- A home in an Umbrian Palace: this is the atmosphere of this fifty year-old charming property in Norcia, in the heart of the most secret part of Umbria. A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Collection.
- The best Umbrian artisans worked on the detailed refurbishing of the property and used unique materials and decorative objects to create perfect harmony between colours and lights, tradition and design.
- The hotel’s 24 rooms and spacious marble bathrooms, all share the soothing earth tones and natural materials of the hotel’s overall style and are furnished with a mix of artisan and antique pieces.
- The Vespasia restaurant’s Michelin star was confirmed in 2017 under executive chef Valentino Palmisano, a Naples native who spent almost a decade working in some of the most prestigious hotel restaurants across Asia. The fragrances of the herb garden and the quality of the local products delight in the restaurant.
- The candlelit spa is located in the palazzo’s historic vaulted cellars and staffed by trained naturopaths who offer massages and treatments based on local ingredients like organic honey and essential oils, the sweet scent of which wafts over the whole of the hotel.
- Palazzo Seneca is in the centre of the medieval mountain outpost of Norcia, birthplace of Saint Benedict and a paradise for gourmands. Famous for its black truffles, heirloom legumes, monastic beer and pork charcuterie – and a popular jumping-off point for excursions into the surrounding national park.
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- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
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- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
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A complete and engaging experiential dive to maintain an indelible memory of your holiday in Norcia. The classic truffle quarry is enriched with art of cheese, so in addition to the suggestive walk in search of “black gold”, our trusted cheesemaker will show you and reveal all the secrets and the process of preparing the cheese (and everything not in his laboratory but outdoors and in the midst of nature!) A unique and unmissable experience, typical and genuine at the same time! Finally, enjoy the picnic in the forest in total relax and let yourself be pampered by the tasting of typical local products before returning to the hotel.
Cooking class supervised by Valentino Palmisano, our Michelin starred executive Chef or his brigade will lead the guest to discover the recipes and the secrets of the typical Italian and Norcia cuisine. Menus and special classes also for children are available upon request followed by an informal tasting.
Nicola, our expert quarryman, with his dogs Tempestina and Lulù will lead you in search of black truffle in the woods of the Monti Sibillini National Park with an excellent final picnic. In the early afternoon you will visit the chocolate workshop where you will be shown the production process of Norcia artisan chocolate delicacies and you will have the opportunity to make sweet purchases after a chocolate-based tasting. Finally, you visit one of the best local meat and vegetable producers, you discover how meat becomes ham, salami, sausages without added gluten, lactose and milk derivatives. The love for nature and animals has led to the creation of an educational farm so that everyone can spend unique moments in a place full of surprises.
Take advantage of your stay in Norcia to discover the typical products of the tradition: black belted pigs, blue-egged hens, donkeys. You can watch the artisanal processing of meat in the laboratory of one of the most excellent local producers, to learn about the art of norcineria famous all over the world. In addition to the small final tasting of the company’s cold cuts and cheeses, it will be possible to enjoy a delicious picnic prepared by the Michelin-starred restaurant, Vespasia. In the afternoon, you will visit a little historic chocolate factory to explain how its chocolate-based delicacies are born: tablets, creams, biscuits, pralines and tartufini! You will be shown the production cycle and have a sweet tasting.
This tour is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the infinite world of Umbrian excellences such as TRUFFLES, OIL AND WINE. You will walk in one of the smallest village of the Valnerina that has made the black truffle a symbol and you will visit the truffle museum. Enjoy the lunch based on typical specialties and flavors of Umbria in our selected cozy restaurant in Campello sul Clitunno. You will visit an ancient olive oil mill to learn about its history and the technique of pressing and after a rich final tasting the experience continues in Montefalco, in one of the most renowned wine cellars. Let yourself be enchanted by the fragrances the scent and you will taste some of its most famous labels before returning to Norcia.
The tour of contrasts par excellence: two wineries with their own history and their own philosophy of work. The first takes inspiration from organic farming and will let you fully enter into its unique lifestyle choice with a nice ride in an historic carriage. The wine tasting will be guided in an excellent way, professional but at the same time in a family atmosphere. In the afternoon visit and wine tasting at one of the most prestigious and modern wineries in Umbria, where art and taste meet in a combination of absolute beauty.
