Set in Norcia, a town surrounded by a 14th century city wall in South Eastern Umbria, Palazzo Seneca has re-opened its doors after 7 years of meticulous restoration. This house within a 16th century Umbrian Palace oozes a simple elegance capturing the essence of Umbria with a combination of local design and tradition.
Once the first hotel in Norcia and one of the first in Umbria, it comprises 24 rooms of which 5 are junior suites or suites, some boasting antiques which date from 1500-1700, and once belonged to the Seneca family. There is also a beautiful library holding ancient books of art, architecture, Umbrian and Italian culture, a wonderful Spa, a sports centre with indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gym and tennis court. The Vespasia restaurant, which pays tribute to the traditions of Norcia, the Italian capital of the black truffle and home to the best lentils in the world, offers typical regional cuisine whilst incorporating an innovative touch.
Being situated in a privileged location, there is a vast range of activities available in and around Norcia. Guests can experience the local gastronomy with truffle hunting, cooking classes, wine and extra virgin oil tasting as well as producing ricotta at the School of Cheese. The more energetic activities include; trekking excursions, mountain biking, rafting, horse riding, Nordik walking lessons, snowshoe trekking, cross country skiing and even the possibility of building an Eskimo Igloo.
Doubles start at £111, including breakfast www.palazzoseneca.com