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San Donato

Near Orvieto, Todi & Northern Lazio, Umbria & Lazio, Italy

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High in the hills, looking down to views of Lake Bolsena, this very well equipped family villa in Lazio is a beautifully restored, century old, tufo stone house – set in ten acres of total tranquillity.

In brief

  • Breathtaking views
  • Private infinity pool
  • Games room, table tennis

About the villa

Character and contemporary comfort come in equal measure at this lovely villa in the heart of Lazio’s Etruscan region, but within very easy access of the neighbouring regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Perched on a hilltop and encircled by olive trees, meadows and sunflowers, the house is framed by an avenue of cypress trees, its stone walls mellowed to a soft honey tone, its gardens screened with neatly trimmed hedges. Inside, the villa’s innately rustic features are enhanced by a mix of modern and antique furnishings. Hand-made tiles and high ceilings, crossed with chestnut beams, contrast with travertine marble bathrooms; and a kitchen, equipped with all mod-cons, meets the dining room through a huge stone arch.

Linking indoor and outdoor living, a loggia runs the width of the house, forming al fresco living and dining ‘rooms’, from which to enjoy the uninterrupted views. Steps lead down from here to the infinity pool in its lawned surround, and to a games room and convenient shower room on the lower level. Just 4km from shops in Grotte di Castro, San Donato is 5km from swimming, sailing and fish restaurants at Bolsena Lake. Two other nearby attractions are the UNESCO World Heritage site of Civita di Bagnoregio. Known as the 'Dying City', this medieval town sits atop a constantly eroding volcanic rock. And cut from volcanic stone the hilltop town of Pitigliano gives wonderful views of the wild Tuscan landscape. Locals call the town Little Jerusalem.

This villa was included by The Times in January 2019  as one of the best villas in Italy for rental. 


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Villa details


Ground Floor

  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen/dining room, opening to terrace
  • TV / Media room opening to terrace
  • Loggia with outside dining and seating area

First Floor

  • Master double bedroom (king size bed) with bathroom en suite and separate shower
  • Double bedroom (king size bed)
  • Shower room
  • Twin bedroom (can be made up as double)

Second Floor

  • Shower room


  • Games room with table tennis and table football, opening to terrace
  • Shower room


Children's Facilities

  • Cot and highchair

Cooking Outdoors

  • Gas barbecue


  • WiFi
  • Smart TV
  • Satellite TV (limited English speaking channels)
  • DVD Player
  • DVD library
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • CD player
  • Selection of books

Games and Sports

  • Table tennis
  • Table football

Keeping Cool

  • Ceiling fans

Kitchen Essentials

  • Fridge
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine
  • Nespresso machine
  • Hob
  • Oven

Private Infinity Pool

  • 12m x 4m
  • Built-in steps
  • Pool towels
  • Chlorine free, salt water filtration system
  • The pool is open from mid May to mid September

Villa Essentials

  • Washing Machine
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Heating
  • Insect screens

Something Special

  • Hammock

Service & Staffing


  • Welcome pack
  • Maid service 4 hours per day 2 day(s) per week
  • Linen change 1 day(s) per week

Important Information

Low walls around the loggia make San Donato unsuitable for unsupervised children. 


An English speaking CV representative in Italy will be available by phone during your stay. Contact details will be sent with your travel documents.


Arrival from 17:00. Departure by 10:00.


Please refer to the Health & Safety pages on this website.




  • Shops and Restaurants 4km Grotte di Castro
  • Bolsena 10km

Places of Interest

  • Lake Bolsena 10km
  • Pitigliano 20km
  • Orvieto 32km
  • Civita di Bagnoregio, Monte Amiata 35km
  • Saturnia & Viterbo 50km
  • Todi 65km
  • Caprarola 68km
  • Montepulciano 90km
  • Siena 140km


  • Perugia 109km
  • Rome (Fiumicino) 139km
  • Rome (Ciampino) 157km
  • Florence 180km

Train Station

  • Orvieto Scalo 35km
About the area

Near Orvieto, Todi & Northern Lazio

Average weather

In the south, an Umbria holiday comes dotted with honey-coloured stone farmsteads and sprinkled with olive groves—this region is not called ‘Italy’s green heart’ for nothing. The towns are a must-see for cathedral connoisseurs: there’s nothing restrained about the façade at Orvieto, yet one simple rose window is all that breaks up the classy simplicity at Todi. All of southern Umbria’s villas are within day-trip distance of Rome, too: the station at Orvieto has a fast link with the capital.

Find out more about Orvieto, Todi & Northern Lazio

Essential Information

Please note that there is a European tourist tax payable on arrival. Further details will be advised prior to arrival.

Having a barbecue in Italy is one of the best ways to cook your food but you may find that due to long drought periods in high season barbecuing may be restricted in some areas. You will be informed if this happens by your house staff or local representative.


CV Villas is happy to book flights for our customers on scheduled, chartered or low cost airlines from London and regional UK airports. Please ask for details.


Car hire can be pre-booked through CV Villas with collection at the airport.