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Porta San Donato


Vacation Rentals, Italy, Umbria

Historic gatehouse, built in 1242, view of mountains, newly remodeled interior, in old town

Location: Gualdo Tadino

Sleeps: 4

See location on a Google Map

History, beauty, comfort, convenience, at budget prices!

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

In 2008 I bought this lovely little house, classified as an historic monument, as a vacation home to escape to occasionally, and I've been renovating it inside for my own pleasure.  I would like to share it with others who like travelling the way I do - slowly!  I wanted a house in a town in a beautiful countryside and near other towns.  I chose Umbria not only because of the physical beauty of the region, but also because of the predominance of art, culture, and history in the area.  Porta San Donato, built in 1242, right in the old town and with a gorgeous view of the mountains, was exactly what I was looking for.

The house is warm and cozy, with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, an eat-in kitchen, living room with fireplace, and a view from the windows of the mountains from the living room and bedrooms, and view of the old town from the kitchen. (The picture of the mountains on the right is taken from the living room window.) In my experience, many houses in Italy are rather dark, with little daylight coming in the windows and inadequate artificial lighting. Porta San Donato has all new lights, but during the day the daylight coming through the windows is more than sufficient, and the house is always bright and cheerful.

There are so many places to discover on nearby day trips, not to mention the old town of Gualdo Tadino itself.  To the south there's Assisi, Spello, Trevi, Spoleto, Bevagna, and many other beautiful hill towns.  To the north there's Gubbio, to the east the Appenine mountains, gorgeous gorges, and the scenic towns of Le Marche.  And to the west is Perugia and its many surrounding towns.  I think I will still be discovering new places to visit for the next several years!

Built into the city wall in 1242, Porta San Donato was one of the four original gatehouses of Gualdo Tadino and is honored every year in the town's most important celebration, "The Games of the Gates".  Four teams representing the original four gates battle it out with slingshots, crossbows, riding donkeys, and much more, in a three day medieval pageant at the end of September.

Gualdo Tadino is known for its beautiful ceramics.  There are many ceramics artisans and stores in the area.

House amenities:

Kitchen:  oven, gas burners, microwave, full size refrigerator, toaster, plenty of dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, spices and cooking staples

Master bedroom: queen size bed and sitting area with table and 2 chairs, wardrobe with drawers and clothes hanging area, bookcase, bedside tables and lamps, alarm clock, ironing board and iron, linens included

Second bedroom: two twin beds which are combined to make a queen, but can be separated upon request, wardrobe with hanging area and shelves, bedside tables and lamps, linens included

Living room: new large comfortable Natuzzi sofa and barrel chairs, fireplace (in winter first load of firewood provided free), TV, DVD and DVD library, radio/CD player and CD library, lots of books, maps, travel books, board games, information on local and area shops, restaurants, museums and other places to see.

Bathrooms (2): one bathroom off kitchen has a hipbath with shower over, the second bath (upstairs with the 2 bedrooms) has a shower and bidet.  Towels provided at no cost.

Welcome basket provided.

There is free wi-fi access for your computer.

Baby travel bed available.

Telephone for incoming calls only.

Final cleaning cost included in price.

Although the house is self-catering, it is possible to have daily or occasional cleanings at 10 euros per hour.

How to get to Gualdo Tadino:

By car (parking on street outside house)
From Perugia: about 45 minutes
From Rome: about 2 1/2 - 3 hours
From Florence: about 2 3/4 hours

Car Rental:
Car rental pickup points:
Perugia airport: hours are M-F 8 am - 1 pm, 3-7 pm, Sat. 8 am - 12:30 pm, closed Sundays.
Rome airports:
Fiumicino: 7 am - midnight, 7 days
Ciampino: 8 am - midnight, 7 days
Florence Peretola Airport: 8 am - 11 pm, 7 days

Take the train to Gualdo Tadino. The house is about 1.5 km. from the station, from where you can take a taxi (ordered ahead of time) or ride the bus.
From Perugia: 1 1/4 - 2 hours (train goes to Foligno first). Take the shuttle from Sant'Egidio Airport to the Perugia train station.
From Rome: 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 hours from airports
From Florence: 3 1/2 - 5 hours (depending on the train you take)
You can buy tickets online at www.trenitalia.com. Please note, however, that tickets for Gualdo Tadino cannot be purchased from this source more than a week in advance of travel. (This is not a problem, however.)

Perugia's Sant'Egidio Airport is only 63 km from Gualdo Tadino.
Rome airports are about a 3 hour drive from Gualdo Tadino.
Florence Peretola Airport is about a 2 3/4 hour drive from Gualdo Tadino.

Prices (for the house, up to 4 people):

Peak Jun 1 - Sep 30 2012, $725 wk., $375 weekend

Low Oct. 1 - Dec 31, 2012, $600 wk, $310 weekend

Monthly Low $2300, Peak $2600

Minimum stay 3 nights

Weekend is either Thurs/Fri/Sat or Fri/Sat/Sun

all fees are included in the rental price

Please visit my website (www.portasandonato.com) for availability and more photos and information about the house, the town of Gualdo Tadino, nearby towns, activities and events in the area, a link to a map with the exact location, and much more.


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Contact Information

Company: Porta San Donato

Name: Elaine Vivenzio

Phone: 509 851-4295

Website: www.portasandonato.com

E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry

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