Castello Della Staffa
Step into the pages of history in the welcoming ambience of this splendid medieval castle, with its 1300-acre estate in the verdant Tiber valley on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany, close to Assisi. Surrounded by olive groves, woodlands, lakes, streams and farmlands, the original castle buildings and church frame a large courtyard that is the perfect setting for a grand Tuscany celebration. A stunning octagonal tower made by the emperor Federico II and an 11th century watchtower with panoramic views over the whole valley complete the majestic setting.
Fully renovated in recent years to provide all the modern comforts, the castle can accommodate up to 15 guests in the main buildings. Amid its rugged stone walls and ancient beams, the Castello’s sumptuous décor evokes the splendors of the past with rich colors, fine fabrics and luxurious drapes, each bedroom suite having its own decorative theme. The Tower apartments too have a definite medieval air, but within this historic atmosphere all of today’s comforts are provided. The professionally equipped kitchen can cater to any number, and meals can be taken in the elegant jasmine-covered dining pavilion that overlooks the gardens and the fabulous valley below.
Star attraction is the splendid infinity saltwater pool with wraparound terrace and pool house (plus shower and barbecue), perfectly sited to catch every ray of sunshine and surrounded by beautifully kept gardens with abundant flowers, fragrant shrubs, fruit trees, oak and olive trees. There is also an herb garden with aromatic plants and a small kitchen garden with fresh vegetables. Around the Tower is a panoramic gravelled terrace with sitting area plus a children’s play area with swings, slide, etc, and a fully-equipped barbecue area.
Full wedding planning and co-ordination service available
Our Favorite Things About this Villa
- The rich history: The owners of the estate are direct descendants of Joseph Bonaparte (King of Spain and King of Naples) and Lucien Bonaparte, brothers of Napoleon I and the whole estate has been in their family since 1901.
- The terraced garden with roses, fig trees, olive trees and a huge ancient laurel
- The numerous walking and biking trails with picnic areas that wind through the estate
About Your Hosted Villas Tuscany Vacation
First, your Experience Manager will help you decide which one of our luxury Tuscany villas will work best for your rental. Then the planning process begins! By talking to you to get information about your interests, priorities and expectations for your Tuscany vacation, your Experience Manager will put together your own personal itinerary. Whatever you’re looking for in your Tuscany vacation, our team will arrange it: transportation, babysitters, day trips, private tours, special occasions – the list goes on and on.
When you arrive in Tuscany, your Local Host is there to greet you—Hosted Villas staff members who live, work and have a wealth of insider knowledge about Tuscany. Once you get to your luxurious Tuscany rental, you’re welcomed with a buffet of local treats and delicacies—the best way to relax after a long trip and start begin your Tuscany villa vacation.
Our Local Hosts are truly what makes Hosted Villas special. They aren’t just the typical on-site villa concierges. They don’t just serve as tour guides. We think of our Local Hosts as so much more. Using the trip itineraries you created with your Experience Manager, our Local Hosts get to really understand and build relationships with our guests so they can serve as more of a friend in the area. Think of them as your Tuscany guide, concierge, translator, trouble-shooter and guarantee that your Hosted Villas vacation will be nothing short of brilliant, every time. Don’t just visit Tuscany. Truly experience Tuscany.
15 (+15 in nearby tower)
A village with café and shops is just five minutes from your villa. Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi, Città di Castello, and Lake Trasimeno are all about a half hour away. Cortona and Arezzo are an hour, while Siena and Florence are about an hour-and-a half from your villa. The nearest train station is in Perugia for visits to Florence or Rome.