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2-Bedroom Apt in Historic Palazzo Fiumi-Laplaca in Hill Town of Bettona

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Last updated: 06/05/2015

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-10)


Located in the historic center of Bettona, a small hill town 15k south of both Assisi and Perugia, with easy access to the E45.

Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca is run by a Week in Umbria and offers the quintessential Slow Travel vacation — a week (that is not to say you can’t stay for 3 days or a month for that matter) in a small town where you can settle in and relax, enjoy a good meal or stroll to the bar for a cappuccino. AND your stay at the beautifully restored and furnished Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca is the perfect base from which to discover Umbria.

The historic palazzo may date from the 16th century and was the home of the Fiumi. (St. Clare's mother was a Fiumi.) The nobile family was one of the largest landowners in the area and one of their principle activities was growing olives. To this day Bettona is surrounded by olive groves that once belonged to the family. In fact, the house contained an olive mill and three presses as well as a stable on its ground floor when I purchased it. Cologero Fiumi, the last count to live in the palazzo, died in 1963 and the house had fallen into ruins by the time I discovered it in 2005. It has been great to breathe life back into this wonderful place.

I am your host and live on the piano nobile so please don't hesitate to ask for help when you are here.

I think one of the things that is special about staying with me is to experience the rhythm of life in a small town. With only 350 people living within our walls, Bettona is the perfect get-away from larger more ‘discovered’ hill towns. The people are friendly, the streets quaint, and the views spectacular. Guests often comment on how our little town works its charms on them. Yet, there’s always something to do — from strolling to the central piazza for a coffee or gelato to dining in one of our lovely restaurants. In the summer there are often concerts or dance performances within the walls. Trips to some of the nearby towns offer all the cultural and art experiences you'd expect without the crowds and at a particularly Umbrian pace.

The apartment is on the top floor of the palazzo and called 'Assisi' because there are views out over the Spoleto Valley toward Assisi. It has its own entrance and contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, full kitchen with marble counters, dining area, and living room. The furniture is a mixture of antique or in the Mission Style and goes beautifully with the rustic stone walls beneath the white washed beamed ceilings. There are wonderful breezes and the apartment is air conditioned as well. A small terrace is just perfect for sitting in the sun and relaxing.

A special welcome goes out to the LGBT community. Know that you are extremely welcome to discover Umbria and come back to relax in the comfort of my home.

As your host, I am happy to help with recommendations on what to see, how to get there, or great places to eat. If you are interested in cooking lessons — for a day or week or just to learn how to make gnocchi or fresh pasta — we are happy to accommodate you.

COOKING LESSONS: A special cooking lesson package with professional chef is also available. Package costs 2250 euros and includes: accommodations at Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca; five 3-hour lessons followed by a 5-course lunch. Lessons are taught by Chef Andrea Sposini and take place at his cooking school in Perugia.

TOURS: Make that wedding trip, special birthday, or a much deserved week away with friends or family, even more extraordinary with a customized tour package. Full or half day tours available. a Week in Umbria will help you explore Umbria at a relaxed pace and treat you to a sampling of what this wonderful region has to offer. Special tours of The Saints of Umbria, with special attention to St. Francis of Assisi (San Francesco di Assisi) is offered for a minimum of 4 people. Flexible itineraries allow you to customize your vacation or you can simply spend a week here discovering Umbria on your own.

Oh, I almost forgot, if you'd like home cooked meals, I'd be happy to accommodate you no matter what your dietary needs are. Most guests choose to have a meal prepared the first night of their stay here. It gives us a chance to get to know each other a bit and to talk about what you'd like to see in Umbria. (Coast is 25euro per person and includes wine.)

SPECIAL PARTIES: Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca has a beautiful cantina and dining hall on the ground floor which is perfect for special events. Cocktails and Buffet to sit down banquets are available.

Keywords: Palazzo, B&B, Bed and Breakfast, rental, Slow Travel, Slow Travel Italy, Vacation rental, Gay friendly, Gay owned B&B in Italy, Gay owned B&B in Umbria, LGBT friendly, Tours Umbria, St Francis of Assisi
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated: 06/05/2015

Property Type

  • Apartment

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Alternative Lifestyle

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 2-10

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Cooking lessons available by the day or week. Tour guide or guidance available. Wine tastings in the palazzo or at local wineries easily arranged. Pick up and delivery to airport or train station is also available. If you so desire, meals are available as well. ...moreless


  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Beautiful views of the Spoleto Valley on one side and the hills of Bettona on the other....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Tennis


  • Air Conditioning:

    There are no high or low season rates. Air conditioning is available for an additional fee per week....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Fee for use of Dryer...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Guests may make limited calls to the US free of charge...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Small fee for use of Washer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    The piano terra is available for weddings or family parties. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Kitchens are stocked with all you will need to cook up a storm...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with marble counters and high-end appliances in each apartment....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Balcony


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Sometimes you find a project that changes your life completely. Restoring this palazzo did just that for me. After 3 years of restoration, the palazzo is filled with life and functioning as something more than just a B&B. Living in the small town of Bettona has also been a revelation for me. We've been welcomed into a community of warm and friendly people where there is always something to do. The dogs and I couldn't be happier sharing our piece of Italy with you.

Why the Owner Chose Bettona PG, Italy:
People always ask 'Why Bettona?' It was all about the palazzo, the adventure of saving a piece of history, and returning the house to its former grandeur. And living in the historic center of a small hill town has allowed us to put down some roots and get to know the people of Bettona.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Really, the town of Bettona is perfectly situated as a base for exploring Umbria. It's 20 minutes to Perugia or Assisi, 30 to Todi or Spello, 40 to Spoleto, 45 minutes to Gubbio, and an hour to Orvieto. The palazzo is beautifully restored and furnished with a mix of antiques and mission furniture, comfortable beds, kitchens with marble counters, and great views of the Spoleto Valley. It's such a pleasure staying here that some guests just like to kick back and relax at home. And you get to have me as your host. I'll offer help in any way I can — from suggestions on what towns to visit, what restaurants to go to, wineries to enjoy, local festivals are happening, or even renting a car or making reservations for the next leg of your adventure. I'm here to help with whatever you need. If you'd like cooking lessons, I can arrange to have a fantastic chef come and teach your group or I can teach you how to make gnocchi, fresh pasta, or something else using our local ingredients. And, if you'd just like a home cooked meal, I'd be happy to prepare one for you. My job is to make your experience as wonderful as possible.

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Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated: 06/05/2015

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  • The town of Bettona

    The town of Bettona

  • There are wonderful views of the Spoleto Valley

    There are wonderful views of the Spoleto Valley

  • A beautiful bedroom with antiques and south facing windows

    A beautiful bedroom with antiques and south facing windows

  • Additional space available

    Additional space available

  • Additional space available

    Additional space available

  • Palazzo's main dinning hall

    Palazzo's main dinning hall

  • The palazzo's cantina is well stocked with wine available for purchase

    The palazzo's cantina is well stocked with wine available for purchase

  • meals can be serves on the terrace off the palazzo's main kitchen

    meals can be serves on the terrace off the palazzo's main kitchen

  • The entrance of Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca at Piazza Preziotti 4

    The entrance of Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca at Piazza Preziotti 4

  • Additional space available

    Additional space available

  • Palazzo's main kitchen where cooking lessons are given

    Palazzo's main kitchen where cooking lessons are given

  • View outside the Palazzo

    View outside the Palazzo

  • large space for events available

    large space for events available

VRBO #303443

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017

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