|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
The historic Villa has its entry through 11th century stone doorway & original medieval doors at village street level. Five king bedrooms, five baths ensuite on two levels w/views (one in top of 9th century tower with fireplace), sleeps 10. Soaring two story ceiling in dining and living room with chandeliers and windows with panoramic view. Large handmade dining table with 11th C. benches seats 14. Within the two story arch is fully equipped gourmet kitchen with antique cooking fireplace. Up the stairs is the tower bedroom with its beautiful historic arrow slit windows and panoramic view; also upstairs is the grand library with piano and wrought iron balcony overlooking the open dining and living area. Features a large stone fireplace, leather couches, handmade refectory table, and books. Handmade furniture, antiques and vintage folio art pieces. Free WiFi Internet. Exclusive wine tour and tasting at only 'carbon neutral' vineyard in world! Discounts for our guests on wine and oil.
Live INSIDE a village with a pool and views! We offer something special: the gem of a beautifully restored historic property within medieval walls of an Umbrian hilltop village with shops and restaurants just steps away; private pool and terraces with outstanding panoramas; privacy but all shopping/restaurants in main piazza. HIGH SPEED WiFi! Window screens. Enjoy sunny days/night swimming and spectacular sunset evenings in a faithfully restored 9-15th Century property: original features of grand arches, glass ovens, ancient stone walls and tower. Now a vacation self-catering villa and apartments with fully equipped modern kitchens, king bedrooms, baths ensuite, library and tower. Our private pool and three terraces have panoramic views with outdoor tables, chairs, BBQ, sun umbrellas and lounge chairs. Enjoy your holiday vacation in an pristine medieval village living 'la dolce vita' of daily village life. No need to drive miles for food or gelato. Everything is just steps from your home! Visit all of Tuscany and Umbria with EASY TRIPS TO WORLD FAMOUS SIGHTS! Stay in the green heart of Italy. Free tour of nearby vineyard and olive groves and free wine, oil tasting! We can arrange cooking lessons, horseback riding, bike rentals, private tours. We live in the village and provide a complete concierge experience if you wish. Complete tour guide books, suggested itineraries, favorite restaurants. Comfortable living in a village with stunning day trips to historic Umbria and nearby Tuscany.
Local Attractions: All the historic hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany are within a short drive. On the border of Tuscany, you can be in historic Cortona (Under the Tuscan Sun), Perugia, Assisi, Deruta, Spello, Lago Trasimeno in Umbria. Visit all the historic sights in Tuscany: Montepulciano, Siena, Pienza, the iconic Val d'Orcia.. Largest water park in Umbria 4km. Golf and horseback riding. Glass museum. Cooking classes available as well as private chef. Private tours of local region can be arranged.
We are presently living our dream full time in the amazing village of Piegaro! We love to greet our guests, give advice, teach pasta lessons and generally live the good life in a wonderful village where our friends and neighbors are so welcoming of us and also of our guests. Originally from Seattle we always dreamed of living in Italy someday. It is important not only to dream but to chase that dream with great passion! We love to share this passion with our guests from over 24 different countries.
Colleen Simpson purchased this villa in 2004
It called to us! This vast abandoned glass factory which was the single most historic property in a pristine little perched hilltop village in Umbria on the border of Tuscany. We spent our honeymoon in Umbria in 1994 and fell in love with this region. After searching for 10 years we found our little piece of paradise! We lovingly restored it to become a beautiful and authentic destination for guests.
Every evening the sun sets over the vast panoramic views from the windows and terraces of L'Antica Vetreria. The idyllic countryside is always tranquil and inviting. From the pool one can enjoy privacy and the expanding view over farmlands and hillsides filled with olive groves, vines and sunflower fields. But just steps away is the lively piazza with its shops and gourmet restaurants with outdoor terraces. Each evening one can sit in the piazza and watch the village children play, the elders take their evening walk and feel totally welcomed with warmth. We love to live the authentic life of Italy which cannot be done isolated in the countryside. This way we have the views and tranquility of the country, but the daily rhythms of village life. Everything you need is within these historic stone walls!
A friend and I were travelling throughout Europe this summer and our last week was booked at L'antica Vetreria in Piegaro. We fell in love with L'Antica and the lovely, quiet village. It was the perfect place to spend our last week relaxing and enjoying this beautiful area of Umbria and Tuscany. The owner, Colleen, gave us tours to nearby villages and places of interest that we would never have gone on our own. We also visited some of the more well known tourist towns but the charm was in the places not well known to the tourists. Her knowledge of the area, the culture, people and history made our stay very special. Our room was completely furnished so we shopped at the local stores and cooked several meals in but also favored the local eating establishments that had fantastic food. You must try the Pizza Colleen at Osteria Juni's...I'm sure I'll never have one as good until I can return there. We had a beautiful view from our room of the and valley below and the village square is just a few steps from the entrance. Colleen gave pasta making classes one day to guests which was great fun and the glass factory offered etching classes and we each brought home a treasured piece.. I can't wait to go back. It's not just a place to stay, but Colleen has endeared herself to the local people and because of that, they make you feel welcome and embrace you as part of the village. A great stay, don't miss it.
