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Luxury Villa with separate guest house, Lovely Views, Every Comfort

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type villa


About the property

Villa, 8 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16- 20)

The layout of the Villa is ideally suited to accommodate both smaller groups of 4 to 10 (main house) or large gatherings of up to 20 people.

The main house and guest cottage each provide space for social gathering and for private moments and almost every room offers an extraordinary view of the Umbrian Hillside with the silhouette of the Cathedral at Todi.

The kitchen is fully equipped and opens onto a loggia with a large table, and also onto a vine-covered pergola also with table.

There is a game room with billards, board games, ping pong and bocce, badminton and croquet for outdoors.

Accommodation Summary: Villa with separate guest house, pool

Main House: 4 bedrooms- each with ensuite bathroom: two with king size bed each plus a single bed each, 1 with queen size bed, 1 with three single beds), kitchen, breakfast room, games room (billiard and ping pong), ½ ‘powder room’ bathroom, laundry room, TV sitting room.

Accommodation Detail:

Ground floor-

Granny room-queen bedded room with French door to north patio with ensuite bathroom, walk-in shower with grab bars and stool. Not only for grannies! Lovely quiet room especially for someone who wants to get up early and go into the kitchen or out for a walk, jog or swim. It is the only bedroom downstairs in the main house.

*Notes for mildly disabled: No steps to reach this bedroom. Doors accommodate most wheelchairs. There is one step into the living room/kitchen level and otherwise there are few essential steps. If needed a person can exit the front door and walk or be wheeled to the pool area by the side path. No steps to the pergola. Two steps down to the loggia.

Living room/dining room with three French doors leading onto vine covered pergola with views over Todi and Umbrian hills. The dining room table seats 10-12.

Fully equipped kitchen including breakfast nook with heavy chestnut table for eight with two French doors leading onto pergola and loggia.

Laundry room with washer and dryer, iron and ironing board and laundry sink. Clothes rack and drying line.

Powder room-guest bathroom with sink and toilet.

Games room with full billiard table, ping pong table, assortment of board and card games, croquet, boules, etc.

Covered loggia with table for 8-10 with lovely views

Vine covered Pergola with lovely views with table for 4-6 and lounge chairs (a matching table is located near the Private Studio Cottage and could be put on the pergola for additional dining.) Please note-there is flexibility for dining as the main loggia table is 8-10, plus a round table=12-16, plus another round table=16-22. The glass topped table by the swimming pool seats 10.


Master bedroom- king size bed (could be two singles) plus a single bed, ensuite bathroom with walk in 4 x 3 foot travertine shower and a deep tub, private balcony with views. Bedroom suite has north views over hillside and olive grove and south views over drive.

TV room with sofa, a loveseat and large armchair, TV, DVD multi-system international player (this will play DVD’s from most countries), VHS player, games console, lots of current books as well as classics and guide books.

Company bedroom- king size bed (could be two singles) plus a single bed, ensuite bathroom with 3 x 3 foot walk-in travertine shower and a tub. Views over valley to Todi even from tub! Bedroom views west over valley and north over hillsides and olive grove.

Kids or singles room- two single beds and above in a loft another single bed and a sofa which converts to a single bed and a trundle bed below. House rule no small children in loft without supervision. Ensuite bathroom with a 6 x 3 foot shower-.

Private studio cottage:

This private bedroom is a short distance from the main house and adjoining the guest house through a covered walkway but is completely separate.

It comprises a king bed room with an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower. There are lovely views over the Umbrian Hills through three arched French doors. Only rented in conjunction with the main house.

Guest House:

This is a self-contained three-bedroom house on a hill with entrances both upstairs and downstairs. It is only rented in conjunction with the main house.


Entrance door opens to small lobby area with a king bed room to the left with views over the Umbrian Hills to the medieval town of Todi, and anther king bed room to the right. There is a shared bathroom between the rooms with a tub/shower. Both bedrooms can be configured with either a king bed or two singles. Stairs lead down to:


Living room/ dining room with full kitchen at one end and at other end a set of French doors opening to private gravel patio and driveway and views west over Umbrian Hills towards Todi.

