— Please tell us a bit about Corte della Maestà.
Corte della Maestà is a part of my house. It has got its own garden and everything is totally divided, but originally it was the same building. When guests are in the hotel, they are part of my home, and my life.”
— Civita di Bagnoregio
— What was your inspiration to open a small boutique hotel?
A very close friend of mine, Giuseppe Tornatore, is a film director. He won the Oscar for Cinema Paradiso. He asked us if we had finished restoring the place because he wanted to have a meeting there for his new movie. So we opened Corte della Maestà to friends first and moved on from there until it became a small luxury hotel.”
— Corte della Maestà Intruder
— What kind of services do you offer at the relais?
We don’t like too much modernity at the relais, so there is no TV or air conditioning, but there are fantastic fans over the beds. And we do provide wireless internet and have a great home theatre in the common library room where you can select movies from a big collection.”
— How would you describe the atmosphere of Corte della Maestà?
— The Abbess
— Please tell us a bit more about the hotel rooms and facilities.
We have a large kitchen with a cook available if needed, but guests can do their own cooking or even take an informal cooking class as long as we have at least a day’s notice. Another common room is the library with a 1924 piano from Berlin.
We have a private garden that belongs to Corte della Maestà where you can stay and have a meal. Guests often use their personal computers there for writing. A spot we just renovated is the archbishop winery, which is a cave. We use it on special occasions for wine or cheese tastings.
We also have a little spa at the hotel which is open to everybody. It includes a Finnish sauna and a very large massage pool for two people.”
— The Writer