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- About The Experience
Who doesn’t want to get whisked away to their own private castle in the heart of a small village within the Italian countryside? This very special 6th century neo-gothic castle in the region of Marche has played an important role in history. Strategically built to defend the ancient Roman bridge of Via Flaminia against the Goths, the stone castle in Marche now entertains guests in four private apartments for rent in Italy. Ideal for a couple with children, this holiday accommodation in the village of Smirra has beautiful landscaped grounds and an Italianate garden dating back to the 18th century where one can spend the hours exploring.
- Location Description
Located in the quaint Italian village of Smirra, this accommodation has easy access to a grocery shop, bar, restaurant and post office. Within 50 meters from the property is a bus stop with destinations to Acqualagna, Cagli, Urbino and Pesaro. If you are planning a trip in October or November, a visit to the nearby town of Acqualagna during their annual National Truffle Fair is a must! There are also food and wine tours, cooking classes, and delightful shops. Within driving distance is the city of Urbino, featuring one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces. This palace was used by Duke Federico da Montefeltro to house some of the greatest painters, poets and scholars of his day. If ocean breezes and beaches are more your style, the coastal town of Fano (on the Adriatic Coast) is a 25 minute drive- with two relatively un-crowded beaches, a harbor and great seafood restaurants! Perfect for a day trip, Perugia has a rich history and many wonderful sights. From the first settlement of Umbrians, then Etrucscans, Romans, and throughout history, Perugia has been a place of major importance. Its high position over the Tiber valley puts it in a key military position, which is why it has been the site of many political and military struggles throughout history. Today it remains a spot of rich historical traditions and architecture spanning centuries. Just a few examples: ancient walls from the original Etruscan city; a 12th century fountain; the 14th century Palazzo dei Priori; and the 15th century Cathedral of San Lorenzo. The list goes on! Suffice to say you'll never run out of things to see here!
Nearby Attractions: Smirra (grocery shop, bar, restaurant, post office, bus stop), Acqualagna (National Truffle Fair), Urbino (palace), Fano (beaches, harbor, restaurants), Perugia (12th century fountain, 14th century Palazzo dei Priori, 15th century Cathedral of San Lorenzo).
Perugia: 75 km/47 mi
Pesaro: 60 km/37 mi
Fano (Adriatic Coast): 46 km/28.5 mi
Urbino: 32 km/20 mi
Furlo Gorge: 10 km/6 mi
Cagli: 5 km/3 mi
Acqualagna: 5 km/3 mi
Smirra: 50 m/164 ft
- Exterior Description
(5000 m2) Dating back to the early 6th century, this neo-gothic stone castle was once used to defend the ancient Roman bridge of Via Flaminia. This bridge was often the scene of many bloody battles between the Goths and Byzantines and remnants of Via Flaminia have been integrated into this estate. At the end of the 18th century, the building was turned into an elegant manor house that has since been renovated and divided into four private apartments for rent. The tower of the castle is a private residence in which one of the owners resides. Beautiful landscaped grounds surround the property and outdoor lighting allows for a relaxing evening stroll. There is a two-level 18th century Italianate garden with fountains that have remained faithful to its original design. The apartment features a private outdoor table with chairs. Parking is available within the property grounds.
- Interior Description
Ground Floor: The large living/dining room has a beautiful decorated ceiling and is completely furnished with a wood-burning fireplace, sofa, two armchairs, satellite TV, DVD and CD player. There is also a table with chairs seating up to six people. The fully-equipped kitchen opens onto the internal courtyard and has a cook-top, oven, microwave and kettle. There are two bedrooms. The first bedroom has a 160 cm queen-size bed. The second bedroom has two 100 cm large single beds and a French door with garden access. There are two bathrooms with a sink, WC and shower. One of these bathrooms is handicapped accessible.
- Features Description
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
- Cooking Classes: Upon request
- Personal Tour Guide: Upon request
- Babysitting: Upon request
- Telephone: According to consumption
- Castello Flaminia is composed of 4 apartments. This property can be rented with
San Lorenzo, or
to accommodate more people.
- Utilities are included with the rental price.
- The tower of the castle is a private residence in which one of the owners resides.
- The chapel is under construction and not available for client’s use. However, the castle’s park can be used for special occasions and weddings (prior arrangement required).
