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Are you looking for the best Umbria Holiday Villa Rentals with great activities, food and wine programs? Then…you are on the right track!

WELCOME TO TRUE UMBRIA

Stay in our Umbria holiday villa – an ideal location for families and friends vacation. Umbria is located right at the center of Italy, within easy reach from Rome and Florence. It is a beautiful region with many ancient hill towns, family run restaurants, medieval castles surrounded by wineries and it hosts many food festivals all year round. Umbria’s landscape is home to millions of flowers in summertime, the glorious foliage of fall, and is partially hidden under oceans of mystic mist on some winter days.

Villa Rentals

Villa Carina in Umbria - Aerial View

VILLA CARINA – 2 bedrooms

A cozy and comfortable villa into the nature!

From €750/week
Villa Cipresso in Umbria - Exterior View

VILLA CIPRESSO – 3 bedrooms

On the cliff of a mountain and surrounded by streams with memorable views

From €1300/week

OUR OWNER'S WORD

Mario Santoro

With over 20 years of experience in Villa rentals.... We always go the extra mile for our clients.

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CASTLE RENTAL

castle for rent in italy

A Stunning castle for rent in Italy!

From €7000/week

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Boutique Hotel Umbria - Hall

Simply the best location for your holidays!

From €135/day

FOOD and WINE

True Umbria - Pre Arrival Grocery

PRE ARRIVAL GROCERY PURCHASE

Just unpack, unwind, enjoy local wine upon arrival at Umbria holiday villa.

From €200
Cooking Class in Umbria

A COOK @ YOUR VILLA

In your Umbria Holiday Villa we are very proud to offer an “Authentic Italian Cuisine” experience.

From €35/person
Cooking Class in Umbria

COOKING CLASSES

Right at Umbria holiday villa, you can learn and participate in the preparation of local recipes.

From €60/person/meal
Olive Oil Tasting in Umbria

OLIVE OIL TASTING

It’s a big community party and let’s have lots of fun with the fresh olive oil making process.

From €60/person
Truffle Hunt and Tasting in Umbria

TRUFFLE HUNT & TASTING

Truffle hunting in Umbria is fun, and the truffles will be yours!!!

From €50/person
Wine Tasting in Umbria

WINE TASTINGS

This program includes a selection of wines, cheeses, prosciutto, salami and other finger food.

From €25/person

ACTIVITIES

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HIKING AND BIKING

Trekking in Umbria is just great, as well as biking. Great trails, with or without a guide

€10/person/hour
HorseBack Riding and Carriage in Umbria

HORSES AND CARRIAGE

You can partake in horse back riding or enjoy a nice relaxing carriage ride in the countryside.

€25/horse/hour
Family Vacation in Umbria

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Get rid of that gameboy, Ipad and digital world and go wild in the nature!

 €15/child/hour
Funky Farming in Umbria

Get back into shape with some good old fashioned outdoor activities!

€20/person/hour
Art Classes in Umbria

CONTEMPORARY ART PROGRAM

This program includes Artist’s studio visit, Art Workshops and more…

€20/person/hour
Transfers in Umbria

TRANSFERS

Airport transfer service to our Umbria holiday villa is available upon your needs.

From €220/car
Owner Mario Santoro is the perfect guide to the area – full of local knowledge and ideas, he provides instant answers to all questions and treats his visitors as if they were friends.

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Tim Owen

★★★★★
Loved our week at Villa Pianesante. Our host, Mario, made us feel right at home. Location is convenient to the train; which we took to both Florence and Rome.

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Michael Civitella

★★★★★
Mario is so kind and helpful and made our stay one that we hope to repeat next year.

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Clare Jones

★★★★★
Our host Mario was very helpful in each matters. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

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Elzbieta Pieprzowska

★★★★★
The management is just fantastic and walking distance form the house there is a fantastic local traditional restaurant with a children playground.

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Deepak Kumar

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Our host Mario is a very warm and kind person who goes out of his way to make sure you enjoy your stay.

