Creating a Nest: il Nido Tranquillo

October 11, 2012 11:23 am Published by 2 Comments

The idea to look for an Assisi apartment to rent came to me last fall.
I did not look long. I knew that I wanted something small and in the quiet backstreets of the centro storico of Assisi.

The apartment was furnished but not in a way that appealed to me.
I spent the past summer re-doing it, helped by a friend of my daughter, Giulia….who proved to be a most talented “handyman”: Federico can do anything!

He repaired the window, put a screen on the window, redid the lighting in the kitchen, sitting room and bedroom, worked on the shower, put up a wall in the kitchen and created counter space.
Together, we went hunting for a sofa and desk, the microwave, the hair-dryer, the vacuum cleaner, the clock radio, lamps, dishes, pots and pans, textiles and linens. As I collected Umbrian artwork and handicrafts, Federico helped me decide on where best to hang them in the kitchen, the bedroom, and the sitting room.

Without Federico, I could not have turned that apartment into such a cozy, comfortable and charming Nido Tranquillo (“tranquil nest”).

Grazie, Federico!


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  • Malinda says:

    It’s fun to see the before and after photos. Bravissima!

  • Zofia & Charles (Canada) says:


    Your apartment looks lovely! Very tastefully decorated. Unfortunately, we didn’t have an opportunity to stay there while in Assisi as it was previously booked. Next time!

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