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Review 4505: San Potente, Vallemela


Review by Montesanto from CT

apartments in converted village near Sellano, Umbria

Vallemela, Montesanto, Umbria, photo by Richard V Montesanto


08/22/2009-09/05/2009, Two weeks


This property is in the mountain top hamlet of Montesanto. There is farmland all around. Very nice, very private. I very much liked the area. The solitude was most welcome. Sellano was a short drive away, with shopping and restaurants.

Nearby Amenities

Sellano is about 8km away. Our apartment had a full kitchen, but we mostly cooked outdoors at the poolside fireplace.

The House/Apartment

The building is from the 15th century. The apartments are beautiful and clean. All updated with all amenities. There are three apartments in the building. Our apartment has the kitchen and living room on the first floor and both bedrooms and the bathroom on the second. Interior and exterior are well maintained. Absolutely exquisite.


There are several sitting areas outside. So for the people staying there, we could all enjoy separate areas. The pool and area around it are large and accommodating. The "backyard" is tiered so as to give several distinct sitting/eating areas.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture inside and out was very comfortable and ample. Everything inside and out is very well maintained and clean. Impeccable.


Very comfortable beds. Interior design of the rooms was very nice with hand-blown Venetian glass lamps on the walls, along with original artwork and photography. There was three of us, so the one bathroom was adequate. Bathroom was very nice, w/a standing shower. Beautiful view of Umbrian mountains as well.


Kitchen had a simple stove-top which was more than adequate for our purposes. We cooked mostly poolside at the fireplace, which was most enjoyable. I mean, why would you want to cook inside, when you can cook with the mountain vistas at your back and dine with them, at a hand built table, in your gaze...

Problems or Bonuses

I was surprised at how much food was growing right there in and around the property. Figs, plums, apples, grapes, rosemary and sage. Just wonderful. Also surprised at how slowly time passed sitting by the pool with a fire going looking out at the beautiful Umbrian mountains.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I have nothing but wonderful experiences to share about the Tonti family and words could not express how warm they are and how welcome we felt. They made me feel like I was returning home. Corinna was our "go to" person, but we were welcomed by her sister and soon met the elder Tontis and were invited out to a medieval festival in their hometown of Foligno one evening where we met the entire family. The reality of our experience far exceeded any and all expectations.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would absolutely stay here again and look forward to doing so very soon. Maybe to help Papa harvest olives. I recommend to everyone that they should stay at this or one of their other properties if they ever plan a trip to Italy. Umbria is beautiful and their properties reflect the beauty that is Umbria and the Tontis are a wonderful family to experience it with.

Things to do in this area

I don't remember the names of the places we shopped or ate at, but they were in Sellano and it is a small, quaint town with a wonderful handful of options. Foligno is much larger with many, many more options. We also took a cooking class in Perugia, which was a great experience.

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