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Near Assisi, Stay with Us and Live the Rural Life

Date: February 25, 2019 - categories: , , , , , , , , , - 4 Comments

Gina and Mike, Byron and Melinda, mille grazie for having brought such a lovely group along with you for a stay in our countryside apartments.

A joy to share Assisi wonders with you all…

….wrapping up the Assisi tour with our memorable Spello wine-tastings/olive-oil tastings/ truffles banquet:

…and…ah, what wines…!

The next day, we tasted other wines:  those of our farm friends.  Peppe led us into his wine cellar and filled a bottle from one of his casks (but not a glass bottle with a famous label this time!) 

..and his homemade salami dangled above the wine casks:

Outside, Peppe had plastic cups ready for a taste of his vino rosso……

……and to raise up together for a “salute” to all:

Peppe radiated pride in his vino – and in his prosciutti, too….logicamente:

….as did Marino, another of our rural friends:

And  Marino’s salami was part of the antipasto at our dinner cooked up by his wife Chiarina and their lovely daughter, Rossanna:

…..and ah, what lasagne!

After that buonissimo first course (primo), Rossanna proudly served up the wild boar her papa’ Marino had hunted with this squad.

….and then the chicken he had raised, delectably roasted by mamma Chiarina:

At the end of our feast, Marino’s grappa – and Rossanna’s tasty cake – were our send-off:

There is no better mille grazie to our warm and welcoming  rural neighbors than your notes to me. I will translate your heartfelt thoughts to them, knowing already how touched each will be:

“So humbled by the visits to rural Italy.  Beautiful people, wonderful hospitality and so much love all around” Lori W

“What a delightful morning, living the country life of Italy. The families we met were so welcoming – beautiful caring people, full of life.  I will always cherish this special memory. Thank you ”  Linda C.

“Mike and I were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Umbrian hills and the generosity of the people we met.  We will carry these memories in our hearts.” Gina J

“How heart-warming to see the beauty of the people we’ve met today. Seeing their pride in family, home and work reminds me so of a much simpler life of enjoyment of the truly meaningful things in life..”  Cindy B

“Thank you for opening up your home to us. Everything was so amazing” Kathy H

Read more here about our rural friends, “givers of the greatest gifts”

Click here for more insights on these rural people who taught us so much


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