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New girl Sofia.

It has been a harsh winter here in Italy, as in much of Europe, and like so many people we have been looking forward to Easter and the start of spring. The difference is that unlike our friends further north we are now enjoying real spring weather. Yesterday we took the dogs for a much appreciated walk along a still deserted stretch of beach in glorious sunshine then enjoyed lunch at the coast while the dog’ slept it off in a shady spot.

If your plans to dust down the barbeque and spend Easter in the garden have been thwarted by the weather then maybe you shouldn’t risk the rest of the spring being washed out. We still have availability for May, including both of the UK bank holidays, with its light evenings and promise of a glorious summer ahead, it’s one of our favourite times of year. And remember that we are happy to accommodate short breaks, midweek arrivals and for those that can’t face the anti-social hours of the flight to Ancona don’t forget that the one to Perugia leaves slightly later and is often considerably cheaper. Only about 80 minutes away the simple drive from Perugia airport takes you past the UNESCO World Heritage city of Assisi.

Cheers to Joe

Over the winter we have been thinking hard about what further steps we can take to make Casal dei Fichi more environmentally friendly. Many years ago a dear friend persuaded us of the futility of drinking bottled water, it is heartening that slowly the planet is realising the damage that plastic is doing to the environment, the atmosphere and particularly the oceans. Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet episode did a fantastic job of demonstrating how grave the problem has become.  As fans of sparkling water we solved our dilemma by investing in a simple carbonating machine which turns still water into refreshing sparking water, as subtle or intense as you choose. This year we have equipped all of the apartments with these machines. Made in Italy it’s also good to know that they haven’t travelled half a continent to get here. Our tap water comes from the Sibillini mountains that you can see from Casal dei Fichi and is absolutely safe and refreshing to drink, however for those that prefer the additional security each apartment now has a water filter jug.

Shabby Chic? CdF’s new look.


With only one remarkable exception nobody has ever complained about the lack of air conditioning at Casal dei Fichi. Fly screens and louvred shutters mean that our guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep.  Our original shutter supplier let us down and gave us the wood for nothing, so we set about making them ourselves. 12 years on most have been refurbished at least once, the summer sun and winter rain have taken their toll; so now we have ordered replacements from a local company who specialise in these things, they’ll be fitted in April.

For those of you who have always wanted to own a little bit of Casal dei Fichi we are delighted to offer you a special FREE SHUTTER WITH EVERY BOOKING  (subject to availability). Now you don’t see that every day!

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