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LaCURE Villas Points Families To Umbria For Better Values, Fewer Crowds


Introducing 10 family friendly villas in Italy’s Umbria region, from $2,800 weekly

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 21, 2007 — LaCURE Villas has augmented its portfolio of luxury Italian villa rentals with 10 additional villas in Umbria. All properties were specifically chosen by LaCURE Villas for their family friendly amenities such as swimming pools, large outdoor areas for children and parents to relax, convenient locations near towns with grocery stores and maid service. Local LaCURE concierge service is also provided. Weekly villa rates start at $2,800 in the summer.*

Located just east of Tuscany and north of Rome, Italy’s ancient yet timeless Umbria region boasts some of the greatest artistic and architectural achievements in Italy. Rich in agricultural production, Umbria is also known for its outstanding cuisine. Its picturesque rolling hills dotted with olive groves, castles, fortresses and watchtowers, as well as valleys laced with gleaming rivers and Italy’s largest lake towns make Umbria an ideal choice for a relaxing villa vacation for families. Less traveled than neighboring Tuscany, Umbria offers better values and fewer crowds.

Following are LaCURE’s 10 newest villa offerings in Umbria. A local LaCURE concierge will greet guests upon arrival and can pre-stock groceries, arrange babysitting, crib and stroller rentals, additional housekeeping, laundry, cook, car and driver services, as well as Italian lessons, art classes, biking tours, private airport transfers, English speaking guides and sightseeing tours.

Arcelle is a newly renovated stone-built farmhouse with an attached guesthouse, set in the enchanting Umbrian countryside. It is the perfect location from which to explore the famed towns of Siena, Cortona and Gubbio. The four-bedroom/four-bathroom villa boasts stone fireplaces and old terracotta floors. The villa has a private pool set on a raised terrace with a spacious lawn, outdoor BBQ, a pergola for dining al fresco and a large garden. The village of Spedalicchio is minutes away for groceries and refreshments. Summer rates from $2,800 per week for seven guests.

Triscione is a farmhouse consisting of a villa and guest annex dating to the 1800’s. Set in one of the most stunning countryside areas of the Umbria region, just ten minutes drive from Todi, the villa features spectacular views and a private swimming pool. Tastefully restored, the six-bedroom/six-bathroom villa features wood beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, with some original stone interior walls. Summer rates from $3,940 per week for 10 guests.

Convento della Lauda:
A lovely six-bedroom/eight bathroom villa set in the Umbrian countryside just 10 kms from Todi. Originally a convent in 1500, Convento della Lauda was transformed over the centuries into an exquisite residence. Facilities include a stunning garden, heated swimming pool with a shaded area, lovely vined pergola, covered verandah with table, chairs and stone BBQ, wine cellar, an ancient stone courtyard leading from the main villa to the two guest houses, Satellite TV and a library. A 100-year old fig tree provides partial shading of the grounds. Summer rates from $5,920 per week for 10 guests.

Located on a hillside near Tuscany, Salicotta is a splendid seven-bedroom/seven-bath villa featuring a large stone farmhouse and annex, each with its own private drive. Set in a large garden, each of the houses has a well-equipped patio for dining outdoors with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Salicotta allows easy access to many places of artistic and architectural interest, such as Cortona, Siena and Gubbio. Amenities include private pool, tennis courts, outdoor BBQ and satellite TV with VCR. Summer rates from $8,250 per week for 14 guests.

Poggio del Cerro:
Set atop the hills that surround the medieval town of Todi, this five-bedroom/five-bathroom villa overlooks lush green countryside. The recently furnished interiors boast antique Chinese furniture and a zen-like, contemporary décor with magnificent views from large picture windows. Facilities include a large pool, gardens, outdoor dining area, outdoor BBQ and home theater system with DVD and VCR players. Guests can enjoy nearby spa services, restaurants and a local farm with petting zoo. Summer rates from $5,180 per week for nine guests.

This seven-bedroom/six-bathroom property comprised of a main villa and guesthouse is located in rural countryside overlooking the medieval town of Todi. Manoquercia takes its name from the shape of a large oak tree that dominates the old farmhouse and features a tree-hut ideal for children’s games. Rooms boast preserved wood beam ceilings, contemporary fixtures and modern kitchens. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining, a swimming pool, large garden, outdoor BBQ and satellite TV. This is an ideal choice for families traveling together as two children’s bedrooms are furnished with bunk beds. Supermarkets, restaurants and riding stables are nearby. Summer rates from $6,770 per week for 14 guests.

Villa Melograni is a majestic five-bedroom/five bathroom country house and guest house surrounded by olive groves and stunning visits of the idyllic Umbrian countryside. The villa features spacious dining and sitting rooms to accommodate large family gatherings, and quality fabrics and furnishings are used throughout. The ground floor is dedicated to well-being and recreation and includes a sauna, Turkish steam bath, billiard table and a very relaxing sitting room with a piano bar. Additional facilities include a pool with resistance system, pool lounge and bar, large garden, a/c and TV in bedrooms, stereo, satellite TV, computer with high speed Internet, onsite gardener and cook. The villa is minutes from shops, restaurants golf and the train station. Summer rates from $8,600 per week for six guests; $10,080 for 10 guests.

Villa di Vibio:
This elegant five-bathroom/five-bathroom villa is set atop the scenic hillsides of Todi with panoramic 360-degree views. The sprawling grounds feature a garden area, swimming pool, terrace with dining table and chairs, outdoor BBQ, satellite TV, fully equipped kitchen and elegant furnishings. Summer rates from $6,350 per week for eight guests.

This scenic five-bedroom/six-bathroom villa is comprised of a main farmhouse and guesthouse. Located in the stunning Umbrian countryside of Orvieto, the villa is surrounded by wheat fields and features a fully fenced-in garden, spacious lawn, outdoor BBQ, and swimming pool. The newly redecorated interiors contain stylish furnishings that complement the stone farmhouse’s original character. Summer rates from $4,250 per week.

I Palazzi:
This hillside castle villa features three distinct residences: The Palazzo (The Palace), a spacious three-story stone villa; The Torre (The Tower), which stands between the Palazzo and the swimming pool; and a farmhouse, The Casale, near the entrance to the property offering a total of eight bedrooms and eight and a half baths. A large heated infinity swimming pool, table tennis, tennis, walking trails and satellite TV with VCR and DVD player are available onsite. Golf and horseback riding are available nearby. Summer rates from $21,160 per week for 12 guests; $29,610 for 23 guests.

* A five percent administrative fee may apply to some bookings.

With offices in New York City, Toronto, Florence and Costa Rica, LaCURE Villas rents more than 1,000 private properties in 12 countries and 23 Caribbean islands. To book a villa vacation or for more information, please call LaCURE Villas toll-free at 800-387-2726 or visit

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