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Bed & Breakfast

Vaccaria - Bed & Breakfast in Umbria

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Fraz Colpalombo, 06024 Gubbio, Perugia
Umbria, Italy

John & Janice Lapin Visit website
+39 392 8992192(mobile)

Feast on bruschettas and dosas, roasted sweet yams and orange cake with pistachios at this fine restoration of a monastery deep in Umbria

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In the epicentre of Renaissance Italy, surrounded by hills, is this magical place. John and Janice, who have lived and worked all over the world, are vegans with a taste for Italy and for food grown with love (vivacious Janice is a wonderful cook) and it is no surprise they have landed here, in among 20 acres of wildlife, waterfalls and acacia groves; catch your breath at the views. In their glowing renovation of an old monastery – natural pigments, reclaimed materials – are polished concrete and ancient terracotta, huge cream sofas heaped with cushions, Chinese lacquer cabinets and Tibetan antiques, paintings, books and winter fires, and a salon for thought-provoking workshops, painted a stunning jade. Each bedroom is beautiful – one very private in a chapel that opens to the garden, one under the eaves, another in a tower – all with chunky beams, delicious beds, jugs of flowers. Fall asleep to the sound of the wind in the cypresses; wake to crêpes, chapattis and fresh fruits served in the sun. If the food is not home-grown it comes from the farmers' market in lovely hilltop Gubbio. Beyond are Perugia, Arezzo, Assisi...

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from John & Janice Lapin:

Local points of interest from
John & Janice Lapin:

  • You can spend all your days relaxing at Vaccaria. Spacious bedrooms all with gorgeous views, beautiful bathrooms, large relaxation areas, extensive library and healing food.
  • Outside Vaccaria’s doors walk the hills, valleys, woods and rivers that are within Val Di Chiascio and the Apennine mountains. These can be pleasant strolls or tough hikes according to your level of fitness. Beautiful birds,flowers and shy wild animals.
  • Janice is a Reiki Master and teacher. Reiki healing, yoga, evening workshops and concerts are offered at Vaccaria.
  • Nearby are the beautiful hilltowns of Gubbio, Assisi and Perugia. Further afield Arezzo, Orvieto and Spoleto await you.
  • Stunning scenery and drives through and at Val d’Orcia and Castelluccio. Water and swimming at Lake Trasimeno and in the beautiful blue Adriatic.
  • Vaccaria has sweet spring waters for drinking and washing.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"My husband and I spent three nights at Metamorphosi during our honeymoon throughout Europe. It was so quiet and peaceful and the villa was full of history and charm. We enjoyed walks on the ample land surrounding the villa, engaging books and films that were available, a game of chess in front of the fire and many conversations with the delightful hosts. The food for us was a spiritual experience and left us feeling healthy, satiated and happy. We couldn't be happier with our time there!"
March 2015
"Metamorfosi is one of the most beautiful places we've ever been to. It is out of this world. We could not believe it was real. The inside decoration is superb, the landscape and the view are spectacular, and the hosts are so wonderful and helpful and welcoming. But even more than that, was the food. Janice makes such a delicious healthy food that we enjoyed so tremendously and did not want to leave. We feel so privileged that we had the opportunity to spend some time in this magical place and hope to get back again soon. "
June 2014
"Thank you both for your very kind and generous hospitality. Where to start:- Your hospitality was unbounded, your wisdom and guidance knowledgeable, your food delicious and wholesome, your furnishing exquisite, our room was beautifully pointed with wonderful antique lace sheets - we were so comfy and sleep so well. You have the most wonderful restoration and I hope soon to be a thriving enterprise which we can see is built on love, dedication and a strong belief system. We would be happy to recommend you where we can. With all our thanks -sara and greg"
February 2014

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  • 2 Doubles
  • , 2 Towers
  • , 1 Single
Price:(i) 80 to180 per night

Booking info:

Minimum stay 2 nights at weekends.


Dinner €25-€30. Vegan lunch or picnic available on request.




Fraz Colpalombo, 06024 Gubbio, Perugia

B&B 2 Double rooms
Price: (i) 140 to 160 per night
B&B 1 Tower, sleeping 2
Price: (i) 180 to 180 per night
B&B 1 Tower
2 doubles.
Price: (i) 140 to 160 per night
B&B 1 Single room
Extra bed available.
Price: (i) 80 to 80 per night
John & Janice Lapin Visit website
+39 392 8992192(mobile)