visit South Umbria Acquasparta

visit South Umbria Acquasparta

Last week we went to Casa Acquasparta in South Umbria . We drove up a small country lane just outside the town of Acquasparta, with wonderful views over the rolling hills, very¬† quiet and peaceful with large Chianina cows peacefully ruminating away while bluntly staring at us. Chianina cows are rather big and the tasty meat is famous in this area, as well as in […]

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Monastery in Umbria

Monastery in Umbria

The Umbrian landscape in autumn is like a palette of yellow, green, orange, gold and red. The last few days were cloudy and rainy too. But when the sun breaks through, it feels like spring! The chestnut season has begun and we drink young red wine. It is definitely autumn in Umbria. Yesterday we visited some villas and apartments in the South-West of Umbria. We […]

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New private vacation rental near Orvieto

We have just added this private vacation rental with swimming pool and three bedrooms to our portfolio and the owners are very keen to get some bookings still for this summer. A bit late … but who knows? Just in case you happen to know of anybody who is still looking, maybe this vacation rental is suitable? The farm is 5 km from the centre […]

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Lovely job in Umbria

One pleasant (understatement) of renting out holiday homes in Umbria, is that you get invited to all kinds of places. Sometimes terrible, sometimes terrific. This morning we went to visit a real castle in the Gubbio area. What a treat. As soon as the weather improves I will go back to make pictures and we will add it to our portfolio immediately after that. It […]

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How to make Italian coffee

We often get asked by our clients who have rented a holiday apartment or villa through us, whether the rental unit has an American style coffee maker. Some owners have them, others don’t. So it might be time to understand how to make coffee in an Italian coffee maker, also called ‘moka’ or ‘caffettiera’. Watch the video, and see how terribly easy it is: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzsi7kVBiek] […]

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Irritating sales talk

This morning my colleague and I went to visit a new ‘house’ on the border with Le Marche. House is not the right term for this. It is a medium sized hotel with wellness centre. It is surrounded by a big property where many different animals were bred, all organically. There was also a country house with many apartments and we came to have a […]

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Feedback customers

Last week one of the houseowners told us that a client had made him a proposal. He would write a positive review if he would get a discount! The proposal was made on the day the guest was leaving, after a pleasant stay without any complaints (apart from the one day of rain). The owner refused to pick up the offer and asked the family […]

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New flights Ryanair from Bruxelles (Brussels) to Perugia.

Now that is a nice present for Christmas! If you are planning to stay in your villa in Umbria or southern Tuscany but come from Belgium or Holland, you can from the end of March next year take a Ryanair flight from Brussels to Perugia. The bi-weekly flights will start the 28th of March. Flights from Perugia to Bruxelles will be Monday and Friday with […]

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Eccolo, the new villa in umbria site.

Loads of blood, sweat, pasta and wine was what it took but we have finished our new website. Handmade with care in a converted pig stable somewhere in rural Umbria by the Umbria specialists themselves. We always had lots of positive feedback on our old site so naturalmente we have tried to keep the same feel. We now use a new content system which simplifies […]

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Black celery festival in Trevi

Black celery? Well yes and no, it starts out very dark hence the name but after a while it becomes almost white or at least the heart will. This is achieved by a process called blanching. It is a way of keeping a crop warm and protected during the colder months. It is a method¬† also used for cardoon and very famous, chicory. It also […]

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