At Home in an Umbrian Palace
A house in an Umbrian palace: this is the atmosphere you live in in this charming residence of the sixteenth century, that become a Luxury Hotel in Norcia, in the heart of Umbria, after a careful restoring. Fusion of design and tradition, simplicity and quality, this is the secret of this new elegant project promoted and realized by Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi, the last generation of a family who has been offering Hospitality and Foodservice since 1850. The skilled restoration, the research of unique materials and objects, along with the work of the best Umbrian craftsmen, have made Palazzo Seneca a unique destination in its genre.
Palazzo Seneca offer 24 unique rooms, a little SPA with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and a Gourmet Restaurant Vespasia, 1 Michelin star, to enojoy the rich local gastronomy tradition.
It is the perfect base to discover Norcia, the Sibillini National Park or the most important destinations of Umbria
Palazzo Seneca was built in the 16th century from the homonym family from Piedivalle, a village near Preci, whose inhabitants were famous as skilled wood carvers. Among their works, the wooden chorus inside Saint Benedict Church, which is, however, no longer in the church, and the chorus of Saint Eutizio Abbey. Inside you can find a large stone fireplace of the 16th century, with the family escutcheon on top of it representing a bar with a pair of compasses in the middle and three roses underneath. Compasses and bar symbolize the craftsmen corporation they belonged to. Palazzo Seneca was the first hotel in Norcia and among the first in Umbria, having started since the early 1900s.
Over time, the building underwent several changes, but on the ground floor it maintains the characteristic 16th century vaults. The structure was badly damaged during the 1997 earthquake, but thanks to an attentive restoration it has turned again one of the most splendid monuments in Norcia. Over the period 1905-1908 in the town records Palazzo Seneca was indicated as “Private House used as Hotel”; today, one century after the first opening, Palazzo Seneca re-opens as an hotel this ancient and beautiful palace.