Castiglione della Valle , Perugia, Italia
Municipality:Castiglione della Valle
Distances:Castiglione della Valle 6 km
Perugia 20 km
Città della Pieve 27 km
Chiusi 34 km
Description of the properties
Historical complex protected by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, it has an ancient history that dates back to 1100 although recent studies could date its birth at least 500 years earlier. Positioned on a gentle hill, with a panoramic view that sweeps over the wide valley from which Perugia can be seen, the castle is made up of 4 towers inserted in a widespread village of rare beauty. A careful restoration, respectful of the original characteristics, allows you to fully enjoy the beauty of the complex which has now become a historic home. To make guests live a unique and unforgettable experience, the castle offers different solutions including luxurious rooms and suites, all finely furnished while retaining the original characteristics of a medieval castle, or comfortable and spacious holiday apartments all with terracotta floors, ceilings with oak and chestnut beams, trusses and terracotta tiles. For those who wish, inside the medieval rooms, you can taste traditional dishes or simply a delicious breakfast with local products from part of the castle estate. The historic residence is inserted in a large park with over 10,000 square meters of gardens in which the two splendid swimming pools are also set. The Castle represents a unique location, halfway between Rome and Florence, central to the main cities of art such as Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto, Siena and Arezzo which can be reached in no time. The buildings of the Castle are surrounded by almost 10,000 square meters of gardens and lawns, of which approximately 1,600 are "private gardens" of the ground floor apartments. The rest of the gardens are completely available to guests who can choose the place they prefer to sit and relax. At the top of the hill there are two squares-terraces with a wonderful view of the surrounding valleys and woods and the many medieval villages and historic houses that can be seen from a distance. Perugia with its Etruscan walls and its main monasteries is visible 16 km away from one of the terraces, from many private gardens and from many windows of the apartments. The Sereni-Torricella forest, protected by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage (from now on MiBACT) and by the European Union, is visible 2.5 km away. The Castle has two swimming pools with a beautiful view of the valley. The largest, facing north-west, is 16 meters long and 6 meters wide. The smallest, which measures 8 by 4 meters, faces north-east towards Perugia. To keep the latter clean, chlorine is not used, but oxygen. The restaurant of the Castle is called "The Refuge of San Costanzo", because the first bishop of Perugia, who was called Costanzo, took refuge in Monticelli in 174 AD during a persecution of the Christians under Marco Aurelio (emperor from 160 to 180 AD). There are traces of S. Costanzo in the Monticelli chapel which are illustrated in other parts of this site. The restaurant is generally open only for dinner and by reservation only. Dinners are offered in the Gothic hall or outdoors if the weather permits. The Rifugio di San Costanzo offers typical dinners from the Italian regions, in particular from Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio. The pasta is often homemade, the vegetables are often organic and "zero kilometers" because they come from the large organic garden of the castle farm. The castle farm has about 4 hectares of arable land in the plains and about 4 hectares of wood along the slopes of the hill. The organic vegetable garden in the plains measures approximately 16,300 square meters, of which 5,000 are grown with berries (especially blackberries and raspberries). The rest of the land is cultivated with alfalfa or covered with fruit and olive trees.