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2006-2013 Casa Luminosa

What is your village like?
Our village, built in medieval times, is on a hill just east of Todi. The central part of the village is comprised of a large palazzo with several apartment homes, a tall watch tower (now in ruins), a small piazza with a monument to the local men lost in WWII, and a church with a medieval tower at one end. A few newer homes form the outskirts of the village. Surrounding the village on all sides are olive groves and vineyards.

In nearby Grutti and San Terenziano (4 km) you'll find restaurants, a pizzeria, small grocery shops, a butcher, a gas station, and other amenities. Ponterio (7 km) has a modern supermarket, a bank, a pharmacy, a gas station, cafes, and shops.

What's the best way to transfer from Rome or Florence or Orvieto?
The easiest way to get to Casa Luminosa is to take a train from Rome (~ 1 hour) or Florence (~ 1.5 hours) to Orvieto, just west of Todi. In Orvieto, there's both Hertz and Avis car rental offices within walking distance of the train station, where you can rent a car to drive the 30 minutes east to Todi and Casa Luminosa. Another option is to transfer from the main Italian train line at Perugia or Terni to the Umbrian train system, and take a local train to Todi. At Todi, you can take a bus up to the center of Todi, or call a taxi to take you to Casa Luminosa.

Driving from Rome or Florence is another option, and fairly easy because the A1 highway is fast and well-maintained. (Remember, however, that is it a toll-way.) Driving north from the Rome airport to the A1 highway can be somewhat daunting, however, due to the traffic on the Rome ring road (GRA).

Do we need a car?
Having a car makes your visit to Casa Luminosa more comfortable, and allows you the freedom to explore all the wonderful hilltowns and sights in Umbria. The nearest shops are 4 km way in Grutti and San Terenziano, but the road goes uphill from Casa Luminosa. There is a bus stop at the village, but the bus only runs once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

There are local car rental agencies in Todi, and major agencies like Hertz and Avis in Orvieto, Perugia, and Terni.

How close is the house to Todi?
Casa Luminosa is less than 10 km from Todi. It's an easy drive down the hill to Ponterio, and then up the road to Todi for dinner or shopping. Todi is a hilltown built within Etruscan and medieval walls, and has one of the most beautiful medieval piazzas in Italy. The ancient city offers three lovely churches; excellent restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias, and gelato bars; good shopping; a great tourist information center; and outstanding views of the Tiber River Valley.

How is the house laid out for sleeping arrangements?
Casa Luminosa has two roomy and comfortable bedrooms upstairs, with views to the north and south. The south bedroom has a traditional beam and tile ceiling, and is furnished with two Italian twin beds. This room overlooks the courtyard. The north bedroom has views across the valley, and is furnished with an Italian matrimoniale bed (wider than a US queen size). This bedroom still retains fragments of an ancient fresco. All the beds have hypoallergenic duvets and two pillows for each person. Downstairs is a third bedroom with two Italian twin beds.

Is the water safe to drink?
The water at Casa Luminosa is safe and suitable for drinking; however, the color, odor, and taste may vary. Depending on you individual preferences, you may wish to purchase bottled water for drinking. Bottled water (both carbonated and non-carbonated) is available in all stores and cafes, and is fairly inexpensive.

Is the house suitable for children?
Older children are welcome at Casa Luminosa. However, since the house is a typical Italian country house, with tile floors and stairs, a woodstove in the fireplace, etc., these things make it unsuitable for young children who might slip on the stairs or wander too close to the fireplace.

Is this a non-smoking house?
Yes, Casa Luminosa is a non-smoking house. Smoking is only permitted outside.

Is there a phone at the house?
Casa Luminosa does not have a phone, but it does have excellent cell phone coverage...we suggest you bring a European or worldwide (GSM) cell phone. These can be rented or purchased online, and several car rental agencies in the US offer free cell phone rentals with a European car rental contract.

What kind of electrical adapters do I need to run a hairdryer, etc.?
Italy uses 220-volt electricity. The electrical outlets take a plug with two round prongs. If you live in North America, you'll need to bring plug adapters, and also a converter to convert 220 volts to 110 volts. (unless your appliances have a switch that allows them to run on either 110 or 220 volt power). Voltage converters aren't always easy to find in Italy, and since you don't want to bother with looking for one while you'd rather be be sightseeing or relaxing, it's a good idea to get one before you leave home.

Most electric chargers for cell phones and digital cameras/videos run on both 110 and 220-volts, so you should only need plug adapters for these.

How can I get answers to additional questions?
Feel free to to email (info@casa-luminosa.com)) us with any additional questions you might have...Casa Luminosa is our little slice of heaven in Italy, and we're always happy to share information about the house and the area.