Not to put too fine a point on it, Palazzo Farratini is my favourite place to stay in Italy. Nowhere else gives me the true feeling of what it would have been like to live in a 16th century palazzo. And I have stayed in many, all remodeled until any vestige of authenticity was gone. Ettore Farattini has a passion for the old and the real, and has lovingly preserved and cared for a part of Italian architectural history. Everything that it is possible to keep is still real, from the herring-bone brick floors as you enter the main doors, to the worn stone thresholds in the doorways. You are walking in the footsteps of the last 500 years!! With Ettore’s skill working with wood, even the windows are the originals, a major feat. Then, up the horse stairs (yes, 16th century noblemen could ride up to the piano nobile!) is the ballroom and, now, bedrooms. What an amazing feeling to wander through the ballroom, with it’s magnificent ceiling and tall windows and polished floor.
Of course, the palazzo has had additions, like wonderful bathrooms, but they are integrated into the rooms in a way that makes them seem always to have been there. My favourite bedroom is the red room, with its four-poster bed and lovely furniture, but all the bedrooms have their own charm and they all are furnished with period pieces.. And if you’re particularly lucky, and if you come with a party of 4 or 6 people, you may have the whole piano nobile to yourselves, to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.
I have seen preparations for huge gatherings, too, and although I haven’t been to a wedding or a conference at the palazzo, I can’t think of a more wonderful place to hold a large event.
Ettore and his partner Scott live on the ground floor. Their welcoming warmth and charm are the other reason this is my favourite place to stay in Italy. In fact, if you play your cards right, you may get to use the kitchen on the ground floor, and at this point the whole palazzo feels so much like home you will never want to leave..
A swimming pool is being built, a lovely addition to the grounds with their formal garden and the fields of olive trees., and It’s hard to believe that Palazzo Farratini is within the walls of Amelia. The wisteria arbor is the most lovely spot to gather around a table and toast the sunset with a glass of Prosecco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming B&B in a real Renaissance Palazzo built in the XVI century by Antonio Da Sangallo for the Bishop Bartolomeo II Farrattini and still property of the family who runs it. Ideal for a nice relaxing vacation close to many important sites and cities to visit: just one hour from Rome and one and a half from Florence. Locatd in the medieval town of Amelia with a history that goes back 3.000 years, the Palazzo has a large garden of 10.000 square meters, a parking lot and a pool in construction that will be ready in a few weeks. The restoration of the building has been made in the most high respect of the original decorations to give to the guests the feeling of going back in time but with commodities, (including wifi in selected areas). ... more less