We have stayed at Villa Guilia three times in 2003, 2004 and 2007. The visits in 2003 and 2007 were with our three adult children and three other friends for a special family vacation. In 2004 just my husband and I went and stayed in the small villa. We enjoyed our family vacation so much in 2003 that we returned again with our entire family in 2007. There was plenty of room both in the Villa and the surrounding grounds. We picked this Villa because it looked very nice and seemed to be in a great location on the Tuscan - Umbrian border near the southwest corner of Tuscany. We could not have been more pleased with our choice.
The villa has a large main house with 4 bedrooms. three full baths, great dining & living rooms. The kitchen is great for cooking! A second small self-contained house next to the main house is complete with 1 bedroom, full bath, kitchen and living room. There is also a covered outdoor patio with a table at the small house. This large property is at the base of a hill in an olive grove that overlooks Lake Trasimeno some distance away. There is also a large pool with pool chairs and a table with an umbrella that we enjoyed several times on warm days. The grounds of Villa Giulia are spacious & lovely.
We found the location to be excellent for our wonderful visits. This Villa is about 1 ½ hours drive from Florence and about 2 ½ house from Rome. From Villa Guilia we have easily visited: Cortona, Deruta (great ceramics), Perugia, Gubbio, Spoletto, Assisi, Orvieto, San Gimignano, Sienna, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montelcino, Arezzo and Chianti country in beautiful Tuscany. I don’t think that any of these locations was farther than a 2 hour drive. With the Italian people, wonderful food and beautiful countryside this area has brought us back time and time again.
The property is family owned and run. We found the proprietors to be warm, friendly, helpful people. The Villa was clean and well maintained. All of the necessities were provided and questions were quickly and cheerfully answered. The owners were so helpful in directing us to the small towns and many local restaurants that we probably never would have found on our own. The owners also offer free wine tasting and touring of their winery & olive groves. We truly made return visits because of this beautiful property, its wonderful location and also knowing the owners would again be helpful in making our visits memorable with their terrific suggestions.
There is always somewhere new to explore in this perfect Tuscan/Umbrian location, and others that require a return visit. This is why we have just booked our next return trip to Villa Giula for August of 2009!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Giulia, is situated below Tuscany Cortona area, and the Lake Trasimenowith its beautiful islands can be seen from the front of the Villa. The two buildings, originally old farmhouses mainly used for olive-pressing during the 18th century, have been recently renovated maintaining the original aesthetic and architectural characteristics. The sandstone of the buildings are in harmony with the interiors which are characterized by traditional terracotta floors, open fire places, arches and wooden beam ceilings. ... more less
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