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Richard Grosbard

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The local produce is by far the best we have tasted during our travels and Mario is the ultimate host as nothing is ever too much trouble.

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Colette Cousins

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We found a bottle of oil, wine and fresh flowers in every room … nice details that make the start of any even more pleasant holiday. Our arrival and ‘was warmly welcomed by Mario, the owner and’ fascinating entrepreneur of Roman origin, courteous, kind, funny and personable and professional, in short, of those who did not are almost no more.

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Simona Monnati

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True Umbria offers ideal location for family vacations and reunions or a group of friends looking for a great time together with fantastic hospitality!

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In just a few days, we will be lucky enough to arrive here in Todi, the closest town to where we are staying. Todi is a magnificent hilltop town which is the perfect size to explore on foot or bike. #todi #umbriatourism #hilltoptowns #umbriatours #verdeitalia_umbria #joinus It’s ... See MoreSee Less

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Fantastic location for a Family Reunion

The Castello del Falco is an entire Hamlet that you can rent exclusively, for a family reunion or a group of friends !

It is composed by individual units, each with a kitchenette and an open fireplace. The Castle features a spacious dining area, a common kitchen and a heated pool. It provides spaces for the get together times, but also privacy for each family. There are very few locations in Umbria with such features. If you are planning a family reunion, or if you are planning a gathering of friends, we will delighted to put together a proposal for your stay. It will include accomodation, food & wine activities, sightseeing, yoga classes, horseback riding and much more. Over the years, we have organized many events. Our staff is perfectly trained, and we look forward to welcoming you !!!

www.true-umbria.com/castle-for-rent-in-italy/

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Fantastic location for a Family Reunion

The Castello del Falco is an entire Hamlet that you can rent exclusively, for a family reunion or a group of friends !

It is composed by individual units, each with a kitchenette and an open fireplace. The Castle features a spacious dining area, a common kitchen and a heated pool. It provides spaces for the get together times, but also privacy for each family. There are very few locations in Umbria with such features. If you are planning a family reunion, or if you are planning a gathering of friends, we will delighted to put together a proposal for your stay. It will include accomodation, food & wine activities, sightseeing, yoga classes, horseback riding and much more. Over the years, we have organized many events. Our staff is perfectly trained, and we look forward to welcoming you !!!

https://www.true-umbria.com/castle-for-rent-in-italy/

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4 months ago

Features your villa should have !
What features your villa should have to bring the best comfort to the guests? Below is some sharing from Mario - an expert in villa rental service in Italy and this will help you better equip your properties.

The two absolutely essential factors for success are being able to offer the right type of home and, in a shared first place, excellent marketing for the object.

When I talk about the type, it concerns characteristics that the modern tourist has in his or her requirements package. The right materials, appearance, interior etc. Not too rustic, not too modern but exactly the right mix that makes you feel at home, with local touches, but above all with the comfort you're used to at home.

Rustic is out, trendy is in.The big rental companies are raising the bar for landlords and many are now lagging behind. Mosquito netting, air conditioning, fast internet, en-suite bathrooms, large modern open kitchens, nice swimming pool, the list goes on!

In terms of size, most demand for 3 bedrooms, not isolated in terms of location, but close to amenities and preferably within walking distance of a cappuccino.In order to achieve a good result in this market, advertising on the standard portals is no longer sufficient. I myself, for example, manage several houses with good results, but I also spent a lot of time, money and attention on marketing. As one of the few, I also explore long-term rentals, also only for foreign clients. However, I would like to say straight away that the biggest challenge is heating costs. gas is extremely expensive here and the old stone houses are difficult to heat. Underfloor heating and a system with a heat pump are indispensable for rental outside the summer season. The average price of a (3 bedroom) home that meets the above story is around 500 -700.000 It depends on the area as well, Umbria is very diverse and in some areas the prices are higher or lower than elsewhere. That also reflects in the demand for holiday homes that are usually slightly lower in cheaper areas.

