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Review 4998: L'Antica Vetreria, La Terraza
2bed/2bath apartment in Piegaro, Umbria
May 2011, one week
L'Antica Vetreria is the renovated historic glass factory, and is built into the outer wall of the village of Piegaro. The little village has everything you need, and is well located for day trips to Umbria and southern part of Tuscany. The property is very private despite the fact that you're right on the edge of town.
Just about everything you need is in walking distance. The town has several good restaurants, and an excellent macelleria (meat store).
The renovations of the old glass factory have been done very well, and have incorporated architectural features of the old glass factory. There are four apartments and a larger apartment they call the villa.
We rented La Terraza which is the lowermost floor. It had its own private paved and grassed terrace with a wonderful view over the valley. It had lounge chairs and a table for al fresco dining which we used all the time. It was equipped with a grill. Nice infinity pool for ending a day of day tripping or just for a day of relaxing.
The furniture was new and in good shape and comfortable. The apartment was very clean. The dining room which we never used was a little dusty.
The beds were comfortable and equipped with good linens. Bathrooms were totally modern and had nice towels. One bathroom was pretty large, while the other was more compact but still comfortable for my 6'2" hubby.
Kitchen was well equipped with modern appliances, even a dishwasher. There were thoughtful additions to the drawers such as zip-lock bags and foil. The pantry had the basics too.
Problems or Bonuses
The scorpion spotted in a shower had us carefully checking our shoes and other stuff from then on!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The website has great floor plans, and an easy way to check availability. They have a well run booking system and good communication as well. Owner is American and therefore communication was easy. Their website is excellent and full of information for trip planning as well as the facility. We paid €900 in May 2011 for a week.
For travelers like us, we thought the group guided tour on our arrival with the introduction to the town's shopkeepers was a bit much. A written guide to the town would have sufficed for us. I'm sure others appreciated it more. Colleen did arrange for a great winery tour, Monte Vibbiano, and was accessible and helpful during our stay.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again, and would love to bring my family and stay in the Villa. We were there in May, a great time weather wise. Days were just warm enough to make a dip in the pool refreshing.
We got on well with the other guests at the time, a combo of Aussies, Canadians and Americans.
Things to do in this area
Juni's restaurant in the main piazza steps from the apartments has excellent seafood, pizza and al fresco dining. The macelleria is excellent. We grilled his bistecca fiorentina and I've never had better. Monte Vibbiano tour and tasting is very nice, and their wines and olive oil are excellent and quite reasonable. Take Colleen's advice and visit the Trattoria Faliero on the south shore of Lake Trasimeno. We did day trips to Castiglione del Lago and Cortona, Orvieto (don't miss the Signorelli frescoes), Assisi, Montefalco. There was so much more we could have done! Should have stayed two weeks there!
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