Thursday, October 27, 2011

CASTELLO di MONTIGNANO Relais & SPA | Loc. Montignano, 6 - 06056 Massa Martana (PG)

CASTELLO di MONTIGNANO Relais & SPA | Loc. Montignano, 6 - 06056 Massa Martana (PG)







History


The origins of the Castle of Montignano date back to 962 when Ottone I of Saxony was crowned in Milan as Emperor of Germany and King of  Italy by Pope John XII and he tried immediately to create ranks of loyal feudal lords in central and southern Italy.
 To Count Arnolfo, a German courtier and a relative of the Emperor, a part of Umbria was assigned as his feudal domain as well as a region, called Arnolfa, which included Montignano.
 In the early years of the 16th century, the Atti family, feudal lords of the Casigliano Castle, extended their lands right up to the boundaries of Montignano which, until the 15th  century had belonged to the Matalucci family, a family of Guelph lineage, allied as well as related to the Atti family.
 The Castle was seriously damaged  by the passing of the French troops, and Todi’s municipality administration board deliberated on the 27th August 1577,  that the population of Montignano was exempted from paying taxes due to the “damage suffered”.
 In 1602, the Priors of Todi sent out an order that the castle walls should be restored and that the door was ”made safe by chains”.
 In the first half of the 18th century, the Spanish, Imperial and French armies came down into Italy due to the Wars of Succession and upset the area’s peace and tranquillity.
 In the 18th century, the Matalucci family restored the Castle: the walls were used as a façade for the new palace, inside the rooms were increased in size and so the castle became a nobleman’s residence, adorned with an elegant loggia, a private family chapel and a garden.
 The Malatucci family became extinct as there were no more male heirs; and in 1775, Lavinia, daughter of Giacinto Matalucci, married Count Francesco Francisci of Todi whose family came from Collesecco, near Avigliano Umbro.
 This aristocratic family played an important role in the Risorgimento period in Todi with Count Federico and his brother Giuseppe both enrolling as volunteers in the wars of independence. Federico, working also in politics, personally handed over Todi’s election results in the 1860 plebiscite to King Vittorio Emanuele II of Naples.
After approximately four centuries, on 28th November 1887, the Francisci family alienated the Castle  of Montignano to Angelo and Vincenzo Tacchi, businessmen from Foligno with a contract stipulated by the Tuderte notary Sebastiano Antonimi. The Tacchi family owned Montignano for 20 years but never showed any interest in the property.
 In 1908, the Alcini family from Massa bought the castle and its estate, including the grain mill. Enrico Alcini, who died in 1940, one of the family’s most remarkable members, was Mayor of Massa Martana and he is remembered for the many initiatives he made in order to improve the town, such as the building of the town’s cemetery.


Wellness - PHILOSOPHY


Castello di Montignano is pleased to welcome you to “Acquadegna” SPA. The spa is named after Santa Degna, patroness of Todi, who, at the very beginning of Christianity  found shelter from persecution and peace of mind right here in Montignano. Situated in the dungeons of the Castle, the SPA combines evocative materials and locations with state-of-the art technologies, blending impressive stone elements with concepts of modern design.  Inspired by Roman Thermal Baths, the SPA proposes the ancient Roman path made up of thermarium-tepidarium-calidarium and frigidarium, brought up to date thanks to modern technology. The Staff Paolo Caschera Beauty & Wellness will take care of your well-being with personalized treatments an therapies conceived to meet every specific need. Method and philosophy have been carefully studied to maintain psycho-physical well-being in harmony with body and mind.






