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High in the Umbrian hills in central Italy; designers Robbie Spina and Joe Zito have painstakingly restored a medieval building as their special luxury Project. The building has served in its time has as a convent, a school, a hotel & even a prison! Umbria is wilder than neighbouring Tuscany. The building itself had been derelict for over 45 years and part of it was in a state of collapse.
It comprises of three medieval towers, which had originally been individual palaces that date from the 1500s. After acquiring all the relevant permissions; a painstaking and slow process since it is listed as a Grade A listed monument (The same grade as the Coliseum in Rome), the restoration process itself took less than a year to complete; The result is beautiful, sensitively restored home that clings to the edge of the hill. With its original 500-year-old Terracotta floor and 13ft-high beamed ceilings. A dramatic chandelier dominates the central stairwell, with its original 500-year-old iron balustrade.
The 21ft-long structure was handmade in Spina’s London studio using 72,000 pieces of crystal & chain. It took two months to construct and was the last thing to go into the villa.

The panoramically positioned swimming pool (700metres above sea level) is lined with green Italian marble and the surrounding paved area is in Travertine.
From the garden an exterior staircase climbs to the main entrance. What were once a series of dungeons are now a rustic kitchen and dining area. There are three en suite bedrooms and a library on the floor above; climb another flight of stairs and there is a second larger kitchen, living and dining areas, and a study as well as a spacious 60 square meter terrace with stunning views stretching over 100 kilometres in the distance.
There is also a second entrance on this floor that leads out to a higher part of the village.
One further floor has space for another three en suite bedrooms, with all its magical views of hidden dells and magnificent peaks.
Located between the world-renowned cultural cities of Florence, Assisi and Perugia, with Siena and cortona just an hour away and utterly fabulous breath taking views.

Parts of the house are now available for rental , ( please discuss options with Joe & Robbie )

Read more about ‘La Taverna al Monte’ in a feature in the Telegraph by Becky Sunshine:

‘La Taverna al Monte as featured in the Telegraph Magazine


The villa has 4 floors in total connected by a large, central staircase which is an architectural jewel in itself with its original stone floors and iron staircase, Spina centrepiece light sculpture cascading through the stairwell some 6 meters high

As the villa is built on a hill, there are two accesses: one through the village with car parking available at approx. 50 meters; and a street access via a stone cobbled courtyard which leads to the garden and from there to the 2nd lower floor. Located between the world-renowned centres of Florence, Assisi & Perugia, it is on the cusp between Tuscany and Umbria so that culture and art surround you.

Soft evening magic by the Terrace

Ground Floor/ Village Level
• Dining room • Large fully equipped kitchen with living area • TV room • Study • Cloakroom • Bathroom with shower • Access to the terrace Top Floor • Panoramic Suite: 30 sqm bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower) and dressing room • 1 twin bedroom, en-suite bathroom
1st Lower Floor/ Library Level • Library-drawing room with large stone fireplace and arched ceiling • Star Suite: double bedroom, en-suite bathroom (shower) and separate dressing room • Twin bedroom with adjacent bathroom (tub & shower) • Double bedroom with four poster bed, en-suite bathroom (shower) • balcony overlooking the pool

2nd Lower Floor

• Lobby • Kitchen with dining area • Pantry and cloakroom • Small terrace overlooking the pool Steps lead down to the garden and pool area Outside Space
Two distinct outside spaces: The Garden & Pool Area with a small pool (6 x 3 m), lounges and sun umbrellas. The terrace (60 sqm) is accessed from the villa via two sets of double doors and is south-facing. It is ideal for breakfast and includes contemporary loungers, parasols, seating and dining areas along with shade and privacy with subtle bamboo planting. It boasts magnificent views across the valley and Umbrian mountains.”

