Postcards from Umbria

We got to know Olga and Alex when we bought Rocca di Benano in 2008 and they came on as our caretakers. In short order, they became so much more. They’re...

Many thanks to Brendon for contributing this post. I love the “will it result in good memories?” standard. Read to the end to see what I mean.  There’s a little restaurant...

This post is another wonderful guest’s answer to the ever-popular “what would a week at Rocca di Benano be like?” question. I like his answer, particularly the “discovery” of Anguillara Sabazia on...

Thanks again to Lynn for chronicling our adventures in Benano!  Easter is a big holiday in Italy, marked by a week-long series of events in every town and small village. On...

We love collecting travel tips from our guests. Some of our favorite guests told us that one of the highlights of their stay at Rocca di Benano was their visit to...

I’m always a little jealous of our guests at Rocca di Benano, but that feeling is particularly acute this week because our guests get to celebrate the arrival of the New...

I wish a truckload of fresh fruits and vegetables would pull up to our front door in Cincinnati every week. A note for our guests: this truck arrives on Thursdays around...

Every morning around 10:00, a white van pulls up to the parking area in Benano.  The driver sounds his horn loud and long, then jumps out and runs around to swing...

This morning was a beautiful one.  Signs of Spring are everywhere — from daffodils, budding trees and blue skies to people lingering out-of-doors, admiring the sunshine, and sloughing off their winter...

One day last week, our neighbors told me that … the priest (??) … Benano at 5:00 …. blessing … (??) … eggs (!??) … on Good Friday afternoon. (This is...