We have lived in Italy for almost two years, posted at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. We have stayed at many places around Italy on the weekends. Our recent visit to Torre Palombara was a highlight of our time in Italy. When the noise and traffic and heat in Rome get to be too much, we seek out places to stay that offer quiet and peace and beauty to re-charge our batteries. Torre Palombara possessed all of these qualities--the loudest sound we heard were the beautiful songbirds.
Run by a charming woman and her very helpful sons, this lovely home has been in the family on the father's side since the 15th century. After extensive renovations that were recently completed, the family has opened the house as an inn. Rooms are beautifully decorated in "rustic elegant" Italian style. Although the pool was closed when we were there (in April), we are looking forward to a return visit this summer. Breakfast was wonderful, with the best cappucino I have had in Italy.
At the family’s suggestion, we had dinner in the village of Stroncone at Taverna de Portanova, about a 20 minute drive away (a GPS is very helpful). The restaurant is in an ex-convent with vaulted ceilings and serves excellent local Umbrian specialties. The couple who run the restaurant preside over their five tables with attentive care. The meal was excellent and the town was charming. Torre Palombara also will serve dinner at their inn with advance notice--they hire a chef to come in and cook local food, serving the meal on the terrace in the summertime as you watch the twinkling lights of Narni in the distance. The cost is very reasonable.
Highly recommended--we can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic Villa is built around an ancient XVth century "Torre Palombara," on a hill that dominates a green landscape and offers the wonderful view of Narni and its castle. The charming residence has been restored to its former splendor by the passionate owners and maintains all the original characteristics and elements that are distinctive to the ancient "Torri Palombare." The guests will enjoy the tranquility and the breathtaking views, surrounded by a refined ambiance that maintains all the charm of an antique Villa. ... more less
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