Infiorata at Spello – 28th & 29th May 2016

Spello is truly one of Umbria’s most lovely gems!  Nestling away on the hillside between Assisi and Spoleto, it is an enchanting hilltop town with a wealth of history.  See medieval walls, Roman archways, renaissance painting and enjoy the cafes, ice cream parlours and restaurants that this little town has to offer. During May and […]

Calendimaggio in Assisi 4 – 7 May 2016

So many reasons to visit Umbria… The stunning celebrations in Assisi at the beginning of May called Calendimaggio is just one!  Combine a stay at Villa Bastiola with a visit to Assisi (45 minutes drive away) and enjoy this fantastic festival. The origins of the Assisi festival of Calendimaggio go back to Roman times with the […]

Festa dei Ceri – Gubbio, 15 May 2016

More things to experience in Umbria… Umbria is so culturally rich in tradition that there is always a celebration or re-enactment taking place somewhere.  This time it’s the race of the giant wooden candlesticks in Gubbio in May!!!  Sounds crazy (indeed Gubbio boasts of its “fontana dei matti” – fountain of the madmen – it’s […]

Villa Bastiola gets an infinity pool!

                          After owning Villa Bastiola for 10 years, we finally took the plunge (terrible joke) and invested in a gorgeous infinity pool! It nestles in the gardens overlooking the olive grove and incredible views of Umbria and Tuscany beyond. At 10m x 5m […]