My entire family recently spent a couple of nights in Norcia. I had to talk a couple of them into it, as Norcia is not on the standard Tuscan-Umbrian circuit. To a person, we were all very impressed. I would encourage anyone desiring a bit of the true Italy to give this place a try. I stayed here with a friend a few years ago, as well, when we discovered this wonderful region. There is no train service, and Norcia is easiest to reach by car. For those travelers who expect everyone to speak English, I suggest sticking to the traditional venues, but if you want a taste of genuine Italian hospitality, wonderful scenery and genuinely exceptional cuisine, you'd be hard pressed to do better. When we wandered around the beautiful walled town of Norcia, popping into pastry shops and the myriad of cured meat shops, we would chat with the locals and were often asked where we were staying. When we told them we were at the Casale degli Amici, the response was unanimous: "Oh, the chef there is famous throughout the valley." And, justifiably so. Carlo and his staff, and the family who run the place really know what they're doing. The rooms, the service and the dinner? Well, we could not have enjoyed our stay more. Bravo, Ernesto and family!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farm house in Norcia with restaurant, available standard rooms, and mini suite rooms. ... more less