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Il Casale degli Amici
06046 Norcia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 15 Norcia B&B and Inns
Meredith, New Hampshire
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“il casale degli amici”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We stayed at this agriturismo the nights of Nov. 1 and 2, 2013, which fell on the All Saints/All Souls weekend, a big holiday in Italy. The name, I believe, is a sort of double entendre, as "amici' means friends, but is also the name of the family that operates the place. the agriturismo is also a very busy dinner restaurant and caters to many in the area. Indeed, on Saturday night they were so busy that they set up a satellite dining room in a nearby building. With all of that, we, and apparently other agriturismo guests (I think the place was full or nearly so), were well taken care of at dinner both nights by the friendly staff. We were the only Americans and no others, staff or guests, appeared to be an English speaker, but we got along well and I highly recommend the place, both for its accommodations and food, which was local cuisine. Norcia is a lovely little town, way to the east of the beaten tourist track, and that weekend was hosting a proscuitto festival (the town is known for its pork products and as the birthplace of St. Benedict and his sister Ste. Scholastica). Up in the mountains nearby is the Piano Grande, a large, flat valley plain about 4,000 ft. above sea level, and Castellucio, a truly tiny town. We went horseback riding there at the Rancho Castellucio, on Haflingers, an originally Tyrolian Alps breed of which we own 2 at home. They adapt well to the Sibillini Mountains and to our somewhat similar climate in central New Hampshire.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My entire family recently spent a couple of nights in Norcia. I had to talk a couple of them into it, as Norcia is not on the standard Tuscan-Umbrian circuit. To a person, we were all very impressed. I would encourage anyone desiring a bit of the true Italy to give this place a try. I stayed here with a friend a few years ago, as well, when we discovered this wonderful region. There is no train service, and Norcia is easiest to reach by car. For those travelers who expect everyone to speak English, I suggest sticking to the traditional venues, but if you want a taste of genuine Italian hospitality, wonderful scenery and genuinely exceptional cuisine, you'd be hard pressed to do better. When we wandered around the beautiful walled town of Norcia, popping into pastry shops and the myriad of cured meat shops, we would chat with the locals and were often asked where we were staying. When we told them we were at the Casale degli Amici, the response was unanimous: "Oh, the chef there is famous throughout the valley." And, justifiably so. Carlo and his staff, and the family who run the place really know what they're doing. The rooms, the service and the dinner? Well, we could not have enjoyed our stay more. Bravo, Ernesto and family!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Staying at this lovely agriturismo was one of the highlights of our honeymoon in Italy. Ernesto gave us a warm welcome. Our room was spacious with a very comfortable bed. And the home-cooked food was delicious, especially the lasagne with grated truffle. Dining (and breakfasting) in the restaurant was enhanced by the stunning views. And the location is ideal if you want to explore the Monti Sibillini National Park.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We really like this place. Nice homemade Umbrian food and super friendly staff. Is situated some 5 km outside of Norcia and at our first visit they even drove us back to our hotel in Norcia. The second time we visited them we stayed with them and the rooms were also in a good standard.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Parabiago, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The title of this review says it all: this farmhouse is stunning, it has been renovated with great attention to details and it is run like an hotel. The property is ideally divided in different areas: the farmyard, the washhouse, the restaurant (where breakfast is also served), the stable and the cowshed. You can visit them all and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Our room was furnished with antiques, while the bathroom had a huge modern shower. The door leading on the outside was actually very old (I believe it could have at least a hundred years) and its key was not pocket-sized (about 20 centimeters!). We had dinner at the restaurant and talked with the owner while looking at a football match on TV (ok, not very intimate if you want my opinion, but I do not like football). If you're visiting Norcia area, please do not miss Castelluccio and its lentils!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We have been very late in reviewing this beautiful property due to a variety of reasons - busy at home since returning to Canada. We came (prebooked with references from trip advisor) for a week in May to hike and walk in the Sibillini, photograph wildflowers and enjoy the beauty of this region. We were a bit too early for the majority of the wildflowers but still walked and took in a lot of the mountains of this area.

This agriturissmo surpassed our hopes for accommodation and food in this price range. The hosts could not have been better and we were truly sorry to leave. The food each day was really excellent. Mama Lorenza and family were attuned to what would please any discerning palate in the evening! The lasagne was to die for! There was always a bottle of white and/or red wine on the table but there was a well rounded wine list to choose from also. We ventured out to Norcia one evening and that was pleasant - just a pizza restaurant but very nice - but were glad to book back in to half board at Casale Degli Amici and just relax in the lovely surroundings without driving (or walking) to Norcia. The after dinner grappas were much appreciated by my husband also! Breakfast was a huge spread and the coffee ample and delicious.

Our room was spacious and clean with up to date security card entry - which was a surprise somehow for a remote non city situation; the furniture rustic appearing which suited the setting and had ample dressers/closets for a week's stay. The bathroom was large and well equipped. You could not hear anyone next door and this far out in the country ensured no traffic noise - very peaceful with a lovely view as you can see from other's photos. I also liked that I could wash out a few things and hang them on the line to dry down in the garden rather than trying to find a laundromat or hang things about the room. As a hiker, it is appreciated.

I heartily recommend a stay here in this location. We just loved our warm welcome, professional dining service, wonderful food, clean and pretty room, fabulous family of hosts. Happy to to say you will not be disappointed if you choose Casale Degli Amici - this super Agriturissmo - for your stay in Norcia. Grazie mille, Mama Lorenza et famille from John and Joan!

Room Tip: Maybe try a suite - but our room next to the parking lot was roomy and quiet and easy to load luggag...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Stumbled upon this perfect gem of a hotel whilst on a cycle tour. Lovely people, SUPERB FOOD, and perfect surroundings.
This Agro-tourism hotel is great in that is has a lovely setting, is very smart and has clear rooms, and a dining room I would travel many many miles to eat in. If they this place was classified it would be a 4 star hotel (if it added a pool it would be 5 star).

As you can see from my other reviews, I tend to be quite critical but realise now that praise should also be given where it is due, and this place is made by the attention and care of its owners.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 06046 Norcia, Italy
Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Norcia
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Norcia
Number of rooms: 5
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Farm house in Norcia with restaurant, available standard rooms, and mini suite rooms. ... more   less 
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