The Farmhouse is a beautiful vacation rental with four bedrooms in Umbria, set among tranquil olives, grapes and rolling barley fields. It has a very modern feel and aesthetic to it.
How would you describe Torre Almonte in a nutshell?
Torre Almonte is a wonderful, medieval tower that perfectly combines modern and antique styles and is set on a hill overlooking the breathtaking Umbrian landscape.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Torre Almonte?
There’s something mysterious surrounding the tower, with plenty of history and a modern touch. It features big spaces, plenty of light and all the comforts you need.
Please tell us a little about the history of Torre Almonte.
Torre Almonte originally had two towers, one that was built in the late 12th century and the second around the turn of the 15th century. It originally belonged to the famous Atti family and was later owned by Almonte di Bartolomeo, after whom it is named. The tower was also mentioned in a sonnet titled “Todi” by the famous Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio who is believed to have visited the tower.
In 1988, the tower was purchased by Enrico Menestò and Raffaella Gabetta who completely restored the tower to its present condition. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that the property was rented out to guests. During the high season, we rent the tower exclusively to families or groups of friends. But it has been designed so that each of the floors can be rented individually as apartments at other times of the year.
To you personally, what is so special about the tower?
The way Raffaella has given a touch of modernity to something that’s so ancient. Her choice of colours, the furnishings — you feel the history but it is very comfortable. You might expect a medieval building to be very dark but the tower has large spaces and plenty of light. Umbria is also special in that it’s still unspoiled and guests often comment that it’s quite inexpensive (compared to Tuscany!)