Colcello ('Colle Cielo' - 'the Hill in the Sky.')
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
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 $1350-$2300 for up to 4 guests, extra for 5+ guests. Please email for your personal quotes to email@example.com
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- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Limited Accessibility:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Nearby Città di Castello - a small, lively walled town on the banks of the River Tiber - typical Italian piazzas, ancient palaces, markets, elegant or homely bars & restaurants, street music/concerts...moreless
Ancient Umbrian/Tuscan hill towns are famous and views from the house show the hills folding away into blue distance. East is Monte Nerone - the Adriatic can be seen from its car-accessible peak....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker:
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- Deck / Patio:
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Pool / Spa
- Housekeeper Optional
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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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 frequent 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, which 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 itself 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!
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 great pleasure to welcome my guests to this beautiful house in Italy. I lead a double life, half in Italy, half in California, with even more travels to visit children and grandchildren in England and in Seattle, and my parents in Canada! 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. Meeting my guests from many places, offering them hospitality and helping to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable, is an aspect of my life in Italy that I value and appreciate very much.
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 my 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. For many visitors traveling to Italy, it is love at first sight, and so it was with me. To live my daily life in this ancient home, in a magnificent landscape brimming with history, is a privilege and a pleasure for me, and even more so when I can share it with guests and friends.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
In 1988, Colcello was still home to a simple farming family, but the children were grown and gone, leaving elderly parents and an ancient grandmother. And these three were now ready to move to an easier life nearer the little city. The house was not as it is now, by any means, but the views were just as beautiful then, and it was easy to see that with a lot of work (!!) it could become the beautiful and comfortable home it is today, in a location that my Italian neighbors call 'il paradiso.' Of course I completely underestimated the time, effort and cost of doing all that work, but 'love at first sight' happened! I can list all the things that now make it the place I love - but I keep the 'before' photos to remind me occasionally of all the things that 'love at first sight' can blind you to! Now, every day, I appreciate my Italian home for:- *the stunning views over hills and valleys, rivers and mountains * the character and history *the spacious, comfortable accommodation *the swimming pool *the well equipped kitchen *the interesting things nearby to do and see *the beautiful surroundings for relaxation *a lovely country retreat near a pretty little town
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The villa on 'the hill in the sky', viewing hills & valleys, sunrises & sunsets.
Overlooking the pool, distant olive terraces and the road St.Francis once trod.
Glass in hand, salute a midsummer sunset from the balcony.
Figs! Pick your own for breakfast (in season!)
Large rear terrace, opening from a bedroom, perfect for sunrises and sunbathing.
View from the pool up to the house.
Large, well-equipped kitchen and formal dining room, with breakfast bar.
Dining room and stair to 2nd floor.
The loggia, for a pleasant cocktail hour before dinner on the terrace below.
3rd floor bedroom (4 single beds or 2 singles & 1 double) with 'Juliet' balcony.
Craftsman in Città di Castello's annual medieval street festival
Lunchtime in the shade!
Woodland shades. Spot deer, wild boar, foxes, pheasants, hoopoes, owls and more.
Shaded by walnut and fig trees, space for parking or to sit, read or take a nap!
Evening glow across the olive terraces.
Some of the nearest neighbor's olive terraces, across the valley from Colcello.
Fast food lunch!
Al fresco under the vines, seating for 10, a BBQ, a place to gather and relax.
2nd-floor lounge, with books/TV/DVD player, and spiral stair to 4-bed studio,
One of the 2nd floor double bedrooms, with en suite bathroom.
Market days in Città di Castello (Thurs. & Sat.)
Street banquet during the town's medieval festival.
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Thursday, November 05, 2015
- Property typeVilla
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- Calendar last updated 04/21/2015
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