Sweet Home Within the Town Walls, Yet Private & Quiet: Great Kitchen, Fireplace(2 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:Townhome
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom; Sleeps 4
Now ponder the benefits of nearby, family-owned wineries where their passion for their craft is passed from nonna to son to grandson, of picturesque walking trails linking you to cool forests and wild mint-scented fields, and of panoramic views of the lake and valley below. Contemplate celebrating the local food and wine in exceptional restaurants while watching the sun shoot painterly streaks of pink, purple and orange across the sky as it sets.
That is not a dream but daily life at La Vecchia Sartoria in my hometown, Panicale.
La Vecchia Sartoria is built right into the ancient fortified walls of Panicale, once of the most charming and authentic hill towns on the border between two of the most beautiful regions of central Italy: Umbria and Tuscany. What was once the old tailor's studio (hence, the name: La Vecchia Sartoria, or the Old Tailor's Shop) is now a comfortable and elegant apartment with a fantastic kitchen, fireplace and views from both sides of the house. This airy and bright space contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, living/dining room and a sitting room.
The apartment can accommodate comfortably 2 or 4 persons and is just steps from the theater, summer outdoor concerts and several wonderful restaurants, bars and grocers. Everything you need in town is practically on your doorstep, but around a curve in the elliptical pedestrian street of the Old Town so that you have privacy and quiet while still enjoying the convenience of in-town living.
La Vecchia Sartoria’s layout at a glance:
Ground Floor, Street Level:
- front entry to house from street level, a quiet cobblestone street on a side street in the center of town, with an outdoor staircase leading up to ...
Front Door of Apartment with indoor half-flight staircase leading up to:
- large open plan sitting/dining room with fireplace and double windows facing south and single window facing north,
- modern but charming kitchen including five burner stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, oven
Staircase leading up to:
- master bedroom with queen-sized antique iron bed,
- double bedroom with antique iron bed,
- bathroom with tub, shower, double sinks and toilet,
- sitting area with sofa, corner seat and television.
Member since: 2007
- On floor 1
- 120 m²
- Max. occupancy 4
Children are welcome but please remember that the home is spread over two floors with the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Thus, there are stairs but no stair guards and no other provisions made for small children, such as covers for electrical outlets or childseats. Please talk to us about this beforehand and let's discuss whether our home would be suitable for your children, as we want everyone to feel comfortable and happy in our home....moreless
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Both bedrooms are on the (european) first floor (North Americans would consider this the second floor) of the home and have windows facing south, overlooking the park. Each bedroom is carefully furnished with family heirlooms or quirky vintage pieces that reflect the owner's exquisite taste and desire to make her guests as comfortable as possible. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- We love and are very proud of our town and our region. We would be delighted to introduce you to the little secret, out-of-the-way places that you'd probably never find in a lifetime of watching Rick Steve or other travel programs or from relying on TripAdvisor sometimes dubious recommendations! We have such a rich tradition and culture and we'd be so pleased to help you discover and enjoy it. For those who want to experience our life -- the sweet Italian country idyll -- please, come and be our guest!...moreless
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
La Vecchia Sartoria is built into the walls of the town and is steps away from all amenities you might need -- restaurants, bars, shops, post office, hairdresser and bank -- yet quiet and peaceful....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Oct 1 - Nov 15, 2017
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $129.36
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Rates do not include refundable security deposit, heating or 140 euro final cleaning fee.
For shorter or long-term stays, please contact us for a custom quote.
Pets welcome, upon prior agreement and payment of a small additional cleaning fee.
Discounts for repeat customers and month-long stays.
Manager's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Car: Not Necessary
Panicale is 6 km south of Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in central Italy, where Hannibal defeated an entire Roman legion in 217 BC and where another important battle of the Second World War took place at the end of June 1944.
In the Center of the Val D'Orcia – 15 miles away – stands proud Montepulciano, one of Tuscany’s jewels, noted for its delicious “Vino Nobile” wines.
Our area is agricultural yet cultural. The former means there are fabulous scenes and vignettes everywhere, with vineyards, olive groves, lake views and utterly charming medieval villages that sometimes seem to defy gravity with their perch on the top of hills. The latter is a wonderful surprise for visitors not accustomed to the historical and artistic treasures to be found here at every turn. Where else, in a village of 85 permanent inhabitants, would you find frescoes attributed to a giant of the Renaissance? You will either find by design or stumble across all kinds of notable art, architecture and important history in even the tiniest village.
