Relais il Canalicchio
What We Love
- A charming room or suite at a historic Umbrian country hotel, with breakfast and moreJuicy plum tomatoes, locally-pressed olive oil and wine from the local vineyards
- Waking to a view of the rolling Umbrian hillside
- Enjoying a discount at the heavenly spa
- Finishing a long country walk with a dip in the pool
What To Know
- The hotel's 15th-century building sits in a former medieval village
- Your guestroom overlooks vineyards and olive groves
- Pavone Restaurant serves fine Umbrian cuisine
The mere setting of this gorgeous country abode is conducive to dreamy sighs – throw in a holistic wellness center and you’ll practically be swooning. The Relais il Canalicchio is a restored 15th-century building overlooking the golden vineyards, rich olive groves and juicy green hills of Umbria.
Striking the perfect balance between rustic and luxurious, the interiors have buckets of country charm. You can spend you days here strolling through the countryside and returning to an authentic Italian dinner with a glass of locally-made wine. Go for a dip in the outdoor pool or spend the day basking in a buttery pool of sunshine.
How to Get There
Crickets play their own tune which sounds like a weird type of house music and there's always one who wants to stand out from the rest creating his own unique sound.
Sunset reveals layers of mountain ranges like a Santana album cover.
Come with the minimum of clothes as the atmosphere is relaxed but you can dress for dinner if you prefer.
Meals are typical Italian rustic. Steaks are succulent and tasty, pasta simple and deliciously satisfying. Even England playing the World Cup semis can't disturb the peace except for the odd shout of an expected goal which doesn't materialise.
It's a journey of discovery in this hotel with lots of rooms off rooms, elegantly rebuilt over 4 years from a crumbling ruin by a family from Rome. They managed to keep original features to create a beautiful relaxed atmosphere. Piano too - can you play? Chess and card room, outside terrace and restaurant overlooking a sparkling pool. Gym, spa and lots of tucked away lounges and a library.
When I came across the hotel it was an offer I couldn't refuse (as Marlon Brando once said).
What wasn't advertised was an excursion itinerary which it does have to Perugia, Assisi and other surrounding villages and towns as well as a wine tasting and cookery lesson.
We debated whether to hire a car or take a chance on something being available as transfers were on offer, I'm glad we waited. Although a car would have given more freedom to get to the places they didn't go and we'd have liked to go to Orvieto and smaller towns around the hillsides.
On our last day we wandered down to a little cluster of houses and met Francesca (nearly every girl is called Francesca living so near to Assisi) who took me by the arm and showed us around her farm, goats, a dog, vineyard to make Marciano wine, olive grove for oil and plum and fig trees used to make jam and pies. My Italian was as rusty as the old abandoned machinery strewn amongst overgrown grass like museum relics. Francesca precariously lent over a grassy incline and clinging to a branch (she was about 80) picked some plums for us, this is hospitality Italian style. The people welcome you. The staff at Relais Il Canalicchio were wonderful. They are the type of people who make you smile. They engage in conversation and nothing is too much trouble. We wish we'd found it years ago when our lives were more stressful as a week here feels like a month away. I don't often get emotional when returning home but when the transfer arrived to take us to the airport I had to blow them a kiss and run out of the door.
We will be back, and we'll gather some friends to come with us this time. Arrivederci.
We had a lovely long weekend here. Everything was great - the hotel is absolutely lovely, the staff very friendly and helpful. Breakfast and dinner overlooking a stunning view of the Umbrian countryside. There are also lots of places to visit in the area - we had a hire car which made it easy for us to get around. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will certainly be back.
Visited at the end of June/beginning of July, great location very peaceful and quiet and off the beaten track but close to Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Todi and lots of other small hilltop Umbrian towns. Lake Terresamo is 40 minutes away but worth the drive.
The room was a bit dated but we upgraded and got a suite, so very spacious and very clean. Fresh towels and bed linen every day.
The staff were super helpful, especially Rachelle who gave us lots of info on local places of interest.
I had a treatment in the spa, a full body massage which was one of the best I’d had and at €50 very good value.
The hotel itself is a bit of a strange layout but it’s all part of the charm and the views are spectacular.
The breakfast is more than adequate and the dinner had lots of choice and was well cooked and presented. Some of the food was excellent and some just good, but I think they rely on local produce so it depends what is available. The house wine is €14 and very acceptable, the drinks aren’t too expensive at all. The pool areas are very well kept and plenty of sun beds which are a bit hard.
Overall excellent value, thoroughly enjoyed it all and would recommend and return. Thanks to all.
The hotel on top of a mountain is an absolute delight, and the rooms are gorgeous, the pools are excellent and the poolside atmosphere is not crowded, very relaxing. The staff were very attentive and helpful on suggestions on where to visit and restaurants in the area. The air conditioning is not very efficient in the poolside rooms, but when requested, I was given a fan so the heat during the night was not a problem. The one thing that was very disappointing, considering we were in Italy, renowned for its amazing food, was the food. The menu didn’t vary much, and what was served lacked flavour, imagination, and good taste. The description on the menu, for instance, of a pasta dish with fresh tomato, olive oil and mozzarella could have been amazing, but it tasted of nothing. The cookery class that we originally signed up for, we gave a miss when we realised that the chef preparing our food was the teacher of the class. Thank goodness we didn’t shell out an additional €30 each to participate in the class. Watching him prepare a tiramisu was painful enough. Literally mascarpone, a biscuit dipped in coffee and more mascarpone. And don’t forget the pistachio sprinkled on top. I make tiramisu back in England and there is more flavour to the dessert besides mascarpone, where’s the alcohol? And when my friend ordered it for dessert that lunchtime, she confirmed that it tasted nothing like tiramisu. Just a bowlful of cream. But we still had a delightful time at this hotel, and we found a restaurant just outside the car park which was delicious and very accommodating with reasonable prices. I would like to think that a replacement chef would make this hotel superb. We travel to Italy anticipating good food, so unfortunately unless a new priority is taken with regards to the food, we might not visit again.
As soon as you see this amazing Castle high on a hill its everything you would expect it to be, first the staff is kind and courteous anything you needed they made you feel as if you where home they gave great information on the surrounding areas as well and tips on local restaurants, and my room and an incredible views of the countryside and was it was spotless clean and very very quiet !!!!! Breakfast and Dinner where great made of in season products. We didnt use the spa but the pools where perfect!! We stayed for 7 days and are planning to go back next year. Highly recommended!!!!!