We had a wonderful five day stay at Agriturismo il Bastione, on a hill overlooking the ancient hill town of Spello and the Umbrian valley. Based on the reviews we read, we had high expectations and our expectations were exceeded. The drive up what is essentially a mile long driveway makes you wonder just where you are heading, but the place is spectacularly located, the rooms quite modern, in a stone building, part quite old and the rest new but in matching style. The hosts are warm and helpful, Jocobo in particular. Nona, the grandmother who does all the incredible cooking is charming. The optional meals are amazing a maybe even overwhelming, and a real bargain. We ate in town only once - for a change of pace and a smaller meal - but couldn't resist otherwise.
We stayed in one of the smaller rooms (#3) with nice views and a separate entrance if we liked. Not big, but nice. (There are only six rooms; reserve well in advance.) The shower stall in our bathroom was pretty small, not a problem for us but a big person would find it a challenge or impossible. A review said you could hear neighbors, and that is certainly true for this room (our hosts told us the same when we booked) but we travel with a white noise maker (or app) so that was never an issue for us.
Spello is well located for seeing Umbria. We took day trips to Gubbio, Todi, Bevagna, Assisi, Montefalco, and even Siena (2 hours, maybe a bit more because of traffic near Perugia). We skipped Norcia because of the earthquake. We started and ended in Orvieto, where we rented a car to avoid Rome traffic, and the night spent in Orvieto was well worth it and two nights might have been even better.
Three things to do that one might not consider: a walk along the Roman aqueduct running from Spello to Collepino and beyond, with wonderful views; a drive across the top of Mt. Subasio, with great views to the east and west and north, and where we came upon a herd of wild horses; and one of the back roads between Spello and Assisi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agriturismo il Bastione is a farmhouse in Spello. The historic house is an architectural medieval jewel , builded in 1300. Its position on the hill is an extraordinary beauty, surrounded by a thousand olive trees, adjacent to the Nature Reserve of Subasio, distant 1.7 km from the historic center of Spello, near Assisi, Perugia, Montefalco, Bevagna, Foligno and the other most beautiful towns of Umbria. Many paths are around Agriturismo il Bastione. One of this is panoramic, in direction to Assisi crossing the wonderful park of Subasio. The Bastione is an umbrian typical restaurant. Expert hands produce every dish , with our products of superior quality. In our Agriturismo every meal is of the umbrian tradition and it follow the experience of our grand mothers. We offer to our customers special Umbrian wines and extra-virgin olive oil, that we produce with the methods of the past. Agriturismo il Bastione has comfortable and panoramic bed-rooms. There are different types of rooms: Suite, Scudiero, classical. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator, TV, private entrance. Daily cleaning-service in the bedroom. Agriturismo il Bastione is perfect to meet the different needs of tourists who want to visit Umbria. Panoramic swimming pool. ... more less
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