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A very warm welcome to Le Torri di Bagnara Castles, a collection of authentic Medieval Castles, surrounded by an unspoiled natural paradise in the Umbrian Upper Tiber Valley.
The 590-hectare “Tenuta di Bagnara” estate, which belongs to my family since 1901, has been transformed through the years into a luxury holiday destination; a personal and intimate journey which led to the creation of a rather unique retreat – the labour of Love of my Mother, a visionary woman with an enviable Passion for hospitality and the energetic desire to preserve the buildings for future generations.
The painstaking conservation works started with the Castello di Bagnara, the Owners’ main residence (now available for a few, very selected weddings and events), in the mid-80s, after an earthquake which severely hit the Region.
We then proceeded with the restoration of the hilltop Tower and converted it into self-catering apartments in Nineties, beginning our licensed “Agriturismo” journey, one of the first vacation rental businesses in Italy.
From there, we restored the roofs of the medieval Fortress – the largest castle of the estate – destroyed and then rebuilt in the mid-sixteenth century by a renown architect from Perugia, Galeazzo Alessi, to whom we owe the city Perugia in the Renaissance.
In the early 2000s we continued with the restoration of the hillside Castello di Pieve San Quirico, built in the thirteenth century by emperor Frederick II of Swabia, which we converted into a 7 bedrooms luxury holiday villa. We also did a full renovation of the uphill Tower apartments, converted into suites.
No costs were spared in the meticulous and painstaking renovation works. We tried to preserve all the original features and lavishly decorated the rooms with authentic period furniture and antiques.
The manicured gardens surrounding the Castello di Pieve San Quirico (main house) and the nearby Tower (guest house), were designed by the known Tuscan landscape designer Alberto Margheriti, an explosion of colors and sweet smells, a large variety of ancient trees (oaks, olive and cherry trees), flowers, pomegrante and lavender bushes, lemon trees and the impressive David Austin rose garden.
My desire and ambition is to continue in my mother’s footsteps, honoring her memory and keeping her legacy alive by offering the very best in hospitality.
Le Torri di Bagnara Castles now cater to the most discriminating travelers – those who require the amenities of a luxury hotel but prefer the privacy, comfort, flexibility and independence of a real home together with the full-time attention and dedication of our highly trained Staff.
My late Mother would be proud to see how far we have come and what an unsurpassable experience we are able to offer our Guests.
Decades spent in PR and Events, entertaining high calibre personalities, royalties and celebrities served me well and I apply the lessons learnt in my daily running of Le Torri di Bagnara Castles.
I am acutely aware of the needs our Guests may have and my professional staff take pleasure in going the extra mile to satisfy even the most demanding requests.
I made my Guests’ satisfaction my raison d’être.
It will be my honor to look after you at Le Torri di Bagnara Castles.
owner – 2020 biodata
“Among the descendants of the Bonaparte family in Italy, the countess Zenaide Giunta is the one who comes closest to her famous ancestor, Paolina Bonaparte, in terms of beauty and charm.”