Included in the rate is our large pool at our Villa Marianna, 7 miles away. The pool is shared by all our holiday maker guests, including those staying at Villa Marianna. However, to date, the pool is often quiet and sometimes empty, most of our guests being the non-pool types. There is a WC besides the pool. A car is not necessary because the train station is a 25 mins walk, along a flat wide boulevard, lined by shops, bars and restaurants with a park halfway, full of children’s activities….climbing frames and the like. Or, you can catch a shuttle bus. A quiet and extremely chic apartment with WiFi and a terrace with sensational panoramic views of mediaeval Spoleto and the mountains and valleys beyond. Not suitable if you have mobility problems because of steps, with several landings to entrance of apt and a few steps also up to the terrace. However, I and Laurie are nearly 70 and 80 respectively (2015) and we don't even notice them ! In the middle of Spoleto, a buzzy, pedestrian area, next to the Bishop's palace, tucked away in a quiet enclave, while being just 1 min walk into Piazza Mercato. This stylish apartment has 2 double bedrooms, 1 with a large double bed and the other smaller bedroom with 2 single beds that can be joined, by request. Smart wooden floors and beamed ceilings throughout, a separate kitchen/seats 4 and a separate sitting room/seats 8, a terrace with sensational views of mountains, valleys and mediaeval rooftops, this is an ideal abode for a couple with children (over 5 years old), 1 romantic couple or 2 couples. The children should be over 5 years old because the railings of the terrace are quite low. Also, please note that the 2nd bedroom is on the "cosy" side and only has a small wardrobe. However, there is plenty of storage room in the apartment in a store room behind the kitchen and the master bedroom has large wardrobes. In PIazza Mercato, a 1 minute walk away, there are food shops that sell salami, cheeses, truffles, prosciutto, savoury cakes, biscuits, olive oils and specialist and all at great rates. Very handy. There is a takeaway pizza place, which also offers every type of ready cooked goody you can imagine. There is also a sandwich shop, where you can eat in or out. There are fresh fruit and veg stalls. And, you are surrounded by bars and restaurants. With full catering facilities, you can cater cheaply at home. There is a supermarket, on the edge of town, 20 mins walk away. However, the nearby restaurants are extremely good value - all local rates. No touristy rip-off rates here ! Terrazza Cathedrale is in the best location if a buzzy context is what you are after. And, it is just a 1 min walk to the travellator, an underground network of moving walkways, elevators and escalators that will take you to anywhere you wish to go in central Spoleto, if you do not fancy walking through the arched cobbled lanes, passing bars, shops and restaurants, churches and monuments, all jostling for attention, along the way. Our small partnership group, ourselves included, own all the properties that we advertise, about 60 in all, from villas with pools to smart town houses to central city apartments. Subsequently, we can organise olive oil tasting, wine tasting, chef at home, eating in chef's house, truffle hunting, picnics with a donkey, cheese making, caving, canyoning, rafting, canoeing, horse you at better rates than you get going through the conventional channels. This is because all the aforementioned activities, except for horse-riding, are offered by our partners to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime ! For instance, the olive oil of one of our partners (Ciarletti) was blessed by the Pope 2 years ago, after it had won the top prize in Italy. He, amongst other of our partners, offers olive oil tasting, accompanied by a lunch, at his farmhouse. All our activities are totally authentic, put on by Italians, whose familes go back for centuries and who have been in the truffle, olive oil and wine trade for all of that time. And, because all the activities we offer are "inhouse" we can undercut all the "professional" businesses, for whom it is their livelihood. Such activities are not our livelihood. Neither are they the livelihood of our partners. We and our partners offer these activities with the aim of enriching your holiday. If you are without a car, you will receive, free of charge, a pickup from the station on your day of arrival and a drop off at the station on your day of departure. If you are with a car, you will receive, free of charge, help with parking and luggage on arrival and departure day. Parking is a few minutes walk away (part of it on a moving walkway, if required) in an underground car-park for 8 euros/days. Included in the rate is a Welcome Pack : pasta, pasta sauce, olive oil, wine, tea, coffee, sugar, milk + toiletries to start you off.