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Sleeps:
8
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
3
Type:
Villa
Property #:
16525
Nearest Town:
Torre Alfina

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Villa del Castello

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Overall:
I had stayed at the villa two years ago. It was great then and even more amazing this time. There is a new shower in the upstairs bathroom. Alex and Olga were very helpful. One of the members of our group had ancestors originating from nearby Aquapedente. Alex tried to track down their history! We even got to watch the baseball world series at the local gelateria at 1:30 in the AM. Jeff, the owner, helped to arrange this! Don't think we could ever replicate our stay!! Three of us had a cooking classs with a friend of the owners. It was in a fantastic castle in a nearby town. The experience and food was great. We would highly recommend this. The contact was provided by the villa. Visited several vineyards and wine tastings. One in particular was very special and it is a don't miss for wine lovers. It is located in Moltacino--called called Nostravita.
Enjoyed Most:
Loved the location. Walked downtown each evening to purchase meat from the butcher. Grilled outside each night. The weather was unusually warm so we ate outside under the arbor each night.
Surrounding Area:
The hills and scenery is breathtaking.
Nearby Events or Locales:
There were several towns we visited. Orvieto was quite close. Especially enjoyed Pienza.
Tips or Restaurants:
We mainly cooked in each night and had lunch out. All of the restaurants we tried were great especially in Pienza and Montalcino. The restaurant at the hotel around the corner from the villa has great pizza!
Directions:
We had no problems. We used a GPS.
Check In Out:
Everything was perfect. Alex and Olga had a tray of cheeses and meats upon our arrival and Olga made us a cake early in the week! Everything was wonderful.

Maryellen, November

Overall:
This was our second visit to the villa and it did not disappoint. The villa is a home away from home, with better amenities. We are a Boomer couple who love to cook and eat and enjoy downtime away from our everyday lives (yet with good connectivity). The beds are great, the villa is well-appointed (Jeff has more All Clad pans than I have at home), and Alex and Olga are attentive, caring caretakers. The highlights the view of the castle (Torre) from the backyard, the pizza from the restaurant next door, Jeff's list of recommendations for nearby trattorias, the cozy chairs in the library, the dining room fireplace, the fresh eggs from the villa's hens, and the sausages from the village macelleria. We will be back.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina, with two butchers, a gelateria, a church, a weekly produce truck, quirky art and a good trattoria. The villa is at the edge of the village, one minute away.
Directions:
The directions were easy to follow.

Liz, October

Overall:
Perfect
Enjoyed Most:
Beautifully kept and decorated. Outstanding quality of everything and a very hospitable welcoming.
Surrounding Area:
Wonderful, historic little Italian town and lots of others around for day trips.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfreda, yes.
Tips or Restaurants:
I've never eaten in a bad Italian restaurant...in Italy, that is.
Directions:
Did not use GPS.

Carol, September

Overall:
Perfection! Exactly what we had hoped! The beauty of a country villa yet within driving distance of everything we wanted to see and then some!
Enjoyed Most:
Everything: the beds were comfortable, rooms spacious, bathrooms fully equipped, modern kitchen gorgeous, an outside patio, and our own private wine cellar!
Surrounding Area:
Great location for day trips. We managed to explore about 3 different towns each day.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was the town the villa was located in. We walked to get gelato each evening and walked to each of the 2 restaurants for dinner. One evening on our way home we lucked in to band practice held by the men of the town and enjoyed our own private concert! Great, great fun.
Tips or Restaurants:
Know that Italians are on different time schedules than Americans. They do not really eat breakfast and dinner usually begins about 8 PM. The restaurants do not seem to have a set schedule so be sure they will be open when you plan a dinner in town. Gelato was the best ever, everywhere we went people would refer to the gelato in Torre Alfina. We made a connection with an American, Mark Shattuck, who lives in town and arranged a couple of day tours with him; he knows a little bit about everyone and everything and hooked us up with some wonderful adventures-- a castle tour, winery tour, and cooking class and dinner. This was our 5th trip to Italy and was the best ever. The villa was a perfect way to travel!
Check In Out:
Had no problems with anything. We were late arriving so I made a phone call to the key holder and he came to the property, let a chef in that with whom we had made arrangements, was also there to meet us with keys and info when we finally arrived.

Janet, October

Overall:
From Alex's welcome to Olga's jams, the beautiful surroundings, the lovely villa, the gelateria close by, and the fabulously equipped kitchen, the experience was wonderful.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything! The beautiful decor, the attention to detail, the quiet location, the lovely garden, the outdoor living spaces, we loved it all!
Surrounding Area:
We loved visiting Civita di Bagnoreggio and other close by towns. We really enjoyed the quiet and the fact that we could just relax and be there.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were in the town of Torre Alfina, so we could walk to dinner, shop, or gelato!
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't miss the gelato! The restaurant near the villa is very good, too.
Directions:
We did not use a GPS. We just followed the directions that were sent to us, and we drove straight to the villa.
Check In Out:
Alex could not have been nicer or more helpful.

Judy, September

Overall:
Villa del Castello is a very special place. It's located in a charming little village with a beautiful castle. We loved meeting the residents of Torre Alfina. We even hung out with them when Italy was in the Euro Cup finals, plus we got a tour of Fabio's gelato factory a kilometer away from the town center. We very much felt at home and were sad to leave after our two-week stay.
Enjoyed Most:
The house, inside and outside, is outstanding. Indoors, the bedrooms are very spacious, the furniture is beautiful and the ceilings are very high. Outdoors, the pergola is very comfortable and inviting, the gardens are lovely and there was plenty of space for our kids to play on the lawn. And you can't beat the view of the castle!
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding area is lovely and peaceful...and not too many tourists (unlike in major centers and in the heart of Tuscany)! My husband enjoyed going for long bike rides and checking out nearby villages.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is located in the village of Torre Alfina. We were within easy walking distance of a butcher, baker, small grocery store, gelato shop and bar. Everyone is friendly, but don't expect the locals to speak English. Having said that, we got by fine thanks to our English-Italian dictionary.
Tips or Restaurants:
The local restaurant--only two minutes by foot from the villa--is good and very reasonably priced. We ate there all the time! We also used their pool on a regular basis, which was a big bonus.

Michelle, July

Overall:
We all had a marvelous time. The beds were most comfortable, the other furnishings were good quality and in good repair. We especially liked the physical location because of the easy access to places and experiences we wanted to enjoy. The caretaker and his wife were so very helpful throughout the visit. By the end of the week, we felt completely at home and sort of resented the next group of renters coming in to take "our" villa.
Enjoyed Most:
I think that the most wonderful thing was the pergola. We used that almost exclusively as long as the weather permitted. Coffee and breakfast, dinner in the evenings, it was always our gathering place. Of course, that's not to say we didn't enjoy the garden, fruit trees, herbs, ornamentals, etc. It's just about too difficult to pick one thing.
Enjoyed Least:
The honest answer is that we had to leave at all. I do believe we would all have stayed forever if we could. The only negative is that the kitchen, while adequate, could not accommodate all of us at the same time, and therefore limited our "cooking together" time.
Surrounding Area:
We loved the small towns with the winding streets and the walls, and the countryside as a whole. The weather was wonderful, even on the day it rained. We especially liked the proximity of Torre Alfino and the good restaurant and gelateria that we found there.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We could walk into town in about 2 minutes from the villa. While small, it had most everything we needed.
Tips or Restaurants:
We did a chef's day at Zeppelin in Orvieto with Chef Lorenzo Poleghri. A wonderful experience. We also went to the Castello Banfi winery and enjoyed a leisurely tasting lunch and winery tour. I would recommend either or both for future renters. As far as things to bring--an extra stomach and plenty of extra room in the bags for the treasures they will surely find. I would also be sure to go to Deruta for Italian ceramics.
Directions:
Used a GPS, with addresses. It helped a lot. Takes some effort to make out what the voice is saying--bad Italian from an English speaker.

