We were looking for an authentic Italian experience off the beaten tracks of Tuscany but at the same time wanted to stay in a very comfortable and fancy hotel. We looked for quite some time until we found the perfect balance in the form of Palazzo Seneca where we spent 5 marvelous nights from 4 to 9 July 2011. The hotel is located in Norcia, in Umbria, a region south of Tuscany. The city is known for the best salamis, hams and truffles in Italy. We’ve tasted them all and they are truly delicious!
The Palazzo Seneca hotel is housed in a 16th century building tastefully refurbished and fully modernized in which comfort, modern design and old stones are perfectly married. The owners and staff of the hotel are extremely kind, friendly and helpful and at the end of our stay we felt truly at home and sad to leave this oasis. While the hotel itself does not have a pool, a pool is available to guests outside the hotel. This was really the only major let-down of the hotel, as we had to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the pool. However, the hotel features a SPA at its underground, offering massages, saunas, a relaxation room, and a Jacuzzi. If you’re looking to get some tanning done, there is a terrace available on the second floor of the hotel, with a breathtaking view of the mountains around Norcia, and, most importantly, very comfortable deck chairs. Breakfast is served in the hotel’s own restaurant, right next to the reception. It features some of the best of Norcia’s delicacies. Jams, pecorino, salami, it’s all there, in addition to the already extensive selection laid out on the buffet (bread, cakes, pastries, croissants, eggs). If you decide to eat breakfast there, make sure to ask for Ginseng coffee with your breakfast. I’d never tried it before, and one of the staff made the suggestion, which I don’t regret. If you would like some quiet and a beautiful setting, both in terms of the hotel and of he surrounding nature, I would highly recommend this hotel. I’m already planning to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At home in an Umbrian palace, this is the atmosphere that you live in this XVI-century building of charm that has reopened after an accurate restoration. Fusion between design and tradition, simplicity and quality is the secret of this new hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Seneca Norcia
- Palazzo Seneca Hotel Norcia