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.
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- Farm house in Norcia with restaurant, available standard rooms, and mini suite rooms. ... more less
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