A good option in the current market is to find a house that is for sale at a reasonable price in need of a makeover but that is (structurally) in good condition. With new bathrooms, kitchen and gadgets you can often find an attractive deal.
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Features your villa should have !
What features your villa should have to bring the best comfort to the guests? Below is some sharing from Mario - an expert in villa rental service in Italy and this will help you better equip your properties. 

The two absolutely essential factors for success are being able to offer the right type of home and, in a shared first place, excellent marketing for the object.

When I talk about the type, it concerns characteristics that the modern tourist has in his or her requirements package. The right materials, appearance, interior etc. Not too rustic, not too modern but exactly the right mix that makes you feel at home, with local touches, but above all with the comfort youre used to at home.

Rustic is out, trendy is in.The big rental companies are raising the bar for landlords and many are now lagging behind. Mosquito netting, air conditioning, fast internet, en-suite bathrooms, large modern open kitchens, nice swimming pool, the list goes on!

In terms of size, most demand for 3 bedrooms, not isolated in terms of location, but close to amenities and preferably within walking distance of a cappuccino.In order to achieve a good result in this market, advertising on the standard portals is no longer sufficient. I myself, for example, manage several houses with good results, but I also spent a lot of time, money and attention on marketing. As one of the few, I also explore long-term rentals, also only for foreign clients. However, I would like to say straight away that the biggest challenge is heating costs. gas is extremely expensive here and the old stone houses are difficult to heat. Underfloor heating and a system with a heat pump are indispensable for rental outside the summer season. The average price of a (3 bedroom) home that meets the above story is around 500 -700.000  It depends on the area as well, Umbria is very diverse and in some areas the prices are higher or lower than elsewhere. That also reflects in the demand for holiday homes that are usually slightly lower in cheaper areas.

A good option in the current market is to find a house that is for sale at a reasonable price in need of a makeover but that is (structurally) in good condition. With new bathrooms, kitchen and gadgets you can often find an attractive deal.
4 months ago

Tips to Buy a Property in Umbria

To own a property in Italy is in the dreams of many northern Europeans….because of the mild weather we have here, the great food and wine, and the Italian’s friendliness and lifestyle. In my own experience, I have facilitated many former clients (and now friends) to buy and renovate, and thought I would share in this post some short comments on this matter.

Not only I have assisted these clients in the buying/renovating process, but I have been marketing and managing their properties for rentals, when not used by the owners. With respect to buying a property in Umbria and keeping it as an investment and renting it out when you are not using it, I think this is a good idea indeed, but, there are a few points that have to be taken into consideration :

- It is very difficult to find "the perfect villa": most potential buyers are looking for a villa with 3/4 bedrooms, a pool, big windows and bright rooms, open space kitchen/living, outdoor patios, not much land, a view, and at a walking distance from some nice little town. And this with a budget of 400/500.000 euros. Well, this simply does not exist in Umbria, and if it exists, it has been recently built and is not for sale. Most of the houses in Umbria have been built with a "rural mentality", so something completely different: windows are small, rooms are many (and small).

- Bureaucracy in Italy is a disaster, so the amount of time and patience required is huge. Buyers inevitably end up in the hands of some geometra or some commercilaista or who know who - and have to pray God that those consultants are honest people. Bureaucracy has to do with every step of a similar projects : acquisition, renovation, rentals, and every step is a headache (unless you ave been doing this for the past 20 years).

Also agents tend to be very superficial, and every this is always "all right": they get their commission at the moment the deal si agreed on both side, and if some shit happens afterwards, they simply say "ops, I didn't know". I have seen this many times....

