What It’s Like To Stay In A Medieval Castle In Italy

Step inside Le Torri di Bagnara, an aristocratic 1,500 hectare estate located in Umbria.
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This post was produced in partnership with Le Torri di Bagnara.

Spanning 1,500 hectares of olive groves, sunflower fields and green-gold woods, Le Torri di Bagnara is a sprawling estate which combines the privacy of an aristocratic country home with the beauty of Umbria’s untouched nature. Except in this case, the aristocratic home is a collection of medieval castles and towers that boast a longstanding heritage and family lineage: the property is steeped in history and stepping foot here takes you back in time.

Built between the 11th – 15th centuries, Le Torri di Bagnara has been the private castle residence of the counts Giunta Tremi since 1901. It is owned today by Zenaide Giunta Tremi, the estate’s gracious hostess who restructured the property together with her late mother, Adela Tremi. Zenaide has fascinating stories to share about her noble family line, which descends from Napoleon Bonaparte, and she also opens the doors to her private home – a veritable fairytale castle – for private events, including intimate weddings in the Italian garden lined with hedges.

Le Torri di Bagnara castles are located a short distance from the famous art towns of Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto and Orvieto, making them an excellent place to explore the region’s art and culture while enjoying the tranquility of time and space. Overlooking the Umbria’s heartland, all you can hear is the sound of a gentle breeze, the chirp of cicadas and the bees fluttering around the estate’s rosebushes.

The property sleeps 30 guests total between two manors: the Castello di Pieve San Quirico, an elegant castle-villa containing an intimate courtyard which functions as the “heart” of the estate, and La Torre di Bagnara, which features apartments styled in a medieval fashion. In between the two lies a panoramic, saltwater pool which is blessed with sunshine all day: the outdoor pergola is a beautiful place to relax with a book, or enjoy an al fresco lunch in between dips in the pool. Given the importance of comfort and privacy, Le Torri di Bagnara is rented in exclusivity for family vacations, wellness retreats and weddings.

The estate partners include Si Weddings who will help with everything from floral design to sourcing photographers. Le Torri di Bagnara’s staff are prepared to cater events for up to 60 people and the castle is home to an 18th century Parish Church which is available for both religious weddings and civil ceremonies in Italy. For more details about hosting a private event or wedding on-site, visit Le Torri di Bagnara’s website.

With 5 walking and biking trails on the property, Le Torri di Bagnara is the perfect place to unplug and spend some time exploring Umbria’s verdant countryside. One local experience you certainly can’t miss is truffle hunting on the private estate where you’ll be accompanied by a professional truffle hunter and his dog in search of black truffles around the property. Walk through the woods and past the picturesque olive groves to sniff out this prized delicacy, before reaching a panoramic viewpoint where you can enjoy a truffle picnic and sparkling wines to celebrate your bounty.

If you’re lucky, you may even come across roe deer and hares that have been repopulated in the area. Zenaide is a true animal lover who has ensured her estate is protected from hunters, meaning everywhere you explore, you will be immersed in a totally tranquil ecosystem that celebrates nature and all its inhabitants.

Zenaide’s team can also help arrange cooking classes where you can pick herbs and seasonal vegetables from the estate’s garden. Whether you want to master gnocchi, tagliatelle or lasagne, Le Torri di Bagnara’s chef is on-hand to design a menu to suit all requests. You can also enjoy a private wine tasting in the castle’s courtyard, hosted by one of Lungarotti’s sommeliers, or tour nearby wineries in Umbria. For an unforgettable experience, take a ride on Italy’s biggest hot air balloon to explore the Umbrian countryside from up above together with 17 other passengers – or opt for a helicopter tour of the region. Golf lovers won’t want to miss an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. which is just a 10-minute drive from the estate.

Whether you’re looking for a location to plan a fairytale wedding or searching for a hideaway to enjoy time together with friends and family, Le Torri di Bagnara is an idyllic retreat where you can experience the aristocratic lifestyle and the beauty of the Umbrian countryside.

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