A large king bed room with French doors to gravel patio with lovely views west towards Todi and ensuite bathroom with walk- in shower. There is an additonal washer and dryer in an alcove.

*Notes for mildly disabled: No steps to enter or exit this bedroom. Doors accommodate most wheelchairs. There is no step into the living room/kitchen. The whole floor is on one level, which is level with the driveway entrance. If needed a person can exit the front door and walk or be wheeled to the main house or to pool area by the side path.

Ideas: perfect for a family with up to four children as parents can sleep downstairs and children upstairs. The living room off the lower bedroom has two queen sized sofa beds. Kitchen is handy for mid-night snacks, early morning coffee or any cooking.

Another idea is to lock to lower bedroom door isolating it from the rest of the guest house as it has a separate entrance, and turn the rest of the whole house with four single beds upstairs and 2 sofa beds downstairs over to teenage friends. There is an ipod speaker system

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More Details

Marilyn Gasparini
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, italian
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Marilyn Gasparini

We are an Italian husband/American wife who have restored the villa in a traditional Umbrian style with the assistance of a local professional expert in restoration. Though ancient beams, mellow chestnut wood doors and recuperated terracotta floors were lovingly restored and/or replaced, the villa has been insulated, plumbed and wired using the most modern

techniques. The result is comfortable and very practical.

The old house is sited on a hillside in such a way as to enjoy cool breezes all summer. The pool was designed by a dedicated lap swimmer and has its waterfall border overlooking one of the most beautiful open views in Umbria.

Marilyn Gasparini purchased this villa in 1998

Why Marilyn Gasparini chose Todi

We chose the Todi area because of its lovely medieval character and because of its convenience to both Rome and Florence. Extended family lives in Rome.

People describe Umbria as a place you can still savor the ‘real’ Italy. It is much less visited and ‘touristy’ than Tuscany. It is

somewhat more rural and more native. For example, most

restaurants offer only homemade pasta, bread, local wines, local oil, locally grown meats. Often there is truly a granny in the kitchen and the kids of all ages may be the servers. Not that food is everything but you do get really good food here. Not everyone speaks English. People are still quite interested in visitors. It is a living, working Italian area and though there are growing numbers of visitors it is not primarily a tourist destination.

We also absolutely fell in love with the gentle and spectacularly beautiful views from the property.

The Villa is surrounded by olive groves, we maintain a small vineyard, fruit trees and an organic vegetable garden with produce for guests' use. the landscaping is typical for farmhouses of this area and consists of mostly rosemary, lavender, roses, and other herbs such as sage.

One of our favorite features is the old cottonwood 'whispering tree' in front of the loggia that has leaves that rustle in the most relaxing soft murmur when the breeze blows which is most of the time. Local visitors call it 'l'albero sussurrante' which simply means tree that whispers.

The natural beauty has meant we have hosted a number of painting workshops with master painters who have come with students for a week.

What makes this villa unique

We love the quiet rural setting, having breakfast on the loggia and catching sight of a pheasant or two scurrying from under a bush and taking flight.

We love to swim and relax by the pool. We also enjoy preparing meals using fresh salads from the garden, our own olive oil, and we often cook outside on the grill. Local restaurants are terrific.

We have prepared a house book which describes and gives directions and contact numbers for our favorities. The house book will describe every feature of the house and gives information such as on local doctors who will make a house call, local church service times, markets, and so forth. Giusi or our English speaking representative, Charlene, can help with everything, too. Both are local.

We very often take a long walk each day. The house is on the 'beautiful italy' road circuit and the walks can either be fairly flat or can be hilly and mildly challenging.

For example, just head off down the drive and go left up past the tiny hamlet at the top of the hill to arrive at a coffee bar a vigorous one mile away. If you go into the olive grove on the property and duck to the right into an unpaved tractor path with canopy trees you will arrive at a ‘strada bianca’ white gravel road. You go left and after about ½ mile left again you will be back on the asphalt road making a circle to the villa entrance gate. This will take about 45 minutes. Maps in the house or at the Todi tourist office will give you many adventurous ideas for walks.

