“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!”
Sarah and Bob A. – Seattle, WA – Casa Nuova
“Anne being here in your apartment was beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Thanks for getting us settled into Assisi life: from the wonderful lunch in your farmhouse was wonderful to the dinner with Peppa to all the suggestions you gave us.
And that tour of Assisi was an indication of your expert knowledge and it’s clear how much you love Assisi….and after two months here, we feel so much love for Assisi and Umbria. We will always treasure our time here, remembering all the special experiences that our in hearts forever.
Pace e bene…”
Tony and Jeannie P. – Il Nido Tranquillo
“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!”
Nina B., New York, NY – Casa Nuova
“…your place is the best place in Italy… I am glad I came here because since you live in Italy, now I like it. I think Italy is much more better than New York. Miss you. Love, your best friend, Claire”
Claire D. (age 7), Nyack, NY – Casa Nuova
“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!”
Therese McGowan, Scottsdale, AZ – Casa Nuova
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!”
Marc McGowan, Scottsdale, AZ – Casa Nuova
“Your farmhouse apartment is spacious, clean and well-appointed: a lovely retreat after a day of touring.
We knew from your website that you had alot of energy and a strong work ethic. We did not pick up on the passion you have for the unique hill towns of Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Spello and all of Umbria,“ Barbara wrote to me after our time together. Barbara, glad you and Brad joined us in, Perugia and Deruta, meeting Umberto and then Giuseppa – and experiencing their passione! The Feast of St. Francis on October 4th was an experience in local tradition – one we felt honored to share with the Italian people……”
Barbara (and Brad) Armstrong, Madison, WI – Casa Nuova
“Anne, ‘Thank you’ just doesn’t seem to express adequately how I feel about the hospitality I have experienced from you in the last week. Assisi was everything I had hoped for and more: really because I was able to see it through your eyes – and feel it with your passion.
I have so many delightful and wonderful memories that I am taking home with me.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.”
Kaye E. – Perth, Australia – Il Nido Tranquillo
Your home was PERFECT! We loved it! It felt like were were at home!
Our sincere thanks for sharing with us so generously ‘Anne’s Italy’. We came to Italy (and for Claire and I, the first trip..) to really engage in the culture…..the Italian people…live it rather than just see it!
You made that all possible for us. Thank you for introducing us to your wonderful rural friends and neighbors and the townspeople. We loved them all.
Your passion and love for Italy are infectious and come through so clearly……your knowledge of Italy’s history is fascinating.
Most of all, thank you for making this a most memorable and special trip for our Claire…she wants to come back and stay. She will miss you and the animals..surely!
We had a fantastic time. The rural tour was just absolutely the best.….we can’t say enough about it. Undoubtedly, we will see you again.”