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Beautiful Villa in One of 'Italy's Most Beautiful Small Towns.'

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Last updated: 02/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8-9

The villa

This beautifully restored private villa and its grounds are reserved entirely for you and your traveling companions. Built in the early 1920s, its 2,400 square feet of living space have been completely modernized without sacrificing their original detail.

You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. The old-world style and elegance of carefully selected antiques blend with the comfort of plush, imported mattresses, fine towels and linens, cotton blankets, goose-down duvets and loads of pillows. Relax in the living room and escape with Italian and English (satellite) TV, or congregate in the dining room around the grand table and fireplace. You’ll find yourself at home anywhere in the villa.

The villa comfortably sleeps up to eight people in four equal-size bedrooms, one on the ground floor and three upstairs. There are three full bathrooms, one downstairs and two up. Common areas include a cozy living room with satellite television, a large dining room with fireplace, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Italian antiques and oriental carpets sprinkled throughout add an extra elegant touch.

The gardens

The villa’s half acre of landscaped gardens are bordered on one side by the village, one side by the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, and on two sides by green pasture. A 400 year-old chestnut tree with seven trunks serves as the focal point for the garden and provides welcome summer shade for two rope hammocks that rest beneath it. Depending on the season, the gardens provide chestnuts, wild cherries, golden plums, white and red grapes, hazelnuts, pine nuts and peaches for the table. In the summer months, the small ‘orto’ yields home-grown tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, eggplant, zucchini, celery, onions and garlic, while ‘the girls’ keep guests supplied in fresh eggs. Lavender, oregano, basil, salvia, rosemary, mentuccia, and various mints and thymes are distributed liberally near the kitchen door. Wisteria and hydrangea add colorful highlights to the pergola and gazebo, while potted geraniums and coleus decorate the villa’s front wall and courtyard.

The village

Situated on a ridge at 2,000 feet elevation, the medieval village of Torre Alfina offers crisp, fresh air and wonderful views over the Latium, Umbrian and Tuscan countrysides. The village guards the entrance to Italy’s Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve – 7,500 acres of protected public wilderness with forested hills, pristine forest, trout streams, and unique fauna and flora. Several of the park’s bicycle and hiking trails start from the village.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/26/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 2400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Garden Room: 2 twin/ single


  • Church Room: 2 twin/ single


  • Castle Room: 1 queen


  • Castagna Room: 1 king


  • Garden Room Two twin beds on ground level with views to the garden and the castle. Beds can be pulled together to make a faux king. Church Room Two twin beds on 2nd floor with views to the village church and Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve. Listen to the sounds of the Reserve at night, and wake to the sound of church bells. Castle Room Queen pillow-top mattress with views to the castle and garden; Antique dresser and vanity. Armoir in hallway; Chair. Castagna Room King bed with views to the pergola, 400 year-old chestnut tree and the Nature Reserve. En suite bath with sink, toilet, bidet and shower with sunflower shower head; All bedrooms have ceiling fans, A/C, antique armoirs and dressers, chair, two large windows with retractable screens, and internal and external window shutters. All bedroom have 400-thread count cotton linens, luxurious bedspreads, cotton blankets, hypoallergenic duvet comforters and a selection of pillows ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Castagna Room en-suite bathroom: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Ground floor bathroom: toilet, shower, bidet


  • 2nd floor bathroom: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

    Old-fashoned claw-foot tub, double sink...moreless

  • All bathrooms have large windows with retractable window screens, sunflower shower heads, pressurized water system, and unlimited hot water on demand. Hand soap, toilet paper, makeup towels and hand-held hair dryers are provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Torre Alfina is in a volcanic region surrounded by spa towns with everything from exclusive (ie. Conde Naste's no 1 rated medical spa at San Casciano dei Bagni) to free public thermal springs. Situated on a crest at 2000 feet, the summer temperatures are usually quite pleasant, especially ay night. The villa's chickens provide free eggs to villa guests year-round, and the vegetable garden supplies tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, zucchini, eggplant and herbs during the growing months....moreless


  • Books:

    Extensive travel book collection (no need to bring your own)...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV package with English news and other English programming...moreless

  • Television:

    15' flat screen TV, DVD home theater, CD player...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Village:

    The villa sits at the edge of the village on a ridge at 2000 feet elevation, overlooking the Monte Rufeno Nature Riserve and the mountains of southern Tuscany....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Both indoor and outdoor dining areas are available, each with large tables that can easily accommodate ten or more people. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Autonomous Mitsubishi split A/C in all bedrooms; cooling to 72 degree F (22 C) for no additional charge; guests who prefer to cool more can pay a surcharge of 200 euros per week ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Wood-burning cooking fireplace in Dining Room ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Autonomous hot water heating; heated to 72 degrees F (22 C); guests who prefer to heat more can pay a surcharge of 200 euros per week; ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Free wireless internet is provided...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    400-tc cotton linens and upholstered bedspreads with choice of cotton blankets or hypoallergenic fiber-fill duvet comforters; choice of pillows...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable living room with leather love seat and over-stuffed upholstered chairs; ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking inside compound for 5-6 cars...moreless

