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Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 10)
King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1) Available upon request.
Pool / Spa
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Many stairs; little ones need constant attention.Many stairs; little ones need constant attention.
Max guests: 10
Minimum age of primary renter:
About Karen Smith
We (Karen and Paul) live in Cincinnati, Ohio and I (Karen) retired for corporate America at about the same time we bought the villa. Without ever planning it to happen, renting and managing Rocca di Benano became my "encore career." Early on, it became evident that fantastic customer service could be a marketable advantage. I understand, because I've never lived in Italy and I don't speak Italian all that well, the questions that travelers have when they're considering a stay in a rural Italian village. I wouldn't drive in a big Italian city (or in downtown Manhattan, for that matter) on a bet, so when I say that driving around Central Italy is easy, our guests trust my judgement. I understand travelers' questions because I've been there. We get to Benano regularly, and we make it our mission to research ways for guests to make the most of their time in Italy. And I spend a lot of time with our guests sharing what we've learned and helping them prepare for a trip of a lifetime.
Karen Smith purchased this Villa in 2008
What makes this Villa unique
Benano is the perfect location for exploring Tuscany and Umbria. It overlooks Orvieto, offering stunning views of one of Italy’s most beautiful hill towns. Guests can enjoy a peaceful village pace yet be in the heart of Orvieto in just 20 minutes. Orvieto’s position on the main north-south rail line and autostrada makes it a perfect jumping-off point for day trips to many popular tourist destinations in central Italy. A 10-minute drive from Benano is Torre Alfina, recently selected one of Italy’s “most beautiful small towns,” which features a picturesque castle, good restaurants, and the best gelato in the area. Twenty minutes further along quaint back roads is Lake Bolsena, Europe's largest volcanic lake, which offers fishing, sailing, swimming, and sunbathing. Driving thirty to forty-five minutes in another direction, you reach the four gems of southern Tuscany – Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana, and the spa town of San Casciano dei Bagni. Benano is close to another jewel, Civita di Bagnoregio, which travel expert Rick Steves calls “Italy’s classic hill town” and his personal favorite. Equally convenient to Benano are the many acclaimed towns that have attracted travelers to Umbria and Tuscany for centuries – Umbria’s ceramic towns, Gubbio and Deruta; Tuscany’s wine meccas, Montalcino and Montepulciano; Perugia, the capital of Umbria and Italy’s chocolate capital; Pienza, home to Tuscany’s finest cheese; Norcia, a must for lovers of Italian meats and sausages; the renowned thermal springs and spas of Chianciano, San Filippo and Saturnia; and Monticchiello, a tiny gem in the Tuscan hills. Viceno, only a mile from Benano, has a small store and a place for coffee. The nearby villages of Castel Viscardo (2 miles), Castel Giorgio (3 miles), and Torre Alfina (5 miles) also have restaurants, groceries, bakeries, cafés, gelaterias, and pharmacies.