In late October 2008, I spent an amazing week with my friends Bill and Suzy Menard at their villa Fattoria del Gelso just down the road from Assisi. I wrote about many of my experiences in our special report on Umbria.
We ate our hearts out (the villa cook Teresa is not only a doll but an amazing chef), visited vineyards (lots of wine tasting) and small charming towns, ate some more at some of the region’s best restaurants, explored the history of Assisi, shopped for ceramics, took a pizza making lesson, visited Perugina and learned how to make chocolates, watched the olive harvest, roasted chestnuts and drank wine in front of the villa’s fireplace and chatted late into the night. The best part – we saw and did so much but it was RELAXING! And how could I forget, we also went truffle hunting with the most adorable dog!
This November, I would like to bring a group of Dream of Italy readers back to the villa for another incredible and convivial week. Before we set up the final intinerary, I’d love to get INPUT from those who might be interested in the trip. We will keep the price affordable and particularly welcome solo travelers. Should we do a women’s only week, a food and wine week or something else?