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Il Convento dei Capuccini

Il Convento dei Capuccini
Umbria
Perched on a hill in Umbria, overlooking Lake Trasimeno and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the Convento was first established in 1556. Restored to state of the art luxury, this is a house where the emphasis is on comfort and the pleasure of spending time together.
people
22
bedrooms
10 BR
bathrooms
10
airport
Perugia 40 km / 30 minutes
villa concierge
pool
tennis
gym
spa
Daily maid
Cook
wifi
Air condition
helipad
pets welcome
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OVERVIEW

The Convento dei Cappuccini sits above the northern shores of Lago Trasimeno in Umbria, which is Italy’s fourth largest lake (largest south of Milan) with vistas across the lake and the town of Passignano sul Trasimeno (three minute drive or 15 minute walk into town).

Built in the 16th century, and a functioning monastery until the '60ies, this historic building lies withing a 25 hectare (60 acres) estate. It has been lovingly restored by its owner George Lucas.

There are two principal structures:
1. The Convento Building (Main Villa) and
2. The Library Building, which also houses the dining room.

Ten bedrooms - all ensuite - accommodate a total of 22 guests, ideally 18 adults plus two teenagers and two children.
The Convento comes with a brigade of high level staff, who will do everything possible to make guests happy.
Outdoors
• 60 acre estate (25 hectares)
• A 16th century walled garden with 13 acres of enclosed formal gardens, vegetable garden, orchard, grape arbor, lavender rows, olive groves and lawns in addition to the outdoor pool, reflecting fountain bordering the Convento’s native oak forest and the Winter garden.
• The remainder of the estate is made up of over 1800 olive trees, vineyards and forest reserve (ideal for mushroom and truffle hunting in season).
• Outdoor swimming pool: 20 x 9 meters (65 x 30 feet), depth 1.2m to 2.00m.
• Tennis court (featuring Casali “Suppersoft Dobbio” synthetic surface ITF certified category 3). Selection of Wilson and Head ladies and men’s tennis rackets plus balls.
• Basketball on tennis court.
• Bocce court and half-championship size croquet pitch with various Croquet Association endorsed mallets (including for children) as well as a lawn Badminton set.
• The Winter Garden, a fully glassed enclosed conservatory set within the walled garden and surrounded by 400 year old olive trees that features a sitting area in front of a wood burning fireplace
• The Fire-pit, set upon the walls on the southern corner of the walled garden enjoying majestic views of the medieval village of Passignano below the hill and twinkling lights around Lake Trasimeno
• Seven hole “shoe-golf” course, exclusively designed and personally endorsed by David Shaw.
• Helicopters are able to land directly on the Estate, within the walled gardens, in the back yard.
Indoors
All bedrooms feature:
• Individually controlled heating and air-conditioning
• Satellite TV with Kaleidescape entertainment units
• Geneva sound systems with iPod-docks
• Ensuite bathrooms, the majority with two sink vanities, separate walk-in showers and freestanding tubs. They also have televisions.
Furthermore the villa features:
• Games room with pool table and card table
• 20 foot American shuffleboard table
• Galleried library featuring thousands of volumes
• State-of-the-art Cinema seating 16 and includes a PS3 player with dual controls, satellite and Apple TV.
• Kaleidescape Entertainment System with a movie library in excess of 1000 titles available both in the Cinema and in all guest apartments
• Professional kitchen including food demonstration area for guest participation
• Wine cellar and tasting room with approximately 115 bins.
• Fully equipped gym
• Dedicated full service Spa with treatment room for massages, sauna and hamam / steam room
• Grand piano in the main villa’s living room
• Chapel for spiritual reflection
• Guest’s Pantry, located off the Convento’s breakfast kitchen, where guests can help themselves to tea, coffee, snacks, juices, soft drinks, house wines and beer twenty-four hours a day.

