This week in Umbria was both a dream holiday and a very special family reunion, so expectations were exceptionally high. To say that they were beyond met is an understatement.
Filippo met us personally, then proudly and passionately showed us around. He was also constantly available during our stay for any questions regarding restaurants or assistance with things to do. We felt thoroughly cared for.
The house itself is exquisite and has been stylishly, sensitively and carefully renovated. The antique pieces within the house are awe-inspiring and restored to perfection. We felt as though we had stepped back into a history that we don't have at home, which is exactly what we were looking for. The house and grounds are spotlessly clean. The kitchen has been incredibly well stocked. The beds are super comfortable and the quality of linen and towels is superb. The grounds are immaculate and well tended. The view over Todi and the surrounding hills is breathtaking, especially the sunset, which we sat outside to watch every day.
Our family spent the week relaxing, eating, drinking Filippo's fantastic wine and sampling his delectable olive oil. There is a lovely supermarket in Ponterio, 8km away, with an unbelievable range of meats, cheeses, fresh bakes, beautiful fruits and vegetables. We ate out at 2 restaurants that Filippo recommended, Le Noci and La Mulinella. Both were authentic, warm, delicious and perfect Italian experiences. We also travelled to Todi twice for sightseeing and a little bit of shopping. The church and square are definitely worth seeing. If you're feeling slightly more active, there are beautiful, perfectly safe walks through the Italian countryside filled with sunflowers, discovering small villages and lovely old churches.
We cannot recommend S'Antimo highly enough and even though it will be a very long time before we are able to travel to Europe again... We would very much love to return to visit Filippo, his beautiful parents and their amazing property. Thank you so much for giving us these wonderful memories that we shall hold warmly in our hearts forever.