We absolutely loved Il Rivo, and will be back as soon as we can! The house is everything you want from an italian farmhouse- shutters, stone stairs, exposed beams, quirky nooks and crannies- and sitting on the terrace with the view stretching out in front was often all we wanted to do, it would have been enough of a holiday with that alone.
As well as beautiful, the house was very clean and tidy, we loved the furnishings, and there was plenty of everything, from pots and pans to towels and toys. The children loved their room with it's 'secret door', and opening the bedroom shutters to the view in the morning was nothing short of wonderful. Waking up to birdsong and sunshine and drinking fresh espresso on the terrace made a perfect start to every day. I even enjoyed the washing, opening the side door from the laundry room to hang my wash up on a line with the best view ever was very satisfying!
What struck me about Italy having never been there before was how... more