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Villa Gioianna

Italy, Umbria, Castiglione del Lago (PG)

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Villa Gioianna is a love story about a house under the Tuscan sun, with faded blue shutters and a white façade. Approached from a cypress-lined avenue, the Villa and its surroundings will immediately charm you: its organic form of architecture, hillside location overlooking the lake, vineyards, sunflowers and olive groves, a sense of tradition, history and family memories contained within its walls. Rustic in the sense that it is deeply attached and rooted in the earth and traditions of generations, but elegant and graceful in a way no country house could be, it will capture your heart and you will not be able to resist. The house itself is beautiful, but its crowning glory are the views. On the one hand, Trasimeno Lake with magical reflections of the sun and moon on the shimmering water surface. On the other side there is a picture-perfect panorama of vineyards, hills, villages and mountains, that will make you wonder if this is an idealized painted background for a movie about Tuscan life in paradise. We hope you will appreciate what we value the most here: privacy, peace and quiet, meals prepared by an Italian nonna, local wine, lazy days in the garden and swimming pool, and adventures in Umbria. We cordially invite you to enjoy La Bella Vita.

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From the first look at the villa. . . it was love at first sight. I bought it in 2001 as - I know this sounds reckless - a kind of impulse purchase. Love is blind! With naive confidence and enthusiasm, I plunged into two years of renovations and ambitious gardening projects. The Villa had an aura of faded glory, a noble Old Lady who had seen better days and could do with a little cosmetic help. The basics were there, but it needed a bit of care and creativity. After almost 20 years of work, the Villa and the surrounding gardens have been returned to their former glory. And better. It was hard, hard work, but a labor of love that has given me back in joy and satisfaction every ounce of energy I put into it. I am privileged to be the owner of such splendor and I am delighted to share it with guests. It sits patiently, waiting for visitors to create their own lifelong memories with friends and family. Maybe you will fall in love with it as I did?

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About us

We speak these languages: English, German, Italian, French
We are on-site, we give our guests space and intimacy, but we're always ready to help

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Eco Alert

We have cosmetics and cleaning products in reusable packaging
There is a shopping bag or basket in every room
We promote waste segregation among guests
We work with the local community
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Our charms

We don't have televisions
Old house: it squeaks and sulks
We don't have air conditioning
Attic - it can get hot in the summer
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We care about you

Maintenance break at least 48h between reservations
Linens are washed at high temperatures
First aid kit
We are far away from other residences

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View of Lake Trasimeno from the house and the swimming pool
View of Lake Trasimeno from the house and the swimming pool
Family-run winery right next door
Family-run winery right next door
Close proximity to mountains, forest and nature
Close proximity to mountains, forest and nature
2.5 hectare park with yoga platform, loungers & barbecue
2.5 hectare park with yoga platform, loungers & barbecue
Ideal place for the organization of small celebrations
Ideal place for the organization of small celebrations
Outdoor pool in the garden
Outdoor pool in the garden

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Where will I relax?

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Villa Gioianna, is an historic country residence which sits on a small working estate composed of gardens, an olive grove, a fruit orchard, woods, and herb and kitchen gardens upon a hill above Lake Trasimeno with a view of Tuscany, Umbria and the Lake. Step inside on the terracotta and hand-painted ceramic floors, take in the elegance of the whitewashed walls, walnut doors and wood-beamed brick ceilings. The interior is decorated with antiques, luxurious textiles, oriental rugs, comfortable beds and unique lamps and lighting. When furnishing the house, we focused on comfort as well as beauty. The beds are always dressed with high-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding but, upon request (and for slightly extra), you can choose to have your bed made up with antique, trousseau-quality, embroidered French linen sheets from my private collection. To sleep on freshly ironed, fragrant air-dried linen sheets is heaven! We rent the Villa as a whole, not by individual rooms. The Villa will accommodate up to 16 guests in eight rooms containing ten beds. Pending availability, the Villa can be rented as a four-bedroom home for up to eight guests at a proportional rate. Each one of the eight romantic bedrooms has its own beautifully tiled bathroom. Several of the bathrooms have hand-painted tiles, others are clad in travertine marble bearing the colours of faded frescoes; all but one of them is equipped with a decadent, deep, soaking tub so you can relax after a strenuous day of sitting by the pool and eating fantastic meals. The floorplan of Villa Gioianna: Ground floor: grand entrance hallway, living room with fireplace and French Doors opening onto the back terrace, dining room with fireplace, kitchen (with fireplace) and French Doors opening onto back terrace, small bathroom First floor: large hallway with seating area and French Doors opening to a small balcony, four bedrooms, each with their own large bathroom Second floor: large hallway with fireplace and seating area, four bedrooms, each with their own large bathroom All windows have screens and interior and exterior shutters to keep out the light and, in the summer, keep out the hot midday sun.

