Lordly luxury in historic country-house style: that more or less defines Torre Palombara, a gorgeous manor dated to the 15th and 16th centuries in arcadian Umbria, now a boutique hotel. Owned and managed, incredibly, by the same family since its first foundation stone was laid, the complex was generously restored a few years ago, retaining and even enhancing the original architectural features and venerable materials. It has a tower suite and 6 large rooms, and an impeccable, time-honoured sort of décor which includes some family heirlooms.
If you’re charmed by the romantic interiors, you’ll adore the informal gardens, the pool area surrounded by sundry greenery, and the magnificent views over some of Italy’s most idyllic countryside. The hilly landscapes are those around Narni, just one of the ancient fortified villages to visit in the area. This is a great base for some serious wine tourism: white Orvieto is the best-known Umbrian wine (most bottles) and Montefalco Sagrantino the most prestigious, then there are the many pleasant surprises in between. Pair this with samplings of traditional fare, of course (truffles are obligatory when in season), or even cooking classes. And Rome is only just over an hour away by car or train.