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Home Exchange in Italy, Umbria


Discover the essence of Italy,

 In the hills of Umbria

Unlike all the other regions of Italy, landlocked Umbria has no coastline or common border with another country. Central Umbria is roughly 110 miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, and about the same distance from the Adriatic to the east. While the fabled cities of the Amalfi Coast, Venice, Portofino and other seaside charmers draw the most tourists, the modern and historic cities of Umbria are relatively low-key with a quieter charm all their own and, for many, represent the essence of a holiday in Italy.
Roman, medieval and renaissance landmarks abound in practically every city in Umbria. Assisi, birthplace of Saints Francis and Gabriel, is a standout. The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a World Heritage Site since 2000, is regarded as one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in Italy. In addition, the range and quality of artwork housed there – including frescoes and other works by Giotto, Cimabue, Simone, Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti – makes it uniquely important in Italian art history.
Each town in the region has a claim to fame of some sort Norcia, the hometown of St. Benedict, is renown for its hams, sausages and black truffles. Spoleto is the site of the Festival dei Due Mondi, an important three-week cultural event held in late June/early July featuring music, theater and dance performances by artists from around the world. The hilltop town of Montefalco, and the valley below, is all about olive groves, vineyards, and delicious Sagrantino, Passito and Secco wines.
The tratorrias, restaurants and pizzerias throughout Umbria are phenomenal with the widest selection in Perugia, the regional capital. You can learn to prepare Umbrian specialties and sharpen your culinary skills with cooking lessons at the prestigious Peruygia Cordon Bleu Academy.
Right in the middle of the food, wine, history, and natural beauty of Umbria is the town of Todi, perched on a two-crested hill overlooking the east bank of the Tiber River. Todi has many historical castles, fortresses and ancient churches, but what makes it really special are the three International Vacation Home Exchange properties located here. For your inland Italian holiday, you can choose from an Umbrian villa, a boutique hotel, or an historic 17th Century mansion.
Home exchange #0839: – Beautful four bedroom villa in the Umbrian hills 

You enter this dramatic villa through a large arched brick porch where you can also dine al fresco. The lounge, with a big open fireplace, and the spacious kitchen are on the ground floor. The bedrooms, bathrooms, and a lovely glazed sun room are on the first floor. There is a pool and patio area with a large brick barbecue grill at the rear of the house. The crafts shops, antique stores, restaurants and attractions of Todi are just five km away.

Home Swap #0841 – Boutique hotel in the brian wine country.
Nestled in green rolling hills and surrounded by vineyards, Villa Sobreano is the quintessential Umbrian country house. Built in the 1800s, but renovated with every modern convenience, the villa is divided into four double rooms and two suites, each with its own private bath and sitting room. There is a lovely garden with a swimming pool and barbecue facilities for relaxing in the warm Italian sun. 

The lower section of the villa gives you access to a long gallery that houses ancient oak barrels used for storing and aging wine. The gallery leads to wine cellars beneath the villa where you can taste the wines produced on the Villa Sobrano estate.
A breakfast with homemade baked goods and sweets is offered daily. Savoury dishes are available on request. Delicious options for dining out are available in Todi, seven km away.
Property #0845 -- Seven-bedroom historical Villa Broglino

Villa Broglino is a 17th Century mansion that belonged in the same family until 1900. It has been carefully restored, preserving its original architecture and charm The kitchen is fully-equipped. There is TV, internet and Wi-Fi connections. The grounds of the Villa resemble a large park and slope down to an shady olive grove. A wonderful swimming pool and solarium complete the relaxation picture. The restaurants, shops, and historical sights of Todi are a five-minute drive away.


If you own a second home or a vacation-rental property anywhere in the world, the International Vacation Home Exchange can help you maximize its usage, plus give you a world of home exchange choices for your own vacation, through a home-swap system based on credits rather than simultaneous trade exchanges. Find out more about it, and what membership can mean to you, at www.ivhe.com.
For members wanting more details on these “molta bella” properties in Umbria, Italy, click on the property numbers above.


Blogsmith: Mike DiPrima

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