10% discount on all available weeks in 2023

Price Starting from € 6000 per week (more information) Price on request.
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 5
Accessibility The whole of the ground floor, including both bedrooms, is accessible to less mobile guests.
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Il Nido Christmas

Perched high in the Umbrian hills, Il Nido is a stunning fusion of modernity and tradition. The materials and design blend seamlessly together to create this exceptional villa.

Il Nido, a stunning house for ten perched high in the Umbrian hills, is a fabulous fusion of modernity and tradition, and therefore the perfect place for some festive fun.

Lie in bed and look out onto the ravishingly beautiful view that one guest described as the best in Italy. In this house, cosy comfort and sleek design are not mutually exclusive, hence the heated smooth resin floors, the flattering lighting and the Gervasoni armchairs.

The kitchen island is four metres long, appliances come in duplicate and whether you love cooking or prefer to hand it over to a private chef, the made-to-measure oak dining table will see one joyous meal slide into the next. There’s even an outdoor living room with sofas to snuggle up on in front of another huge fire.

Italians know how to make Christmas magical. They have the whole cultural panoply in hand, from world-class music that spans choral to jazz, to restaurants, markets, museums and galleries, all shining under a starlit sky. And it’s all on Il Nido’s doorstep.

Il Nido is exclusively managed by Special Umbria.

Rooms description


Of the five double bedrooms, two are on the first floor of the main building and three are in the guest wing of which two rooms interconnect, making them ideal for those with a young family. All rooms have open-space en suites. The deeply comfortable beds are made up with beautiful, cool linen and the floors throughout are smooth resin.


All the en suites are open-space, within the bedrooms. All the rooms have showers and two rooms also have baths – one in the guest wing and one on the first floor. The WCs are also located in this space but are separate. The understated resin floors and walls of the showers are complemented by high-performance fixtures and fittings. There are separate WCs on the ground floor and in the basement.


Like the rest of the house’s interior, old and new combine in the tactile materials of this stand-out kitchen. The four-metre long island houses Smeg appliances, including a dishwasher, two ovens and a five-burner gas hob. Expertly equipped, there is a wine fridge and ice-maker, breadmaker and KitchenAid mixer to get you started. In the adjacent pantry, located behind the island, are a double fridge, second dishwasher, sink, and washing machine and dryer. Cooking at Il Nido is a joyful experience, or you can sit back and relax while the Special Umbria staff do the hard work for you.

Living rooms

The clever design of the double reception room combines space and cosy comfort with a double-aspect wood-burner taking centre stage in the open shelving which divides the sitting and dining areas. The enormous sofa and Gervasoni armchairs are as comfortable as they are stylish while from the large, made-to-measure oak dining table guests can enjoy long views across the hills.

Other rooms



2 mid-week cleanings on Mondays and Thursdays + final cleanings. Linen change weekly for stays longer than a week


private pool, pool heating, air conditioning, dogs allowed, floor cooling, espresso machine, nespresso machine, sonos music system, oven, fridge with freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron+board, television, wifi, room fans, cot, high chair, barbeque, hairdryer


The whole of the ground floor, including both bedrooms, is accessible to less mobile guests.


Il Nido sits on a 7,000sq m private terraced hilltop plot with far-reaching views. The land is fenced and mature oak trees provide natural shade. Lawns lead from the front of the house to the black-lined heated pool (15mx4m), which is surrounded by paving. A pergola and oak tree provide shade while bamboo sunbeds and parasols offer a perfect place to lounge comfortably. There is a table tennis table made of local stone and a boules court next to the pool. For al fresco meals with a view, a large handmade wooden table with bamboo chairs under the main porch provides an ideal spot. Meanwhile, the outdoor living room, nestled between the main house and the guest wing, is a firm favourite with all our guests. With comfy sofas, swing chairs and a big fireplace you can stay cosy and warm outside even off-season.


Il Nido enjoys a private, tranquil setting, without being remote. The nearest property is over 70m away. In the Villa you will find the soap, shampoo and shower gel exclusively produced in Umbria and composed by bio agriculture and essential oils.