Features and Amenities
- CD player
- DVD player
- TV - English Channels Available
- Clothes Dryer
- Electric Tea Kettle
- Washing Machine
- Fireplace - Indoor
- Heating - Whole House
- Window Screens - Partial House
- Portable Baby Crib/Play Pen - Upon Request
- Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
- Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
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Please note: Official Arrival Times:
- Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit, which will be authorized on a credit card (Visa or Mastercard). The security deposit will be refunded within one week of your departure from the property minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 150 EUR
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- Housekeeping available upon request at an extra charge
- Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
- Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
- Departure Time: 10:00 am
- Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
- UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
- Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.
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Based on 2 Reviews
Peace and Quiet
The property is amazing, in the country (2 adorable small towns less than 5 km in either direction) on the other side of the mountains from Tuscany. Less traveled, less touristy, great quiet getaway in the real Italy. My wife insisted we were not in the right place, because it could not be a castle we are staying in! Her family originally came from Cagli, so a very wonderful experience for her. Several times she ordered a drink or dish that was supposed to be local, and then broke into tears when she tasted... just like the special food and drink she had growing up!
Rooms are filled with antiques, and the gardens are amazing it feels like your are staying in a castle. It is really 4 apartments in a very large house, that was remodeled to look like a castle over a hundred years ago. Excellent for 2 couples (as we were) or a small family in one apartment a larger family can rent out up to four apartments looking for a little space for each group. Lovely gravel courtyard in front with tables and chairs for group gatherings. You could also move tables and chairs up into the gardens for big meals out doors. They are talking about building a pool, so hope it is done the next time we go back (for sure!).
Maybe the kitchen, not many supplies and small but very standard for European homes, so this is more just to prepare you! If you want American stay in a big hotel in Florence.
Location and access to many places in central Italy. Fano and Perugia are very close, and it is a day trip if you want to struggle with the crowds in Tuscany. There is a Monastery nearby that is very old, Hermitage of Fonte Avellana. The fort in Cagli is supposed to have sculptures it was not open the few times we checked, but we were off season. I am sure if we had spent a little time in the square, we would have found the person with the key! We did see a couple museums in nearby towns in Google Maps, but did not make it.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Smirra was once a town itself, and is right outside your gate. It is really a 'suburb' of Cagli 5km to the south and the address is actually Cagli. The home of Truffles in Italy is 5km North in Acqualagna. Cagli and Aqualagna have excellent restaurants and groceries at a store called Conad in Cagli also a Eurospin a little higher end and a little harder to find.
Tips or Restaurants:
The Bar Turismo Snc Di Magnoni Romolo Falconi Iride in Cagli and the Osteria Del Parco Di Samuele Ferri in Aqalagna are both a must and the bars and gelato shops in the square of Cagli were all very good! Both are only open noon-3pm or after 7pm (and no-one shows up until 8...). Try any place that looks interesting they are small towns with few tourists they would not survive if they had bad service or quality. We asked for the owner to hire us a chef to teach us how to cook Italian and we made home-made pasta so much fun and enough pasta for 3 meals! The Conad grocery store is on your right, just before you get to into old town Cagli, not open very late so check the hours.
No improvements. You must really use a GPS to get around in small towns in Italy, but the Villa was VERY easy to find, right on the main road, just look for the the top of a castle from the square in Smirra! Call the manager before you get there so she can meet you. The back gate (actually a huge wooden door) is just off the main square and always locked, but the manager is a block away, and you will only use it when you check in. The main entrance (which opens to a long tree lined drive in a huge garden!) is down the road a ways and on a remote control, which they have several of once you check in.
Check In Out:
Make sure you call one of the managers as you get near Smirra, or from the back gate since she lives up the street. We did not call but luckily knocked on the right door! We were there off-season and the owners drove up from Rome, so we had a nice tour and history of the property. The owners spoke English very well, managers not as much (as in all of the area, so brush up on your travelers Italian), but we always figured out what we needed and were very eager to please, then left us to ourselves. You can call their cell or the phone in the villa with button marked 'reception'.
Well maintained. Excellent condition.
The region of Le Marche is beautiful The property is well kept.
Village is very small, although other nearby villages in both directions (5 min. drive) were very nice.
Day trips to nearby villages were great. Excellent selection of restaurants. Scenery outstanding.
Nearby Events or Locales:
I walked around Smirra, but it's VERY SMALL. Caglia was wonderful
Check In Out:
Donatella was the local contact person and she was EXCELLENT. Was there whenever we needed her.