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Palazzo Farrattini
Ranked #4 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Amelia
Reviewed June 27, 2011

I took the recommendation of friends when I booked my stay at the palazzo and am so glad that I did. Hosts Scott and Ettore (descendant of the original builder and a member of the Farrattini family) were superb hosts. This unique setting is steeped in history beginning in the 16th century, and you will love hearing the stories. It's one thing to see history in a museum, it's another entirely to experience it in comfortable, elegant surroundings. This was a treat.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

If you like the gently faded atmosphere of Merchant Ivory and history is your thing, it doesn't get better than the Palazzo Farrattini. Completed in 1525 for the Bishop Bartholomeo Farrattini, the Palazzo has remained in the same family for over five hundred years and continues to be looked after by Ettore Bartholomeo Farrittini-Pojani and his American partner Scott Barnes. Gratefully, language is not a problem and both hosts are extremely helpful with advice and suggestions for what to see and do in Amelia and the surrounding Umbrian hills. My first visit was one week, the second, three weeks, the third, seven weeks and the fourth visit eleven weeks. You might say I love it here. The rooms, thankfully, are not too "done up" but are an authentic blend of family antiques and local finds. Some have the original 16th century ceilings. Some, as Ettore explains, are "new". (He's talking about the eighteenth-nineteenth centurys.) Three of the four rooms have innovative bathrooms en suite, which was apparently not easy to do under the watchful eye of the Fine Arts Commision in this National Monument. In the basement you can see remnants of Roman mosaic floors dating from the eleventh century AD. This is categorized historic residence and you will soon find your favorite cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Sympathetic guests may find room in the refrigerator of the original charmingly updated kitchen, one of which is the breakfast room. If you rent a car, Spoleto, Narni, Orvieto, Assisi, Rome and Florence are surprisingly accessible. There is a train in Orte, less then thirty minutes away which will get you comfortably to Rome and Florence without the hassle of city traffic. Arrangements can be made to be picked up at Fiumicino Airport in Rome for 150 euro ( a bargain if you prefer not to hazard the drive. ) Trains to Orte leaves from the airport terminal which will get you to Orte in approximately two hours and arrangements can be made to be picked up there for a 25 euros. Amelia is a restful destination, almost a thousand years older than Rome, with Etruscan artifacts pleasantly displayed in the local museum. It is not over run with tourists and offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in truly authentic Umbria.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 18, 2011

We walked up to the back door and saw a view over the town wall to a valley and the hills beyond. With the sweet scent of lemon trees in the air, our travel stress melted away. I echo what other reviewers have said about the wonderful Palazzo and the warm hosts. In casual conversation Ettore and Scott shared histories of the B&B and their fascinating lives. Our room, the one with a large wardrobe reconfigured into a bathroom, did face the street so there was some traffic noise and some late-night revelers at the nearby pizzeria.

We would definitely return.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Amelia...when I was planning my solo journey to Italy it was just a destination. After spending a few days at the Palazzo Farrattini it is now my special place to return to visit Ettore and Scott. The minuted I arrived in Rome, Ettore transported me to the Umbria I only imagined. Being a guest and learning the history of the home and the Farrattini family was the highlight off my two week journey. I will forever treasure the memory of relaxing in the garden, enjoying a wonderfully prepared meal of local cheese, homemade olive oil and bread while surrounded by the scent of lilacs. It was my fifth trip to Italy but my first time to truly experience life in Italy.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

The architecture and history of this Renaissance palace is arresting but the warmth of the welcome is what most impresses. In no time, one feels almost a part of the family, enjoying breakfasts together with other guests in the dining room, arranging occasional lunches under the beautiful pergola of wisteria, having an aperitivo on the patio as the sun sets behind the nearby hills! Although a B&B, Ettore and Scott seem happy for their guests to set out on discovery tours or laze happily in the garden. It couldn't be more pleasant.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

This is a lovely base for a holiday in Umbria, with easy access to Rome as well. Not a tarted-up, 4-poster-bed kind of place, but a genuinely beautiful historic palazzo in an old Umbrian hill town. Big, comfortable rooms, a pretty terrace for drinks/al fresco meals, and a charming host in Count Ettore Farrattini. Amelia has several good restaurants (one outstanding) and a fantastic pizzeria just across the street from the palazzo. Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia are within easy reach by car, plus lots of fabulous hill towns, and there are regular trains to Rome from nearby Orte. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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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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Additional Information about Palazzo Farrattini

Address: Via Farrattini 52, 05022, Amelia, Italy
Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Terni > Amelia
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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: $141 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This place is temporarily closed due to renovation. 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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