Let’s face it, everyone loves castles. Rich in history and grand in design, castles are able to delight and capture the imagination of anyone at any age. It may be impossible for most of us to live like royalty but that doesn’t mean we can’t feel like it on vacation. Whether you want to roam the halls of an ancient watchtower or enjoy more modern interiors and amenities, we’ve rounded up five fabulous castles in Italy’s countryside for you. Consider renting one of these castles on your next European vacation!
Castello Della Valle
This exceptional castle is one of the most exclusive private estates in Italy. Perched on a hilltop, the castle offers impressive views over rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards.
Adjacent to the property is an eleventh century church with hand-painted frescos adorning the ceiling and walls. The estate has been in the current owner’s family for generations and they have meticulously renovated it into the modern and sophisticated property it is today.
The castle is set on an extensive private garden and offers six luxurious en suite bedrooms, a large 14 x 4m heated infinity pool and beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Should you ever want to leave this incredible estate, you can enjoy an afternoon wine tasting or horseback riding in the surrounding hills or experience a day of art and shopping Perugia, Siena or Florence.
Nightly rental rate starts at 2500€ | Find out more here
This unique private castle sits on a hilltop in the countryside of Foligno in Umbria. The tower of the castle dates back to 1387 AD and is surrounded by stone walls that encircle the inner gardens, courtyard, and family chapel.
The tower was built by Ugolino Trinci III, a member of one of Umbria’s noble historic families. The current owners lovingly restored this impressive estate into the modern-day retreat it is now while still remaining true to its history.
The interiors are sumptuous in design and feel like a Renaissance manor with the impressive vaulted ceilings, antique furniture, and original tapestries. All of the rooms have been carefully decorated to highlight the original architecture. The property offers four en suite bedrooms in the tower and a fifth suite situated in the gardens with independent access.
The property is close to the towns of Nocera, Assisi, Spoleto, and Perugia. In addition, the castle is in close driving distance to two wonderful parks and the beautiful Lake Trasimeno.
Nightly rental rate starts at 1000€ | Find out more here
Castello Del Monte
Perched on a hilltop with impressive views of the Tiber valley, the estate is located on the border of Umbria and Tuscany, near Perugia.
This impressive castle was built from ancient ruins dating back to the 12thcentury where it was originally built as a fortress by a Holy Roman Emperor.
The current owner commissioned a renowned architect to restore the castle stone by stone and Martyn Bullard, a world famous interior designer, to reimagine its magnificent past and bring it back to life. The castle has been beautifully transformed with modern elegance and amenities.
The property offers eight luxurious en suite bedrooms, a large heated pool, a private gym, Turkish bath, massage room, elevator and professional kitchen. Each suite consists of a seating area and a fireplace and have all of the luxuries of the modern world.
The interior spaces are designed to feel like a sumptuous Renaissance manor: stone floors are covered by plush rugs, walls are lined with tapestries and windows with drapes, and coffered or beamed ceilings stretch over the living areas.
This luxurious castle is one of the most exclusive rental estates in Italy and must be seen to be believed. It is a retreat from the everyday life, an oasis for the heart and mind and the ultimate destination for a relaxing luxury holiday.
Nightly rental rate starts at 2600€ | Find out more here
This exclusive private castle is perched on a hilltop in the countryside of Umbria. The property has breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The panoramic views are particularly exceptional from the rooftop terrace and solarium.
The castle dates back to the 12th century and has been recently restored to high standards. The estate is set over five floors and offers six en suite bedrooms, an elevator to access each floor of the tower, and a large swimming pool.
The interiors are a beautiful blend of modern and traditional. All of the spaces have been carefully designed to highlight the original architecture while infusing a more contemporary feel through the furniture and finishes.
The castle is in an ideal location to visit the region: Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto, and Bevagna are all in close proximity. In addition, the property is within a fiften minute drive to the beautiful town of Todi – a village that looks as though it’s straight out of a fairy tale and is home to one of Italy’s oldest public buildings (built in 1213).
Nightly rental rates start at 1500€ | Find out more here.
Originally built as a medieval watchtower, this beautiful property is set on one of Italy’s most exclusive privately owned country estates and is only 20 minutes from the city of Perugia. This peaceful retreat has been renovated to a high standard and offers impressive panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The home offers three en suite bedrooms a large infinity pool, incredible views, and pristine landscaped gardens. The tower’s rooftop terrace is ideal to curl up and read a good book or enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset.
The property is surrounded by thousands of hectares of pristine forests, olive groves, valleys, lakes and rivers, all of which add a sense of peace and tranquility.
The villa is located a few minutes away from a local restaurant that serves delicious regional Umbrian cuisine. From the restaurant’s terrace, guests have a clear view of the medieval Antognolla Castle. In addition to the many surrounding villages, there is also a magnificent 18 hole championship golf course nearby.
Nightly rental rate starts at 700€ | Find out more here
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