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Review 5091: Summer in Italy, Villa Costanza


Review by Elizabeth S from NY

7bed/7bath house near Narni, Umbria


July 23 to 30, 2011, One week


The villa is in the country about 4 km from the nearest town, Narni, up on a hill, with a fabulous view of the surrounding countryside. No other buildings are in sight. We loved the area, as it was isolated, and yet convenient to explore nearby medieval towns, waterfalls, castles, etc.

Nearby Amenities

You need a car to get to the supermarkets, about 4 km away. There is an excellent pizza restaurant about a mile away, but other restaurants you need to drive to, and there are many good ones. Coffee is delicious everywhere!

The House/Apartment

The villa is an old building, modernized inside with five separate apartments, each sleeping four, with its own kitchen and bathroom. It was very peaceful and quiet, even though we had ten children with us! It was so big, that it did not seem crowded.

You can view the property directly: Villa Costanza.


There is a large, clean, pool, cleaned every day by the caretaker, with lots of chaise lounges to relax in. There are multiple outdoor sitting areas, with small and large tables and chairs. It is not shared by anyone, and is very private.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

It was very comfortable, with stylish furniture, large dining table, and plenty of chairs for everyone. It was very clean and polished.


The bedrooms were very nice. The apartments each had a bed up on a mezzanine floor, with divans below, ideal for a couple and two children, and each had a bathroom of a good size and lots of hot water. Beds were comfortable and clean.


The kitchen was large and very usable, with a big kitchen table and chairs. There were plenty of utensils and dishes, of good quality, and we cooked every day with great pleasure. We hired a chef for one night for a birthday party, and she produced a fantastic seven-course meal in the kitchen!

Problems or Bonuses

I was surprised that the villa had so many things in it, especially a hair dryer in every bathroom. There were no bad surprises at all. We wished we could have stayed another week or two.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We booked through Summer in Italy, who were very helpful in answering all our questions prior to booking. The onsite person was the caretaker, who spoke a little English. The photos on the villa website did not do the place justice. It is much more spacious and beautiful than it looks in the pictures. We paid around $5,000 for a week in July (high season) for 21 people, which we felt was very good value for what we got.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would unhesitatingly recommend this villa to anyone who wants a quiet Italian holiday, especially for a large family gathering. We would stay there again at the drop of a hat, if we could afford another air fare to Rome!

Things to do in this area

We spent most time at the villa, relaxing in the garden and by the pool, but had interesting trips to the Marmore Falls, nearby, and the medieval town of Civita di Bagno Reggio on top of a hill, with no cars allowed. The nearby town of Narni, 3 km. away, is also a beautiful old town with a castle, and lots of coffee shops and restaurants.

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