Photos courtesy of Castel di Luco
Suites: 140 euros
Open: all year
Acquasanta Terme is about 20 km west of Ascoli Piceno. You really need a car to get around in this area.
Nearby: National Park of the Gran Sasso (Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso); Ascoli Piceno; horseback riding; skiing; swimming; tennis
This wonderfully preserved, 1000-year-old castle is unique for its circular form. At the base of the castle is a very tiny hamlet where the four guest rooms/suites are located.
The Amici family live in the castle itself, with part of this main structure converted into a romantic restaurant. Guests climb a stairway carved into the rock, which leads to a medieval room with vaulted ceilings and original wall frescoes.
The guest suites down in the hamlet are original structures dating back to the 1400s. They were the former homes of craftsmen who served the castle. Later these rooms became stables and hay lofts.
Wood-beamed ceilings, travertine stone walls, original brick floors, and antique beds give a suitably medieval air, while bathrooms are thoroughly modernized. Suites are named after the grandmothers of the Amici family; the Elena suite has its own terrace. All have views of the countryside.
Hosts are the Amici family who have owned the castle for 100s of years