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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Spoleto, Province of Perugia, Umbria

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Columbus
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful holiday in Umbria”
Reviewed January 29, 2016 for a stay in October 2015
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This charming apartment in the heart of Spoleto is the perfect getaway. Laurie and Norma are wonderful hosts, and we are looking forward to returning again.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: It all was perfect
Travelling group: Extended Family
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moss59
Australian Capital Territory, Australia
1 review
“Wonderful Spoleto”
Reviewed January 29, 2015 for a stay in May 2014

This was our third time in Spoleto under the care of Norma and Laurie. Bella Due was wonderful - comfortable, quiet, and located in the Old Town area. Of course when things go well all seems great but the test, which one hopes never will happen, is when something goes wrong. In our case there was a minor accident in the car park when our rental car was reversed into. It was a Sunday night and we were relaxing in Bella Due when Laurie came to the door to let us know what had happened. From then on everything was handled for us. Laurie called in his local contacts who knew what needed to be done, what form was required, and then proceeded to fill it in for us and the other person involved, a non-trivial task made more difficult for us as we have limited Italian. Without Laurie and his crew we would have had a very difficult and tense time. As it was everything was sorted within an hour or so. Laurie and Norma know Spoleto, they know the people and they spare no effort to make one fee welcome and to provide help. We will be returning to again enjoy Spoleto.

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Liked best: DPoleto and having a place that felt like home - an old palazzo in the Historic Centre, waht could be better
Liked least: The gas pressure on the stove was a little like me - getting a tad slow; but I suspect that's just how it is.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Louise W
Bromley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect apartment for holiday in Umbria”
Reviewed November 3, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

My husband and I stayed in Bella Due with our 7 month old daughter at the end of September. The apartment was in a great location within Spoleto; inside the city walls above one of the main streets. We were easily able to walk everywhere in the town with our baby in a carrier or buggy (it is hilly and there are steps also but we are fit so this was not a problem). Lovely restaurants and bars are only a few minutes walk away, as well as plenty of gelaterias, delis, supermarkets, bakeries and so on.
Norma and Laurie were great; they were there to meet us on our drive up from Rome and show us to the apartment. We took a car because of our baby but you could easily manage on the train otherwise. If you do drive I recommend renting the parking space offered with the apartment, unless you are an expert at parallel parking!
There was plenty of room inside the apartment with a decent kitchen to prepare simple meals (we tended to eat our main meal during the day when out). We had no issues with the temperature, but agree with the comment below regarding the sofa (that said, it was not so uncomfortable as to be unpleasant, and I appreciate that the apartment was very good value). There was a wealth of info provided on local restaurants, bars, towns and so on which was really useful for us when staying only a week.
Spoleto itself was lovely and a great location from which to explore more of Umbria. We would not hesitate to stay at Bella Due, or any of Norma and Laurie's other apartments again should we come back to Umbria. We had a brilliant holiday!

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Management Response
6 Nov 2014
The sofa was replaced immediately ! All guests, who have since stayed in Bella Due, report that the sofa is extremely comfortable ! Phew !!

Our reviewer's baby was particularly delightful. We, and the rest of the Spoletini, hope that this delightful couple and baby return......
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Joe I
Collie, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great location, easy to negotiate way around town.”
Reviewed August 25, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Bella Due was our home for 7 And a half weeks. From there we visited various parts of Umbria and Tuscany, plus a couple of international trips (a week at a time).
Despite the 2 hour trip to Rome, we still found it convenient to get to most places and really loved the Spoleto lifestyle, eating out most nights and generally talking it very easy.
Laurie, who picked us up on arrival at Spoleto railway station, is the backbone of the business and was very, very accommodating.
Our biggest problem was the heat, which meant we had to keep doors and windows open at night, but this meant we were unable to sleep due to the music from the bar immediately below our unit, and other noises. Air con. Would have been a godsend.
We also found the couches uncomfortable. They probably need replacing as has happened with other units at the complex.
However, overall our stay was great and we would recommend Bella Due and other properties managed by Laurie and Norma.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: No air con. And noise
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Management Response
26 Aug 2014
Bella Due is at the front of one of the oldest palazzos in town, the Rocca Dei Perugini, built and occupied by the Perugini, when they invaded Spoleto at the turn of the century. Now, restored totally into beautiful self-catering apartments, some at the front, overlooking the streets and some at the back, overlooking allotments.

Our reviewer did not get his 1st choice of accommodation, Terrazza Bella, because it was already booked. Instead, our reviewer booked Bella Due, next door to Terrazza Bella, which is a budget apartment.

Bella Due is extremely popular, not only because of its highly competitive rate but also because it is spacious and both bedrooms have French doors that open onto a wide balcony overlooking the pedestrian, mediaeval streets of Spoleto.

Terrazza Bella, along with Casa Nobile, has triple glazing on all its windows and French windows, opening onto the balconies, overlooking the mediaeval, pedestrian streets. However, this facility would prove useless against unwanted sounds, if one does not shut the doors and windows. As for the heat that our reviewer referred to, keeping doors and windows open in hot weather, even at night, is tantamount to having a heater that is permanently switched on blowing hot air continuously into your apartment !

