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Review 512: Owner, Apartment Alba
1bed/1bath apartment in Todi, Umbria
March 2003, 1 week
Apartment Alba is located in the center of the walled town of Todi in Umbria. It is about a two-hour drive from the Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome. The apartment is located about 130 feet off of the cathedral end of the main square of Todi. It is a ground floor apartment with entrance off of a common foyer. The landlord and owners, Jens and Maria, live quietly on the upper floors. The location is quiet and free of the noise of passing vehicles, which was important for the two of us.
The apartment is located in an ideal location for those that want the convenience of walking to the nearest caffe, gelatoria, alimentari or ristoranti. For those who want to shop in an American style grocery store there is one located just outside the town walls.
There are a number of caffes and restaurants within a 5-minute walk of the apartment. An Internet point and a laundry are also within easy walking distance. If you are interested in travel by bus, the main stop is 5 minutes away.
The building is four stories, with the apartment occupying the ground floor and the owners living above. The building is on a slope, so while the entrance is at ground level, the ground quickly drops away. The lower area below the apartment is the owner’s storage area. Pedestrian walkways are on three sides with another building adjoining on the fourth. The apartment has recently been remodeled and is in excellent condition. Large French style glass doors in the living area let in sunlight and give it an open atmosphere. It is equipped with all new appliances and fixtures. There are three rooms, a combination kitchen, dining and living area, a large bedroom and a bath.
There is no garden or pool as this is a typical medieval building. There is a small balcony off the living area that provides nice views over the rooftops and of the countryside.
This is a small apartment and the furnishings are rather sparse but nice. There is a large couch, bookshelf, dining table, and utility table in the combination area. While the apartment is meant for two people, the living area can comfortably accommodate five people for socializing. The apartment was immaculate when we arrived
The bedroom was comfortably sized, probably about 14X16 with a queen sized bed and chest of drawers and linen closet. The bed was firm by American standards but comfortable. Just off of the bedroom and at the entrance to the bathroom is an area with a large wardrobe. The bedroom has one window that lets in some nice sunlight. The bathroom is equipped with a shower, sink, toilet and bidet, all new. The sink is in a counter with a marble top and the shower is actually tall enough for a six-footer. Towels were abundant and large.
The apartment has a good-sized combination kitchen, dining and living area. The appliances included a four-burner gas range with oven, full size refrigerator/freezer and a dishwasher. All of these appliances are new. Once again the counter tops are marble with a large sink. Everything you need to cook is supplied. Place settings for six people were provided. We cooked numerous times in this kitchen and found nothing lacking.
Problems or Bonuses
The only draw back to this location is parking. Only residents are allowed to drive into the center of the town. There is adequate parking outside the walls but is a good ten minutes walk. With the assistance of our landlord Jens, we were able to drive to the apartment to drop our luggage.
The good Jens and Maria - our landlords. They were kind an helpful and never intrusive. While Maria doesn't speak English she is the expert on the apartments modern gadgets. Jens, a German native, speaks fluent Italian and English and was always helpful to his non-Italian speaking guests.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owners through their web site.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend this apartment to any couple wishing to stay in the heart of a beautiful medieval town.
Things to do in this area
Todi itself has enough sites to keep someone busy for a week, including the local museum, and local churches, Roman arches and of course the gelato. Florence is a two-hour drive with Perugia 30 minutes away. One of our favorites stops was the Wine and Olive Oil museum in Torigano
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