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What’s Umbria like?
Living in Umbria can only be described as half way between earth and heaven. The friendly people, great weather, food, wine, scenery, history and architecture create an intoxicating mix.
Umbria, known as ‘The Green Heart of Italy’, is a rich tapestry of vineyards, olive groves, fields of sunflowers, wooded hills and snow-capped mountains interspersed with tiny hill-top towns and great places to visit such as Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Deruta, Orvieto, Todi, Lake Trasimeno, the Marmore Falls and many, many others. Even Rome, Siena, Florence and both coasts are all within an easy day trip by car or on Italy’s reliable and inexpensive train and bus network.
The history and architecture is legendary and one of Italy’s main problems is what to restore next! Etruscan tombs often ‘appear’ during road building.
Add to this a wonderful climate, world famous food, great wines and the friendliest of people and you have an incomparable place to visit and, who knows, you may, as we did, fall so much in love with Umbria you even come to live here!
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Area: 8,456 sq km
Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a juliet balcony?
A juliet balcony is a glazed door (or doors) in an upper floor exterior wall with a railing to stop you falling out. Named after Romeo and Juliet of ‘Where for art thou? fame.
The advantage is that the glazed door lets in more light than a simple window and is cheaper to create. Naturally a proper balcony is preferable but in ancient towns not always allowed.
What could be nicer than having your own private pool in the garden. When the weather is hot and the water is cool there is nothing quite like it.
Here we cover the pros and cons of various different sorts.
First of all consider the cost, maintenance and space needed for your own pool. There may be several really nice public pools locally that don’t need any attention from you and work out a lot cheaper.
We have both now reached retirement age and have decided that it is time to close La Porta Verde. We have been in business for over 12 years, helping hundreds of people realise their dream of buying a property in Umbria, many of which have become close friends. We have also enjoyed working with the many estate agents, notaries, and tradesmen along the way. Thank you one and all.
Edit: We just want to make it clear that it is the property sales and holiday rental part of our service that is closing down. The management and maintenance of holiday homes that we currently have in operation will continue with our current clients for the time being. We will also consider new clients.
As far as the website URL is concerned we will be transferring this over to a new website, which is under construction, and this will be dedicated to our own holiday properties.
Castello di Monte Sperello
This outstanding property sits on the top of a hill just outside Perugia close to Lake Trasimeno. It comprises three main buildings set within the walls of the castle and a substantial amount of land. Although a little tired and in need of restoration it offers a wonderful opportunity to return it to its former glory and create a wonderful home, hotel or conference centre. The entrance comprises three gates, one for vehicles which winds around the castle walls, one for those on foot and a third for services. Several rooms have glorious frescoes. There is a wonderful terrace with glorious views over the surrounding countryside, an orangery with a classic Italian garden, a viewing tower and many, many other interesting features as can be seen in the photographs below.
We are specialised in assisting foreigners in buying properties in the countryside or small hill-top villages of Central Italy, mainly in Umbria, but also in Tuscany, Lazio and the Marche.
My name is Dorrie Seijffert and I am the owner of the agency. I am Dutch and have been living in Italy since 1981. I have been a free-lance conference interpreter for over 20 years and worked mainly for the European Union in Brussels, but also in the Netherlands and Italy. I speak fluent Dutch, Italian, English, French and good German and Spanish. Now that I have an Italian family I want to travel less and founded La Porta Verde, (holidays and properties in Umbria) with Graham and Lin Lane. But I noticed very soon that not being qualified we found ourselves working with local agents who didn’t do their job properly, causing us and our clients many problems.