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Charming Medieval Townhouse With Breathtaking Views



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Townhouse in Todi, Umbria, Italy - La Gardenia Located in Heart of Todi

You’ll find La Gardenia in the heart of Todi, an Umbrian hilltown famous for its picturesque winding streets and breathtaking views. It has been recommended by Lonely Planet’s Tuscany/Umbria edition, and it is easy to see why. This is a place where you feel instantly at home, because the apartment belongs to an Italian, not a foreigner using it as an investment. It has been in the family for generations and the owner has personally seen to its decoration. The result is an eclectic and harmonious combination of cherished family heirlooms and stylish contemporary pieces. At La Gardenia, you’ll be welcomed as a traveller -- even a member of the family -- and never an anonymous tourist. 

The apartment is situated on the upper two floors of a traditional stone-built house dating from the Middle Ages. Because the house is taller than those surrounding it, each room enjoys plenty of light all day long (many such houses can be dark and damp), and there are stunning views over rooftops, churches and town monuments. The balcony offers fresh air and a peaceful view of the surrounding hills.

The First Floor has a formal living-room with lovely 19th-century antiques and 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 single) connected by a full bathroom. Both bedrooms have fine views.

The Second Floor has a dining-room with a table for four which leads out onto a balcony with beautiful views over the hills to the south and west. The sunsets behind the cupola of the famous Renaissance church of the Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione are amazing. There is a fully equipped kitchen open to the dining-room on one side and a sitting-room (with sofabed) on the other, and a single bedroom with half bath.

The narrow streets of Todi are beautiful but can also present parking problems. Directly in front of La Gardenia is a small piazza where you stop to unload your bags. And only a few metres down the road there is unlimited secure free parking.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Carlo Rocchi Bilancini is a native of Todi, Umbria. A professional photographer who has worked for the Umbria's cultural sector, he is perfectly placed to help you explore the region's rich history and abundant tourist attractions.

The apartment at La Gardenia has been in the family for generations and Carlo has personally seen to its decoration. The result is an eclectic and harmonious combination of cherished family heirlooms and stylish contemporary pieces. You will feel instantly at home in this environment, a traveller -- even a member of the family -- and not an anonymous tourist.

Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Guest: David(Murray Bridge South Australia)

Date of Stay: 11/01/09 Review Submitted: 07/04/10

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the La Gardenia townhouse in Todi. The apartment was very clean and provided us with all our living and cooking needs. We were attracted to the website because of the photos and because of the balcony overlooking Todi and surrounding hills. We spent a great deal of time out there drinking and eating local fare as well as having Bocelli playing in the background. Carlo was very helpful with our e-mails and while we were there. He met us at the car park, helped us with our luggage and answered all our questions and even suggested places for us to visit. We haven't stopped raving about our stay in Todi and we recommended La Gardenia to all our friends and hopefully one day they will share the same experiences as we did. To us having is a car is essential as you can travel freely around Umbria and there are some lovely small villages to visit.
Dec 2008
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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


An Exquisite Experience in Umbria

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the apartment in mid November 2016. As you can see from the other reviews, this apartment is a wonderful place. Todi is a beautiful Medieval labyrinth and you feel as though you are living inside a fairy tale. The apartment is located on two floors. Below are 2 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 single), a full bath, as well as an amazing room filled with Carlo's family antique furniture and paintings. Upstairs is a another room which can be used as a bedroom, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath. The 3rd floor also has an amazing balcony facing south overlooking the hills of Umbria. The view actually brought tears to my eyes. From there, you can see sunrise and sunset. The apartment is clean, comfortable, the beds are comfortable, the towels are plentiful and plush, the kitchen is charming and utilitarian, but most importantly, it is actually a home with interesting art and books. For us, the best part of renting the apartment was Carlo. Carlo is a talented photographer and his work hangs in the apartment. He is also a wonderful host. He keeps a book with all of his suggestions for restaurants, coffee, shops, and outings. He has travel books for use, and many maps for your use. Todi is centrally located to many other towns. With Carlo's help we could suggest an itinerary of Assisi one day, a second day to Civita Bagnorigio and Orvieto, and a third day to Bagnava, Spello and Montefalco (this direction has amazing rural landscapes of olive groves and vineyards). Carlo also suggested a cooking class at the School of Italian Language and Culture in Todi. You can contact them directly and they will make arrangements. The class was in a family's home in Todi, and it was a highlight of our trip. Umbria is amazing, Todi is amazing and the apartment is amazing. I have used VRBO and similar sites for many years, and I can give this apartment my highest recommendation. Thank you Carlo. We hope we can host you when you come to NY !

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Still Dreaming of La Gardenia

  • 5 of 5

My first visit to Todi in Umbria, and upon arrival I am politely escorted to La Gardenia by its Owner, Mr. Carlo Bilancini. Carlo is a charismatic fellow and a Todi native who seems to know and is known by everyone we meet along the way. Halfway up (or down) Via S. Maria in Cammuccia, Carlo guides us into a quiet alcove where we find the heavy wooden door that is so characteristic of the homes in this beautiful medieval city. Up the several steps we climb and enter La Gardenia, which has reportedly been in Carlo’s family for generations. For the next 11 days, La Gardenia will be our home-away-from-home and our central point of embarkation for numerous side trips to various scenic locations in Umbria and Tuscany.

