12 minutes from Assisi by winding roads on a hill facing the round medieval town of Armenzano, with farmer neighbors and wild boar. The free-standing house, comfortably furnished with fine artwork and a fireplace, offers walking trails in Park Subasio.
My house is filled with furniture from my wife's Umbrian family -- the dining table is from a farm kitchen and belonged to my wife's grandmother Lola, and the art is from my parents, who are renowned artists, and from a lovely women's art collaborative in Nepal, The Janakpur Women's Development Project. Our "hamlet" on the spur of Casa Cavanna includes two old, well-maintained houses still owned by the original farming families. The eastern area behind Subasio is totally unlike the populated western side; though many young people have left to seek work in cities, the elderly are still present, steeped in farming and shepherding traditions and attending mass in tiny churches. The Subasio that Saint Francis knew is still tangible here -- near the village where one of his first followers, Giovanni il Semplice (Giovanni the Simple) traipsed behind the saint, imitating his every step and motion. You will see cautious but curious wild boar in the distance -- and deer, hares, and the lovely, typical, plumed hoopoe -- or "upupa." You do need a car to enjoy my house, however! The road up from Assisi is winding and lovely, but requires caution. It is useful to honk when rounding a bend during the day; at night it is actually safer because headlights signal when someone is coming.
Please note: the bathroom and 2 bedrooms are upstairs, so a spiral stair must be negotiated from the living/kitchen area downstairs (though there is outdoor stair of 5 steps leading directly to the second floor). Guests are invited to use all parts of the house -- the books, the music, the computer, the banjo, and the outdoor low wall for sitting and sipping tea or coffee, observing the slopes beneath Armenzano -- and hopefully meeting my farmer-neighbor.
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I wish I could be there to welcome you, but I am not a full time resident in Umbria. The house is well set up for self-admittance, and if you have need you may contact Cristina Villa, my friend and neighbor, who is there to prepare the house for your arrival, or Claudio Giglio, another good friend who will trouble-shoot in case of any unforeseen problems with utilities, internet, etc. Their numbers will be available to you upon arrival. There are other neighbors you may be able to interact with, if you wish, for local knowledge; this information is also included in the house's information book.
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The house is in the National Park of Mount Subasio, so in addition to the cultural richness of Assisi, there is the whole mountain to explore -- with hiking trails. There is a lovely gorge, Ponte Marchetto, located in the valley and available via public trails. You can arrange for a guided tour of this gorge through two local youths who live adjacent to it -- and can show your their experimental organic farm (donkeys, bees, olives, walnuts, and an Edenic vegetable garden). The nearby hamlet of Armenzano has delightful cultural events periodically (one at Christmas, one in August -- "Armenzano Beneath the Stars.") The nearby resort hotel "le Silve" has a great swimming pool and lunch buffets open to the public on Sundays. The town of Assisi itself has a very large and popular public outdoor swimming pool in the summer.
Please leave the house as you found it. It would help if you choose to leave shoes at the entrances, as Umbrian soil is sticky! Smokers please smoke outdoors. On Wi-Fi, illegal downloading is not allowed.
I am a teacher of English in the Nauset Elementary Schools and with adults at the Cape Cod Community College. I write books for children and am a folk/blues guitarist with one CD to my name, "Mouse and lion/Blues for Aesop." (My first guests will get a free copy of this!) I am also a former organic vegetable grower and have coordinated seed saving and gardening education projects for children. Currently I am involved in reforesting projects for the Cape Cod bioregion. I love St. Francis and the Italian language, and I bet you will, too. See if you can plant a seed while you visit Mt. Subasio! My interest in AirBnb is to enable people to experience the peace and clean air and farming culture of the backside of Mt. Subasio -- and to provide income opportunity locally.