In easy touring distance of historic Umbrian hilltowns, there are plenty of music, art and gastronomic festivals and events. Umbria Jazz in july in Perugia is very special (Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, last couple of years, for example.). Going south we can visit the Festival at Spoleto which is very near. Many small towns such as Amelia or Bevagna or Narni have medieval events-food-pagents-horse races in costume- in late June.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The grounds around the house are magnificent, with breathtaking views of Todi and the surrounding countryside typical of Umbria. In addition to the beautiful landscaping and gardens on the property...

For the next five days..... we traveled locally, visiting Todi, Orvieto, Deruta, Assisi and other hill towns in Umbria. We feasted on outstanding meals in local restaurants and trattorie, but none were as memorable as the meals that we prepared at home after shopping for food in the local markets..
Oct 2007
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Todi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 21
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , View bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Single beds room with loft
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet , Ground floor bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Studio bedroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , bidet , Ground floor guest house bedroom
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Shared with bedroom 7& 8
  • 7.5- powder room in the hall near the kitchen in the main house
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , View bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Ground floor room
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Independent bedroom we call 'The Studio'
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Ground floor room of Guest house, next to living room/kitche
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , King can be made twins, share bathroom, guest house
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king , King can be made twins, share bathroom, guest house, view
    Convertible bed(s) - 3 queen , All in all three queen sleeper sofas
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Versatile room with a loft, three single beds, one in loft
  • King size beds (6), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3 in one room with loft), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) There is also a high chair., Sleep Sofa (3)- All bedrooms have new separate controlled air-conditioning.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 19 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • parasailing
  • swimming
Enjoy meals on vine covered pergola or on covered loggia both with spectacular views. Villa on scenic walking road. Full vegetable garden for guest use, fruit trees, and complete herb garden. Five days per week maid service for three hours. Babysitting and cook available. Welcome lasagna, salad, wine, fruit meal and basic staples for breakfast and cooking. Mild handicapped accessible. Please contact me by clicking the 'email owner'. I will send you a booking form. Sign it and send a 20% deposit to hold the booking. The balance due 60 days before booked date. Pay by check, wire or Paypal. Discounts for multiple weeks, returning guests


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We are in unanimous agreement that this was our BEST vacation ever. La Collina is as close to heaven on Earth as you will ever find. We met as two American families and one from Rome to celebrate 60th birthdays with sixteen guests aged 18-65 and everyone had a fabulous time. The accommodations were perfect, the location and setting ideal, and the staff warm and helpful. From airport transport and car rental by Stefano, to greeting and introduction by Charlie, to housekeeping and more importantly cooking lessons and dinners by Guisi, we could not have been taken care of better. Todi is the perfect location to explore all of Umbria, with countless day trips 45 minutes away in any direction (Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Deruta, Civita, Narni, Amelia, Spoleto, Terni waterfalls). Nothing better than coming home after a hot day to a gorgeous infinity pool with a view of Todi, fabulous sunsets, and relaxing air conditioned comfort. Highway, grocery store and other amenities very convenient (15 minutes to store and funicular up to the top of Todi). If you plan to explore on foot, make sure to pack comfortable shoes and get in shape as the local area is extremely hilly, but worth exploring to see sunflower fields as far as the eye can see. The only reason we hesitated to give La Collina 5 stars is because we would be letting out the best secret and we may not be able to rent it again! Thanks for having the vision, Marilyn!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic villa The home, the location the views the people involved in running it are all very efficient. I could go on n on about how nice a place this is but the previous reviews said it all. Thank you Marilyn Charlie and Guisi for making this a wonderful and memorable vacation in Umbria

