Visiting Assisi in 2014 for what was to be a 7 day visit before a 7 day visit to the the Almalfi Coast I came across Anne Robichaud of Annes Italy by accident and lets just say… my seven day visit to Assisi turned into 14 days and Almalfi was out.
And its all Anne’s fault. Funny, Patience, Quirky, Compassionate, Kind, Welcoming, Interesting, Knowledgeable and Passionate about everything Umbrian… So.. that being said upon my next visit in Oct, 2016 where else to stay than at Anne’s country Cottage “Casa dell’ Arco , which is located next door to her Umbrian farmhouse.
Such an experience to see how rural Umbrians live on a daily basis. Located not to far from the town of Assisi, my stay at Casa dell ‘Arco was relaxing and gave me a sense of security and comfort knowing Anne and her husband Pino were very close at hand to help with planning, directions, recommendations and/or suggestions.
Always willing to help and guide one through their Umbrian experience, which by the way starts off upon arrival with some Fresh Umbrian edible goodies ready and laid out on your table when you arrive as well as a bottle of fine wine…Dont be surprised to hear a knock on your door to find Anne with home cooked Umbrian fare for your lunch or dinner.
I could go on and on and on…. about the virtues and pleasures of staying with Anne and Pino at their country farm. Truly a rewarding experience that i will remember for many years too come.
Mike D Portland, Maine USA – Casa dell’Arco
“We will never forget meeting the dear people of this area – they will always be in our hearts. Anne, you are a force of nature and I know that someday there will be a statue of you in the piazza.” (!)
Tom and Linda Blinn, San Clemente, CA – Casa Nuova
Thanks so much for the best time in your lovely spot here in Assisi. Thanks for…..all the excellent ideas you offered for our visit and travels beyond. Spello was a highlight. Such delightful Italians! And all the history of Assisi came to life under your guide. We really are SO glad to finally… experience Italy, completely!…”
Peggy Ocken, Colorado Springs, CO – Casa dell’Arco
“Your gusto, passion and love of Assisi are so special! Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us such a wonderful experience. We’ll take back many great stories and memories to Colorado. I appreciate your goodness.”
Loi Ritcher, Colorado – Casa dell’Arco
“Your apartment was everything we hoped it would be: it always felt like home when we entered. We take wonderful memories of our month here. Tours, friends, Internet(!) and all the food..!”
Ann and Warren Krapf South Euclid, OH – Il Nido Tranquillo
“What a fun afternoon, shopping the local markets and cooking a fantastic Sicilian/Umbrian feast. Assisi is a beautiful town with so much to see! Thank you for your hospitality.”
Lat and Kathy Purser, Charlotte, NC – Casa Nuova
“Karen and Nick were certainly correct when they sent us to you! The shopping and the cooking class were such fund and the finished product will be remembered for years to come. Can’t wait to try the recipes!
Your beautifully restored farmhouse was exactly like an Italian magazine – and your accommodations fit us to a tee…and hoping to return in the future.”
Amy and Fred Decosimo, Chattanooga, TN – Casa Nuova
You are a delight! And very much an Assisi treasure!
Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed our morning tour with you. Your knowledge and love of this magnificent town is inspiring – and your presentation and enthusiasm a joy to behold.
Anticipating a …..return soon to Assisi and, if we are lucky and your apartment calendar permits, a Springtime or Fall stay in your lovely rental apartment on your farm.
Thank you so much for all you have done to make this such a memorable visit and please give our best to Pino.
Sincerely, Jane and Randy R.”
Jane and Randy R. – Il Nido Tranquillo
“What a great place to land after an intense Sicily tour! Lovely fruit and vegetables from the garden, homemade cookies and wine to welcome me!
A highlight was dinner in Anne’s lovely home and meeting her husband – and what a dinner! Thank you, Anne!”
Sue M. – Il Nido Tranquillo
“So many unforgettable memories to treasure: the bounty of the garden, tomatoes, grapes, figs – wonderful people and food and the serenade of the donkeys to name only a few.
Thank you so much!”