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An idyllic panoramic stone house in Visso, Monti Sibillini National Park, Marche

Paola Copetti, Alessandro Belfiori (the owners)

Member since: 2012
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Speaks english, french, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights

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Paola Copetti, Alessandro Belfiori (the owners)

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An idyllic panoramic stone house in Visso, Monti Sibillini National Park, Marche

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights


Photos and Description of this Visso holiday cottage

Self-catering, 3 bedrooms (sleep 8) two bathroom, panoramic terrace, garden

Il Nido del Ghiro (Nest of the Dormouse) is a traditional Marche stone-house dating from 19th century. The Italian owners have lovingly restored in 2011 retaining original architectural features. Standing alone, beside the ancient Visso fortification walls, it towers the village with a wonderful view. The house is on two floors: at the entrance, a kitchen fitted with sink, four-ring stove with oven, fridge/freezer and fireplace, laid out in a rustic traditional style; a bathroom with toilet and bidet and a large living room with pellet ecological heating; on the second floor, the bedroom area with two comfortable double bedrooms and another triple bedroom; bathroom with toilet, bidet, shower. Most of furnishings date 18th century and include antique chest of drawers, wardrobe and bread chest. Outside a panoramic terrace with a big stone barbecue and the private garden welcome your rest and your al fresco meals. The house is free from all sounds of the modern world, but the whisper of the near river.

Today, Visso is the headquarters of the Sibylline Mountain National Park and is an architectural gem set among wooded hills at the convergence point of five valleys and as many rivers.

The house is at the top of a private road and so it is a peaceful haven with no sounds of passing traffic and, as we are about 607 m above sea level, the air is pure and healthy. Although there can be many sunny days, January to March is usually dry and chilly with a heavy snowfall in early January. (Frontignano, the nearest ski resort, is only a fifteen-minute drive away.) In April, May and early June, there can be rainy days but Spring is a fantastic season - fruit trees blossom, the sun frequently shines, wild flowers blanket the fields and verges, the birds sing and, at night, the fire-flies glow. From mid-June to early September, it is normally warmer but still fresh, sunny and dry. Autumn, with its burnished and russet foliage, is a magical time. It does sometime rain and, as the days shorten, it becomes cooler. It is the ideal time for walking and exploring.

Local Wines and Food: The best known regional white wine is Verdicchio, produced mainly in Matelica (30 kilometres away) and Castelli di Jesi. It varies from the cheap and cheerful to superb vintage wine. Local red wines, named after where the wine is made, are Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno. A famous local, sweet, sparkling wine is Vernaccia di Serra Petrona. Produced in Camerino and other nearby towns is a superb aniseed spirit, called Mistrà, that is delightfully used to 'correct' a coffee. In Visso there is a nice and fully supplied cantina 'Belisario' in which is possible to find and taste all these famous wines and other spirits & liqueurs.

Local foods include 'ciauscolo' (a spreadable salami), which is produced only in Visso and exported all over Italy and abroad. In Visso is possible to visit the laboratories (Pettacci, Calabro', Vissana Salumi) and watch the production of this salami and other typical local foods.

Among local dishes , 'lentil soup', also with sausages, 'coniglio in porchetta' (rabbit stuffed with pork and wild fennel), 'polenta' (a solid pasta made from maize flour on top of which is meat or vegetables) and 'vincisgrassi' (a superior lasagna), fresh trouts , grilled or 'in salmi'. Local cheeses include 'pecorino' (from sheep's milk) and 'ricotta' (from the remaining whey). Excellent honey and olive oil are also produced in the area.

Eating In and Out: at a few meters of the house (five minutes by foot) in the village centre there are all kinds of shops : groceries, butchers , greengrocers, local specialist bakers, mini markets, selling a wide range of foods that includes local and regional specialities. It is, therefore, very easy to buy locally almost any food required - apart from some exotic ingredients for Indian and Chinese food!