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Umbrian villa

  • 5 of 5

Our three generation family of 16 celebrated my 75th birthday at La Collina. The setting is idyllic, with views over an expansive valley covered with vineyards and olive groves and the profile of the classic hill town of Todi, with its twelve or so churches. The facility, the main house and the cottage and studio, are first class and beautifully constructed and appointed , unpretentious but elegant and comfortable. The location is ideal...central to all the small towns of Umbria. The staff....the housekeeper and manager... are so friendly, very competent, and bend over backwards to be helpful. As is the owner, who goes out of her way to make you feel at home, offering suggestions for the best gelato and homemade pasta sources. The housekeeper, Giusi, made special meals for us, the most divine handmade pasta with funghi and tiramisu and chicken cacciatore, that were absolutely to die for. The pool was huge and lovely, and the children spent many hours there. When we weren't picking apricots, cherries, beans, artichokes, and asparagus from the garden. We were all very happy there and vow to return soon and often. It was memorable and precious, the time at La Collina.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for large families- charming villa with exceptional service

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 20 stayed at La Collina to celebrate my in-law's 50th anniversary. The villa was spectacular! The views of the hills of Umbria were fantastic. The kids - and adults - had fun in the pool. Marilyn and Charlie provided us with a wealth of invaluable information about the area, including day excursions to charming medieval towns, restaurants to try, and tips on how to get around. We had a chef come and cook for us (recommended by Marilyn) for a delicious, authentic Italian dinner. We had the housekeeper cook dinner for us several nights - her tiramisu was to die for! The kids enjoyed running around on the lawn while the adults enjoyed leisurely dinners. We all enjoyed exploring the villa property, finding fig trees, apricot trees, almonds, chickens (down the road), and more each day. Absolutely charming. The friendly and welcoming service provided by Marilyn and her staff makes this villa special.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! Wow! Wow!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Umbria staying in Todi 3 times previously. The home we usually stayed in was not available and we were recommended to this home by someone we trust. It was fabulous! Our party was a group of 3 couples and 1 single person. Each of us had a wonderful en-suite room all with breathtaking views. The views, the pool, the space is incredible. It is an amazing value. And, the daily maid service by the charming local person was a major plus. You are away from everything but so close to Assisi, Florence, Orvietto and Deruta. The perfect location for day trips or days of relaxing in the well designed and placed gardens, pool, loggias, and walking spaces. Every creature comfort was available and even the gardener made sure his work was not going to interrupt our days of leisure. We will be back. It's like Heaven on Earth.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Special Place

  • 5 of 5

The views and the sense of rural quiet were exceptional. I particularly enjoyed sitting out on the terrace off of the kitchen with my first cup of coffee, listening to the pheasants calling and gazing across the tilled fields, the olive groves, the rows of vines to San Damiano up on its ridge. Once again, what a special place you have found.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Leonardo da Vinci, Rome ( called Fiumicino-FCO)
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Todi-Ponte Rio
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Convenient base for visits to Umbrian hill towns such as Assisi( Basilica of St Francis), Perugia (museums, chocolate, antiques), De Ruta (ceramic center), Torgiano (wine tasting), Orvieto, Bagnoreggio di Cavallo, Narni, Amelia, and many historic small hamlets. You are 2 hours from Florence, 2 hours on direct bus to Rome for a day trip.

And of course, you are convenient to Todi and many charming local restaurants and shops. You are near three wineries, a small boutique spa, and many leisurely walking lanes.

Clara will greet you and orient you, then will come for several hours five days per week to keep things tidy, and can also babysit, cook, or give a cooking lesson. Local representative can also organize cooking lessons, tours, drivers, or for special needs.

Local markets and groceries offer a range of delicious natural foods, and many prepared foods. Local restaurants grow/make everything from the bread and pasta to the cured meats, wines, and all vegetables and desert


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • From 3000 to 7300 euro/wk
  • Euros
  • Main House Main House +Studio Main House+ Studio+ Guest House
  • May 3-May 31, 2014 3500euro 4000euro 5500euro
  • May 31- August 16, 2014 4700euro 5300euro 7300euro
  • August 16- Oct 18,2014 3500euro 4000euro 5500 euro
  • Oct 18,2014- May 2,2015 3000euro 3300euro 4000 euro
  • (Heating in cooler months may be extra.)
  • Above calendar goes through May 2015. Please contact us to book in summer of 2015.