DETAILS

Amenities
• The whole property has Wi-Fi access, including the grounds and swimming pool area.
• The entire villa is air conditioned
All bedrooms feature:
• Individually controlled heating and air-conditioning
• Satellite TV with Kaleidescape entertainment units
• Geneva sound systems with iPod-docks
Furthermore the villa features:
• Kaleidescape Entertainment System with a movie library in excess of 1000 titles available both in the Cinema and in all guest apartments
• Fully equipped gym with Treadmills x 2 (Matrix T7x), Elliptical (Johnson E8000), Recumbent bike (Johnson R8000), Matrix multi-station unit for strength training plus free weight dumb bells and bench
• Firewood supply for fireplaces
• Private parking
Staff included
• The Convento employs a full-time management couple with an extensive international hospitality background, who live on the estate.
• In addition, there is a core staff which includes a head-chef with his brigade of sous-chefs and assistants
• Professionally trained wait staff including a sommelier
• Head housekeeper and her team who provide twice daily maid service, seven days per week, in all suites as well as handling daily guest laundry (complimentary)
• A houseman tends to the outdoors as well as the garden staff. Thus depending on the number of guests resident at the Convento, there are between twelve to twenty staff on duty.
• Arrangements include all meals; breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon, dinner and any snacks.
• All beverages from our various house bars are also included, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
• What is not included are wines, as they are charged on a consumption basis.

Staff | Service on request
• Excluded and compulsory €185 per person food and beverage charge (children 12 and under are complimentary) which covers all meals - breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and any other snacks - as well as all beverages (excluding wines which are charged separately).
• The spa is serviced a la carte
• Wines from the in house wine cellar are charged on a consumption basis
Furthermore the villa manager will help you organise your stay according to your wishes. Here a few ideas:
In the villa:
• Pizza making
• Family wine tastings
• Painting lessons

And in the surroundings:
• Hot Air Ballooning
• Siena and the Palio
• A Kid’s Introduction to Art
• Artisans and Scientists
• The Umbria Jazz Festival
• Wine and cheese tours
etc, etc.

FLOORPLANS

To receive the floor plans of this villa contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas
Distances
• Nearest village Passignano sul Trasimeno, 200 m, where you will find shops selling local produce, supermarket and numerous bars and restaurants
• Closest commercial and private (private jets) airport Perugia 40 km - 30 minutes drive
• Montalcino 20km - 30 minutes drive
• Cortona 30 km - 20 minutes drive
• Perugia 30 km - 30 minutes drive
• Pienza 33km - 35 minutes drive
• Assisi 50 km - 40 minutes drive
• Siena 70 km - 50 minutes drive
• Arezzo 68 km - 50 minutes drive
• Orvieto 100 km - 1 hours and 30 minutes drive
• Florence 124 km - 1 hour 30 minutes drive
• Rome 213 km - 2 hours 15 minutes drive
Things to do
UMBRIA
• Lake Trasimeno -The Convento overlooks the Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in Central Italy. Due to its volcanic origin, no major river flows directly into or out of it and the water level fluctuates significantly according to rainfall levels and the seasonal demands from the towns, villages and farms near the shore. The lake is rich in fish, including pike, carp, tench and the lack of large farms in the area ensures a low pollution level. This area is very famous for the Battle of Lake Trasimeno occurred on the northern shore of the lake in April 217 B.C. during the Second Punic War when Hannibal defeated the Romans. We can arrange a tour of the three islands, Maggiore, Minore and Polvese by ferryboat and enjoy a lunch at one of the many seafood restaurants on the shores of the lake.
• Assisi - The city of St. Francis, is built in pink and white stone and perches on the slopes of Monte Subasio. This lovely Umbrian landmark, enclosed by ramparts and crisscrossed by narrow streets lined with venerable old facades, has changed little since the Middle Ages. The main sights in town include the extraordinary Basilica of San Francesco which is built on two levels and houses several stunning fresco cycles by the most important artists of the Italian 14th century including Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini and Lorenzetti. This is unquestionably the highlight of a visit to Assisi but it is also worth visiting the Church dedicated to Saint Francis' female counterpart, Saint Clare, and the beautiful main square with its medieval civic buildings and remains of a Roman temple. Afterwards, you can walk or
drive into the woods just above town, to visit the Eremo delle Carceri, the peaceful mountain hermitage where St. Francis slept on a stone slab and spoke to the birds.
• Perugia - The capital city of Umbria, Perugia, has a fascinating medieval center with, in the main square, the cathedral and Priors' Palace, and the Collegio del Cambio with frescoes by Perugino, who was born here and who ended up becoming one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance as well as being Raphael's teacher. Also visit the National Gallery of Umbria which houses masterpieces of both Umbrian and Italian art generally, and is considered one of the most important collections of paintings in Italy. Continue exploring the city, with a visit to the extraordinary 16th fortress (the Rocca Paolina) built over still intact and visible medieval streets and houses which belonged to Perugia's ruling family, the Baglioni
• Bevagna - One of the most charming small towns in Umbria, Bevagna's origins go back to the Etruscans, although its most important period of development was under the Romans because of its position on the Via Flaminia, one of the Roman consular roads, which runs through the centre of town. Today Bevagna has a perfectly preserved medieval appearance with its 12th century city walls and lovely churches, although the remains of a Roman theatre (in Hotel Orto degli Angeli), a baths complex, a temple and mosaics can still be seen in various parts of town. The main square, Piazza S. Silvestro, is surrounded by the most important buildings in town including the Consul's Palace and the church of S. Michele Arcangelo.
• Montefalco is referred to as the Balcony of Umbria because of its spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. In fact the name of the town means the Falcon's Mount and refers to the time in the 13th century when the Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II used it as a hunting base. The town's steep main street converges on the central square that, with its almost circular shape, looks like the setting for an opera. The church of San Francesco, just off the main square, apart from a major cycle of frescoes of the life of Saint Francis by the Florentine painter, Benozzo Gozzoli, also houses the town's museum which is worth a visit. Last but not least Montefalco is home of one of Italy's great but lesser-known wines, the delicious and full-bodied Sagrantino di Montefalco.
• Spello - Built in the beautiful local pink and white stone from the mountain (Monte Subasio) behind Assisi, Spello was settled by the Umbrians and then became a Roman colony and still has significant
Roman remains including the walls and city gates. It also has a number of beautiful medieval churches several of which house major works of the Renaissance period, in particular the Baglioni Chapel in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore which is decorated with frescoes by the Umbrian artist Pinturicchio.