A tour that assembles together two Made in Umbria great names known throughout the world, ranging from the gastronomic theme to the textile. You will fully enter the world of chocolate with a visit to the museum house and a private lesson with the official maître chocolatier. Finally, let yourself be enchanted by the passion for beauty, sewn on and tailored: you will visit the most famous Umbrian textile production and the enchanting village that hosts it, with time available for shopping without equal.
A combination of beer and wine will involve you in a unique and original way through this tour, whose heady scents will accompany you all the time. From a recipe of Anglo-Saxon origins inherited and transplanted in Umbria, the beer that tells our land is born. You will visit the brewery and enjoy lunch at the eponymous beer shop with typical local products to accompany you in the tasting of the most representative beers. In the afternoon you will visit a natural wine cellar with a suggestive walk in the vineyard and an absolutely unmissable tasting.
You will freely walk in one of the smallest villages of the Valnerina which has made the prized black truffle a symbol and you will visit the truffle museum. Delight your palate with typical truffle-based specialties in our selected cozy restaurant in Campello sul Clitunno. In the afternoon you will immerse yourself in the versatile and enchanting world of Hemp (natural fiber typical of the area) with a guided tour of the museum and a particular experience in the textile laboratory. Pick of the day, a tantalizing aperitif with tasting Hemp-based products before returning to Norcia.
The Valnerina, the little region where Palazzo Seneca is located, is rich in villages and monuments telling the story of this area, all set in a fantastic landscape. In defining the routes we considered that in addition to being a bike ride it is also a time to savour a territory. To give a meaning to a half-day experience, and therefore to know a territory as a whole, between landscapes, villages, roads and to capture its history and culture, we opted for the use of pedal assisted e-bicycles. Enjoy the experience savouring a tasty and practical take-away picnic prepared by our starred restaurant Vespasia in Norcia, to be enjoyed before your return to the hotel.
This experience ranges from 360 degrees wine culture to the history of the prestigious and worldwide known Cashmere production in Umbria. Through the visit of an illustrious winery and wine tasting with a rich picnic in the vineyard, you will be able to savour the heart of the Umbrian hills. In the afternoon then the little village of Bevagna will amaze you with its history and its textile traditions focused on cashmere production with a Palazzo Seneca exclusive workshop experience. Time available for shopping at the manufacturer’s showroom and special tasting of local teas and biscuits.
One day in the Green Heart of Italy with your special one? Palazzo Seneca opens the door to a complete relax under its vaulted and cross-shaped ceilings of the wellness center with a special massage. And a great culinary experience is just one stone away: 3 dinners at Vespasia Restaurant during the stay will help you both finding your balance before come back to real life!
Sweet dreams, a genuine breakfast in the heart of our National Park and your day will start as a special one! Take your time in our sauna and hammam before your soothing massage and a tisane made with the flowers of the park. Also for lunch and dinner let you be pampered with two different culinary experiences both based on local products satisfying your desire of balance and calm.
Trekking and hiking excursions with our expert guide who will accompany beginners, enthusiasts or experts to discover the wonders of the Monti Sibillini National Park. The territory of the park offers countless and different possibilities for those who want to experience its natural treasures in all seasons. There is a choice of numerous path options depending on the time available, the degree of difficulty, the level of preparation of the participants, the season and period. The common thread will be nothing other than the constant contact with the wild nature of this corner of Umbria, among the corners of the villages scattered along the slopes of the Sibillini and pleasant walks with rural and pastoral flavor.
This excursion will take you to the center of Norcia to discover its medieval walls before having lunch in one of the oldest restaurants in Umbria. In the afternoon, you will visit a small dairy nearby to the village of Castelluccio. Here, our trusted cheesemaker with simple gestures will show an interesting cheese school with final ricotta tasting.
Our expert hiking guide can take you around Norcia enjoying a picturesque landscape to recognize and gather herbs, flowers and wild fruits. An easy, flat route of 5 km (3 miles) in total where the guide will illustrate all culinary peculiarities and beneficial properties of the fruits of local nature. Later, you will arrive at Casa Bianconi for a fun and unique guided cooking class, creating savory dishes or syrups and herbal teas typical of the local tradition with informal tasting.
At Palazzo Seneca with the Michelin-starred Chef and / or his brigade or at Casa Bianconi with the our reliable local chef, the secrets of Italian and local cuisine will be revealed before your eyes, describing the choice of ingredients and teaching the necessary techniques to recreate at home what it was done during the course. An informal tasting will follow with the dishes prepared.
