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tcreath's Italy trip report....Umbria and Rome with a small slice of Tuscany

tcreath's Italy trip report....Umbria and Rome with a small slice of Tuscany

Oct 16th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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Darn, my lengthy'ish response to Eloise and Tracy got lost in posting-hell, but thanks again to both of you. You addressed my questions precisely and based on what you both suggested, I'll look outside of Bevagna for accommodation - probably to Spello and the Palazzo Bocci - but will definitely daytrip to it.

Thanks again,

Linda
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Oct 17th, 2006, 05:39 AM
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Linda, best wishes on your trip! I don't think you could go wrong by staying in any of the places you mentioned, and I'm sure you will have a wonderful time!

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Nov 16th, 2006, 09:14 AM
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Tracy:

We just booked our Spring trip yesterday, flying into and out of Rome, and months ago when I first read your report, I told my husband "I'd like to use this as a guide for our next trip." Well, here it is!

Le Case Gialle looks amazing--did they let you rent at a nightly rate, or did they charge you the full week?

Erika

PS. Good luck getting settled your move--we just left St. Louis also a few months ago.
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Nov 16th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Erika,

You will have a fantastic time in Umbria! I do hope you find my trip report helpful! I find trip reports invaluable, so I always try to post one when I return from a trip myself.

As far as Case Gialle is concerned, they let us stay for 5 nights. I just e-mailed them and asked. I believe the price was 80 euro per night if you stay less than a week. The place is just amazing. Its like staying in your own piece of heaven! We loved it.

Another St. Louisan! We really do like Charlotte so far, although I'm a tad homesick homesick, mostly for my family who all lived very close to us before we moved. But once I get more settled in things will get better. We left for Croatia right after we moved here, and just got back a few nights ago, so its been kind of hectic. But I'm enjoying exploring our new home town, and I must admit that its exciting to be in a new city.

If you have any other questions please just let me know. Good luck and happy planning!

Tracy
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Nov 16th, 2006, 10:31 AM
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Would you recommend the house you all stayed in, or would you recommend trying one of the other options? They all look so nice!

As for moving, we relocated to Valdosta, Georgia--there's something to be said about adjusting to life in a town that has no Thai food! We are sorely missing Grand Ave.
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Nov 16th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Erika,

You are right...all of them look lovely! We originally wanted Il Portico because of its beautiful patio, but it was already booked when we made our reservation. Il Sartino was next door to la Terrazza, the one we stayed in. I honestly don't think you could do wrong with any of them as they all appear to be lovely. The owners have taken great lenghts to properly furnish the apartments and each one of them has the same view, overlooking the rolling olive trees at Case Gialle and out towards Montefalco.

So you moved southeastward as well? I definitely miss the Thai food! My favorite was Sen, on Locust downtown. I also miss some of the Bosnian gyro restaurants in south city. Charlotte is great but it appears to be a difficult task to find a restaurant that is not a chain around here!

Tracy
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Nov 17th, 2006, 10:08 AM
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Hi ladies
I have to chime in because I loved Le Case Gialle so much and have great memories of being there in 2005! I only have one little bottle of their olive oil left, so I guess it is time to return (wish!).

Our group of five had two apts: la Terrazza and il Portico. The couple we were with had la Terrazza and we three women shared il Portico. The couple loved their pretty "upstairs" apt; the bedroom, with a lovely painted headboard on the bed, has a little balcony overlooking the organic olive groves and across the wooded hills to Montefalco in the distance. Their kitchen living area seemed perfect for two.

We three liked our apt very much; it is on the ground floor (the building is actually on the hillside) and so a little darker and cooler. We were there in late May-June, so perfect, but it could be gloomy in the winter, I think.

But the covered patio (il portico!) was just what we needed. Part of our plan for this portion of the journey was to shop and cook and drink lots of wine, so we wanted a place where the group could gather. We spent a lot of time at the outdoor wooden table, living out our Italian fantasy!

The other apt I saw was the separate one, a studio for two--can't remember the name; maybe Isolina? The couple staying there (who spent a lot of time hanging out with us) thought it was very comfortable.

Ask Silvana and Mauro for shopping, restaurant and wine tasting tips. We loved a little wine/cheese shop in Montefalco that also serves great food: l'Alchimista.

In Bevagna we followed Silvana's advice and bought the homemade lemon ravioli at her favorite shop. Also enjoyed a dinner there at Osteria Podesta.

On the day that three of us drove to Florence, the other two enjoyed wine-tasting at some places Mauro recommended. He is involved in the local wine organizations.

There are nice walks and hikes around le Case Gialle itself, so make sure in between visiting the towns and cities of Perugia that you just hang out at the agriturismo and soak up 'la dolce vita!'

Have fun.
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Nov 17th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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Thank you--I love Fodors for just this reason...printing out for when I hear back from them with (fingers crossed) availability!

Erika
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Nov 18th, 2006, 10:47 AM
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Let us know if you book Case Gialle and what apt you get!
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Nov 19th, 2006, 01:47 PM
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Yes, please do and good luck! I get excited just thinking about Case Gialle and those views!

Tracy
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Jun 28th, 2008, 09:13 PM
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Never mind. It was in tcreath's trip report.
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Jun 29th, 2008, 05:20 PM
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luvtotravel, hopefully you will be able to stay there. It probably rates up there as one of the best places I've ever stayed. Oh if only I was back there....

Tracy
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Jun 29th, 2008, 07:06 PM
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Tracy - just for you to know, in case you ever get back to Umbria and Deruta in particular, and it would be well worth the trip to do so, the most famous majolica factory is not up in the old hilltown, it's down at the bottom and they have exquisite pieces. It's called Ubaldo Grazia and his family have been producing this beautiful stuff since the 1500's. There is a museum on site with spectacular pieces going back centuries - they are priceless. But his current lines are glorious, too, many with antique patterns. The shops at the top of the hill aren't very good at all, though it's a pretty little town. Here's the website: www.ubaldograzia.it. I am an interior designer and have had several clients commission me to go and find their tableware for their homes that I have designed. You really should put this wonderful place on your to-do list, maybe on your way to another town in the area. Talk about a fantastic memento from Italy!

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Jun 29th, 2008, 07:40 PM
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Linda - in response to your question whether to stay in the valley or in a hilltown, I would suggest staying at Palazzo Terranova in Ronti, about 15 mins. off the E45. It's a glorious place looking out over the valley and once you get back there in the early evening, you don't need to drive out: they have a fabulous chef and you can sit with the other guests in the enoteca and chat after dinner about your adventures. I have been there about 12 times in 5 years and highly recommend it as a base for touring the Umbrian towns. Here's their website: www.palazzoterranova.com.

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Jun 30th, 2008, 04:40 AM
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Sandra, thank you for the recommendation. I would love to get back to Umbria someday.

Just an FYI....this trip report was done in 06 so I'm thinking that Linda probably already took her trip.

Best wishes,
Tracy
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