We do have air-con in some of our apartments. But, quite honestly, you do not need it, IF you keep the fans on (you can have one in each room, by request) and the windows and shutters closed. This is how "we" Italians have lived since time immemorial, when the weather is hot. Indeed, we do not have air-con in our own apartment in the Rocca Dei Perugini and when the temperatures outside are going on 40 degs C, I frequently have to step outside to warm up, our apartment becoming too cold for me at times. It is just a case of being sensible.

The Rocca Dei Perugini is in "il Borgo", the "village" of Spoleto. This area is the most vibrant part of Spoleto, teaming with shops, bars and restaurants but NO traffic. Very quiet at times, particularly between 1 pm and 4 pm, the hallowed lunch and siesta time. Coming alive at passeggiata times, when the Italians parade, pose and pout at each other. So, if you want to experience the mellow city buzz of Spoleto, where you do not need a car because absolutely everything you could need or want is within easy reach, then, the Rocca Dei Perugini is THE place to stay.
The train station is a mere 10 mins easy walk from Bella Due, along a tree-lined boulevard, also packed with shops, bars and restaurants. And, there is an open air escalator that takes you from the bottom to the top of the town, where you can cross the sensational Roman Aqueduct and step immediately into the Sacred Mountains, following in the footsteps of St Francis and Michaelangelo !

However, for those of you who wish for tranquility, while still experiencing the buzz of city life, we also offer central Spoleto apartments that are tucked away in quiet hamlets. You only have to ask. Our reviewer received full information about Bella Due. The context of all our apartments as well as their facilities are explained in detail in response to an enquiry. Perhaps our reviewer didn’t read all that I wrote. Admittedly, there is rather a lot to read !

The reviewer’s comment about the sofas is reasonable. Normally, in Bella Due, we plump up the cushions each week. But, because our reviewer was in Bella Due for 7 weeks, the sofas were not “refreshed” as usual. Nonetheless, the sofas are past their best. We have 2 beautiful, spanking brand new, bright red, really squashy and big sofas ready to go into Bella Due after Christmas. But, in order to retain the very low weekly rate of Bella Due, we were forced to use the current sofas for just one more season. This economy will enable us to retain the current low rate for next year too.

It is true that we have replaced the sofas etc in many of the other apartments in Rocca Dei Peugini. However, except for Nobile Due, another budget apartment, (can be used as an extension to Casa Nobile, next door – with triple glazing !), but, brand new to the market with beautiful soft furnishings and bleached white wood dining furniture, the other apartments in the Rocca Dei Perugini are not in the budget category and, therefore, warrant an increased expenditure at all times.

Of course, had our reviewer told us that the sofas were uncomfortable, we would have replaced them immediately with the new sofas currently in storage. We only want happy guests. But, there is nothing we can do about a problem, if the guest doesn't tell us about it !

While economy to retain a budget rate is important, far more important are the reasonable requirements of our guests.
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FleetTim
Fleet
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“great location in a really interesting town”
Reviewed July 1, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We had an excellent holiday in this roomy and comfortable apartment. Its central location in the lively and interesting town of Spoleto in Umbria made it an ideal centre to explore the town, with its roman and medieval architecture and good range of shops. There are lots of very good and very good value restaurants within a few yards of the apartment. Norma and Lawrie were very helpful and friendly hosts.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Christina...
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Spoleto- A Beautiful Town”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
1
person found this review helpful

As a woman traveling alone I appreciated the TLC I received from Laurie & Norma. From meeting me at the train station, introducing me to my neighbors and responding to any request they were perfect hosts. Location is perfect, easy walking to the train station, good variety of restaurants and markets.
While the apartment is on the main pedestrian walk of the city and can be noisy it was a perfect spot for people watching and celebrating Halloween!
Don't miss a chance to see for yourself all the beauty this city has to offer!

Travelling group: Solo
Your age range 65+
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Shona-Cha...
Edinburgh
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Every bit as good, second time around”
Reviewed September 17, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

This was our second stay in one of Norma and Laurie's properties and our third trip to Umbria. Norma and Laurie work extremely hard to deliver a first class, personal service - they have the ability to make you feel like you are their only guest and yet clearly they have many guests staying at the various properties year round.

Our previous stay was at Norma and Laurie's property at San Mamiliano which was beautiful. That time we had a car which was needed as the tiny little hamlet is quite remote. This time we decided to take an apartment in Spoleto itself and we were not disappointed.

The apartment is just as the pictures show and was perfect for us and our daughter who joined us for a few days. The location is also perfect if you want to immerse yourself in Italian town life.

The lift to and from the train station was very welcome and it is indeed an extremely generous welcome pack to greet your arrival.

A few people have commented that the kitchen is small - it is but I loved that and thought that was part of the charm of the place. We cooked several meals during our stay.

What we enjoyed best about the apartment? Sitting outside on either of the balconies listening to Italian life and taking in the view.

What we least enjoyed about the apartment? Leaving !

I hope we get the chance to return again to Spoleto and would definitely book a property with Norma and Laurie again.

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Liked best: The balconies and that we were part of a residential building occupied by locals
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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