George’s lovely, rustic home was a centerpoint in our stay in Todi. We convened outdoors for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cheerful yard with a stunning view of the countryside. The weather was hot and humid, but the yard offered shade and quiet solace. Fireflies were a delight after dark.
The house is well maintained with lots of thoughtful provisions: extra towels, clothes washer, beautiful and comfy bed linens, interesting books, a record player with records and a very well stocked kitchen. George left a bottle of wine for our arrival.
Our group of 5 found the beds comfortable and the warm water ample (too warm for hot showers). The 4 story house consisted of kitchen on bottom floor, then living room, bedrooms and baths and finally the top floor, the “mansard”. We used the mansard for morning yoga.
Communication with George was excellent. His responses were timely and informative. His helper, Lucca, who met us at the bottom of the hill and lead us to the House was cheerful and helpful ( carrying heavy bags into house!!). Be warned, driving in Todi and Umbrian cities is not for the faint of heart. Be sure your cars mirrors retract or they will be broken off in the skinny streets!
Todi is a charming, touristed hill town. George’s green folder directed us to amazing restaurants, sites and shopping. We arranged a cooking class at the house based on george’s recommendations. We all had a memorable evening even if majority of the class was demonstration.
Overall our trip was fantastic. I highly recommend this rental.
Todi is the perfect town to explore Umbria. The town itself is very pleasant and has plenty going on. The house was very comfortable for five. We were able to use the kitchen for breakfasts and also a couple of dinners. Internet access was important to us and it was fine. The patio off of the kitchen is gorgeous and provides a view over a soccer field and the fields beyond.
The owner, George, was always extremely helpful. He let us know about goings-on in the town as well as recommended restaurants nearby.
If you are traveling to Todi or to Umbria I highly recommend this home.
My family (4 adults with the occasional add on) spent a glorious 3 weeks at George's home in Todi. The house was all we hoped it would be: nestled in a beautiful stone alleyway on the edge of town with a breathtaking view over the valley. The kitchen was well stocked and a pleasure to use: we prepared some lovely meals - even a delicious roast lamb with herbs we had gathered on walks in the countryside. A lunch made up around the amazing Porchetta bought from a van that comes into the square on Saturdays is something we will never forget nor the moonlit nights in the garden shared with fireflies and even a hedgehog! George is a wonderful host who made some excellent recommendations particularly to hire a car from Stefano, (who also drove us to Rome at the end of our stay). Todi is wonderfully located with many of Umbria's most beautiful towns and walks within an easy drive. The most spectacular walk was in Castelluccio Di Norcia where the wildflowers are just extraordinary - and the lentils amazing. With all the walks and the steps in Todi we left in much better shape than we arrived but never once dreamt of holding back on the wonderful Umbrian food and wine - effortless! It was so very hard to leave - thank you George!
We are feeling very nostalgic about our 4-week stay in your lovely home in Todi. It was remarkable to live in a 700-year old house in a medieval hill town, which you have so tastefully restored. Your former home does not feel like a rental house at all. You did indeed put your heart and soul into it.
Anne just loved having breakfast in the garden, watching the swifts fly, and picking the cherries. The figs will be ripe in a week. Lucky for the next people.
Thanks so much for calling us from time to time. It was very comforting and helpful to have you so readily available, and to have Isabella to clean for us.
Todi is a wonderful place to spend a protracted period of time. I commend the city administration for keeping the city spotlessly clean. It made it so pleasant to walk up the stairs by the Etruscan wall to the piazza for an evening prosecco. A wonderful, peaceful place to linger and admire one of the great public squares in Italy.
Todi is also an excellent location from which to visit all of Umbria. We returned to Orvieto, Perugia and Assissi so many times that we did not get to many places we wanted to visit. I suppose we could have done so, but Todi is too pleasant a place to spend the day, and walks in the neighboring countryside are so pleasant, that staying home often won out over exploring new places.
Two things we hadn’t anticipated. First, Todi’s Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is kept immaculately clean. A great place on a hot day. Second, the nightly soccer games on the field below your house with 4 on 4 matches between local teams. Our grandchildren, who are soccer players, were mightily impressed!
We are so glad that we spent a weekend in your apartment in Florence and had a chance to meet you.
Jon and Anne Halverson
Submitted: Jul 2, 2012 Stayed: May 2012 Source: HomeAway
This home is indeed charming in every way. This historical home has been carefully renovated and still has retained its ancient charm. It has four floors -- the kitchen (with a door to a gorgeous outdoor terrace) is the bottom floor and has a half bath, the living area (with a door out to the street) is the second level, the third floor has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and the fourth floor has an attic bedroom. You will climb stairs in this house and in Todi, but we found, after one day here, that it was not a problem for us.
Todi itself is lovely small medieval town (perhaps about 10,000 citizens), with several restaurants, stores, a large grocery, churches, and a great central piazza. Our favorite restaurant, which we twice visited, was Ristorante La Mangiatoia (great food and kind owners and wait staff).
We were so pleased with George, the owner. Though he lives in Florence, he contacted us frequently and was genuinely warm and caring and available whenever we had a question. The owner recommended Stefano, a Todi area resident, who picked us up from the Rome airport, drove us to the grocery store, rented us cars,and was an invaluable resource. Todi is close to many lovely Umbrian towns--Assisi, Siena, Montefalco, Spoleto, Orvieto, Deruta, to name a few. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this medieval home and town. You were right, George -- one week was not enough!