Testimonials From Past Renters
(Truth be told, we've never received a negative review.)
We just returned home from our wonderful stay at your home in San Venanzo. We were pleasantly surprised by the charming village and its proximity to numerous towns and small cities easily drive-able as day trips. Cortona, which we wanted to see ever since it was featured in the film, “Under the Tuscan Sun” was only 55 minutes from your house and we enjoyed a long day-long visit to that beautiful town. Your home was perfect as a base and/or for a day of rest, just hanging around. It was also a pleasure to return home to, every afternoon or evening. We quickly fell into the “Italian way” by visiting one small town in the morning and another (after our “riposo” (afternoon nap) of course, – lol) in the afternoon. We would often stay for dinner in the town before returning to your house after a full day. Your house is very comfortable and has absolutely EVERYTHING we could have wanted. As you know, we were two couples and each couple loved their own bedroom with bathroom and the privacy from each other, just as you said we would. We also liked your outside patio and BBQ grill (even though it was January, the sun was fantastic). We will be back for sure. Your house, for what we paid, was a bargain. Thanks for answering all of our questions and checking in on us while we were there as well. To anyone reading this, we can’t say it enough; this was a wonderful rental experience in an utterly beautiful part of Italy – even in January where the weather was mild at 50 degrees with lots of that fantastic Italian sun !!
Robert and Joanna Colletti – Hurley, New York – January 2020
Thought I would write to let you know how much we enjoyed your house in San Venanzo. What a great place; and we will return. The location was excellent for our exploration of Umbria. We explored Spello, Assisi, Montefalco, Norcia, and numerous other places. We also spent a lot of time driving around the beautiful countryside.
The house was everything we wanted and more. VERY comfortable, great WiFi, comfortable beds, and the fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer were very welcome. I used the WiFi nightly to post my blog and pictures and it worked quickly and flawlessly. Having the nice TV and DVD player with so many English speaking channels and movies was also terrific to have. Janine, your property manager is a treasure. What a fantastic person to have managing your house. She was so kind and helpful to us. Her knowledge of the area is extensive and she helped us, nay, drove ahead of us and guided us to the grocery store in Marsciano. Wonderful service. She then gave us directions to Rositelli’s Restaurant in Marsciano. We had a great dinner there and returned a couple of nights later for a repeat performance. We were the only tourists in the restaurant, all the rest were locals, and the food was excellent as were the wines. At our request, before we arrived, she had made reservations for us at the little restaurant in Rotecastello. What a great experience (and food) that was, as well.
We brought back some of the wonderful olive oil she and her husband produce, and I also brought back a liter for a friend of mine who stayed in your house last year and was yearning for more. All in all, I cannot thank you enough for the stay in San Venanzo. We could not have had a better stay in Umbria, and I’m sure we will return.
Jerry & Berta McGlothen St. Marys, OH – June 2019
“…Bob, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your lovely home in beautiful San Venanzo. I would love to return when the weather is warmer to enjoy the outside patio. We used the fireplace a few times which made the kitchen very cozy. Your instructions for the house are very thorough and very much appreciated and I will be telling my friends and relatives about your wonderful rental opportunity…”
Patti Duvall – March 2019
What a fabulous time we had staying at Robert's home in San Venanzo and spending a week enjoying the amazing towns in the surrounding area. First, we loved Robert's home: it is spacious with all the needed modern conveniences and yet the feel is unmistakably Umbrian. Views of the breathtaking surrounding green hillside, especially the view from the master bedroom, are awesome. San Venanzo is a delightfully small village with kind and welcoming residents. Robert's home is a very relaxing and tranquil place. The only sound comes from the ringing of the nearby church bells. It is very centrally located in Umbria, allowing us to enjoy daily jaunts to the amazing surrounding towns. It did take some "getting used to" driving along the windy, hilly roads of Umbria, but there really is no traffic concern. We visited Assisi (undoubtedly one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy), Orvieto, Perugia, Todi, Deruta, and we especially loved visiting the towns along Lago Trasimeno. The Monday morning market in nearby Marschiano kept our fridge stocked with wonderfully fresh fruits and vegetables for the week. The regional foods and wines were incredible! Our sincere thanks to Robert for opening his wonderful home to us, and a special thanks to his friend Janine who was an enormous help in orienting us to the region. It was great knowing that we could contact her with any questions.
