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 renown 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.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Relais La Fattoria
Via Rigone, 1, 06065 Castel Rigone ~ Umbria, Italy
Relais La Fattoria ~ Original pastel painting by Ginda Simpson