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Agriturismo Podere La Fornace
Ranked #9 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Assisi
Certificate of Excellence
New York
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets”
Reviewed January 15, 2011

Just 2 miles from Assisi, this lovely Agriturismo ranks as one of our most memorable Italian experiences. The rooms are spotless, well appointed and roomy. There are public rooms with stunning fireplaces, where, in the evening, one can share wine (grown on the estate) with friends. The host and hostess, Bianca and Fabrizio could not be more charming, welcoming or generous . The second day of our holiday, I lost my camera, and Fabrizio insisted that I use his for the duration of our stay.

The grounds are stunning with olive groves and vineyards and there is a lovely swimming pool. The Inn is perfectly located for day trips with easy access to Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, Gubbio, etc. The staff is delightful and extremely helpful - we were given directions, restaurant recommendations and wonderful details about the local towns that we would never have known.

Did I mention that the price is amazing. Check out the website and do the math. La Fornace cannnot be beaten.

Peter Amendola
New York, New York

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Goleta, California
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed this centrally located, lovingly updated agriturismo. It was the ideal place to relax and just hang out or to use as a home base to visit all the wonderful cities of Umbria. We traveled with several friends and it was wonderful to come together at day's end in the living room with a wonderful fire, great wine and treats waiting. I'd totally recommend La Fornace.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Rhinebeck, New York
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

A great central location from which you can tour tour Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio and more!

The sleeping apartments were charming ,warm and well kept.

Dining under the baton of Sig. B. Panbianco was delicious! Not to mention the fun cooking classes we enjoyed!

And, best of all, our hosts Bianca and Fabrizio were delightful and accommodating in every way!

We'd go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Corte Madera
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

We love LaFornace! We've stayed twice, in July 2007 and May 2010. Both times with large groups that I've organized and we've be fortunate enough to have the property to ourselves. (I have, however, recommended LaFornace to independent travelers and they have had wonderful experiences.) Having traveled to Italy about 9 times, Umbria is our favorite spot and LaFornace our favorite place to stay. You will need a car, and while you are in the countryside, you are in no way remote. There is so much to do in the area and so many wonderful locations to visit that unless you're fortunate enough to be able to stay for a long time, you'll want to go back to see the places you missed. Assisi is 10 minutes away and you have a lovely view from the property. Florence is a 2 hour train ride, (I recommend the train as parking is a real problem), Gubbio is an hour away through the hills, Tuscany is very close, Perugia 20 minutes, DeRuta 20 minutes, Bevagna, Norcia, Orvieto, Todi, Spoleto, on and on....

The apartments are configured for just about any number of people, from couples to families with children. We have stayed in LePannocchie both times we've been there because we were traveling with an adult child and needed to have private access to the bathroom. There was plenty of room and it worked very well. I would like, however, the next time if there are just two of us to stay in LePaperette because the view out to Assisi is lovely and the little terrace very charming. I recommend that you check out the floor plans and see what would be best for your group.

The staff is fabulous. If you are lucky enough to be there when the owners, Bianca and Fabrizio are there, you're in for a treat. The 'ever in motion' Ambra will make sure that you are taken care of. Her English is limited, however, her daughter Melissa is fluent, so you shouldn't have any problem communicating. She really just wants to be sure that you have everything you need.

Breakfast is available for an extra charge, but all rooms have refrigerators and most have kitchens with espresso coffee pots, so you can make your own. (I brought a little hand held "frother" from the US and made cappuccinos every morning.) Other meals are not available on the property, however, if you have a group, you can arrange for a chef to come in and cook for you. This is very reasonable and a nice touch at the end of a long day of touring. Many restaurants are available at just a short drive away from pizza to fancy. We usually would have a nice lunch out and a light dinner in the evening. Wine from the owners vineyard is available for a VERY reasonable price, so there's no need to run dry and they sell their own olive oil as well as farro, (a wonderful Umbrian grain).

LaFornace is a wonderful place and we can recommend without hesitation.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Taranto - Italia
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

The premises at "La fornace" will remind you of many smimlar ones locaten in Italian regions of Umbria and Toscana. But here, just a cople of miles from Assisi main attractions you'll get for a reasonabe price, excellent self-catering apartments in the rich Umbria countryside, an extended and grassy garden, an adequate swimming pool and a management happy to help you (all our additional requests were accomplished without charge). We did not use but appreciate the wonderful guests lounge as well as the weekly oil and wine tasting session, held every friday evening. Definitely an excellent place to stay at. No A/C available but generally night temperature are fresh and wind is always blowing from mount Subasio as midnight.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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tarragona
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

I went to Assisi for a conference and then stayed a few days in La Fornace afterwards with my partner. Its really relaxing, set in beautiful countryside about 5-6 km out of Assisi (not the 2km mentioned on the website). We didnt have a car which was fine as we didnt want to go too far in any case. We rented bikes and went to Assisi, Santa Maria degli Angeli and other small towns around. If you plan to stay longer than 3-4 days it would be better to rent a car to go to Perugia or further a field. There is a small town about 15 mins walk away with a decent osteria, pizzeria, supermarket, bank and a bar for gelati. If you want lots of nightlife La fornace is not for you. If however you want to do some serious relaxing and get your own little piece of Italy without the throngs of tourists blocking your path then La Fornace is the place.

Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
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Brigadoon, Australia
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Reviewed February 11, 2008

We stayed in I Papaveri (The Poppies) which was a two bed, two bath apartment, and quite comfortable for two couples and a small child. Did not try the breakfasts but self-catered, and the kitchenette was adequate for this and for simple evening meals of pasta etc. No oven but a gas burner stovetop. Good-sized fridge and dishwasher. Seating not very comfortable, just dining chairs and the sofabed. Rooms are not serviced daily, there is some soap and loo paper in the bathrooms to start you off, but for extra supplies you would need to visit the supermarket . Hairdryers in bathrooms. Towels changed twice weekly, sheets once a week. Hard pillows. Insect screens on windows. Good storage space in bedrooms. Pool and games for children so could be a good base for a family holiday (with some sightseeing) in Umbria. The apartment was up a flight of stairs, which might be of concern fro the mobility-impaired, or if you have a lot of luggage. There is a laundry with washing machines (2 euros) but no dryers. The proprietors kindly brought in our washing from the outside lines when it rained while we were out. As mentioned by other reviewers, very little Engish spoken by the owner, which wasn't an issue for us.
Loaction is very peaceful, but for restaurants you would need to go into Assisi. Close to Podere la Fornace is a small truckstop diner, PicNic, which we didn't care for. In Assisi we enjoyed lunch at 'Il Palotto', where the tasting menu with accompanying wines is wonderful - but plan on an afternoon nap afterwards as the wine is generous.
We thought that Podere la Fornace was very good value at 185 euros per night for the apartment.

  • Liked — Pleasant rural location and value for money
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  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Agriturismo Podere La Fornace
Address: Via Ombrosa 3, 06081, Assisi, Italy
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Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Perugia > Assisi
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Assisi
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