Annabella’s sprawling villa has been in her family for five generations – the oldest part, the watchtower, dates from the 14th century. It’s surrounded by a large park and a path in the garden leads down to the Tiber river.
Daughter Francesca is the chef and her son Novello the sommelier and maitre’d. Breakfast is in the dining room or in the garden: find a selection of bread, jams, cake and fruit on your table; order eggs, cheese, yogurt and cereals as you wish. Stay for dinner – the restaurant offers traditional cuisine with innovative touches and is popular with locals.
Find a shady spot under an oak tree in the rambling garden, or on the upstairs veranda with views out over the park. You can take a cooking lesson with Francesca or walk or bike in the nearby Tevere or Monte Tezio nature reserves. Both Studio Moretti Caselli stained-glass museum and workshop and Vineria del Carmine wine estate are a 15-minute drive away, and the ceramic centre of Deruta is a 30-minute drive.