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“An Exquisite Experience in Umbria”
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The front door is opposite the Romanesque (12th-c.) apse of the Church of S. Maria
The front door is opposite the Romanesque (12th-c.) apse of the Church of S. Maria
The front door is opposite the Romanesque (12th-c.) apse of the Church of S. Maria
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Todi, Province of Perugia, Umbria

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Buffalo, New York
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“An Exquisite Experience in Umbria”
Reviewed 23 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

My husband and I stayed at the apartment in mid November 2016. As you can see from the other reviews, this apartment is a wonderful place. Todi is a beautiful Medieval labyrinth and you feel as though you are living inside a fairy tale. The apartment is located on two floors. Below are 2 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 single), a full bath, as well as an amazing room filled with Carlo's family antique furniture and paintings. Upstairs is a another room which can be used as a bedroom, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath. The 3rd floor also has an amazing balcony facing south overlooking the hills of Umbria. The view actually brought tears to my eyes. From there, you can see sunrise and sunset. The apartment is clean, comfortable, the beds are comfortable, the towels are plentiful and plush, the kitchen is charming and utilitarian, but most importantly, it is actually a home with interesting art and books. For us, the best part of renting the apartment was Carlo. Carlo is a talented photographer and his work hangs in the apartment. He is also a wonderful host. He keeps a book with all of his suggestions for restaurants, coffee, shops, and outings. He has travel books for use, and many maps for your use. Todi is centrally located to many other towns. With Carlo's help we could suggest an itinerary of Assisi one day, a second day to Civita Bagnorigio and Orvieto, and a third day to Bagnava, Spello and Montefalco (this direction has amazing rural landscapes of olive groves and vineyards). Carlo also suggested a cooking class at the School of Italian Language and Culture in Todi. You can contact them directly and they will make arrangements. The class was in a family's home in Todi, and it was a highlight of our trip. Umbria is amazing, Todi is amazing and the apartment is amazing. I have used VRBO and similar sites for many years, and I can give this apartment my highest recommendation. Thank you Carlo. We hope we can host you when you come to NY !

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Liked best: The owner's hospitality
Liked least: nothing
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“Excellent apartment”
Reviewed 3 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016

We stayed in this apartment in Todi for 1 week. Carlo was very helpful and went out of his way to help us. The apartment is well equipped and in an excellent location. Todi is such a beautiful town and is so close to other great attractions in Umbria. The views from the balcony were stunning. We had our breakfast and evening meals out there whenever possible. Although we are not exactly young anymore we managed the stairs and the steep climb from the car park quite well. Thoroughly recommended.

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Liked best: views
Liked least: stairs
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Burley in Wharfedale, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

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mary c w
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“relaxing stay in an authentic and historic Italian townhouse”
Reviewed 8 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016

What a wonderful stay my husband and I had in Todi! Todi is a perfect town to use as a base to explore southern Umbria. This region has so much to offer and is less crowded than Tuscany. We could not have been more happy with our rental. Communication with Carlo prior to our arrival was prompt and helpful. Carlo met us when we arrived, assisted with our luggage, and answered all of our questions. Carlo is truly interested in ensuring a memorable visit to his home region and offered many suggestions on things to do and see. Carlo is so proud of his town of Todi and he is a great ambassador for Umbria! His family home was spotless and had everything we needed for our stay. Oh, how I wish I could pack up and take home the incredible view from our balcony! We spent many hours taking in the lovely hills of Umbria and the tiled roofs of the city from this treasured spot...often with a nice glass (or two) of Italian wine! My only concern would be for guests with limited mobility. My husband and I are in our sixties and the hike thru the streets and up to the townhouse was exhilarating, but not a walk we wanted to take several times a day. Travelers looking for a REAL Italian experience cannot go wrong by staying at Carlo's townhouse!

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Liked best: Carlo's hospitality, the friendly people of Todi and, of course, that amazing balcony view!
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Your age range 50-64
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Keith H
Brisbane
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“Perfect apartment in idyllic hiĺltop town”
Reviewed 1 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We have sadly just finished a 4 night stay in this most idyllic of small hilltop towns in a wonderful apartment, hosted by Carlo. As arranged, Carlo was waiting to escort us through the labyrinth of narrow lanes to the apartment, helped us carry our cases up the steep stairs and took plenty of time showing us over and explaining how everything worked. He gave excellent recommendations to restaurants, gelataria, wine shops, etc, plus to nearby villages. Nothing was too much trouble for him and a more delightful host would be hard to find.

