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Villa Sogno Casetta in Umbria

Picture Yourself in Italy This Year!

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Win a Seven-Night Stay for 4 in Umbria and $1000 Spending Cash—or a Staycation Basket of Experiences, Italian-Themed Items, and More!

Villa Sogno Casetta in Umbria

Villa Features
2nd Prize: Staycation
Italy is Calling You
The Fine Print
Villa Gallery

BMFI is delighted to reintroduce our signature travel raffle in 2023. This year’s grand prize is a week’s stay at the gorgeous Villa Sogno Casetta in Umbria, along with $1000 cash (a total value of nearly $5000). 

The living room and architectural details at Villa Sogno Casetta
photo of Villa Sogno Casetta in Umbria
The Pool at Villa Sogno Casetta

Known as “the green heart of Italy,” Umbria (located East of Tuscany) is graced with luscious, rolling hills, olive groves, and vineyards. The region is rich in art, culture, and history. 

Perched on the edge of a small village, this impeccably restored luxury farmhouse offers a true taste of la dolce vita. La Casetta is a spacious little home with a whimsical nod to Italian design of the 1970s. The house has two bedrooms, two large baths, and an eat-in kitchen. 

Photo of the 2nd prize basket filled with Italian themed treats, staycations experiences

For the first time, BMFI is offering a second-place prize—a cornucopia of Italian-themed treats, staycation experiences, thematic tidbits, and some help planning your own future Italian getaway. The Main Line is a location rich for exploration, and this package will help guide you to new discoveries in your own backyard.

Villa Features

Accommodations for 4: 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms

Located near the town of Collazzone, 2 hours from Rome and Siena, Tuscany, and 1 hour from Cortona, Tuscany.

  • Fine linens, custom beds, and baths with heated floors and rain showers
  • A comfortable sitting room and sunken living room with a doorway out to your private terraced gardens, which are planted with rosemary, sage, jasmine, and lavender
  • A rustic outdoor kitchen with a fireplace for evening meals overlooking the valley
  • A private vegetable garden for your use, with plums, apricots, cherries, and almond trees on the grounds
  • A hidden pool that extends out into the green heart of Italy
  • Fireplaces in two bedrooms and the living room
  • Fire pit, bocce court, and foosball table
  • Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning and heat included

Due to the terraces, La Casetta is not suitable for children under 10, and may be difficult for some due to stairs.

Italy is Calling You

Far from the humid and crowded highways of the Greater Philadelphia region, the emerald hills and preserved medieval towns of Umbria await. When would you answer their call? The green and gorgeous spring, before peak tourist season but with the hills ablaze in wildflowers? The hot and sultry summer, when afternoon naps are essential, and you might take in a nearby jousting tournament or watch an al fresco performance of opera or ballet? The less-crowded and mild Fall, when grape and olive picking is at full swing under clear blue skies and Europe’s largest chocolate celebration takes place? Or, would you brave the chillier winter months, when you can experience the un-touristed “real Italy” and celebrate the region’s famous truffles? The decision is yours, if you enter and win BMFI’s signature travel raffle.

No matter when you go, you can treat yourself to a quiet and immersive traditional Italian experience, traveling small winding roads through beautiful rolling hills, relishing the region’s farm-to-table cuisine, and sampling some of the best wines in Italy. Your lodgings for seven nights are at the impeccably restored luxury farmhouse, La Casetta, (comfortably fitting four guests in its two bedrooms, two large baths, and an eat-in kitchen). The grounds also feature a pool to enjoy in the warmer months. And, $1000 in spending cash is included in your prize.

