May 2008By Allegra Pawlowskiapawlowski@wimco.com
Being a self professed Italophile and "foodie" and having a strong interest in design (architectural and interior) I considered myself pretty lucky to have opportunity to travel to Italy with WIMCO. I had been to Italy several times before, but never had the opportunity to cover so much ground and visit so many beautiful villas!
Suzanne and I spent the first half of our trip on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, and Capri, and on Day 7 we headed to Umbria. Having never been to Umbria before, I was anxious to see what it had to offer. Even in the pouring rain I could tell Umbria was beautiful and was probably what Tuscany was like 20 years ago – it has that wonderful undiscovered feeling to it.
The first villa we saw is a new property to WIMCO called Villa HII VDS. This property is perfect for three couples. There are 3bd/3ba and every detail has been addressed. The owners have wonderful taste and have made this house very comfortable, yet luxurious. It is clear they have spent a lot of time in Florence, London and Hong Kong at antique stores and galleries selecting the perfect pieces for their home.
Next we saw Villa HII SNB. HII SNB is a 5bd/3ba property in two buildings. The main building has a living room and two bedrooms which share a bath. Downstairs is another living room, a bedroom with en suite bath, a library, a dining area and the kitchen. Across the lawn is another building with a living area and small kitchenette on the ground floor (with doors to a terrace). Upstairs are two more bedrooms which share a bathroom. Even in the pouring rain, I could tell that the view from HII SNB is wonderful – all green hills spread out before you. Down some tricky steps in the garden you arrive at the pool. Again...the view. This is a great priced family vacation villa.
Down the road, is HII SAL, which was occupied at the time. As we got closer to town on the dirt road, we stopped at Agriturismo/Ristorante Calagrana in hopes of having some lunch before we saw the last 3 properties of the day. It was closed so we trudged on through the raindrops. We ended up over the border in a Tuscan village called Mercatale di Cortona at a trattoria called Mimmi. There was no menu and we ordered what they had that day- lasagna and cannelloni with spinach as Sonia is a vegetarian. Suzanne and I shared a sampler – both lasagna and cannelloni. So far, this was THE best meal I have had on the trip. What a meal!
The final house of the day was HII CAS. This wonderful 6 bd/5ba, property is located just below the town of Preggio (walking distance) and has fabulous views. There are several areas outside for dining or relaxing and there are three buildings. Also on the property is a guest house. The ground floor of the house has the LR/DR kitchen area and upstairs are two bedrooms (1 room has bunkbeds). From here, the sheep ran by ringing their neck bells. The pool is located below the main house and there is a queen bedroom in the guest house. This is a beautiful property for 4 couples – I see 4 retired couples LOVING this house and area.
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