We had an extended stay at the Relais Parco del Subasio, and it was a marvelous place for making day trips to hill towns in Umbria. Our apartment was terrific with full kitchen (no microwave, but we appreciated the oven), laundry, and Wi-Fi. Lovely patio area with flowers for lunches and dinners. We cooked many of our own meals as we enjoyed getting food from the area markets, plus a herb garden on site. There is also an adequate grocery in Assisi but an even larger one nearby in San Maria. The swimming pool was a delight when returning from day touring.
Major compliments go to the people: Marcello, who owns the Relais, is wonderfully charming and helpful. Maria, who is on the premises during the day, is likewise, warm and welcoming. They provide lots of information and assistance. How gracious and generous!
Comment has been made about the road and finding the Relais. Yes, the road is a bit steep and rough, but it's doable. First gear and take it slowly. In terms of finding the Relais, absolutely do not rely on any GPS or Google maps as those directions take a person far afield. Do stop in Assisi (pull over at Parking Piazza at top of town near Carabinieri office and call for escorted drive to Relais).
Directions we found useful for getting to the Relais:
In Assisi, follow signs for the town Gualdo Tadino. (In fact, this direction will serve well to the Relais turn-off). Exit Assisi via Porta Perlici (the old gate at the NE). At this point, it is 5 K to the turn-off for the Relais, and it is hwy 444. (You will pass by a good restaurant on the left, Ristorante da Giovannino.) There is a large resort "Carpe diem" on the left; shortly thereafter, there is another sign for Gualdo Tadino. Quite quickly after this sign, make a RIGHT turn at the sign that marks "Brigolante." Go over two bridges. Make an immediate left turn after bridge #2. Continue up this road (in first gear) past 3 houses (2 on right, 1 on left), and the Relais (which has stone and terracotta buildings is at the top). Wonderful views! It's also cooler here than in town, which is a relief.
The Relais Parco del Subasio was an oasis for us.
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