  • Telephone:

    International Direct Dial (IDD) line, with unlimited free calls to landlines in the United States, Canada and Western Europe....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    American-style, Egyptian cotton bath, hand and face towels; Special towels for make-up removal; Fresh towels provided on Wednesdays and Saturdays; ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    A++ energy-efficient 8kg (17.5 lb) non-drum european washing machine; laundry soap and fabric softener provided ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    American drip, Italian stove-top and French press coffee makers are provided; a coffee grinder is also available...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    This kitchen features a large collection of All-Clad cookware that will delight most foodies. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The modern kitchen features all new, A++ energy-efficient appliances; it connects directly to the grape-covered outdoor pergola and herb garden...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    In addition to fresh rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, mint, marjoram, and lavender, the owners provide local olive oil and unlimited red and white tables wines from their cellar. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    A small balcony off the upper foyer provides a spectacular sunset view of the nature reserve....moreless

  • Boat:

    Less than 8 miles away as the crow flies, 15 miles by road, lies Lake Bolsena, Europe's largest volcanic lake; swimming, sun-bathing, boat rides, boats for hire, sailing are all available here;...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The villa's principle outdoor focal point is a vine-covered pergola offering both red and white grapes...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    The wysteria-covered gazebo provides a shady respite for those who prefer to play cards or read, away from the main activity under the pergola. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The villa offers flower gardens, vegetable gardens, fruit and nut trees and a side lawn punctuated with a 7-trunked, 400 year old chestnut tree ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Immediately adjacent the vine-covered pergola is wood-fired Italian barbecue and unlimited firewood...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    50 minutes away lies Monte Amiata, Tuscany's highest mountain and only ski resort; also great for hiking in the pine forest in the summer time...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Villa guests enjoy swimming privileges at the boutique Hotel Nuovo Castello immediately next door; The hotel pool and garden sit in the shadow of the Castle with snack bar, patio and dining terrace...moreless



from 2 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Mar 4 - Jun 16, 2017
7 night min stay

Summer 2017
Jun 17 - Oct 13, 2017
7 night min stay

Autumn 2017
Oct 14 - Nov 24, 2017
7 night min stay

Winter 2017
Nov 25 - Mar 2, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


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Cancellation Policy: The following penalties apply: 30% of the rental price applies if the cancellation is made 70 or more days before the start of the rental period; 75% of the rental price if the cancellation is made from 69 to 33 days before the start of the rental period; 100% of the rental price if the cancellation is made 32 days or less before the start of the rental period.

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Last updated: 02/26/2017
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103 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rome Fiumicino
50 Metres
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Train
Orvieto Scalo
14 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Orvieto Scalo
20 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Ristorante Nuovo Castello
31 Miles
Nearest Ski
Abbadia San Salvatore (Monte Amiata, Tuscany)
42 Miles
Nearest Beach
Montalto di Castro (Mediterranean)

Car: Recommended

Torre Alfina is a medieval agricultural village whose origin dates to the 1200s. The village grew up around a fortified castle on a bluff overlooking the 'Alta Tuscia,' or the Etruscan highlands. Today it sits on the edge of the large Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, overlooking Orvieto and the central valley to the east, and the mountains of southern Tuscany to the west. Torre Alfina sits in the 'lantern' of the region of Lazio (Latium), 10 miles from the border of Tuscany and four miles form the border of Umbria. This makes it the perfect location for visiting the most popular tourist destinations of all three regions, including Rome, Florence, Assisi, Todi, Perugia, Orvieto, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Siena, Civita di Bagnoreggio, Bagni San Filippo, Bolsena, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sorano, Sovano and Pitigliano.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Jeff and Robin are American nationals who met in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They are career humanitarian officers for the United Nations. Their work takes them to different UN duty stations around the world, as needed, every 2-4 years. As such, the villa is their permanent 'foot on the ground,' their 'comfort zone' their eventual retirement destination. As such, it is furnished warmly as a home, not as a 'rental,' something that is much appreciated by their guests. One-third of their guests are return visitors.

Why the Owner Chose Torre Alfina VT, Italy:
This villa is perfectly located in a medieval village on the borders of Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. The location allows guests to visit the major tourist venues from Rome to Florence, while returning each night to welcome tranquility, warm hospitality and the food, food, food of village Italy. The village of Torre Alfina enjoys the distinction of being one of Italy's 'Most Beautiful Small Towns' ('I Borghi Piu Belli d'Italia.')

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Double-glazed windows and doors, internal and external shutters, energy-efficient appliances, upgraded electrical service, retractable window screens, unlimited on-demand hot water for baths and showers (guests will never argue over who used all the hot water!), silent split air conditioning in the bedrooms, wireless internet, unlimited direct-dial free calls to fixed lines the United States and Canada are only a few of the things that set this Italian villa apart from the competition. All–Clad cookware, American and French drip coffee makers, coffee grinder, unlimited complimentary white and red local wines and locally-produced extra virgin olive oil help ensure that La Villa di Torre Alfina lives up to it’s tagline: “More than you can imagine!”

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, russian, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 02/26/2017

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Date last modified - Thursday, April 20, 2017

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