I've only been home a week from my annual summer visit to La Montagnola and I'm already planning an October return. Imagine: life atop a private mountain, in a well-appointed home, surrounded by olive trees, rosemary shrubs, your own pool and stellar views of the Umbrian countryside and the magnificent city of Assisi. Every year brings the same dilemma: should I spend today at the pool, or explore Florence, Siena, Perugia, Gubbio, Spoletto, Orvieto? This year, the pool and the local gelato shop won out on most days.
This is what I love most about La Montagnola: It is Italy, not a tour stop. No buses. No Murano-glass hawkers. Shops close at 1. Italian spoken. Churchbells in nearby Torgiano ring the hour and on Sundays, the start of the morning's Masses. The owner of our favorite ceramic shop remembers us. Every year we meet lovely new friends who we invite to a vacation-ending al frecso dinner atop the mountain.
Owner Vittoria Iraci Borgia is the consummate host, ready with daytrip suggestions and especially insider tips on the best daily markets, vineyards (Arnaldo Caprai) and shopping. She also produces some of the best olive oil in Umbria, from the very trees ringing this mountaintop retreat. Harvest is in late October, which is when I'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled high in the luxurious Umbrian hills sits the sprawling La Montagnola estate which is home to olive groves, an ancient Italian chapel, a fully operational olive oil mill, a lavish 18th century villa and so much more. The 600 acre estate offers a charming blend of medieval Italian history and luxury creating the perfect destination for both solo travelers, as well as groups, looking for a unique opportunity to experience the gentle magic of central Italy.The estate consists of an olive oil mill, three completely renovated farmhouses and a main villa. The main villa, now residence of the Iraci Borgia family, takes great pride in the original 13th century private chapel called the "Oratorio Pubblico della Madonna Immacolata" which is open to visitors. Near the villa are three completely restored farmhouses for guests. ... more less
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