About this listing
Located in the ex bell tower of a XIII century nunnery, completely and recently remodeled, the 2 bedroom apartment offers luxurious accommodations in the centre of the 2500 year old Umbrian village of Spello, that shows many evidences of its glorious past (roman and medieval archs, mosaics, churches and walls).
The whole apartment is very luminous and suggestive, but especially particular is its terrace located on the top of the bell tower, with a fantastic view on the countryside and, in the distance, the cities of Spoleto, Montefalco and Trevi.
There are 2 bedrooms, both of them with a master king size bed with cotton sheets. There is a fireplace, a newly remodeled kitchen and a modern bathroom with shower.
The apartment opens up to a private courtyard full of flowers in the middle of the nunnery (which is not inhabited except by the landlord's family.)
The quiet village of Spello offers relaxing walks through the nature and excellent restaurants.
There is a medieval walking/ bicycling trail to Assisi and a beautiful trail along the roman aqueduct which leads up to a tiny town in the mountains called Collepino.
During springtime Spello's visitors can pick up wild asparagus, herbs and mushrooms to fix delicious regional dishes or meet the inhabitants while collecting the flowers to use for the famous "Infiorata". That is the most important event every year during the weekend of the Corpus Domini, in which the people from Spello are all involved in creating beautiful flower-carpets all along the streets of the town (search key words: infiorate, spello).
For all the other many cultural, religious, gastro-oenologic, fun and free time opportunities and happenings at Spello throughout the year, search key words: spello, comune.
And if all this is not enough for you yet, or if you just look out for a place to relax and once do nothing, you might just stay in and "rent an italian mamma" to cook for you or teach you whatever you especially prefer of the italian kitchen.
The landlord's family will organize all this for you.
DURING THE WEEK BEFORE THE INFIORATA FESTIVAL WE RENT THE APARTMENT ONLY FOR A MINIMUM OF A WHOLE WEEK!!!
Our guests have access to the courtyard and the sitting possibilities they find outside. The washing mashine is in common, so of course you can use the little laundry room and the washing horse.
Moreover, we have a ping pong table in the basement and on request you can play there, too.
Interaction with Guests
Since we're living also in the Nunnery, we're always available for our guests. You will be given local assistance, if you wish so, for whatever question or doubt might come to your mind: from suggestions for day trips, best local restaurants or also regarding particular souvenirs to take home.
Already Spello itself is a jewel, conserving its history in every corner of the town. Moreover, during the whole year there's lots of special events going on, such as the Infiorata Festival at the weekend of Corpus Domini where all the streets get covered by unique and beautiful flower carpets. In august is taking place the roman festival featuring the town and its roman past with gladiator games and dinner banquets of ancient times. At about the same period "Incontri per le strade" is a cultural highlight with music and theatre events same as expositions of paintings and sculptures. The feast of the oil is celebrating the olive harvest in novembre, while in winter the people from Spello open up their houses to visitors, showing them beautiful and individual creations of the crip.
Since Spello is in the neighbourhood of Assisi, Trevi, Spoleto, Bevagna and Montefalco, there's certainly always a full programm garanteed for our guests.
Other Things to Note
Like to try Umbria's wine or be introduced to the secrets of local kitchen? Want to discover Spello and surroundings in bicycle or participate at the Infiorata Festival? This is a new service we are offering to our guests. Kitchen classes or visits at some of Umbria's most particular wineries, a truffle hunt up on the mountains or bike tours in a group or by yourself - our local assistant will organize everything for you.
If then you want an "italian mamma" to come over to your house and cook for you, this will just make your holidays an unforgettable trip...
Actually, there's no hard house rules to obey coming to the apartment:
We always recommend to our guests to make sure the front door that leads from the street to the courtyard is shut, so that no stranger can get into the house.
The apartment itself is a NON smoking area, and we'd like you to always shut the shutters when you're going out. In Spello strong winds can come up from one minute to the other and to make sure nobody gets insured in the rare case they should bang and fall down on the street below, we always recommend this.
From May 25 - 31, 2016 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
About the Host, Paolo & Anja
The Spello Nunnery Appartment is run by me, Paolo, and my wife Anja. Anja is from Germany but came to Italy for her law-studies, and that's where we met. I am a lawyer in the meantime while Anja is working as a translater and looking after our little sons, Giulio and Pietro.
Together we live in the Nunnery which is an old convent from 1200 right in the middle of the historic Centre of Spello where I've lived with my family ever since. While the Nunnery Appartment is set up in the old bell-tower, we are living downstairs. There's indipendent entrances of the homes shared by our private courtyard on the inside of the building.
So if our guests want to get for example further informations about Spello, Umbria or also about the italian-lifestyle or just need to get in contact for anything else, it's possible to just meet us outside or knock on the door. With the guests we had until this day, we often exchanged experiences and points of view. We love to get to know things about different cultures and styles of living, also because we're travelling, now that the boys are small, more in our mind than for real.
Personally we love to do sports and enjoy everything Spello is offering such as the possibility to go on long walks on the Mount Subasio Spello is next to, or going on Mountain-bike or run, or also participate at the different events throughout the year as there is the Infiorata-Flower Festival, the roman Festival, Incontri per le Strade, the Festa of the new olive-oil and the tour of expositions of Christmas Cribs.