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Review 4555: L'Antica Vetreria, Uno
1bed/1bath apartment in Piegaro, Umbria
May 4-8, 2010, 4 nights
L'Antica Vetreria is in the small town of Piegaro, in Umbria, approximately two hours from Rome. Piegaro is easily accessible to Orvieto, Todi, Gubbio, Spello, Assisi, Cortona, Perugia and Lake Trasimeno. Most, if not all, of the buildings are adjacent to or connected to other buildings, as is the norm in Italy. It is not a farmhouse or agriturismo.
Walk to bar, bakery, restaurant, flower shop, small convenience store selling fruits and vegetables, dairy, dry goods, pasta, cold cuts, etc. I think there was a butcher nearby but I didn't visit the store. Also an everything store - bits and pieces of lots of things you might need around the house or garden. There was a bank machine on the street as well.
About 20 minutes away there was a "supermarket", but everything you needed for a short term rental was available in Piegaro itself.
L'Antica Vetreria is a 13th Century glass factory, which has been converted to five apartments. It opened in 2008. My unit, "Uno", consisted of one bedroom, one bath and a kitchen/dining/living room combination. It could be connected to "Due" which would give you access to the entire floor. There were three other units as well-one below and two above.
The owner supplied Internet access, books, magazines, DVDs, but no television. If you know anything about Italian television, you know that this is not a bad thing.
In-ground pool and terraces. Walking path to the main piazza where there is a weekly market; also to a public amphitheater for concerts and things. Barbecue/grill available on-site.
Everything was new in 2008 - furniture, lighting, kitchen equipment, etc. The building had been unoccupied before that. It was a so-called "gut rehab" so all plumbing, wiring, flooring, appliances, etc. were new at opening in 2008.
The one bedroom unit was sufficiently large to accommodate at least two people.
The bedroom in Uno consisted of twin beds which could be combined into a king. The bed and pillows were comfortable and towels and linens were changed weekly. The bathroom was modern and had a large walk-in shower.
The kitchen was fully equipped with appliances (stove, refrigerator, dishwasher), electric coffee pot, dishes, pots and pans and utensils.
Problems or Bonuses
Comfortable digs, views of the beautiful countryside and not far off the main roads. Decent access to other Umbrian towns.
No surprises either good or bad.
I would stay there again and would not hesitate to recommend it to my friends who were looking for an apartment to rent in a small town.
Colleen was a pleasant and knowledgeable host.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Colleen, replied immediately to my email request for availability and was also accessible by phone. I arrived the day after we spoke and although she normally rents the units by the week, was able to give me four nights at a reasonable rate.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This was my first experience staying in an apartment instead of a hotel or inn. It was very comfortable and I would have no qualms about staying there again.
Things to do in this area
I spent four days touring the Umbrian countryside and towns, ending up in Perugia for one night. My favorite meals were the two times that I ate at Faliero in Sant'Arcangelo, a "tavola calda" type restaurant across from Lake Trasimeno which offered fried fish ("lago o mare" which means lake or sea) and other hot and cold choices, beer, wine, dessert, etc. I'd go back there in a heartbeat.
Also, I went with Colleen and her friend Lisa to "Vivai Margheriti", which is a huge nursery and landscape supply place where we purchased plants and garden supplies. I was not surprised to see that much of the plants sold were the same as those sold in New England and the Northeast since the climate is similar.
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