About the property
- House2368 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 nights
3 BR, 2.5 BA, sleeps 2-7
This is a fabulous house that dates back to the 13th century, as witnessed by a Romanesque lion's head still in the facade. It has been entirely renovated (with suggestions and designs by the great sculptor Beverly Pepper). It is inside the town walls, about 5 min. walk from the main square, so it is conveniently located in terms of shopping. I mean why come to Italy and isolate yourselves in a rural farmhouse? May as well stay in Palo Alto (they tell me the landscape is very similar). We wanted to enjoy living amongst the Italians and that is why we chose this house. And yet it is very private and quiet because it is flanked by the apse of the church of S. Prassede on the south-west side, and has a 1,200 sq.ft. garden in front. All the windows have great views of the valley below and the Martani mountains directly east.
Todi is smack in the center of Umbria, one of Italy's most beautiful and artistic regions, so it's not far from any of the other wondrous hill towns in the region. (It is much less touristy than neighboring Tuscany.) Todi has about 9,000 inhabitants, with very little industry and rolling hills and farm land all around. It is set on top of a hill, 480 meters above sea level, and is primarily medieval in its architectural make-up.
Another good reason for being in town, apart from enjoying concerts at the theater, exhibitions, cocktails on the square, is the BEST ICE CREAM in the world (as verified by many of our guests).
Yes, the Bar Pianegiani, a 10-min. walk up the street. We can also help you participate in a cooking class with the chef who will come to the house, cook the meal and serve it to you. Great fun! You will find shelves of guide books and a green folder with lots of suggestions of things to do and places to visit.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About George Tatge
My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English. My mother was Italian and I have lots of relatives here. We have two children, William, a pianist/composer who lives in NYC and Alice, a contemporary dancer who lives in London. I began my career as a photographer using Todi as a base. I shot mostly portraits and landscapes and was often hired by the Regional authorities to work on large exhibitions which required photographs for its catalogues. I was then hired by the Alinari Archives in Florence to become their Director of Photography, the reason we moved there in 1988. In 2003 I left the archive and returned to free-lancing and to exhibiting my work. I was awarded the Friuli Venezia Giulia prize for photography in 2010. My recent book Italia Metafisica won an IPA award in NY in 2015 and the Hemingway Award in Italy in 2016. You can see some of my work at www.georgetatge.com.
George Tatge purchased this House in 1981
Why George Tatge chose Todi
For years we searched for a property here and finally found it. One that we could restore as we wanted. Our house is in the neighbourhood of Borgo, one of the oldest areas, inside the first ring of the Etruscan town. We lived in Todi for 14 years between 1974 and 1988. It is truly an 'Ideal City', but don't tell too many people, or it will turn into another San Gimignano (the town in Tuscany with more tourists than townsfolk).
What makes this House unique
Not many properties in Todi with such views and with a 400 sq. meter garden inside the city walls.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Character, comfort, views
Big, comfortable 4-floor house, and a nice garden with exceptional views. Eat-in kitchen is well equipped and spacious, exits to the garden, and is ideal for indoor-outdoor living. Two comfortable bedrooms/bathrooms on floor 2, (slightly quirky but very functional), shower-only bathroom has a delightful little balcony. There's a good-sized reading room at ground level and a terrific extra bedroom or yoga studio up top on floor 3. Host George is well organized, always accessible and gives fast turnaround if any issues arise. Todi is pretty, not especially busy, and well stocked with restaurants (we loved Panne et Vino) and food stores. In all, a very agreeable place to spend time. We would happily return.
Beautiful charming house perfectly situated near the main piazza.
The owner George is ever so helpful and responsive. He made it possible for us to plan our holiday and make our stay perfect.
One of the highlights was picking the figs from the fig tree in the garden and having it for breakfast.
Perfectly situated near the town centre we could walk everywhere. The caffe in the southwest corner of the piazza Popolo serves the best macchiato.
Exquisite Umbrian Hilltown experience
We wisely returned to George's home after a 16-year hiatus; that delay in returning to Todi will not be repeated; we will return with family (home sleeps 7 comfortably) within the next 18 months.
Recent posters have accurately lauded George's home; it is a pleasure. George has a genuine love of his home, Todi, and Umbria, that is unsurpassed. He is all about his guests experiencing the food, beauty and tranquillity of Todi and Umbria.
Todi is a perfectly located base from which to explore by day-trip any number of thoroughly intriguing Umbrian (and adjoining Regions) towns.....Orvieto, Cortona (lunch: La Bucaccia), Montefalco, Amelia, Perugia, Siena, Gubbio, etc., (Ristorante Umbria, located immediately off of Todi's City Square, is not to be missed).