Steve, June

Overall:
Staying at the Villa del Castello is like being in paradise! The villa is charming and set in serene and peaceful gardens. Lovely soft air, amazing views of the medieval castle, coffee in the garden listening to nature under the pergola covered with climbing vines. Privacy, yet at the edge of the village. One of the best holidays I've ever had anywhere. Alex and Olga are the couple who took wonderful care of us and they became our friends. The house is complete and has everything you might need. Gorgeous kitchen, well-stocked. Lovely sitting room, dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms kept in pristine condition. Wine cellar is fantastic. Laundry room with washer, dryer, iron and ironing board came in very handy. Great supermarkets in Aquapendente with local shops in Torre Alfina such as a meat shop, bread shop, small market and two cafes/gelaterias. Dont forget to visit the Coop in Aquapendente, an excellent supermarket.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved everything about the beautiful villa, landscaped with flower gardens and pots of flowers and herbs. A wonderful vegetable garden, as well. Wonderful, friendly people in the village, Connie and Carlo's Ristorante Nuovo Castello in Torre Alfina, Sarchionis and Simone, outdoor concerts in the center of town, trips to Aquapendente, weekly open markets, exquisite drive to Orvieto with hills and valleys of olive trees and vineyards. The owner and his wife were very gracious, calling us upon our arrival.
Enjoyed Least:
We loved everything about the property!
Surrounding Area:
We loved Aquapendente and the Toscana restaurant, Orvieto with it glorious cathedral and great restaurant I Sette Consuli, Montepulciano and A Gambe di Gatto restaurant, Trattoria da Gianfranco in Trevinano, and Osteria del Ceccottino in Pitigliano - all superb culinary experiences. I guess you can see how much we adore Italian food. Also, not to miss is the Festival of flowers, the art exhibit in the town hall, the two churches in Torre Alfina, and climbing around the castle for the spectacular views
Nearby Events or Locales:
Perhaps Castel Viscardo is the closest but it is not within walking distance. Great restaurant there however, La Pergoletta.
Tips or Restaurants:
Garmin GPS system is a necessity. Buy one in the US and download the Italian maps. You will be glad you did. Roads like the Via Cassia are not crowded and it's easy to drive through the regions of Lazio, Tuscany, and Umbria. Roads are well-marked except for there being too many small signs on each post!
Directions:
We used the directions and arrived without any problems
Check In Out:
Alex and Olga were superb. They are very professional yet fun and lovely to chat with. I can't imagine being at the villa without them. Alex was waiting at the villa when we arrived and helped us on a daily basis - right up until the time we departed.

Sandy , June

Overall:
The villa and town were perfect! Alex was very helpful. We went to a Brunello winery where we had a private tour and 4 course wine tasting lunch! Mark, an American guide who lives in town, arranged it for us.
Enjoyed Most:
The decor is well appointed. Grounds are great. We had unusually warm weather for November so were able to take advantage of the outside dining. Loved the butcher in town and of course, the gelateria.
Surrounding Area:
Went to Orvieto which was beautiful. Montepulciano, Pienza, and Montalcino. Had previously spent 3 days in Florence before driving to the villa.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest small town was Aquapendente. Drove there for a larger grocery store.
Tips or Restaurants:
It was great to have a PC and Internet access provided. The Tom Tom was not that useful. Didn't really need it as the roads are well marked. Likes the restaurant near the villa.
Directions:
We tried to use the directions provided from the Florence airport, but they were confusing since we were coming from Rome. Eventually, we figured it out. A GPS would have been helpful.

Maryellen, November

Overall:
We loved the village location, being able to walk to the stores, etc. The villa itself was lovely, beds comfortable, the grounds beautiful. Having the wine cellar was certainly a plus. Taking the trip to the vineyard was a highlight.
Enjoyed Most:
The outside dining area. Frequent trips to get a gelato and/or cappuccino in town.
Enjoyed Least:
There was no place to hang clothes in one upstairs bedroom.
Surrounding Area:
Torre Alfina village itself and other local small villages. We had a local guide (and American) take us on a wonderful day trip to a Tuscan winery and the town of Pienza.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina. Yes, the villa is within the town itself.
Tips or Restaurants:
The bread at the local bakery is not so great. The Torre Alfina local market is good but you need to know its schedule.
Directions:
We had an airport pickup from Francis who is based out of London. A local fellow, Mark Shark, is American and is also available for airport service.
Check In Out:
We were warmly welcomed at Check-In but felt a little rushed upon Check-Out. As a result, we inadvertently took the cheese and ham which was for the next set of renters.

Virginia, October

Overall:
Excellent.
Enjoyed Most:
Location, comfort.
Enjoyed Least:
There was a large open field behind the villa where several local teenagers rode their dirt bikes in the evening. It was very noisy and annoying. We chased them off a couple of times.
Surrounding Area:
It was like living in a postcard. We visited 21 hill towns in our 3-week stay.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is in Torre Alfina so the whole town was in our backyard.

Carol, October

Overall:
From the moment we entered the villa we were enchanted by its loveliness. The first day really set the tone for the rest of the week. Alex showed us around and made us feel very welcomed and fortunate to be spending our vacation at Villa del Castello. He provided a light meal for us including chilled wine which we enjoyed under the lovely grape arbor. He also stocked the frig with eggs and other breakfast items we'd need in the morning. In short our stay and the accommodations always met or exceeded our expectations.
Enjoyed Most:
It's hard to choose what we liked most about the property. My husband was delighted with the garden fresh tomatoes and other produce. We all enjoyed relaxing with a glass of wine from the wine cellar after a busy day. And I simply loved the windows. They were large enough to let in lots of sunshine and breezes and closed tightly enough to keep out noise and the morning light. We all slept late that first morning thanks to the comfy beds and those great windows. The villa was a marvelous place to just relax.
Enjoyed Least:
My son and his wife used the bathroom with the whirlpool tub, but they missed having a shower. Editor's Note: The bathroom was completely redone in 2013; there is now a claw-foot bathtub and a separate shower with large showerhead.
Surrounding Area:
Torre Alfina was a pretty little town and Sarchiones Gelateria was a favorite spot to visit in the evening. Our favorite day trips were to Sovana, Pitigliano, Civita di Bagnoreggio and the Decugnano dei Barbi winery.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We loved that the villa was in Torre Alfina and within walking distance to the grocery, bakery and gelateria and 2 good restaurants.
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't worry about bringing anything. The villa is completely stocked with anything you might need, from beach towels to spices to laundry detergent.
Directions:
We got a little lost even though we used a GPS. It seems to be a bit more challenging to make the correct turns when there are so many little streets so close together.
Check In Out:
The check in process was good overall and Alex was very warm and welcoming, but I would have appreciated a quick explanation of how the dishwasher worked. We figured it out, but it was a little confusing.

Sandra, July

Overall:
Our week at Villa del Castello was fabulous! Torre Alfina is a charming little village with more to offer than you would expect from a place with only 400 residents. It was a good base to explore the area, but was also a wonderful spot to hang out and relax.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything was great--better than we expected. Use of the wine cellar and produce from the garden was an amazing bonus.
Surrounding Area:
Sarchioni's Gelateria was a regular stop and the people there were delightful. We particularly enjoyed our visit to the facility where they produced their delicious gelato. If you think gelato tastes great, you should try pistachio right after it's made! Orvieto and Acquapendente were both towns worthy of exploring.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was the perfect little village. It was wonderful to go for a walk and discover some of the quirky pieces of contemporary art.
Tips or Restaurants:
You don't need to bring anything along with you--Villa del Castello is completely stocked with everything you could possibly need or want! Both of the restaurants in Torre Alfina were very good. People were very accepting of our shaky attempts at Italian. Sarchioni's was the spot for cappuccino each morning, and the place next door had delicious pastries. We had arranged to spend one morning in a cooking lesson at Zeppelin, a restaurant in Orvieto. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our entire trip. Chef Lorenzo welcomed us into his kitchen and then we shared a relaxed lunch eating all of the dishes we had created.
Directions:
We had some difficulty getting out of Orvieto due to a lack of highway signs. Once we were on the right track we were fine.
Check In Out:
Alex and his wife, Olga, were very welcoming and made the process of checking in very easy.

