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Recent Umbria reviews

  • A wonderful time in the Valtiberina...

    "The only mystery of a stay at Cinque Querce & Mezzo - discovering which were the five and a half oaks. The house Gilly & Dennis maintain up the old roman road above Celalba is spacious with an inviting country kitchen and user friendly lounge, impeccably clean & maintained, and along with the beautiful gardens & pool – a welcoming oasis after hard days enjoying hill towns and remote hermitages in Northern Umbria, eastern Tuscany and central Le Marche. My wife & I stayed all of June and were joined on & off by various family and friends - all totally delighted with the accommodations which were cleaned and remade weekly. The outdoor spaces are open to breezes perfumed by Jasmine & flowering plants, the day punctuated with the church bells, calls of peacocks & farm activities on nearby slopes. The table just outside the kitchen became a friendly gathering point with views across surrounding fields. Mornings, at the other end of the piazza, we enjoyed coffee & views across the Tiber valley to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina (visited twice, with lunches at Oscar’s at the very top). We appreciated Dennis’ suggestions, especially dinners at Il Dongione in San Guistino (excellent) and Vasco’s in Montagna (indescribable fantastic dining experience). We found prices for dining out and groceries to be bargains as compared to what we pay in the states. Also, the quality of food at local open markets and at the groceries was exceptionally high. Italians have high expectations of quality. Regional & local wines are eminently palatable and (no better way to say it) cheap by comparison to what we pay at home. June started out cool & wet then turned dry and warm. The rain storms early in the month didn’t interfere with morning sightseeing but punctuated the afternoons dramatically as the clouds and thunder moved in across the valley. Our recourse - open another bottle of Montefalco Rosso and dig into to a chunk of local aged Pecorino and an array of charcuterie – and let the storm run its course. Later in the month clear weather let us use the spacious pool and pool deck daily, lingering over the views toward the sunset late into the long days of summer. On one sunny day with breezes blowing in from the south we fired off the pizza oven for about six hours then baked pizzas until everyone cried enough. Gilly and Dennis were reachable, attentive and helpful without intruding, a perfect balance. All in all a remarkable vacation in a truly wonderful venue."
    Guest: David C. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 19, 2016
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  • Enjoy the Abundance of Umbria

    "Apartment Rocciaviva sits on the sunny side of an olive-tree clad mountain providing postcard views to Campello Alto and beyond to the historic hilltop towns of Spoleto and Montefalco. Out of view but nearby discover Trevi, Foligno, Assisi, Bevagna, Scheggino. Be sure to seek out festivals celebrating onions, truffles, olive oil, wine, sausage, black celery. Everywhere here you are immersed in the abundance of southern Umbria. Vivid Etruscan and Roman history. More olive groves, fields of grain, vineyards, farms nurturing fresh local produce, artisanal pasta makers and excellent restaurants. Drink it all up with a glass of Sagrentino, the region's well-respected red wine, or Grechetto their crisp white named after the vines' Greek origins. Rocciaviva's rustic meets modern charm has been designed by Martin, owner-architect, and appointed by Karen, owner-artist. Comfortable and spacious overall, our favourite feature is its large, well-supplied kitchen with walk out to the patio, the lower lounging area and the views. Rocciaviva is a wonderful place to relax or retreat to following a day of touring. After all this, only the most cynical traveller would be vexed by the twisty but ample one-lane roadway that leads you under a canopy of greenery, along stone walls and past silver-leafed olive trees to your idyllic getaway. On route you may encounter a shepherd on the move with his flock. One final ascent and everything mentioned is all yours... for a week, or two, or more. Our long-stay visit was just this side of pure magic — you will travel well and feel welcomed here."
    Guest: ronb Date of Stay: September 2015 Review Submitted: March 7, 2016
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