A charming isolated Italian getaway
Submitted: August 30, 2011
Stayed: July 2011
We spent one week in this Fanghetto apartment with our two teenage children. Fanghetto is indeed unique - a tiny, ancient village. It is close to a busy road - this is probably not such a problem in the off season. The apartment is unique - few windows, but enough natural light, with thick walls to keep it cool in the Summer. The pictures are very accurate; the layout is spacious and well equipped. We kept the roof terrace door open day and night, and that provided light and fresh air. The second bedroom is very small - we moved things around a bit in the room to make it work for our two children. Master bedroom is lovely. My contact with the owner was extremely positive, and the apartment met all of our expectations.
Fanghetto is not for everyone. The village is isolated - a car is essential. Except for Marisa's store (a good 15 minute walk), there is nowhere to go without a car. The closest village with amenities is a one hour hike. We usually choose isolated spots when we go on vacation, but this lacked the outdoor space (for kicking a football, or swimming), and the opportunity to explore surrounding areas easily, by foot or by bike. The river was lovely, but quite cool and too shallow for real swimming.
The village was very busy while we were there. The advantage of being there in the high season is that we enjoyed a lovely village party thrown by a couple of "regulars" The guests were mostly Dutch, which for Americans living in Holland was a bit disappointing!. There were also two evenings of music concerts in the "piazza".
The Trattoria in Fanghetto was as wonderful as we'd heard; we enjoyed two great meals there. Totally unpretentious place, tiny menu, but great food for a great price. We also enjoyed two hikes - one to Pien Haute (2 hour hike to another beautiful perched village that has no cafe or stores), and Ariole (a town we really loved) and enjoyed a wonderful meal at Marco's (forgotten the name of his restuarnat) - also as good as we expected. We also spent a day on the mediteranean coast.
I think Fanghetto (and this apartment) is a great place for a vacation, and I enjoyed it very much. I would personally not recommend it for familes with young children or teenagers (but there were many families there, who come back often and love it). I would love to go back with my husband some day, maybe in the off-season. There is so much to see in the area, and if you don't mind a lot of driving, and you love hiking, it's a lovely place.
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