Umbria Blog | Villa in Spello

The glorious hills of Umbria are slowly but surely changing to their green colour, the mimosa is blooming everywhere, Spring is in the air! March is still a period of very unstable weather, but the temperatures are pleasant and the days begin to get longer.

Many of you already know that we rent out villas in Umbria through our website and we always look for new holiday rentals. Last week we were invited by Massimo and Roberta for a visit to their cosy and modern villa in Spello. Massimo comes originally from Rome and Roberta is born in Foligno. They live on the property in their own separate house, and re-styled the villa they used to live in. We really loved the house! Also the swimming pool is particular with its black colour. From the garden and the upstairs windows you have a beautiful view towards Assisi and Spello. The house is set in the valley below Spello. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the villa. The house sleeps 6+1 people. There’s a car park and flat garden with barbecue.

This villa has in ideal position to explore Umbria. Visiting places like Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, Bevagna and Spoleto is easy to do. There also is a cycle path nearby connecting Spoleto and Assisi.

We will soon add this villa to our website, this is just a preview. You’ll like it.

Roberta and Massimo are very kind and they hope to welcome you in Umbria. Already interested? Ask us!

A good restaurant in Montone, Umbria

Montone maintains a typical medieval atmosfere. This wonderful hilltop village in the North of Umbria must be one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy. From its ancient walls one can admire the green surroundings and wonderful nature. Montone is a small peace of heaven and for those who love walking, food and culture, this village is the place to be. Montone is 100% Umbria guaranteed.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Montone Umbria

Close to Montone we rent elegant holiday houses with swimming pool and tennis court: Montone Rental. On a Sunday afternoon I decided to have lunch in Montone and Filippo, the owner of the property, suggested to eat in this typical Umbrian restaurant in the historical centre: Osteria dei Sensi – Tipico Montone. The regional products they offer are of high quality and the service is fantastic.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

I had a friendly welcome by the waitress. Inside the restaurant the atmosphere and decor are cosy and lovely. One finds a large selection of Umbrian wines, olive oils, different kinds of honey and a dried ham of Norcia ready to be cut in slices with a sharp knife. Very typical!

In general the Umbrian cuisine is similar everywhere, but still you will never eat the same pasta dish. The menu differs and a good cook is able to give its own flavour.

Paolo, the owner of this restaurant, helped me through the menu and brought me two different kinds of Umbrian olive oil to taste. He is 100% “umbro” and he explained each typical dish. It was not easy to make a decision but I always prefer to eat the daily dishes recommended by the chef, rather then choose from the menu myself.

As a starter I chose the Chianina carpaccio, and as main dish the bringoli with wild asperges from the area. Bringoli is a local pasta from North Umbria, comparable with thick spaghetti.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

A good glass of red Umbrian wine was the best choice to combine with the meat and pasta. The wine came from Montefalco, it was a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and an other type of grape from which I have forgotten the name. Very good!

The taste of the Chianina carpaccio was delicate, it melted in my mouth. The Chianina cow is typical from this area: Lake Trasimeno, Cortona, Montepulciano and North Umbria. The dressing was pure, only with salt, peper and Umbrian olive oil, the “Moraiolo”, which I love most. The pasta instead was cooked al dente and the asparagus sauce was delightful.

A very good choice in Montone; I enjoyed the dishes I ordered and the service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant when you’re in Umbria.

To share this wonderful experience with our guests in Umbria, the owner Paolo is delighted to welcome you with a free glass of typical Umbrian spumante. During your lunch or dinner Paolo will be your host. What should you do? Make a reservation directly with Paolo by calling him on his mobile phone +393383608754 or by sending him an email: He speaks English. Just let him know that you’re our guest.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Enjoy the Umbrian cuisine at restaurant “Osteria dei Sensi”.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Montone Rental, holiday rental near Montone: Elegantly furnished holiday apartments with tennis court and swimming pool close to the medieval village Montone. The views are breathtaking.

“We had a great week in Montone. The apartment is nice, wonderful garden and the owners (Filippo and parents) are friendly and helpful”.

Montone holiday Montone holiday

Villa per Gruppi in Montegabbione

Last week we visited one of the houses that we offer for rent on our website, the villa per gruppi. A lovely estate run by a friendly italian couple from Brescia.

Gianluca & Marina

Gianluca & Marina

Gianluca managed his own restaurant in Brescia which he sold and in 2006 they bought the estate in Umbria. After hard work it is now an agriturismo of outstanding quality. We had a real treat on a beautiful sunny day: Marina made pizza for us. Here are some pictures that will make you wish you’d been there!

– posted by Saskia van der Bolt –