The Farmhouse is a beautiful vacation rental with four bedrooms in Umbria, set among tranquil olives, grapes and rolling barley fields. It has a very modern feel and aesthetic to it.
How would you describe La Piccola in a nutshell?
La Piccola is a little gem, located right outside the walls of medieval Collazzone. The building has a lot of history and has been lovingly restored with a 1960/70s Italian aesthetic.
What is the story behind La Piccola, what was your inspiration to create it?
We are based at The Farmhouse on the outskirts of Collazzone and regularly go into town for coffee or pizza, so I would drive by the house on a daily basis. It had been in the same family for generations but was always just sitting there, closed up.
What attracted me the most was the property's lovely garden, with terraces that are completely your own. It’s very rare to find this in the middle of a town. From the garden, you have a gorgeous view of the mountains, yet you are inside the town and within walking distance of everything you need.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of La Piccola?
Similar to the atmosphere at The Farmhouse, La Piccola has a calm, spacious feeling, albeit a little funkier. There are cement and tile floors, terrazzo countertops and hand-made sinks in the bathrooms, as well as locally made iron railings. During the renovations, we created spacious showers and larger windows to let in the natural light, as well as switched up the lamps for vintage ones and added old school chairs.
To you personally, what is so special about La Piccola?
I think La Piccola is special because you are in Collazzone but you have these terraces that make you feel like you are in the countryside. There are established plum and pomegranate trees around the pool and you can pick the fruit in season.
To me, it’s important that these towns thrive. From the local pizzeria to the bar where you can get your espresso in the morning — all of these things depend on having people visit them. I think the locals love seeing people visit and our guests love the local experience.