If you are looking for the hard-to-capture feel of the 15th Century, combined with modern amenities, this Todi home is for you and your loved ones. Note: The EMI supermarket, a quick 5-minute drive from Todi's City centre walls, provides an array of quality food to be enjoyed at George's backyard dining table, that offers an incredible view of the Valley below.
Hard to beat!!
Experience Umbria in this wonderful Todi house
Everything about Todi was as described by George, the owner, and former guests. Be advised that this is a hill town...everything in the town is uphill--great exercise! We loved being able to explore the whole town--my husband walked up and down every street within the walled town and in doing so, discovered lots of restaurants and shops that were the favorites of the locals.. We were able to relax and keep to our own schedule. Having a car (from the wonderful Stefano) made it so easy to explore all the surrounding countryside. Stefano and George both offered hints of where to go--the GPS was even preset to places of interest.
As some of the other reviewers stated, George is all about his guests being able to experience Umbria to the fullest. We chose this Todi house because of its location and di not regret our decision one bit. The four of us are also VRBO owners in NW FL and all agreed that George was all about his guests having a memorable vacation. Stay in Todi at this house--it will be the best time of your lives.
My family (4 adults with the occasional add on) spent a glorious 3 weeks at George's home in Todi. The house was all we hoped it would be: nestled in a beautiful stone alleyway on the edge of town with a breathtaking view over the valley. The kitchen was well stocked and a pleasure to use: we prepared some lovely meals - even a delicious roast lamb with herbs we had gathered on walks in the countryside. A lunch made up around the amazing Porchetta bought from a van that comes into the square on Saturdays is something we will never forget nor the moonlit nights in the garden shared with fireflies and even a hedgehog! George is a wonderful host who made some excellent recommendations particularly to hire a car from Stefano, (who also drove us to Rome at the end of our stay). Todi is wonderfully located with many of Umbria's most beautiful towns and walks within an easy drive. The most spectacular walk was in Castelluccio Di Norcia where the wildflowers are just extraordinary - and the lentils amazing. With all the walks and the steps in Todi we left in much better shape than we arrived but never once dreamt of holding back on the wonderful Umbrian food and wine - effortless! It was so very hard to leave - thank you George!
Thank you so much for these kind words. I often tell our guests that I worked so hard on the restoration of this medieval house that I left my soul there (from cleaning the old clay floor tiles one by one in a solution of muriatic acid in photographic trays out in the garden, to carrying the huge flag stones down the alley, to looking for the right faucetry in Rome). Only a truly obsessed 29-year-old could do such a thing. So when I read an enthusiastic review it fills my heart with
joy and satisfaction. It is a truly special house in a very special town. But I don't want to spread
the word too much for fear of Todi turning into another tourist town, like San Gimignano or Spoleto.
Charming villa in Umbria
My wife and I stayed in this villa for a month and thoroughly enjoyed it. We used Todi as a hopping off spot for numerous day trips throughout Umbria. The villa was exactly as described - very comfortable and spacious.The kitchen was very well equipped and there was an abundance of sheets and towels, so that we change them every week.
The owner was extremely helpful. He contacted us our first day there, and answered any questions we had (via phone or email) quickly. In fact, even after we left Todi to spend a month in Campania, he remained in contact, answering further questions.
Todi itself was delightful; the pace was much slower than the larger cities, and had far fewer tourists, which is what we were looking for. However, Todi was always alive with activities - festivals, concerts, street fairs. Absolutely charming.
There was no need for having a car in town, every place is walkable. But we had a car for our frequent day trips to Orvieto, Marmore Falls, Umbrian and Tuscan wine regions, Florence, Assisi, Spoleto,
I definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants to get away from the large, bustling tourist destinations of Italy and experience the heart of Italy. The only people I would not recommend it for are for those have substantial mobility or breathing issues, as the town is on top of a hill, which while not particularly steep, does require some sustained walking up and down the narrow streets and staircases.
Todi is equidistant (30 min. drives) from Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto, Orvieto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Foligno, all beautiful towns worth day-trips. A two-hour drive from Florence and 90 min. drive from Rome.
Other Activities: Hot Air Ballooning, Wildlife Viewing
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A $ 500 security/holding fee is required when reserving for short stays $950 for multi-weeks. This is returned to you within 7 days of your departure by HA/VRBO minus the utilities (gas and elec.) and phone line usage.