A beautifully restored villa with a very special history as an ancient glass factory. It is situated in a quaint village which makes you feel a part of the culture. The accomodations give a sense of the old atmosphere and yet with all modern conveniences. The property is very well maintained and the service is delightful and always helpful.
With a car, one can visit all the attractions both in Umbria and in Tuscany. Staying one week was not enough and we look forward to coming back another time.
After a wonderful and extroadinary 5-day stay in Venice, we planned a 1-week stay at L'Antica Vetreria in Piegaro. We were a little skeptical about leaving the Wow! factor of Venice for this little historical glass- blowing hilltop town. We had been to Orvieto in 2005 and from there enjoyed so many day trips to such beautiful cities as Assissi, Perugia, and other smaller cities. Suffice it to say that this week in Piegaro was as memorable and special as any we've enjoyed in Italy. No small part of this was the hospitality of the owners (Tom and Colleen), in assisting with any guidance and direction we required. At the Villa, they introduced us as if we were visiting family. We immediately felt a part of this small community, with welcome smiles and Warm "Buon giornos". The Villa itself was gorgeous, functional and with historical significance, having welcomed the exodus of the Murano glass-blowing artisans from centuries earlier. The non-functioning glass kilns still exist in parts of the Villa, and a modern museum memorializes this history within the town.
Beyond the offerings of this quaint town, and within a short ride of 3/4 to 1-1/4 hours are many beautiful cities which we drove to for lunch or a tour. Some of note were: Pienza, Panicale, Paciano,Citta della Pieve, Cordova (in Tuscany, close by), Chiusi, Castiglione del Lago, et al. The maps and directions from the owners, T &C were extremely helpful. They even arranged trips to an award winning winery and olive grove. After tastings, we were hard pressed (pun intended) to not order some for home delivery.
Lastly, an example of how caring our hosts were: I had the misfortune of cracking a tooth in half on the Thursday before leaving for our last week near Rome. Imagine this changing our enjoyment potential for our last 10 days in Italy! The owners to the rescue. They pulled a few strings to get me an urgent dentist appointment, translated for me and Tom actually drove me to Perugia and back, committing an afternoon to help me. Nice! Compassionate and very appreciated. PS the doc charged me 60 Euros !
We plan to look at the calendar for a 2016 return to enjoy the region, and to be with our new and good friends.
Our stay at L'Antica Vetreria, in June 2012, was beyond our expectations. What a paradise carved into the village of Piegaro. The villa was centrally located as we took day trips to Rome, Florence, Assisi, and Cortona to name a few. The accommodations at the villa were excellent. The pool was refreshing after site seeing in 90 degree weather. The locals were gracious and entertaining. Tom was a great host as he took us on tours of the village and winery. His knowledge of the area and history of the towns was very informative and interesting. Colleen and Tom go above and beyond for their guests. We will definitely be back.
Tony and Nancy Fiore
Accommodation at L’Antica Vetreria in Piegaro, Umbria is available in different configurations for from 2 to 10 people. We had a group of 10 to share the Villa for 2 weeks. It certainly lived up to our expectations, with 5 double ensuite bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and comfortable, spacious communal living areas on two levels. Outside there is a terrace and barbecue, and a pool. The location is within a village but it is very peaceful and has gorgeous country views across the valley.
Colleen and Tom were very welcoming and attended to our occasional problems very quickly. They introduced us to the shopkeepers in the little village and the people who live there, who are very friendly. Piegaro makes a good base to explore the many delights of Umbria and Tuscany, and Colleen and Tom have many suggestions to help their guests.
Highly recommended. This was a holiday that will live in the memories of our group for ever.
My family and I rented the Villa at L'Antica Vetreria for the first week of June 2012 and it comfortably accommodated all ten of us. It was the perfect spot for a family reunion, with my sister and her family renting the Cantina apartment next door. Having the warmth and convenience of a charming medieval Umbrian village right outside our door was fantastic. The Villa ia magnificent with gorgeous views from every room. Tom and Colleen are knowledgeable and friendly, and really went out of their way to help us. A truly special property!
Our stay in the beautifully restored glass factory in Piegaro was wonderful. Great apartment and the village is so friendly. Good central location for day trips and Colleen and Tom are perfect hosts. I was there to attend a friend's wedding and it was picture perfect.
Within minutes you can visit Cortona (of Under the Tuscan Sun fame), Lago Trasimeno, Perugia, Deruta, Gubbio, Assisi, Montefalco, Spello and all the historic towns of Umbria. On the border of Tuscany: visit Pienza, Montepulciano, Siena, and the iconic Val d'Orcia. Suggested itinerary booklet in each unit.
Other Activities: Exclusive wine tour and tasting at the only 'carbon neutral' vineyard in the world! Special discounts on fabulous wines for our guests.