A Quaint Cottage in Ponte Nuovo, Italy │Today I am very excited to share one of our most restful stops along our Europe Road Trip this summer. I’m sure that the expectations is that we will say our best moments involved Paris, Rome or the Swiss Alp. And yes, many of them do, but we are there are just some moments that aren’t about where you are. The most memorable ones are all about HOW you felt, and WHO you were with. After three days in Rome – think big city, lots of noise, plenty tourists, and graffiti on almost every wall – we were looking forward to a couple days of peace and quiet, maybe even something with a garden. Our next journey involved getting from Rome to Venice, with a half day stop in San Marino. We therefore only needed to sleep somewhere for one night. Looking at the map of Italy, it seemed like Ponte Nuovo was a good place to rest for a day.
Where the heck is Ponte Nuovo?
Ponte Nuovo is a small city in the Province of Perugia, in central Italy. At the time of the census in 2001 Ponte Nuovo had only 589 inhabitants. Needless to say, this is NOT on everyone’s list of “places to see” in Italy. We were, however, only looking for a good place to stop over for a night – something to break up our journey from Rome to Venice, via San Marino.
While searching for options on AirBnb, we came across a little house which was available. Many posting on AirBnb claim that you get the “Enitre home/apartment” but this isn’t always entirely true! For this reason, every time we found something that REALLY EXCITED us, we were apprehensive about becoming too happy until we arrived.
It took us a while to find the house, but as we pulled up to it, all of our hopes were confirmed! This was EVERYTHING that we needed. With a toddler as quiet as ours, it is not easy to sit and relax if we always have to wonder if he’s crept off somewhere. Sometimes I think that we need to put a bell on him…. hahaha, kidding. No, really!
Free Parking located nearby ✔︎ A outdoor area for Eli ✔︎ A safe barrier around the property ✔︎ An outside sitting area ✔︎
A barbecue ✔︎ A peaceful/ quiet neighborhood ✔︎ A house big enough for all of us to spread out (ie. not share a room with out night-time kung ku fighter) ✔︎ A kitchen so we can cook a nice meal ✔︎
It might look like a plain old little house. But it was JUST WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR!
Once we had unpacked a few things from the car, Justin left to find a grocery store. We were so excited about cooking a meal — and hoped that he would be able to find some meat for us to cook up. Since we were living out of our bags (and car) for two months, we liked to take everything out of the car very few days so that we could repack, re-oragnize and do laundry. Oh, who am I kidding? The boys couldn’t care less about doing this. haha…
The sun was setting and the beautiful colors were coming in the kitchen window while Justin prepared some food. Eli was outside, playing all around the house. He was absolutely crazy about the idea of running circles around the garden. Since there was a ginormous hedge surrounding the house, he wasn’t able to leave the property, and we felt happy leaving him outside to explore. I swear, this might be the most outdoor freedom that this kid has had in months! Normally one of us is following him, but here he was – free as a bird, and happy as can be!
Above, Eli found a ball, and oh my, the joy!!
Our kind hosts really went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We have stayed many places where there the most that might be provided is a sachet or two of coffee mix. Justin almost always has to make a morning run to the store for milk and snacks. Imagine our surprise when we arrived at this little house to find all of this…
There were even fresh eggs, fruits, bread, a carton of milk, and various other food options in the fridge.
All of these little extras go a LONG way to making guests feel at-home. We were able to cook with spices and sauces. hahaha… the smallest things seem to be a luxury when you are on an extended journey. WE LOVE IT!
We ate our dinner at the outside table while Eli ran around playing, and kicking his new-found ball. We were set to get back the road the next day, but we were starting to feel a little unsettled about leaving!
This was just too amazing to leave…
Check out this AirBnb posting HERE. Perhaps someone out there is planning, or even currently on, a Europe/ Italian road trip, and like us, looking for a nice quiet stop-over in the middle of nowhere. We highly recommend this place! The owners were really sweet and accommodating, and we were really sad to leave when we did!
Next Up: We were really torn between leaving Ponte Nuovo the following day, or sacrificing a couple of Venice days in favor of staying here instead. That might sound like an obvious choice. Venice?? Amazingly enough – a VERY difficult decision to make! More on that tomorrow!