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Smerillo: Agriturismo: Contrada Durano

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Reviewed by: lisiamc from UK, review #2895

When: July 2010

We're so pleased we found Contrada Durano. It's the best place to stay if you want amazing views, incredible food, and lovely, comfortable rooms.

We've stayed at Contrada Durano several times now. James and Concetta made us feel very welcome from the first moment we met them. James's local knowledge is indispensable for planning your days out, and Concetta's cooking will make you think you're in heaven.

Located on a quiet hillside with gorgeous views across the valley, Contrada Durano is only a short drive from the mountains or the sea. Whether you are looking for busy days or a quiet break, this is a place you (like us!) will want to return to again and again.

Reviewed by: Rich and Janice from CT, review #2826

When: April 2010

The best agriturismo experience we've had in four trips to Italy.

We enjoyed everything about Contrada Durano. Most especially during our four day stay we became very fond of the hosts, James and Concetta. Their kind attention and genuine interest impressed us from the start. They are interesting, knowledgeable people and we loved our conversations with them.

After the first night's supper, we decided to take each evening meal there. Concetta's cooking is superb: she dazzled us with a sequence of delicacies that were both classically Italian and individually creative. James presented the food and wine expertly, and we enjoyed learning from him about some of the local vintages. They take great pride in their own produce, and we were able to tour the gardens.

Our room was spacious and tasteful, reflecting a knowledge of guests' comfort needs. There are great vistas from their windows and from their mountain road. For travelers who like the personal touch and who want an authentic sense of the Marche, Contrada Durano is the quintessential.

Reviewed by: Cheryl B from NY, review #2565

When: 2008

Warm hospitality, beautiful views and delicious meals in an incomparable setting. If you haven't stayed at Contrada Durano, you haven't seen Le Marche.

This review is long overdue, as we have become regular guests at Contrada Durano since our first visit in February 2004.

On our first visit to the Le Marche region, we discovered what we believe to be the best kept travel secret ... Contrada Durano. Our discovery was one of warm hospitality, beautiful views and delicious meals offered all in an incomparable setting. Having little familiarity with an agriturismo, never mind the Le Marche region, we were dazzled by the luxurious and comfortable accommodations and all of the little touches that made Contrada Durano a truly special place.

While not so easy to find, tucked into the side a forested-hill, we found a lovingly restored 17th century Inn and our hosts, James and Concetta, couldn’t have been more accommodating. In spite of ourselves, we found our misgivings to be unfounded, and really fell in love with the area.

While a lovely setting and a well restored (beautiful, but not too fussy) agriturismo could be make for a nice vacation, what makes Contrada Durano unique is the experience. Our hosts James and Concetta create a congenial, celebratory environment which encourages the guests (even we stand-offish New Yorkers) to mingle and get to know each other. By the end of aperitivo, we were actually disappointed to sit at our own table, and found ourselves and the other guests conversing on and off throughout the evening.

The culinary talents of Concetta (a native of Sicily) are not to be missed, while James presents the courses with a brief summary of the origins of the ingredients and preparation. By the time the coffee arrives, you realize that this is not your ordinary B & B, agriturismo or even a luxury hotel…this is a Contrada Durano experience! As we said “Buona Notte” to the our hosts and the other guests, we returned to our comfortable room with the recognition that we have just had one of the most fantastic meals and evenings we can remember.

The final surprise: the bill! Surely, one of the best price/value experiences we have ever had.

Five years later, we can truly say that “if you haven’t stayed at Contrada Durano, you haven’t truly seen Le Marche”!

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