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Common space

Living room with couches
Dining room with tables
Fireplace corner
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Pond in the garden
Barbecue area
Beach chairs
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Good cell phone reception
We don't have TVs

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For your comfort

We clean before your arrival
We clean during your stay on request (extra fee)
Towels (complete set per stay)
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What will I eat?

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An essential element of La Dolce Vita is the preparation of delicious food and the pleasure of sharing it with others. In Umbria, we cook with love and passion. At Villa Gioianna, you can be similarly pampered with the lovingly prepared food of an Italian mama: in this case, our favourite nonna. The absolute, non-negotiable basis of this cooking is uncompromisingly high-quality ingredients. We source ours from our fruit orchard and kitchen garden, olive grove and herb garden, chickens and ducks. We rely on local suppliers and the outdoor markets for any vegetables that we don’t grow ourselves, cheese, marvellous fresh yoghurt and ricotta, honey, meat, game, rabbit, truffles, and unique local specialties such as an absolutely divine organic olive oil/pistachio or olive oil/hazelnut and chocolate spread. If you would like to learn how to cook like an Italian Mama, we would be pleased to recommend cooking lessons, either at the Villa or at a professional cooking school. From a traditional nonna to an enthusiastic "New Italy" chef, we will find the right culinary fit for you. Or, combine a meal with a cooking lesson or a wood-fired pizza lesson. Tempt your children away from their phones for a family pasta-making lesson that you will remember for years. We know the area well: the wineries, sights, restaurants, charming hilltop medieval towns . . . tell us what you’re interested in and we’d be happy to suggest restaurants, foodie visits, all kinds of day trips. Of course, if you’d like to prepare your own meals, the kitchen is fully equipped with a five-burner gas stove, oven, woodburning oven, fireplace, two refrigerators, dishwasher, four-slice toaster, food processor, Italian and French coffeemakers, mixer, blender and all the glasses, plates, cutlery, pots and pans that any cook would need. This is definitely not the time to start a diet!

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Food on-site

Breakfast for an extra fee (20 EUR)
Dinner for an extra fee (38 EUR)
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Kitchen access

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We recommend nearby restaurants

Jest wiele świetnych restauracji wokół. Długą listę polecajek znajdziesz u nas w domu.

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You can buy eco products nearby

Fresh eggs
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Grocery stores nearby

There are too many shops to name here; please see the House Information Booklet for recommendations.

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Will I not be bored?

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This Italian getaway has the best of both worlds: located in the heart of the countryside with all the benefits of having a lively historical city and charming villages nearby. The medieval town of Castiglione del Lago is the nearest market town (6 km), sitting high on an olive tree-covered promontory jutting into the west side of the lake. The town's magnificent medieval castle and palace dominate one end of the old town, the 19th-century church of Santa Maria Magdalena the other. In between are small shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and bakeries and, on Wednesdays, an outdoor food, crafts, clothing, and sundries market. Below the town are public beaches where you can rent a paddle or rowboat, and nearby there is a pizzeria, gelateria, volleyball and soccer games, tennis courts, cafes and a disco. Or, simply float on your back in the lake, gazing back at the ancient town up above on the hill. For touring, Castiglione del Lago provides easy access to the superstrada linking Perugia and eastern Umbria to Siena, Chianti and western Tuscany, and is the embarkation point for ferries servicing the lake islands. Within an hour's drive of the Villa, there are many historic Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns such as Assisi, Arezzo, Cortona, Montepulciano, Montefalco, Orvieto, Pienza, Perugia, Deruta, Spello and Montalcino, as well as other less well-known, but perhaps more charming, smaller villages, each with its own art and out-of-the-way restaurants and cafes waiting for you to discover. Many of central Italy's other leading historical and cultural centres (Rome, Florence, Todi, Siena, Spoleto, Gubbio, Montalcino, and Urbino) can be reached in less than two hours. A few suggestions on how to spend your time with us: ~Relax by the pool, practise yoga, paint, sketch or read on the yoga platform or in the Lotus tent ~Taste Umbrian's excellent wines. To start, walk next door! We are bordered on one side by the vineyards of a world-class, family-run winery. Enjoy either an informal short tasting or a long, sit-down informative one, and then return home with a table wine (vino sfuso) tucked under your arm, or some bottles of one of the best reds, whites or Rosato to be had in Italy. ~Do as the ancient Romans and bathe in the warm, healing Tuscan hot springs. Rich in minerals, the waters are naturally heated and relaxing. Your skin will feel so soft afterwards. ~Visit and shop in the walled medieval villages of Deruta, famous for beautifully painted ceramics since the Renaissance, and Montefalco, the centre of traditional Umbrian textiles. Or in an ancient village reinvented as the production centre and outlet store of one of the most luxurious cashmere designer labels in the world. Or hunt for treasures at one of the tempting outdoor antique markets. ~Explore the olive groves, vineyards and woods of the hills around Lake Trasimeno on hiking, mountain biking or horse-back riding excursions. Sail, windsurf, swim, kitesurf, paddle, row, on the lake. Climb mountains, spelunk underground, navigate whitewater rivers.

