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Review 4683: Roccia Viva, Apartment


Review by philip s from US

2bed/1bath apartment in house near Campello sul Clitunno, Umbria


June 12-19, 2010, One week


Rocciaviva is on a hillside over-looking the valley with Spoleto in the distance. To the west, the view extends far out into the Umbrian countryside. The house is a "high-tech" conversion of a very early farmhouse with cool, spacious living room, bedrooms and a wonderful dining terrace looking down on a monastery and ancient castle. We liked it so much that we stayed much more in the house than we thought we would enjoying the pleasure of preparing fresh-made pasta each day and buying the best prosciutto we ever had from the local butcher, the famous "Ugo."

Karen and Martin created this place - he is a first-rate architect and his creativity is in both the house and the wonderful terraces and gardens. The house has everything you could wish for from a great kitchen to and a patio for breakfast and whatever other dining, relaxing, reading, et al. The owners provide all the guidebooks and maps and recommendations for places to see, restaurants, etc.

We'll return as soon as we can get a chance. Just be sure you have a car with manual transmission-it's an eight-minute climb on twisting (paved) roads to get up to the house.

Nearby Amenities

You have to drive to get whatever you need. Fresh-made pasta and the best prosciutto is about a 12 minute drive away.

The House/Apartment

The building is a very old farmhouse totally modernized but keeping all the charm and feeling of the old place.


Outside sitting is what we did most. No pool available.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Everything is in the best of condition and extremely comfortable.


Beds were comfortable. One bathroom was fine for the two of us although the house can accommodate a larger family.


This kitchen has everything and invites one to enjoy your own food preparation. We didn't think we would do that but the pleasure of using the kitchen and making meals from the fresh produce available won out.

Problems or Bonuses

No problems.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

On site persons are the owners - very attentive and responsive to our questions and needs.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We have already recommended this home to others.

The only hesitation would be recommending to someone not comfortable with driving up the road to the place. It was not a problem for us. You need to use first gear quite a bit.

Things to do in this area

Things to do are many - hill villages, Assisi, Urbino, Todi, Orvieto, the National Park, Spoleto, Spello, Norcia, Bevagna. A combination of unspoiled nature, spectacular villages and great restaurants.

The restaurant we particularly liked was Locanda Rovicciano in Castel Rinaldi.

It's easy to "commute" into Rome for a day but we enjoyed "hanging out" around the house and land and weren't even tempted to do the Rome day-trip.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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