Palazzo Seneca Relais & Châteaux – Elegance in Norcia, Italy | Black Platinum Gold

A home in an Umbrian Palace: this is the atmosphere of Palazzo Seneca, charming property in Norcia, in the heart of the most secret part of Umbria, the region of the black truffle.

Palazzo Seneca was built in the 16th century by the homonymous family from Piedivalle, whose inhabitants were famous as skilled wood carvers. Today it’s a fusion between design and tradition: the search for unique materials and objects, combined with the know-how of the most renowned Umbrian craftsmen, make it a unique and charming destination.

Simplicity and quality: this is the secret of the new, elegant project promoted and realized by Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi, the last generation of a family that has been offering Hospitality and Catering in Italy since 1850.

ACCOMMODATION – Palazzo Seneca Relais & Châteaux

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.

Antique wooden canopy beds or inlaid wooden headboards, 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.

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DINING – Palazzo Seneca Relais & Châteaux

Vespasia Restaurant, 1 Michelin Star

The Vespasia project was created and is managed by Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi, the latest generation of a family of passionate restaurateurs, with a tradition that began without interruption since 1850.

Everything at Vespasia tells this land, style, colors and flavors are sober but at the same time intense. The details always make the difference, for this they have been treated with great love and attention.

Chef Valentino Palmisano

The Chef Valentino Palmisano joined Vespasia in 2017, bringing his experience and excellent technical skills.

A meeting of ideas and the sharing of ethical and professional values led the Neapolitan chef to move to Norcia, after a decade of experience of international prestige, for large hotel chains, passing from Shanghai to the Ritz-Carlton in Kyoto. Inserted in the top 10 of the best Italian Chefs abroad, for Arbiter magazine, in Asia Palmisano becomes one of the greatest interpreters of Italian Cuisine, authentic, creative and at the same time linked to tradition.

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A special mention goes to the Spaghetti with tomato sauce, a masterpiece of elegance and style, and to the desserts.

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.

ACTIVITIES – Palazzo Seneca Relais & Châteaux

Italy’s green heart, Umbria is a land unto itself, the only Italian region that borders neither the sea nor another country. The region is best known for its medieval hilltop towns, many beautifully preserved and dramatically set.

Your holiday in Norcia at Palazzo Seneca will be enriched by truly unique experiences: learn how to make cheese, go in search of the delicious black truffle all year around or enjoy delicious tasting!

WELLNESS & SPA – Palazzo Seneca Relais & Châteaux

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.

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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.


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