The Local Area

The property backs onto several kilometres of undisturbed woodland, with views over the stunning verdant valleys that Umbria is so well known for. Amelia is an Etruscan town said to have been founded around the 12th century BC and boasts stunning cyclopean walls that predate Rome itself.


It sits around 100km north of Rome and 100km South of Perugia in the stunning undisturbed nature of southern Umbria. Originally called by its Etruscan name Ameria the town of Amelia was founded in the 12th Century BC according to records written by Cato the Elder.

It is a town of approximately 12,000 inhabitants and lies well off the traditional central Italian tourist trail. The stunning walled town, some parts of which date to the Etruscan period, boasts a picturesque ‘Centro Storico’ of winding alleyways and passages. It’s peak is capped by a Cathedral and Tower on the Piazza del Duomo, offering unique views over the surrounding countryside. It is conviniently situated 15km from Orte, a local railway transportation hub. 


Macchie is the rural village that sits a kilometre away on the hill above Poggio Le Stalle. It has a population of around 420 people and is said to have been a stopping point for Frederic Barbarossa when passing through on his way to Rome in . The foundations of the small hamlet within the historic centre were part of a  medieval fortress, reputedly an armament during the Papal wars. Its centuries old industry was charcoal production. 

Supported by their traditional renewable forestry techniques this has played a key role in protecting the stunning Mediterranean evergreen forests that surround it, one of the best examples of the habitat in Italy.  The residents of the village, 'Le Macchienesi’, are fiercely proud of their traditions, their cuisine and their well-earned reputation as hard workers.  The small local road ends at Macchie with only small first tracks heading beyond the village into the mountain-side. This has played a part in the village maintaining its distinctive character and sense of local identity.


During their annual Summer ‘Sagra, or local food festival, they still recreate a small charcoal slow burner; even if the main interest lies in what the village is now more famous for, it’s traditional local recipes and fantastic produce. The ‘Sagra' is well known in the area and feeds up 700 people per night for the seven days it runs, producing traditional Macchienese specialities like Polenta alla Carbonara and their fiercely protected local recipe for Wild Boar Stew.

Year round the village offers a bar, a local butcher and greengrocer (producing his own meat and vegetables) and a couple of restaurants and agriturismi in the surrounding hills. The Colli Amerini or hills surrounding Amelia produce world class olive oil and some fantastic local wines. Game and wild mushrooms are ever present and the area also offers an array of cheeses and hams produced in the traditional 'Norcino' methods.

This Agriturismo for sale in Umbria does offer the opportunity of rental income for potential buyers, and holds an existing faithful clientele that often return year on year.