Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1783: Brigolante Guest Apartments, Apartment
apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria
September 24 - October 8, 2005, 2 weeks
Brigolante is in the countryside in beautiful mountains near Assisi with remarkable valley views and there is nothing so impressive as driving towards Assisi and seeing it perched on the side of the mountain in all its glory. Breathtaking.
We had to drive about 5 miles to the grocery store as Brigolante is really deep in the countryside which is part of its charm.
The apartment was in a building that was either 15th or 16th century stone. Very quite and peaceful. We rented the top floor apartment and there were two more apartments below us. The inside was very nice with Italian terra cotta floors. Our apartment was good size. There were plants and flowers everywhere in pots, growing in the field and climbing over arbors. We also walked into their vineyards and picked our own grapes.
We had the advantage of having an upstairs apartment which had its own little porch with two chairs in which we spent a lot of time just relaxing. There were also lounge chairs placed around the property and a table with several chairs where you could sit outside and eat. In addtion, there was a barbecue grill available for use.
The furniture was ample and in good shape and it was clean and comfortable.
The bedroom was large. The bathroom was spacious with a shower and whirlpool tub. Also, there was a washing machine which was a wonderful option and hanging clothes out while looking out over the mountain view was marvelous.
We enjoyed the kitchen and believe it or not cooked many times instead of eating out. With all the wonderful choices at the deli section of the local grocery store, we couldn't resist buying salami, wonderful crusty bread, melanzone, olives, fresh fruit, etc. If we were in the mood for a salad, we just went into the Brigolante garden and picked fresh loose leaf lettuce and herbs and often there were tomatoes, etc. put out for the taking. We were also treated with local honey and Rebecca's homemade pesto. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you needed to cook including an American coffee pot.
Problems or Bonuses
I guess one neat surprise was on the recommendation of Rebecca, we both got our hair cut at Rita and Fabio's hair salon. The trouble is that we liked how Fabio cut our hair so much we are trying to figure out how we can manage to go back to Bastia to get him to cut it every six months!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with Rebecca who comes from Chicago.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would recommend Brigolante to everyone.
Things to do in this area
We, of course, fell in love with Assisi, the walled city was fasinating with twists and turns and cobblestones, quaint alleyways, fountains and church bells ringing. The mountain drives we took to get to other cities were also wonderful and we saw many small towns that are not very touristy. We often took the back roads recommended by Rebecca instead of the Autostrada. The views were tremendous.
No favorite restuarants but the Cafe Minerva in Assisi quickly became one of our favorite haunts. They had great deli sandwiches and scupcious pastries. It was also an internet cafe so we could check our e-mail. One rainy afternoon we spent there was very nice as we ate, checked our e-mail, chatted with the staff and people watched. It was very homey and relaxed and no one rushed you. Actually no one in Italy seems to rush you especially when you are eating, oh yeah, unless you are holding up traffic!
We went to see Mamore Falls - caution - just like everything else in Italy they actually close down in the afternoon and turn the falls off!!! Duruta was wonderful too. The ceramic shops were endless.
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