Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1302: La Colombaia, Timo & Rosemarino
apartments in Todi, Umbria
October 2004, one week
La Colombaia is just outside the city walls of Todi in a nicely landscaped, private location within easy walking distance of the city gates. My husband and parents and I stayed in this delightful place for a week in October 2004. Todi is a jewel of a hill town and the surrounding area offers much to do. We visited Assisi and Orvieto on easy day trips as well as spending time in Todi and environs.
La Colombaia consists of four apartments set in a private spot within walking distance of the city gates. We stayed in the largest apartment, Timo & Rosemarino, which is actually a combination of two units consisting of two bedrooms, two private baths, and a combination kitchen/living room.
The completely renovated building, which was once the grain mill belonging to the church, is situated high on a hill just below the city walls and above the beautiful church of Consolazione. You enter and park in the ample church parking lot and walk a about a 100 yards past olive trees and other lovely plantings to the building.
The apartment is charmingly decorated with comfortable beds, luxury linens and baths, and a cozy living area. The kitchen was well-equipped and convenient for breakfast, snacks, and light meals on the few nights we did not eat in restaurants.
The city of Todi is reached in two ways: there is a stairway at the back of the property that takes you to the road surrounding the city walls. Turn left at the top of the stairs and walk up hill around a wide curve to the city gates. It takes about 10-15 minutes depending on your uphill pace. My parents, who are in their mid 70ís, found the walk too strenuous but we discovered a very convenient alternative. Exit the church parking lot, turn right, and drive less than 5 minutes to a large public parking lot with a funicular that will take you right to the city gates. This great convenience must be quite new as it was not listed in any of the guide books, even those published for 2004.
We did drive into the city once or twice but parking can be quite a challenge, so itís best to walk or take the funicular. A short drive to the left out of the parking lot takes you to the more modern area outside the city walls where you can find a grocery stores, drug store, etc.
There is a rustic covered sitting area behind the building with a nice view, especially of the church, but we did not use it due to chilly rainy weather most of the week. There is also a pay laundry facility on site that we found very useful for small amounts of laundry.
The proprietors, Riccardo and Petra, live on the ground floor of the building, which was once the grain mill belonging to the church. They speak excellent English (and German) and are very helpful with suggestions for restaurants, day trips, etc. We communicated very easily with Riccardo via email to book the apartment and he quickly answered any and all questions about the property. The price, 700 euros for the week, was very attractive.
I would definitely stay here again and have recommended La Colombaia to friends planning to visit Italy in the near future.
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