Photos courtesy of Castello di Petroia
Double rooms: 120–210 euros
Suites: 180–260 euros
Rates include breakfast
Open: mid-March through mid-January
The castle is about 13 km south of Gubbio off of statal road 298. Look closely for a signposted driveway. From here it’s another 1.4 km up a steep unpaved road.
On site: seasonal swimming pool
Nearby: horseback riding; hiking
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The Castello di Petroia is a wonderful discovery for those of you who love intimate hotels with personalized attention.
Once you climb the hill and buzz your way through the gate, you’ll find a medieval complex with views commanding the idyllic Umbrian landscape, as well as a genuinely warm welcome by the hotel staff.
Guest rooms can be in any of three buildings: the Castellare Maggiore, the Castellare Minore, and the Mastio, or old watchtower. All are furnished with fine period pieces, while oak beamed ceilings give a rustic touch. Walls are accented with 18th- and 19th-century paintings and prints. A few rooms have open fireplaces and Jacuzzis. One room has a large stained glass entryway.
If you don’t mind steep steps, the tower apartment can be fun for the adventurous. Three rooms are configured on four levels. You enter into a small sitting room on the ground level and a steep spiral stairway leads down to the bathroom, while another stairway leads to the bedroom above. From the bedroom you can climb yet another level to an outside terrace with a private solarium and terrific views.
The “don’t miss” event at the castle is the evening dinner. The castle’s gracious owner, Carlo Sagrini, personally hosts the dinner and gets to know his guests. Meals begin with an aperitif on the terrace, followed by several more courses in the charming Sala degli Accomandugi. Your host will regale you with tales of the castle’s past, as well as offer suggestions for you to enjoy the surrounding area.
Concerts, exhibitions, and special medieval themed events.