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Why Simona chose Spello
Palazzo San Bernardino was the family home where I was born. It has been recently lovingly restored. I tried to do it with a stylist’s keen eye and in a manner that showcases the beauty of the original stonework, while incorporating important modern amenities, design and décor, functional and comfortable furnishings, and stunning handcrafted wrought-iron work by an award-winning local artist-blacksmith. Result make me very proud.
What makes this Apartment unique
To further capture your imagination, the origin of the building in which this residence exists is a former oratory built in the 15th century: the “Oratorio di San Bernandino”. St. Bernandino of Siena, who was a priest and Franciscan missionary, was born in 1380 in nearby Tuscany and devoted his life to preaching, helping the needy and nursing the sick. After his death in 1444, several places of worship in Umbria and Tuscany were built in his memory, including this oratory in Spello. This very building belonged to the “Confraternità di San Bernardino” (the “confraternity”, or brotherhood) that St. Bernardino established when he preached in Spello. Although the original oratory has since been adapted for residential use, the facade that was rebuilt in the 18th century, preserves the original portal. Style, distinction, warmth, authenticity, historical value, and modernity characterize this one-bedroom-plus-loft apartment situated in Spello’s town centre.
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Modern, charming, comfortable place with everything one needs!
This is a perfect place to stay in the heart of Spello, on a beautiful street near everything you need. The duplex apartment is actually better than it appears in the photos - modern, spotless and comfortable with a large bed and closet space and a large modern bathroom. Ramona, the host was enormously helpful and picked us up at the train station making check-in anxiety free and easy. I highly recommend staying here!
2 WEEKS IN A FAIRY TALE!
2 WEEKS IN A FAIRY TALE!!
My sister-in-law and I had the dream vacation of a lifetime!! For 2 glorious weeks, we got to live on this most famously decorated street that we only first saw in a photo. It was like stepping into a dream! What a privilege to stay in this enchanting thirteenth-century medieval walled city! People were always stopping by to take their picture in front of our flowered apartment! But what made our stay more special was our gracious host Simona & her adorable canine companion Gilda. We fell in love with both of them. They will always be our forever friends and it truly broke our hearts to leave them. Their charming place has all you need and is close to everything you need as well. Several other walled cities are close by & a must-see if you like to explore. Simona & Gilda can give you some suggestions and information. The food in Spello is amazing (try La Cantina!!) & the shops are plentiful. Even though we didn’t know the language, it didn’t seem to matter because the people were so kind & accomodating to us and Simona speaks perfect English. We quickly learned how to communicate with the locals and we got along very well!! Such an adventure we will treasure for a lifetime!! We can’t wait to go back & when we do, this will be our apartment again!! Grazie, Simona and Gilda, for everything! We had the best time ever!! We miss Italy and we love & miss you both!! Your place was PERFECT!! Ciao!
Perfect location, perfect apartment , perfect host
For two beautiful weeks this was our home in Spello. We couldn’t have been happier. The location is easily accessed, right on the main roadway up through the village. It’s neat, tidy, modern and adequately equipped. Simona picked us up at the train station and settled us in, then remained available and responsive whenever we had need through the remainder of our stay. We dream about returning.
A week in San Bernardino
Having spent the 2nd week of September in Spello, we enjoyed our stay in the apartment Palazzo San Bernardino. It is well located in the historic village walls and within easy distance to restaurants, cafes, locally owned shops and supermarket where one can find anything for breakfast or meals.
Simona met us at a prearranged location and guided us to the free public parking only minutes away from the apartment. She provided us with information on restaurants etc... We found the apartment very clean with large and well-appointed rooms, very comfortable.
Spello is a great location since it is quieter than larger town with more tourists and the residents are friendly and proud of their town.
The property itself is comfortable and lovely, and Simona is an incredibly helpful and welcoming host. Plus- Spello turned out to be a great place to base our time in Umbria- local hikes, fabulous beauty, and lots of great towns and wineries to visit nearby. When we arrived, Simona greeted us, and had recommendations for things to do and places to eat in town. When I asked about hikes, she gave me a whole driving tour of the area so we would know where to go! Even though we had a few struggles- previous tenants had turned off the water to the washing machine, and the Internet connection was problematic- Simona worked with us to resolve all issues. Also- the apartment is next to the most beautiful spot in Spello- and the whole town is great for photographs. Kitchen and sitting area on ground floor, bedroom and large bathroom upstairs. The washing machine and a separate sitting area are in lofts reached by ladders. Very nice place, would stay there again!
Perfetto l'appartamento...perfetta la posizione, praticamente al centro di Spello con comodissimo parcheggio auto gratuito molto vicino... Appartamento rifinitissimo, su due piani, ben organizzato. Simona, la proprietaria, gentilissima. A Spello poi si mangia benissimo ovunque...il tutto a pochi km da Assisi, Gubbio, ecc.
Located in the historic centre of Spello, within the town’s ancient walls, Palazzo San Bernardino is only steps away from a myriad of pleasures … locally-owned and operated boutiques, gourmet restaurants, casual terrace-style dining, coffee and wine bars (“cantine”), galleries, artist studios, and “gelateria & pasticceria” (ice-cream & pastry/bakery) shops. Various services (including banks, pharmacy, grocery, newspaper stand, post office, train station, taxi service, etc.) are also in close walking proximity. Spello’s historical and cultural attractions are accessed with equal ease – most “must see” museums, churches and other sites are within a 3 to 20 minute walk.
Spello is a hillside village, located in Italy’s “cuore verde” (green heart) of the Umbrian countryside, that pre-dates Roman times. Don’t be fooled by its small size – Spello is a jewel of a destination with a rich historical and cultural story to tell. The warmth and hospitality of the “Spellani” townspeople will win your heart.
Spello offers a wonderful blend of art, history, food, wine, crafts & ceramics … all surrounded by a stunning natural landscape which will make your travels to Italy truly unforgettable.
Make Spello’s Palazzo San Bernardino your “pied-à-terre” for easy day tripping in and around Spello, or throughout Umbria. Here are some itinerary ideas:
- Numerous works of the Roman and Renaissance eras, such as the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the largest in Spello – renowned for its splendid frescoes by Pinturicchio, found inside the Baglioni Chapel.
- Spello’s olive oil festival
- Spello’s famous “Infiorata” event: the day of Corpus Domini when Spellani work through the night creating floral tapestries which cover the main streets of Spello
- The Roman Aqueduct trail: A gentle 5 km walk along the ancient Roman aqueduct, surrounded by olive groves, leading up to the medieval hamlet of Collepino on in the foothills of Mount Subasio
- Cycling or hiking in Mount Subasio National Park
- Easy daytrips to nearby towns of Assisi, Trevi, Spoleto, Montefalco and Bevagna
- Perugia (famous for its Etruscan ruins) and Deruta (famous for its world-renowned hand-painted ceramics) are easily reached within 45 minutes by car
- Many excursions are possible: for “truffle-finding”, visits to wineries, olive oil pressings, cooking classes, ceramics studios, linen / weaving, archeological tours
- Visit the following website for more about Spello: http://www.prospello.it