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Agriturismo: Locanda della Valle Nuova

Sagrata di Fermignano, Phone: 0722.330303

Reviewed by: CVH128 from VA, review #2089

When: October 2007

Relaxing stay in friendly atmosphere.

Giulia and her Mom, photo by

I enjoyed my stay at the Locanda. Giulia and her parents are warm, friendly, and offer every hospitality. The Locanda is located in the hills near Urbino and is well situated for exploring northern Le Marche.

Outside there is a nice pool with lounge chairs and a patio which provides a nice spot for reading or reflecting. There is cable TV in the spotlessly clean rooms. The rooms are tastefully decorated and have hot pots for instant coffee or tea if you are up before breakfast is served at 9AM. Breakfasts were plentiful and consisted of homemade breads, jams, juices, cheeses and plenty of coffee or tea.

I had dinner there twice. The first a delectable stuffed chicken breast and the other a vegetarian quiche accompanied by a green salad fresh from the garden with the best dressing I've ever had.

I stayed four nights and was travelling solo. In a bed and breakfast setting where most of the guests are couples or travelling in pairs, this can sometimes be awkward, but Giulia and her parents made me feel like part of the family.

Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #3219

When: June 2012

Comfort in a gorgeous, modern, organic farm/B&B, set in beautiful country with amazing views. Giulia and her family are extremely warm, friendly and helpful.

sunset from the pool area, photo by

I was surprised how beautiful the interior space is with all light woods and individual touches everywhere.

Don't miss the sunset from the pool area! And don't miss eating dinner prepared by Giulia and her mom. And don't miss the day in fabulous Urbino. And don't miss all the other lovely small towns of Le Marche nearby.

Reviewed by: NovaNYC from NY, review #2874

When: May 2010

This is what vacation in Italy is all about!

What an enjoyable, peaceful, and gracious spot.

Although you're out in the country (on a real farm!), you're never far away from the conveniences and interests that await you throughout the Marche. The host, Giulia, is incredibly helpful and gracious. Then there's the cooking of her mother, which is fabulous, should you take dinner there. This being a working farm, there are all kinds of goodies made from fruit, vegetables, and animals that are right outside the door.

We stayed in the lovely little house, which is private, fully-equipped, and very comfortable. You can stay in and admire the view or take off and visit the many interesting towns in the region.

Nearby Fermignano is full of good restaurants and great groceries for all of your needs (about 10 minutes away) and incredible Urbino, which is not to be missed, is only about 20 minutes away.

This place is a gem and well worth a stay of a week or two!

Reviewed by: Steve H from England, review #2379

When: July 2008

Relaxing holiday in the countryside of Italy

Cate and I spent five nights at the Locanda with our 13 year old daughter.

We had wanted to spend some time in a farm in Italy and to experience a little of Italian culture. We loved our time with Giulia and would recommend it to others who enjoy food, wine and good company.

Giulia was an excellent hostess, she gave advice about where to go in the surrounding area for day trips. Urbino is a charming small town, we loved Raphael's house and the Duke's Palace. We combined our stay with five days in Rome and 2 in Pompeii.

Our rooms were as the web site shows them, clean comfortable and informal. There were enough pets and animals on the farm that our daughter felt she had a good holiday. I forget exactly what we paid now but it was as described on the web site.

Reviewed by: KateB from NY, review #2027

When: August 2007

Giulia and her family were wonderful hosts. The food and atmosphere was delicious! Rooms comfortable.

We loved staying at Valle Nuova. The breakfasts with 3-4 choices of homemade fruit jams and juices were wonderful. The dinners were delicious, especially the homemade sausage. We would recommend having some dinners at Valle Nuova and some at outside restaurants only because there are so many delectable ones in the area that Giulia can recommend.

The walking/running trails in the area were stunning. Fresh fruit and berries to pick along the way.

The only thing we'd do differently was rent a car. The Valle Nuova is a bit too far outside of Urbino not to have one. We walked into Fermignano to take the buses but it required lots of planning. Taxis are a bit expensive unless you use Giulia's friend who picks you up in the am and again in the pm.