- Rentals are kind of doing well, but - unless the owner uses the house very little time - not really profitable. Meaning that the owner will be able to cover: taxes, agents' fees, staff, maintenance, but after that, not very much left.... in my opinion, the real reason of renting (except the fact that you won't have any cost), is that the house will be always in perfect conditions, and you can use it for your own fun, not worrying about reparations and other headaches, and invite friends, colleagues etc etc that - having a staff on site - will enjoy their stay very much without you having any kind of trouble

This said, and being realistic, I think that the best thing to do is to buy a land with a building permission, so the owner can build the house with all the features he likes. This will take - from the moment the deed is signed to the moment the owner will walk into the finished house - about 30 months. Certainly the owner will need very good consultants (that are expensive and rare, and my suggestion is www.renovatinginumbria.com), and a budget of Euro 650.000 for a house of 200 square meters with a pool:

100.000 for the land

450.000 for constructions

100.000 for consultants, taxes and other costs

What I can say, is that life in Umbria is very pleasant: it is an unpolluted area, super safe (we barely lock doors), people are friendly and food and wine are memorable. We are also very near a major airport, so everything is at easy reach. The problem is having a realistic approach, and not fantasies about the Italian clichè. Italy is fun and beautiful, but Italians are messy, disorganized, and unfortunately tend to be layers and not very honest, spec when it comes to "stranieri" (foreigners). This does not mean that "stranieri" can not have a nice experience here, but better watch out...
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Tips to Buy a Property in Umbria

To own a property in Italy is in the dreams of many northern Europeans….because of the mild weather we have here, the great food and wine, and the Italian’s friendliness and lifestyle. In my own experience, I have facilitated many former clients (and now friends) to buy and renovate, and thought I would share in this post some short comments on this matter.

Not only I have assisted these clients in the buying/renovating process, but I have been marketing and managing their properties for rentals, when not used by the owners. With respect to buying a property in Umbria and keeping it as an investment and renting it out when you are not using it, I think this is a good idea indeed, but, there are a few points that have to be taken into consideration :

- It is very difficult to find the perfect villa: most potential buyers are looking for a villa with 3/4 bedrooms, a pool, big windows and bright rooms, open space kitchen/living, outdoor patios, not much land, a view, and at a walking distance from some nice little town. And this with a budget of 400/500.000 euros. Well, this simply does not exist in Umbria, and if it exists, it has been recently built and is not for sale. Most of the houses in Umbria have been built with a rural mentality, so something completely different: windows are small, rooms are many (and small).

- Bureaucracy in Italy is a disaster, so the amount of time and patience required is huge. Buyers inevitably end up in the hands of some geometra or some commercilaista or who know who - and have to pray God that those consultants are honest people. Bureaucracy has to do with every step of a similar projects : acquisition, renovation, rentals, and every step is a headache (unless you ave been doing this for the past 20 years). 

Also agents tend to be very superficial, and every this is always all right: they get their commission at the moment the deal si agreed on both side, and if some shit happens afterwards, they simply say ops, I didnt know. I have seen this many times....

- Rentals are kind of doing well, but - unless the owner uses the house very little time - not really profitable. Meaning that the owner will be able to cover: taxes, agents fees, staff, maintenance, but after that, not very much left.... in my opinion, the real reason of renting (except the fact that you wont have any cost), is that the house will be always in perfect conditions, and you can use it for your own fun, not worrying about reparations and other headaches, and invite friends, colleagues etc etc that - having a staff on site - will enjoy their stay very much without you having any kind of trouble

This said, and being realistic, I think that the best thing to do is to buy a land with a building permission, so the owner can build the house with all the features he likes. This will take - from the moment the deed is signed  to the moment the owner will walk into the finished house - about 30 months. Certainly the owner will need very good consultants (that are expensive and rare, and my suggestion is www.renovatinginumbria.com), and a budget of Euro 650.000 for a house of 200 square meters with a pool:

100.000 for the land

450.000 for constructions

100.000 for consultants, taxes and other costs

What I can say, is that life in Umbria is very pleasant: it is an unpolluted area, super safe (we barely lock doors), people are friendly and food and wine are memorable. We are also very near a major airport, so everything is at easy reach. The problem is having a realistic approach, and not fantasies about the Italian clichè. Italy is fun and beautiful, but Italians are messy, disorganized, and unfortunately tend to be layers and not very honest, spec when it comes to stranieri (foreigners). This does not mean that stranieri can not have a nice experience here, but better watch out...

