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Living Umbria: Sharing Our Rural Life

Date: November 3, 2017 - categories: , , , , - Leave your thoughts

Jodi, Star, Robyn and Susan, a delight to have you all in our Assisi countryside apartments! A joy to have you with us, right from our dinner together the day you arrived:


What laughter as we shared “Umbria days” and “rural life moments.” Mille grazie for your notes to us before you left (which brought chuckles with the reminisces):

“Dear Anne,
There are truly no words that can explain your hospitality! Your stories…….. are so very precious. Chiarina & Rosanna are darling and their food and welcome with us, unbelievable! (The laughs, tears shed over special “sheep” that will never be sold!).
Thank you for offering us the Basilica as well. That was one of the points of discovery for our group and I can’t imagine now what the world have been without you- Blessings to you and Pino and the family.”

Star & Jodi
(Your “cheesehead” girls – Wisconsin, USA)

A few photos of our lunch with Rossanna and Chiarina will help you relive our day, I think…….

Rossanna proudly shows us the family grapes, ready for the making of new wine


….and before the lunch her mamma Chiarina made us, you had to see their prosciutti


…and the outdoor stone wood oven where Chiarina bakes breads, roasts fowl…


A tasty antipasto starts our lunch: salute!


No one makes lasagne like Chiarina!


Susan and Robyn affirm: “Che buono!”


The family’s meats won over all….


…and those funghi!


But there’s more……!





…and I am so glad that you all appreciated the contacts with our rural friends, our community:

“Anne and Pino,
Thank you for sharing your space and knowledge with us. We feel so lucky to have met you. The memories we take with us carry the humor, beauty and love of your friends, family, neighbors and community. We will carry the small piece of Assisi with us always and look forward to the time we return…”
Robyn & Susan
Wisconsin, USA

Come back soon. Rossanna and Chiarina will be ready to welcome you, proudly wearing their shirts from Wisconsin, sustaining the small farmers. Your most appreciated gift…..!


Read more about meeting rural friends here in the Assisi countryside
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Read more about our apartment guests
Read more about Chiarina and Marino’s warmth and our other rural friends
Read more about Umbria’s treasure: the rural people
Click here to see – and read about – the rural people, rural banquets
Click here for more on the “Rural Life Revisited” experience
Read more about Peppe, Peppa and other rural friends here
Meet our farm friends, givers of the greatest gifts
Click here to read about “memorable moments” or our rural visits
Read about – and see – our first years on the land in Umbria
Read more about treasured rural friends
Read more about indefatigable Peppe
Click here to read about an “Auntie Annie” rural tour
You really can’t miss a rural banquet cooked by Chiarina
Read about the “regal welcome” Chiarina and Marino give to their guests
Read about our rural friends – and their “green gold,” olive oil
Read about why a visit with our rural friends makes any Umbrian stay unforgettable
Click here to see how a visit to rural friends can make your stay “the experience of a lifetime”
Click here to read about a treasured Umbrian rural winter tradition
Click here for many more insights on our rural friends
Read about Chiarina and Marino – and the use of broom
Read about making wine with Peppa
Click here to read about – and see – why rural visits offer “unforgettable moments”
Click here for more on treasured rural friends….

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