All in all we'll be recommending Valle Nuova to friends and family and will certainly return.

Reviewed by: EmmaH from UK, review #1756

When: August 2006

An unpretentious and quietly stylish B and B in the hills near Urbino, serving delicious home-cooked food sourced from local ingredients. Warm-hearted hosts.

The Locanda made a great base for touring both the hills and coast of the Marche.

Run by Giulia and her parents, the hosts are good company and helpful but also respect their guests' privacy. Giulia has fantastic English, and has very good advice about the area - what to visit, where to eat.

The rooms are simple, very clean and cool. The highlight of the stay is the cooking. Delicious regional home cooking: plenty of pork and chutneys. You can either have supper in or out, but find yourself booking in every night. The breakfasts are lovely, and the coffee (frequently topped up) just right.

The other guests were an interesting cross-section of Europeans who mostly kept themselves to themselves. Great place to visit in the autumn in time for the truffles.

Reviewed by: Gina from CA, review #1539

When: June 2006

What a wonderfully beautiful place! We feel very lucky to have been able to be guests at the Locanda. From the food to the hospitality, all was incredible.

Ryan & Giulia chatting near the garden, photo by Gina

Accommodation, for me, is always so important.

All of the rooms are painted in different colors. We stayed in the "blue" room. It can fit three people, so there is plenty of space to just hang out. The beds are comfortable and ... there are four pillows! The decor is clean and very cozy.

What we liked best - besides all of the pillows - was the view. Just outside our windows were beautiful views of the valley. In the afternoon, we would take our naps with the window open and listen to the "free concert" that was put on every afternoon by the singing birds. (Quite a change from the Roman traffic.) The price is 50 euros per person.

The grounds of the locanda were very beautiful. We took walks around the property every day. My favorite bit were the horses and the very newly born kittens. There is also a wonderful 4 mile walk that loops around the surrounding countryside. It is moderate in difficulty, and took us approx one hour to stroll. It is a great way to check out the details of the surrounding land. Giulia, the hostess, drew a very good map for directions. There is also a pool which would be very nice in the summer months.

I could go on for pages and pages about the food, but I won't. The food is almost all from the garden of valle nuova, and if not, they get it from other locals. The best part of it is that it is all organically grown. The breakfast food, is very, very good. We had a buffet of homemade jams, juice, cheese, bread and there was also cereal and coffee ... It is included in the price of the accommodation.

There is an option for 25 euros each, to eat dinner at the Locanda. We didn't know what to expect the first night ... If there is one thing that you must do at this place, it is to have dinner at the Locanda as often as possible!!! They served 5 course home cooked meals. We ate three of the four nights we were there. We would have eaten there everynight, but they do not serve dinner on Wednesdays nights. We ate everything from saffron risotto, roasts, pasta, homemade onion jelly with cheese, differents meats, salads. In truth, it is an experience that you will not find in a restaurant. There is also wine from the farm. After dinner, there was, of course, homemade desserts, and homemade cordials. My favorite was the elderflower.

I can not say enough about the Savini family, esp. Giulia!! They were kind, warm, and made us feel very, very comfortable during our stay. Giulia speaks english very well, which was nice for my husband who spoke no Italian, and we would often end our evening chatting over a glass of cordial. We also felt like we had ample space for relaxing on our own ... It was a very easy going, relaxing atmosphere. Ryan and I appreciated this balance of company and privacy which the Savini family have mastered so well.

I also want to say that it felt very good to stay in a place that was so conscientious about solar energy use and organic farming. We felt a definite connection with the Savinis for the part that they have taken in being responsible.

Logistically, you need to have a car to visit Locanda della Valle Nuova. There are plenty of charming hill top towns to visit during the day. Giulia has maps, advice etc., for all of this stuff. Fermingano is the little town down the hill. It is not much for site seeing, but you can pick up snacks there.

I have traveled many places in Italy, and I have to say without reservation that the Locanda della Valle Nuova is an absolute Jewel. If you want a comfortable, relaxing, peaceful vacation, add this to your itinerary. We will definitely return. Grazie mille Giulia e famiglia!!

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