And now, as part of this trip, BMFI is able to offer a special day in one of the most beautiful hilltop towns in Italy, Deruta, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is just 15 minutes from your villa. Deruta is most famous for creating some of the best examples of the glazed and hand-painted pottery known as majolica. Bryn Mawr’s Via Bellissima, the Main Line’s own source for this colorful pottery, has arranged for our winner to tour a favorite factory, Fima Deruta, where the owner will explain how this striking pottery is handmade – and what to look for when purchasing authentic examples. (You may arrange to have items shipped back to either to Via Bellissima or your home.) Find some favorites there, then wander the town and visit more than 200 additional shops sporting both antiques and the work of these cottage industries. And don’t forget to have lunch, visit Deruta’s picture gallery, ceramics museum and churches, or simply wander the medieval streets.

This special part of Italy reaches towards you. Will you take the opportunity to win this carefully managed (only 300 tickets will be sold) raffle that benefits BMFI and all of our special programs? Don’t forget that for the first time, we are also offering a second place prize, chock full of local and fun staycation experiences and Italian-themed items. Raffle tickets are $150 each and may be purchased online or at the Box Office.

2nd Prize: Staycations Are Fun, Too!

For the first time, BMFI is offering a second-place prize—a cornucopia of Italian-themed treats, staycation experiences, thematic tidbits, and some help planning your own future Italian getaway. The Main Line is a location rich for exploration, and this package will help guide you to new discoveries in your own backyard. The second-place prize package, worth over $2,500, includes goods and services from the following partners—plus, a surprise assortment of Italian-themed accessories, gifts, and cookbooks.

TRAVEL

Discover My Italy

Discover My Italy

No-fee travel consultation and 100 Euro in cash if you book your trip with this leading planner of Italian getaways.

DINING

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La Cucina at the Market

Italian brunch cooking class for two at La Cucina in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market

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Trattoria Carina

Gift card valued at $200

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Avalon Bistro

Gift card valued at $75

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Bar Lucca

Gift card valued at $50 to be used at Bar Luca, Bar Sera, or The Stone Rose

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The Grog Grill

Two gift cards valued at $25 each, total $50

EXPERIENCES

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Opera Philadelphia 

Two tickets to Simon Boccanegra, running September 22 through October 1, 2023, at the Academy of Music

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America-Italy Society of Philadelphia 

Annual Membership for two at this international nonprofit, offering opportunities to experience a wide range of cultural and educational activities

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Longwood Gardens

Two tickets to one of the world’s great gardens right here in Kennett Square. Tickets expire March 2025. Not valid for special events.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Two admission tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tickets expire June 2024. Not valid for ticketed special exhibitions.

ACCESSORIES & HOUSEWARES

Discover My Italy

Discover My Italy

Giovanna Chiti Cartoline silk scarf, inspired by Italian travel ephemera 

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Via Bellissima

Gift card valued at $50

The Fine Print

Grand Prize Rules:
Drawing to be held no later than September 1, 2023. Need not be present to win. BMFI will contact the winner. Winner will finalize trip arrangements with Villa Vacations. The winner can elect to book any available time period from September 2023, until October 2024. Once booked, villa is non-transferable. Property has many stairs and may not be recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Lodging for up to 4 guests and $1,000 spending cash is included. Airfare and expenses (other than lodging) are not included. Additional services available for an extra fee: additional maid service, cooking service, babysitting, grocery shopping, car service, etc. Winner is responsible for refundable security deposit of $1200, due on arrival and returned at end of stay (less damages). There is no smoking in the villa. Directors and employees of BMFI are not eligible.

2nd Prize Rules:
Drawing to be held no later than September 1, 2023. Need not be present to win. BMFI will contact the winner. Winner will be responsible for claiming the prize in person at BMFI. There are no substitutions, and the prize has no cash value. The respective donors of the goods and services are responsible for providing the services/items indicated. BMFI is not responsible for any of the services/items beyond the initial transfer of the raffle prize to its recipient. Directors and employees of BMFI are not eligible.

Raffle tickets are $150 each. No more than 300 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Tickets may also be purchased at the Box Office.

Villa Gallery

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Villa provided by Doorways Villa Vacations 


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