Availability & Pricing

10% discount on all available weeks in 2023

weekly prices
from 6 January 2024 to 18 May 2024 € 6000
from 18 May 2024 to 8 June 2024 € 7500
from 8 June 2024 to 14 September 2024 € 8500
from 14 September 2024 to 5 October 2024 € 7500
from 5 October 2024 to 21 December 2024 € 6000
from 21 December 2024 to 4 January 2025 € 7500
Price on request.
Weekly cleaning: EUR 300
A special Christmas package with decorations and set up trees: EUR 300.
Pool heating (on request): EUR 250 per week
Fire place wood included
Baby cot: EUR 75 per week
Dog: EUR 100 per stay
Extra bed (high quality): EUR 250 per week

Security deposit: EUR 1500 to be paid to SU before arrival as specified in the booking confirmation.
Deposit: 30% upon booking, balance 30 working days before arrival.
Sustainability For every booking we make on this property, we will plant a tree through our charitable partner, Trees for All.
Arrival & Departure Saturdays (depending on other bookings) arrival from 4 PM and departure latest 10 AM. Other arrival and departures days upon request

Leisure & Activities


There are long walks directly from the property, while beach and water-sport facilities are a short drive away at Lake Trasimeno (25km). For keen golfers there is a choice of a 9-hole course at the Lamborghini Golf Course in nearby Panicarola (16km) or 18 holes at Gold Club Perugia (28km) Antognolla Golf club an 18-hole course, one of the best of Italy (48km). Tennis is available 2km from the villa at Piegaro and horseriding 8km away at Montegabbione.


Special Umbria is happy to tailor-make itineraries for our guests, including guided tours of national parks or city culture tours. Please contact us directly for rates and availability. We can also organise cooking lessons for you at the villa or book a private chef.


More information

In addition to the fabulous festive atmosphere, Umbria offers a variety of activities to make your holiday season unforgettable. Be moved by beautiful concerts featuring traditional Italian Christmas music inside some of the most glorious buildings on earth, explore the region's renowned art galleries and museums, or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Umbrian countryside from the cosy comfort of your luxury rental.

What to do and where to go

The world's biggest Christmas tree in Gubbio

Gubbio takes Christmas seriously, not least by lighting up the world's largest tree featuring thousands of multi-coloured bulbs that twinkle over the town from Mount Ingrino. Gubbio itself, an ancient medieval town famous for its Roman ruins and historic aqueduct, hosts delightful attractions and events for both young and old. Discover Christmas Land, the fantastic markets, the tree - which was ratified by Guinness World Records as the world's biggest Christmas tree in 1991, 3D images on the façade of the Palazzo dei Consoli, the ferris wheel, the nativity cribs tucked away in the town's pretty streets, and much, much more.

Concerts and the nativity in Assisi

At the start of December every year, Assisi and its surrounding villages come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas and this year will have particular resonance since it is the 800th anniversary of St Francis' first nativity scene.

A rich programme of events combines history, tradition and spirituality with a message of hope for the future, paying particular attention to environmental sustainability. The Town is decorated with Christmas trees and puts on spectacular light displays, Christmas markets, concerts and nativity scenes that offer a moving immersive experience. 

Perugia's Christmas market

Perugia's Christmas market can be found in Rocca Paolina, the university town's 16th-century Renaissance fortress. Not as big as other European markets but the biggest of its type in Umbria, its comfortable size makes it the perfect place to find delicious food and drinks, as well as beautiful artisanal presents.

Additional stalls can be found throughout Perugia’s historic centre, including in Piazza Italia and Piazza Matteotti, while the main street, Corso Vannucci, is strung with twinkling lights and there's even an ice rink.

A Christmas tree on Lake Trasimeno

Head to the delightful town of Castiglione del Lago and throughout December and into the start of the new year you'll be able to see another of the world’s biggest Christmas trees. Part of the Luci sul Trasimeno festival, the tree is picked out in lights on Lake Trasimeno. A kilometre in length, the tree is made up of 2,450 bulbs that hover just above the water, held up by 5km of cable. Visitors are able to see the tree from just behind the castle tower and can even sponsor a light. For every light sponsored, an olive tree will be planted as a symbol of peace and hope. Guests will find lots of other things to see and do, from a Christmas market to a huge nativity scene. 

