Grillo

Eastern Tuscany

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall (wood burning stove). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Dining room. WiFi. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • First floor: Access to exterior stairs. Living room (DVD, CD). Twin bedroom. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Shower room. Steep open wooden stairs to...
  • Second floor (low ceiling): Small living area. Double bedroom (A/C).
  • Outside: Terraced gardens. Shaded eating area. Built-in barbecue and wood oven. Laundry room (washing machine). Private parking.
  • Private irregular shaped swimming pool (8m x 4m at widest point) with Roman steps.

Originally a farmhouse, complete with the traditional olive terraces, Grillo was also used at one time for drying the grapes used to make the local 'vin santo'. Today, it has been transformed into an immaculate and beautiful property where the closest you will probably get to work is sipping a glass of the delicious sweet wine on one of the many terraces.

Its situation is as beautiful as the property. A small country lane winds its way up the valley from San Leo Bastia until you reach Grillo, set amongst a forest of oak trees with far reaching views across the Seano Cortona Valley that can be appreciated from the first floor balcony or bedroom windows.

Inside, the care and attention to detail is immediately apparent in the choice of local handmade items of furniture, the vibrant Persian rugs and traditional wrought iron beds.

This is truly a tranquil hideaway, a place to appreciate the wonderful countryside. From the house, there is access to the walking trails through the forest. However, you are not too far from village life.

A small shop, bar and restaurant can be found in San Leo Bastia (15 minute drive) with more choice in Umbertide (20km). The country roads will also bring you to Cortona (25km) and eventually Lake Trasimeno (45km).

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  • Please note: the price shown does not include a per person tourist tax (payable locally). Children under 12 are exempt.  2019: €6 per person. 2020: to be confirmed.

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Great Things to Do Near Grillo

Enjoy the peaceful setting of Grillo,

overlooking a sea of trees, where the only sounds will probably be the birds in the trees nearby.

Drive into the nearby hamlet of San Leo Bastia

where you will find a pizzeria and a great bar where you can enjoy an aperitif of the local wine.

From San Leo Bastia, follow the road westwards, which winds its way through the hills

a beautiful drive through the forested countryside until you arrive at the back of Cortona where the landscape opens out in front of you.

Spend the morning or afternoon in Cortona

wandering its narrow streets that lead to the main piazza. There are lots of little shops and plenty of stunning views to admire.

A 'must do' on anyone's list is to experience the 'passeggiata'.

No, it is not an Italian dance. In any town or large village, especially on a weekend or holiday, the inhabitants of the town will congregate in the main square in the early evening, to have a stroll around, talk to their friends, have an aperitif or ice cream, before dispersing for dinner. It is the perfect time to people watch!

Make time to visit Gubbio,

one of the jewels of Umbria - less known than Perugia and Assisi, but no less impressive, it is a wonderful place to wander around. A huge music festival takes place in the town throughout the month of July.

For a relaxing day, visit the spa 'Fontecchio',

2 km from Città di Castello. Set in a wooded park, the thermal baths have been around since Roman times. Nowadays, you can simply relax and enjoy the treatments on offer.

There are lots of walks in the area (information is provided in the house).

Set off from the house and wander along the country lanes enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Make sure you have some Italian ice cream

most towns will have at least one 'gelateria' (ice cream shop), where you will be able to pick from a vast array of flavours.

Visit the little village of Caprese Michelangelo,

birthplace of the great man, Michelangelo. The 14th century castle houses plaster casts of his work. On the way back, stop at Anghiari, a beautifully preserved medieval hill top town.

Relax on the terrace at Grillo,

catch up on the books you have been meaning to read for ages, take a dip in the pool, sunbathe, or do nothing!

Head to one of the markets and buy some fresh mozzarella, salami, tomatoes and salad

and have lunch al fresco on the terrace.

The weekly open-air market is part of Italian life.

Stalls laden with produce, scents and smells filling the air, and a crowd of Italians - finish the morning's shopping with a coffee in a bar. Go to Umbertide on Wednesday morning, Trestina on Tuesday and Cortona on Saturday morning.

Visit Arezzo on the first Sunday of the month and you will come across the famous antiques fair,

which takes place in the main piazza. Antique dealers come from all over Italy to attend. See if you can pick up a bargain!

Take the country roads to Lake Trasimeno,

at the centre of the country, and its fourth largest lake. Go to Castiglione del Lago for a wander around, a fish lunch and then a paddle in the lake. If you are there between 24 and 30 July, you will see the Palio of the Boats - a big boat race on the lake.

Pick up one of the many booklets available at the tourist offices.

They suggest various drives around Umbria based on different themes e.g. Art Trails, Wine, Life around the Lake. Discover Umbria at your own pace.

Pop over to Le Marche and the magnificent town of Urbino.

The drive takes you about 1 ½ hr and you go through some lovely countryside. Urbino itself is a Renaissance beauty, with fantastic architecture.

If you want to visit Rome,

take the train from Perugia (2 ½ hrs) and maybe stay overnight. Italian trains are actually very efficient and good value. The best way of getting into Rome.

If you love jazz,

go to Perugia in July for its world famous Umbrian Jazz Festival. Performers come from all over the world, and concerts take place day and night.

On a warm summer's evening, sit with a glass of wine on the terrace

and wait for night to fall, to the sound of the cicadas. Count the number of stars you can see in the deep blue velvet sky.

Nearby

Towns

San Leo Bastia 15 mins
Umbertide 35 mins
Cortona 40 mins
Citta di Castello 40 mins
Tuoro sul Trasimeno 45 mins
Gubbio 65 mins
Perugia 70 mins

Airports

Perugia 40 mins
Florence 120 mins
Bologna 160 mins
Rome Fiumicino 165 mins
Pisa 165 mins
Rome Ciampino 165 mins
Times are approximate

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