The quiet, very private apartment is everything my traveling companion and I need. Smartly but simply decorated, each room has an open, airy feel. Carlo is a professional photographer and we later learn that many of the photographs that adorn the walls are his own work. Everything is spotlessly clean, including, most importantly, the bathrooms. The bedrooms are all ample in size and the bed in the smaller of the two rooms adjoining the Master Bath is plenty comfortable for me. The fully-equipped kitchen is simple, but roomier than many other European kitchens I have seen, with an adjacent family-style dining room, where we spend much of our time. If they wanted to, a family could easily prepare and eat all meals right there in La Gardenia.

And once you throw open the French doors to the balcony, you might just want to do that. The panoramic view of the entire Southern side of Todi is simply spectacular. From this point you can see the sun rise from over the mountains (an occasional hot air balloon in the distance), and then enjoy it again as it sets directly over the cupola of the Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione into the Fiume Tevere valley on its way to Orvieto. A photographer’s dream. Simply breath-taking and I briefly consider spending all 11 days right there without ever leaving the apartment. I don’t, of course, as Todi’s central piazza is just a short walk past the shops and up the hill. But I am most happy to return each evening to enjoy the quiet starlit sky from the balcony.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If I close my eyes I can still remember the peaceful morning coffees on the terrace. Just as vivid are the memories of the vibrant sunsets over Umbria's gently rolling hills and Todi's medieval stone towers with their terra cotta roofs. The apartment is well appointed, spacious, and sunlit with all the modern comforts of home. Carlo, the owner, couldn't be more kind or helpful. He not only made sure we felt at home in the apartment, but he was a wealth of knowledge about Todi and things to do in the area and beyond. The apartment is located within the city's walls in an old stone tower on a medieval street. It is a short (but steep) walk to the town's main piazza and shops. Todi is such a gem and this apartment helps you lose yourself in its past. There are plenty of places to buy groceries or even "take-out" to bring back home and enjoy that view! We had a car and parked it down the hill, about a two minute walk, and never had a problem finding a space. Travelers do need to be aware that the apartment is on the top two floor of a four story tower, and the steps are quite steep. That being said, I can't imagine a nicer location for taking in the beauty of one of Italy's most spectacular hill towns.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little bit of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

What are you waiting for...?? Book it now!

The view is spectacular from the balcony. You will want to spend all your time there enjoying the view of vineyards, olive groves and castles, but venture out to the Umbrian countryside to a vinery, castle, or Roman ruin, all are minutes away!!

The apartment is well decorated, comfortable and has all the modern conveniences!

Carlo will give you tips on just about any trip! We loved our stay and you will too!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Carlo, what a lovely chap! Thankyou for sharing your family home. Location and facilities perfect. This gorgeous old home is impeccably clean and well maintained. It is the ideal place to unwind, a short walk to the centre and perfect for short drives to surrounding villages.Todi is itself Historically and gastronomically delightful. The best pizza and gelati in the world is found in Todi!

Carlos apartment had everything we required and we found it difficult leaving, having already been to Todi in 1998 in similar accomodation which I thought not possible to better, wrong, Carlos was equally comfortable, but that view almost from every room, sublime, Book, you will not be disappointed.

Enjoy the walk UPHILL along the cobbles, its worth every step! Think carefully about what you want to carry UP to the apartment, theres no parking and the streets are ancient and narrow, big cars dont fit!! Enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Todi Top Value and Top Quality

  • 5 of 5

This large town house apartment is an affordable, understated and stylish way to stay in Todi, a large part of one of the oldest domestic buildings in this small city. Carlo has built upon the lovely 1950s and 1960s interiors left to him by his family with careful, and continuing, restoration and additions. There was lots of room and variety for the kids to spread out and cityscapes and landscapes from almost every window. We spent the end of each day on the roof top balcony with stunning views of the Umbrian countryside at dusk. The kids enjoyed the excellent pizza and ice cream five minutes away. It was a pleasure to cook in the top floor kitchen, simple, light and panoramic. Carlo is a friendly and attentive owner and helped us easily navigate car access and parking despite arriving on Easter weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : at 45 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 300 Metres Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Local language school offers painting, pottery, cookery courses, sightseeing and Italian language and culture programmes.


One hour and a half from closest seaside locations.


30 minutes from Perugia airport (see Ryanair) and 2 hours from Rome airport (Fiumicino or Ciampino).


30 minutes by car to places of interest such as Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, Bevagna, Montefalco, Orvieto.

Further Details:

In the center of the medieval quarter of the town of Todi, 3 minutes walk from the cinema, the theatre, museums and shops.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168

Notes on prices:
Prices are for 1-2 people per week in euros. For every extra person 100€ per week.
Heating is not included and will be charged as an extra.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • town


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over. Bathroom with wc and wash basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-6 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with single bed. Bedroom 3 with single bed. Double sofa-bed in the living room


  • Balcony
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: From the balcony, which is large enough for a small table and chairs, you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset, fantastic views and the peacefulness of the surrounding hills. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided and final cleaning included.

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