Pieve Suites, in the flower street of Città della Pieve

Discover one of the best kept secrets of Italy while staying in medieval residence with a contemporary twist

The walled Umbrian town of Città della Pieve is an under-the-radar holiday destination with real insider cachet – a truly special place with a lively buzz of activity and a warm community spirit. Located in one of the centro storico’s prettiest, quietest lanes, contemporary-chic Pieve Suites is the perfect perch from which to explore both the town, and environs stretching from Orvieto to Perugia and Siena – all an hour or less by car.

Each of three spacious, light-filled studio apartments with en suite bathroom and kitchenette is great for a couple. One suite has its own private vine-covered garden set into the ancient town walls; another is a duplex with a bed under the gorgeous terracotta roofs, and a skylight for star-gazing.

Taken as a whole house, Pieve Suites makes the ideal base for families or groups of up to six people.

Stroll out the front door along medieval lanes, past ancient chapels, al fresco trattoria tables and rows of charming townhouses in warm weathered brick, and it’s not difficult to understand why so many visitors end up falling in love with the place. But there’s more. Pieve Suites’ host Anne Hanley – a designer and writer – is always on hand to provide advice on the hot springs, wineries, restaurants, cultural events, and cycling and hiking opportunities which make this part of the Umbria-Tuscany borderlands so very unique.