The piace is amazing. People of the strutture nice and welcoming. The house is clean, well kept, in good conditions, fully equipped, and in case you need anything, they will be ready to give you (i needed a mixer for my daughter’s soup, it was there in a copule of minutes).
We enjoyed every bit of the house, especially The terrace with fruit trees we could pick up and est and an amazing view. And The Silence!!!
Well done Gina! Hope we will do it again soon!
We just returned from Italy and were fortunate to have stayed at Casa Spello, a meticulously restored property on a quiet street at the top of the town. We stayed in the Tiberius apartment which was restored keeping the stone character of the building. There is a beautiful garden in the back of the property overlooking the valley. We took advantage of it for wine and one night for pasta with shaved fresh truffles bought in town. Around the corner is a really nice bar called Tullia where we had our morning coffee and gelato later in the day. Spello is a beautiful small town with quiet vicoli, nice restaurants and great character, Gina, the owner, is American and happened to be there during our stay. She made reservations at a small, local restaurant in the hilltop village of Collepino called Taverna San Silvestro. Don't miss dinner there. The Sagrantino wine growing region is just a few minutes away around the town of Montefalco. Gina provided us with suggested itineraries and restaurant recommendations which was very helpful. Casa Spello is a gem and a great base for exploring Umbria.
We spent 4 wonderful days in Spello and this studio apartment was a perfect home away from home for two of us. Spello is the most unusual place we've ever stayed in, and this charming apartment was unique! The apartment is located in a large house divided into 4 units, each with its own separate entry. A door to the back yard leads to a beautiful panoramic view where we enjoyed breakfasts and stunning sunsets from a lovely shaded sitting area. On the third evening when we returned from our daily adventures, we found a handwritten note from our property's host, who just happened to be in town when we were. To our complete surprise, she offered to take all of her guests, to a very small neighboring town featuring only one restaurant. Gina had pre-arranged that the owner of the restaurant and his wife (the chef) would prepare a multi-course dinner for the 9 of us. That very day, they had foraged fresh truffles and porcini mushrooms which they grilled, shaved, and stuffed.Sitting in a private room, we enjoyed non-stop conversation, and instantly bonded over wine, cheese, breads, meats, grilled meats and cheese, and of course, scrumptious desserts. As promised by Gina, It was an unforgettable dining experience. This dinner was just an example of the extra thought Gina puts into helping her guests feel at home and knowledgeable about the area. Weeks before we arrived in Italy, she emailed us a detailed document with tips of restaurants, cafes, things to do, and how to get around Italy. Her guide was so detailed and customized for visitors to Spello. This medieval town is a very special place, but is not for the faint of heart. Visitors cannot park their cars by their accommodations but must park a good 15 minute walk away. Gina's assistant met us upon our arrival, and she helped us bring our luggage and belongings to the rental. The unit has a very comfortable queen sized bed, adequate storage space, ample bathroom, and a small but serviceable kitchen. Spello streets are narrow and picturesque with flowers bursting around every bend-resisting the temptation to constantly shoot photos is hard. There are many excellent restaurants and cafes to choose from, lovely shops to visit and friendly, welcoming locals to meet. With a car, we were easily able to make day trips to nearby towns including Assisi and Perugia. This hilltop medieval escape is a gem in Umbria we'll never forget!
After a memorable few weeks at Casa Spello in 2012 we returned to stay there in 2017 and were delighted to find it as beautiful as we remembered.
Staying there was a great base for us to explore this fantastic region of Umbria.
We loved the way the house itself has been conserved outside & tastefully renovated inside. We stayed in the ground floor Mark Anthony apartment & loved it as our cool & comfortable retreat but an easy walk to anywhere in the town. Enjoyed lots of sundowner evenings in the lovely garden with those views over the valley & to Assisi. Both of our visits were in June - Spello and its neighbours have some fantastic festivals around then - including the spectacular Infiorate in Spello itself. Gina made sure that everything was right for our stay & gave us lots of valuable tips on sightseeing, events, dining, transport etc etc. Even introduced us to the Mayor at her cocktail party on the night of the Infiorate :).
