Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4704: Villa Nuba, Apartment
apartments on the outskirts of Perugia, Umbria
June, 1 week
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Italy, and since Villa Nuba was so highly recommended online, we stretched our budget a little to stay there, although really, the place is very good value for money. Affordable luxury apartments just sounded a lot better than our original plan of budget hotels.
We never once regretted changing our budget. Villa Nuba really is, as the title implies, charming. Perugia itself is a quaint university town with lots of amenities and service people who are used to foreign students and tourists. Villa Nuba was conveniently located near the historical centre of the town (walking distance, but even easier by bus or cab/car). The apartments are recently renovated and the place itself is so quiet that we had the most restful holiday sleep there in recent memory. A little dust in the bedroom set off our allergies, but the rest of the place was clean and modern yet quaint, with a well-stocked kitchen and a nice little jacuzzi in the bathroom as well.
The best thing, though, is that Villa Nuba is a family affair. Our guide and apartment manager Guiseppe owns the place, converting what was once his family's place into a few tastefully renovated apartments for tourists. He and his parents live on site, so they're always there to answer questions and help with mundane things like ordering a pizza from the local pizza joint (Pizza Magic is the best). His wife also teaches pilates classes at Villa Nuba. Guiseppe was the friendliest guy, always available on his cell phone to help with a query, to suggest day trips, or to fetch us to and from the train station (he also does guided day trips for an extra charge). We ended up exploring the nearby towns on our own (the tour prices are a little steep although I'm sure the tours are excellent), and he was really helpful with logistics. We even woke him up one Sunday morning to help us book a rental car, the poor guy. The personal touch made a big difference, with yummy restaurant recommendations as well as a 10% discount that Guiseppe negotiates for his guests ahead of time.
The service was the best part of Villa Nuba, and the whole family was very welcoming and genuine, including their two cats. We would make breakfast for ourselves to have at a table outside the apartment, and the cats were so friendly and adorable, we ended up buying a box of Friskies just to be able to feed them snacks. Between Guissepe, his family and the cats, it was hard not to be charmed. :)
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