The beautiful region of Umbria is home to lush winding valleys, historic sites and picturesque hill towns. Famous for its breathtaking scenery and rich history, many local locations date back to ancient Roman times. Guests at Villa Monte Solare will find themselves in the heart of this breathtaking province of Italy, and in close vicinity to many of the region’s highlights.
Relais Villa Monte Solare
Via Montali, 7 06068 Tavernelle di Panicale, Perugia, Italy
From the North (Florence Airport)
Take the Autostrada A1, heading south in the direction of Rome. Take the exit marked Chiusi Chianciano and continue past the toll barrier, before turning right to Chiusi. Go straight through Chiusi Scalo, and after the village, turn right onto the SS71, towards Citta della Pieve. At the first roundabout, turn right in the direction of Perugia. 1 km after Città della Pieve, turn left onto the road SS220, in the direction of Perugia- Tavernelle. At the roundabout, take the exit signposted Perugia-Pietrafitta-Tavernelle. Follow the road for about 4km and take the exit marked Pietrafitta, following directions for Acquaiola-Tavernelle. After 500m, at the crossroads, follow directions to Tavernelle- Panicale-Città della Pieve. After another 500m, turn right in the direction of Colle San Paolo. Continue for 4 km (1 km on unpaved road) and reach Villa di Monte Solare.
From the South (Rome Airport)
Take the Autostrada A1 heading north in direction of Firenze, and take the exit marked Fabro. After the toll barrier, turn left towards Fabro-Scalo. At the next roundabout, turn left in the direction of “Monteleone d’Orvieto”. At the entrance of Monteleone d’Orvieto, turn right in the direction of “Perugia -Piegaro”. Go straight through the village of Piegaro and down to the valley. At the T-junction, turn right onto the SS220 in the direction of Tavernelle -Perugia. At the roundabout, follow directions to Perugia-Pietrafitta-Tavernelle. Continue for about 4km and take the exit marked Pietrafitta, then follow directions to Acquaiola-Tavernelle. After 500m, at the crossroads, follow directions to Tavernelle-Panicale-Città della Pieve. After another 500m, turn right in the direction of Colle San Paolo. Continue for 4 km (1 km on unpaved road) and reach Villa di Monte Solare.
From Perugia (Perugia Airport)
From the airport, follow the signs for Perugia and take the motorway E45 in the direction of Perugia. Shortly after the exit for Ponte S. Giovanni, leave the E45 towards Perugia-Siena-Firenze, joining the motorway SS 75 b. Take the 4th exit marked Madonna Alta, and continue to follow all signs marked Città della Pieve.
Continue on the SS 220 for 20 km, and take the exit marked Pietrafitta, following directions for Tavernelle. After 500m, at the crossroads, follow directions to Tavernelle-Panicale-Città della Pieve. After another 500m, turn right in the direction of Colle San Paolo. Continue for 4 km (1 km on unpaved road) and reach Villa di Monte Solare.
Nearby Cities and Airports
- Perugia – 25km (25 minutes)
- Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport – 165km (2 hours 10 minutes)
- Aeroporto di Firenze (Florence) – 160km (2 hours 5 minutes)
Just 40 minutes from the villa, Perugia is the historic capital city of the region, covering a scenic hilltop. Its centro storico (historic centre) lies at the heart of the city, raised by a series of traditional cobbled streets and piazzas. These beautiful surroundings and the vibrant life that embody this city have made it a contender for the European Capital of Culture 2019.
A popular university location, Perugia hosts a number of events and festivals, including a world-renowned jazz festival. The city also boasts a number of museums and galleries, such as the Perugia National Gallery. Visitors can also explore a number of beautiful churches, fountains and aqueducts that are littered across the city.
Other neighbouring locations include Montefalco and Bevagna, picturesque Italian villages that are set in the local rolling hills and vineyards. A number of traditional buildings and churches stand in these locations, and the best way to explore them is with a bicycle, stopping by at local restaurants to sample delicious regional dishes.
Spoleto is just over an hour away, a renowned ancient city of historic significance and originally one of Italy’s most important Roman colonies. Today, the city is a culture capital, enhanced by striking monuments and the Festival dei Due Mondi, one of Europe’s premier arts festivals, which is held annually in June and July.
In the villa, guests can enjoy access to our deluxe spa, swimming pools and gourmet restaurant. To explore the region's superior wine and food, we can also arrange intimate wine tastings and cooking courses. However, if you would rather relax and simply enjoy the surroundings, you will find yourself in paradise. After all, Villa Monte Solare is a tranquil oasis, set in one of Italy’s most scenic regions.Book this hotel
Neighbouring Perugia boasts an array of cultural sites, churches and museums, such as the Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti and the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, which houses famous pieces by renowned artists such as Umbria’s Pietro Perugino. The city also has a number of churches, such as the Cathedral of San Pietro and Duomo. Visitors can also take a guided tour around the Old City, and explore original architecture and the rich history of the location.
Spoleto, a city of great historic importance, lies just an hour away from Villa Monte Solare. Originally one of Italy’s most important Roman colonies, Spoleto has retained a charming and traditional medieval appearance. Visitors to Spoleto can explore the rich history of cultural sites such as the Teatro Romano, Museo Archeologico Nazionale Di Spoleto and Sant'Eufemia.
Shoppers are spoilt for choice in Perugia, and many department stores (such as La Rinascente, Coin and Upim) stay open until 7:30pm, allowing plenty of time to explore. Perugia also hosts a bustling weekly market on Tuesday mornings, running between 8am and noon, which sells fresh produce and clothing. A popular antiques fair is also held in the city on the first Sunday of each month, and visitors can discover some of the region's antiquities.
Each July, Umbria hosts the Umbria Jazz Festival, one of Europe’s leading music festivals. Famous musicians such as Wynton Marsalis and Dizzy Gillespie have performed at this Festival, and each year it attracts some of the world’s premier talent. In Spoleto, an internationally acclaimed arts festival takes place in June and July each year.
The region also hosts the Festival dei Due Mondi, which showcases classical music, a large number of opera performances and a host of modern dance acts.
Golfers are well catered for in the local area, and several golf courses lie in the vicinity of Villa Monte Solare. These include the renowned Golf Club Perugia Sodi di Santa Sabina, an 18-hole course.
Other local course include Antognolla Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course and the prestigious Golf Club Lamborghini; a diverse 9-hole course.
Guests can also enjoy truffle hunting in the local area. Hunting for truffles is an age-old tradition in the region, and truffles are used to finish a number of the region's most famous culinary specialities.
The beautiful rolling forests that surround Villa Monte Solare are the perfect hunting ground for these prized delights.
Villa Monte Solare is surrounded by many local vineyards, and staff can arrange intimate wine tastings for guests interested in the region's superior wine.
If you would like to discover local production methods and wine producers for yourself, our receptionist would be delighted to offer you directions to some of the area's most notable vineyards.