Judy, July

Overall:
Fourteen thumbs up--two for each of the seven people who stayed there. We were expecting a great place to stay, but we were not prepared for the quality of the furnishings and features. They were above and beyond our wildest expectations.
Enjoyed Most:
The outside area was a wonderful gathering place in the evenings with the cool breeze continuing into the night. The stocked wine cellar added a lot to the ambiance...
Enjoyed Least:
I can't really think of much not to like. There were only two restaurants in Torre Alfina, but that has nothing to do with the property. We had to travel a few kilometers to go to different places to eat.
Surrounding Area:
The proximity of several interesting places - Orvieto, Tuscany, hill towns.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were directly in Torre Alfina, within a five minute walking of two good restaurants and two good gelato shops. The small grocery store was usually adequate for our breakfast needs.
Tips or Restaurants:
Don't forget to pack a light jacket or fleece. It might be 90 degrees in Rome but evenings on the patio might get a bit cool in Torre Alfina.
Directions:
We used a GPS but it was totally unnecessary. The directions from Rentvillas were much clearer and more direct
Check In Out:
It couldn't have been any easier. Alex met us at the front gate as we pulled up, and after his brief but thorough explanations, we were inside choosing bedrooms within five minutes.

Charles, July

Overall:
I think Americans sometimes have the idea that we must escape to a paradise in order to have a wonderful, wonderful experience. But it's just not true. Paradise is boring--unless you only intend to stay there 3 days. Because if you stay more, you might notice that birds sometimes fight, that it rains on occasion, that teenagers like to ride dirt bikes for a couple of hours on the weekends. You might notice that the castle interior was closed. But as for the people you encounter? Angels, every one of them. No wings. But angels nonetheless. And after all, what would paradise be without a few challenges here and there?
Enjoyed Most:
It was so peaceful, shady and sunny both, comforting to hear the bells, wonderful to be able to walk into town and the local restaurants without exerting too much energy, or around the village if you wanted to exert a bit more energy, or up the castle roads if you wanted to feel the burn. I loved doing the laundry and hanging the clothes on the line, lying in the hammock and watching the astonishing clouds and lush, lush greenery. And I loved the bird that said la-dee-dah dah, Richard.
Enjoyed Least:
If you rent a car, try to get a smaller one--not a huge Mercedes automatic as I did.The gates are a bit hard to maneuver around and it becomes tedious whenever you go out to have to open and close them. On the other hand, get your passenger to do it! There is no shower in the bathroom with the Jacuzzi and frankly it does take forever for the Jacuzzi to fill. The other bathroom on that floor is the en suite one in the master bedroom. So basically, two of the 3 rooms on the top floor don't have access to a shower close by unless they "share" the one in the master bedroom. What my guests did was use the one downstairs. Editor's Note: The bathroom was completely redone in 2013; there is now a claw-foot bathtub and a separate shower with large showerhead.
Surrounding Area:
OMG, it was by far and away the most beautiful, surprising, heart-filling and heart-stopping countryside I've ever seen. You can drive to a different town every day to see something very special.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town you are part of is Torre Alfina. Once I worked up the courage to go for walks around the village and go into the bar/gelateria and sit and talk to people, all was well. Everyone you pass on the street will give you privacy if you prefer but on the other hand, if you look up and smile as you pass them and say in a nice booming voice Buon giorno, buon pomeriggio, or buona sera, everyone will return your smile and greeting. The gelateria takes about 5 easy minutes to walk to.
Tips or Restaurants:
You know, the whole point is to have a "foreign" experience! Watching TV is a bit difficult so instead, I read books. The living room, which looks a bit overstuffed at first glance, is absolutely wonderful for after-dinner games, conversation, reading. It became my favorite room. I'm not really that interested in restaurant finds but the lists that Jeff and Robin provide and the guest book suggestions will keep you in great food if that's what you want!
Directions:
Heaven knows I tried to use the GPS. I just couldn't program it right--you'll need someone who can set it up. I think if done properly, it can be a help in getting around, on the other hand after two or three outings, I was just fine and when I went to other places, getting lost was half the fun. But I will say that although there are many signs on all the roads, they often direct you only to the nearest small villages rather than to your final destination. So yes, a GPS is a good thing to have.
Check In Out:
Just remember you will be asked upon arrival for a good-sized deposit. But by the time Alex, the caretaker, charms you with his bashful smile and gentle ways, it won't hurt a bit.

Ellen, June

Overall:
What a wonderful treat to myself for my 65th birthday. Eight of my family and a truly beautiful and pristine villa in Lazio. I can not say enough about the way it was kept and the attention that was give to every detail. Everything in the kitchen was top notch and high end. Alex and Olga are jems. I can not say enough about the way they looked out for our needs.
Enjoyed Most:
From the arbor to the great bathrooms, there was nothing not to like.
Enjoyed Least:
Only staying a week was the down side. We could have stayed a week longer.
Surrounding Area:
Walking to the restaurants. Carlo at the New Castle was great! One of your group was allergic to gluten. They made gluten free pasta. The whole town was so friendly.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa is on the edge of Torre Alfino. It was a 2 minute walk to the bakery and small market.
Tips or Restaurants:
Both restaurants in town are very good. There were also suggestions in the villa for places in Aquapendente. Please activate the phones, it is worth the 10 euros. It is very hard to find your way around the area, streets are not marked.
Directions:
A GPS is a MUST. The roads and streets are not marked.

Donald, April

Overall:
Our experience was so much better than we ever expected. I think the owners should have a camera set up when guests open the front door so they could see the expression on our faces.
Enjoyed Most:
We really liked everything. The home is beautiful and the yard and garden area lovely. Unfortunately for us it was beginning to get a little chilly in the evenings so we only dined outside once and the garden had passed its prime, but I can only imagine how fabulous is would be maybe a month prior. We were there the last two weeks in October. The caretaker was great and it was wonderful to have a lovely tray of snacks and some wine from there cellar upon our arrival. The home is really furnished with everything you need.
Enjoyed Least:
I don't think there was anything we weren't happy with. Even the bells at 7:00AM were lovely. We are all early risers, but a couple of days we slept so well we didn't even hear them.
Surrounding Area:
It is a lovely area and we were able to visit many surrounding towns. You really just need to be aware that while the drives are beautiful there are lots of hills and winding roads that may bother some people. We drove almost everywhere, but we did take the train from Orvieto to Pisa and Florence and stayed one night in Florence.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The little town of Torre Alfina is lovely and just a few meters away. We dined in the two restaurants there and went to the gelateria almost every day. We also bought some meat at the butcher shop.
Tips or Restaurants:
We can't really think of anything you would need to bring. The owners provide cell phones, a tomtom, spices, olive oil - if you plan to cook. We did do our big grocery shopping in Acquapendente which is very close. Great restaurant there. I believe one of our favorite experiences was in Montepulciano in a small restaurant called Gambe Gatto. We had a 3 1/2 hour lunch there and it was fabulous. We also enjoyed the town of Pitigliano and lunch at La Magica Torre. We had the Antipasto de la Casa and there was no end to it. Ristorante Cavour in Todi was really good. As you can tell, we ate a lot and we drank a lot of wonderful food and wine. One more place in Orvieto, actually two, La Palomba, which was recommended by many, and Bevipiano. The owner is from Sicily and he plays a mean piano. There is music there on Friday and Saturday. The chef is also from Sicily and the food was great.
Directions:
We didn't use a GPS to get to the property, but we did get an email with alternate directions because there was some construction going on.

