La Palazzetta del Vescovo is in an ideal situation; in fact it seems to stand at the centre of a rugged circumference that encompasses many attractions. Perugia, for example, is only 30 minutes away; Assisi, Foligno and Trevi are to the north east and can be reached in about 45 minutes; Spoleto and Orvieto lay to the south and are an hour away, while a mere 20 minutes in the car will take one to Todi, Deruta and Torgiano. Tuscany, with the charming Montepulciano and other towns in the province of Siena, is an hour away. Closer to the La Palazzetta del Vescovo one can explore Bevagna, Monte Castello di Vibio and its theatre, the smallest in the world, and Montefalco which looks out over the glorious views of the Topino and Clitunno valleys, and produces the Sagrantino wine, one of the celebrated reds of Umbria.
In 1763 La Palazzetta del Vescovo was designed by the architect Ludovico Gattelli for the Bishop of Todi, His Eminence Ludovico Gualtiero, who wanted it as his summer residence. Later the Papal States sold it and it was turned into accommodation quarters for the sharecroppers that worked the property, and as such it continued to be in use till the 20th century. By the 1960s the building was abandoned and in disrepair, but thanks to the intervention of the new owners, Paola and Stefano Zocchi, who bought it in 2000, the building has been restored and put to a new use as a romantic country hotel. The proprietors used to be managers of multinational companies, but the splendid scenery of the area, Umbria’s arts and culture and its inhabitants’ innate kindness conspired to force them to leave the city, settle here, and share this beauty and bounty with their guests, welcoming them warmly into their home. The restoration works to bring the building back to life were started in 2004, and it took two years for the craftsmen and artisans that had been employed to complete their task. La Palazzetta del Vescovo is all made of stone, extends over three floors and is topped by a sloping roof. A portico runs alongside the walls and under its arches guests can enjoy their breakfast, have a drink, dine or simply relax and take in the hills of Umbria rolling before their eyes. Dinner can be booked, and the cellar offers more than 130 wines originating from all over Italy but mostly produced locally, which represent another of the riches of the region. The grounds of La Palazzetta del Vescovo cover 2 hectares and are beautiful with lawns, a garden with aromatic and medicinal herbs, a kitchen garden where vegetables are grown naturally, a wood of little oak trees and holm oaks, and olive groves. In the grounds is also a panoramic pool, large 18 X8 m, and a terrace with stunning views, furnished with sun loungers and parasols.
There are various kinds of rooms at La Palazzetta del Vescovo: one superior and three romantic rooms and one junior suite, the smallest of which is actually 25 m². Modern furniture is combined with antiques and set against light tinted walls, white curtains, bed linens in the warm tones of yellow and sand, and rugs, creating an elegant effect. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. The communal spaces that include cosy sitting areas and a dining room have terracotta tiles and stone walls, and also a stone fireplace.