Tracy Carbone MD and Kimon Violaris MD - October 2018
Hello Robert, Thank you for sharing your lovely Italian home with us. The house had everything we needed and more. Umbria is incredibly beautiful and the village of San Venanzo very charming. Each morning, Howard walked out for coffee and loved the cafes so close to the house. We used your home as a "base of operations" for exploring Umbria taking day trips to Deruta, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto and Sienna. Every day was a wonderful adventure and so easy to/from your house. And ohhh, the food !! Your property manager Janine was very helpful and nice in meeting us upon arrival and when we left as well as giving us advice and answering our questions. Our only regret is that we had only one week. With more time, we would have done the nearby hiking trails, enjoyed San Venanzo itself more and spent more time just visiting all the other villages, towns and small cities so easily reached from your home. It was fantastic and we will tell all of our friends.
Shirley & Howard Susser – Dutchess County, New York - October 2018
I've traveled throughout Italy and found Robert's house a perfect getaway and a very comfortable, beautiful place to stay. It was easy to get to by car from Rome and the town of San Venanzo is delightful, full of friendly people and all the shops/stores one could need. There was a week-long village festival while we were there and after attending it a couple of nights, I was welcomed like a regular villager. Many days we took excursions to the nearby towns of Deruta (amazing ceramics), Perugia (home of the incredible chocolate), Orvieto (famous for white wines) Todi and other beautiful places. Each excursion took only 1/2 hour and the drives along the gorgeous country roads only added to the experience. Other getaways, most less than an hour from the house, were Spoletto, Assisi, Norcia, Montepulciano, Montecino and Montefalco, the last 3 super famous for vineyards and great wines. Beautiful countryside wherever you turn. Other days we just stayed at the house enjoying the very nice yard, going for beautiful walks, having a cafe or cappucino at the local café and just soaking it all in. In Marsciano, the next town over, there is a fabulous Farmer’s Market every Monday which is also lots of fun. The house itself is very comfortable and very welcoming.
It is beautifully furnished and appointed as well and has absolutely everything one would need for a great stay. Robert’s property manager, Janine, is simply a delight. She met us on day 1, oriented us to the entire house and was a resource to us if we needed her for anything during our stay. (We didn’t). If you are looking for an interesting Italian experience where you can sample many areas of the beautiful Umbrian countryside and easily drive into Tuscany right next door, I highly recommend renting Robert's house. It is a true Italian experience in a great central location and you can live life like an Italian while there (and off the beaten tourist trap path).
We already can’t wait to go back and will be telling all of our friends about Robert’s nice home that was well worth the price we paid to rent it.
Angela Lorenzo – Brooklyn NY - August 2018
Wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the stay at your house in Umbria. It is spacious, very warm and very welcoming. We loved being able to use the backyard and the tiny little park next to your front door. It was always quiet and we would bring our breakfast out there and also to your backyard and listen to the birds and enjoy the flowers in the adjoining park.
The village was so quaint sometimes we were there a few times in a day. We enjoyed daily cappuccinos at the corner café, the great bakery where we also got wonderful pizza and the real butcher (like we don’t have in the U.S. anymore) was fantastic. More than once we got some great sausage or steak and grilled it in your BBQ in that wonderful yard of yours. If the local grocery stores were closed or didn’t have what we wanted, the town of Marciano was close and the large supermarket there was also fantastic.
We had a rental car and parking at your house was never a problem. The view of the fields from the house were also beautiful and we took great photos.
The places of interest were all easy to get to from the house. The roads are windy but after the first few days it was like we were locals. We took trips to Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi and Todi but we also took in numerous small villages which were all charming. We also took the train to Florence from Orvieto which was easy and we made day trips to Rome on the train from Orvieto. The ability to park at the train station for free was a great help and the fact that you can be in R$ome in 1 hour was fantastic.
So, staying at your house was everything we could have dreamed of. It was a much better value than going to a hotel – it was like being home but in fabulous Italy. I also have to say that Janine was wonderful, working with you was wonderful and your website on this property was right on the mark. We hope to be able to do it again and we will tell all of our friends about your special home in beautiful San Venanzo, Umbria.
Arnie and Pamela Komitzky – June 2018
I wanted to write you to tell you how much we, my daughter, son-in-law and grandson enjoyed our stay in Italy. That was grounded in staying in your home in San Venanzo! Truly a delight. First, I would like to compliment you on your website…it was thoughtful, complete and accurate. And within that site, I found the same to be true about the testimonials. Your home, the lovely, competent and attentive Janine and the village of San Venanzo were all aptly described.
I have little to add but this…our heartbreakingly short stay of six days was enhanced immeasurably by the feelings we experienced there. We were not 'staying' or 'vacationing' in Italy but rather that we were 'living' there in a charming and friendly village, in a warm and authentic home. Thank you for that experience.
