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Updated: 19-May-2015
Villa in Preci, Near Norcia, Umbria, Italy - A Rare Opportunity To Holiday In An 18th Century Palazzo

Beautifully restored, retaining its original medieval features, Villa Susanna enjoys an incredible panoramic position at the edge of the classic hill village of Preci. Two large terraces offer stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys - ideal to soak up the sun and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere or enjoy the sunset followed by dinner under a canopy of stars. There's also a large garden for children`s games or a barbecue. What’s more, at 600 metres, you get the best of the glorious weather – long, hot sunny days and pleasantly cooler nights. With local bars, great restaurants and shops within a 10 minute walk, you don’t have to go far to soak up the Italian way of life! Included is free use of the pool in the garden of a traditional hotel a two minute walk away. Families can enjoy activities including river rafting, walking, cycling, mule trekking, horse/pony riding and mountain chairlifts – all safe even for young children.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine

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Posted 7/10/11

"We loved our stay at Villa Susanna!”

Perched on top of the hill in the centre of the old town with spectacular views over the valley, this lovely stone villa was perfect for our group of nine. The villa has the feel of a spacious and comfortable family home, with a beautiful stone fireplace in the dining room. Barbara and Kevin were very welcoming and helpful, and were available if needed for the duration of our stay. The village was a delight -totally unspoiled by tourism, and safe enough for the kids (aged 9-16) to wander around. We all loved the little cafe which is a stones throw from the villa. There are excellent restaurants in town: Il Castoro in the valley was our favourite. Preci is great for relaxation, but there are many things to do within a short drive of the village. We visited Spoleto, Norcia, Visso, Castelluccio and the Piano Grande.
Dec 2007
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Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Walking – circular walks can be done from the village in the Monti Sibillini National Park, one of Italy’s most beautiful and unspoilt. A paradise for walkers with countless trails criss-crossing the hills and passing through villages virtually unchanged since medieval times. It’s a haven for wildlife and the famous Piano Grande, a high mountain plain that becomes a tapestry of wild flowers and orchids in the spring and early summer, is not to be missed with excellent trails to suit all levels of walkers.

Other family activities – mountain or road cycling, mule trekking, horse riding, river rafting, kayaking, indoor ice-skating and trout fishing. The chairlift to the summit of Monte Bove (2000 metres) is particularly popular and offers breathtaking mountain views and great walking or cycling down.

Adventure sports - rock climbing, canyoning, white water rafting, paragliding and hang gliding.

We can help arrange and provide information for the activities including maps and guides.


Lake Fiastra - Beautiful freshwater swimming lake with sandy beaches. Kayaks and pedelos. Peaceful even in high season. 2 restaurants and bars. 50 minute drive.

San Benedetto - Adriatic coast. Safe sandy beaches. Shallow water - great for kids. Blue flag. Many restaurants and bars. 90 minutes drive.

Civitanova - Adriatic coast. Blue flag beaches. Many restaurants and bars. 70 minutes drive.

Lake Trasimeno - Sandy beaches. Island ferries. Many restaurants and bars. 90 minutes drive.


The nearest airport is Perugia, an hours drive. Ancona is 1 hour 45 minutes, Pescara 2 hours and Rome 2.5 hours. Ryan Air flies to all 4 airports and Easy Jet flies to Rome.

Car hire is available at all airports.

Hertz and Avis are in Spoleto. There are shuttle services from both Rome airports to the main train station in Rome, Roma Termini. From here regular and Eurostar trains take less than 90 minutes to reach Spoleto which is a 40 minute drive from Preci.


Visso & Norcia both 20 mins. Architecture, excellent restaurants, artisan food shops.

Spoleto 40 mins. Roman and Renaissance architecture, art. Food, wine and art festivals in June and July.

Trevi, Montefalco, Spello. 50/60 mins. Classic medieval hill towns. Excellent olive oil and wine region.

Assisi 60 mins. World famous pilgrimage site with stunning architecture and St. Francis' Cathedral.

Perugia 70 mins. Art/culture. Famous chocolate.

Rome 2.5 hours by car or train.

Further Details:

Preci is traffic free but there is plenty of free off road parking within two minutes.

Here's a selection of our local bars and restaurants:

Bars and restaurants: Agli Scacchi Hotel. Serves very good traditional Umbrian food. There's a shady terrace and a nice little bar/coffee area overlooking the pool. Pizza, pasta, meats and local trout. 2 minute walk.

La Taverna del Gusto. Traditional food. Seating outside in Summer. Also nice for a morning coffee, pastry or evening beer. 1 minute walk.

Il Castoro Restaurant. Great atmosphere and Italians flood here to indulge in the freshest truffles that the owner collects from around Preci himself. The truffle omelette is legendary as is the wild boar stew cooked with juniper berries. Pasta focuses on truffles and porcini mushrooms. The huge wood fired pizzas are perfect food for kids. House wine is around 4 euros a litre. Il Castoro is always lively, very Italian and really good value. 10 minute walk.

Il Castoro and Memole Bars. Very popular with the locals. 10 minute walk.

Il Porcello Felice. Very pretty restaurant with a beautiful panoramic terrace and a view towards the Valnerina valley. Very good traditional food. Wood fired pizzas, pasta, meats and local trout. 10 minutes by car.

There are local markets at Norcia and Visso every week.


From €850 Weekly

Rental rates

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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 May 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
27 Jun 2015 - 10 Jul 2015
7 night minimum stay
11 Jul 2015 - 21 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
22 Aug 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
5 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
26 Sep 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
7 night minimum stay
19 Dec 2015 - 1 Jan 2016
7 night minimum stay


  • Booking Notes:
    At reservation: A deposit of 20% (sterling or euros).

    Balances are payable in euros eight weeks before arrival. A refundable security deposit of 300 euros or £300 is also due at this time.

    Changeover Day:
    Changeover day is flexible

    Notes on prices:
    The following discounted prices apply for parties of 5 people or less per week:
    Parties of 5 or less still have exclusive use of the whole of the villa.

    3 Jan - 1 May 2015 €695.
    2 May - 26 June 2015 €800.
    27 June - 10 Jul 2015 €1350.
    22 Aug - 4 Sep 2015 €1350.
    5 Sep - 25 Sep 2015 €800.
    26 Sep - 18 Dec 2015 €695.

    Normal use of gas and electricity are included (gas central heating is charged as used).
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Updated: 19-May-2015


Property Type

  • villa


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • village


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1, large shower, basin and toilet. Bathroom 2, large shower, basin and toilet. Bathroom 3, bath and shower over, basin and toilet. Washing machine.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double/twin beds. Bedroom 3 with double/twin beds. Bedroom 4 with double/twin beds. Bedroom 5 with bunk beds. All the bedrooms are spacious and furnished with antiques.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: Guests have use of a local information library including maps, walking and driving guides and local flora and fauna identification books. Outside: The stand-out feature of Villa Susanna is undoubtedly the incredible view from both of its terraces. The mountains, valleys and hills of the Sibillini Mountains National Park unfold in front of you and in the evening you can literally dine under a carpet of stars. There's also a large flat garden with plenty of space for children`s games, dining and barbecues. The quiet cobbled lanes of the village have changed little since their medieval origins and provide great opportunities for exploration of the many fascinating buildings, architecture and little hidden corners. As the village is traffic free, the children are safe to play and explore. There is a playground within 3 minutes walk. The pool is a two minute walk away. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Included in the rent: Towels, bed linen, tea towels (changed weekly) and final cleaning. Free use of the pool. Other: Games room with cards, scrabble, monopoly and other board games.

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