The apartment itself was fabulous. It was very spacious, spotlessly clean and tidy and the views from nearly every window were breathtaking, whether over the countryside, the ancient tiled roofs of the town or the nearby churches. The walls were decorated with an interesting and eclectic selection of paintings and other artwork, there were plenty of travel books and the information folder was comprehensive and helpful.

We loved everything about our stay and found Todi to be very centrally located for day trips to lots of places (the mummie museum in Ferentillo and Roman ruins at Carsulae, plus the small town of Bevagna were favourites. We tried to use minor, country roads mostly and thus travelled through some amazingly beautiful scenery).

Overall, this was one of the best apartments in the most spectacular of towns we've ever stayed at, enhanced by the help of Carlo.

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Liked best: Fantastic views, spaciousness, the host.
Liked least: Water pressure in shower was a bit weak, but there was plenty of hot water.
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Christoph...
Chicago, Illinois
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“Still Dreaming of La Gardenia”
Reviewed 29 December 2015 for a stay in October 2015

My first visit to Todi in Umbria, and upon arrival I am politely escorted to La Gardenia by its Owner, Mr. Carlo Bilancini. Carlo is a charismatic fellow and a Todi native who seems to know and is known by everyone we meet along the way. Halfway up (or down) Via S. Maria in Cammuccia, Carlo guides us into a quiet alcove where we find the heavy wooden door that is so characteristic of the homes in this beautiful medieval city. Up the several steps we climb and enter La Gardenia, which has reportedly been in Carlo’s family for generations. For the next 11 days, La Gardenia will be our home-away-from-home and our central point of embarkation for numerous side trips to various scenic locations in Umbria and Tuscany.

The quiet, very private apartment is everything my traveling companion and I need. Smartly but simply decorated, each room has an open, airy feel. Carlo is a professional photographer and we later learn that many of the photographs that adorn the walls are his own work. Everything is spotlessly clean, including, most importantly, the bathrooms. The bedrooms are all ample in size and the bed in the smaller of the two rooms adjoining the Master Bath is plenty comfortable for me. The fully-equipped kitchen is simple, but roomier than many other European kitchens I have seen, with an adjacent family-style dining room, where we spend much of our time. If they wanted to, a family could easily prepare and eat all meals right there in La Gardenia.

And once you throw open the French doors to the balcony, you might just want to do that. The panoramic view of the entire Southern side of Todi is simply spectacular. From this point you can see the sun rise from over the mountains (an occasional hot air balloon in the distance), and then enjoy it again as it sets directly over the cupola of the Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione into the Fiume Tevere valley on its way to Orvieto. A photographer’s dream. Simply breath-taking and I briefly consider spending all 11 days right there without ever leaving the apartment. I don’t, of course, as Todi’s central piazza is just a short walk past the shops and up the hill. But I am most happy to return each evening to enjoy the quiet starlit sky from the balcony.

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Liked best: The view from the balcony
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Vince G
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“ENCHANTING APARTMENT”
Reviewed 20 December 2015 for a stay in October 2015

If I close my eyes I can still remember the peaceful morning coffees on the terrace. Just as vivid are the memories of the vibrant sunsets over Umbria's gently rolling hills and Todi's medieval stone towers with their terra cotta roofs. The apartment is well appointed, spacious, and sunlit with all the modern comforts of home. Carlo, the owner, couldn't be more kind or helpful. He not only made sure we felt at home in the apartment, but he was a wealth of knowledge about Todi and things to do in the area and beyond. The apartment is located within the city's walls in an old stone tower on a medieval street. It is a short (but steep) walk to the town's main piazza and shops. Todi is such a gem and this apartment helps you lose yourself in its past. There are plenty of places to buy groceries or even "take-out" to bring back home and enjoy that view! We had a car and parked it down the hill, about a two minute walk, and never had a problem finding a space. Travelers do need to be aware that the apartment is on the top two floor of a four story tower, and the steps are quite steep. That being said, I can't imagine a nicer location for taking in the beauty of one of Italy's most spectacular hill towns.

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