Ruth, October

Overall:
Outstanding...the best villa we have ever rented!
Enjoyed Most:
Everything was tastefully furnished. From the high quality kitchen utensils to the linens, it consistently exceeded our expectations.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing!
Surrounding Area:
The proximity to the small village was helpful in walking to restaurants and shopping.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina. It was an easy stroll into the village.

Phillip, October

Overall:
Overall experience was 5 star! Everything was as described on the RentVillas site and the four of us were quite comfortable during our week there.
Enjoyed Most:
The villa was obviously designed and decorated with creature comforts in mind. The living spaces were attractive and the kitchen was particularly nice and well-equipped for the evenings we spent at home.
Enjoyed Least:
I can't think of anything that was overlooked by the owners so there were no negatives as far as we were concerned.
Surrounding Area:
Walking around the property, choosing fresh vegetables from the garden just outside the kitchen, and exploring the village of Torre Alfina were pleasant pastimes when we weren't touring.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Just a few steps from our front door was the village of Torre Alfina and, while it didn't offer much in the way of activities, it presented us a perfect gelato cafe which we frequented.
Tips or Restaurants:
I think the owners have provided everything a guest would need. Grocery store in village had the basics. Jeff was a good source for restaurants. One of our favorites is Ristorante Umbria in Todi, a perfect place for excellent food enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the valley.
Directions:
Because of a detour on the road to villa described by Rent Villas we had to call the house for additional directions which took additional time but lead us to our home. YES..a GPS is a must if you plan to tour all the hill towns within reasonable distances from Villa del Castello.
Check In Out:
The owners were the consummate hosts, welcoming us with wine and appetizers and good humor and hospitality after our drive from Rome. Their graciousness set the right tone for the week to follow.

Melinda, October

Overall:
Very relaxing. Like being at home.
Enjoyed Most:
Very convenient walk to village and convenient to drive to historic attractions in Tuscany and Umbria.
Enjoyed Least:
There are no negatives to this property.
Surrounding Area:
Views of the surrounding countryside and exploring the area for "unknown" restaurants.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina is a 2 minute walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
We loved Il Poderetta near the property. In Orvieto, we discovered a restaurant called La Palma near the funicular, which had the most fabulous bruschetta.
Directions:
Had a GPS, but since we had driven there many times before, we knew the way.
Check In Out:
Owner was very flexible when we asked to arrive early.

David, September

Overall:
We had a wonderful time.
Enjoyed Most:
Having an ample garden to pick from and a wine cellar at our disposal made all the difference to having a delightful experience.
Enjoyed Least:
There was a lot of noise in the evenings from a volleyball tournament and teenagers hanging around till one or two AM in the street outside. Editor's Note: The owners have just installed double-glased windows and silent split air conditioning, so that the village noise will not disturb clients in the future - August 2010.
Surrounding Area:
Wonderful mountaintop villages to visit
Tips or Restaurants:
We had everything we needed and ate all our dinners at the Villa because the garden produce and local cheeses and olive oil were so wonderful.
Directions:
There are a number of places where it's easy to make a wrong turn. A GPS would have been useful but not essential
Check In Out:
Check in was excellent and delightfully handled by Jeff and Robin. Check out, however, was disappointing, as the maid turned up a 7:30 AM and began cleaning... Editor's Note: This issue has been resolved and will not happen, again.

Chenda , August

Overall:
It was wonderful. All eight of us truly loved the villa. It is very well maintained. The owner greeted us and she couldn't have made us feel more welcome.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds were beautiful. We loved sitting on the patio under the grape arbor. We were all thrilled that the villa had screens in the windows. Also, the kitchen had great pans and small appliances, plus a well stocked pantry.
Enjoyed Least:
It sits next to one of the two restaurants in the village and so it was a bit noisy at times. Other than that, it was a perfect spot to spend a relaxing week.
Surrounding Area:
Torre Alfina is a lovely village. We went to Gelateria Sarchioni every night. We liked exploring around the castle. We wanted to go to the nature preserve but ran out of time. The drives to the different cities and villages were beautiful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The village is located in a very small village Torre Alfina. The next closest town of any size is Acquapendente. That's where the supermarket is and a couple of good restaurants.
Tips or Restaurants:
I didn't realize how high up the village sits, so I was unprepared for the coolness of the evenings and mornings. I wish I would have had some warmer clothes. You don't have to worry about bringing anything for the kitchen because it's so well equipped. Plus the little grocery store in the village is open around 5:00 pm if you need anything that can't wait until Monday.
Directions:
We didn't have a GPS but we did wish we had a compass. The directions to the property are good, but the road signs aren't easy to read. We made a few wrong turns, but found the villa without too much difficulty.

Alice, June

Overall:
Really Amazing...unbelievable - such an incredible view and charming town. The villa was comfortable, serene and enjoyable in so many ways.
Enjoyed Most:
The castle view was the best - and the hammock in the yard - also the wine cellar of course We had dinner every evening at the large outdoor dining area under the sprawling grapevines, while enjoying the wine the castle view. What more could you ask for?
Enjoyed Least:
We read reviews before we arrived and some people had mentioned that there were lots of bugs. There were bugs, but they didn't bother us much. No bites or anything. We just kept the screens shut and they mostly stayed outside.
Surrounding Area:
The town was slow and sleepy - the people were friendly and inquisitive about America. We went to the gelateria nearly everyday and made friends with the clerk. He even gave us free postcards to send back home. The highlight was a marching brass band coming down the street playing right in front of the villa. They were practicing for some big event - and we got a private concert!
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town was Torre Alfina - and it was just a short walk down the road. We went often. Even just a short stroll around town was enjoyable in itself.
Tips or Restaurants:
Definitely visit the gelaterias. The church bells sound off several times a day but once you get used to it, that adds to the charm of the place. Be sure to note the hours of the local markets and restaurants as they tend to keep hours that Americans aren't used to.
Directions:
Easy to find from the Orvieto train station. Just keep looking for the castle.

Karen, June

Overall:
We had a memorable experience in spite of a rainy week. Lots to do and see and lots of diversity. Besides hill-towns, there were Etruscan tombs, La Foce villa gardens, and the lake areas to explore. The villa was a bit remote, but authentically Italian and off the beaten path.
Enjoyed Most:
The owner had a well-stocked library of travel guides in English, saving us a lot of buying and schlepping around of books. They also provided a helpful binder of suggested itineraries within easy driving distance and a hand-held GPS with the tours already programmed. Wonderful!
Enjoyed Least:
We did not find the local restaurants particularly friendly. The only thing lacking the first week of May was heat and it turned out to be a cold, rainy week. We did stoke up the fireplace, however.
Surrounding Area:
Lots to do and see and lots of diversity. Besides visiting hill-towns, there were Etruscan tombs, La Foce villa gardens, and the lake areas to explore. Also castles and monasteries. We never made it to the wineries, but they are there somewhere.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was all around us. Very nice, but limited. One week was enough for me here.
Tips or Restaurants:
I would've liked some information about tours of some local production such as wineries, cheese-making or mushroom growing.
Check In Out:
We were a little rushed on departure day. The house cleaner showed up at 8:30 while we were still getting ready to leave but she tried to stay out of the way.

