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“La Dolce Vita in Umbria”
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Palazzo Farrattini
Ranked #4 of 20 Amelia B&B and Inns
Houston, Texas
1 review
“La Dolce Vita in Umbria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2011

I have stayed at Palazzo Farrattini several times now, and it is a very special, beautiful and accommodating place. The hospitality of its owner, Ettore Farrattini, is unbeatable - warm and caring. (His English is impeccable, if that is a concern.) The palazzo is an historic Renaissance palace with gorgeous furnishings and artwork, with 21st century plumbing, thankfully! The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained. One can dine under the pergola on a sybaritic summer evening. It is heaven on earth.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2011

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.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

Amelia is a picturesque, quaint hilltown that is everything an idyllic Umbrian city should be, and Palazzo Farrattini is the perfect compliment to the surroundings. This B&B only increases the charm of Amelia, if that is even possible. Ettore and Scott are the consummate hosts, and they go above and beyond for their guests.

Palazzo Farrattini is conveniently located inside the city walls, within walking distance to all the attractions of Amelia. The palazzo stands just at the edge of the city, allowing for sweeping views of the countryside that will make even the most jaded travel feel transported and relaxed. Ettore is a wealth of knowledge about Amelia and the Umbrian region and is always more than happy to share anecdotes or some history. He has decorated the palazzo with beautiful, period antiques and the murals on the walls will make any art or history lover giddy.

From vineyard bookings to rental car pick ups, Ettore and Scott did everything to assure that my husband and I enjoyed our stay. They serve a lovely breakfast spread each morning and are always available for assistance, without ever being in the way. Palazzo Farrattini and the owners are wonderful cultural icons of Amelia - its hard not to be swept away in the charm of staying here!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chagrin Falls
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2010

My first visit to Palazzo Farrattini was absolutely amazing. It was in October 2008 and the weather was perfect. I was looking for a much needed rest with a touch of adventure and I found it all in Ameila. This was not my first trip to Italy so I already knew how accommodating and kind the people were in this beautiful country. Ameila was that "perfect little slice of heaven". From the moment I arrived at the palazzo I felt like I stepped back in time with the ancient structure and the lovely gardens. The rooms were magnificent in their splendor but very modern for our everyday needs. Every window you looked out of the palazzo the view was breathtaking. Ettore was a perfect host and did everything to make my visit special. I loved my daily walks around the village and getting to see all the sites. Since the weather was so beautiful we ate "under the vines" most meals or wander off to the many resturants available in town. I can honestly say I have not eaten such delicious meals anywhere else in all my travels. I count this as my favorite vacation of all time except . . . . . when I came back to the Palazzo Farrattini in May of 2009. Ettore has made this truly one of the most spectacular places to visit in Italy.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2010

From the moment Ettore picked the five of us up at the Fiumicino airport in Rome, we knew our first trip to Umbria was gong to be wonderful. Our three-day visit to Ettore's family palazzo, built in the 15th century inside the old walled city of Amelia, included clean, well-appointed accommodations, a relaxed easy atmosphere, the use of a great country kitchen whenever we wanted to use it, beautiful grounds, and a lovely breakfast each morning served in the original 15th century kitchen, turned dining room. Palazzo Farrattini is within easy walking distance of a gorgeous Duomo set on a hill inside the city walls, a new Eutruscan museum, great restaurants, and lots of small, interesting shops. A real find in Umbria, within easy distance to Assisi and a fantastic Italian "consignment shop" in Terni, which is a must visit stop if you are in the area! Take the train from Rome to Orte, and you are 24 minutes from Amelia.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Palazzo Farrattini
Address: Via Farrattini 52, 05022, Amelia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Terni > Amelia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Amelia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palazzo Farrattini is a unique jewel of the Italian Renaissance started exactly 5 centuries ago by the famous Architech Antonio Da Sangallo the youngest. Still a property of the family, the Palazzo opens its doors to the guests who look for the authentical charme of the period when it was built. During the summer of 2014 various events will celebrate this important anniversary. ... more   less 

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