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Review 247: Italian Vacation Villas, Casa Luna


Review by daka from FL who is a SlowTrav Contributor

house in countryside near Todi, Umbria


May 2002, 1 week


The House is called Casa Luna. We rented the house through Italian Vacation Villas. Our dealings with Martin Wenick were very pleasant and easy.

The house is owned by Nadia Stanicoff who will meet when you arrive; she lives in the second house on the property. She is a very interesting lady who has been all over the world and had very interesting experiences. Ask her about Maria Callas.

The house was rented from photos and descriptions so there is always the "arrival problem" and since we were traveling with another couple and I had made all the arrangements I felt very apprehensive. We found the house with out too much trouble - you must remember that in Italy when you see an exit sign there is sometimes only one, for Americans expecting a "second chance" oh well! This is how we missed the exit sign for Todi. At that point you think that you will just "cloverleaf" or go to the next exit.

1, no "cloverleaf" 2, the next exit is 10 km and leads to another highway with no way to turn around, so after about 15 minutes a quick illegal U turn is the answer.

Finally on the right road and we make all the right turns and we are at the dirt road to Casa Luna. We follow the directions and arrive at the end of the dirt road, about 1/4 mile.

Here we are at a wrought iron gate. Ok, park the car and scout the place out. You are on top of a hill, Todi is off in the distance, other stone houses, farms off on the hillsides, flower and rose gardens on the property - it is just beautiful. The interior is lovely - you enter a small entryway, there is a living room off to the left with a fireplace, very nicely furnished with a couch and three sitting chairs, a dining table that open to seat four very easily. There is a TV with CNN and BBC available. There is a complete kitchen with just about every utensil, cookware and dish you will need to do all your cooking. There is a gas stove with oven, a full size refrigerator with freezer and a dishwasher. There is a small "powder room" bathroom and a washing machine.

Upstairs there are two nice sized bedrooms one with queensize bed the other with two singles. Each bedroom has its own "en suite" very modern bathroom. The matresses are very new and comfortable, there is an amoire and a dresser in each room, along with night tables and lamps. There is a bookcase with a lot of Umbria info and quite a few English language pocket books which you can "trade". There are more than adequate towels and linens.

This is a house that is set up as if it were your own vacation place. The detailing everywhere is beaufifully done. There were enough of the basic necessities to get started so we did not need to worry about that right away. There is no phone at La Luna.

Unfortunately the beautiful pool was still closed, it was too cold to swim anyway.

The shopping is done at the SIDIS market, a 10 minute drive, they have everything: meats, fish, cheeses and fresh breads, anything you could possibly need. We did our first shopping, came back to the house, started a huge pot of sauce, took our wine out to the rose covered patio in front of the house and started our first day looking out over Todi, drinking local (inexpensive) wine having cheese and crackers .... it's a tough life.

Dinner is a great success, sauce with local sausage and pasta ... with a couple more bottles of wine. We had one big "problem" about staying in a rented villa as compared with a hotel room .... it will be very hard to stay in a hotel again!

While you are there you MUST make arrangements to have dinner (or lunch) at FATTORIA DI VIBIO, (www.FATTORIADIVIBIO.com). Phone number 075 8749607 Montecastello di Vibio (PG). It is a very scenic 20 minute drive "the back way" from Casa Luna, and about a 15 minute return along the better road. Nadia will call for you if you ask her. Nadia called this the farm house, we were expecting to have dinner at a big table with the farm workers, surprise, wear a jacket if you have one ... this is an up scale place, it's what I call high moderate price for the food, (the rooms are in the Euro 550/week range). There are 3 choices for each course in the meal, each is a delight. This was our introduction to Prosecio, about which I have only heard on the boards.

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