Sharon, May

Overall:
We had a fantastic stay at the villa. It exceeded all our expectations and more. There was nothing that was lacking. Jeff and Robin are such gracious hosts.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything. From the amenities in the villa, to the location. You felt like you were living in the castle itself. And of course the wine cellar.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing really. The only minor thing would be the church bells. But after a couple days, you did not even notice them anymore. The good thing was, at least in the morning, it made sure you were up to go and explore.
Surrounding Area:
The proximity to get to any area you wanted. We travelled all around, and it was easy to drive. The village itself, Torre Alfina, is wonderful. Nice to walk around, great restaurants, bakery, gelateria.
Tips or Restaurants:
There is nothing that you need to bring. It is fully stocked. Bring yourself and do not over-pack as there is a washer and dryer to use. We highly recommend both restaurants in town. Especially Nuovo Castello, it was so good. Their 3-mushroom soup is divine. The Gelateria Sarchioni is awesome, have the chocolata if you are a chocolate fan. Make sure you go to the bakery in the morning, and ask for the bread with salt.
Directions:
We actually drove up from Rome on the SS2, as we wanted a scenic slower drive. You cannot miss the village, just look for the castle.

Joel, April

Overall:
Working with RentVillas was an easy, pleasant and successful experience. It was a little scary using a company I had just found on the internet and it was such a relief that it all worked out so well! Villa Del Castello exceeded our expectations. The owners and manager anticipated all our needs, plus more, such as the cell phones and GPS and internet service, well stocked kitchen and fully supplied bathrooms. Not only did they take care of anything we would need, we enjoyed visiting with them so much! The beautiful villa was furnished comfortably and fully. The bedding was so comfortable that we felt right at home immediately! It was the perfect setting for our varied group of eight with a range of ages and interests! It was also nice that the villa was not too near other homes which added to the relaxation. The property just had so much charm, from the inside to the outside. All the views were spectacular from seeing the castle lit up at night to the open rolling hills across the street from the villa. We so enjoyed Torre Alfina as well and visited the restaurant and gelateria multiple times plus the butcher shop, bakery and the church. We were invited to the Christmas Eve party in town following Christmas Eve service which was so fun! The town was exactly what we had hoped to find ourselves in and the opportunity to soak up the culture. The villa was also a great "homebase" for our trips to Florence, Rome, Assisi, Milan ( a little farther), and many other smaller visits such as Sienna, Orvieto and Deruta. Having the train as well as the major roads near by made the day trips easy. Having visited over the Christmas holidays, we were happy to see beautiful town decorations and the varied nativities in all areas, including the hidden nativities in Torre Alfina! We enjoyed the bells ringing and found them very peaceful.
Enjoyed Most:
What a welcome surprise it was to find cheese and other treats provided to welcome us our first night with Alex waving to us from the window as we drove in at night! The villa was a highlight of our trip and has already become the center of our best memories and stories we share. It couldn't have been any better!
Enjoyed Least:
We really had no problems. The only tiny problem may have been our hot water needed reset a few times and Alex quickly took care of that and checked in daily to make sure everything was fine. The directions were as clear as I think they could have been, although we made a wrong turn as soon as we came into Torre Alfina. It may help to list in the directions the idea to go to the grocery store a little earlier than the step it is listed in currently. The villa and the preparation to get us there were all so wonderful, it seems petty to even suggest these thoughts!

Ellen, December

Overall:
Our week at Villa del Castello was excellent. The Villa is beautiful and we (two couples) had plenty of space and amenities for a week of cooking, wine tasting, and sight seeing. The weather in the last week of October was excellent for our visit, but was a bit cool for outdoor dining on the beautiful patio and we missed the height of the kitchen garden season. Still we harvested herbs, fennel and lettuce from the Villa garden for home cooked meals, augmented by produce from the market truck, beef, chicken and hare from the local and Orvieto macellerias.
Enjoyed Most:
The kitchen is well equipped for a group like ours (we love to cook), and groundskeeper Alex was generous in teaching us to fire up the wood-fired Tuscan BBQ. It was very special to be greeted at the Villa by the owners, who provided all the basic provisions (milk, coffee, cheese), lots of tips and information, and generous amounts of the house-bottled red and white wines. The house is as well-kept and as beautiful as the pictures.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing.
Tips or Restaurants:
We arranged a truffle hunt near Spoleto through Love-Umbria.com. It was great fun to follow the truffle hunter and his dog through the forest, and the post-hunt lunch (truffles and pasta, pork sausages, and other traditional fare) was one of our best meals. We were pleased with the arrangements and the guidance from owner Justen Bradley, who accompanied us on the hunt and took lots of pictures that he shared with us online. We would recommend him to others.

Liz, October

Overall:
Wonderful!!! The Villa itself was lovely, comfortable and cozy, the beds provided great sleeping, and great bathrooms. The grounds around the Villa were spectacular as well the views, especially the view of the Castle in Torre Alfina.
Enjoyed Most:
The property itself, the garden, wine cellar and chickens. Also the fact that the town was walking distance, Torre Alfina, only a minute or two from the Villa.
Enjoyed Least:
The only thing I could think of is that there was not enough lighting in the kitchen and bathroom but that was a minor detail.
Surrounding Area:
Torre Alfina was great. The restaurants were wonderful as was the local bakery etc. The fact that it was walking distance, actually only a minute or two from our property made it even more special. You were able to take a walk in the mornings around the town or anytime that you desired without having to get in a car. There was a great bakery for our morning treats as well.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was only a minute or two away from our property, great!
Tips or Restaurants:
Believe me you do not have to bring a thing. The Villa was well stocked. Both restaurants in Torre Alfina were great.
Directions:
Yes we did use a GPS with only some minor difficulties.
Check In Out:
The hospitality when we arrived was great. Good job of explaining everything about the property to us. The cheeses and fruit and wine were great.

jane, October

Overall:
Excellent! It is a lovely property and a great location.
Enjoyed Most:
The comfort afforded to us with all the amenities made us feel "at home". Location is perfect.
Enjoyed Least:
We did enjoy everything. The kitchen was a bit of a challenge with just one outlet to use for coffee, toaster microwave. But a little creativity and it worked just fine.
Surrounding Area:
We loved our walk in the morning after the bells! Twice around the village -- saw the kids going off to school, and met people walking or going to work. Always very friendly. Loved walking to the local restaurants in the evening.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa was located right in the town of Torre Alfina.
Tips or Restaurants:
You really do not need to bring anything -- Jeff and Robin are very thoughtful to include just about everything. We did bring fabric softener for the dryer. It was wonderful having a washer-dryer at the property.
Directions:
We did not realize that a GPS system was at the villa so we had rented one with our car. However, we did have difficulty using it in that area, and found the maps to work better for us.
Check In Out:
Yes, Jeff was there when we arrived and had the dining table laden with wonderful cheese and meat varieties. And, of course, a good supply of his local wine! Since we were tired from the day's trip, that was more than sufficient for our dinner the first night as it was so good to relax and get to know the villa better.

Jeanne, October

Overall:
The villa was fantastic! The owners made you feel at home from the moment you arrived. The view of the castle and of the valley from the backyard was stunning. The town was quaint and friendly. I would definitely stay at this property again!
Enjoyed Most:
I don't even know where to start! The villa was so comfortable that you felt like you were home. The outdoor living space is where we ate all of our meals and spent all of our time so that was probably my favorite aspect of the Villa.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing. Previous visitors talk about the church bells, but they were beautiful.
Surrounding Area:
There were a lot of great towns to visit without the long drive. Orvieto was our favorite town to visit. We definitely suggest taking the underground tour in Orvieto-very informative and something different to do. There was also great shopping and eating!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Outside of Torre Alfino there was Aquapendente. It was not within walking distance, but a short drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
We were there during mushroom season and the restaurant two doors down from the villa had great mushroom soup and their pizza was fantastic!
Check In Out:
Since we arrived late, we were starving. The owners had a wonderful spread of antipasto and wine waiting for us when we arrived. It was great!

