Welcome to the Casa Nova Website. If you share our interest in the history, culture and natural beauty of Umbria and the Upper Tiber valley, or are looking for a place to holiday in Umbria, this site is for you.
Casa Nova is a small olive farm and plant nursery on the south-facing slope of the beautiful Niccone valley, 40 minutes from Perugia airport, on the border between Northern Umbria and Southern Tuscany, with panoramic views over some of the most beautiful countryside in Italy. It offers the perfect base for a holiday in the area, with two separate houses on the estate to choose from, each with its own pool.
There are four main sections to the website:
If you are looking for somewhere to stay while visiting Umbria and Southern Tuscany, check out our Rentals section to find out about staying in Casa dell’Ortolano (also known as the Garden House) or in Il Casale (the Farm House) at Casa Nova: you can fast track through key facts, availability and booking or take a more leisurely tour.
In About Casa Nova we share our experiences of the Umbrian countryside, restoring the property, creating a garden and figuring out ways of bringing this once thriving organic farm back into small-scale production. Our latest initiative is to found a specialist plant nursery, called IrisUmbria. We are growing a wide range of irises for sale and have created a landscaped park and pond to display them alongside roses, peonies and a range of other plants. This park will be open to visitors on specified dates during the iris season and serves as a beautiful year-round amenity for guests in our two rental properties.
About Umbria brings together useful information for anyone interested in the region.
We first discovered this area because one of us, Tom Henry, is a Renaissance Art Historian specialising in the artists who worked nearby: Piero della Francesca, Signorelli, Perugino, Pintoricchio, and Raphael. The Art History section contains information on these artists and on where their works can still be seen locally, information about Tom’s publications and exhibitions and a portal to a register of archival documents for Signorelli’s life, which is the first element in a project to create an online archival resource for scholars working in the field.
If you have comments or questions about Casa Nova or about this website, or simply would like more information and want to contact us, click on the Contact Us button on any page within this site.
We feel we have found an Umbrian Eden here at Casa Nova. We hope you enjoy exploring the website and that some of you may decide to share the experience by coming and holidaying here. Thanks for visiting.
To follow us on twitter, wordpress or facebook, or to see our photo albums on Flickr follow the links below:
Casa Nova on Facebook; IrisUmbria on Facebook.
Blog about irisUmbria on wordpress
Casa Nova on twitter; IrisUmbria on twitter.
Casa Nova on Flickr
Website for the iris nursery: IrisUmbria.it
You can also read about the Iris Project here.