The odyssey we took to restore this long abandoned gem is the stuff of stories: how we met the mayor within days of arrival, were welcomed into a beautiful village, adopted by four generations of a warm Umbrian family, struggled to finish a massive restoration in time for arriving guests, vaulted months of red tape with the help of our amazing “fixer”, the geometra who became our dear friend, how we get involved in village festivals and are now continuing to discover what “living our dream” actually means. With these stories, I share my own reality, much like a mosaic of brilliant ancient glass overlaid with the patina of true grit: life in a small village. I will take you with me as I explore the historical sites in Umbria and Tuscany that are so near and discover the meanings beneath the layers of that first romance with our dear, sometimes inscrutable, Umbria. Meet the Ladies of Piegaro: http://www.italiannotebook.com/local-interest/ladies-piazza/
Posted by:Colleen Simpson
I followed a dream to live in a medieval village in Umbria. In 2007, we completely renovated a 10,000 sq.ft. abandoned glass works into a villa and four apartments. Set on the western wall of the glass making village of Piegaro, our property L'Antica Vetreria was the most historic glass works founded in 1292 by artists from Venice. It has panoramic western views, pool, terraces and just steps to the main piazza with bar/cafe, restaurant, groceries, butcher, gift shop, museum of glass. I am living my dream of meeting guests from around the world to share my passion for Italian art, culture, history, wine and food! Living in a small village on the border of Tuscany, I am surrounded by good friends who welcomed our restoration of their most historic structure that they have lived within its shadow for hundreds of years. The villagers welcome our guests with open arms, offering cooking classes, mushroom and asparagus gathering, hunting for valuable truffles or just sitting in the sun enjoying life.