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For those who want relaxation

Forest paths
Mountain trail
Yoga classes (book in advance)
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For hedonists

Outdoor pool
Massages (on request)
Thermal baths / hot springs
Bath towels available
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For sports enthusiasts

Horse riding
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For those craving art

Day trips to Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Rome 
Almost every village and town has an artistic or architectural treasure.
An estimated 20% of the world's artistic heritage listed by UNESCO is within a two-hour drive of the Villa.
Piero della Francesco frescoes, Cimabue Cross (70 km)

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The Val d'Orcia is UNESCO world heritage site,  located just minutes from the Villa.
La Scarzuola (45 km)
Umbria and Tuscany have an embarrassment of riches of history and art, of heritage, architecture and spirituality. Tell us what you're interested in and we'll help you find the perfect place to visit.
Duomo (cathedral) di Orveito (65 km)
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What’s there for children?

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First and foremost, children can enjoy nature, fresh air and exercise at the Villa. The property is fenced and there is plenty of room for children to play in the woods, field, and olive grove. We do not provide play equipment and toys specifically for children; our experience is that they are highly creative and inventive in making their own fun with what they find in nature. Children (and adults!) are welcome to use the sports equipment (balls, badminton set, croquet set) and, for rainy days, there are books (Italian and English), indoor board games and jigsaw puzzles. There are also plenty of things to do in the area that children will love and we'd be happy to share our tried-and-true attractions with you!

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Attractions for children

Babysitter for children
Horse riding
Cooking together
Collecting eggs from the henhouse for breakfast
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Additionally available

Crib for babies
Children's crockery and cutlery

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Attractions for children in the area

Explore the lake and islands by ferry or sail/paddle/row/motor/boat
Battle of Lake Trasimene (217 BC) site
Underground caves in Orvieto
Perugina chocolate factory
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Our address: , Castiglione del Lago (PG), Umbria, Italy

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Reservation may start and end on any weekday (not on a Saturday or Sunday). Minimum rental period: one week. For regular bookings: Two hours per day of cleaning is included in your rental fee. The rental fees do not include the final cleaning fee, refundable security/damage deposit and overnight tax (approximately 10 euros/adult) and any heating (calculated by reference to the gas meter). The final cleaning fee depends on the state in which the Villa is left upon your departure; please keep in mind that local Covid cleaning requirements are strict and we must have professional cleaners thoroughly clean the Villa after each set of guests.

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Arrival from 18:00 to 00:00
Departure from 06:00 to 10:00
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Please read the Booking Terms and Conditions that will be provided to you before you pay your reservation deposit. This is your rental contract and all guests agree to it prior to booking. Children are welcome at the Villa. We have found that a group with children is most successful when the ratio of adults to children does not fall below 2: 1 or 3: 1. Kindly note that the Villa is a no-smoking house. Ashtrays are provided for smokers to smoke outside. We would like to point out gently to our guests that we are very environmentally aware and ask them to respect our green philosophy while living at the Villa. We provide facilities for separation of waste for recycling, composting, feeding the animals. The staff will remove such waste; we ask guests merely to cooperate with this system. In addition, we kindly ask guests to think about their lifestyle choices when staying at the Villa, such as selecting unpackaged or environmentally packaged food and other items instead of those using single-use plastic and being cognizant and prudent of their energy use. We encourage you not to think of such behaviour as "rules" but as the responsible and natural way to live in order to preserve, for future generations, the stunning environment in which we live. We would be delighted to show you other ways in which you can enjoy the luxury and grace of the Villa and still be environmentally friendly. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you at the Villa.

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