Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4920: Owner, Apartment Alba
1bed/1bath apartment in Todi, Umbria
March 2011, 1week
Apartment Alba is in the lovely medieval city of Todi. It is fabulously located just thirty seconds from the Duomo and the main piazza. Every morning you could stroll to the piazza for a cappuccino and sit out in the outdoor cafes. Todi is wonderfully preserved, a slice of slow living.
Everything is within a few minutes walking from the apartment. We could buy fresh pasta, truffles, cheeses and prosciutto from the shops. Restaurants, gelateria around the corner. We saw an opera in the beautiful Todi Theatre, a two minute walk. I also took fun Italian language classes. Also a two minute walk from the apartment.
Apartment Alba is on the first floor of a seventeenth century medieval house. Very quiet. The wonderful owners, Maria and Jens, live upstairs. The kitchen is completely modern. It even had a dishwasher. The rooms were light and bright.
There is no garden, but you are thirty seconds away from the piazza.
Comfortable living space. And it only cost €355 for an entire week!
Updated modern kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
There were two bonuses: a great deal at €355 a week, and the owners, Maria and Jens were so warm and hospitable.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners, Maria and Jens, made our trip special. Maria has lived in Todi all her life. Jens is a jazz pianist. I told Maria I would love to learn how to cook Italian, so she invited me to her apartment to cook with her. Jens invited us to hear him play at a jazz concert. They introduced us to their Italian friends so we could get a real sense of Italian life. You couldn't ask for more genuine, warm people.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes! If you want to live la dolce vita, and have owners as warm as Maria and Jens who introduced us to their Italian friends and made us feel so welcome in this beautiful town, this place is for you.
Things to do in this area
Favourite restaurant: Antico Forziere, in Casalina just south of Deruta (where you can get all the famous ceramics). It is a country house restaurant with delicious food. the best of our trip through Umbria and Florence.
Italian lessons right in Todi, (La Lingua la Vida) and they have excursions to other towns, cooking class etc. for you in the afternoon.
Montefalco Mob cooking class, on a farm outside Montefalco, about 20 km away. We spent a day with a family of shepherds who also take you foraging for whatever is fresh, for us, wild asparagus, picnicked in the olive groves with their flock of sheep nearby, then cooked a huge family meal with the grandma rolling out pasta dough by hand, and lamb roasted in a huge fireplace.
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