The area is rich in archaeological wonders from the Etruscan, Medieval, Roman, and Renaissance eras. During the summer, Panicale and the surrounding villages host numerous activities including festivals, art exhibitions, antique markets, theatrical plays and free outdoor jazz, blues, pop and classical concerts.
Outdoor cafes, bars, quaint shops, and friendly people make Panicale a wonderful and atmospheric place to while away an evening or late morning. Many temporary locals (our guests from abroad) adapt the seductive Italian lifestyle quickly and with alacrity: picking a local bar as their own and visiting it every morning for a cappuccino and cornetto (pastry) and every evening for an apertivo before dinner, catching up on the local news and people watching. You will be welcomed into the community swiftly and made to feel at home.
And don't forget the food and wine! Several world-renowned restaurants make Panicale a dining experience not to be missed. Or, book our Italian grandmother to spoil you with a home-cooked meal that you will remember for decades or a cooking lesson so that you can take home and replicate some of her recipes. Nearby La Vecchia Sartoria are at least a half dozen 'hidden gems' -- wineries whose limited production and high quality make them a local open secret. Most of their wine is consumed by the knowledgeable locals, so is little known outside the region and the province.
Lake Trasimeno is Italy's fourth largest lake, and is only a 15 minute drive from Panicale. Spectacular views of the lake and the valley surrounding it can be seen from the walls surrounding Panicale. Lake Trasimeno offers excellent watersports, excursions and lakeside towns with good fish restaurants.
There are many, many famous and notable towns within a 2-hour drive--Cortona, Montepulciano, Perugia, Orvieto, Todi, Siena, Assisi–just to name a few. They are way too numerous to list. Florence is an easy day trip.
For those wanting to keep extra pounds at bay while enjoying our legendary cuisine, we can show you lots of places to run, hike, horseback ride, bike and trek and hook you up with bike rentals and guides who can plot a custom route for you and take you to historical sites or wineries/local cheese artisans/historical sites along the way, as you wish. And for those for whom exercise consists of laying out their credit card, there are designer outlets, handicraft markets, and, of course Deruta ceramics. Come and enjoy!
Further north lies the provincial capital of Arezzo -- a town well worth visiting but which often drops off the radar screen of guests focused on the more famous Tuscan towns of Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca and San Gimignano. Arezzo houses, in the Church of San Francesco, the exceptional murals of Piero della Francesca, depicting the horrors of the Battle of Anghiari and the Legend of the True Cross.
Year Purchased: 2002
Why Panicale PG, Italy:
L.A. native Gail Silverton –sister to Nancy, she of Mozza and La Brea Bakery fame -- was drawn to the piazza, the warm, welcoming town center where citizens of all ages gathered at gelaterias to enjoy a dish of stracciatella (vanilla with chocolate shavings), a hazelnut gelato cone, or even a raspberry sorbetto. They would sip an espresso, gossip with neighbors, and because it felt so good to be there, linger as long as possible.
The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
La Vecchia Sartoria is in a perfect location: right in town but minutes from paths that wander around the surrounding countryside and from the high-speed trains and autobahn that take you to all of Central Italy's cultural and gastronomic glories.
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View of Panicale as you arrive from the north, showing its distinctive tower
The dining area seats six comfortably
View from across the park at the outside of the apartment.
The master bedroom has a comfortable queen-sized bed
Sun setting behind Chiesa della Sbarra, one of 7 churches in this small town
You can watch TV or curl up with a book in the corner seating in the TV area
The kitchen has everything you will need to create wonderful meals
Double sink, sensibly organized pots and pans
The kitchen is also equipped with oven, microwaive and plenty of counter space
The second bedroom has a double bed, comfortable for two children or an adult
View showing the placement of the apartment in the walls of the town.
You enter this arch from the Piazza, turn right, walk a minute, and you're home!
The main living/dining room with fireplace
A corner of the great room hosts a comfortable chair and a games table, books
A peek into the master bedroom
All of the furnishings have been chosen with care: a close-up of the bureau
The upstairs landing has a comfortable seating area and TV
A cook lives here! A glimpse into the well-equipped, modern kitchen
Another view of the well-organized kitchen, including the five-burner stove
A rarity in a vacation home: good knives!
Full refrigerator, dishwasher
The home has a double aspect; on the northern side is a view of the Old Town
Another view of how the apartment relates to the rest of the town
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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