TUSCANY
• Arezzo is a bustling, prosperous city that was founded by the Etruscans and then became an important Roman municipium on the route of one of the main Roman thoroughfares, the Via Cassia. It is particularly famous today for the cycle of frescos by Piero della Francesca in the church of San Francesco, considered one of the most important fresco cycles of the Italian quattrocento, but it is also fun to explore the surrounding streets which are lined with imposing medieval and Renaissance palaces as well as numerous antique shops. Arezzo has a major antiques fair on the first weekend of every month that is visited by antique dealers from all over Italy. Take time to visit the Piazza Grande, designed by Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century, the Pieve di Santa Maria, considered one of the finest Romanesque buildings in Tuscany and the Duomo, which sits on the highest point of the town. Arezzo is also home to one of the finest chocolate shops in Italy - Vestri.
• Cortona is one of the oldest cities in Tuscany and was founded as one of the twelve Etruscan Lucumones (or city states) during the 6th century BC. Its spectacular position high up on the slopes of the Appennini mountains commands spectacular views over the Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno over the border into Umbria. Today the town is one of the most lively and bustling urban centers in Southern Tuscany and is centred on the three main squares of Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Duomo and Piazza Signorelli, the Renaissance painter who was born here. It is worth visiting the Etruscan Museum which houses fascinating artifacts mostly found in the immediate area around Cortona and the little Museo Diocesano opposite the Duomo which houses an Annunciation, a masterpiece by the Florentine painter Fra Angelico who spent 10 years here in the early 15th century. Cortona also has the somewhat ambiguous virtue of being the setting for Francis Mayes' hugely successful book, Under the Tuscan Sun!
• Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It rests on three red clay hills and has retained its original medieval atmosphere with steep narrow streets and predominantly Gothic architecture. You will see the Campo, considered one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world, where the famous Palio horserace is run twice a year between the different districts of the city. Here you can visit the city museum - housed in the city hall, this includes the gloriously frescoed council chambers of Siena's medieval government and includes works by the major artists of Siena's Golden Age - Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Simone Martini. Later, you can visit the Duomo, Siena's magnificent cathedral with its stripy marble facade and interior which houses major works of painting and sculpture.
Optional extra visits in Siena are:
The Cathedral Museum - this houses works from the Duomo and includes Duccio's incredible Maestà - the largest painting of the Medieval period, Giovanni Pisano's extraordinary life-size sculptures from the Cathedral facade as well as numerous other fascinating works
The Pinacoteca - this is the city's museum of painting and houses a complete collection of works by Sienese artists starting from the very early beginnings of Sienese painting in the 13th century and continuing through to the 17th century.
• The Val D'Orcia - This area to the Southeast of Siena is considered one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world and is now protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Apart from its breath-taking landscape, subject of so many Tuscan postcards, the Val D'Orcia includes five of the most charming hill towns in Tuscany - Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico D'Orcia, Castiglione D'Orcia and Radicofani.
To receive a complete overview of activities and sightseeing in the area, contact Katharina or Gaia at contact@excellence.villas We will promptly email you an exhaustive document.

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