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Located in one of the most fertile farming areas in Italy, La Fattoria del Gelso is an 8 bedroom farmhouse surrounded by open fields and flanked on either side by mountains dotted with historic hill towns such as Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Spoleto and Montefalco. The Villa was purchased in 2008 by Experience Umbria with the goal of providing a comfortable base from which visitors could discover all that Umbria has to offer. The Villa will comfortably accommodate one or two families, a large group of friends or a tour group meeting one another for the first time.




Regardless of the type of traveler you are – a restless day tripper who must always be on the move or the laid back type who likes to kick back with a good book and a glass of wine next to the pool – we’re confident that La Fattoria del Gelso will satisfy all your needs.


The main building of the villa is a two-story farmhouse constructed in the 1700s. The farmhouse houses 6 spacious king bedrooms, 5 on the upper floor and one on the lower floor with a separate, private entrance.

A separate annex, just across the courtyard from the main building, houses two additional king bedrooms, which are adjoining and handicap accessible. Four of the bedrooms on the upper floor form two two-bedroom suites, each pair sharing a bathroom and capable of being closed off to give families more privacy.

Each of the bedrooms is furnished with a king bed (which can be separated into twin beds) covered with fine Frette linens and decorated with authentic rustic Italian furniture. All windows include screens to let the fresh Umbrian breeze inside, while keeping unwanted bugs out.

Sitting Areas

The main building has two large sitting rooms, both with working fireplaces and with comfortable furniture capable of seating your entire group. One sitting room includes a satellite TV with dozens of channels of English language programming and news. A separate game room with another satellite TV is a perfect refuge for the kids.

The spacious dining room, with a view of the pool, can be configured with one table for smaller groups or with two tables combined, seating up to 20 people. An ample supply of tableware, serving pieces and utensils is provided.


An enormous modern kitchen, installed previously when the property housed a local restaurant, features a six-burner gas oven, pasta making table, stainless steel refrigerator and plenty of working space for you and your group to make the perfect meal.

This large space is perfect for cooking classes, which we can arrange for you, or perhaps you would prefer to learn how to make authentic Italian pizza in our wood-burning oven on the patio outside the kitchen. If you are not the cooking type, a cook can be arranged for an additional charge.


Outside you can enjoy the extensive grounds, tree-lined and surrounded by fertile green fields. In the distance the town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, can be seen, its white walls and buildings dominating the valley below.

A private pool and expansive patio are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views and to discover that inner peace that led St. Francis to become the patron saint of birds, animals, and the environment.


While our goal is to help you relax and enjoy the pleasures of the Italian lifestyle – la dolce vita – we know that it is not always so easy for Americans to cut the umbilical cord that ties them to home. So we have provided all of the important amenities to ensure you can take care of business back home with a minimum of effort and focus your attention on getting to know Italy.  

There are two televisions with SKY satellite programming that provide plenty of English language programming and news. Free high speed internet is available through the Villa’s own computer, which is at your disposal throughout your visit, or by wireless (wi-fi) if you choose to bring your own laptop.  

A fax machine for incoming and outgoing faxes is available and a copier is available, both on a reasonable per page charge basis. We’ll even provide you with prepaid Italian cell phones so you can keep in touch with the other members of your group or stay in touch with the folks back home. 

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