If you are going to Italy, the ONLY way to do it is via Agriturismo and my family has stayed at a few. Because we have been to Italy so many times, when we now go, we do not feel the need to rush around and see everything, there's always next time. Like Jason, one of the proprietors, explained to us, there is a difference between traveling and vacationing. This trip was strictly for vacationing!
So we took a siesta nearly everyday, we stayed close to home and took 3 cooking classes which were fun, informative and really a great value. We did go to Fano so we could shop at the open air market, eat homemade gelato and fresh seafood, in that order. And one day, we did a tour with Marco's Way, which Ashley, the other proprietor arranged for us.
Here are a few things I appreciated about the property.
1. We stayed in Mela and I loved the fireplace. My two teenage children also loved it. Jason and Ashley provided wood, free of charge, and we had a good time with it.
2. Mela also has a great kitchen. We used it daily and it helped us save money and definitely added value to our trip. We enjoyed the food we bought at the open air market in Fano there in the kitchen.
3. The beds are very comfortable. The kids even said out of most places we have stayed, the beds here have been the best thus far. I tend to agree when compared to all other European hotels we have stayed at.
4. No Wi-fi or TV-- I know Jason and Ashley will provide a TV with videos for you and you can go into town to catch a WiFi, but really. I enjoy going a week without all the devices and truly just spending time with the people you love. The teenagers got through it unscathed.
5. My children have a true interest in where their food comes from and the ins and outs of a farm. Jason and Ashley willingly helped school them in their interests and were nothing but patient, kind and fun interacting with them.
6. The rolling green hills that surround the property and sound of the river through your windows are glorious.
I am sure I could think of a few more points, but in the end, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take my kids here, to learn, to rest, to meet Ashley and Jason, and experience their Italy. It was wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farm, Inn & Cooking School - specializing in personalized, unique hands-on experiences in the rustic Italian countryside. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School Italy