Definitely our favourite place in Italy!
The Augustus apartment in Casa Spello is a beautifully restored, two level apartment in Spello, just above the wall on the western side of town, near the Porta di Venere. It is a 3-4 minute walk to the main street in town with its restaurants and small shops. Note that the short street the house is on is extremely steep cobbles and brick, so this would not be a good choice for someone with mobility issues, although I managed it using a cane.
The website descriptions and photos accurately reflect the reality.
You climb a short flight of stone steps to a small front porch, with has a bench and stone table, large enough for two (three with a squeeze)to use for dining. The view is down alongside the town, and across to the valley. It is the highway side, so not quite as bucolic or silent as from the other side of town, but you do get glorious sunsets.
Inside on the first floor is a very well equipped kitchen, with stove/oven, microwave, toaster, large fridge/freezer, desk area, and table for four. We found it easy to cook complete meals, and there was a good range of cooking equipment and some staples. The large living room has two sofas and a daybed, and lots of local guides and materials. Our son reported the daybed was fairly comfortable. A half bath also downstairs. Upstairs is a large bedroom, comfortable bed with firm mattress. Washing machine in the hall. Large bathroom with small walk-in shower, double sinks and bidet. Plenty of good towels. A welcome rarity-- all windows have pull-down screens!
Since Spello is a hilltown with limited parking inside the walls, you park about a 10 minute walk away. On our arrival day we drove up into town on the main street, dropped our luggage with one person while the driver continued out of town to park. We found the best parking for us was Lot 4, up at the top of town just beyond the gate leading to via Giulia. Nadia the keyholder will show you on the map. (take via Circonvallazione from the Borgo)
There are three other apartments in the house, and a shared garden down below with table and chairs. Wifi was on the slow side, especially in the morning and evening when the other apartments are all using it. We used a mifi connected to a phone during those times.
The owner and keyholder are both very responsive and helpful. Nadia the keyholder speaks English, helped with our luggage and was always available via text if needed.
We found this to be a comfortable base for a two week stay, and would recommend it. Spello attracts bus tours for short periods of time for people to wander up and down the main street, but at night the town returns to its sleepy self. The village school in the center of town, and residents chatting at the commuter bus stop or shopping at the forno remind you that this is a real, living town. There are a few shops up in town, and more in the modern Borgo at the base-- a good supermarket, forno, fruit and vegetable store, etc. Our best meals in town were at Il Pituricchio, and La Cantina; and L'Orlando Furioso in the Borgo for pizza.
We spent two months in two apartments in Casa Spello and we wish we could have stayed longer. The apartments are comfortable, clean and very well equipped. The garden is lovely and we spent many evenings on the deck watching the sunset and recounting stories of our day. Spello is the perfect base from which to explore the valley between Spoleto and Perugia. You can cycle and hike, visit vineyards, olive groves and small towns, explore Assisi, Perugia and Spoleto and Tuscany. The train is easy to access as is the highway. The people are welcoming and friendly and keen to share the unique for and wine in the area. We will be back!
Casa Spello....what a wonderful place to stay! From the moment we booked with Gina, the promptness of replies, attention to detail and information we were sent was fantastic. Nadia, the key lady who met us was wonderful! Her customer service was exceptional when she offered to made numerous phone calls trying to find my sisters lost luggage. With Nadia's persistence, the courier finally delivered it!
The apartments had everything we needed to cook our own meals and relax in the terrace garden overlooking the Umbrian countryside. We loved the village life and enjoyed going to the little grocer and deli daily to purchase what we needed for the day. There are also some wonderful restaurants in Spello! For two couples, the Marc Anthony Apartment and the adjoining Cleopatra Apartment were perfect for our stay as it gave us extra space.
There is only one taxi in Spello and the driver is fantastic. We booked him for the day to go to Assisi and Montefalco, but we would hire a car next time (yes, we want to go back to Casa Spello again!) so we could experience a lot more of this beautiful area in Italy.