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Amazing view in a charming village
This was the second week of our Italian vacation. Amazing home and masterfully renovated! Absolutely GORGEOUS! The villa over looks over the rolling hills of Umbria. Piegaro is a charming little village with only one restaurant and coffee shop. There are also two small markets, a pharmacy and a butcher. However, there are no boutiques or shops if one is wanting to buy anything other than food and necessities. Our four children ages 17-32 made friends with some of the locals. Our 86 year old father was also traveling with us. We had a great time visiting other towns, vineyards, and also taking the train for a day trip to Florence. Everyone we met including, the host was very friendly. However, this was advertised as All Amenities-Pool, Privacy, Views! Shops, Restaurants! We were visiting at the end of October, and the days were very warm, but the nights were cold. The pool was covered, and we were surprised as the pool was specifically marketed as part of the villa. It was not mentioned that there would be additional charges to turn on the heat on at night. Heat is regarded as a basic amenity. There was also an additional charge to use the dryer. We all felt the "closed pool" and "the additional charges for heat as well as use of the dryer" should have been discussed, prior to our stay, as the Villa was cold on two nights. Both of these "extra" charges resulted in a 4 star rating versus 5 stars.
We are very happy that you enjoyed our beautifully renovated Villa and the gorgeous surroundings! However, we would like to correct the idea of extra charges. Although we advertise that winter heating is metered and charged, we did not charge you for the heating which we turned on as soon as you requested it. The heating was not charged as an extra charge if you will check with other members of your group. Normally, the pool is covered in the middle of October because the water is too cold to swim. We had no idea that your group wished to swim in cold water, but if you requested us to uncover the pool we would have done so immediately. All our guests need to do is inform us of their needs and we get right to it. Our village is small and there are no boutique clothing shops in villages such as ours. It is a 10 minute drive to two larger towns with lots of clothing shops. You experienced the restaurant and coffee shop right in the main piazza, however, two blocks outside that piazza is another coffee shop that also serves pizza, two gift stores, a bakery, 3 hair dressers. And another restaurant just outside the village. All of this information is given on the first day with a tour of the village and in our information booklets. You must have explored only the main piazza; sorry you missed the other part of the village. Again, we did not charge you extra for heating and we would have uncovered the pool if you had asked. We advertise that the pool is open May 1-October 15 which is normal swimming weather. We are happy that you commented that we as hosts are friendly. We also would like to mention that we gave a free farmers' market tour and free wine tour and tasting, offered a free pasta making class and gave your daughter a gift on her birthday. We try to be very attentive to our guests needs.
Fantastic villa & location.
The renovation was fantastically done and the space was ideal for our party of 10. The restaurant in the village was superb. Tom and Colleen were great hosts, they keep the villas stocked with the essentials and were on hand to provide recommendations on places to see, their wine trip is a must. Piegaro is an ideal spot to explore from. Overall an absolutely tip top holiday, many thanks. Gavin
Beautiful property located in a beautiful village.
The villa was great with a fantastic view overlooking gorgeous countryside. The pool was great as well and kept my grandsons busy.
There is no A.C. so when it was hot out it got a little warm inside. No unbearable but uncomfortable.
Our rooms were all spacious with modern bathrooms. The kitchen, dining area and living room were all spacious and nicely decorated.
The village was wonderful. You could really take in the local atmosphere and interact with the residents. This was a bonus treat that all my family enjoyed. The local restaurant was great. Not fancy but family friendly with great food and really reasonable prices.
The highlight of the week was our dinner with Salvatore, a local chef we hired for one night to make us dinner in the villa. The food was fantastic and was so wonderful to work with. I would have taken him home with me but his wife would object.
We had a fantastic time.
Memorable and as Special as any in Italy.
After a wonderful and extroadinary 5-day stay in Venice, we planned a 1-week stay at L'Antica Vetreria in Piegaro. We were a little skeptical about leaving the Wow! factor of Venice for this little historical glass- blowing hilltop town. We had been to Orvieto in 2005 and from there enjoyed so many day trips to such beautiful cities as Assissi, Perugia, and other smaller cities. Suffice it to say that this week in Piegaro was as memorable and special as any we've enjoyed in Italy. No small part of this was the hospitality of the owners (Tom and Colleen), in assisting with any guidance and direction we required. At the Villa, they introduced us as if we were visiting family. We immediately felt a part of this small community, with welcome smiles and Warm "Buon giornos". The Villa itself was gorgeous, functional and with historical significance, having welcomed the exodus of the Murano glass-blowing artisans from centuries earlier. The non-functioning glass kilns still exist in parts of the Villa, and a modern museum memorializes this history within the town.
Beyond the offerings of this quaint town, and within a short ride of 3/4 to 1-1/4 hours are many beautiful cities which we drove to for lunch or a tour. Some of note were: Pienza, Panicale, Paciano,Citta della Pieve, Cordova (in Tuscany, close by), Chiusi, Castiglione del Lago, et al. The maps and directions from the owners, T &C were extremely helpful. They even arranged trips to an award winning winery and olive grove. After tastings, we were hard pressed (pun intended) to not order some for home delivery.
Lastly, an example of how caring our hosts were: I had the misfortune of cracking a tooth in half on the Thursday before leaving for our last week near Rome. Imagine this changing our enjoyment potential for our last 10 days in Italy! The owners to the rescue. They pulled a few strings to get me an urgent dentist appointment, translated for me and Tom actually drove me to Perugia and back, committing an afternoon to help me. Nice! Compassionate and very appreciated. PS the doc charged me 60 Euros !
We plan to look at the calendar for a 2016 return to enjoy the region, and to be with our new and good friends.
Our stay at L'Antica Vetreria, in June 2012, was beyond our expectations. What a paradise carved into the village of Piegaro. The villa was centrally located as we took day trips to Rome, Florence, Assisi, and Cortona to name a few. The accommodations at the villa were excellent. The pool was refreshing after site seeing in 90 degree weather. The locals were gracious and entertaining. Tom was a great host as he took us on tours of the village and winery. His knowledge of the area and history of the towns was very informative and interesting. Colleen and Tom go above and beyond for their guests. We will definitely be back.
Tony and Nancy Fiore
We absolutely loved having the delightful Fiore group stay in our beautiful villa and our charming little village! You are guests who inspire us with your enthusiasm and appreciation. It is guests like you who make us realize that we are truly living our dream of sharing our passion for Umbria with all. We hope you keep your promise to return for we would love to spend time with you once again.
Perfect Visit to Umbria
My family and I rented the Villa at L'Antica Vetreria for the first week of June 2012 and it comfortably accommodated all ten of us. It was the perfect spot for a family reunion, with my sister and her family renting the Cantina apartment next door. Having the warmth and convenience of a charming medieval Umbrian village right outside our door was fantastic. The Villa ia magnificent with gorgeous views from every room. Tom and Colleen are knowledgeable and friendly, and really went out of their way to help us. A truly special property!
We loved having your wonderful and amazing family stay with us! So many great memories of your time in Piegaro remain with us. There is so much to see and do, and remember that you have barely scratched the surface of Umbria and Tuscany, so we hope to see you again, and again!!
Grazie mille for being such great guests! Piegaro will remember your family for sure.
Colleen and Tom