Italy. I live in northern California in winter (in the snow!) and in Italy in the summer, making new friends among my guests. Long-time friends are my Italian neighbours in the valley below Colcello, who have taught me to speak their 'Castellani' version of Italian, how to make pasta, and many other very useful things! I lived at Colcello for many years, until I married an American. Colcello is an old house, home to many generations of Italian farmers and peasants, and it is my pleasure to share it with my guests. I have a small private apartment on the ground floor, so I am easily accessible to help with any information you may need, or problems to be solved, without encroaching on your privacy.
Why the Owner Chose Citta di Castello:
Italy is a popular vacation destination for guests from many parts of the world, which is how I first came to know this country. The warmth and friendliness of the people, the food, the history, the art, the climate, the traditions, all played their part in casting the spell that made the purchase of Colcello a joy. It needed a lot of work to make it comfortable by today's standards, but the stunning location made it well worthwhile. It's a very old house, dating back to 1675, in an ancient area - once occupied by Roman soldiers! Pieces of old Roman roof tiles are sometimes turned up when the olive terraces are plowed! History surrounds Colcello.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
When you arrive at Colcello, the main parking area is at the rear of the house, sheltered by encircling trees and around a beautiful central lime tree. It is when you proceed to the front of the house and the main arched-porch entry, that the stunning views really strike you. Then it's difficult to decide whether to look at the house or the views! Inside the porchway is the old bread-oven, and frescoes over the arched entrance spell 'Benvenuti' - painted over the archway. That word spells home to me, and welcome to my guests. Rows of olive trees stretch in front of the house - some like gnarled old men wearing leafy branches like toupèes, some young and new that will never fruit in my lifetime - wave another welcome. The feeling of inhabiting, if only for a short time, a house and place which has seen many generations and historic centuries come and go, is one that not everyone has the chance to experience, and is one that I treasure.
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The house on the hill in the sky.
Fast food lunch!
Rear and side of house showing large terrace off bedroom 1.
Side of house with small sheltered patio.
View from the 2nd-floor loggia.
Dining room and stair to 2nd floor.
Second floor living-room.
Third floor studio-bedroom.
Second floor sitting room (has a sofa-bed if needed.)
Pool and hills.
Market Day in Città di Castello.
Old walls of Città di Castello.
Dining patio under the vines.
Rear view of house.
Orchard-side of house.
External steps to loggia and second floor rooms. "Juliet" balcony on 3rd floor.
Kitchen with prep. island/breakfast bar.
Second floor living-room.
Changing the linen!
Third floor bedroom/bathroom.
Picnic by the pool!
Pool,olive terraces and St.Francis's old road.
Market day in Città di Castello
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