The Yellow House - villa with large private pool and beautiful views. Sleeps 12

House for Rent, Villa

01020 Civitella d'Agliano VT

Swimming Pool

Villa in rural Italy with large private pool and beautiful views. Sleeps 12

Bookings via (property number 10744)


Large kitchen-dining room

  • professional style kitchen and dining area with table that seats 12 people

2 Sitting rooms

  • 1 large family sitting room with wood fire and French windows looking out onto the garden
  • 1 small sitting room with open fire and card table

Games room 

  • table tennis, table football and pool table

5 Bedrooms (sleeps 12)

  • ground floor twin bedroom (next to bathroom and shower room)
  • 1st floor ensuite double bedroom (shower room)
  • 1st floor ensuite double bedroom (shower room)
  • 2nd floor ensuite double bedroom (toilet and sink)
  • 2nd floor ensuite 4 bed family room - 2 singles and one bunk bed (toilet and sink)

4 Bathrooms and 2 separate WCs  

  • ground floor bathroom (toilet, sink and bath with shower) 
  • ground floor shower (toilet, sink and shower enclosure)
  • 1st floor en-suite shower (toilet, sink and shower enclosure)
  • 1st floor en-suite shower (toilet, sink and shower enclosure)
  • 2nd floor en-suite (toilet and sink)
  • 2nd floor en-suite (toilet and sink)

Facilities & Services

Free wifi is available at the house and in most restaurants and bars.

Amenities include a large American style fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, iron and ironing board, two travel cots and a high chair, linen (including swimming towels), hairdryer. Mosquito nets on all windows. 

Board games including Scrabble, Cluedo, Monopoly, Chess, Draughts, Twister and Guess Who?  We also have a card table. 

Pizza oven and barbecue

in the garden next to the kitchen and sitting room

Ball games outside

bocce on our new dedicated bocce court and badminton

A 15m x 5m private swimming pool gently slopes from 1.6m at the deep end to 1.3 m at the shallow end.  The pool is in a peaceful spot situated on a hillside and has a large patio.  The pool is surrounded on one side by a mature rosemary hedge providing beautiful perfume in the evening and fresh herbs for cooking and by the other a sloping flowerbed.  The marble patio is spacious with plenty of room for the 8 sun loungers.  Most of the area around the pool is unshaded and there are no parasols but for those who prefer not to sunbath there is shade in the afternoons by the pool under an oak tree, here there is a stone table that seats 6.  The pool is unfenced so non-swimmers and young children must be supervised. 

The garden is informal.  By the house there is a large stone table in the dappled shade under the oak tree, from here there is a lovely view of the valley, the table seats 14.  A lantern hangs from the oak tree and provides the perfect light for intimate suppers or large parties in the evening.  There is beautiful new garden on a lower level which surrounds the bocce court and a pergola and picnic table.

Large driveway for parking several cars

The town of Civitella d’Agliano

Local shops are only one mile from the house.  There is a butcher, baker, supermarket, hardware store, pharmacy. Half a mile from the house is another supermarket, H. Discount

Local services.  A post office and a bank

Local bars and restaurants. There are two bars, one restaurant and one pizzeria.

Catholic Church SS Peter and Callisto (In the medieval square PiazzaUnita D'Italia), Masses on Sunday 8.30 and 11.30, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 5pm, Tuesday and Friday 9am, Saturday in Spoletino at 5pm and S Sebastiano at 6pm.


Wine tasting and catering

Wine tasting A; a selection of wines is brought to taste at the house
Wine tasting with local cuisine B; a selection of wines is brought to taste at the house accompanied by regional dishes
Wine tasting tour C; visit to a local winery

Roast pork or lamb on a spit or steak

For large parties it is possible to order roast pork or lamb cooked on a spit or beef steak. The meat is roasted on site and is accompanied by local dishes and wine.  If you prefer to organise some of the party yourself, for example providing your own accompanying dishes and or wine, we are happy to accommodate this. To avoid disappointment, book the spit roast early. 

Pizza parties

Pizza dough is brought to the house and fresh pizzas are prepared at the house and cooked in the pizza oven by local cooks.  If you have pizza topping preferences the cooks will be happy provide these. 

