Casa San Ruffino

Le Marche, Italy

Travellers who want the best of central Italy are now heading for Le Marche, the third region, alongside Tuscany and Umbria, that makes up the area. The region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the high Apennine mountains and much of it remains unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism. The Adriatic coast has been a destination for holiday makers for decades, but few venture far from the beaches. In the Le Marche region, perhaps more so than anywhere else in central Italy, you will find places where time really has stood still. Casa San Ruffino is s beautiful old farmhouse from the mid-1800's, carefully restored to a luxury - but humbly - small boutique hotel - located gorgeously on its hill, famous for its ambience of silence and peaceful atmosphere with beautiful views of green valleys. There are four (plus an extra room) charming rooms - all with a small patio. Ruffino has a magnificent swimming pool with spacious sun beds and umbrellas.
Countryside

Hotel guide

Facilities

  • Four rooms, all quipped with: king-sized bed, air-conditioning, heating for the cooler months. En-suite bathroom including a walk-in shower, Toiletries and towels, fully stocked mini-fridge, free wifi throughout
  • Pool is officially open from May to September. Sometimes earlier, depending on the weather

Our Favourite

  • The owner is happy to recommend a long list of the best local restaurants

Wine & Dine

  • Daily Breakfast with freshly baked bread is served
  • Lunch & Dinner is served. The owners are both awarded chefs and pastry chefs from Sweden, having years of experience of the Italian countryside and producing both olive oil and wine in Tuscany. Peter & Carina have practiced with the best chefs of Italy and learnt the tricks of the grandmas at local restaurants

Dresscode

  • Relaxed atmosphere. Pack summer shorts, sunglasses and swimwear

Budget

  • Rooms from € 140 / day including breakfast

Local guide

Worth getting out of bed for

  • If fashion is what you're after then the factory outlets of Tod's, Prada, Hugo Boss and many others are within easy reach of the house

When to go

  • Spring and late summer are the best times. The open-air Macerata Opera Festival runs from the third week in July until mid of August

Good to know

  • Whether you want to admire masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, trek across wild uncharted mountains or hunt out the best of the catch in a fishing port, Le Marche has enough to keep you busy for years. And you will rarely have to jostle with hoardes of other foreign tourists

How to get there

  • Fly to Ancona, which is one hour away by car and served by Ryanair. Germanwings flys to Ancona from both Düsseldorf and Berlin
  • Hire a car the Ancona airport, makes your journey easier
  • By train: nearest station is Porto San Giorgio, half an hour drive from the house

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