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ORVIETO - Umbria towns and countryside - Umbria
Property ID: 9097
Sleeps: 12-16

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- Premium selection
- Independent house
- Air conditioning
- Washing machine
- Swimming pool

- 6 bedrooms
- 8 baths

- Barbecue
- Terrace
- Panoramic view
- Maid service included
- Typical regional dinner available on request
- Outdoor pizza oven
- Chef kitchen
- Dishwasher
- Wireless Internet
- Fitness area
- Hair dryers
- Parking
- Outdoor Jacuzzi
- No smoking
- Clothes dryer
- Heated swimming pool
- Fireplace
- Oven
- Satellite TV
- Microwave
- Baby bed available
- Cook service available
- Garden, terrace
- Near the village
- Central heating
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Villa Simpatica is a 300-year old farmhouse that was recently restored as a luxury residence. Set on a hill in a picturesque valley between Rome and Florence, with extensive views over the Umbrian countryside, this impressive villa offers an idyllic rural setting with modern amenities and a central location. The property is accessed via an unpaved road of 2.5 miles. Ficulle is the closest village, which is about 5 minutes away by car.  It is also possible to walk to Ficulle in about 20 minutes by way of a hiking path through the forest.  Guests are eight miles from Orvieto, where there is a large free parking lot and from there the train to Rome take about 1 hour.   This is the main line between Florence and Rome, and either city is within easy reach.

Villa Simpatica sleeps 12 guests and up to four additional people (children preferred) can be accommodated for a supplemental fee.

INCLUDED: A unique experience for any Italian villa stay: The villa manager and the local head of archaeology will take you to a dig in progress near Orvieto, which is closed to the public. Here you will see 5000 years of history, from stone age to Romanesque, with experts to explain everything and answer any questions!

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There are 6 spacious bedrooms, each with a large en-suite bathroom. Four of the bedrooms have a Jacuzzi tub and a walk-in shower. Two have large walk-in showers and no tub. Each bathroom has a hair dryer and there is a safe and a fireplace in each bedroom.  Four of the bedrooms have a king size bed and two of the bedrooms have twin beds that can be made into king size beds. One of these bedrooms also has a wonderful small loft for children.  All mattresses and linens are of high standard and quality fabrics have been used throughout the house.

It is also possible to rent Villa Simpatica for just 6 people.  With this arrangement, three bedrooms and three bathrooms are available and the others remain closed. 

Please see Villa Simpatica 6.

The whole house has central air conditioning.
The owner of Villa Simpatica is a professional travel guide and can provide any service needed.  She lives on a neighboring property, enhancing guests' experience with her knowledge of the area and her friendly hospitality. She can organize babysitters, grocery deliveries, massages, chef services, wine tastings or special visits tailored to her guests.

Two 8/9 passenger minivans are available for rent for personal use or a driver can be hired.   Please inquire for details of having a driver pick you up at the airport, drive you to the villa and then rent a van. Or you can arrange for a driver for daytrips, dinner or wine tasting.  

The staff of the International Wine Academy in Rome helped the owner to create an extensive list of wines, which are stored in a custom made cellar on site.  Staff is able to come to Villa Simpatica to conduct wine tastings and wine pairings with a specially prepared meal.  A chef is available for villa dinners or to teach a cooking class.

The gourmet kitchen is large and fully equipped with every tool a cook could need, including two refrigerators and an ice-maker.

There is a spacious and comfortable living room with a large flat screen satellite TV and CD player. The study has an extensive English library and the laundry room is fully equipped with a washer, dryer and ironing facilities.

The owner has taken special care to furnish the villa with taste and class.  The furniture in Villa Simpatica  is a mix of period pieces and  family antiques.

There is a large wooden dining room table that is quite impressive and seats 20.  The dining room opens on to a large outdoor covered patio where al fresco dining can be enjoyed with panoramic views.  This outside area has lovely table with terracotta and marble tiles and a grill for steaks and fish.  There is also a wood burning pizza oven and a smoker located in other areas on the grounds so many options for preparing a delicious variety of farm to table meals.  Don’t forget that a cook would be happy to prepare his favorite local recipes for you. Many of the ingredients will come from the vegetable garden on site where guests are welcome to pick fresh tomatoes, basil and any other produce for their enjoyment.

An infinity pool overlooks a beautiful and peaceful valley. The pool is 6m by 14m in size with an elevated Jacuzzi (can be heated at the guests’ expense) with cascading water. There is also a gym with various weights and machines.

