Villa Solferino

Città di Castello, Perugia

High on a hill is a big handsome villa with a heavenly pool, glorious views and a grand kitchen for cooking. Eat out under the arches


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


In the land of gentle hills and valleys, 11th-century frescoes, Renaissance palaces, chamber music, truffles and porcini, is a handsome house in an enviable setting. Its owner is Simon who resides in Monterchi; having lived in Tuscany for 23 years he happily shares his knowledge. Through the gates, up the drive and there on a hill is a big ochre house with pale grey shutters, surveying a fabulous panorama. Step in to find three floors of comfort and light, and an authentic Tuscan décor: arches, beams, balconies, a vast stone fireplace, and elegant sofas on terracotta floors. The kitchen, big, friendly and fun to cook in, leads to dining areas on two sides: one out under the arches, the other in. Bedrooms are large and lovely, with chestnut wardrobes, walnut dressing tables, perhaps an Art Deco bed or a vintage chandelier. Bathrooms are fresh, simple and contemporary. You’re near the hill towns of Città di Castello and Montone, steeped in medieval history – don’t miss the convent and cloisters of San Franceso. After a day’s hiking or biking in the upper Carpina valley, make a splash in your 50-foot pool.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
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Restaurants 3km.Chef can be arranged upon request.


Nightly price
from €214
Weekly price
from €1500
Discount on last minute bookings.
1 House for 10
From €2145 bedrooms


We were a group of 10 friends and thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay. We loved the rural location, it's peace and its wildlife - wild boars, bats, restart nesting in the loggia, wildflowers etc - and the views up and down the valley over the olive groves were unbeatable. Bit of a drive to the nearest village, but a pleasant one through the woods. The pool and surrounding garden were lovely and the house spacious, light and airy. A few minor problems with the boiler and the electronic gates were promptly dealt with by Simon

Alison, London

We had two really wonderful weeks at Villa Solferino, with a different group of friends each week. The house was so spacious it easily accommodated us all, and the loggia, with its outside fireplace allowed us to eat and sit out in the evenings, even as the temperature dropped over our stay. Simon was so welcoming and has made a fantastic job of renovating and furnishing this lovely, comfortable house. The views are really stunning and even if the first drive up to the house seemed quite long, in no time at all we got used to popping down to Trestina to do our shopping or further afield.

Alexandra, Hampshire

What a fabulous Villa!! We travelled as a group of 5 individual adults and there was plenty of room - lots of natural light and a fantastic pool. The Villa was impeccable - the photos do not do it justice, and the pool and outside areas were fabulous. The kitchen was well equipped for our group. We are booking again for next year!

Georgia, London

We fell in love with Villa Solferino as soon as we saw it. The view is mesmerising and although our visit was during October so we didn't use the pool or dine in the loggia, we frequently had breakfast and lunch outside and enjoyed every minute. The villa is secluded in its own world but within easy driving distance of many fascinating things, both wild and cultural. The longer we stayed the less we ventured out as the view soaked in and as a painter I became transfixed. I could not recommend this villa more highly for large or small groups.

Anna, Ard daraich, ardgour, fort william

The villa is absolutely fantastic. We were a family group of 4 adult couples, and there was plenty of space for everyone. Mornings were spent drinking coffee and looking out at the view. The kitchen was very well equipped for cooking for a large group, and eating out on the veranda with a fire in the outdoor fireplace was a highlight.


A truly awesome villa. Stunning location up on the side of the hill. Very peaceful and quite yet lots to do with 7 and 9 year old children. The pool is great with spectacular views. The house is lovely and spacious with lots of bathrooms. The kitchen is very well equipped even with a coffee machine and lots of glasses, from champers to wine to coffee. Thought the beds were ok but I am very fussy about 6 ft beds. The house itself was very nicely fitted out and the photos don't do it justice either. The owner was very helpful and English too.

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Simon Mather

  • The Villa sits in the hills above the Castello Bourbon Di Petrelle on the Umbrian Tuscan border. Umbria is a paradise for nature lovers; rich in art and architecture. Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Urbino, Sansepolcro are all easily reached.
  • A host of good restaurants locally serve excellent Umbrian cuisine. A cook can be organised for special evenings where they will serve a three course meal in the loggia al fresco at a very reasonable price.
  • The swimming pool sits nestled amongst the olive trees , measuring 16m and finished in travertine stone. It is a fantastic oasis to relax and feel fit!
  • Solferino is a working olive oil estate which produces a fine Umbrian oil. It is possible to go truffle hunting which is organised by experts in the area.
  • There are various festas throughout the year including a truffle fair in Citta Di Castello, The Umbria film festival in Montone and numerous gastronomic country fairs.The local thermal springs in Citta Di Castello offer hot waters and mud treatments.
  • For lovers of art The pinotecca in Citta Di Castello alongside the national gallery of Perugia contain the most important works of art in Umbria including some very early works by Raffael .