Local cuisine
If you prefer a selection of local dishes this can also be provided, it is prepared at the house and served to you at the table.  The cooks are very flexible and you can request what you like and the level of formality you prefer.  Wine can be provided if required.   

Cookery demonstrations

Learn how to make traditional dishes prepared in The Yellow House kitchen by a local chef.  Guests can be involved in the preparation or just watch the experts at work.  Enjoy the fruits of your labour accompanied by regional wines. 

All wine tasting and catering bookings:  


The Yellow House is secluded and peaceful. It is situated in rural Italy in the heart of wine-making countryside and close to the medieval town of Civitella d’Agliano. It is the perfect place to relax and because of its central location, makes it the ideal base to explore Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio.

The house was restored in 2005, it is set in 10 acres of land and from the house there is a beautiful view of the valley below.  The house stands on 3 floors, it has kept many of its original features including terracotta floors and a roof constructed of exposed beams and terracotta tiles.  It is simply decorated and furnished with a combination of rustic and modern Italian furniture, it is centrally heated.  The property sleeps a maximum of 12 guests. 

Place to visit

Things to do

Olive oil tasting at the Bartolomei family Vecchio Frantoio (old mill)
Distance 20 km
Drive time 25 minutes 

The Bartolomei family began olive oil production over 100 years ago in Montecchio, Umbria.  Although they use modern production methods now, the history of traditional oil production is kept alive in their impressive olive oil museum.  Contact the mill to book a personal tour of the museum and an olive oil tasting. There is also a lovely shop where you can buy olive oil, truffel honey and much more. The host speaks very good English. 

Al Vecchio Frantoio, F.lli Bartolomei S.a.s. via Cagnano, 6 05020 Montecchio – Terni, Umbria    tel. +39 0744 951395

The Beach on Lake Bolsena at Capodimonte

If you like spending the day at the beach, this is probably the best spot as there is a lovely long stretch of beach and lots of shade and grass. There are also restaurants and cafes. It takes approximately 45 minutes to drive to Capodimonte (clockwise around the lake) and an hour via the scenic route (anticlockwise) which is well worth the extra few minutes. 

Canoes, pedalos and motor boats
Can be hired from "La Bussola" at Capodimonte with free parking for customers.  La Bussola tel: (+39) 328 9055907 

Boat tours on Lake Bolsena.
Several excursions from the marina in Bolsena, see website for details. Tel: office Tel: (+39) 0761 79833 emergency contact (+39) 333-3819956
If you have had enough of swimming you can explore the area by foot or bicycle. Fleur Kinson describes some stunning routes that take you off the beaten track, details of routes and where to hire bicycles can be found in her book "Bolsena, Everything You Need to Know"  

Bicycles can be hired from one of the lakeside restaurants in Bolsena. Details of beautiful routes around Bolsena can be found in Fleur Kinson's book "Bolsena, everything you need to know" 

If you are lucky you can catch trout in the stream at the bottom of our field.

Fresh water fishing is also available at Mola Solis fishing lake. If you use the fishing-rods provided, the fish you catch can be taken away free of charge, if you provide your own rods the fish is charged by the kilo. Mola Solis fishing lake is about 15 minutes drive from Civitella d'Agliano on the way to Alviano. Fishing rods can be bought in Bolsena at Emporio Pesca, Piazza San Giovanni, Bolsena.

There is also great fishing on Lake Bolsena but you will need a fishing licence, a permission document can be obtained at the tourist office in the main square of Bolsena and then paid for at the post office in Bolsena.

For information about fly fishing and licences from experienced local fishing guide and instructor, go to

Golf. Le Querce Golf Club is 45 minutes by car in San Martino just south of Viterbo. 18 hole, par 72, 6462 metres. There is also a 9 hole golf club near Terni in Umbria, ask Kalle for details. 

Go-karting. Near Viterbo on SR2.  

Paintball. Near Viterbo just off the SR2.


Towns and cities

Civita di Bagnoregio (Lazio)
Distance 14km
Drive time 20 minutes

The extraordinary "Dying City" is a 20 minutes drive from The Yellow House. Approximately 12 people live in the tiny group of houses that sit on top of a hill formed when the surrounding land crumbled away after earthquakes that started in 1695. It is now connected to Bagnoregio by a large footbridge; the views of the surrounding areas are spectacular. 

