Meditating Castello di Monticelli

Have you ever found a location that is so beautiful and serene that you’re conflicted between wanting to share it everyone you talk to or keeping it tucked away in your untouched and non-commercial destination pocket?  Keeping it quiet and private so it remains yours, special and undiscovered? That's exactly how I feel about Castello di Monticelli. Monticelli with an "i" and not to be confused with Thomas Jeffersons home. Mainly because they are in two different countries (but it's possible someone missed the Italy tag.) Castello di Monticello is the kind of spot that blends history and

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The grounds of Monticelli are beautiful in a natural and simple way.

Note: The front office isn't at the edge of the driveway so you get to explore the grounds a bit and be moved the peaceful stillness before checking in. It feels less mechanical and adds an air of mystery. We struggled to find the exact check in point because we missed a sign low on the ground. And because we can't read Italian. But it was no problem as the owners came rushing down to meet us. We were actually supposed to visit a nearby vineyard first and so they weren't expecting us so early!

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There locals live so close you can greet them in the morning. The close knit hamlet doesn't believe in displacing it's neighbors for the sake of tourism, so you'll find super, sweet villagers just slightly off the property. They made Monticelli their home well before it was bought and renovated. So Guiseppe ensures they will continue to live there harmoniously and uninterrupted as long has the land stays in private hands.

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Castillio di Monticelli rest on a hillside overlooking Perugian countryside. Nearly identical to that of Tuscany but not as famous, the region of Umbria specializes in many of the same ________ to include wine production.

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Here we sat at sunset as Guiseppe regaled us with tales of the history of the Etruscan Monticelli and secrets of the mafia. We learned how Monticelli gained its protected status and how the community worked together to keep the government from destroying the lands to build hotels and apartments to bring in more tourist.

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Dinner at the Castello is an event, served in multiple courses. Monticelli boasts a private (female!) chef that specializes in upscale Italian cuisine from the Umbrian region. After nearly a week in Italy, I was finally able to taste the creamy risotto I had been dreaming of that isn't common in some of the small restuarants.

Called “The Refuge of San Costanzo” after a bishop that hid from the Christian persucution in 174 AD, this gothic hall offers only the finest ingredients to its guest. In fact, only homemade pasta is served and all organic vegetables used have been grown in the gardens on the estate. Served with regional wines, Costanzo makes a consciousness decision to stick closely to its local roots.

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