Cherie, October

Overall:
Wonderful. The house was well stocked. We received good advice better than guide books. A Tom-Tom was provided for driving and we did a lot of that.
Enjoyed Most:
Everything. The gardens were tranquil and relaxing. The proximity to town was a very easy walk.
Enjoyed Least:
Everyone complains about the bells but with the amount of touring we did each day I found that they may have awakened me, but I went right back to sleep.
Surrounding Area:
Torre Alfina is charming and although no one speaks English we could make ourselves understood most of the time.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina is a very easy walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Francisco's restaurant - can't remember name but it is in the "book" at the house - is one of the best restaurants we ate at. The food was superb. The deconstructed cabonara is not to be missed totally addictive.

Brett, September

Overall:
Wonderful! Each of our three generations loved it. The youngest, ages 8 and 5 could safely play knights and dragons in the enclosed property in the shadow of a real castle. The rest of us loved being part of an Italian village and yet very private in our own hedged in property.
Enjoyed Most:
Being able to walk into the town of Tore Alfina and immerse ourselves in Italian language, culture and small town events. The gelaterias, the bakery, the butcher shops, the emporium, the pool and the two restaurants were popular walkable destinations. We also loved the gardens on the property. There were tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, figs all ripe and available for the cooks in the family to create a dinner at home sitting under the pergola sipping local wine. It doesn't get any better.
Enjoyed Least:
There was nothing we didn't like.
Surrounding Area:
Torre Alfina is close to so many wonderful things. We swam in Lago de Bolsena, explored amazing hill towns, went on Tuscan epicurean adventures, and just stayed at the villa and read in the hammock. Each was perfect.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The town of Torre Alfina was 2 minutes away. That was why we chose the villa and we were not disappointed. After a couple of days we didn't feel like tourists, we were just the Americans in the village. We enjoyed being part of all the activities going on. Orvieto was the closest large town 25 minutes away. It has a train station and we picked up part of our group there later in the week. Orvieto is a wonderful town to explore.
Tips or Restaurants:
The kitchen was very well stocked with basics in the refrigerator to get us started the first day and with every utensil, pot or gadget we could ever need. We loved both restaurants in town. We celebrated a birthday at Torre Mare and were treated royally with a five course meal of lobster and seafood delights. There were lists of restaurants at the villa each one we tried was wonderful and a very different experience
Check In Out:
We met the owner upon checking in and he couldn't have been nicer.

Drusilla , August

Overall:
Fabulous from the welcoming introduction to the farewell dinner the owner arranged for us in Acquapendente. Provided so many extras that made our visit easy and most enjoyable.
Enjoyed Most:
The 4 bedrooms were so equally wonderful that we had a difficult time choosing our favorite. The pergola and outdoor table were great, even in October. The Nature Preserve was a nice surprise, although I'd recommend driving there instead of our walk which meant we had no more energy to walk around the park itself. Loved relaxing in the morning and late evening after our days' activities. Great launching location for drives to Todi, Orvieto, Montepulciano, Pienza, Pitigliano, Civita di Bagnoregio, Bolsena, Perugia and many more we didn't have time for.
Enjoyed Least:
The 7:00AM bells could be a problem for late sleepers, but we were ready to start our day in order to make the most of it. We counted over 80 double rings!
Surrounding Area:
All the hilltop picturesque cities, the Etruscan Necropolis in Sovana, Orvieto Duomo.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina is right there with 2 restaurants and 2 gelaterias and very scenic walking. It also had some avant garde art all over town. Would have especially loved it if the castle were open to visitors, but alas, it is not. We walked all around it, though.
Tips or Restaurants:
Restaurant Umbria in Todi was fabulous for lunch. Osteria del Orso and La Palomba in Orvieto, and La Puglialeone in Acquapendente. Others recommended La Pudoretto there, also, across from the Tourist office. Hotel Picchio in Orvieto was a good place to stay the Friday night before checking in to be right in the area and a fun place to explore.
Directions:
We had the Italy chip for Garmin and the owner provided a Tom-Tom navigator, which definitely helped. The Lazio map was good for Torre Alfina, but you need Tuscany and Umbria also because of the unusual location between all 3 regions.
Check In Out:
Exceptionally warm welcome.

Carol , October

Overall:
Beyond expectations. The owner provided access to his wine cellar, fruit trees, vegetable and herb garden, and even tracked down 5 bottles of local olive oil which he gifted to us. They also provided us with a GPS programmed with ATMs, pharmacies, and restaurants.
Enjoyed Most:
Although it is a very comfortable and easy to live in property, the location was precisely what we were looking for 20 minutes to the Autostrada, 20 minutes to the train. Walkable to a small village with 2 restaurants, 2 gelaterias, 2 meat markets, and a small grocery. There were twice weekly linen changes and a gardener so there was always someone on site if there was a problem there were no problems, however.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing. It was absolutely perfect.
Surrounding Area:
Within an hour we were able to drive to Montepulciano, Pienza, Pitigliano, Civita de Bagnoreggio, Todi, and Siena, not to mention Orvieto, which was 20 minutes away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
It was in the village of Torre Alfina, an exquisite small town, the center of which was about a one minute walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Il Poderetto, a small country trattoria, was a real find and the restaurant in the Albergo Toscana in Acquapendente was excellent. I wish I had brought an SOS pad for cleaning the pots and pans - couldn't find anything comparable at the local COOP grocery store.
Directions:
I used a GPS, which did not have one of the newer access roads on the map, but I was able to follow the signs to the town. Also I had been in the village a year ago, so had a general idea of where it was.

David, October

Overall:
Wonderful villa - when we first drove into Torre Alfina, I thought "Did I make the right choice? This is a tiny town!", but it was PERFECT. Very centrally located for day trips into the towns. We went as far as Pisa, and everyone loved coming back to the villa at the end of the day. VERY relaxing, and there was enough going on in the town in the evening for our 18-year-old son and his friend as well.
Enjoyed Most:
The house has a large outdoor sitting area under a grape arbor right outside the kitchen door, where we had coffee in the morning, and meals in the evening. The gardens are very pretty. There is a caretaker named Arnoldo who comes every day to tend to them. We all spent a great deal of time outside. And Arnoldo will barbecue for you and take you to his nephew's butcher shop to pick out the meat.
Enjoyed Least:
There is very little to dislike. I even got used to the church bells which rang every morning at 7:00am, but I tend to get up early, anyway.
Surrounding Area:
We drove to several of the towns in Umbria and Tuscany - Florence, Lucca, Montepulciano, Spello, Deruta, Todi, and one day to Spello just to have lunch. And the hill town of Orvieto with its great cathedral is only 18 kilometers away.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina has a couple of restaurants. We ate at the Nuevo Castello a couple of times - have lunch there and sit out in back on the terrace - and a gelateria that we went to daily and got to be friends with the owner. There is also a very good bakery in town, which we visited several times. The villa is just a two minute walk from everything in town.
Tips or Restaurants:
We found pretty much everything supplied. Todi has a very good restaurant called Ristorante Umbria, which has a terrace in back with a beautiful view out over the valley. There is a great restaurant in Acquapendente the name is in the binder kept at the villa. Spello has a wonderful place called Il Molino.
Check In Out:
It was handled very well, and the owners even let us know that they had heard that it was taking two hours to pick up a rental car, and they stayed until we arrived at 8:00pm that evening.

Jim, July

Overall:
The villa is more beautiful than the pictures would indicate. The town has a lot of history and is very picturesque.
Enjoyed Most:
The proximity to the castle, town and events.
Surrounding Area:
Festivals, proximity to interesting towns, we felt as though we were the only tourists... immersed in an Italian experience.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Best gelato and butcher only 300 - 600 feet away!
Tips or Restaurants:
Leave your expectations at home. This is a perfect place to hang around and relax, or use as base camp for day trips. But leave plenty of time to enjoy the villa and the town. Simply try to communicate in Italian and folks will jump in to help. This is not the place for anyone who is rigid in their daily routine! 'Bo with the flow' and you will have one of the best experiences in your life!

