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It has taken us a long time to get here. We, Letizia and Ruurd, have worked for many years as research entomologists. We have lived in several countries, including France, the Netherlands, Ruurd’s home country, and the United States. We traveled extensively before we realized that it was time to settle down to a family life. We agreed that the Umbrian countryside – where Letizia comes from – was one of the most beautiful places on earth and that was where we wanted to live.

In 1997 we bought an abandoned farmhouse, we restored it, transformed it into a countryside accommodation and we replanted a 250 trees olive grove. We also have a few hectares of grains, woods, a vegetable- and a herb-garden. Last, but not least, in 2001 we had our daughter Tea.

The origins of “Alla Madonna del Piatto” date back some five hundred years, with the oldest structures likely built as a watchtower or a fortified refuge for shepherds. During the renovation project, forgotten among the rubble we found a little plate depicting a medieval lady with flowers in her hands. We named the house after this delightful figure, the Lady of the Plate, “la Madonna del Piatto”.

Our first B&B guests arrived in 2003. As experienced travelers, we have always loved to stay in small inns with a local character rather than a standard hotel. However, the enthusiasm of our guests for the beauty of our land and their appreciation of our family-style hospitality has far exceeded our expectations. We are grateful to all of them for having visited us on our magical mountain and for contributing to the enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere of our house.

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