— Please tell us a bit about Torre di Moravola please.
Although we’re only 10 minutes from the nearest village called Montone, which is picturesque and stunning, we’re off the beaten track. You really have the sense that you’re in the middle of nowhere. You’re surrounded by hidden valleys, so you can’t hear the sounds of cars and there’s no one around, so you feel as if you’re back in Medieval times with only the sounds of nature.
It reawakens the senses and offers a healing effect. I’ve seen it change some of our guests in a matter of days. They come from big cities very irate and angry, and within about three days, they’re quite happy, coming into the kitchen making cocktails and singing opera.”
— Torre di Moravola lounge
— What was your inspiration to buy this tower and turn it into a small boutique hotel?
We began looking in Tuscany, which we didn’t like — it was far too British and too commercialized. We stumbled upon Perugia, drove around and saw literally hundreds of buildings.
We chose the tower because of the views and its history. There’s something incredibly dramatic about the place. We knew within five minutes that it was the place.
We didn’t realize how much work it would take to clean it up however. We were rather naïve about that. It was a ruin with trees growing out of the center. There was no water or gas or electricity. Nothing. It took us five years to restore the building.”
— How would you describe the style of the hotel?
— Please tell us a bit about the rooms and the facilities at Torre di Moravola.
If people are here for romance, they can have privacy in specific pavilions we set up. We ask the holiday guests what they would like and we work it out. It’s very laid back and quite casual, but in a professional kind of way.”
— West pavilion terrace
— Please tell us a bit about the food you serve at the hotel restaurant.
At the end of October and in November we have truffle season around here and people come from all over — Japan, Australia, America — to experience the festivities.”
— Torre di Moravola pool area