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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!
Roberta, and her daughter Veronique, were on hand to give us a warm welcome to Casal Gabbi, our home in south Le Marche for four nights. The apartment is well equipped and very comfortable with access to the pool only a few meters away. Throughout our stay Roberta was attentive, informative and generous - thank you for the wonderful tomatoes!
Somewhat unexpectedly in late September we were able to make use of the pool and very much enjoyed our swim after a hot day - the weather was splendid.
We visited Macerata on our first day, an interesting and photogenic hill town where we had a great lunch at the Ristorante Secundo, went for a good hike in the Sibillini mountains - up and around la Valle de Fargno from Bolognola - on our second and visited Fermo on our third. And we only scratched the surface of this wonderful area.
But what made our visit memorable was the Casal Grabbi and the welcome we received there - we will return some day.