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Review 5713: Owner, Casa Torre le Volte
1bed/1bath apartment in Perugia, Umbria
April 2014, 5 nights
Wonderful location for enjoying Perugia ... within 60 seconds you can leave the apartment and be in the main piazza, with its 14th century fountain. It is just around the corner from the piazza.
This was right in the center of Perugia. I only found one grocery store nearby, but there were covered markets, coffee bars, and restaurants everywhere.
The apartment is on the first floor (second floor to us in the US) of a tower that is 1000 years old and was built by the bishop of Perugia. The owners also own another apartment in the tower. I never saw anyone else at the tower, and the top floors are accessed by a enclosed bridge from a nearby building.
I heard a little noise in the evening but overall it was very quiet despite its location near the main piazza.
There was a large main room with kitchen, well equipped, large table and chairs, comfortable couches, beautiful furnishings. Off that room is the bathroom, with shower enclosure. In the other direction a nice bedroom with queen bed. The windows can be opened. The heating is good too.
The bedroom has a safe.
No outside sitting area.
I was happy to have a comfortable couch with good lighting. The apartment was perfectly clean, and showcases stone walls, beamed ceilings.
I was very comfortable there. The bedroom is nice, and most important to me, I felt safe there.
I didn't get too ambitious in the cooking department but it had coffee makers for espresso or for American coffee. Plenty of cooking utensils.
Problems or Bonuses
I was a little apprehensive about an apartment since I was a female alone but once I saw it I was sure it would be find, and it was.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This apartment is owned by the owners of a nearby hotel, Hotel Morlacchi. Loriana Todina speaks English well and is very nice. She called me one evening to make sure all was well, and was happy that I enjoyed her city so much and that I also went to Spello and Cortona. She was helpful with transportation decisions. The mini metro, new since I was last there, is a gem, and the ultimate stop is close by.
She only takes cash, and I paid the initial €90 by PayPal and the rest (about €350) on the last day.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would go back in a heartbeat! I did notice some comments on the outside steps to the front door on the comment board Loriana keeps on the website. There are only three steps to a landing (outside) and now there is a railing. Once you are inside there is a flight of steps to the apartment. There are those who don't want to deal with steps, but I don't mind them, especially in a 1000 year old tower!
Things to do in this area
I bought for €2.50 a walking guide to Perugia at the tourist information office (also available online for free). This guide divides Perugia into five areas to walk and shows you a walk of two to three miles with 20-30 attractions for each area. You will know a lot more about Perugia if you get this guide! Attractions include special buildings, gardens, towers, churches, aqueduct, monasteries, abbeys, fountains, special viewpoints, markets, etc.
The National Museum of Umbria, with 14th century paintings, is just on the main piazza. There is good transportation to other cities ... I went to Spello and Cortona, and Assisi is nearby.
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