Trisha L. G., West Des Moines, IA
“This has been the highlight of our anniversary trip. I’ve loved being in the Umbrian countryside!
(And) think of the ‘life experience’ Ryan can take back to school and share with his friends… And most importantly, his time in Italy, and with you, becomes part of who he is: a cultural DNA, if you will.”
Tony G., West Des Moines, IA
“I truly enjoyed getting to know you and am so appreciative of your friendship, guidance, humor, and insights, as well as your professional services guide services. You went above and beyond any expectation, and especially so in light of the minor complications created by Trisha’s sore foot. The rooms where we stayed on your property were absolutely wonderfuland the entire environment was truly beautiful and exceptional (Ryan is still talking about his relaxing times on your porch, his favorite new cat friend, and your two friendly dogs).
Of course, your guided tour of Assisi was the highlight of our time in Italy. Trisha, I know, was especially appreciative of the extra time you afforded her pilgrimage. For me the highlight was our trip to Spello and the remarkable afternoon at Roberto’s, Enoteca Properzio. The delicious food, stunning wine, lively conversation, and beautiful atmosphere, made this a lifetime memory. Please accept my most sincere thanks and gratitude.”
Ryan G., West Des Moines, IA
“Dinner and the property were amazing… but the company was even better. I only wish we had more time. I’ll count this as a true Italian experience.”
Therese M., Scottsdale, AZ
“Anne, thank you so much for being our guide for the past four days through Umbria. Your house is beautiful, your family is lovely and dinner was fantastic! This has truly been the trip of a lifetime. Hope to see you for cooking again in Scottsdale!”
Marc M., Scottsdale, AZ
“My wife and I visited Assisi and several other of the charming hillside towns in the province of Umbria, including; Gubbio, Orvietto, Spello, and Deruta with Anne. We also had the privilege of staying at her farm outside of Assisi in a quaint, comfortable and beautiful apartment in a one-of-a kind setting.
We have always toured with a guide. We have had several, and Anne is the best by far. Not only is she an encyclopedia of knowledge, she is always pointing out this thing or that and in the midst she interpserses her comments with stories, anecdotes and memories. Beyond this, she is so courteous and friendly that you get another bonus of interacting with other locals. We were even invited into the home of complete strangers to share in their local celebration and customs.
Anne is a treasure!”
Nina B., NY, NY
“We wholeheartedly give five stars to the cottage at Anne’s farm. Our family of four has lived in Umbria before, and we have experienced the range of available accommodations, from the shoddily constructed agriturismo to the overpriced hill town hotel.
This spacious, sunny cottage is constructed soundly of high quality materials, all appliances are new and everything works. The French doors in every room open out to let in gorgeous views of the Umbrian countryside, the smells of rosemary and flowers, and the sunlight. It is furnished beautifully, with a grand old marble table for eating long lunches, large armoires and great comfortable beds. We appreciated the well-stocked bookshelves too, with everything about Italy from fiction to guidebooks to tabletop Giotto to histories of pagan and Christian inhabitants.
The kids loved being able to pet the beautiful dogs, and visit and feed the goats, donkeys and chickens, nearby in their pens, who, surprisingly, make no noise!
Anne welcomed us with a basket of food from her garden and took us on a tour of Assisi (it really helps when you rent a place from a licensed guide who knows more than all the books!). Her contacts at local establishments and recommendations for places to eat and buy local products were spot on.Wholeheartedly recommend renting this place, wish we could stay here for months!”