Ten of our family and friends spent a week at Castello Strassoldo, which is a gorgeous property that Gabriella has lovingly restored and maintained. We rented both the Rice Mill and Casa la Vicinia. All of our guests loved their rooms - which were beautifully decorated and featured well-appointed private bathrooms. Because of a recent local zoning change, one of the bedrooms in Casa la Vicinia was unable to be used, so Gabriella kindly offered the Tower Room in the castle. Our two friends who shared that space were blown away by its beauty. It also had a sitting room and a huge walk-in shower. They truly raved about it! Our friend who stayed in Casa La Vicinia was impressed with her lodging, and wished she could stay the entire week.
We cooked and spent most of our group time at dinner in the Rice Mill, which was a wonderful space to spread out and enjoy our time together. The outdoor patio also was lovely, and overlooked gorgeous grounds and a pond. There were birds, butterflies and flowers everywhere!
One of the last nights of our stay was our wedding anniversary. Gabriella offered to cater our celebration, and she and Nidia spent two days preparing our wonderful meal. She offered the use of the castle main room and patio, which she decorated with fresh-cuts flowers and candles. It was gorgeous! The food was delicious, and Tomasz made lovely prosecco cocktails. Gabriella typically does not cater events, so this was a very generous gesture - especially because she had hurt her back earlier that week and was in considerable pain. Grazie, Gabriella!
Nidia was wonderful, and our main contact at the Rice Mill. She is a warm, caring and helpful person. She helped make our stay memorable - especially because she bonded so closely with my mother-in-law, who grew up in Trieste and was returning to this region for the first time in more than 50 years.
Castello Strassoldo is a very special place, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to other travelers. You will experience a true piece of Italy, with genuine, warm, hospitality.