Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2113: Owner, La Gardenia
3bed/2bath apartment in Todi, Umbria
2006, One week
La Gardenia is a private apartment in the centre of the Umbrian hilltown of Todi. It is convenient both for everything in the town and a great base from which to visit other hilltowns in the area. From the windows there are stunning views of the rolling countryside (sunflowers in July and August) and framed views of two of the town's most important churches: San Fortunato and Santa Maria della Consolazione. It's quaint and cosy and the owner speaks good English. Highly recommended.
You can walk to everything you need. The nearest grocery store is five minutes' walk and the central piazza with its restaurants and museums is not much farther.
The apartment is on the top two floors of a medieval building. It's immaculately clean and decorated with a really wonderful mixture of ethnic fabrics, family antiques, original paintings and photographs (the owner is a professional photographer). You hear churchbells and birdsong when you wake, plus the odd passing car or Vespa (it's not particularly noisy). There are two other apartments in the building and I didn't hear any of the other owners.
There are two small private balconies, neither of which is large enough to eat on but you can stand on them and admire the stunning views. There's no garden or pool.
There is plenty of furniture and everything is scrupulously clean, comfortable and in good order.
The bedrooms are quiet and shaded. There are two bathrooms, both clean and well maintained.
The kitchen is well equipped; there's not a huge amount of counter space (enough) and no dishwasher but lovely views which make washing-up painless. It is right next to a spacious dining room, so very convenient.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises, which is always good.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner speaks English and is extremely welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. I felt the prices were more than reasonable considering the cost of staying in this area.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to both family and friends. It has a quaint and homey feel and you just can't beat the views.
Things to do in this area
My favourite restaurant was Pane e Vino, but there are a number of good and inexpensive places to eat. The best cafe is in Piazza Garibaldi, facing the view. There's no name on it outside (it's NOT Tazza d'Oro) but it has wooden counters and serves coffee from Caffe' Belardi.
As far as sightseeing, you're close to Assisi, Montefalco, Spello, Perugia, Orvieto, and equidistant from Rome and Florence. The only thing I'd say is that you really need a car to explore the area fully.
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