Close by, there are several unpretentious restaurants and pizzerias, serving good and inexpensive meals. At some of them, it is possible to eat outside in summer. The nearest are 'Taverna del Ponte' (pizzeria) 20 mt., 'La Filanda' (100 mt) typical restaurant and pizzeria, 'Wanted' (100 mt.) restaurant&pub, 'Osteria Richetta' (200 mt) typical restaurant . Within a ten-minute drive there is the 'Trattoria del Pescatore', probably the best of all, restaurant and pizzeria, where 'il Nido del Ghiro' clients are welcome and have a special discount.

All guests are provided with a list of local restaurants and we are very happy, if required, to provide advice and make any required bookings. At weekends in summer and on feast days, it is normally essential to book in advance.

Ski: about a 15-minute drive away, you can ski in the spectacular scenery of the Sibillini Mountains. The nearest ski resort is Frontignano di Ussita . Then there is 'Monte Prata' ski resort, near Castelluccio and at the feet of Vettore Mountain (2480 mt, the highest of Sibillini group). A few kilometres away, at a height of 1070 meters, is Pintura di Bolognola, where there are seven ski lifts taking you up to 1845 meters that have a run of 5 kilometres. A little far away there is also Sarnano - Sassotetto ski resorts, which is also well equipped with chair-lifts and ski-lifts. The resorts are generally unsophisticated but never overcrowded and with no queues for the ski lifts. It is also unusually cheap! The ski season is normally from mid-December to the end of March.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paola Copetti, Alessandro Belfiori (the owners) (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks english, french, spanish, italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

The wonderful scenery and view from Nido'windows, the sound of the river, the rare peace all contribute to a wonderful experience. The gentleness and hospitality of Paola and Pietro make a great time even more special. Thank you for allowing is to share this for a while.

Tati & Family and Agata (our dog)
Jun 2012
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An idyllic panoramic stone house in Visso, Monti Sibillini National Park, Marche
average rating of 4.888889 based on 10 reviews

Great place, great stay

  • 5 of 5

Visso is indeed a lovely small town. The surroundings are spectacular.

We liked the house very much; really spacious, quiet, comfortable, with a great view and furnished with everything we needed including tips on attractions, restaurants and surroundings - although unfortunately our stay was too short and we were almost always out enjoying the Monti Sibiliini National park and the other small towns around.

We always had always great meals without spending a fortune: people are all very nice, including Peter (owner's friend) who welcomed us at the house.

I will definitely talk very positively about this house and thhsi area with all my friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie tantissime e vi aspettiamo ancora! paola, Alessandro e Pietro

Lovely cottage in wonderful village and mountains

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks in El Nido (the cottage) in the lovely village of Visso. The traditional cottage provides not only for a very comfortable stay, but is also beautifully situated on a mountain with a breath-taking view of the village of Visso and its surrounding mountains. Visso is like a medieval village, with traditional houses, nice small shops with friendly people and a pleasant square to enjoy a good espresso or nice ice-cream. The Sibilini mountains are spectacular, a well-hidden jewel in mid-Italy. We did many hikes, sometimes through green and rocky mountains, sometimes through flowers and grass pastures, sometimes through forests. We also went twice to the beach (only 70 kilometres away), went swimming in a nearby lake and explores cultural places like Assisi. Everybody that loves nature, quietness and culture, cannot choose a better place for a holiday. We hope to return in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Lovely relaxing place to escape the rat race

  • 5 of 5

'Nido' is a lovely house in the old town of Visso with 3 comfortable bedrooms and large kitchen and lving area. The house is nicely decorated in keeping with the style of the house. The small river rushing past at the front of the house adds to the specialness of this place. The outside area is arranged over three tiers going up the hill, with terrace by the main door, another terrace with large BBQ and seating and a good sized garden at the top. There are great views of the town and mountains and the Visso towers further up the hill.

