Leaving Villa in Cortona for Borgo in Gubbio…Saturday.

The Boyds, Roachs and Staffords pose for the group shot before leaving the Villa.
The Boyds, Roachs and Staffords pose for the group shot before leaving the Villa.

Our driver, Gianni, from Assisi (who we met in 2013) came to move us from Tuscany’s Villa Il Trebbio to Umbria’s Borgo di Carpiano.  We decided to go by way of Sansepulcro, another medieval hill town in Umbria above Gubbio.  It is the home of artist Piero della Francesca (1412-1491).

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We take the Perugia road over into Umbria, then north past Gubbio into some rather nasty looking weather.

The weather is threatening to have the low clouds eat the hill towns as we drive to the north.
The weather is threatening to have the low clouds eat the hill towns as we drive to the north.

When we get to Sansepulcro, Gianni’s advice is to “ask a local for the best place to eat”.  Luckily, our Patricia is an Italian speaker and spots a well-dressed woman as we are getting in the line for the Civic Museum.  She gets the name of a place and now we can look more comfortably at the masters of art, knowing that we won’t miss a meal.

Here are some scenes of della Fransesca’s work in the main museum in Sansepulcro.

Our ladies - Patricia, Nancy and Louise - check out a della Francesca.
Our ladies – Patricia, Nancy and Louise – check out a della Francesca.
Here's on of his most famous "polyptychs" as it has been restored.  See Butch using his new camera there on the left?
Here’s on of his most famous “polyptychs” as it has been restored. See Butch using his new camera there on the left?

A “good museum”.  Many famous and talented painters came from this town.

Now, time to head to lunch.

Intrepid travelers make their way down the narrow and colorful streets here in Sansepulcro to find the "best" ristorante in town.
Intrepid travelers make their way down the narrow and colorful streets here in Sansepulcro to find the “best” ristorante in town.
We found the best...Ristorante Fiorentino at via Luca Pacioli, 14.  Well appointed, fine service and delicious food.
We found the best…Ristorante Fiorentino at via Luca Pacioli, 14. Well appointed, fine service and delicious food.

Time to find Gianni (and Craig’s car, too) and caravan to the Borgo.   Remember, Nancy and I have been here in 2013 and we took Butch and Louise and the kids last week for dinner.  So, the Boyds have never experienced this drive to the Borgo before. As good as they are at car travel, they arrived looking shell-shocked…no photos, please.

The drive to the Borgo cannot be exaggerated enough...it is harrowing.  But, at the end of the precipitous dirt road, here is the welcome place.
The drive to the Borgo cannot be exaggerated enough…it is harrowing. But, at the end of the precipitous dirt road, here is the welcome place…the former church is the “lobby”.

The real “heart” of the Borgo are the owners, Marilisa and Riccardo Parisi.  They embrace our group with their comforting and lovingly restored place, a drink of wine, tea and some treats and the miles begin to melt away.

Understanding the Borgo is a process.

Riccardo takes us on a tour – only after we are finished our treats and are ready – including the kitchen and the outside views of the surrounding territory and the infinity edge pool.  Then, to our rooms.  There is Marilisa to explain everything.

And, here is where we are headed for a while... Cocktails in the chiesa at 7 (or so).
And, here is where we are headed for a while…
Cocktails in the chiesa at 7 (or so).

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

4 comments

  • What a lovely space, the lobby at il Borgo is!…however I was a bit distracted after seeing the portrait of, what appears to be, Alan Fugit on a bicycle at the ristorante Fiorentino? lol
    Abbracci forte per tutti!

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