Winter Jazz Festival in Orvieto

Umbria's Winter Jazz Festival is now in its 30th year and the 2023 programme has 90 events performed by 30 bands and more than 150 musicians. Spread over five days, from 28 December to 1 January, visitors can soak up soul, jazz, gospel and funk from noon 'til night in the delightful Umbrian town of Orvieto.

There are two moments that have always characterised the Winter Jazz Festival. The first is the New Year’s Eve Dinner and the concerts before and after midnight - an excellent augur for a happy new year. While the second is the gospel concert that follows New Year's Day Mass in the Duomo, performed this year at 5pm by the Virginia State Gospel Choir, with the religious songs of the African American tradition now a firm festival fixture. 

New Year's Eve

There is no better place to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another than here in Umbria. The region's towns and cities come alive with fireworks, live music and traditional Italian feasts. Whether you choose to join the local celebrations and have a New Year's Eve dinner in one of the many incredible restaurants, or to host your own party in private luxury at your SpecialUmbria property, you are guaranteed to see in the New Year in style.

The Christmas holiday season in Umbria offers a unique blend of cultural experiences, festive celebrations and a proper switch-off giving you a chance to reflect and reset in this extraordinarily beautiful part of Italy. With one of our luxury rental villas as your base, you can explore all that this stunning region has to offer, creating fabulous memories to last a lifetime.


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Piegaro is a sleepy Medieval town with a small collection of restaurants and shops – a butcher, baker and green grocer, a couple of bars, a pharmacy and a church. Tavernelle de Panicale (9km) on the way to Perugia is a little larger with a greater choice, or you could head to Città della Pieve.


The nearest airports are: Perugia [PEG] (45km) with direct flights from Rotterdam [Transavia], Brussels [Ryanair] and London [BA and Ryanair]; Rome Fiumicino [FCO] (190km); Rome Ciampino [CIA] (175km); Florence [FLR] (165km). Train The train station at Chiusi [22km] is ideal for direct journeys to Rome and Florence. There is car rental available at the station. Road The A1 motorway exits closest to the property are at Fabro (20km) for Rome and at Chiusi (25km) for Florence.


Il Nido is close to several towns and cities in both Umbria and Tuscany, including, Castiglione del Lago (26km); Perugia (35km); Cortona (45km); Montepulciano, which is famed for its wine (45km); Deruta (50km); Orvieto (50km); Assisi (55km); Todi (60km); Gubbio (80km); Montefalco/Bevagna (85km); Spoleto (95km); Siena (105km); Florence (145km); and Rome (170km).

Your villa and Covid-19

To prevent any possible spread of Covid-19 and to enable you to enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday, all our villas are cleaned to the highest standard possible, and according to the latest Italian health and safety regulations.

Perfect hygiene: to ensure an exceptional level of hygiene in all our villas, we’ve worked with our owners to create a Covid-19 villa management protocol. Based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation, and in compliance with current Italian national law, this protocol goes above and beyond our usual rigorous cleaning standards.

Prior to arrival, your villa will have been fully sanitised, including all surfaces, objects, kitchen items, curtains, sofas, throws, pillows, toys, and in and around the pool. You are welcome to ask for a detailed list of the entire cleaning procedure we do after each departure and before welcoming new guests to the property.

The owner of this house has complied with the following standards:

  • To ensure the necessary information concerning social distancing and the use of masks is available to all guests
  • To guarantee availability of and accessibility to hand hygiene systems with hydro-alcoholic solutions and soaps in all inside areas of, and pertaining to, the villa
  • To guarantee cleaning and disinfection of all areas according to national authority guidelines. Further information is available on request
  • For the swimming pool: to guarantee the efficacy of the water treatments, while respecting legal limits (the parameter for free active chlorine in the pool is between 1.0 – 1.5 mg/l; combined chlorine ≤ 0.40 mg/l; pH 6.5 – 7.5 or equivalent oxygen)
  • For air conditioning systems: to guarantee the air re-circulation function is switched off and, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, with the plant in off-mode, to clean the air filters of the heating/cooling plants that use heat pumps, fan coils and convectors, at the end of each stay

For more general information about Covid-19 in Italy, please click here.

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