A residence in an Umbrian palace. This is the atmosphere you can feel at Palazzo Seneca, an exclusive 16th century noble residence right in the heart of Norcia. This charming historic residence, in fact, is located a stone's throw from Piazza San Benedetto, the main square of the town, and close to the wonderful Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini. Simplicity, quality, tradition and design are the key ingredients of this refined project desired and realized by Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi, the latest generation of a family that has been offering hospitality and catering since 1850. The skillful restoration, the exquisite finishes and the careful choice of materials and unique pieces made by the most famous Umbrian artisans make Palazzo Seneca the right place for those who want to spend a charming stay in a discreet setting, where style and finesse meet in every detail: from the stone and terracotta floors to the vaulted ceilings, passing by the large fireplaces and the works of the Umbrian artisans of the past and present day. Everything at Palazzo Seneca contributes to the narration of this land and its innumerable gems. The uniqueness of this exclusive prestigious residence, in fact, lies in its essential bond with its land and community, which adds value to the structure and the many experiences available to guests: the search for black truffles, cheese making, the thrill of rafting, romantic walks to discover the hidden treasures in Valnerina. But above all the desire to make guests feel at home, removing the idea of sterile and too elaborate environments to offer the warmth and charm of a place full of glamour, history and magic. A magic that is vibrantly expressed in the 24 rooms of this spectacular luxury Relais: timeless places, embellished with wrought iron canopy beds, ecru marble, precious family antiques, "cardinal" chairs and paintings made of jute, the fabric once used by bakers for the natural rising of bread. To make your stay even more extraordinary, the charming Wellness Center enveloped in the mystical silence of the dungeons of Palazzo Seneca. Here, barrel and rib vaulted ceilings and ancient stone floors are the setting for regenerating treatments tailored by a highly qualified staff ready to meet every need of the guests. The flagship of the structure is, finally, the Vespasia Restaurant, which offers a refined cuisine of the finest level, the result of research, tradition, professional ethics and creativity. At Vespasia colors, flavors and scents bring guests on a sublime journey to discover this wonderful land called Umbria, filled with exceptional products, great history, sobriety and love for genuine and healthy things. All topped by a wine cellar that boasts over six hundred labels and a chic environment characterized by soft lighting, candles, comfortable upholstered wooden chairs, silverware and crystal glasses. You can feel the attention to every detail in this extraordinary and prestigious residence also mentioned by the authoritative English newspaper "The Daily Telegraph", which in 2016 included it among the ten best "Rural Hotels" in the "50 Best Italian Hotels" chart.
In order to ensure the high standards required, the selection criteria adopted by the Certification Commission are very strict and also include:
- More than 165.182 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, reviews, references from certified partners
- Advertisement and information pack (website, brochures, catalogues, etc...)
- Reception service and customization level
On 6 November 2023 Palazzo Seneca has obtained the approval of the Certification Commission and confirmed the award of the prestigious Residenze d'Epoca Golden Crown. Palazzo Seneca has successfully passed all 50 periodic Quality Controls required by the Certification Protocol for the Golden Crown classification level.
50 QUALITY CONTROLS PASSED
FREQUENTLY CONTROL: MONTHLY
Ref. Certification Protocol: 6 November 2023