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Plinius | Villa Rivo

Le Marche
users 10 bed 5 bath 4

Set among rolling hills and lush fields in the enchanting Italian region of Le Marche, Villa Rivo is an idyllic place to experiencing the beauty of living in the Italian countryside and yet, it's located close to the beach as well. The villa is a unique combination of Italian style, contemporary design and Asian influences.  

Villa Rivo was created by an Italian & Canadian couple who have spent many years living in Asia. In 2003 they  decided to search for an escape from the crazy Shanghai urban life and after a week of searching through old ruins, they found an abandoned farmhouse half-way down a valley outside of the medieval hilltop village of Montottone. They renovated the old farmhouse to be their holiday home and then ten years later they decided to embark on the 2nd stage of their plan and built over the ruins of the old barn, stable and pighouse to create Villa Rivo as a place to welcome people from around the world and provide them unique experiences in one of Italy’s most charming and undiscovered regions.

Rivo is the Italian word for a small stream; namely the one that flows gently in the ravine below the house. For the owners it has been a meandering journey to build a house in Le Marche but here they found a community and life still intricately connected to the goodness and the rhythms of the earth and they welcome you to come, visit and experience it.

The Space

Villa Rivo is located 20 minutes from the Adriatic Coast and walking distance from the picturesque hilltop village of Montottone. Designed by Canadian architects James Macgillivray & Vivian Lee (LAMAS), the house sleeps up to 10 people in 4 bedrooms, all featuring large en-suite bathrooms and outdoor private seating areas. The house features a large yoga room overlooking rolling fields, as well as an expansive living & dining area, with a semi-professional grade kitchen and plenty of indoor and outdoor eating and relaxation areas, including a 15 x 4 meter salt-water swimming pool. The design combines Italian craftsmanship with the owner’s interest and love for Asian art and design, built over their 20 years of living and traveling in Asia. 

The bedrooms

The four bedrooms each feature indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and large en-suite bathroom with both soaking tubs and showers. The rooms can be configured as doubles (king size) or twins, with 2 rooms also being available as triples and all feature super comfortable mattresses, high quality linens and a choice of pillows. Two rooms face east for those who love to wake-up early and watch the sun slowly rising over the surrounding hills and two rooms face west, perfect for those who prefer to sleep in a bit later and wake to the sound of the songbirds.

The kitchen, a foodie's playground 

La Cucina is the heart of every Italian home, where stories evolve and lives are nourished. Villa Rivo’s kitchen is a place of abundance; ask us and you will find it stocked up with the freshest local produce. We will also unlock our pink pantry, filled with spices and ingredients from all over the world. The kitchen is fully equipped for the most demanding cooking lovers.

*Not in the mood for cooking? We can arrange a home chef to prepare delicious meals while you sip your drink in the garden or in front of the fireplace. 

The Yoga Shala, unplug and recharge

The house features a 45 sq.m wood floor yoga shala that comfortably fits up to 12 people and opens onto a large terrace, so you can easily move your yoga practice outdoor where you are blessed with a beautiful panorama of gentle rolling hills. The room faces east and gets basked in natural light at sunrise and it is a magical way to start your day. In the evening the room is bathed in a soft amber glow provided by glass blown sconces manufactured by the artisans at Gabbiani in Venice. The yoga shala comes equipped with Manduka Pro mats and all the props. We will be working with yoga / taichi / wellness teachers from around the world, to create special all-inclusive retreats.

* If you are interested in hosting a yoga retreat at Villa Rivo, please contact us

The Outdoor

The house sits on a 2 hectare plot of land surrounded by working farmland, half-way down a valley in a natural amphitheater with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. Sitting beside the house is the owner’s house, an 1860’s farmhouse that was tastefully restored 10 years ago and that is sometimes available for rent in case of larger groups. The 15 x 4 mt salt-water swimming pool sits in the middle of a field, just steps away from your door. There are many outdoor seating areas, with comfortable outdoor sofas and sun loungers. On the property we have several fruit trees and bushes so, depending on the timing of your visit, you can enjoy the reward of picking your own breakfast.


Set among rolling hills and lush fields in the enchanting Italian region of Le Marche, close to the Medieval village of Montottone. While the closest beach in Porto San Giorgio is only 20 minute drive away. We highly recommend heading up to Monte Conero National Park and in particular the beaches of Portonovo. It is spectacular! At Villa Rivo they can help arrange a day on a sailboat/ motor-boat and suggest you where to find the freshest mussels. The region is also famous for the many shoe factory outlets and visit to the Tod’s and Prada outlets is a must! (30 minute drive away). This region has so much to offer, please have a look at the Online Villa Rivo Travel guide. 

Additional Services

Chef's dinner/ home-made dinner, yoga classes, kids yoga classes, wine-tasting, extra maid-service, 

Plinius Loves 

All year round: Every season has its own charms & reasons for coming to visit: biking through the lush rolling fields of spring, enjoying the village festival filled heights of summer; plucking fresh figs from the trees in autumn, exploring magical snow covered medieval hill-top villages in winter. Visiting is an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of Italian country-side life.

A story: Every item, piece of art or furniture has a story which makes Villa Rivo very personal and unique. The quality, attention to details and personal touches are of the highest standard and guarantee a very comfortable and relaxing stay.

The Yoga Shala: bliss! The light beams softly into the studio, the yoga equipment is of the highest standard and the view is stunning; very zen!

A'rbei: Definitely have an A'rbei cocktail at the Villa or at the Enoteca A'rbei - Piazza Mario Cifola #1, Montottone. The owners of Villa Rivo have created this innovative and original version of a great classic from the world of liqueurs. Delicious! 


Prices & availability


After the booking request is received we will confirm the availability and total price with the owner. You will then receive a confirmation and the total amount of your booking by email. A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon confirmation (within 48 hours). The remainder must be paid no later than 60 days before the start of your stay. When booking within 60 days, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 60 days before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned*. In case of cancellation within 60 days, no refund will take place. *Applies to most properties, but not all. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.

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2021-2022 RATES

July and August: 4500€/week

June and September 3500€/week –  500€/night (minimum 3 nights)

May and October: 2000€/week – 350€/night (minimum 2 nights)

Other months: 1500€/week – 300€/night

Deposit per stay: 1.000€ (returned upon departure)

Special packages for Christmas/New Years/Easter/May Day. Please inquire: 

Included in the price:

Electricity / wood for fireplace / final cleaning included

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