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Reviewed 7 November 2017

La Casella is a big eco resort in the very picturesque place, calm and quite. You feel yourself in a fairy tale, leaving in medieval house. There is a reception and couple of villas nearby (5-10 minutes to walk). Very good location - just between Firenze and Rome, 15 min by car to the nearest railway station. Super nice and cordial personnel is willing to help with your day plan and provide all necessary guides and maps to discover the most exciting corners of Umbria and Tuscany. We had full board: continental breakfast and 5-courses evening menu. Every day it was different: appetizer, soup, pasta, main course and dessert. And, of course, local wine. Eating around big family table is really cool tradition. Every day you have another seat. Thus, we met wonderful people from Alabama, Florida, Toronto, Perth and Bogota. How reach geography! We felt in love with the place, with all the cuties of la Casella: cats, dogs and horses. Thank you for lovely memories!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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2  Thank Anna_Golovko
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Pros:
- Within 2 hours to Rome and Florence; 4 hours away to Venice and Pompeii by car.
- Spacious accommodation.
- Very nice staff especially, Victorio and Maricella.
- Half board dinner is plentiful with five courses, water and wine included.
- Chef is accommodating to food sensitivities, allergies or preferences.
- Coffee and tea available with breakfast when requested at no additional cost.
- If you're looking for seclusion, this is your place.

Cons:
- It's in the middle of nowhere. GPS having difficulty in finding it, follow their instruction & direction as previously stated.
- Rough, winding, narrow unpaved road, 6km from the nearest paved/exit road.
- Approximately 30 minutes away from nearest town for grocery, restaurant, and banking/atm in Fabro
- No air condition or fan in their accommodations (Eco-friendly as they say), you have to request it and it may or may not be available on time
- We were wet with sweat upon waking up from night time and nap time especially the kids even with the fan on, which they had provided one for us a day after we requested it - and the kids were using it. Even with the windows open it was still hot and you can smell the cigarette smoke coming from the other guests downstairs.
- No WiFi in rooms, only available in the reception area but it was still poor and slow WiFi connection there.
- Rooms were long distances from reception area (even the ones they said were walking distances)
- The place was swarming with bugs and insects especially in the breakfast buffet table area
- No smoking designated areas. Staff and guests were smoking everywhere, during breakfast, at the dinner table, and even in their bedrooms so that non-smoking guests and children were exposed to second-hand smoke. Not good for children and non-smokers. Non-smoking areas and bedrooms were not designated at all.
- RCI weekly package "All Inclusive" with Florence or Rome Day Tour was expensive and misleading. It did not include entrances to sites in Orvieto nor in Rome for the Vatican and the Coliseum as implied. Though, it did include entrances for the wine tasting and cheese factory tasting. Please beware and clarify every detail when booking their packages to avoid hassles. Verify even the transportation to use because they had asked to use our rental which was not doable and we had to waste a day for them to get one. We asked for a small refund for what had transpired, in which they were willing to give back after a few conversation and email but until now we did not get it because they did not want to pay for the processing fee so we have to go through a dispute process with our credit card company as La Casella had advised.
- Mandatory half board was way overpriced and was available only for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was continental at best - same everyday.
- No other drinks included with dinner except for wine and water. So, if you a prefer a non-alcoholic drink like soda, juices, tea, or coffee, etc. you can get it for an additional cost.
- One small bottle of shampoo and conditioner provided for our 2weeks stay. One housekeeping cleaning and one towel change for the two weeks stay with request.
- No Kids menu or portions- so that food was wasted most of the time because they didn't like it (too grown up dishes for them to eat) or it's too much.

Stayed: August 2017
3  Thank Aida B
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

The breakfast is basic "european" - cereal, juice, muffins, etc. But the evening dinner is superb - 5 courses!! The staff is friendly and gives good advice. The wonderful young woman who provides the breakfast made delicious cappucino for us! We would go back if we decide on another trip to Italy.
The rooms in the various houses have no A/C - but, so what? We were there in August 2017, when Italy is HOT. Temperature during the day in Umbria was 88-95 degrees Fahrenheit. There is LOW humidity so that it's pleasant enough in the shade or in a building. BUT - at night it cools down adequately for a good night's rest and sleep. We had no trouble falling asleep.
We did day trips to Assisi, Orvieto, Siena, Perugia, Gubbio, Bolsena, a day trip by train from nearby Fabro to Florence.
We enjoyed seeing the horses, although we did not do any riding.
We mwt other wonderful guests - three couples from Hungary and one from Canada, and 2 Americans. They seat you at dinner with English-speaking guests.
The road from Fabro to La Casella is paved for the first few kilometers, then you make the turn onto the road to La Casella. The road is rough. Just drive carefully and patiently. Follow the directions on La Casella's website out of Fabro! Disregard whatever your GPS says.
We loved Umbria and La Casella!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank Don M
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

This place is both the best and the worst of what you should expect in a resort. On the one hand the meals are excellent, 2 pools very nice, hosts and staff friendly and very helpful. On the other hand the rooms have no aircon or fridges, no internet except in the common areas and then VERY slow and the access road is diabolically rough. After all that we enjoyed our week

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank John R
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

First, the staff is very friendly and helpful and explained all of the experiences available to us as RCI members. One of our party was fairly ill the first half of the week, so we did not do the horseback riding or wine/cheese tasting. The breakfasts they provide are simple but plentiful items, and dinners there are still my favorite thing about the trip. The rooms are set up in several outer buildings that are a little drive away from the main building where you dine (and the only place you can get wifi). The rooms are very comfortable and of beautiful rustic design (but with all modern restrooms). Yes, the roads to get there are dirt, sometimes gravel, and the closest littlw town is Fabro, about a half hour drive, but it is pleasant scenery to drive by. When you book, make sure that you use the directions they give you in your confirmation email, NOT what google maps says, it'll save you alot of time, headache and wear and tear on your car. There is a close by train station there in Fabro, which can take you to all the fairly local tourist places to visit like Assisi and Florence, and it's a short drive to Orvieto, which I highly recommend. The one and only complaint i have about the entire week we were there was the mattresses in our rooms were very uncomfortable, and you could feel the springs so they definitely need an update. Other than that, go out there to enjoy the countryside and relax.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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3  Thank Graciela T
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