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about the villa

Renting Rocca di Benano gives guests access to more than just a beautiful villa. The American owners eagerly offer guests personal help in designing their vacations, such as setting up drivers who can pick them up at the airport and bring them straight to the villa; referring them to local chefs who can prepare and serve meals at the villa; connecting them with guides in towns and cities they might visit; and suggesting day-trips, attractions, restaurants, and shopping throughout the region and beyond.

To help visitors to the area around Benano understand more about what the experience might hold for them, the owners maintain a blog that features stories about day trips in the area, tips on traveling in Italy, and making the most of the experience, as well as a Pinterest site to help guests organize their ideas and plan their vacations. (It's not necessary to have a Pinterest account to view Rocca di Benano's Pinterest site.)

This extraordinary help sets Rocca di Benano apart from other Italian villas. Recent guests have written:

  • "As a longtime traveler but a first time villa renter, we didn't know exactly what to expect. However, very early in the process, the owner established a relationship with us by email and phone and we were both re-assured and hooked. Folks, this is a home run! The owner treated us like family for months before we arrived, and provided us with a pre-arrival document, website, and blog that was almost unbelievable. Included were restaurant recommendations, alternate routes to take from Rome, tips for monetary exchanges, offers of transportation from the airport, and, in general, the sort of information a family member might provide one before their first visit." (Colleen, Jefferson, TX)
  • "From day 1 the owner was all about making this the trip of a lifetime. She put us in touch with tour guides, a chef for a cooking class, the train schedule to any towns we wanted to visit, the directions to towns we would drive to, the winery owners, the local restaurants, etc. She truly was our fairy godmother! Because of this villa we all had THE authentic Italian experience!" (Diane, Cincinnati, OH)
  • "Actually, our trip began before we even arrived as the owners mailed us a booklet which contained helpful information regarding our travel from Rome to Benano, sights along the way to consider seeing, where to stop and shop for groceries, driving route suggestions, local towns of interest to visit and helpful details about the Villa, such as the amenities we could expect to find." (Elaine, Wake Forest, NC)
  • "The best benefit of Rocca Benano is the unbelievably helpful owner who assisted us in every way imaginable and enriched our experiences significantly. If you're looking for an Italian vacation away from the big cities and want a taste of the authentic Umbrian country life you can't go wrong with Rocca Benano." (Bob, Charleston, SC)


 

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Festivals & Sagre

Many guests savor the authentic Italian experience by attending music festivals and sagre. A sagra (sagre is its plural) is a town's annual celebration of its special local food, such as olive oil, gnocchi, wild boar, polenta, potatoes, ice cream, etc. Rocca di Benano's owners relish opportunities to help interested guests find events that will take place during their vacations in Italy. Here are some examples of the larger of these types of events:

40 days after Easter

Corpus Domini festivities, Orvieto

May

Calendimaggio (Medieval Festival), Assisi

June

Mercato delle Gaite, Bevagna

June-July

Festival of Two Worlds Music Festival, Spoleto

July

Lavendar Festival, Tuscania
Festa del Gelato, Torre Alfina
Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia
Festa Meievale per l'offerta dei Censi,
     Abbadia San Salvatore
Blues Festival, Torre Alfina

July - August

Opera Festival, Viterbo

August

Fiera del Vino, Montefiascone
Sagra delle pappardelle al cinghiale, Torre Alfina

September

Festa della Madonna, Torre Alfina

September - October

Slow Foods Festival, Orvieto

October

Perugia Chocolate Festival, Perugia

December - January

Umbria Jazz Festival, Orvieto