Umbria, Italy

Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa

Rates per night from$129.14

Price information

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Cardinal’s inn


Mountainous Montefalco

Once home to a high-living 15th-century clergyman, the fresco-filled palace that is Palazzo Bontadosi hotel presides over the surrounding Umbrian hills. In rooms where the cardinal was rumoured to host his admirers, you'll feel like royalty yourself between the vaulted palazzo's spa and opulent candlelit restaurant.

Smith Extra

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Two tickets to the Museum of Montefalco, and a tour and tasting at the Colle Ciocco Winery


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Need to know


10, including four suites.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $129.14 (€114), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast and access to the spa.


The oldest part of the building (a mediaeval cellar dating back to the 12th century) houses the subterranean spa, which has a Turkish bath, saltwater pool and treatments including warm-water massages and grape facials.

At the hotel

Spa, art gallery, and free WiFi in communal areas and some rooms. In rooms: flatscreen TV and minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Fresco fans should request Room 1, Cardinal Bontadosi's original study, which has frescoes covering every rafter, including the walls and domed ceiling. The bathroom is in the alcove where the cardinal entertained his girlfriends 500 years ago. Room 7 is the only room with a terrace and comes with a rather lovely view of Umbria.


There’s a small heated saltwater pool underground in the cellar spa, with lights illuminating the ceiling.

Packing tips

This is the balcony of Umbria, so bring your binoculars, sketch book and sharpened pencils.


Book ahead for the Ente Fuga del Bove festival when the hotel fills up with guests wanting to soak up the carnival atmosphere in the square outside.


Cots for babies are €10 a day, extra beds will set you back €40. Hotel staff can babysit for €20 an hour.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

To make the most of being on this hilly perch, opt for the terrace in summer, or inside by the window for peering over the piazza.

Dress Code

Cardinal reds, with a golden touch.

Hotel restaurant

Locanda del Teatro is a restaurant fit for a former palace, suitably dripping in gold, with white Verner Panton chairs, wine-stocked shelves, vaulted ceilings and gilded domes. The menu changes with the seasons, but expect contemporary cuisine such as parmesan zabaglione with poached egg and black-truffle flakes, pork tenderloin with a spicy crust in a fig and mustard sauce, and spit-roasted quail in a juniper sauce. Chef Pasqualino Titta has cooked throughout Italy, so he's swotted up on where to source the best ingredients. Breakfast is served in a room with an oak-beamed ceiling, where the hotel exhibits the work of local artists, such as Graziano Carotti.

Hotel bar

Drinks are served throughout the day in the art-clad breakfast room, coffees and juices, beers and local wines are all available, and the small yet select cocktail menu stars Aperol spritzes and martinis.

Last orders

For breakfast, make sure you’re seated between 8am and 10.30am; lunch takes place between 1pm and 3pm; dinner is served from 8pm until 10.30pm.

Room service

The full menu is on offer during the restaurant’s opening hours.


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Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa
Piazza del Comune, 19
Montefalco (PG)


The nearest airport is Perugia Sant’egidio, which is 40km away from the hotel. Ryanair ( flies here from London Stansted, Girona and Trapani.


Foligno is the closest Trenitalia-served station (, and it’s a 15-minute drive from the hotel. From here, direct trains go to Rome in around two hours.


Palazzo Bontadosi is in Montefalco’s main square. From Perugia, take the SS75 south until Foligno, and then it’s a further 15 minutes, past Bevagna. There’s free parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Brush up on local history at the Museum of Montefalco (+30 07 4237 9598), set in a former church. Ask the hotel to arrange a chauffeur service to some of the region’s best wineries, such as Arnaldo Caprai (+39 07 4237 8802; and Paolo Bea (+39 07 4237 8128; For pottery and woven handicrafts, earmark Tessuti di Montefalco Uno (+39 07 4237 8119) and Tessuto Artistico Umbro (+39 07 4237 8977; Each year from 5 to 19 August, the Ente Fuga del Bove festival (+39 07 4261 6159) kicks off and revellers descend on the quiet town to witness its pageantry, partake in banquets and – if they're feeling brave – run with oxen.

Local restaurants

L’Alchimista (+39 07 4237 8558) overlooks the hotel from the other side of Piazza del Comune. Tuck into some home-made Umbrian fare in the alfresco area, wrapped up in one of the blankets on loan if the mountain air’s a bit chilly. On Piazza Mustafà, try Spirito di Vino (+39 07 4237 9048; and its 700-strong wine list. This medieaval inn offers light lunches and hefty dinners, with lots of local specialities on the menu, including bruschetta, salami and regional cheese. For historic Umbrian dishes, head to Il Coccorone on Largo Tempestivi (+39 07 4237 9535;, and don’t go home without trying the fatta in casa (home-made) pasta.


