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Monterubbiano: Vento di Rose

Ascoli Pisceno
www.ventodirose.it

Reviewed by: erfer007 from USA, review #3030

When: October 2010

Vento di Rose is an enchanting B&B, perfect for anyone seeking an authentic "slow travel" Italian experience with all the comforts you wish you had at home!

Breakfast at Vento di Rose - incredible every day!, photo by

My husband and I visited Vento di Rose for a week at the end of October 2010, after spending four nights in Tuscany. By far, our time at Vento di Rose was our favorite part of our trip!

We immediately felt at home as we were welcomed by Emidio (who owns Vento with his wife Emanuela) and brought to a lovely room with a comfy bed and lots of nice touches like Italian candies and a sprig of lavender on the pillows. Emidio then brought us a bottle of wine and a couple wine glasses and we were immediately in heaven!

We were amazed by the quality, quantity and variety of the breakfasts each day! Each morning, Emidio would bring out plate after plate of treats, from pastries to dried sausages to breads with local jams and honey, to sweet and savory warm entrees. It was always far more than we could ever eat in one sitting, which was why it was so exciting to see the picnic station (complete with picnic basket!) set up to wrap all of your leftovers for lunch. We only had to purchase one meal per day!

But the best part of Vento di Rose was our hosts Emidio and Emanuela. When we told Emidio that we were interested in the Slow Food movement (including local food and farming,) he set up adventures for us nearly every day: we saw olives being picked and then watched those same olives being turned into oil; we visited a sheep farm and watched the wool being dyed; we visited a small local vineyard and saw grapes boiled in large cauldrons as they cooked down into vino cotto (a local cooked wine); we visited a local butcher and then saw the farm where the cows were raised in open pastures.

Emidio even sent us to an unmarked restaurant where we had one of the best meals of our lives. We never would have had such a memorable, authentic taste of Italy without Emidio and Emanuela at Vento di Rose - they really made our vacation a trip of a lifetime!

We would recommend Vento di Rose without reservation to anyone who wants an authentic Italian experience while staying in a comfortable room in a beautiful setting (and I'm not sure who wouldn't want that?!)

On a broader note, after visiting Tuscany and Le Marche, we would have spent more time in Le Marche if we had it to do again- we found Marche to be like what we imagined Tuscany was before tourism made it somewhat less, well... touristy. Vento di Rose was a great jumping off point to visit all that Marche had to offer- again, highly recommended!


Reviewed by: artsong from MA, review #2600

When: May 2009

Paradise Found: an Italy you've dreamed but didn't know could be real. Special hosts, beauty everywhere, amazing food, peaceful yet close to cities and beaches!

The patio, photo by Me

We discovered Vento di Rose in 2006, and it was by far the most magical place we had ever been. We returned to Vento di Rose, hoping it would be as special as we remembered, but knowing that often when you go back to a place that has such special memories it can be difficult for it to live up to your expectations. Well, Vento di Rose was everything we remembered and more.

Why?

1- The Hosts- Emanuela and Emidio. They are 2 of the most special people on earth. There is nothing too big for them to do for you to make your trip special. Rides, directions, suggestions, dinner reservations: all wonderful but there is so much more. They share their knowledge of Marche and Italy, their thoughts and feelings, their hearts.

2- The Beauty. It is in every nook and cranny, inside and outside. The "wind of the roses" was gently blowing with the flowery scent of each variety, the colors a treat for your eyes- pinks, yellows, reds; small blossoms, others the size of tea cups, vines and bushes- surrounded by other flowers, vines, plants and herbs. Lace curtains on windows. Wooden chairs and tables: no ugly plastic here! Antique farm tools, ceramic pots, cotton hammocks hanging from wooden rafters with a canopy of vines shading your nap. Inside- every detail attended to- antique lace, a scattering of rose petals, harmonious colors, soft romantic lighting, delicate cotton linens, the sound of gentle breezes, bees buzzing in the garden, church bells ringing...

3- The Breakfasts. Typical local Marche products: cheeses, meats, breads, dolci, honey. Fresh-picked fruits. Homemade marmalades. A frittata made with local herbs, a cake made by Emanuela. So much more than one can eat, but just as you are done, Emidio arrives with wrap and containers so you can have a picnic lunch!

4- The Location. Less than 20 minutes to the most beautiful beaches, sitting in the warm sand or swimming in the turquoise blue Adriatic. Visiting hill towns and villages on the sea, exploring streets, talking with townspeople, watching a wedding celebration.

5. The Peace. Soaking in a Jacuzzi overlooking rolling farm land. Reading in a shaded hammock. Sitting in a lounge chair sipping on a drink, watching the clouds roll by.

6. The Hosts :-) I want to make this the place I return to again and again and again over the course of the rest of my life. I hope you will, too. For photos, see: YouTube video


Reviewed by: Hilde from Germany, review #2065

When: Summer 2007

"Vento di Rose“: is just a wonderful place, with wonderful hosts.

An old farmhouse beautifully restored in a paradise-like garden with a unique panorama. The rooms are not only convenient and very clean but a feast for the eyes by Emanuela's keen sense of beauty: furnished with antiques, harmonized pastel colors and grandmother's laces.