Three hours of daily maid service are provided.  Babysitting is also available and a “baby package” is possible, which provides a crib, highchair and other necessary equipment when traveling with a wee one.

Ground floor (sleeps 6 + 1)

•    Spacious and elegant living room with fireplace & comfortable seating, large flat-screen TV
•    Dining room (seats 20)
•    Country kitchen with two refrigerators, ice-maker, dishwasher & microwave
•    Office with PC and library in English
•    2 king bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms with showers and tub. One has a private terrace. The other opens onto the lovely courtyard.
•    1 twin bedroom with 2 twin beds + an extra daybed (bedroom sleeps 3) and en suite bathroom with shower, door to the garden.  This room can either be a king size bed or 2 twin beds.
•    1 powder room
•    Laundry room where the maid will do your personal laundry for a tip.

Second floor (sleeps 6 + 3)

•    2 king bedrooms, en suite bathrooms each with shower and separate Jacuzzi tub
•    1 twin bedroom with extra loft that can sleep 2 young people, extra daybed and en suite bathroom with shower.  This room can either be a king size bed or 2 twin beds.


•    Large covered patio for dining al fresco with large table, fireplace, sink, BBQ and views.
•    Beautiful sheltered courtyard with views.
•    Fenced infinity swimming pool (20x46 ft)
•    Jacuzzi tub with cascading water into the pool. The water can be heated on request at the expense of guests. This also can warm the pool.
•    Gym with exercise equipment & shower room.
•    Constant temperature, beautifully stocked honesty wine cellar.
•    Vegetable and herb garden for guests
•    Outdoor wood-burning pizza oven with jasmine-covered pergola and rustic outdoor table
•    Foosball, bocce and Ping-Pong

Bed and bath linens:
Included with mid-week towel change and weekly bed linen change
Daily cleaning: Included 3 hours per day Monday through Saturday
Air conditioning:
100 Euros per day
Wireless Internet:
Final cleaning: Included
Electricity: Included
Pool open: May 4 to October 26, 2024, weather permitting
Pool towels: Included
Extra bed: 390 Euros per bed per week
100 Euros per day
Security deposit: 1000 Euros
Utility deposit for AC and heating: 250 Euros
Upon request: Cook services, wine tasting, extra cleaning service, minivan.
Check in: between 4pm and 7:00pm – with approval of the owner, a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm for an extra fee of 50 Euro
Check out: 8:00am – 10:00am

2024 Weekly Prices for 12 guests

  6 Jan - 30 Mar
  6 Apr - 4 May
28 Sep - 14 Dec
  30 Mar - 6 Apr
4 May - 1 Jun
  14 Sep - 28 Sep
14 Dec - 11 Jan 2025

  1 Jun - 14 Sep

Euros 6930

Euros 9240

Euros 11550

Plus Euros 35 booking fee


5 min Ficulle
20 min Orvieto
1 hr 35 min Rome
1 hr 45 min Rome airport
1 hr Cortona
1 hr 23 min Assisi
1 hr 41 min Florence


Umbria is known as Italy’s Green Heart and is peaceful and pleasing region in the center of Italy.  It is just north of Rome and Tuscany is its neighbor to the west. Ficulle, where Villa Simpatica is located, is near the Tuscan border, allowing easy daytrips to Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Siena.  The Tiber River originates in Umbria at Monte Fumaiolo and Umbria is known for its rolling hills and chestnut and elm groves. Deruta, centuries old and a famous ceramic center, is about an hour away.  It is also possible to buy locally produced terracotta in Ficulle shops.

Orvieto is 20 minutes from Villa Simpatica and is known for its dramatic elevated position on tufa rock as well as its Renaissance cathedral, which rivals that of Siena.

Assisi is a small Umbrian town of 3000 people and its Giotto frescos are a must see. One of the largest Italian lakes is in Umbria, Lake Trasimeno. This is where Hannibal won a major battle against the Romans in the II century BC.  Spoleto is another well-known Umbrian town (famous for its wine festival in June, its art and music festival, called Due Mondi, in June-July, and its Jazz festival held in the summer and in December) as is the medieval capital, Perugia (famous for its chocolate, which is celebrated in an annual festival in October and its jazz festival in July). These are just some of the events going on in Umbria- the list is endless!  There is something for everyone in this beautiful region.


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