The oldest parts of this carefully restored estate are over 300 years old, nevertheless the villa combines rustic Umbrian charm with comfortable modernity. Podere Uliveto is located in the beautiful Umbrian hills close to Lake Trasimeno and offers its guests luxurious facilities like a sauna and cinema room, which is stylishly located on the lower ground floor of the main house. The old stables are transformed in a huge play area for kids and the large surroundings which include a small soccer field, an adventurous forest and a small lake offer kids and adults an unforgettable holiday.
Seven hectares of olive groves, vineyards, forests and open fields surround the estate and offer a breathtaking view over the imposing Appenine Mountains of southern Tuscany and central Italy’s highest mountain, the Monte Amiato.
The estate consists of the main villa with 500m2 and two guest houses. The former stable is now an amazing play or, on request, yoga area. Children will love this part as it offers a trampoline, table tennis, a small football field and a vast selection of toys for small children. There is also an adventure park in the forest which is fenced in for children's safety. The park includes a zip wire, a sandpit, various balancing games and a fabulous tree house which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
A huge pool (15m x 5m) invites you to swim or relax in the sunloungers, while the fully equipped kitchen offers you the possibility to cook delicious meals which can be eaten in one of the several outdoor dining areas with views over the surrounding countryside.
Ideal for mid and low season breaks is the cinema room and the spa area with its small sauna.
At the highest point of the property there is a beautiful picnic area amongst the olive trees. From here you enjoy the most incredible sunset and views over the whole of southern Tuscany including Montepulciano, Chiusi, the Valdichiana and the Monte Amiata.
Main House, Ground Floor
- Kitchen with La Cornue Grand Chef cooker.
- Large open plan dining room and sitting area with stone fireplace and direct access to the outside dining area.
- Studio apartment with double bedroom, bathroom and sitting area.
Main House, First Floor
- Sitting area with fire place, floor-to-ceiling library, state-of-the-art TV system and office area.
- Master bedroom with freestanding Victorian bathtub and adjoining shower room.
- Double/ twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower) and balcony.
- Double bedroom, sitting area and en-suite bathroom (shower). This bedroom has also an independent access from outside.
Main House, Lower Ground Floor
- State-of-the-art cinema room with modern fireplace.
- Small spa area with sauna and shower.
- Laundry room.
Annex 1, Ground Floor
- Large double bedroom with fireplace.
Annex 1, Lower Ground Floor
- Small children's bedroom with bunk bed.
- Bathroom with tub.
- Kitchen with dining and sitting area.
- Living room.
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower).
- Separate building with several toys and games.
- The caretakers live on the estate in a separate building.
- The road to the villa is unpaved but in fair condition.
- There are two Labrador/ Golden Retrievers on the property which can be kept in a kennel if desired). Although the dogs are used to being around people, we suggest you pay attention and don't leave kids unattended in their presence.
- Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
- A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
- Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
- Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.
General Activities in umbria
- Shopping in Perugia - explore the many streets for shopping in the historic centre of Perugia including Corso Vannucci, Via dei Priori, Via Oberdan
- Lake Trasimeno - take a 6 hour tour, which gives you the opportunity to discover some of the best kept secrets of the lake. Aboard one of the comfortable ‘Lake Limousines’, you will sail across the waters, observing the Isola Maggiore and the Isola Polvese
- Bevagna - an Umbrian treasure, Bevagna awaits your visit, a beautiful “borgo” with its ancient town walls. Visit the Roman Mosaic, San Silvestro Church, and The Torti Theatre
- Lunch in the Roman Amphitheatre of Bevagna - enjoy a lunch of gourmet Roman-Umbrian specialities in the ambulacra of an ancient amphitheatre followed by a wine tasting session in the cellars
- Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
- Wine tasting and Olive Oil tasting – visit the wine cellars of a wine grower near Assisi
- Wellbeing – spend a relaxing day at Assisi’s or Città di Castello’s thermal baths
Sporting Activities in umbria
- Golf - 8 golf courses
- Wind Surfing - watersport activities are possible at Lake Trasimeno
- Rafting - the perfect place for rafting is the Sibillini National Park
- Trekking - there are many trekking possibilities in the naturalistic area of the Coscerno and Aspra Mountains
- Paragliding - paraglide above the Planes of Castelluccio di Norcia.
- Kayaking - the perfect place for kayaking is the Sibillini National Park
- Horse riding - discover the beautiful Umbrian countryside on horse back
- Mountain bike - rent a bike and head to the Sibillini National Park
Local Attractions in Umbria
- Perugia, The Rocca Paolina - Open all year round
- Perugia, Church of San Bernadino - Open all year round
- Perugia, National Archaeological Museum of Umbria - Open all year round
- Perugia, Fontana Maggiore
- Perugia, Botanical Gardens - Open all year round
- Orvieto, Cappella di San Brizio - Open all year round
- Orvieto, Orvieto Underground 'Parco Delle Grotte' - Open all year round
- Trevi, Flash Art Museum - Open all year round
- Spoleto, Pinacoteca Comunale - Open all year round
- Assisi, Cripta Della Cattedrale - Open all year round
- Assisi, Galleria D'arte Contemporanea - Open all year round
- Assisi, Rocca Maggiore - Open all year round
- Assisi, Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi - Open all year round
- Magione, Castle of the Knights of Malta
- Magione, The Fishing Museum at San Feliciano - Open all year round
- Marsciano, Museo Dinamico Del Laterizio E Delle Terrecotte - Open all year round
Practical Information for your umbrian villa holiday
GMT +1 hour
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping in umbria
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather in umbria
In general, the climate in Umbria is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electricity supply in umbria
Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.
