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  2. Willia Hennigan

    From Washington, DC
    This is my first trip
    Cucinapalooza
    John and I have been to La Fattoria del Gelso three times. Once for the Food and Wine Tour in the fall and twice for the Cucinapalooza in the spring. Each time we have joined Bill and Suzy for one of the tours it has been different and so much fun. We visited different wineries, experienced different chefs and even better we visited some of the same places again and again per our requests. The special people and places in Umbria keep luring us back again and again. Suzy developed a tour for John and another guest who wanted to taste the chef's daily creations but not learn the finer points of how to cook a dish. They had the "Marco Tour" around Umbria and beyond. Nightly over a new feast we were able to learn about different places we wanted to visit again. Often the chef joined us for the meal and we ended up talking, singing and laughing late into the night. What fun. We are trying to decide when our next visit is to Italy.
  3. Valerie Raccuglia

    From Commack, NY
    This is my first trip
    Your Italian Home Away From Home
    This was actually my 4th visit to La Fattoria del Gelso but the first with a group of friends. A couple of friends had already been to Umbria and the other two had never been to Italy. The two friends that had been to Umbria before said after the stay at the villa they can honestly say the really "never had been" to Umbria. The stay at the villa and the trips that Suzy & Wendy helped to put together were AMAZING! There wasn't a highlight to our stay because the WHOLE stay was the highlight from two dinners with Maria Pia, to the tours (truffle hunting, cooking classes, choclate making class), to pizza night with Marco and who can forget painting with the Geribis!!! Too quote my friend after out stay "Valerie, I couldn't even discribe how wonderful this trip was to me. I would NEVER had seen Italy/Umbria the way I did with you. The stay at the villa was just magical." So I guess you can say that NOTHING beats a stay at Fattoria del Gelso!!
  4. Sharon M.

    From Midlothian, Virginia
    I've been a handful of times
    Welcome to a home-away-from home!
    I have stayed in a number of Italian villas over the past few years and this was by far the very best! The grounds are lovely with a pool and a well-appointed outdoor area for lounging, eating,etc. The bedrooms have plenty of storage and room to spread out. And the bed linens are of the highest quality ( lovingly ironed by Maria Pia) and the bathrooms are more than adequate. ( Just be sure to bring your own bath soap. The slivers of soap that are provided are just not adequate, but I've never seen anything better in any other Italian villa or hotel.) There is great attention to detail in this villa, from the beautiful Deruta pottery and dishware to the locally made table linens. Would recommend whether you want to stay put and relax or explore all of the near-by Umbrian towns.
  5. Marylyn M.

    From Baltimore, Maryland
    This is my first trip
    We couldn't have picked a better place for our first trip to Italy.
    Myself and 15 other family members have just returned from a fabulous vacation at La Fattoria Del Gelso. It was an ideal family trip in a most beautiful section of Umbria, Cannara. Wendy, Marco and Teresa made us feel right at home and we highly recommend at least one night of Teresa's superb Italian cooking.The location of La Fattoria is excellent for day trips to the many fascinating towns surrounding it. We especially enjoyed Deruta and Assisi. Some of us even travelled to Florence only a two hour drive. Truffle Hunting was a unique and fun experience for everyone. We can't say enough good things about our stay. La Fattoria was immaculate and inviting with plenty of room for all of us. We couldn't have picked a better place for our first trip to Italy.
  6. Laura and Mike Fitzpatrick

    From Bethesda, MD
    I'm practically a native
    Umbrian
    We could write a book about experiencing Umbria with Suzy and Bill Menard. We did the October Food and Wine tours in October 2013 and 2014. We toured ancient hills towns (Assisi, Orvieto, Perugia, Bevagna, Montefalco, Norcia, Spoleto, and more). We hunted for truffles in the forest, tasted "pressed before our eyes" olive oil, and visited small local wineries producing Sageantino wines. We took cooking classes with Ernesto of Perbacco in Cannara, made chocolate at the Perugina headquarters, learned how proscuitto is made, watched the weaving of Umbria linens at the Pardi family factory, painted ceramic plates at Geribi in Deruta. And went shopping for porcini, lentils, and beautiful scarves. But perhaps the most enjoyable part of our visits was relaxing by the fire in the evenings and dining (for hours) on the fabulous multi-course Umbrian meals cooked by Bill and Suzy's friends and local chefs.
  7. Herschel

    From Washington, DC
    This is my first trip
    Turning 70 can be a Blast!
    Bill and Suzy promised me a great Birthday Celebration!
  8. Deborah Worthington

    From Middletown, NJ
    I've been a handful of times
    Fabulous!
    What a wonderful way to see Italy. Every tour or trip was an intimate experience. It felt like we were meeting friends not vendors. Particularly loved truffle hunting and cooking with truffles. Can't wait to go back for another visit!
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