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Castel Rigone: Relais La Fattoria

Via Rigone, 1, Phone: 075.845.322
www.relaislafattoria.com

Reviewed by: Ginda Simpson from Italy, review #1007

When: June 2003

A beautiful hotel in a tranquil hamlet, overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Renowned hospitality and wonderful cuisine. A perfect getaway. {4 star}

The medieval borough of Castel Rigone, fortified in 1297, sits 700 meters above sea level overlooking Lake Trasimeno. La Fattoria, which simply means “the farm,” is an elegant hotel and restaurant with breath-taking views of the lake. The original structure was built at the beginning of the 17th century on the ruins of an ancient castle, once stronghold and watchtower over the valleys of Perugia. Upon the stones of this former castle, a “casa padronale” was built to oversee the vast agricultural holdings of Castel Rigone and Pian di Marte. Protected from outside attacks, the farm became a popular stopping place for noblemen and cavalry officers travelling through Umbria.

In the 1960’s Aldo Pammelati purchased the land and the casa padronale. Keeping the main house intact, with the help of his energetic young wife, Lidia, Aldo transformed the farm into a hotel/restaurant, revitalizing its reknown for hospitality. La Fattoria is an elegant four-star hotel with thirty fully-equipped bedrooms, a swimming pool, meeting rooms and a large banquet hall modernized in harmony with its past. Lidia has won numerous awards for her cooking, including the prestigious “Oscar della Cucina.” Gabriella and Roberto Pammelati now manage the hotel/restaurant and they learned well the art of hospitality from their dedicated parents. Staying and dining at La Fattoria is a win/win situation and I highly recommend the experience. In my case, it is less than an hour from my home, but makes the perfect getaway.

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