The town of Bolsena (Lazio)
Distance 25km
Drive time 30 minutes 

Is a beautifully kept medieval town with some fascinating historical sites including Etruscan remains. There are several excellent restaurants and bars in the town and by the lake and some lovely artisan shops selling local products and hand-made goods. 

"Bolsena, Everything You Need to Know" is the first comprehensive book written in English about Bolsena and the surrounding area, it was written by an English journalist staying in Bolsena in the Summer of 2003 and published in April 2004. Fleur gives a fascinating insight to the local customs and invaluable practical information about how to make the most of your stay 

The feast of Corpus Christi (Infiorata) - Bolsena
Is held each year on the 9th Sunday after Easter and celebrates the miracle of the Eucharist. In 1263  

Viterbo (Lazio)
Distance 28km
Drive time 35 minutes 

Is a beautifully preserved example of a walled, medieval city. In the 13th Century it was once home to the Pope. There are many spectacular buildings to see, including the Gothic Palazzo Papale and the cathedral, Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Viterbo is a 40 minute drive from The Yellow House. The main shopping street Corso Italia is a great place to shop for clothes, antiques and all things Italian. Shops are closed on Monday mornings and reopen at 4 or 5 depending on the season. 

Orvieto (Umbria)
Distance 28km
Drive time 40 minutes 

"Sitting astride a volcanic plug of rock above fields streaked with vines, olive and cypress trees, Orvieto is visually stunning from the first. Like the love child of Rome and Florence and nestled midway between the two cities, history hangs over the cobbled lanes, medieval piazzas and churches of this cinematically beautiful city. And few cathedrals in Italy can hold a candle to its wedding cake of a Gothic cathedral, which frequently elicits gasps of wonder with its layers of exquisite detail"  Lonely Planet Guide to Orvieto

Civitella del Lago (Umbria)
Distance 27km
Drive time 35 minutes 

A well preserved, quiet hill top town with a spectacular view of lake Corbara and the surrounding area, one can just see the dome of Montefiascone Cathedral in the distance. There is a bar and restaurant where you can sit and enjoy the panoramic view.  Civitella del Lago is about half way between Civitella d’Agliano and Todi. 

Todi (Umbria)
Distance 45km
Drive time 1 hour 

"A collage of soft-stone houses, palazzi and belfries pasted to a hillside, Todi looks freshly minted for a fairy-tale. Wandering its steeply climbing backstreets is like playing a game of medieval snakes and ladders. The pace of life inches along, keeping time with the wildflowers and vines that seasonally bloom and ripen in the valley below. 

Like rings around a tree, Todi's history can be read in layers: the interior walls show Todi's Etruscan and even Umbrian influence, the middle walls are an enduring example of Roman know-how, and the 'new' medieval walls boast of Todi's economic stability and prominence during the Middle Ages." Lonely Planet Guide to Todi

Assisi (Umbria)
Distance 95km
Drive time 1 hour 30 minutes 

"As if cupped in celestial hands, with the plains spreading picturesquely below and Monte Subasio rearing steep and wooded above, the mere sight of Assisi in the rosy glow of dusk is enough to send pilgrims' souls spiralling to heaven. It is at this hour, when the pitter-patter of daytripper footsteps have faded and the town is shrouded in saintly silence, that the true spirit of St Francis of Assisi, born here in 1181, can be felt most keenly." Lonely Planet Guide to Assisi

Tarquinia (Lazio)
Distance 73km
Drive time 1 hour 15 minutes 

"Tarquinia is the pick of Lazio's Etruscan towns. The highlight is the magnificent Unesco-listed necropolis and its extraordinary frescoed tombs, but there's also a fantastic Etruscan museum (the best outside of Rome) and an atmospheric medieval centre.

Legend suggests that Tarquinia was founded towards the end of the Bronze Age in the 12th century BC. Later home to the Tarquin kings of Rome before the creation of the Roman Republic, it reached its prime in the 4th century BC, before a century of struggle ended with surrender to Rome in 204 BC.

