I have just returned from two magnificent weeks at Al Vecchio Convento, and I feel as though I have left family behind. A week of Italian language study at Academy Olmo, a week of cooking class with the incomparable Giovanni, Massimo and Matteo, much hiking and walking in between - all this overseen by the warm and caring Marisa. Traveling alone, as my wife was busy writing, it was especially pleasant to be wrapped up in the warmth of this special family and the welcoming little village of Portico. Camila and Ulla share their time - and their children - while running excursions and managing the academy. The food is fresh, locally grown and hunted and robustly prepared - I could eat dinner at Al Vecchio every night for the rest of my life and be very happy. The little hotel has very comfortable rooms, the town is in an amazing location set along the river at the edge of a pristine national park and the people are incredibly warm. This is not a fast paced, big city environment. This is a very laid back, take your time to enjoy, learn a bit and relax environment. I will return.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.