Our stay at Casa Rondini was perfect in every way; Franco & his family are wonderful hosts. Our apartment was second floor with beautiful terraces front & back: our front view looked up the stone-paved drive between olive trees, back terrace overlooked a huge azure swimming pool with its own backdrop of Umbrian hills & Montegabbione.
Fresh flowers & a bottle of wine waited on the table, & the kitchen cupboards were full of spices, olive oil, wine vinegar, tea - everything to easily spend a comfortable week. Bedroom & bath were simply & beautifully furnished in keeping with the rural ambiance.
We were free to roam fields & garden, choosing "real" Roma tomatoes from the little harvest still remaining in late October. Casa Rondini is a great point from which to tour this region, a center of Etruscan life. The villa has a great little library of tourist info (& books left by fellow travellers - meet Aurelio Zen!) & Bozena is so willing to to give further help & advice. She printed out a train schedule to Florence for us - the 2+ hour ride from Fabro was as much fun as the day in the city!
The Saffron Festival in Citta della Pieve occurred the weekend we were there & Franco & his family made sure to invite us to Sunday's 3-course luncheon benefitting the region's organization of saffron (from crocuses) growers . It was fun, delicious, & now we can say we've eaten saffron gelato, watched artists painting with saffron, & felt like locals for the day!
Franco cooked a magnificent dinner for us & other guests (all of whom were returning with their families for the fifth & sixth times- what does that tell you?!) the night before we had to leave.
Franco, Bozena & their daughters have made Casa Rondini a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will, as will we, try to find a way to return.
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