One of my favourite parts of Italy is Umbria, a small rural region in the centre of the Italian boot. Squashed between the two giant tourist magnets of Tuscany and Lazio, the region of Rome, Umbria is not undiscovered by international travellers, but it’s a slow travel paradise, with a wonderful laid back vibe and a landscape that rivals its better known neighbours.
Italians have been vacationing in Umbria for years: it all started with people coming back from the city to their family homes and slowly, as Italy became richer and less rural, these family homes became villas, bed and breakfast, agriturismo, retreats.
Accommodation in Umbria is abundant and if you are into gorgeous villas, gardens and swimming pools overlooking olive groves, you’ll find here your personal heaven!
I am always on the lookout for family friendly accommodation in Umbria and last year I came across a beautiful, agriturismo and bed and breakfast called Pucci country House, a placed that proved to be perfect for families with children but also for travellers looking for a quiet and relaxing escape in the country.
Family friendly accommodation in Umbria: Pucci Country house Terni.
Pucci Country house is a beautiful agriturismo in Umbria, close to the towns of Spoleto, Norcia, Spello and Todi and more internationally famous spots such as Assisi and Perugia. It’s a fabulous country home in a fabulous area, flaunting all the beauties of central Italy: you know the rolling hills, the amazing food and the medieval villages we usually associate with Tuscany? Well, they are in Umbria too and Pucci country house is pretty much the heart of it
This part of Umbria is only about 1 and a half hours drive from Rome, but it truly feels like a world away especially if you feel like a short romantic break away from the crowded streets of Rome or you want to immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of the cammino di san Francesco, which runs here.
This area if were St Francis was from and where he lived for most of his life and is full of sites and memories attached to his name: Assisi, Terni, Spoleto are maybe the most famous places where to follow its footsteps but the Cammino stretches into Lazio as well, offering many known and lesser known stops
The agriturismo is run by a lovely couple with children and the father, Matteo, lived in Dublin for years becoming, like me, one of the many Italians in love, equally, with Ireland and Italy.
The house itself has been recently refurbished and is now divided into several apartments, some with 2 and some with 4 beds (some also have independent cooking facilities, but meals are also served on site): they are perfect for couples or also for young families and one of the apartments is wheelchair (and therefore buggy) friendly.
The decor is beautiful and echoes elements of Tuscan and Umbrian traditional architecture, with bare stone walls and iron framed beds. Something interesting that I only just discovered, is that iron beds are not just a pleasant detail, but also a very special feature of this region: iron has been worked here since the Middle ages and local artisans are still proud to produce artifacts using the ancient techniques. Sometimes they even show off their abilities in local competitions! If you want to bring home a piece of this history, iron artisan shops are easy to find in the area and orders for bespoke species are accepted.
As well as beautiful, all apartments are comfortable and equipped with heating, air conditioning, fridge and tv although you may find that the tv is not needed here, with such a view outside your window!
The agriturismo is surrounded with nature paths and beautiful natural spots such as cascata delle Marmore and lago di Piediluco, but should you decide to completely indulge in a lazy day, you don’t even need to leave the estate: all you need to do is walk to the pool and pick you favourite spot to read (or sleep…).
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