Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 712: Rentvillas, Cima 5
apartments on a farm near Lisciano Niccone, Umbria
October 2003, 1 week
The location is at the top of a mountain overlooking Lago Trasimeno in Umbria. The view is breathtaking. The location is very private and quiet. We were the only tenants in October.
You are pretty secluded at Cima. The La Cima hotel is about 5 minutes away and probably walkable but would be a bit of hike coming back up. There is also a trattoria across from the hotel but it wasn't open when we were there.
The building dates to the 1700s. It is in very good shape with six apartments total. It has a bit of rustic feel to it with dark wood trim. There was a furnace to keep us warm as the top of the mountain can get a bit cold at night.
I did not see a garden. There is a lovely pool with beautiful terraced area as well as lots of lawn chairs around the building to enjoy the view.
The furniture was in good shape, not brand new but comfortable. There was enough seating for the two of us including a couch and chair in the living room and a bench around the nook in the dining room/kitchen.
The queen sized bed was very comfortable. The bedroom was very spacious and included a nice sized chest of draweers for our clothes. There were lots of extra blankets.
The bathroom was small but did include a bidet and was very clean. There was a typical tiny Italian shower with those sliding glass doors that meet to a form a corner.
The kitchen was part of the dining room and very usable. I was able to fix a couple of full pasta meals. There is an oven, but I did not use it. It was well equipped with pots, pans, dishes and cups. Only a corkscrew was missing and we had to improvise with a grilling fork the first night. I'm sure if we had asked they owners they would have brought one right over.
Problems or Bonuses
The best bonus was meeting the owners. The website says that they occasionally live there, but they are there year round. Both very nice and speak fluent English. He is from England and she is Italian and from Tuoro. Our only regret is that we didn't spend enough time with them. They were so helpful with directions and even let me borrow their iron on our last night there. In retrospect we wish we had invited them to dinner so that we could learn more about the history of the area.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Rentvillas was great. Juliet Cuthright was our rep and answered my emails very promptly. The information on the website was pretty true to the property.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would certainly recommend this location especially if you are looking for quiet and relaxation. It is off the beaten path and up a long, twisty road but after a day or so the drive becomes second nature and seems to just take minutes.
I might not stay there again on my next visit, only because I'd like to experience staying within the walls of a city. However, would be ready to go back after that.
Although there were two building sites near the property we were never bothered by the noise. Probably because we were gone most of the day. One day we returned early and there was a big concrete truck at one of the building sies, but the builders had thoughtfully parked it to the side of the road so that we could get by.
Things to do in this area
There are a few small towns that are pretty close. Tuoro is in one direction about 20 minutes down the hill and is a pretty good sized village with a lavenderia, several shops, and a good cafe. Down the other size of the hill is Mercatale and Lisciano Niccone. Our absolutely favorite restaurant was Mimi's Trattoria in Mercatale. The food is fabulous and there's lots of it - four primi dishes! It cost us 24 Euro each and included a bottomless pitcher of the house wine (red or white) and second helpings if you could handle it. We also tried Ristorante da Gianna in Lisciano Niccone which was also quite good. Both restaurants recommended on Ginda's List.
From Mercatale you can take a back road to Cortona a little quicker route than going back out to the dual carriage way via Tuoro.
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