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Good advice!

5 months ago

Long term vacation-Best place to retireTuscany vs #Umbria

Many foreigners get confused about the differences between Tuscany and #Umbria. Both are central regions of Italy and they are neighbors so Tuscany and #Umbria share many things in common, but still there are significant differences. In any case, #Umbria is definitely a hidden gem of Italy that is worth a discovery. Read on and decide what destination would be the best for your next vacation, or even a new home for relocation.


Similarities
1) Nature, landscape: hills and mountains
2) Architecture: mostly stone built houses with gorgeous driveways
3) Quality of life: oustanding food and wine experience
4) Eco system – organic products - clean air - unpolluted environment
5) Weather: fresh, nice breeze, mild weather and many sunny days year round.

Differences
1) Mentality: Tuscan people are more cosmopolitan and self-confident, sometimes arrogant and snob. Umbrian people: are more traditional, shy, self-conscious, it is a rural area, after all

2) Prices: "Tuscany" is a very strong brand, thus high prices! #Umbria is way more affordable, value for money, super honest prices!
3) Tourism: Tuscany tends to have everything designed for tourists an crowds while #Umbria has is designed both by and for locals

This said, we consider and recommend #Umbria as an ideal place for retirees and long term stay for families. Come and find out yourself !
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Long term vacation-Best place to retireTuscany vs #Umbria
 
Many foreigners get confused about the differences between Tuscany and #Umbria. Both are central regions of Italy and they are neighbors so Tuscany and #Umbria share many things in common, but still there are significant differences. In any case, #Umbria is definitely a hidden gem of Italy that is worth a discovery. Read on and decide what destination would be the best for your next vacation, or even a new home for relocation.

 
Similarities
1) Nature, landscape: hills and mountains
2) Architecture: mostly stone built houses with gorgeous driveways
3) Quality of life: oustanding food and wine experience
4) Eco system – organic products - clean air - unpolluted environment
5) Weather: fresh, nice breeze, mild weather and many sunny days year round.
 
Differences
1) Mentality: Tuscan people are more cosmopolitan and self-confident, sometimes arrogant and snob. Umbrian people: are more traditional, shy, self-conscious, it is a rural area, after all

2) Prices: Tuscany is a very strong brand, thus high prices! #Umbria is way more affordable, value for money, super honest prices!
3) Tourism: Tuscany tends to have everything designed for tourists an crowds while #Umbria has is designed both by and for locals
 
This said, we consider and recommend #Umbria as an ideal place for retirees and long term stay for families. Come and find out yourself !Image attachment
5 months ago

Horseback riding in Umbria for children.... Horseback riding in the green woods of Umbria is just an incredible experience. There are several stables that offer this kind of activity. What we do at True Umbria is focused on children. We teach them how to approach a horse and make friends with him. For kids over the age of 6, we gently put them on the horse and offer the family a great photo opportunity. It is a simple, and super safe activity. It will be a lot of joy to the little ones and can potentially mean for them the beginning of a long path of love for horses.

This activity can be combined with a visit to a local stable where we can feed animals, and that is always a lot of fun.
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Horseback riding in Umbria for children.... Horseback riding in the green woods of Umbria is just an incredible experience. There are several stables that offer this kind of activity. What we do at True Umbria is focused on children. We teach them how to approach a horse and make friends with him. For kids over the age of 6, we gently put them on the horse and offer the family a great photo opportunity.  It is a simple, and super safe activity. It will be a lot of joy to the little ones and can potentially mean for them the beginning of a long path of love for horses.

This activity can be combined with a visit to a local stable where we can feed  animals, and that is always a lot of fun.
5 months ago

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