The property, now partly used as a bed & breakfast, got its start as a hotel-trattoria in the early 1900s, and several distinguished guests over the years have loved to stop there both to taste the culinary specialities and to enjoy the friendliness of the then managers. After undergoing a total renovation, the current owner, a retired professor who inherited the pleasure of hospitality from her ancestors, decided together with her husband to return it to its former destination.

The old-fashioned flavour of yesteryear was achieved by recovering the old materials and everything the house still retained, valuing even the smallest object as an expression of the simple, sometimes poor, economy of these mountain areas, where life was marked by the rhythm of the seasons. In the small village, where the structure is located, at 647 meters above sea level, on the border between Marche and Umbria, guests can enjoy unspoiled nature and an ideal temperature on summer evenings.

The neighbouring forests and plateaus offer the opportunity to take walks in total relaxation, while sports enthusiasts can reach the nearby Monti Sibillini park with its trails, climbing and mountain bike routes.

The stay is recommended for those who are looking for rest, tranquillity and eager to appreciate the pleasantness of real interpersonal relationships. In fact, the owners welcome their guests with spontaneity and warmth to make them feel completely at ease. With them, you can relax while drinking a good glass of wine or savouring some beverage in the coolness of the garden. The love and care for this work also shines through in what is served at breakfast.

Within a few kilometres are reachable important cities for shopping or for visiting interesting museums, beautiful churches and ancient buildings. A guide for the Roman "barrel" and the Da Varano's, the churches of Acquapagana, Madonna del Piano, del Sasso and Plestia is available for guests who request it, open by reservation only.

What to see in Serravalle di Chienti

Paleontological archaeological museum with fossilized mammals, dating back 900,000 and 700,000 years. The church of Santa Lucia, with frescoes by the De Magistris, representing the Crucifixion and the cycle of the Sibyls. The town hall was designed by the famous architect Nervi. The Roman barrel and that of the Da Varano family, lords of the Duchy of Camerino.

Visitable in the surrounding area

Camerino:University town, seat of the ancient Duchy of the Da Varano family.

Foligno:Ancient Fulginia, the richest and most important commercial and industrial center in the Umbrian Valley.

Assisi:Known for being the city where St. Francis, patron saint of Italy, and St. Clare were born, lived and died. The town is made unforgettable by the stupendous church with stories from the Saint's life, painted by Giotto.

Matelica:Home of Enrico Mattei. Important center of the Picene civilization, whose numerous testimonies are preserved in the beautiful archaeological museum.

Caldarola:Striking Pallotta castle, fully furnished with period furniture, and the palace of the Pallotta Cardinals, with frescoes by Simone de Magistris.

Rasiglia:Called 'the Venice of Umbria' for the streams that lap the houses.

Also within easy reach

Perugia:Where you can not miss a visit to its many churches, its ancient, wonderful palaces and oratories, and the National Gallery of Umbria, the most complete and comprehensive in the region. Of international significance are Umbria Jazz, the antiques and the ceramics market.

Gubbio:Roman theatre from the 1st century AD and the Basilica of Santo Ubaldo, which can also be reached by cable car. The town has been since the 1990s the film set of the fiction Don Matteo.

Spoleto:Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption, with frescoes by Pinturicchio and Filippo Lippi. The Festival Dei due Mondi, an internationally acclaimed event, is held here.

Frasassi Caves:One of the world's grandest and most fascinating underground routes.

Immerse yourself in nature

  • Admire the wonderful summer blooms in the Castelluccio Plain.
  • Walking along the paths of the Sibillini Park, the famous Blue Mountains sung about by Leopardi, where since the 1970s it has been possible to come across deer
  • Venturing by mountain bike on the many trails in the Sibillini Park
  • Reach the lakes of Fiastra, Polverina and Caccamo
  • Hike to the striking and unique Lame Rosse, pinnacle-like formations and towers consisting of gravel held together by clay and silts, formed through weathering erosion
  • The sea can be reached in 45 minutes, but a nice tan can also be obtained by lying quietly on the Meadows of Montelago, before enjoying some good local cuisine.
  • What to eat

    The culinary specialities are excellent: ciabuscolo, Pecorino cheese, Easter sweet pizza, Christmas sweet spaghetti, nougat, lentils, and red potato, an indispensable ingredient for excellent gnocchi with sheep meat sauce.

    Not to be outdone are the area's wines and liqueurs, such as Verdicchio di Matelica, Varnelli mistrà and Sibilla bitters.

    Religious Celebrations

    On Good Friday there is the evocative procession, barefoot and with chains, of the Dead Christ. At Christmas, there are numerous living nativity scenes.