"THE ANCIENT GLASSWORKS"
L'Antica Vetreria invites you to have your dream vacation in historic and beautiful Umbria on the border of Tuscany! The only vacation home inside a medieval Italian village with pool, panoramic views and privacy, yet just steps to all village amenities of food and shopping. The life of the piazza with its cafes, restaurants and shops invites you to have an authentic village experience of Italian life. Offering a Villa and four apartments each with their own living, dining and fully equipped kitchens within a huge building of 9600 sq. ft. on four levels, we can provide spacious accommodations and each has its own terrace with views! L'Antica Vetreria was once an ancient glass works founded in 1292 by artisans from Venice and now a completely renovated dream destination. The pool is for the exclusive use of our guests and is within the property. Please note: We only rent accommodations by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Exceptions during the Off Season (Winter) only.
A vacation should be more than seeing all the sights - you also need time to relax and recharge. At L'Antica Vetreria, you can visit many of the beautiful and historic sights in Italy within a short drive or train ride, yet still have time to relax and unwind, read, swim, or simply enjoy the view.
If you have a party of eight to ten people, our magnificent Villa is the perfect size. Four guests fit nicely into il Forno, la Cantina, or la Terrazza. il Nido (the Nest) is a cozy and romantic spot for two. Click the box below and see which option suites you best.
PS: Book for one week if you must, but you're going to wish you had booked two.
Fast Free Wifi
An excellent ADSL connection with a wireless router in each apartment.
Our travertine-tiled pool has a beautiful view of the surrounding Italian countryside and is for the private use of our guests. Relax surrounded by the sound of birds and the smell of rosemary, lavender and roses. Enjoy the Italian concept of "dolce far ninete", or the sweetness of doing nothing.
Dining in Your Apartment
We can arrange a catered meal or cooking lessons with an Umbrian chef. Learn how to make typical pastas and sauces of our region and assorted seasonal specialties.
Free, safe and convenient parking is available nearby.
Local Museum Tour
Piegaro has been making glass for over 700 years. Come see the fascinating history.
Local Travel Assistance
We can help you arrange local auto rentals, airport or hotel transfers, provide railway information and tips on travel.
Free Washing Machine
A free washing machine and detergent is provided for all guests. Drying racks are also provided.
photos by Colleen Simpson, Marte Garmann, Laara Matsen and Tom Bean
THINGS TO DO
So Much to See
Right on the border of famed Tuscany, you can visit Siena, the wineries of Montalcino or Montepulciano, shop for antiques in ancient Arrezzo or leather in Cortona or visit one of the many natural hot springs or spas nearby.
In historic Umbria, you can visit Assisi (home of Saint Francis), Gubbio, Todi, Spello, Perugia, shop for ceramics in Deruta, explore the underground of Orvieto sitting on its majestic tufa cliff; hike in the Piano Grande with masses of wild flowers or explore the largest waterfalls in Europe, Cascata Marmore. Rent a paddle boat or windsurf the largest lake on the Italian Peninsula, Lago Trasimeno.
Easy day trips to Rome or Florence via the train station only 20 minutes away. Avoid the traffic and parking hassle.
Enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing. Relax in the sun and sand around Lake Trasimeno. Or just kick back on one of the sun loungers by the pool and watch the light change on the iconic Italian countryside.
Every Tuesday, Colleen and Tom accompany guests to Castello Monte Vibiano Cantina, a completely “green” and certified carbon neutral winery. Driving through the countryside, we pass castles, hamlets and panoramic views of Perugia and Assisi on our way. After our arrival, we get into electric jeeps, pass through ancient olive groves, to the Fasola-Bologna family's most precious vineyard, Vigna Lorenzo, that has been a vineyard over 2200 years. Returning to the cantina we learn how wine is made and relax on the wine terrace with panoramic views to taste their wines with toasted bruschetta, olive oil and cheese.
On Monday, we lead our guests to a nearby town that features a large open air market. Over fifty trucks offer produce, clothing, shoes, cheeses, porchetta, honey and much more at great prices.
Food and Wine
Umbria is a food and wine lover's paradise. With its many farms, vineyards and olive groves, all the produce is the freshest possible, creating masterpieces of regional cooking. Known for its truffles, porcini mushrooms, beans of Trasimeno and organic beef and pork products, it is a gourmet dream. Take a cooking lesson with a local chef to learn how to make Umbricelli, the pasta of our region, topped with fresh truffles or cinghiale, wild boar sauce. Lago Trasimeno produces fresh fish from the lake. Norcia is known for its salamis made of wild boar and pork. Local Sagras, food fests that follow the seasons invite you to celebrate the asparagus, the strawberry, the mushrooms and all the harvests, gathering with the locals for a fine festival. We can book you a lunch at a local biodynamic vineyard or arrange for local truffle hunting in season. You can also enjoy fantastic coffee and gelato at the local village bar...
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This is the best of an Italian experience. Piegaro is a picture perfect village and L'Antica Vetreria the place to stay. Our apartment was the best accommodation we had during our entire three country month-long European journey. It was tastefully decorated with a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and gorgeous views out of every window. This is the place to recoup and relax. Tom and Colleen are gracious hosts looking after every detail to make one's visit memorable. The best part of staying with them in Piegaro was the cooking class and contact with local villagers and merchants who all were so friendly - and oh so patient with our Span-Italian. Great place for couples needing a get away rest or for a family building memories. Don't miss it!