Discover the secrets of traditional Norcia’s cuisine! Each profession, each type of art has got its own secrets; together with our Chef Valentino Palmisano we will reveal some to you so that you can create your own menu at home and amaze your family and friends with a special cooking class
Immerse yourself in the waters of the Corno river with a rafting excursion through the gorges of the Valnerina. Among fairy-tale scenarios and fun, you will immediately find yourself in close contact with nature and thanks to our expert guides, whole family will enjoy a great moment in total safety. You can then come back to Norcia and enjoying the rich lunch based on local dishes typical of our tradition at the Granaro del Monte restaurant (BIB Gourmand Michelin).
Search the precious Norcia’s tuber with the hunter and his dog! Nature, gastronomy, relaxation and culture: here are the ingredients for an harmonious break in the heart of Monti Sibillini National Park.
A home in an Umbrian Palace: this is the atmosphere of this fifty year-old charming property in Norcia, in the heart of the most secret part of Umbria. A fusion between design and tradition, between simplicity and quality is the recipe of this elegant project steered by Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi, the latest generation of a family that has been celebrating hospitality and catering in Italy since 1850. The skilful restoration and search for unique materials and objects, combined with the know-how of the most renowned Umbrian craftsmen, today make the Palazzo Seneca a unique destination, where the watchwords are harmony and sense of place.’
Norcia, the town of St. Benedict, nestling in the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains, is the Italian capital of the black truffle. The Palazzo Seneca tells the story of this region from the 16th century onwards, and the Bianconi family can look back on a glorious, more than 160 year-old tradition of hospitality. The best Umbrian artisans worked on the detailed refurbishing of the property and used unique materials and decorative objects to create perfect harmony between colours and lights, tradition and design. The fragrances of the herb garden and the quality of the local products delight in the restaurant Vespasia.
The hotel has just 24 rooms, all of which share the soothing earth tones and natural materials of the hotel’s overall style and are furnished with a mix of artisan and antique pieces: beds are carved wood or wrought iron; desks are modern leather or antique wood; floors are terracotta or parquet. As in many historic residences, each room is laid out differently, and some offer walk-in closets, outdoor balconies or inviting leather chairs. Top-of-the line Simmons spring and memory foam mattresses, a selection of pillow types, and fine Italian linen sheets make for a restful sleep, aided by the perfectly soundproofed rooms. The spacious black or ecru marble bathrooms have combined rainshower and hand-held shower heads, and natural bath and body products.
The ideal place for guests who like simple room, where elegance and refinement are clear from every detail. In the hall you will find the antique writing desk of the Seneca family which has been skilfully restored, a comfortable leather sofa and a vanity table for the living area. In the sleeping area a wooden bed with spiral columns carved with indisputable mastery by the Umbrian artisans will leave you breathless. Beauty and comfort: a king-size bed with Simmons mattress with springs individually bagged and memory foam will make your rest a real dream. Ancient oak wood floors and black granite bathrooms (meteor), both of great value. Everything points to a place without time and with unique elegance. 50 sqm.
If you love large spaces and authentic furnishing, the Junior Suite in Palazzo Seneca is the right place for you. Antique wooden canopy beds or inlaid wooden headboards, carved with mastery by Umbrian artisans, authors of important works of restoration of works of art in central Italy and Simmons mattresses with springs individually bagged and memory foam will make your rest a real dream. Unique antique pieces, closets and writing desks right from the 16th and 18th centuries belonging to the Seneca family, cleverly restored. In some rooms you will find floors in antique oak wood or traditional terracotta. The bathrooms feature black granite (meteor) or ecru marble, elegant and of high quality. On the walls textural paintings made with jute, the fabric formerly used by bakers for the natural leavening of bread. 38 sqm.
These rooms are spacious, charming and simply elegant. The entrance next to the wardrobe is reminiscent of the trunks of old, with leather-covered doors. Some are adorned with wrought iron canopies, as of old, and Simmons mattresses with springs individually bagged and memory foam will make your rest a real dream. Others have desks completely lined in leather by the master tanners from the Marche as well as ‘cardinal’ chairs, the same used in the Vatican for meetings among cardinals, strictly made by Umbrian artisans. Still others have writing desks dating back to the 16th and 18th century, belonging to the Seneca family. On the walls textural paintings made with jute, the fabric formerly used by bakers for the natural leavening of bread. Class and elegance characterize all the bathrooms of the rooms, made with ecru marble. 28 sqm.
