Le Torri di Bagnara enjoys a beautiful hillside setting overlooking the valley of the Tiber (Tevere) river about 10 miles north of Perugia. Guests are accommodated in beautifully restored stone buildings. The main lodge has a large outdoor courtyard with tables for drinks or just relaxing and a tower with terrace—a perfect place to contemplate the countryside. The guest rooms are spacious, comfortable, beautifully appointed and airy, with views looking out to the nearby hills. The amenities show a keen eye for beauty and appreciation for ecology; the soaps and lotions are all organic and exquisite and the whirlpool bath is high quality. The food is mostly local, prepared by a friendly cook and amazingly fresh. For breakfast there is an extensive buffet with a wide array of breads, pastries, meats and cheeses, as well as fruit, juice and - of course - excellent coffee and a surprisingly fine selection of tea. The delicious, attractively presented fixed-price dinners offer a seasonal selection of local dishes and provide a fine introduction to the cuisine of the region. During our stay we enjoyed an outstanding porcini risotto, tender fresh-fed veal (raised on the property) in truffle sauce, roasted eggplant with rocket (arugula) and other fall vegetables from the garden, plus a variety of home-made pastas. The desserts vary each night; the Perugina chocolate mousse and wild berry panna cotta we sampled were both exquisite. The family that owns Le Torri also makes its own olive oil (you can walk among the olive groves on the property) and produces red and white wine from its vineyards in Tuscany which are offered by the glass or bottle at dinner for a very fair price.
The multi-lingual staff is extremely pleasant, professional and helpful. If you are fortunate enough to meet the proprietor, she is a very gracious lady who will be happy to share her knowledge of the history of the property and its surroundings. The location makes it a convenient base for exploring the Umbrian countryside. The resort property itself features miles of walking, hiking and biking trails, with helpful signpost indicating trails, tree varieties and local fauna, and is an exciting place for photography. There is also a seasonal swimming pool, with a beautiful setting, so that it is equally well suited to provide a relaxing break from the rigors of touring. A stay at the Torri di Bagnara is truly a once in a lifetime experience and is sure to be a highlight of any Umbrian itinerary. We enjoyed it in October, but would love to return to see another season among the olives and chestnut trees.
H. Fetter and L Fishman, Los Angeles
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Le Torri di Bagnara" is a word-class collection of exquisitely restored medieval rental castles set in the private estate of Tenuta di Bagnara, an historic 1500-acre superb estate and natural reserve over the Umbrian Tiber Valley. Located 18 km north of Perugia, 30 min car to Tuscany, conveniently close to Assisi, Siena and Cortona,almost equidistant between Rome and Florence, this peaceful estate is a haven for the mind and the senses and makes a tailor-made base for the best stay in central Italy. The main villa, Pieve San Quirico castle (11th century historic house), is a stylish medieval castle, surrounded by a courtyard with an octagonal tower, beautifully renovated and made into a private house. It has been restored according to the highest standard of renovation and design to create a luxury villa with 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms with breathtaking views around it and in total privacy. Four apartments set in the Tower (11th century historic house), just up the hill are available for large groups on request (15 extra beds) and can be rented only in addition to the castle. The castle features an 18th century consecrated parish church that seats 70; it can be used for celebrations, meetings and social gatherings. All hotel services are available at our villas. Our on-premises concierge, knowledgeable and fluent in both English and Italian, is available to help you enjoy the entire region to the fullest Le Torri di Bagnara's 1500-acre estate provides superb opportunities for walking and biking, mushrooms and truffle hunting, wildlife watching and photography, yoga. Blessed with a large variety of wild flowers, ancient trees, 5 small lakes, several streams, 16 km of the Tiber river (italy's second main river), a resident population of Roe Deer and Hares and a wide range of bird species from Herons to Pheasants, the estate is a haven for all things bright and beautiful. Guests may also enjoy our high quality Farms' Produce: extra virgin olive oil, honey, fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs and the vintage wines from our Tuscan vineyards. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Torri Di Bagnara Perugia