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Review 2210: Brigolante Guest Apartments, Il Focolare


Review by Michael from Canberra from Australia

apartments on a farm near Assisi, Umbria


May-June 2006, 1 week


After 29 hours travelling from Australia to Rome we were delighted to arrive at Brigolante. The farm setting meant easy parking and quiet nights. Our apartment, Il Focolare, was exactly as shown on the website and it felt familiar as soon as we walked in. Assuming you have a car, Assisi is well located for day trips to lots of central Italy, including much of Tuscany.

Our apartment was roomy, attractive, comfortable and well-equipped. Be aware that there is no oven or griller, though no doubt a gas cylinder would have been provided for the barbeque if we had asked. We didn't find this a problem; we ate very well with meat seared in the frypan, steamed fresh vegetables, and red wine, of course. Tip: take slippers; the stone floor can be cold.

There are two moderate restaurants close by and many more in Assisi - 10 minutes away. All supplies we needed were available at the small supermarket in Assisi, but parking close to it can be tight.

This was our first experience driving ourselves in Italy. It's more comfortable on the Autostrada once you register that the 130 kph limit seems to be interpreted as the MINIMUM speed. If you have to venture into the outside lane to overtake you need to be going much faster than that to avoid being rammed in the tail.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, will highly recommend Brigolante to our friends and would choose to stay there again if we have another vist to Umbria.

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