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Ian D’Agata

Anonymous review

By Ian D’Agata , All-round grape guy

Nicknamed ringhiera dell’Umbria (the balcony of Umbria), Montefalco is a pretty hilltop mediaeval town – among Italy’s best preserved. All around is the kind of flawless Italian landscape that postcards were created for: endless views of olive groves and manicured vines. And as newly minted Mr and Mrs Smiths, we can’t wait to get to our hotel, Palazzo Bontadosi, located in its central Piazza del Comune…

Palazzo Bontadosi’s façade – all bright glass and white walls – stands out among weathered, faded-grandeur hues of its grey and ochre neighbours. It injects a zippy modern freshness while managing an air of restraint. Inside are more light white walls, and sleek designer furniture. Mirco Cingolani, the manager, greets us smiling – clearly the one who sets the tone for all the staff to have such friendly and helpful dispositions.

The gallery-like ground-floor level is a modern art space; before we’ve even checked in, Mrs Smith is admiring the sought-after terracotta pieces by Graziano Carotti. It’s not just visitors here who get to enjoy Bontadosi’s curation: working with international galleries, the hotel sponsors exhibits to be shown in Paris, Berlin and LA.

One look at Cardinal Bontadosi’s former home in Montefalco is enough to infer that men of the cloth had a pretty good time in 15th-century Italy: domed ceilings and ancient art are part of the palace’s restoration back to full Renaissance glory. The count’s study is now a bedroom with decorated doors, frescoes and a bathroom set in an alcove once used to entertain his ragazze. The beds, meanwhile, are entirely modern-day with their profusion of pillows, and our room, one of only 10, has redcurrant and plum walls and dark oak floors.

Freshened up, we head for aperitivi in the small but sexy Art Lounge bar before dinner at Aurum. Taking decorative cues from its name (‘gold’ in Latin), the hotel restaurant is low-key but refined, and packed with locals and visitors. Mediterranean cuisine is light and precise; incongruous ingredients and bonsai-sized portions are eschewed, and locally sourced vegetables and meats have their provenance noted on the menu – a nice touch.

As a wine writer, I visit Montefalco several times a year, and am delighted once again to be in the home of the full-bodied sagrantino red. Enthusiastic as always, staff navigate the well-thought-out wine list as deftly as the food menu, and Mrs Smith soon has a glass of this inky tannic vintage in hand. One glug and she suggests we return in the summer so that we can enjoy supper outdoors on the pretty square or in the garden.

Since this luxury hotel is also a spa, we reserve part of the next day for some supine pampering. After a breakfast feast that would suggest we had more energetic plans – cappuccino, muesli, warm croissants, home-made jam tartlets and chocolate muffins, not to mention eggs and bacon – we head to the cellar for 12th-century tranquillity and 21st-century treatments, including wine therapies featuring that beloved local grape, sagrantino.

Robed and slippered, we drift down to the small, romantic saltwater pool, built into the ancient cisterns. Available by reservation only, the pool and Turkish baths are off-limits to outsiders. Next, Mrs Smith happily surrenders to an expert smearing of citrus-accented mask during her facial, conducted in a candlelit therapy room, while I succumb to a hot-stone massage. Soon, I’m drifting off to a New Age soundtrack, dreaming I’m swimming with mermaids. No doubt the dark interior and soft lighting nudge Mrs Smith into sleep mode, too; perhaps she’s fantasising she’s been transported back to the Middle Ages…

So soothed, it’s hard to picture us pounding pavements next, but local attractions beckon: the offer of local Montefalco Rosso and Montefalco sagrantino wines is dizzying, as is that of honey, salumi, cheeses and olive oil. A swift stroll reveals the wonderful staples of this artistic centre of Italy. Umbria is famous for its high-quality meats, especially pork, and we pass butcher shops, enoteche and the town’s main bar where locals gather to chat and gossip.

After pausing at L’Alchimista in the main square, for traditional fare at its inexpensive best, we make the short drive to nearby Bevagna – considered by many to be one of Umbria’s prettiest towns. Having admired its castles and churches, we return to the hotel in time for pre-dinner drinks. Dusk begins to settle, and the beauty of the setting strikes us once more. Navy blue, the starlit night is accented by the piazza’s soft lighting and the hotel’s brightly glowing entrance: it’s the kind of magical moment that makes you wish you never had to leave…


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