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Region & Estate

Northern Umbria

Villa Capanne is situated in Northern Umbria close to the borders with Le Marche and Tuscany and only 15 minutes drive from the bustling university town of Perugia.

Umbria, know as the 'Green Heart' of Italy, is a region rich in natural beauty representing great and ancient civilizations.

Surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, which naturally divide the region's north and south with the Tiber River, is a land of great natural beauty with a rich history and tradition. Here, as in few other places, time is unhurried with the hills and valleys coming together in gentle harmony.

It is a region with a landscape haunted by the atmosphere of a bygone age. Cities and towns, themselves architectural achievements, contain cathedrals, churches and museums, each offering a wealth of precious frescoes and works of art.

Throughout the year, somewhere in Umbria, history is revived. Locals, and visitors alike are swept up in the contagious enthusiasm of medieval celebrations and festivals. Local markets are a weekly attraction in most towns and villages.

Umbria's artistic and cultural calendar is packed full with events, many international, such as:

  • Gubbio - Running of the Candles (May)
  • Perugia - Jazz Festival (July)
  • Assisi - Folk and Religious Festival (August)

Umbria's major wine centres at Torgiano and Montefalco are within easy reach from Villa Capanne, as are the major wine growing areas in adjacent Tuscany, such as Montalcino, Montepulciano and of course, the Chianti district.

The Antognolla Estate

Villa Capanne sits in the 1,000-hectare private Antognolla estate, amid gentle rolling hills and centuries old Cypresses.

The colours in the valley represent the changing seasons. It's fields, olive groves and vineyards creating a small corner of paradise, where time appears to have stood still.

The beginnings of Castello di Antognolla can be traced back centuries.

Legend has it that Lucio Antonio, brother of Marc Antonio (Cleopatra), having been defeated by Augustus in the siege of Perugia in 40 A.D., retreated to this place, giving Antognolla it's name. Subsequently, confirmed by architectural records, Antognolla became the site of a Benedictine Monastery in 1174.

Today the Antognolla Castle is classified as a national monument. Within the estate there is a championship golf course and many walking trails through the woods providing a wonderful opportunity for those interested in the local flora and fauna.