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Palazzo Seneca

Umbria, Italy

Palazzo Seneca is a tasteful conversion of an old palazzo, run by the delightful Bianconi family who have over a century of expertise in customer service. Located in the charming town of Norcia, you get a real feel of Italian life away from the crowds.

At a Glance

  • A stunning restored 16th century palace located in the heart of Umbria

  • The spa has Turkish baths, a sauna and a Jacuzzi

  • The town of Norcia is renowned for its charcuterie, most notably its pork

  • Spend a weekend truffle hunting and learn the best ways to cook them in a cooking class at the hotel - alternatively let them do the hard work and reap the benefits over dinner

  • Each room has been individually designed and some incorporate features steeped in history, more family run home than hotel

Culture, Eco/ethical tourism, Adventure,

Insider's View

Don't miss a trip to the plateau of Castelluccio, a protected area 1500mt above the sea level where spelt, lentils and endless beautifully colored flowers grow year round.

Cordelia Nicholls

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Palazzo Seneca or take a look at our itineraries to Umbria


Located in the historic town of Norcia in the Umbria region of Italy is the charming Palazzo Seneca. An original 16th century building which has recently been sympathetically refurbished, Palazzo Seneca retains a very Italian atmosphere with evident attention to detail in every nook and cranny.

Norcia is a small medieval town set amongst lush greenery, rolling hills and low mountains and is renowned for being a bit of a gastronomic haven. Local produce is turned into delicious dishes for you to sample, fine architecture is there for you to discover and the enchanting scenery invites you to walk along its trails.

The Bianconi family never refer to Palazzo Seneca as a hotel, highlighting the uniqueness of a stay in this Umbrian palace. The rooms and suites have been carefully restored and crafted to give them a personality. Tradition, comfort and detail seem to be at the heart of the design of the rooms. Each item has a history, for instance the lamps have been made by the same company which provided the lighting for the San Remo festival. Ristorante Vespasia, in line with Norcia’s gastronomic reputation, opens up your senses to the tastes, smells and visions of local produce in the form of delicious dishes.

You can while away your time here relaxing in the wellness rooms, trying your hand at some sports at the sport center, acquainting yourself with the culinary delights of Norcia, going on an excursion to Monti Sibillini National Park or simply just enjoying the Palazzo and all its detail.


The rooms and suites at Palazzo Seneca accentuate the originality of the palazzo. All the materials, furniture, colors, décor and trinkets have been individually selected giving them plenty of personality and charm. Various views of Norcia and the surrounding countryside are offered from each room. There is a range of room types to choose from, each with something different to offer but each maintain a high standard of quality and comfort. All rooms and suites are complete with a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, mini bar and free bottled water.

Junior Suite

The junior suites have fabulous four posted beds, unique antique pieces oak floors and granite bathrooms.


The suite has wooden floors and an elegant bathroom. There is an ancient desk in the living area and the bed frame has been handcrafted.


Deluxe rooms have either four poster beds or wooden carved bed frames, leather covered writing desks and cardinal style chairs.


Romantica rooms are cosier with views over the roofs of Noricia’s old town center. Some have four poster beds, they have leather covered desks and lovely marble bathrooms.


Superior rooms are spacious and sophisticated. They have writing desks and four poster beds.


Little ones are more than welcome to come and stay at Palazzo Seneca. Cots, extra beds, children's menus and babysitting can all be arranged upon request to help accommodate families comfortably and give parents some time out. There is also a mini club during the Christmas and Easter vacations where staff will organize a full fun entertainment program to keep children occupied.


Palazzo Seneca is home to Ristorante Vespasia which embodies the deliciousness of locally sourced produce. Creativity, skill, passion and a wonderful selection of ingredients make for some delicious dishes which you will want to savor forever. Delicacies such as black truffle, Chianina beef, aged Pecorino cheese and salumi are served. The venue itself is elegantly decorated in tones cream and caramel with white linen table cloths and gender specific leather armchairs. During the warmer months you can enjoy the eating al fresco on the delightful terrace, whilst choosing to sit indoors you can opt for a garden view table.

The Palazzo has a wellness center complete with Turkish baths , a sauna and a hydro massage bath. Treatments can be arranged upon request. There is no pool on site but guests have access to the Bianconi Sports Centre where there is an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness suite, outdoor synthetic pitches, basketball field and even a beach volleyball court.


There is plenty to keep you entertained during your stay at Palazzo Seneca or not as the case may be, if you are after some peace and quiet. You can take the free shuttle bus to the Bianconi sports center where an array of activities awaits you. You can take some trip and excursion to explore the local area. Monti Sibillini National Park is definitely worth a visit for rafting, canyoning, paragliding, quad biking or just walking. A tour of the town can enlighten you of the local history with its fortress and churches. But there is one thing that is a must during your stay, and that is a cooking lesson. Using local produce and local secrets, you can create some delicious dishes.

Location & Directions

Umbria, Italy

Located in the historic town of Norcia a medieval town set amongst the rolling hills in the Umbria region of Italy.

When to go

The Mediterranean climate makes Umbria a year round destination. The main tourism season stretches from mid-April to the end of September with July and August being peak months. The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are "fewer" tourists. Many have also discovered the advantages of visiting during the "low season" (winter and early spring) as rates are lower and the reduced number of tourists is visible. In Norcia November to March is an important season as the Black Truffle 'melanosporum vittadinis' is in season, and Norcia is the truffle capital of Italy! This is more prized than the summer and autumn varieties, tuber aestivum (from June to the end of August), and tuber uncinatum (from September to December).

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Palazzo Seneca or take a look at our itineraries to Umbria

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