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  1. Virginia Gross

    From Kansas City, MO
    I've been a handful of times
    A group of 8 of us just spent a fabulous week at Billl and Suzy’s house in Umbria! We had a fantastic time. It was just the right amount of city tours, winery visits, other food experiences and time to enjoy the house and pool. The weather was perfect, which resulted in many evenings around the pool watching a gorgeous sunset and, of course, drinking Umbrian wine. There is plenty of room at the house to spread out and the pool area and grounds are beautiful. Marco spoiled us with fresh eggs and fruits from the garden, and taking care of what we needed. HIghlights from our trip included truffle hunting, cooking with Ernesto in his restaurant, dinner at Simones and those cooked for us by Marco and Chiarra, the fantastic wineries we visited, and our farm tour day with Jennifer. We also enjoyed cooking a few of our own meals in the gourmet kitchen,Thank you Bill and Suzy to making this trip possible for our group!! We had so much fun and the memories will last a lifetime.
  2. Nick & Eloise Gmur

    From Bellport, NY
    I've been a handful of times
    Eat, Drink, Tour... Repeat.
    This was our second one week Umbrian excursion with Bill and Suzy. They are wonderful hosts, anticipating our every need - even a few we did not know we had- and making this a totally enjoyable seven days. From the moment you arrive in Rome you are taken care of - food, drink, tours, adventures (wagon ride to the winery anyone?) are planned and executed perfectly. No wondering what to do next, or who is going to pay for what, you simply relax and enjoy. The tour guides were excellent, and the places visited diverse, revealing many parts of Umbrian life. And the food and wine were bountiful and outstanding. Staff at the Cucina are warm and friendly, and willing to help in unexpected ways - I admired the milk frother used for the coffee and Chiara immediately offered to get one during her next trip to the grocery store. Perfect! The house is lovely and comfortable, life in Italy for a guest at the farmhouse is easygoing. Both of us have heartily recommended the tour to many friends. Go!!!!!
  3. Nettie Aslander

    From EPE (The Netherlands)
    I've been a handful of times
    Marco, together with his two ladies, is a wonderfull and available host. We liked the house, the pool, very much. As we needed 7 bedrooms (9 persons including 2 couples), it was a pitty there were only 6 bathrooms. Overall: thank you for sharing this wonderfull house with us. I will recommend it and will come back..
  4. Valerie Raccuglia

    From Commack
    I'm practically a native
    A Tour with Suzy & Bill is A MUST!!
    If you haven't already taken a tour with Suzy & Bill you are missing out on an experience of a lifetime. They provide you with 5 star service from tours, to meals, to accommodations, to . . . EVERYTHING!! You meet the most wonderful group of locals who treat you as if they have known you for years. Hurry and book a trip with them, their tours sellout quickly!!
  5. Herb & Betty Martin

    From Ocean View, DE/Washington, DC
    I've been a handful of times
    3 weeks in 5-star Umbrian Villa
    July 10, 2015 Dear Suzy and Bill:For the past three weeks, your beautiful Umbrian home has been a joyous home for our family and a few friends who have enjoyed it with us. Our children and nine of our grandchildren, ages 10 years to nine months, arrived and left at different times, but for five days we were all here together, squeals of fun filling the pool by day and lawn races in the evening as we dined by the pool. The swing under the old Mulberry tree became a favorite gathering place, as we eagerly sought shade in the heat wave that has gripped all of Italy. Our day trips took us throughout Umbria, from Cannara to Assisi, Spello, Bevagna, Deruta, Norcia, Castellucio, Perugia and Gubbio. As you know, we made plans for this visit over a year ago and have dreamed of Fattoria del Gelso and Umbria since then. The reality exceeds our dreams. Our thanks for all the help and guidance you gave us before and, during our stay. Our especial thanks to Marco, who helped us in countless ways, regaled us with his Umbrian wit and humor and, with the incomparable Peppa, with whom we all fell in love, served us all manner of exquisite Umbrian fare. Grazie Mille per tutti! Herb and Betty Martin and family and friends
  6. Ellen Flanagan

    From New York, New York
    I've been a handful of times
    Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. – Eat well, laugh often, love much.
    How can I even begin to describe the feeling of being given an experience of a lifetime? My 2 brothers, sister-in-law, niece and nephew came to Via Umbira, La Fattoria del Gelso, for a family trip. Bill, Suzy and one of their son luckily were also there. From our first night on homemade pizza, lovingly created by Marco, including a late night Nutella creation to wonderful local wines was the best way to experience our first night in Italy. Simply said; surrounded by great food, wine, family and friends. The next day, on Suzy's recommendations, we headed off to Assisi and off to find some treasures in the Deruta store. From car, biking, walking everything is so accessible. When we arrived back a table of 27 was set up in beautiful Deruta pottery without even food yet on the table. A cocktail party by the pool, meeting welcoming Italian friends of Bill and Suzy and their beautiful wines soon followed. We laughed. We ate. We drank. We watched as Marco set up an amazing firework display for my brother. The next morning, we ventured to Bevagna for an incredible lunch/early dinner (it was 4 hours) at Simone's restaurant where course after course enticed our taste buds. It was such a lovely afternoon being surrounded by the beauty of the table both in nature, people and food. That evening was capped off with an outdoor movie night set up by Bill. If someone is reading this it actually may seem unbelievable but, that is what I left feeling unbelievably taken care of, tended to and welcomed. It felt like home. I cannot thank Bill and Suzy for the experience of La Fattoria del Gelso. Everyone needs to go.
  7. Sue and Jimmy Gallagher

    From Washington, DC
    I've been a handful of times
    I want to be there forever!
    I cannot imagine how it could have been better. Look forward to going back often.
  8. Nick & Eloise Gmur

    From Bellport, Long Island, NY
    This is my first trip
    Umbria with new friends
    We enrolled with a sense of trepidation as we are independent travelers and have never toured with a group...worries were unfounded. A major attraction was the reasonable cost for one week...other tours we had looked into cost between >$4000. and almost $10,000.! The advantage here is that Suzy and Bill own the residence and meals are cooked in house, therefore no steep hotel prices. The week, for us, was magical and could not have suited us better. We cook and bake bread, have made (and drink a fair amount of) wine, make cheese, already have relatives in Europe so the wineries, cooking classes, truffle hunting, pottery, linens, AND the people could not have been more up our alley. Suzy and Bill show their love for Umbria and their varied interests in everything they had arranged for us. Also, importantly, they were able to adjust and divide the group when interests diverted. We have never eaten that much food, much less that much excellent food. The tour was a joy.
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