Perhaps I should add that I wish that we had the time to follow up on all the advice and info that was on your site as well as in the testimonials (the towns we did visit were lovely…. Deruta, Orvieto, Assisi, Lago Trasimeno), but hopefully, that will be remedied by return trip in the near future. But one note that I wanted to add for any of your guests who are interested in archaeology… the Roman ruins at Carsulae are amongst the best in Italy. An easy drive, a lovely place to picnic and on the return home we stopped at Todi, a delightful town.
A most successful, delightful and memorable trip! A heartfelt thank you to you, Robert!!
Leslie McNeil Rhinebeck NY, July 2017
My daughter and I just got back from our two week trip to Italy and your home. We had a fantastic time, of course, but I can’t tell you enough how nice your home was and how comfortable we were; staying in it for the two weeks we were there. Every word you said on your website was true and well-represented and, in fact, your home was even lovelier than we thought it would be, filled with beautiful art, books, music and the like; truly a second home not just a vacation rental. The bedrooms were spacious and cozy, the three bathrooms were excellent, the kitchen was terrific and totally equipped and you are certainly correct when you say that EVERYTHING a person would need is already there in the home. We visited so many fantastic places all within a short distance (less than a half-hour by car in almost every case) and we loved the town of San Venanzo, itself. It is already Spring in late March and the weather was delightful. Janine was really kind and she is very knowledgeable. It gave us additional peace of mind to have her there, just a phone call away if we needed anything (we didn‘t). Again, it was a great experience for we novices travelling to Europe for the first time. We will definitely be returning to Italy and will certainly be looking to rent your beautiful home once again.
Joan & Sara Goebel – Wappinger’s Falls NY, March 2017
I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know what a fabulous time we had in Italy! The weather was beautiful, the food amazing and we absolutely loved your house. It was just perfect and so comfortable. We loved your ceramics collection and actually tracked down Frank Marcucci and bought some of his amazing work. As a matter of fact, Franco asked me to make sure I tell you he was asking for you! We told him how much we loved the pieces in your house and we had to get some for ourselves. What a sweetheart he was. We just loved Umbria and I loved it more than Tuscany, actually. I would go back to Umbria and to your lovely home in a minute! Your property manager, Janine, who met us and oriented us to the house so thoroughly, was terrific too….very helpful, very friendly and available by phone in case we needed her. She also gave us some very good tips on places to visit and eat.
All in all, we had a wonderful time and just wanted to let you know. If ever you're in NYC, let me know and perhaps we can have a wonderful Italian meal and chat about Italy!! Thanks again for sharing your home with us. All was exactly as you had described and renting your home was a truly excellent value. We hope to return soon meanwhile, we’ll be telling all of our friends.
Debbie Barnes – Montclair, New Jersey, August 2017
Good Morning Robert,
My husband and I just wanted to let you know that your house in Umbria was wonderful in every way. I would come back and stay there again in a heartbeat!! I will also be happy to recommend it to anyone/everyone I know as a beautiful place at an excellent price. We had a wonderful trip and Janine, your property manager, was a superb "welcoming committee" as well.
Carole Dorr – March 2016
Our stay at Robert's house in San Venanzo was just perfect for our needs. The thing that we found the most appealing, other then the house itself, was its location and our ability to get to so many other towns and cities easily. During our six week stay we traveled to forty different towns and cities, we can truly say that we saw most of Umbria and Tuscany by car and all no longer then two to three hours away. This location is perfect for wanting to be in a quieter area without the hustle and bustle of a big city but close enough to get into Rome, Siena, Florence and many other locations.
We found the house to be extremely comfortable and it was such an added bonus to have a back garden area since we were having wonderful warm weather in October. The fireplace in the kitchen added just the right touch for those evenings where it got a bit cooler in the house. The other touches like being able to view some English speaking television shows and having a nice selection of DVD's to choose from gave us options in the evening when we decided to stay home.
The town itself a very quaint and the people are so very gracious, especially when you make the effort to speak the language. Robert has a wonderful property manager who lives close to the house and she is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area and things to do.
We stayed in numerous VRBO properties during our three month adventure in Italy and we found Robert's house and all of the amenities to be one of the best, you have the true feeling of being in Italy but yet still have some of the modern conveniences of home. We really felt that the property was a great value.
Thanks Robert for making our adventure a fabulous one.
Patrice DeMoss Lafayette Hill, PA – September 2014