Staying at the abbey

Let’s backtrack. Things have been very busy, hectic and otherwise hurried around here lately but that’s partially due to the fun we’ve been having (the other part involves crying). We packed up the girls for two lovely weekends in the last month and this was one of them. Paul booked us a family suite at the Abbazia San Pietro in Valle, an old abbey turned hotel, in the hills of Umbria. Actually, it’s one of the neatest places I’ve been to yet.

The grounds are amazing, nestled among hills, trees and flowers, all with a long history. It’s been around since the eighth century. Eight. A duke was first attributed to its inception, and over the years the abbey fell into the hands of other noble families and even the government. At one point during World War II, it became a refuge for people of the nearby villages, seeking shelter as German troops retreated, right into their homes.

Attached is a trattoria called Hora Media, which was not only wonderfully hospitable toward Phoebe and Estelle, it was delicious. More on this, plus hiking and more meals out, coming soon. For now, a tour… (Shaky camera alert. Anyone with a history of motion sickness should probably pop a Dramamine first.)

And there were animals too.


Filed under About Italy, Trips

2 responses to “Staying at the abbey

  1. Beautiful! I loved seeing the grounds from a panoramic perspective, even if it was a little shaky. 🙂

  2. Idehra

    Whoa girl, slow down. If I couldn’t see that the ground was fairly level and not on the ocean I would’ve thought you were having “sea legs”. You just crack me up! In case you think I don’t appreciate the video’s, think again. Just love them, what a beatiful place to spend with the family. Again, way to go Paul or as Phoebe would say, “Giddy Up Horse”. Idehra

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