Visso is a friendly little town, surrounded by forested mountains - with a bustling Piazza and there is a local shop for everything including great wine, cheese, bread, vegetables, meat and charcuterie. We understand there are often special events in the Piazza and we were fortunate enough to see the local police orchestra perform accompanied by a soprano on Sunday evening. We sat outside Bar Sibellini (drinks, cakes and gelato - a winning combination) and took it all in. We went to a number of the restaurants in Visso and would particularly recommend Trattoria Richetta a simple and traditional style place with excellent local food - strong on truffles, pasta and chargrilled meat from the mountains. The Taverna which is practically next door to 'Nido' serves delicious pizza, wine and beer.

We visited in mid-June and had amazing weather with hot sunny days and just a few dramatic thunderstorms rolling over the mountains in the evening.

The house is a great base for walking and wildlife and you can take great walks direct from the house in multiple directions or a short drive to other parts of the Sibellini National park. The paths are well marked and the bookshop in the Piazza sells local maps and guides. The mountains and the National park were beautiful and in June in full bloom with wildflowers and orchids. As we went slightly out of season, we had most of the walking paths to ourselves.

Thanks to the owners Paola and Alessandro for a very warm welcome and help and advice on best walks and must see destinations. Also, thanks to Pietro and Maria (hope we got the name right!)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
State College, PA

Wonderful house, wonderful town, wonderful park

  • 5 of 5

There is much to say about our stay in Visso in this "nido". I am writing for a family of three, the dad (me),

the mom, and the seven year old daughter.

The house is very comfortable, with a charming city view. And the hosts, just fantastic. They are in Rome, but have a local helper, and all of them were so friendly, basically spending a weekend with us so we

would feel settled and comfortable. Grazie mille to Paola, Alessandro, and Pietro.

The town is authentic, with nothing but local shops, where you go to buy some amazing local food products. We miss the place.

My daughter was especially enthused about

the milk dispenser on the street, where you put in your bottle to be filled by milk. Everything was a short walk away.

We did not have enough time and good weather to really explore the national park, but our two big outings were spectacular. They were suggested to us in an evening discussion with Paola and Alessandro. And the town of Visso is itself in a beautiful valley, so you don't need to go far to enjoy the view.

I wish I could write more, but I am now back in the hurry and scurry of my workaday world. We would love

to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Sweet home

  • 5 of 5

a very special home overlooking the roofs of Visso. very cosy and pleasant,

furnished as it once, it is at the center of an intact medieval village. I

was with my dog  who was    delighted running all over  garden.  we were

really good!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thanks all our guests! we are delighted about their comments we will do our best to offer a special staying in our lovely Visso! Thanks again to all! Paola&Alessandro&Valerio and our dog Peggy

Sweet home

  • 5 of 5

a very special home overlooking the roofs of Visso. very cosy and pleasant,

furnished as it once, it is at the center of an intact medieval village. I

was with my dog  who was    delighted running all over  garden.  we were

really good!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Falconara, Ancona
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
'Wanted' Pub
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
100 Kilometres
Golf Club Conero Sirolo
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Valnerina - Spoleto
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
'La Filanda'
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Civitanova Marche
Car: not necessary

