Villa Caterina, Umbria
This villa is in the southern part of Umbria which is known for excellent local food and wines and the kindness and warmth of the locals. I was attracted to this area because of its outstanding natural beauty and calmness. At the same time it is not isolated and easily accessbile from Rome.
A car is highly recommended to reach the historic nearby towns of Amelia 5 miles, or the better known Orvieto 23 miles, Todi 38 miles or even Assisi 40 miles. With a bit more driving but still within range for a day trip are the Tuscan jewels of Siena and Florence.
The place is great for relaxing walks, cycling, lazy outdoor living, BBqs , it is very safe for children because the huge landscaped garden is totally fenced . There is also a small orchard which provides seasonal vegetables
There is an enormous garage which has been turned into a playroom with ping pong - table football and other games. The closest shops for basic needs (cash machine, groceries, butcher, newsagent, bar, pharmacy, walk-in doctor surgery,hardware store) are all within a mile. with many more only 4-6 miles away. The proximity to Rome makes a day trip by train to the capital (35 minute train ride from Orte) no problem at all.
Why not watch a youtube video of Villa Caterina at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ncHxmmLiZM
direct views of the historic town of Penna in Teverina overlooking the Tiber valley
Watch YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ncHxmmLiZM&feature=youtu.be