Driving in italy
There are some important rules of the road -
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- Always carry your driver’s license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- Traffic drives on the right.
- Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
- Speeding fines: Euros 30 – 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked “biglietti” before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.
Parking in Italy
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying “Zona a traffico limitato”.
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.
30th August 2014
We had a fabulous time in Umbria. The house was beautiful, totally tasteful and the garden stunning. We loved how the books and DVDs and children's toys etc all seemed to be our taste and things we had read or wanted to read ditto the DVDs, wonderful cookbooks etc. It was very special to have all of that left in that trusting way. Children adored the zipline, soccer and games room. And the pool!
Olivio and Christina were wonderful, we felt completely taken care of but not intruded upon. Sergio and his wife cooked fabulous l dinner for us one night, again they were warm and friendly but not intrusive. That is not always easy!
You never know what you will get when you rent a place in another country and I just wanted to know that we all felt that it was above and beyond our expectations. We could have stayed far longer!
We know Tuscany and Piedmont/Northern Italy fairly well and discovering Umbria was new to us. We loved it!
I won't go on..but I will and have highly recommended our house and A and K to friends and family.
Thanks very much for all your help and for providing such a lovely destination.
29th October 2012
We had a great time in your beautiful house, lots of time to rest, great Italian food, and excellent wine, everything needed for a splendid holiday. We will recommend your house to all of our friends.
Camille & Philippe, Belgium.
1st October 2012
We have spent several fabulous days at this amazing villa. Having travelled around the world and especially Italy we have not seen a property like this. Beautiful and comfortable at the same time. History and tradition pared with modern art and luxuries. Wonderful gardens and oases of tranquillity whilst offering children a true paradise to play from morning to evening.
Lucio & Rosi, Milan.
22nd September 2012
We spent a fabulous vacation this beautiful villa. The interior décor is at the same time comfortable and beautiful, respectful for the history of this 16th century farmhouse and making it feel modern and light. The staff are wonderful and have looked after us like friends. We will recommend this villa to all our friends.
10th September 2012
This is a wonderful house, everything has been done to such exacting standards. For a family with numerous children this was like our own piece of paradise. We loved your colours, your art, your taste, your saucepans, crockery, ironmongery, in fact everything. The stables with all its games and books is a child’s paradise too.
Alice & Harry, London.
1st August 2012
This was the perfect place to spend time with our children, our sisters and their children. We have so much fun in the beautiful pool and the children had a blast in the stables leaving the adults lots of space to enjoy peace and quiet. Cristina, Sergio and Livio have been fantastic, nothing too much trouble, going above and beyond. We hope lots of people enjoy their time here as much as we have and are sad to leave.
Sarah & Dave, London.
9th July 2012
What a beautiful, comfortable, welcoming home you have created here, we felt very honoured to share it for what seemed all too short a time. You have thought of everything that could make a vacation for a family with lots of children perfect. This is truly a gem of a property and it is clear that much thought and consideration has gone into making it feel both comfortable and luxurious. The new adventure park with the zip wire and tree house were fantastic, for children and adults alike.
Emma & William, San Francisco.
17th July 2012
Finding a suitable villa in Tuscany/Umbria for a group of 12 people aged from 4 to 75, some with very demanding standards, was probably the hardest task when organising our family reunion. Luckily I chose the ideal property for children, parents, single adults and elderly alike. The location is perfect, in beautiful and secluded countryside but 5 minutes from the next village with all amenities you require. It is an absolutely gorgeous property with lots of attention to detail and you can feel the owners built with a lot of love. You feel like somebody added all these personal touches especially for your stay. They have a fabulous collection of art, children and adult books and DVDs. The highlights were definitely the pool and the cinema room as well as the beautiful wine cellar stocked with some of the finest Italian and French wines. The staff were also fantastic. Sergio, the manager, is also a great cook and the children loved making pizza with him. There are also fabulous restaurants very close by. The owners’ favourite, Il Pozetto, is a gem indeed and the quality of food can compare with the best in London, Hong Kong or Mumbai (don’t be fooled by the less inspiring décor). The property is also ideally located to explore southern Tuscany and Umbrian gems like Assisi or Orvieto. We can recommend this villa, whether you are a group of single adults, a family with children or travelling with elderly, whether you just want to hang out and relax or visit a lot of cultural gems, it is just a perfect place.
Deepshikha & Rahul, Mumbai.
- Moiano 2km
- Paciano 6km
- Citta’ della Pieve 14km
- Montepulciano 32km
- Cortona 34km
- Pienza 43km
- Castiglion Fiorentino 44km
- Perugia 45km
- Montalcino 61km
- Orvieto 63km
- Assisi 67km
- Arezzo 75km
- Siena 90km
Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.