|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.
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. 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.
In mid and low season, it is 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.
Central air-conditioning is provided, which is only really needed in August.
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. She offers her guests a free pizza
night with a "pizzaiolo"/pizza chef to make pizzas in the wood-burning oven.
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
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
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
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, American coffee maker, ice-maker,
dishwasher & microwave
• Office with PC and library in English
• 2 king bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms with showers. One has a
private terrace. The other opens onto the lovely courtyard with antique
• 1 twin bedroom with 2 twin beds + an extra daybed (bedroom sleeps 3) and en
suite bathroom with shower, door to the garden.
• 1 powder room
• Laundry room
Second floor (sleeps 6 + 3)
• 2 king bedrooms, en suite bathrooms each with shower and separate Jacuzzi
• 1 twin bedroom with extra loft that can sleep 2 young people, extra daybed
and en suite bathroom with shower.
• 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 jamine-covered pergola and rustic
• Foosball and Ping-Pong
Bed and bath linens: Included with
mid-week towel change
Daily cleaning: Included 3
hours per day Monday through Saturday
Air conditioning: 100 Euros
Wireless Internet: Included
Final cleaning: Included
Pool open: May 13 to
September 23, 2017
Pool towels: Included
Extra beds: Up to four available, on request for 390 Euros per bed
Baby bed: 100 Euros
Heat: Metered and charged according to usage
Security deposit: 1000 Euros
Utility deposit for AC and
heating: 250 Euros
Upon request: Cook services, extra cleaning service, minivans,
babysitting, baby package.
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
2017 Weekly Prices for 12 guests
7 Jan - 15 Apr
30 Sep - 23 Dec
15 Apr - 24 Jun
26 Aug - 30 Sep
23 Dec - 6 Jan 2018
24 Jun - 26 Aug
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
THE SURROUNDING AREA
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