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“Perfect Tuscan Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Giulia
Loc. Caselle, 9 | loc. puntabella Tuoro sul trasimeno, 52040 Perugia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #68 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Perugia
Boston, MA USA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Perfect Tuscan Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2008

Villa Guilia

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!

  • Liked — The old world Tuscan beauty & spaciousness of house & grounds
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Palo Alto CA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2006

I rented Villa Giulia with two other families for a week in late June 2006. Although it was a bit further from Florence than I had originally intended, the location was excellent (about 20 minutes or less from Cortona), maybe 40 minutes to Perugia. Because it is located on the Tuscany/Umbria border, it is easy to get to Assisi, Gubbio (which I highly recommend), Deruta (best ceramics ever!) and other small hill towns in Tuscany such as Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino (I loved these towns as well).

The house is really a large house with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths and a smaller adjacent cottage with a living room, small kitchen and bedroom and bath.

We generally had a great stay, visited some interesting places but we did have some problems and the proprietor was not especially helpful. The property is listed as having air conditioning in all rooms of the house and cottage. During our stay, Italy was experiencing uncharacteristically hot weather for this time of year and the temperatures were close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit the entire week. In two of the five bedrooms, the air conditioning was not working! And even though this house is made of stone--believe me, it was not cool in the evenings so air conditioning was really needed. After our first night, we contacted the proprietor to tell her that the air conditioning was not functioning. She promised to have someone fix it. After much back and forth on the phone with her (which took time away from my vacation), someone did arrive to fix the air conditioning on Tuesday (the rental is from Saturday to Saturday so this is 3 days after our arrival). However, it still was not fixed so again I called to let her know and I also called the company we rented the house through. At that point she said she would get it fixed but since it was already Thursday and we were leaving first thing Saturday to catch trains to Florence and Rome, it didn't seem like anything would really get done in time. So I just requested that we get a fan, which we did.

Another problem we had with this house was a proliferation of wasps around the pool. Beautiful pool but hundreds of wasps. Again, we asked her to deal with this problem but it really didn't get dealt with to our satisfaction. Lake Trasimeno is not too far so when the kids wanted to go swimming, we took them to the lake (the lake is still a drive, not in your backyard).

The proprietor of this villa is very nice but she is not especially effective as a property manager. She has no instructions about how to use things in the house. She did show us how to use the washing machine although we had to purchase tokens from her for the machine. We had to call her to ask her to show us how to use the oven as it was not like an oven in the US. She had no checklist for a walkthrough with the clients as a way of showing them the various features of the house, etc.

My biggest problem is that when I came home and tried to get some compensation for the air conditioning problems since this was an expensive rental and it was billed as having air conditioning in all rooms, she not only refused to give us any money back, she told the rental company that she had never charged us for air conditioning, which in fact she did. She also told the rental company that breakdowns were not uncommon and she was upset that we were unhappy and complained.

Again, the pluses were that the house is very nice inside and nicely situated near a major highway and close to lots of interesting sights. However, if you are going in the summer and it might be hot, don't count on the air conditioning to work.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Problems with air conditioning and pool
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Loc. Caselle, 9 | loc. puntabella Tuoro sul trasimeno, 52040 Perugia, Italy
Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Perugia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Perugia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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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