Rooms Guesthouse
All apartments have telephone, TV LCD, heating and refrigerator.
The Guesthouse "Torrione" is the old tower of the Castle dating back to X century, completely restored and situated next to the castle.  It has independent entrance and an external gateway to reach the common areas and halls of the castle. The Guesthouse includes three big apartments called Red, Green and Blue, reflecting the colors of the furniture.
The Red apartment is situated on the ground floor of the tower and has big living-room with stone walls and vaulted ceilings with fireplace,  kitchenette, sitting-room with sofa-bed,  double bedroom with queen size bed and two bathrooms. The color matching between the stones and the red color is highly evocative.
The Green Apartment is situated on the first floor with great view on the surrounding hills. It features a big open space with queen size bed (marked off by a stone wall which guarantees privacy), kitchenette, fireplace, sofa and bathroom with shower.
The Blue apartment is a loft framed by eight arch-shaped windows with great views. The blue color features the apartment, with its walls and truss ceilings. It has a canopy bed, a functioning fireplace of stone, a sitting-room, a modern design kitchenette and a bathroom. A lovely bathtub at sight with red mosaics completes the apartment.

Materiaprima restaurant features a cozy and evocative ambience where design blend with tradition… enjoy our candlelight dinners surrounded by ancient stone walls and modern piece of furniture, a unique experience in the heart of Italy.
In the Summer have dinner under the stars in our Hortus Conclusus, the evocative rose garden and cloister of Montignano, surrounded by century-old walls and green plants.
In the Wine Bar, a beautiful sitting-room with ancient piano dating back to XIX century, you can drink alcoholics and non alcoholics and taste a refined selections of cigars.
The accurate selection of music hits and songs makes the atmosphere even more evocative..
Cooking classes and wine tastings available every week upon request (from Mondays through Thursdays).
MATERIAPRIMA Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Reservation is recommended.



Tel. (+ 39) 0758856113.

Email: info@montignano.com; materiaprima@montignano.com

Castello di Montignano is a fairy-tale location for elegant and modern weddings: a unique experience blending history, design and the magic of a Castle.  
The Castle has different areas dedicated to events and weddings suitable for up to 250 people: the park with swimming-pool has a new elegant external structure with cloister dominated by a century-old olive tree and surrounded by a park with swimming-pool and by the façade of the castle.
Inside, there are evocative ground floor halls with old stone arches, walls and vaulted ceilings; the hall on the first floor has an impressive fireplace dating back to the Middle Ages; then the Imperial room on the fourth floor and, finally, Acquadegna Spa with pool, steam bath and cool waterfall for those who wish to have a warm bath after a wedding with some friends… perhaps with champagne and cocktails in the relax area next to the spa. 
The owner, events manager and wedding planner Claudia Bisceglie, upon request, organizes personally every event to be sure of their success.  
All weddings and ceremonies are personalized according to the needs and peculiarities of guests: the result is an unforgettable event with evocative location, gorgeous scenery and great food and drinks selection.
The staff of Castello di Montignano offers all services for events and weddings:
Wedding Planning
Civil ceremonies at the Castle
Scenery and flower decorations
Artists, musicians, singers, performers and dj
Baby-sitting and animation
Audio system and light equipment
Creation of unique and personalized objects
Etc.

Contacts: Tel (+39) 075 8856113
Email: claudia.bisceglie@montignano.com; info@montignano.com


Castello di Montignano relais & SPA, situated on a hill with view on the Martani Mountains, is ideal for long stays in the nature. Activities for adults and educational programs for children are being organized just for our guests.
Sports and Activities:
Guided mountain bike tours
Horse riding
Guided visit of Todi underground (an adventure tour of rare beauty)
Pic-nic on the Martani Mountains with barbecue
Wine and typical food tastings in nearby vineyards
Cooking classes
Educational programs for children 3-12 years:
Mini cooking-classes 
Visits to animal farm with tutor 
Painting classes
Flower decoration classes
Horse riding courses

For those who wish to explore the surrounding area in freedom, Castello di Montignano has a  bike rental service. 
Our staff is happy to suggest tours and visits to special attractions for children such as Acquarossa park in  Gualdo Cattaneo, Parco del Sole in Collazzone and Marmore Falls, all with equipped areas for funny pic-nics.