Going from my room into the garden a fragrance of roses and lavender welcomes me. Rosebushes everywhere, brooms, all kinds of fruit trees and olive trees. Small tables and deckchairs distributed around invite me to enjoy the marvellous panorama: surrounding hills with enchanting medieval towns along the skyline, the Sibillini Mountains and even a tiny blue part of the Adriatic Sea.

Emanuela's breakfast I will never forget. It was rather a delicious brunch: an omelet filled with asparagus or mushrooms, or a piece of pizza, sautéed zucchini, tomatoes, or a quiche; different each morning. Of course prosciutto, salami, cheese with fresh bread, coffee, milk, tea, whatsoever. Fresh fruits, pies with mulberries for example, fresh juice of pears, peaches or apricots – a never ending list.

From here it's easy to visit the nearby cities of art like Fermo, Macerata, Ascoli Piceno. There is a small beach only 10 min by car. The spa of Aquasanta or Sarnano are not far. A trip to the Sibillini Mountains especially to see the gorge "Gola dell' infernaccio" or upon Monte Vettore to the delightful spot of Castellluccio is really worthwhile.

Altogether I spent a vacation full of inspiring experiences. Last but not least by the warmth the care and helpfulness of Emanuela and Emidio. Thanks again.

Hilde Bavaria, Germany


Reviewed by: Mindy from MA, review #1492

When: June 2006

This farmhouse b&b is paradise! Down to every detail beauty is everywhere. The breakfast is a bountiful meal of homemade and local foods, served on the terrace.

Room with breakfast: €75

My husband wrote the following: "Winding our way along the Adriatic, the sea on our left and the mountains to our right, we arrived at Vento di Rose, an agriturismo bed and breakfast located about 10 minutes from the seaside town of Pedaso, Italy.. Here we were warmly greeted by our hosts, Emanuela and Emidio. The grounds have been lovingly transformed into a garden of roses, along with olive trees and virtually every type of fruit tree. (As we found out later, the fruits of many of these trees would find their way onto our most sumptuous breakfasts each morning, including edible rose petals atop our fresh butter and dolce.)

Vento di Rose actually came about in a dream Emanuela had many years ago. Her fantasy has now been turned into a true paradise through the hard work of this most gracious couple. The 19th century farmhouse has been entirely restored and now contains three charming bedrooms for guests. Emauela's eye for detail and color is unique and artistic. The walls have been specially painted in pastels with an unusual style, pleasing to the eye. Lace graces each room and Ascoli area-made linens fill the bedrooms. All plumbing and electricity is 21st century designed for comfort.

It is outside the farmhouse that one experiences the truly special place aptly called Vento di Rose. Dozens of rose bushes of all types explode with color and fragrance. Birds and bees ecstatically race from one plant to the next, savoring their fate. The breakfast table has been set with an astounding array of freshly prepared delights, made that morning by Emanuela and local bakers. The list of foods is dizzying and different each morning: a zucchini torte, a frittata of artichokes (brought by my wife after visiting the farmers next door the day before) or asparagus or mushrooms from local farms, a fruit tart of mulberries or cherries from one of the trees on the grounds, marmalades of pear/chocolate or apple/rose, olive or almond pastes with fresh, warm bread from Moresco (the best Italian bread I have ever tasted, and believe me, I have hunted for it for nearly 50 years), fresh apricot or pear or peach juice, local cheeses and salami or prosciutto, a pizzette right out of the oven and so much more. How about some local bacon with honey drizzled over the Italian toast? Of course, fresh brewed caffe latte finishes the feast!

With enough food for six people, Emanuela brings out bags - we must take what is left over for a picnic lunch. How can I argue with our hostess, even if I wanted to?

Now, the problem is where to bring our lunch? We could travel 10 or 15 minutes to a local beach- the Adriatic is an undiscovered blue-green gem. Or, we could head toward any of a dozen or more medieval hill towns. Charming towns and fortressed cities like Offida or Ascoli Piceno or Fermo are minutes away. You can find a terme, or thermal bath, an hour away in Acquasanta Terme. Or, just ask Emanuela or Emidio where the best spot is for any purpose or the best osteria, and they will direct you to the perfect place.

But, I am in paradise right now as I lounge in the chair Emidio has positioned right in the middle of their rose garden. I look to the left and see their fruit trees, immediately ahead of me their olive trees. Beyond the trees, local farms rise and fall in the nearby hills. Beyond the farms are several hill-top towns, like Monterubbiano and Moresco, which I could walk to, if so inclined (incline is the operative term, as many of these towns are 300 or 400 or 500 meters high, rising sharply.)

Farther still to the right, is the majestic Sibillini Mountains, snow-capped even in early June from a freak storm the week earlier. Finally, off to my left, I look out and see the Adriatic Sea in its entire splendor. Why move at all? Have I not found paradise right in this little spot?

We decide to stay for the better part of the day, chatting with Emanuela and later in the day with Emidio. After all, I am in their dream place, but it is for real. Later, I get a Shiatsu massage outside, and then, after leaving the grounds for a few hours, return to meet our most generous and friendly hosts. We sit on the terrace as the full moon sits just over the Sibillinis. Emanuela brings out home-made vino cotto and biscotti and we recount another fantastic day in the region.

Another day in paradise. You see, Emanuela’s dream has now become our most precious memory."

If you would like to see photos of Vento di Rose and more description, see our photoblog.

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