Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5065: Casa Spello, Tiberius
3bed/2bath apartment in Spello, Umbria
July 2011, 1 Week
What a pleasant surprise we had as we entered the lovely center of Spello, Italy a charming hill town that has been unspoiled by tourists. It is a town built of stone hundreds of years ago and there are beautiful churches and public buildings as well as small shops with art, clothing, jewelry, and food and wine. The local people were so warm and kind and willing to help with directions or suggestions whenever we inquired.
The town is perfectly situated in the hills of Umbria and is convenient for excursions to neighboring towns including Assisi which is very near and beautiful, (though pretty touristy). We also made it to Florence and Perugia. We rented a car for the week though the train station is convenient as well. We had morning cappuccinos in one of several charming cafes, one with a large and beautiful garden setting overlooking the surrounding hills. You can walk to one of several very nice restaurants for evening meals. This was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations we've had and we will definitely return and stay at Casa Spello. It really is a gem.
We were met by Nadia who is so sweet and caring. She showed us to our place and helped us get settled in and told us to call if we needed anything. This is a converted residence built about 700 years ago. It has been updated with all the modern conveniences and we felt at ease and comfortable while at the same time in awe that we were staying in such a beautiful and historic place. It is built of stone with very thick walls, (6-8 feet??) which keeps the place cool in the summer. There is air conditioning but we seldom had it on even though the outside temperature was 80-90 degrees. The home is situated on the hillside with beautiful views and a delightful garden. We spent several lunches and a few dinners there under the trellis covered in grape vines, enjoying the views and Italian wine as well as the cold fresh water from the natural spring fountain.
The furniture was in fine shape and the beds were very comfortable.
Bedrooms were lovely and there were two bathrooms that were in excellent condition.
The kitchen was perfect, very functional and with all the appliances. We cooked several dinners in the kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
The house was more lovely than we had imagined.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Booking via the owner's website was a breeze. We were met by Nadia when we checked in who spoke English and was very helpful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We plan on staying here on our next trip to Italy - no question.
Things to do in this area
Great restaurants and shops with art, clothing, jewelry and local products including food an wine within walking distance.
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