Intimacy is the added value of Palazzo Seneca. Some rooms are decorated with wrought iron canopies, as of old, while others have wooden headboards carved by the expert hands of the Umbrian artisans, responsible for the restoration of important works of art in central Italy. Simmons mattress with springs individually bagged and memory foam will make your rest a real dream. Writing desks fully lined in leather by the master tanners from the Marche. ‘Cardinal’ chairs, the same used in the Vatican for meetings among cardinals, strictly made by Umbrian artisans. On the walls textural paintings made with jute, the fabric formerly used by bakers for the natural leavening of bread. Class and elegance characterize all the bathrooms of the rooms, made with ecru marble. 22 sqm.
Cosy and charming nests overlooking the rooftops of the historic town centre of Norcia. Some rooms are decorated with wrought iron canopies, as of old, while others have wooden headboards carved by the expert hands of the Umbrian artisans. Simmons mattress with springs individually bagged and memory foam will make your rest a real dream. Writing desks fully lined in leather by the master tanners from the Marche. ‘Cardinal’ chairs, the same used in the Vatican for meetings among cardinals, strictly made by Umbrian artisans. Class and elegance characterize all the bathrooms of the rooms, made with ecru marble. 18 sqm.
The Vespasia restaurant’s Michelin star was confirmed in 2017 under executive chef Valentino Palmisano, a Naples native who spent almost a decade working in some of the most prestigious hotel restaurants across Asia. The fixed menus are both innovative and deeply rooted in Norcia’s local cuisine, with deft flourishes hinting at Palmisano’s Neapolitan history and Asian experience. His signature dish? Spaghetti al pomodoro, a deceptively simple classic that took the chef took six months to perfect. A continental buffet breakfast is served each morning in a barn-cum-breakfast room, lined with picture windows overlooking the countryside and opening onto the garden for alfresco dining. The spread is memorable, featuring freshly baked cakes and tortes, artisan honey and jams, a selection of Norcia’s famous charcuterie and cheeses among the selection – staff can also whip up a custom omelette.
Vespasia’s philosophy is built on the principles of “Salus Per Cibum”. The aim of this movement is to put the human being, the local community, a quality healthy nutrition, respect for the environment and the animals in the center of development. It means enhancing the best local producers who work according to a serious scientific discipline, then spread the culture of good and healthy among the local population and consumers. Vespasia restaurant collaborates with virtuous producers Salus Per Cibum to grow together. The project Salus Per Cibum organizes cultural encounters with kids and their parents in schools, promotes cooking lessons and visits to “Salus Per Cibum” active companies. “Salus per Cibum” is a movement without borders, open to those who share a vision of a “healthy” future”.
Granaro del Monte Restaurant & Outdoor Dining
The candlelit spa is located in the palazzo’s historic vaulted cellars and staffed by trained naturopaths who offer massages and treatments based on local ingredients like organic honey and essential oils, the sweet scent of which wafts over the whole of the hotel. Guests have free use of the stone hot tub, Turkish bath and sauna.
In the basement of the Palazzo Seneca Relais & Châteaux, just a few meters from the main square in Norcia, a mystic silence surrounds the rooms of the Wellness Centre. Cross-vaulted ceilings and ancient stone floors are the perfect frame for your peace. The intimacy of the Sala Sibilla is reserved for couples, with massage beds and a design hot tub with chromo-therapy in which to relax and experience romantic moments. The relaxation area will enthral you with its large mats and the central column from where the vaults that characterize the spa start out. This is the place where, after a rejuvenating massage, you can sip herbal teas and infusions prepared with herbs from the Sibillini National Park.
In the humid area, on the other hand, you can find a stone hot tub that fits six while, in the adjacent room, a Turkish bath and a sauna are ready to purify your skin. All these intimate environments, together with the changing area, complete an environment tailored to the well-being of our guests. If your body needs special attention, please say so during your interview with our dedicated staff. The staff of our wellness centre is available to study, together with you, a tailor-made regenerating program to be carried out during your stay, including, if you consider it appropriate, advice on the proper nutrition to follow during this short period.