Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4628: Owner, Casa Sora Chiara
3bed/3.5bath house in Montone, Umbria
Late March/Early April 2010, 1 week
The apartment is located in Montone, which is a lovely, very well restored, pedestrian-only, small town in northern Umbria. The area was much less crowded and touristy than Tuscany.
Every day we had coffee a the bar on the piazza. (My friend's favorite experience of the trip!) The townspeople were extremely welcoming. There are several good restaurants in town, including our favorite Erba Luna. The only meal we didn't love was when we brought home pizza from the place near the stairs leading into the town. Sausage pizza was more like hot dog pizza.
The house was very comfortable and had every amenity you could ask for. We used the washer and dryer a bit. The bathrooms worked well and we cooked basic meals at home a few nights. There were only three of us, so we had loads of room.
There are no outside sitting areas as part of the house, but the main pizza in town in very nearby and great for people watching!
The furniture, linens, kitchen accessories, etc. were is good shape. Everything was clean and there were enough places to sit comfortably. It is a bit dark inside - especially in the living room because of the loft.
The beds were comfortable and the bedrooms were spacious enough. The shower upstairs is a bit small but works well. There are three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
The kitchen was nice and we cooked some basic meals. You could do more if you wanted but the Italians do such a good job, we wanted to enjoy their cuisine.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises except the 10pm Good Friday procession that woke one of us. We all scrambled to follow along and it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of our trip.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner was very helpful. We spoke with her via email and phone.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I already have recommended Casa Sora Chiara to many friends and colleagues
Things to do in this area
We visited a different town, or two (sometimes three) each day including: Cortona, Perugia (where we had a tour with Maria Rita, who is the owner's friend), Todi, Orvieto (one of our favorites - worth the drive which is beautiful), Assisi, Spello (another favorite), Bevangna, Montefalco, Citta dei Castello and Gubbio. We saw amazing churches and art everywhere - and ate extremely well (daily gelato was a must!) Best shopping in Cortona and Orvieto. Best smaller town for ambiance was Spello. We took a cooking class from Letizia Mattiacci in her farmhouse above Assisi (beautiful views.)
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