If you want to have an idea of the magnificent atmosphere of medieval luxury, as in 1300 for the Trinci, noble family, lords of Umbria and then cardinals and bishops, today, Villa Le Cantine, is a magnificent residence that offers its eight guests the same atmosphere. Villa Le Cantine stands out for art, culture of wine and good food as an important spot among Rome, Florence and the Adriatic Coast, not to mention other important and nearby historic cities such as Gubbio, Spoleto, Assisi, Spello, Montefalco and Bevagna. The Trinci were a noble family from Central Italy, who were lords of Foligno, in Umbria, from 1305 to 1439.
Capodacqua is a small village of the Foligno area. At short distance from the town centre stands the ancient fortress. Inside the fortress there are remains of other structures, including a guard tower and a chapel. The whole complex is dominated by an impressive pentagonal stone tower Guelph battlemented for 32 meters of height.
The current fortress was built by Ugolino III (XVI) Trinci in 1387 on a small hill surrounded by cypress trees near a lush river, to protect the routes to Colfiorito considered of vital strategic importance. This impressive defensive building, on June 18, 1413 was badly damaged by the troops of Ladislas d’Anjou, King of Naples. From 1445 it became the summer residence of the Curia of Foligno. In 1450 Bishop Antonio Bolognini (1444-1461) lived there who ordered the construction of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Rasiglia. The fortress was later, a possession of the Gentili Spinola family that counted among its members, Antonio and his brother John Baptist as members of the Papal Mint in Foligno in 1794-96.
A horseshoe form structure, following the trend of the hill on whose top stands the tall pentagonal Guelph embattled tower. Only few remains of the wall are left, despite the fact that the judges of Foligno had repeatedly made reinforcement works on it starting in the sixteenth century.
The complex consists of two main buildings connected to each other by a large terrace. You get inside the court thanks to an opening in the wall that leads the guest on a central path to the church, the garrison and through stairs connected to it, to the terrace which gives access to the tower.
The church, after the restoration, regained its original appearance thanks to artificial plaster walls, which brought to light, in addition to the wonderful vaults with its hewn stones, also part of a fourteenth-century crucifixion scene under restoration.
The garrison consists of two levels connected by an internal staircase: the ground floor, with room for disabled guests accessible by a branch of the central path and the first floor which houses the kitchen.
The room, characterized by high ceiling with wooden beams, is decorated with antique benches, decorated with typical plants of the Baroque period, with a cabinet/wardrobe made of walnut and very thick oak. The bathroom, covered with old tiles of late eighteenth century has all the comforts and responds to the needs of the disabled.
All rooms are equipped with autonomous heating and cooling thanks to under floor heating and fan convectors, shower stalls are relaxing with the option of hot and cold waterjets. There are plasma TVs with both a pay per view and free channels and WiFi in every room. Mattresses are all orthopedic while sheets and towels are of high quality.
The large kitchen in wintertime can function as a dining room. It is decorated with collections of copper and ceramic kitchen-utensils, displayed on the walls creating a cozy atmosphere. From here, you can reach the terrace with terracotta jars, chairs and tables for external use, ideal for enjoying the cool of a typical summers’ evening and which can be used as a solarium during the day.
From a wooden staircase, you enter the door of the tower that for the past defensive purposes is very small and has been made of finely carved stone blocks which highlight the period of construction. The environment is dominated by the huge fireplace flanked left and right by a couple of church benches of late ‘600. From this room, a wooden staircase leads to a lounge equipped with internet point, TV, telephone, stereo and furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs for reading, relaxing and socialising.
By going up to the fourth floor through the internal wooden staircase you enter the first bedroom of the tower, equipped with all amenities mentioned above, characterized by sober furniture from the late ‘700.
At the fifth floor, you find the second bedroom, very similar to the first for sizes and furniture differentiated primarily by the roof, in this case with a barrel vault of brick and stone, while of wooden beams in the other.
And finally the sixth floor with the third bedroom, housed what was the recovery room from the bad weather for the soldiers on guard in the tower. Although of modest size, in height and extension, it has a special charm as a result of the access to Guelph battlemented external terrace walkway, which offers unsurpassed views of the castle and the valley.
When your mind needs a rest, care of the body is essential. Carefully planned to provide maximum relaxation and well-being, the exclusive outdoor pool at Villa Le Cantine castle emerges as a perfect haven for your senses within your own castle, your body and mind will be taken care of here.
The massage area features striking spaces, fantastic massages and a gazebo in the gardens, so that couples have individual attention and enjoy a great time to relax.
The villa can be rented weekly and/or monthly.