Michael, July

Overall:
A little slice of heaven. It made me want to move to Italy and buy a Villa.
Enjoyed Most:
The beds were dreamy and the arbor was pure bliss, we never ate inside. Our boys loved going to collect eggs every morning.
Enjoyed Least:
We didn't have enough Italian to talk to the grounds keeper.
Surrounding Area:
The beautiful rolling hills and Lake Bolsena. Contact the owner and he will put you in touch with someone who can take you for a tour on the lake. Bring your suit - the swimming was great!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was just a few steps away. Strolling up to the gelato shop to watch the Euro Cup with the locals was a highlight.
Tips or Restaurants:
This house is so well set up for Americans you do not have to bring a thing!! Just enjoy it, the owners are wonderful!! Do not leave Torre Aflina without having the Strawberry and the Chocolate gelato. Yum!
Directions:
If you have a portable GPS, bring it, it really helped us both find our parked car and find our way home, especially at night, when it is easy to miss a turn. When we went to Rome and Florence, it was even more valuable.
Check In Out:
The owners were sincerely excited to see us, met us with a bottle of wine and some much needed snacks after our long trek to Italy. Check out was equally nice. We really look forward to meeting with the owners again to talk about our wonderful stay.

Kathryn, June

Overall:
FANTASTICO !!!! The villa was beyond our expectations - just beautiful! I am an artist and I had visual overload with the beauty and art we saw in Italy!!! It is a trip we will always remember!
Enjoyed Most:
Everything! The owners had every detail covered in the Villa. This was the best equipped rental property we have ever seen. The beds were super comfortable, kitchen had more than adequate utensils kitchen equipment, and of course it was extra special meeting the caretaker, Arnoldo, who was so generous with his fresh eggs, vegetables and wine!!!!!
Enjoyed Least:
Having to leave!!!
Surrounding Area:
The natural beauty of the surrounding area is just enchanting. It was wonderful to be able to walk 2 blocks to the local bakery, grocery and gelateria - probably the best gelato we had in Italy - and of course, the fantastic restaurant, Nuevo Castello !
Nearby Events or Locales:
Acquapendente is about a 15 minute drive and anything you needed was there including the weekly market.
Tips or Restaurants:
Besides Nuevo Castello in Torre Alfina, there is another restaurant in Acquapendente that is Superb - Ristorante Al Pugnalone - definitely 5 Star at very reasonable prices.

Marianne, May

Overall:
Experience was excellent. The grounds around the villa were beautiful and the gardener was fantastic. It was delightful. ...
Enjoyed Most:
The outside was probably my favorite. Unfortunately, the weather was not always working for us. Bathrooms were up to date and clean. And we had fresh eggs every day and veggies from the garden!!
Enjoyed Least:
The only drawback for our party was that there were only 2 showers and 3 couples. So we had to share... Though the kitchen was very well stocked and had every cooking utensil and pan you could possibly want and great quality, it was rather small and hard to have more than 2 folks in there at a time. Editor's Note: The bathroom was completely redone in 2013; there is now a claw-foot bathtub and a separate shower with large showerhead.
Surrounding Area:
Orvieto was our favorite city and we were so lucky to have it so close to the villa. The drive to Orvieto was also fantastic. The countryside was beautiful... wish I was there now.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa was in a small and quaint town. It was a perfect location!
Tips or Restaurants:
We ended up renting a GPS... it was helpful not only to get to the property but also finding our way around Italy.
Check In Out:
The owners were there when we arrived with a bottle of wine and appetizers. I was quite surprised!! They were extremely helpful and their hospitality was super!

Kristine, May

Overall:
A very satisfied customer three time in a row!
Enjoyed Most:
Owners, workers, everything, town.
Enjoyed Least:
A little remote.
Surrounding Area:
Everything.
Tips or Restaurants:
Do not need to bring anything except an Italian-English dictionary.

Vincent, November

Overall:
I would go back in a second. The owners are wonderful and welcoming hosts. .
Enjoyed Most:
The house is amazingly modern - plumbing, kitchen, furnishings, bedding. Incredibly comfortable for up to eight people. Four good size bedrooms. Hard to believe how great the house is - really! You won't want to tear yourself away from it, but there is so much to see in the area, you'll have to.
Enjoyed Least:
If you are a light sleeper be aware that there are lots of loud church bells at 7:00am and dogs sometime barking at 7:30am. My children had no trouble sleeping through them. A VERY small dislike in the grander scheme of things - it's an outstanding property. It's a little tricky to find the town, so pay close attention to the directions and watch the signs as you are approaching from Orvieto.
Surrounding Area:
The town is precious, a movie set. You will also love the gelateria only a short walk away, and the hotel restaurant next door was convenient, friendly, and good.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina - you are steps from the town - right there with 450 inhabitants.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa has everything. Torre Alfina is remote, so if you are there to relax, you will love it. It's also close enough to visit almost anything in Tuscany and Umbria. We went to Montalcino, Siena, Florence, Orvieto, Todi and Perugia, all can be day trips if you are a game driver.
Directions:
Be careful to follow the signs through Orvieto. It's a bit confusing - head for Castel Viscardo and then for Castel Georgio, then you'll see a sign for Torre Alfina. The villa is easy to find once you find Torre Alfina.
Check In Out:
The owners were there to greet us with refreshments and a tremendous wealth of material about the area, including restaurants. The villa has a great library of additional guides.

Mark, July

Overall:
We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay!
Enjoyed Most:
The property is set in the remote village of Torre Alfina. The house came completely equipped with everything you can ever need while traveling. The owners are also fantastic people who make you feel at home from the outset. The house is a complete gem. The villagers speak NO English but try so very hard to communicate with you if you try!!
Enjoyed Least:
nothing... nothing... nothing....
Surrounding Area:
The hillside and countryside are magnificent. The house is "watched over" by the castle of the village. It is completely tranquil and peaceful and leaves you wanting to come home and open your own windows for a breath of fresh air.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Acquapendente...it is about a 20 minute car ride.
Tips or Restaurants:
Learn Italian!!! It makes it much more interesting to attempt to speak to and communicate with the locals. Bring along a phrase book and dictionary too. Both restaurants in the village are wonderful. The seafood restaurant located in Allerona was wonderful too.

Dale, July

Overall:
The property was better than we imagined. The owners more welcoming than we expected. We will definitely go back.
Enjoyed Most:
The outdoor space was extraordinary... from the grapevine-covered pergola to the abundant flowers of lavender and hydrangea, to the vegetable garden with fresh produce and eggs at our door step every morning.
Enjoyed Least:
The church bells that rang at every hour, every half hour and at odd times in between.
Surrounding Area:
We took day trips every day... to Orvieto, Lago di Bolsena, Perugia, Todi, Montalcino... all lovely in their own way. But we especially loved coming back to our home away from home.
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were in the village of Torre Alfina which had 2 small sundry shops, a terrific gelateria, a butcher, 2 restaurants and a cafe. The nearest town with a real grocery store was about 15 minutes away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Because this house is owned by Americans you do not need to bring anything like soap, kitchen supplies, flashlights, etc. I over-packed significantly. We had two great meals, one in Orvieto at Trattoria del'Orso and in Acquapendente at a restaurant recommended by the owners of the house. They have the menu and contact information.
Check In Out:
The check in process was really a welcome, complete with food and wine. A wonderful surprise after a very long trip.

