The Seal of Excellence of italian historic houses

Since 1999 the Italian excellence in historic houses

Since 1999 we certify the standards of excellence of italian villas, castles and historical residences

You will recognize the best historic houses of Italy by the Seal of Quality

The "Italian Historic Houses Seal of Excellence" was established in 1999 as part of the "Project for recovery and enhancement of the historic Italian heritage". The "Seal of Excellence" has been awarded annually since 1999 only to the villas, castles and historic houses that have been able to demonstrate that they meet the necessary requirements for holding the delicate role of first-class Italian hospitality ambassador.

In order to ensure the high standards required, the selection criteria adopted by the Certification Commission are very strict and also include:

  • more than 124.953 Club Members' suggestions and recommendations
  • scores obtained during anonymous Quality Control inspections
  • renovations quality
  • presence of elements of historical, artistic and cultural relevance
  • rooms' intimacy and exclusivity
  • notoriety, online reviews, references from certified partners
  • advertisement and information pack (website, brochures, catalogues, etc...)
  • reception service and customization level

Only the finest historic houses pass the strict quality controls of Residenze d'Epoca

The Seal of Excellence of Residenze d'Epoca is an absolute guarantee of quality

Only a limited number of historic houses can adorn themselves with the Seal of Excellence and be included in the "Official Selection of the historic houses of Excellence".

Owners and staff of the historic houses which have achieved that highly prized award commit themselves to pass unchanged the historical charm of ancient houses, as well as provide a high quality service in order to make customers feel welcome like "a guest in their own home".

The Chart of Excellence also requires that the historic houses that have already received the Seal of Excellence can lose the certification, if the Commission considers that they are no longer able to ensure the required quality standards.

Moreover historic houses that already received the Seal of Excellence can lose the certification, if the Commission considers that they are no longer able to ensure the high standards required. Historic houses discarded by the Certification Commission are not to be considered of "low-level", but simply are not yet able to meet the high standards required.

What makes a historic house certified by Residenze D'Epoca absolutely unique?

Only the best historical residences meet our standards of excellence

High historical, artistic and cultural value

Protecting and enhancing our precious Italian heritage of history, culture and traditions that is the envy of the rest of the world.

Prestigious, elegant and charming interiors

The most beautiful way to highlight your life's most precious moments.

High accommodation standards

Assuring an Impeccable service makes every visit an unforgettable experience.

Custom satisfaction rating above 90%

Fostering conscious choice of high quality service dedicated to the most demanding guests.

Systematic rigorous checks and Quality control inspections

For protecting high quality tourism through a strict and reliable certification protocol.

Residenze d'Epoca enhances the historical Italian heritage

A contribution up to 10% for each booking by members of the Club

The Club of Residenze d'Epoca was created to contribute to the valorization of Italian heritage, which, according to UNESCO, constitutes more than half of the world's historical artistic and cultural heritage.

A contribution equivalent to 10% of each Club Member's booking rate is allocated by Residenze d'Epoca to the "Fund for the promotion of historical tourism" which has been established in 1999 with the aim of:

  • encouraging tourism in historical residences
  • enhancing art and culture of historic places
  • supporting the protection and enhancement of Italian historical heritage
  • running information and awareness campaigns
  • providing free consulting services during preservation and renovations of historic buildings
  • encouraging institutions to pay more attention to the resources of our country
  • providing bonuses for Club Members

Residenze d'Epoca puts you in touch with Italy's most exclusive historic houses

If you are looking for a top location, you can find it only on Residenze d'Epoca

The philosophy of Residenze d'Epoca is to encourage the creation and consolidation of that special relationship that binds both historic houses' owners and operators to their guests, renewing a culture of hospitality that is often passed on from one generation to the next.

For this reason all the information (ex. official website, telephone, email) needed for coming into direct contact, at no cost and without intermediaries, with Italy's most fascinating historic houses can be found in our fact sheets.

Renaissance villas, castles and fortresses, ancient buildings, farms, farmhouses and medieval villages: live close to the history or plan an enchanting event in historical residences which have preserved through the centuries the Italian traditions, art and culture.