Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-10)
- english, italian
About Michael LaPlaca
Sometimes you find a project that changes your life completely. Restoring this palazzo did just that for me. After 3 years of restoration, the palazzo is filled with life and functioning as something more than just a B&B. Living in the small town of Bettona has also been a revelation for me. We've been welcomed into a community of warm and friendly people where there is always something to do. The dogs and I couldn't be happier sharing our piece of Italy with you.
Michael LaPlaca purchased this Apartment in 2005
Why Michael LaPlaca chose Bettona
People always ask 'Why Bettona?' It was all about the palazzo, the adventure of saving a piece of history, and returning the house to its former grandeur. And living in the historic center of a small hill town has allowed us to put down some roots and get to know the people of Bettona.
What makes this Apartment unique
Really, the town of Bettona is perfectly situated as a base for exploring Umbria. It's 20 minutes to Perugia or Assisi, 30 to Todi or Spello, 40 to Spoleto, 45 minutes to Gubbio, and an hour to Orvieto. The palazzo is beautifully restored and furnished with a mix of antiques and mission furniture, comfortable beds, kitchens with marble counters, and great views of the Spoleto Valley. It's such a pleasure staying here that some guests just like to kick back and relax at home. And you get to have me as your host. I'll offer help in any way I can — from suggestions on what towns to visit, what restaurants to go to, wineries to enjoy, local festivals are happening, or even renting a car or making reservations for the next leg of your adventure. I'm here to help with whatever you need. If you'd like cooking lessons, I can arrange to have a fantastic chef come and teach your group or I can teach you how to make gnocchi, fresh pasta, or something else using our local ingredients. And, if you'd just like a home cooked meal, I'd be happy to prepare one for you. My job is to make your experience as wonderful as possible.
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Charm+charm+ more charm!!
Under the entertainingly caustic directions of the owner we were able to visit the region as a well seasoned traveler or returning friend might. The Palazzo was a delight and the town very welcoming.
It was my pleasure to take you around and point you in the right direction. Thanks.
The best of just about everything
Did you ever wish you had this really cool friend who lived in Italy—in a beautiful palazzo in a charming hilltown—who just loved having guests? Well, you do. Michael La Placa calls his establishment a “Bed and Breakfast”, but it is so much more, and so much better. His palazzo, built in the 17th century, has been lovingly and tastefully restored by Michael himself. It retains all of its old world charm, but is extremely comfortable, with great bathrooms and amenities. It is located in the small and endlessly picturesque town of Bettona, a stone’s throw from Assisi and Perugia. I have been three times in a row during the summer. If you want to be on your own, that’s fine, but Michael is most willing to be your guide to the wonders of Umbria, which he knows extremely well. In addition to the obvious tourist spots, like Assisi, he’s shown me wonderful off-the-beaten-track spots, like the Church of San Franceso in the village of Montefalco, with marvelous Renaissance frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli. (We were the only ones in the church!) You will take back wonderful memories and be eager to return often.
Thank you Elizabeth. Looking forward to seeing you again this summer.
A wonderful week in Umbria
My wife and I spent a delightful week here in July 2011. The restored house is beautiful, and the top floor apartment is spacious, comfortable, quiet, and authentic. Open the shutters and windows to look across the valley to Assisi in the distance. Michael's hospitality was great; he cooked us dinner on the night we arrived, and offered restaurant and sightseeing tips that set up and sustained our week.
Bettona is a perfect spot from which to explore Umbria. We began each morning with a cappuccino in the charming square of this little walled hilltop hamlet, then set off on a day trip to one of the easily reachable surrounding towns. Lunch out, back for a nap, and then to another town for dinner. What a great way to live.
Staying in Bettona was the highlight of our European trip!
If you'd like to stay in a beautifully decorated B&B with a host who goes overboard to make sure you experience the best in the Italian countryside, this is your place.
The palazzo is charming--beautifully decorated, roomy, and our view overlooked the rooftops of Bettona. I was able to sit on a shaded balcony and see the neighbors caring for their flowers below. In the morning we'd stroll to the central piazza for a breakfast bite and cappuccini. Life slowed down wonderfully for us in Bettona.
To get us started, Michael took us to his favorite towns, helping us with logistics of driving, parking, etc., and then showing us fantastic churches with astounding artwork, great shops, and wonderful restaurants. It was all so special. After being in Umbria, I honestly wasn't that taken with Rome. Seeing artwork so intimately in Umbria was so much more special. When we said we were ready to browse on our own, Michael gave us advice and turned us loose. Just be sure to get a GPS with your rental car!
Michael cooked for us on our first night and turned my daughters into truffle fanatics. And I'll never make bad garlic bread again. My stomach is growling, just thinking about sitting in his kitchen sipping wine and nibbling on everything he kept providing. It was so much fun.
We stayed in Bettona during the Sagra, and had a total blast. Michael made sure we were comfortable and provided for. Residents of the town came to meet us. My only regret is not getting out on the dance floor.
Staying here was the highlight of our month-long trip. Thank you so much, Michael! We can't wait to return!
Our family of four visited Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca for six days in June and knew instantly that it would be the most memorable part of our trip. Michael is a wonderful host and graciously shared his love of art, cooking and the sites of Umbria with us. He prepared a fabulous vegetarian meal for our arrival and suggested wonderful food shops and gelato joints to visit in every city we visited in Umbria. We’re still preparing the Italian dishes he introduced to us and reliving our vacation with every bite. Michael also helped us chart our day trips, highlighting towns, churches and museums that we would have never found on our own, and took us on several outings to make our visit complete. Our common refrain became “we’ll have to ask Michael,” and we knew we would get a history and culture lesson with each answer. The best part of exploring Umbria was coming “home” to our apartment every evening. The two-bedroom apartment was spacious, fully equipped for cooking and beautifully restored, furnished and maintained. We feel so lucky to have found Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlace and the very special town of Bettona. It’s the kind of place you’ll want all your best friends to visit.
Thanks Greg, Ellen, Nathan, and Ari. Is was a pleasure sharing some of Umbria with you all. You taught me a few things about Vegans and how to cook for you. Thanks all.
We were a group of five couples from California who wanted a unique experience in a less touristy area of Italy. We found it at Fiumi Palazzo LaPlaca. The owner Michael, from beginning to end helped plan our 6 night stay complete with escorted tours to places where we could walk small, old hilltop villages with wonderful architecture, sample the foods of the area, see the incredible scenery as well as celebrate with two outstanding birthday dinners prepared in Michael's kitchen and served in the Palazzo's amazing dining hall. He arranged olive oil tasting, wine tasting and more. Michael the ever gracious host made us feel welcome from the minute we met. The apartments had all the comforts of home in a beautiful setting. If you are looking for an extraordinary vacation in Italy, we recommend Fiumi Palazzo LaPlaca with raves.