Local information is available at the friendly tourist office in the town's medieval gate." Lonely Planet Guide to Tarquinia 

Gardens and Palaces

La Serpara (the sculpture garden) - Civitella d'Agliano
Distance 2km
Drive time 5 minutes 

La Serpara is a beautiful garden created by the Swiss artist Paul Wiedmer. His garden has evolved gradually over several years as a collaborative project with other artists from all over the world.  The sculpture garden is open to the public by appointment. Video - website - 

The Monsters' park (Parco dei Mostri) - Bomarzo
Distance 24km
Drive time 30 minutes

Is an extraordinary mystical garden. Its origins are from the 16th Century and is filled with giant statues of animal, gods and mythical creatures. It is only a 30 minute drive from the house and only 10 minutes from Villa Lante so both can be visited comfortably on the same day. 

Villa Lante - Bagnaia, Viterbo
Distance 29km
Drive time 35 minutes

Has one of Italy's finest gardens.  Its creation began in the 16th Century and has been open to the public in recent years.  Its is the perfect place to visit for a day or in combination with Monster's Park which is 10 minutes away. 

Farnese Palace (Villa Farnese) - Caprarola
Distance 48km
Drive time 1 hour

Just south of Viterbo is the immense pentagonal building constructed in the 16th Century for Alessandro Farnese, the cardinal and nephew to Pope Paul III. Behind the palace is a grand garden which can be reached via two bridges. Caprarola is just east of Lake Vico and a one hour drive from The Yellow House.

Hot springs and waterfalls

Thermal springs and Spa (Terme dei Papi) - Viterbo.
Distance 30km
Drive time 35 minutes

The spa at Termi dei Papi offers a wide range of natural beauty treatments but is best known for the thermal baths. The main bath consists of a huge outdoor pool made of limestone and filled constantly with natural hot water. It is a wonderful place to relax. Terme dei Papi is just west of Viterbo city on Strada Bagni. 

Natural Hot Springs

Free bathing in natural thermal pools in the open countryside, near Viterbo.

Parco Terme del Bagnaccio (pozze del Bagnaccio) - north west of Viterbo
Distance 36km
Drive time 40 minutes

Bullicame - just west of Viterbo
Distance 33km
Drive time 35 minutes

Piscine Carletti - just west of Viterbo
Distance 30km
Drive time 35 minutes 

La Cascate del Mulino - Saturnia hot spring
Distance 78km
Drive time 1 hour 30 minutes

Is an extraordinary geological phenomenon. Warm water appears as if from nowhere and cascades down the hillside providing a beautiful place to bath, massage one's neck in the many warm waterfalls or cover oneself in mud from the bottom of the stream. This is a must for the adventurous traveller and is very popular with all age groups. There is no charge to enter the cascades and there is a small cafe nearby. It is best to avoid the midday sun as there is limited shade. The journey by car takes about 90 minutes but can be slightly confusing when you arrive as signs will encourage you to go to the still hot spring and spa with no cascades, this has a charge and is not nearly such fun. Stick to your guns and head for the cascades 

Casacata delle Marmore (Marmore Falls), Terni, Umbria
Distance 70km
Drive time 1 hour 

The spectacular Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore's Falls) is a man-made waterfall created by the ancient Romans.  Its total height is 165 m, making it one of the tallest in Europe and the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. The top section is the tallest, at 83 m.  Be prepared to get wet and remember to take a towel! See website for opening hours, prices and tours.


Prices for 2020

Period (change-over day Saturday), Minimum weekly rate ( Rates are based on 6 guests)

14th Mar 2020 – 10th Apr 2020: 1,260 Euro - Add 33 Euro per night, per additional guest
11th Apr 2020 – 8th May 2020: 1,386 Euro - Add 33 Euro per night, per additional guest
9th May 2020 – 26th Jun 2020: 1,470 Euro - Add 33 Euro per night, per additional guest
27th Jun 2020 – 28th Aug 2020: 1,596 Euro - Add 33 Euro per night, per additional guest
29th Aug 2020 – 25th Sep 2020: 1,386 Euro - Add 33 Euro per night, per additional guest
26th Sep 2020 – 30th Oct 2020: 1,260 Euro - Add 33 Euro per night, per additional guest

The price includes gas, electricity, provision of linen and final cleaning of house. 

A deposit of 50% of the total rent is required to secure a booking and the remaining balance is required four weeks before arrival.

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