Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca: Gufo
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Enjoy the quintessential Slow Travel vacation — a week (that is not to say you can’t stay for 3 days or a month for that matter) in an intimate town where you can settle in and relax. Your stay at the beautifully restored and furnished Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca is the perfect base from which to discover Umbria. Enjoy spectacular art and architecture, extraordinary cuisine, amazing wine, and wonderful views all along the way.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Le Marche|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: MAJOR: Rome Fiumicino; LOCAL: Perugia/Assisi, Nearest railway: Assisi 15 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The palazzo was restored and opened in 2008. There are many stone walls with rustic beamed ceilings and complemented by beautiful Mission style furnishings . The rooms are spacious, the kitchen (with marble counter) has everything you will need to prepare full meals, the bed is extremely comfortable with beautiful linens and soft towels, and the bathroom has a full tub/show combination. From the windows the entire Spoleto Valley opens ups with Assisi, Mount Subasio, and the Apennines in the distance. Sunrises are breathtakingly beautiful. The apartment exudes comfort and tranquility.
|Further details outdoors|
There are several terraces for guest use. Meals are served on the garden terrace off the palazzo's main kitchen. We are located in the historic center of town only two blocks from the main piazza — the center of activity in town — where you can enjoy a cappuccino at the bar bar or delicious Umbrian fare at the osteria. There you will also find our town museum (with a lovely Perugino), two churches, the bank (with ATM) and post office.
We do not charge high seasons rates but there is a fee of 100euros (per week) for air conditioning, if necessary.
The Umbria region
Umbria, known as the 'Green Heart' of Italy, is less discovered than Tuscany but equally as beautiful. The pace here is slower, the cultural activities varied, the art spectacular, and the wine and food unsurpassed. And we are able to share our extraordinary heritage without the crush of tourists found elsewhere. You'll be pleased with the ease with which you can get around to the many small towns to discover treasures from Etruscan tombs, Roman ruins, Medieval towns, Renaissance masterpieces, and so much more.
Known for our wine, and in particular the wonderful Sagrantinos and passitos, Umbria boasts 100s of wineries offering wine tastings upon appointment or join us at the end of May for Cantine Aperte when almost all are open to the public.
Did I mention the extraordinary cuisine? Our sausages - both fresh and cured - will set a new standard for you. The plain town of Norcia is famous for meats, cheeses, and truffles. While strolling the streets, the fragrance hits you even before you enter the shops. And our delicious olive oils, often slightly picante, are unlike others you've tasted. You'll have to come and sample all of it for yourself.
From large towns with glorious works of art — by Perugino, Pinturicchio, Giotto, Luca Signorelli, Benozzo Gozzoli and others — to soaring architecture — from the amazing duomo of Orvieto to the Romanesque churches of Bevagna. And wonderful hill towns to be explored and spectacular views all along the way.
For incredible natural beauty, there are the nearby Sibilini Mountains and the amazing Piano Grande and, in nearby le Marche, the Frassati Caves. The hills and plains are filled with color — from the yellow broom in April to May's poppies, to July and August's fields of sunflowers — making this a photographer's dream destination.
Bettona is a small hill town, originally an Etruscan settlement, is completely surrounded by walls — both Etruscan and medieval. Located within 15 kilometers of both Perugia and Assisi and convenient to the highways that ring Umbria. The Perugia/Assisi airport (now called San Francesco) is serviced by RyanAir and only 25 minutes away.
Bettona is a remarkably tranquil spot with about 350 people living within the walls and about 3500 residents in the Comune (comprised of 4 'frazione'). A morning walk around the walls is a wonderful way to start the day here, followed by a cappuccino and dolce in the bar in the main piazza, and then off for an excursion to one of the many small towns nearby.
There are two restaurants in town, a small archeological and painting museum (a lovely Perugino), two churches, and an oratory with 14th century frescoes.
Guests always comment on how taken they are with the Bettona's charm.
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4 Oct 2013
"Great Host, Great Cook, Great Apartment, Great View"
Staying in Bettona was definitely a good choice and Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca: Gufo probably the best in town. The host/cook definitely made us feel at home. The rustic finish with all amenities made for… More
8 Jul 2013
"A characterful apartment"
Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca is set in the ancient hill town of Bettona with beautiful views across the valley. We stayed in Gufo, a studio apartment with solid stone walls and a mezzanine area for the comfortable double bed. The kitchen area is very well equipped with a full set of sharp knives. Michael has renovated the palazzo with a fine eye for detail . He takes a genuine interest in his guests and is happy to guide people on art,wine or food tours. We had an enjoyable day in his kitchen completing a fresh pasta cookery course and ate the results later that evening on his pretty terrace.
Michael goes the extra mile to ensure guests have a good time. Great apartment in a handy location for exploring Umbria.
8 Oct 2012
"All we expected...and more."
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Umbria. During that time, we stayed 10 days at Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca in the Gufo apartment. First of all, Bettona is an authentic Umbrian hil… More
2 Jun 2012
"A fantastic trip - perfect location, terrific host, great accomodations"
The apartment was in a beautifully restored palazzo, located in a small hilltown, with all the neccesities (ATM, restaurant, cafe on the piazza and groceries) just a short walk away. Michael the owne… More
27 Mar 2012
"Best B&B ever!!!!"
This was actually the second time I've stayed at Michael's B&B in Bettona. He's an amazing person and his house is absolutely gorgeous, comfortable, classy and rich in nice architectur… More
7 Feb 2012
"Your new best friend in Italy"
Did you ever wish you had this really cool friend who lived in Italy—in a beautiful palazzo in a charming hilltown—who just loved having guests? Well, you do. Michael La Placa calls his establi… More
18 Jan 2012
"Your Grandmother's Secret Palazzo"
This palazzo atop a hill with a 360 degree view of the Umbrian valley below is a Classic example of Italian hospitality at its finest with a humorous American host who speaks the local language, coo… More
31 Dec 2011
"Memorable accommodations in a splendid location."
If you would like to feel like you are a native, this town & it's lovely Palazzo is the place for you. The location makes neighboring Assisi & Perugia easily accessible, while michael,the owner, … More
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