We booked this trip through a TravelZoo deal with Fleetway. Although many people who have posted here are from England, there were many Americans there the week that we were there. It was fun to meet other guests and find out where everyone was going that day and how was their day trip the day before and any recommendations they had. Our 7 day package included air, a superior room, rental car, breakfast, and a wine tour. Yes, this lovely hotel is off the beaten path (12-15 min. drive uphill from main road) but that is part of its CHARM!!! And what amazing views!!! We did day trips to many hill towns in Umbria and Tuscany (Siena, Assissi, Todi, Spello, Spoleto, Deruta, Gubbio, Perugia) and this was a great home base in the center of Umbria. Sooo glad we had a car!!!! We also rented a GPS (directions in English) and we are so glad we did that too. We had good maps but GPS was a life saver in visiting many small towns.
This hotel/former abbey/castle is beautifully restored and takes your breath away. Our rooms were charming with comfortable beds/pillows and we were fortunate to have a lovely private terrace off our rooms to enjoy some wine and snacks before dinner. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet which is basically the same each day, but with different pastries (all good!!). They only provide complimentary water in larger bottles to fill a glass at breakfast so we would fill up our personal water bottles each day at breakfast. All of the staff we dealt with were friendly and helpful. Luigi, the Maitre D was exceptional. He tried to know each guest and make your mea/stay memorable. The dining room staff worked VERY hard to get meals out on time. We had dinner here every other night and enjoyed our food. There was a lovely young lady at the bar who was so cheerful and pleasant (sorry I forgot her name). And the receptionists at the front desk were helpful too, especially Bianca Maria, who is OUTSTANDING!!!! She is like an experienced concierge with amazing knowledge of the area and so many helpful tips on parking, eating, best gelato, maps, etc. We paid 30 euros pp for a cooking class with Luigi and Giuseppe (chef) which was so much fun and we got to eat what we made for lunch. Very delicious and plentiful!! Then we drove to the local winery for wine tasting (we followed the bus from the hotel so we did not have to pay for the ride). Again, another fun event - tasting good wine and meeting other guests and lots of laughs! Flights from the US leave at night so we arrived in Rome early the next morning. We stopped in the little disappearing town of Civita di Bagnoregio on the way to the hotel (definitely worth the trip to this old Etruscan town-check it out online) and also Orvieto. If we went directly to the hotel it would be about 2 hours, but we only detoured about an hour drive time to see these two lovely towns. By the time we arrived at the hotel our rooms were ready. We ate in the lovely restaurant across from the hotel entrance every other night. Great food and inexpensive, good local wine (5 euros for a liter). They get crowded so make a same day reservation if you think you want to have dinner there (just stop in as you pass it). Knowing a few words/phrases in Italian goes a long way and I believe shows respect. Since we were driving everywhere I made sure to know how to say in Italian "Excuse me do you speak English?" before we asked where something was in English. And we always had a map to point to. Others have commented about the older gentleman singer who is the entertainment one night at the hotel. He is not very good but he tries his best. Overall we loved our time in Umbria and loved this charming hotel!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relais Il Canalicchio stands like a small gem inset into the summit of a hill. The picturesque town built around the Castello di Poggio, which dates to the 10th-11th centuries, dominates the town with its imposing tower and a splendid little church close to the vineyards and olive groves at the centre of the lush Umbrian countryside. The luxury Relais has almost completely remodeled and enclosed the town of Canalicchio, an intact and resplendent oasis of peace, where only the twittering of birds interrupts the relaxing stillness. Inside, the historic and rural origins of the place are obvious; it still has its apparent castle-like structure and boasts an enormous and exquisite millstone, the old press and some lovely arches, evoking the enchanting atmosphere and charm of times gone by. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Il Canalicchio Di Collazzone