Despite recent publicity, the Marche is still one of the least visited tourist areas in Italy, despite its richness in Arts, natural beauties (Mountains, Lakes, countryside), traditional Foods (Lenticchia soup, ciauscolo a spreadable salame, the most famous) and Folklore. Our rustic stone house is situated in Visso, a famous Pope medieval village, antagonist in the twelve century of the well-famous Norcia. Visso, this walled, medieval village has still preserved its medieval atmosphere thanks to its own Saint Mary's 11th century church, the House of Town Hall and the Wall course along the Nera River, the river which feeds the famous 'Marmore Falls'. It is difficult, when sitting at a table outside the 'Sibilla bar' in the main piazza or when strolling along the narrow streets, not to feel you have wandered back to the Middle Age. Today, Visso is the heart of the Monti Sibillini National Park, if you are trekking lovers or mountain bikers, within easy reach (without taking Your car), You can enjoy walking into ancient shepherd parcourses or relaxing, drinking a glass of the excellent local wine, on our panoramic terrace seeing Visso top-roofs or lazing in the silence of our extensive garden. Besides walking or trekking on the beautiful paths of the Sibillini Mountains, visitors can practice plenty of outdoor activities, both for sport or leisure. In fact in the surroundings of Visso is possible to practice horse riding (even all day trips), nice excursions on mule or donkey, hang-gliding and paragliding in the Castelluccio di Norcia plateau, swimming and water sports in Fiastra lake, ice skating in a wonderful ice palace 5km from Visso, rafting in Nera river and other rivers of the area, freshwater fishing. During the winter the Sibillini National Park offers several skiing resorts such as Frontignano, the nearest and widest ski resort of Marche, Sassotetto, Sarnano, Bolognola, Forca Canapine. In summer in 45 minutes by car is easy to reach the shores of Adriatic sea, where is possible to spend a day in nice sea villages such as Civitanova Marche, S. Benedetto del Tronto, Recanati, Cupra Marittima, Porto S.Elpidio. For visitors who are also lovers of fashion and shopping, in Marche are located a big number of factories of famous Italian fashion brands, where is possible to buy at very low prices all the articles of the newest collections. At about 30 mins from Visso is possible to shop in the factory outlets of Tod's, Hogan, Fay, Nazareno Gabrielli, Nero Giardini, Frau, and other brands of the italian fashion. For lovers of history and culture, in Visso and its surroundings is possible to find a lot of historical buildings and many pieces of ancient art. Famous places to visit are Norcia, Cascia, Camerino, Assisi, Gubbio , Spoleto, S. Eutizio abbey, Macereto Sanctuary, and other historical attractions. Regarding natural attractions, a very interesting place to visit is Frasassi Caves (about 1 hour from Visso), the widest and most famous caves in Italy.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Visso, Italy


  • * A 30% deposit is required to confirm a booking. All payments can be paid in Euros.
    * the remaining part of the rental charge is normally paid directly at the beginning of the stay (credit cards are not accepted). If preferred the rental charge can be also paid in advance by bank transfer.
    * At the beginning of the stay must be advanced in cash an amount of € 100 as security deposit. In the absence of any damage or loss of accessories, the deposit will be returned on departure. In the event that any damage exceed the sum deposit, will be established the difference to be paid.
    * Cancellation : without penalty until 30 days before the arrival date. For cancellations after this time the booking deposit will not be reimbursed.
  • * Payment covers electricity, gas, water, towels and bed linen which are changed weekly. Arrival and final cleaning is also included in the price. The kitchen sink, stove , oven and cooking utensils must be left cleaned by the guests before leaving.

    * Discounts for longer stays : two weeks stay - 15% discount on the standard rental rate; three weeks stay - 20% discount ; four weeks stay 25% discount (see above monthly rate)

    * For small groups (couples or less than 4 people) the weekly charge can be discounted, according to season and availability of the house

    * In winter season (from November to March) an additional charge is applied for the use electric heating and pellet stove (according to consumption)

    * Pets are welcome, with an extra charge of 5 € per day.
This calendar is not current. Please contact the owner or property manager for availability information.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Visso, Italy

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bidet
  • The main bathroom contains a toilet, bidet, sink with mirror and a full-sized shower cabinet. In both bathrooms there are heated towel racks. The house has an electric big boiler, a constant supply of hot water is ensured. All towels are provided every week and included in the price.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , walk-in wardrobe
    Bedroom 3 - 3 single bed , wardrobe
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , walk-in wardrobe
  • Triple bedroom : one single bedroom + one bunk bed , plus wardrobe . All bed linen are included in the price (changed weekly). Furnishings in double rooms include walk-in wardrobes in both rooms and antique chests of drawers. From the windows of the bedrooms you can have a wonderful and relaxing sight on the village of Visso and surrounding mountains. If required a crib/cot for a young child can be added. A single sofa bed is also available and can be used in one of the double rooms as an extra-bed .
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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