We wanted to spend an extended period of time in a beautiful, small Italian city while we studied the language at school. Ascoli Piceno fit the bill. It has many really good restaurants, lies between the mountains and the sea, and is architecturally stunning. For those who like to work out, it has a good city pool suitable for lap swimming and several gyms.
Since we were staying for a month, we chose an apartment at di Sabatino. We had viewed them on a short trip previously and thought one would suit us well. We were quite pleased. The rooms were big, the apartment had windows on two sides, the ceilings were pretty with log beams, and we had long, narrow balconies on both the street and the back side. All the furnishings were modern and the bed was quite comfortable. The heating kept us warm through the cold winter nights.
The kitchen was a small area off the living room with a very good stove and oven, a small refrigerator, and a dishwashing machine. It came equipped well to cook uncomplicated but still tasty meals for 2-3 people. If one wanted to do more serious cooking, the stove and oven would be fine but you'd want to invest in more cooking knives, pots and pans. There were flat tvs in both the living room and bedroom. It was perfect for us. We made lunch nearly every day and dinners on many.
The location can't be beat. It's only a one-minute (if that) walk from the Piazza del Popolo, the beautiful central square, and you can easily reach any part of the central city by foot within 10 minutes.
The management, particularly Martina, was also wonderful to us. Although the usual understanding is that when one takes an apartment one is largely on one's own, they cheerful offered us whatever advice we asked for, helped with reservations, and, at the end went far beyond the call of duty. The night before we were due to leave, we realized that we had left a shirt to be altered in a local shop, which would not reopen before we left the next morning. When we asked Martina if she thought we could call and ask them to hold it until we came back, she happily volunteered to pick it up herself and hold it for us until our return this summer. Few would have done that.
We can't say enough about the apartment, the management, and the city. Needless to say, we'll be going back and staying at di Sabatino again. It's very warm and welcoming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Di Sabatino Resort is located in a renovated historic building in the heart of Ascoli, a few steps from the splendid Piazza del Popolo. In 21 suites the comfort of the hotel service is combined with the freedom and privacy of your own home. ... more less
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