Live like an Italian.

Heart of Italia offers refined, villa-centered escapes in the Italian countryside that combine the comforts of a historic family villa with locally crafted, personalized, immersive experiences in daily life and culture.


Amid vineyards and olive groves, Selvamica seduces with centuries-old charm in its perched location near medieval Orvieto.

We invite you — and your family or group of good friends — to enjoy a relaxed stay in our classic Italian villa on the Umbrian-Tuscan border. Enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace as the sun sets over the vineyards. Discover local bakeries, wineries, trattorias and markets that we can personally recommend.

Set out for the day to such fabled destinations as Florence, Assisi, Rome, and other enchanting villages and cities. Or simply sit by the sparkling swimming pool, taking in the lulling hum of birdsong and cigali. Embrace the best of villa living in the Heart of Italia.

– Sandro Lorenzotti

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The Villa

Selvamica is a 6-bedroom/6-bath villa and can host up to 11 guests.

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Villa Living

Heart of Italia is not a straight-out rental agency. While staying at the villa, you will enjoy a customized itinerary of activities and experiences that connect you personally with the local way of life.

Founded by Sandro Lorenzotti, who grew up in the area and is passionate about sharing his Italian heritage with others, we personally know the local vintners and truffle hunters and chefs and farmers, and they are all waiting to share our culture and history with you.

Whether you want to discover the secrets of farm-market shopping, explore less-traveled ancient villages, learn Italian wine-maaking from an expert vintner, and/or simply take in the Italian lifestyle from café to trattoria, we are here to help you curate an authentic experience all your own.


As beautiful and relaxing as the villa is, you are here to immerse yourself in Italian life, to connect with the heart of Italia. We don’t offer a cookie-cutter menu of packaged excursions. As locals ourselves who know the best people to share the local way of life, we sit with you to create a personalized itinerary that will make your stay unique and extraordinary.


Explore with Paola the hidden lanes and secret histories of Montalcino, Montepulciano, Montefalco, and Orvieto. Or head out into the forests of central Italy with Cristiana to dig for the region’s famous black gold, and then enjoy truffle-inspired dishes for lunch.

Food and wine explorations

Join Francesca on a visit to the local markets and fill a picnic basket full of regional products, then spread out a blanket and enjoy your portable feast among peaceful olive trees or landscaped gardens. Or head out to the local wineries with Paola, who will introduce you to the vintners and share their wine-making secrets.

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Have your personal chef prepare a full-on market-to-table meal for your group, prepared with the freshest of local ingredients. Or dive in and have him teach you how to make umbrichelli al tartufo, straccetti pachino e rucola, and other divine local specialties.

Other personalized experiences

If you’re dreaming about a different type of experience, whether it’s following in the footsteps of St. Francis in nearby Assisi, shopping local fashion boutiques, cycling and walking in the vineyards, delving into Renaissance art history, or something else, we know the locals who will make this happen.