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Review 1010: Owner, Apartment Alba
1bed/1bath apartment in Todi, Umbria
April 2004, two weeks
The apartment is on the lower level of the owner's home in the historic walled town of Todi in Umbria. The apartment has its own entrance off the lobby, (keys are provided) and although just off the Piazza del Popolo, it was very peaceful. Church bells and schoolchildren going to and from school were the main source of "noise" and they were infrequent.
Everything was within walking distance, ie; coffee shops, the mini supermarket, several restaurants and various other shops. The local co-op supermarket, which stocked a good range of most foodstuffs , fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and wine was a 30 minute walk downhill, with beautiful views of the Tiber Valley en route!
There is a local bus service which we used when returning with shopping. Cars of non-residents are not permitted in the "Historico Centro" overnight and parking during the day can be difficult. There is a parking area (fees apply) accessible by lift to the Historico Centro, although overnight, we parked our car a little further away by the Consolazione Church (no charge currently) and walked back, about 15 minutes.
The entire town is steeped in history and there was a Roman well in the basement of the house! There are only two apartments in the building, the ground floor Apartment Alba, and the owners' apartment, which occupies the two floors above.
Everything in the apartment is modern, central heating was included in the tariff. The kitchen/living area is combined and includes gas stove, dishwasher, refrigerator with small freezer,a dining table and chairs; there is also a comfortable bedsettee which can sleep two people, to be negotiated with the owners.
There is plenty of cupboard space in a vestibule adjacent to the bathroom. The bedroom is comfortable with a firm queensize bed and chest of drawers.
There is no garden or pool, a small balcony leads off the living area.
The furnishings are in good condition. Jens and Maria-Grazie were very hospitable and helpful and the apartment was very clean when we arrived. An extra arm chair would make a difference but for two or three people it's comfortable.
I did quite a few meals although nothing elaborate. There is plenty of crockery and cutlery, if we needed an extra utensil, we asked Jens. The apartment is advertized for 2-3 persons and caters for that number.
Problems or Bonuses
A washing machine would make a very useful addition - there were four adults for our second week and hand washing is not my forte! Overall the apartment was much larger than we anticipated and our hosts were delightful. Its location in the centre of Todi and to the surrounding countryside, made it ideal for touring the surrounding areas and we would certainly stay there again if the opportunity arose.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owners via their website and it was better than we anticipated! Jens speaks English Prices have risen since we stayed in April this year.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Unreservedly yes! A car is a necessity unless you are staying a very short time and confine yourself to Todi, easy enough if you only have a few days. The train station is about 15 minutes by car and is on the local bus route, however buses are not frequent. However, we did go by train to Perugia where we hired a car from Maggiore, adjacent to the train station in Perugia. Initially, we arrived by train from Rome and Jens met us at the station. We found the Italian rail system good and punctual!
Things to do in this area
There are lots of places to visit in Todi, including three churches (the Duomo, San Fortunato and Tempio della Consolazione) and there are magnificent views and walks around the town. Within easy driving distance are Perugia, Assisi, Deruta for ceramics, Lake Trasimeno and nearby, the pretty village of Castiglione del Lago, Orvieto, and Montefalco. There is a small market each Sunday in the carpark in Todi.
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