Alice, June

Overall:
The property met all of our expectations. It had that villa-in-the-country feel we wanted, plus it had its own castle. What more could you want? Each member of our group noted that it more than lived up to the expectations they had for their Italian Villa experience. Thanks for a great experience.
Enjoyed Most:
The lovely pergola was private and with a good view of the local distinctive castle. It was a marvelous place for outdoor dinners. Although we had a couple of days of "ify" weather it was a favorite spot for the family. The welcome by the owners was more than we expected, The housekeeper and gardener were also very helpful. All in all it was a perfect "fit" for our party of 6 adults.
Enjoyed Least:
The second bath on the second floor had a great Jacuzzi tub but lacked a shower. That was a bit of a problem as it meant that the shower on the first floor had to be shared with two bed rooms on the second floor whenever their occupants wanted a shower. A small problem which they worked out. Editor's Note: The bathroom was completely redone in 2013; there is now a claw-foot bathtub and a separate shower with large showerhead.
Surrounding Area:
We loved Orvieto. The area around Orvieto is not a high traffic tourist destination so it was both quiet and authentic. We found day trips to well known areas in Tuscany and Umbria easy to reach. Our oldest son is a bit of a bicycle fanatic. He rented a road bike and made several 100 kilometer trips to little hill towns in the area. He loved the hilly country and noted that it was great biking territory for experienced riders but those who were not in great shape would be challenged.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The villa sits on the edge of the very small town of Torre Alfina. The "story book" looking old castle is the main draw for this little community. Its exterior is spectacular, however it is not possible to visit its interior. Torre Alfina does have a couple of good local restaurants and one of its two "gelatorias" serves some of Italy's best ice cream. Torre Alfina also offers some interesting outdoor contemporary art displays throughout the village
Tips or Restaurants:
It is about a 25 minute drive to Orvieto where one finds the best area restaurants. One we absolutely loved is an elegant little hole in the wall called I Sette Consoli on Piazza Sant Angelo. We splurged on meals 3 or 4 times while we were in Italy. This was the only such splurge that was well worth the extra expense.
Directions:
Getting off the highway and around Orvieto proved a challenge. We had 2 sets of directions but neither seemed to match up with the on the ground road signs on the streets. We actually used our native sense of direction to navigate and after a few wrong turns managed to get on an alternative route to Torre Alfina
Check In Out:
Pass on our kudos to the owners ... they handled our in-out process in a very professional way.

Robert, June

Overall:
Everyone in our party raved about the villa and were sorry they had to leave.
Enjoyed Most:
The beautiful views, outside dining area pergola, heavenly beds, beautiful bathrooms, overall decor and cleanliness, town of Torre Alfina, unlimited supply of wine from the wine cellar . . . the list goes on and on! And, of course, Arnoldo, the caretaker, who would enjoy a glass of wine with us almost every early evening. Despite the language barrier, we all seemed to understand each other perfectly. Despite 8 adults and one small child, hot water for showers was never a problem and there was plenty of room for all. The owners were so friendly and helpful. They even bought a portable crib, wonderful stroller, and high chair before our visit because we had a toddler with us. Washer and dryer were very helpful.
Enjoyed Least:
The fact that we had to leave after only one week.
Surrounding Area:
The fairy tale towns of Torre Alfina, the old part of Orvieto, Deruta, Torgiano. Day trip to Florence by train, and cooling off in a nearby lake. Our first full day in Torre Alfina found us in a religious procession parade through the streets which were decorated with spectacular pictures and patterns in vibrant colors using flower petals.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina which is just steps away.
Tips or Restaurants:
The Villa seems to have everything you could possibly need or want. Tons of information throughout the villa along with recommendations made finding restaurants very easy. Two restaurants in Torre Alfina both within an easy walk and TWO places for gelato. And plenty of restaurants in Aquapendente just a short car ride away.
Check In Out:
Five of our party arrived slightly before check-in. As they happily waited in the beautiful area outside, the owners brought them snacks, soft drinks, and wine! They also went over helpful things to know about the villa and area.

Lynn, May

Overall:
We have stayed in numerous villas through out the world and I assure you, that we have yet to find one that is as fully equipped and as clean as this one. Excellent property for families. Owners greeted us with wine, cold cuts and cheese and had milk and soft drinks for the kids. An incredible vacation.
Enjoyed Most:
It is difficult to state because the entire experience was awesome.
Enjoyed Least:
We loved it all.
Surrounding Area:
The setting is beautiful, peaceful and welcoming. The entire Burg or town is magnificent. People are wonderful and everything was super clean and neat.
Nearby Events or Locales:
It was Torre Alfina and the town can be walked through in less than 1 hour. It is incredibly beautiful. Orvieto is the next big City and it is a walled City. The beauty of these locations is unbelievable and the country side is beautiful and luscious.
Tips or Restaurants:
There is nothing to bring to this Villa. The owners provide everything you can think of, from hair dryers in each bath to band-aids. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a huge laundry room fully equipped with state of the art appliances.
Directions:
Everything was perfect.

Monica, April

Overall:
The villa was extremely comfortable and very well equipped. Great location if you want to expand the scope of your day trips beyond the obvious towns and sights to see in Tuscany.
Enjoyed Most:
Although Torre Alfina is small, it has a certain unique charm and is quite convenient to the major sights in Umbria and Tuscany, as well as places in Lazio. Of great interest, but not on the normal tourist radar are such towns as Pitigliano, Sovana, Saturnia and Tarquinia, with its outstanding museum and Etruscan tombs. The owners of the villa have gone out of their way to insure a great stay.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing. We were a party of 7 almost all of whom had been to Italy numerous times and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the villa.
Surrounding Area:
The tranquillity. We did not have time to explore the neighboring nature preserve, but it would be another plus for the area, especially later in the springtime.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina is at your doorstep and makes an interesting, albeit short tour.
Tips or Restaurants:
The house is very well equipped if you want to eat in. There are 2 restaurants in the town with the Ristorante Castello Nuovo being very good with friendly management and staff and very fair prices. It didn't pay to eat at home, although we would have done more at the villa had we stayed later in the season.
Check In Out:
Owners were present and were very helpful reviewing property and things to do and see during the stay.

Terence, April

Enjoyed Most:
The property is beautiful and well cared for by its owners. The view of the Torre, the location - keeping us within 90 minutes drive from most of the attractions. Most importantly, the owners and how they reached out to make our stay most enjoyable.
Enjoyed Least:
The March weather can be harsh - with rain, snow, hail and cold temperature in the 30's.
Surrounding Area:
Tuscany and other villages in Lazio and Umbria.
Nearby Events or Locales:
La Torre Alfina is only a block away and is a very cute village.
Tips or Restaurants:
We tried only 2 restaurants in the village and they are ok - about 2 stars. Go grocery shopping in Aquapendante at the COOP and eat at home.

Joe, March

Overall:
In our opinion, we would not hesitate recommending this property to anyone. This is a five star property if ever we've seen one. We left the villa only because we had to, because after a three week stay, we still had not had enough of the villa, the delightfully warm people of Torre Alfina, and the entire experience. My sincere gratitude to both Rentvillas, and to the owners for making it possible for us to enjoy the best vacation that we have ever had.
Enjoyed Most:
It would be difficult to pick one specific thing. We just Loved everything about our experience. However, if I had to choose one thing it would be the warm and welcoming attitude that we received from the owners and the caretaker. Just wonderful!!!!!!
Enjoyed Least:
Absolutely nothing. We loved everything. Best vacation we have ever taken.
Surrounding Area:
The view of the castle, the gardens, the quaint village the proximity to everything.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Torre Alfina was walking distance with anything you need. Aquapendente was ten minutes by car.
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa is extremely well equipped, so there isn't anything to bring. Also, the owners provide maps, cell phones, reading materials, and a library of movies.
Directions:
You did a superb job.
Check In Out:
The owners and the caretaker were there to greet us and make us feel welcome. We were given a complete tour of the property upon our arrival.

Lucille, August