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We stayed in this stunning townhouse for a few days during the annual truffle festival in Amandola. The location just off the main piazza was perfect – restaurants, cafés, supermarkets (and the exhibits in the truffle festival) were just a stone's throw away. The house is large and very comfortable, well equipped and beautifully decorated by the owner, who told us that she uses it herself when she's visiting. It really is a home from home. The weather was amazingly good, which meant we could enjoy the stunning garden – such a peaceful place right in the middle of town, with roses blooming (in November!). That was a real bonus. We found a lot to see and do around and about – the nearby towns of Sarnano and Ascoli Piceno are well worth a visit. We're not walkers, but other visitors we met said it's a walkers' Paradise, which makes sense when you see the mountains soaring into view from the bedroom window. The wifi in the house was good (not a given in rural Italy, we've found), and there's also public wifi in the piazza. We'll definitely be back – a summer trip next time, perhaps!
The owner met us in person and showed us round the house - a charming and hospitable woman who had driven all the way over from Aquila to greet us. The house was delighful, spotlessly clean and perfect for two couples. In a tiny village, but an easy stroll into Sarnano town, and only yards from some beautiful footpaths.
We feasted on walnuts from the trees in the garden and roasted chestnuts on the open fire - delicious.
And I mastered the art of getting in and out of the hammock!
If we had to find anything to improve, it would be to provide a few more cooking utensils, a bit more crockery and glasses and some cleaning materials so we could leave it as spotless as we found it.
We would certainly stay there again, and would recommend it to anybody.
Thank you, Ilva and arriverderci!
Tom and friends.