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Winning an Auction Leads to Umbria

Date: October 9, 2017 - categories: , , - Leave your thoughts

Susan, you bid on the week in our farmhouse offered as an auction item by our dear friend, Donna.
A joy to have met you and shared the week with all your Colorado family. Thanks so much for your note to us:

“Dear Anne and Pino,
I have been blessed to work with women battling cancer for many years. I never dreamed it would lead me to Umbria and an opportunity to meet you and stay in your wonderful home!

Your love and knowledge of this beautiful area of Italy is palpable – and after spending a week here, it’s easy see why you love this area and chose to make it yours!

I loved meeting your friends and enjoying the wonderful food, wine and hospitality. Thank you for making this a very special trip for me and my family….

Warm regards, Susan A”

Dinner with our rural friends is memorable..and ah, that lasagne of Chiarina!


Rossanna serves up her mama’s antipasto to Satori, Susan’s niece


Rossanna, Satori and her aunt, Susan


Kendrick, Susan’s brother and his son Bodi feasting on Chiarina’s goodness (Pino enjoys it too!)


A group of us gather for a rural feast with farm friends, Chiarina and Marino


Holly, enjoyed meet you and husband Kendrick and your lovely children, too: glad you shared in that astounding gift of your sister-in-law, Susan. Mille grazie to you too, for your kind note:

Grazie mille for a most wonderful stay. We so enjoyed meeting your family and friends and experiencing your local Umbrian way.

First night here: dinner with us in our farmhouse


Satori, Bodi and Pino


Holly and children Bodi and Satori enjoy feasting in Spello


Bodi hopes his papa’ Kendrick will offer him more shaved black truffle…


Your hospitality was so wonderful and it made us feel like we were at home all week. You were awesome to shared your world and take us in, welcoming us with our children……you are officially our Italian family!” Holly A., Breckendridge, Co

Susan, Holly and Kendrick, Bodi and Satori, la nostra casa e’ casa vostra. Return soon!


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”

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