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Review 2169: Brigolante Guest Apartments, Il Focolare


Review by Jeff from PA

apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria


May 2006, 1 week


May in Umbria! Fields of red poppies, days trying to decide whether it is spring or summer, mountain meadows and streams and in the middle of it all is Brigolante, a place we had the pleasure of calling home for a short week.

For my wife and five year-old daughter, this was a perfect place in many ways. We enjoy cooking (and eating), so it was fun to frequent the markets, looking for local produce and specialties, come back, use our wonderful little kitchen and enjoy meals on the covered patio area next to our apartment (Il Focolare). Between the food gifts left us by Rebecca (pesto, eggs, wine, honey, veggies) and their allowing us to pick sprigs of basil and oregano from their family garden and our discoveries in the markets, we were in food heaven. For our daughter, the addition of lots of room to run around, a stream with rocks, a sandbox and best of all Rebecca's almost five year-old son, who was happy to share his toys and sandbox made her week at Brigolante one she will remember.

Rebecca made us feel very much at home. Everything was clean and thoughtfully arranged. It was wonderful to be able to open windows and have the sun and smells of the outdoors awaken us. Those irises in the bedroom gave off their sweet purple aroma the whole time we were there.

Brigolante is conveniently located near Assisi and was a good point of departure for hiking on/around Monte Subasio and Monte Cucco and for our day trips to Gubbio and Le Marche. Truth is, we stayed home more than we did during our first week in Italy (Panicale) because Brigolante was such a pleasant place to just be. It is often to easy to go on vacation and run oneself ragged, seeing what there is to see and doing what there is to do and then return home and wonder, 'Where did the time go?' For us Brigolante was a place where it was easy to sit in a hammock, read a book with a glass of wine nearby and enjoy the food and nature that surrounded us.

Thank you Rebecca and to your whole family for your hospitality, the sharing of your garden, conversations and making our stay very memorable.

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