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Locanda del Gallo, Gubbio 

Località Santa Cristina
Italy 06020
Tel: 39 075 922 9912
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For R&R in the heart of the Umbrian countryside, you can't do much better than the Locanda del Gallo. Perched on the crest of a wooded ridge around ten miles south of Gubbio, this restored ten-room home surrounded by gardens is a cozy haven in a landscape as wild and unpeopled as you'll find in central Italy. The decor is simple but not stark: Ethnic furniture (much of it from Indonesia) and walls painted in earthy colors give the place a warm, welcoming feel. The owners (he's German, she's Milanese) are friendly and full of good advice on local walks and restaurants; they also make their own olive oil, grow herbs and vegetables, and bake bread and make cakes—so breakfast here is a real delight. Dinner is served in a panoramic dining room, and lunch packages can also be prepared for those who really can't be bothered to move away from the infinity pool (one of the most scenic of any we've seen in Umbria). Gubbio and its attractions can be reached in just over half an hour; the E45 freeway is also nearby for day trips to Assisi, Perugia, and Sansepolcro.

Closed January to March.

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