  • Welcome food basket on arrival
  • Pool 6mx3m
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV/DVD
  • IPod docking station
  • Safe
  • Show more amenities
  • Barbecue
  • Massage/Reflexology on request
  • Cooking classes on request
  • Personal trainer on request
  • Walking guide on request
  • Local village shop
  • Restaurant in the village
  • Fashion outlets
  • Central Heating (for Winter months)
  • Hair Driers
  • Washing Machine/Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Library (& DVD collection)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly screens
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Cook on request
  • Daily maid service 2hrs included ( additional on request)

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& Special Celebrations

‘For discerning guests, La Taverna & Monte‘s ambience is both sophisticated & unique like no other, a totally different experience for celebrating any special event. Setting itself apart from other venues, La Taverna and its surrounding hamlet and villagers welcomes the visitor and places at their disposal the possibility of using any of the wonderful buildings there; whether the medieval castle is preferred, or a private palace, with secret spaces and hidden gardens as well as its own exquisite church. All are especially opened and made uniquely available in collaboration with the community & Town Hall. All within walking distance, no cars or ferrying of guests to and fro. No other wedding venues offer the same scope as LTAM. We offer you the entire medieval jewel that is Monte Santa Maria Tiberina.”

See 'Special Events' section above for more info


This is what our guests think

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“It was an experience of a lifetime at La Taverna Al Monte, the villa has breathtaking views over the country side. This is a true gem in Umbria, the building has been restored and decorated to a very high standard to provide great comfort and a peaceful atmosphere. Its hosts are charming and very welcoming. We are looking forward to our next stay to discover more of the Umbria region, which we believe it is more interesting than Tuscany. The house is perfectly located with a great terrace and garden, you’ll never want to leave the villa.”

Hassan and Michel – Les Trois Garcons -

‘From the charm of the village, to the incredible warmth of the hosts and relaxed, stylish elegance of the villa, I highly recommend this place. Owners Robbie and Joe have restored the building with such exquisite sensitivity, added their own beautiful design to create an incredible home and one that's hard to leave. And that's the point - it feels like a home away from home. If only my home looked like that.
Our bedroom was incredibly comfortable and quiet, the communal areas are spacious and light allowing guests to either be together or remain private as they wish. And breakfast on the big, open terrace is one of life's great delights - with the most amazing panoramic views. I would happily go back.’

Becky Sunshine, Interiors & Design Journalist & Writer -


Option to rent: 1 - The whole villa (4 floors) which sleeps 10/12 people or 860 squ mteres / 2. -Additional Secret Garden space for special events; weddings etc Show calendar

  • Available
  • Special offer
  • Already booked

Bedrooms: | Sleeps: tbc Bathrooms: tbc
& special occasions: Further additional bedrooms in Annex available.


High Season: 28th June to 29th August also 24th Dec to 4th January

Rates :
bedrooms Price Available Upon Request
2 floors & pool With 3 bedrooms Price Available Upon Request

Medium Season: 17th May to 25th June & Medium: 30th August to 26th Sept

Rates for 7nights:
bedrooms Price Available Upon Request
2 floors & pool With 3 bedrooms Price Available Upon Request

Low Season: 27th Sept to 16th May

Rates for 7nights:
bedrooms Price Available Upon Request

Rental from Saturday to Saturday check-in between 4pm-7pm
Checkout by 10am
-Shorter stays on individual application please.
-4 night minimum stay contact directly for availability

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Joe Zito and Robbie Spina


Award- winning designers Joe Zito and Robbie Spina, a vibrant and dynamic design duo from London , who have beautifully restored this medieval 16th century villa using their 18 years of experience in luxury interiors & accessories.




Other things to do nearby:

Massage / Beauty Spa /Tennis / Golf/Horse-riding/ Shopping at Fashion Outlets/Culture/Guided walks/ Painting & Art classes/ Star-gazing


Monterchi 12 km/7 miles
Citta di Castello 15 km/9 miles
Montone 30 Km/18 miles
Arezzo 40 km/25 miles.
Perugia 45 km/28 miles
Cortona 50 km/31 miles
Assissi 50 km/30 miles
Gubbio 53 km/ 33 miles
Fashion Outlets 55 km/35 miles
Florence 70 km/43 miles
Urbino 80 km/ 50 miles
Sienna 111 km/ 69 miles

Airports and trains

Perugia airport 45km/28miles
Florence airport 130km/81 miles.
Pisa airport 194km/120miles
Rome Fiumicino 254km/158miles


Citta di Castello 15km/9miles.
Mainlines go to Arezzo


Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
Perugia Italy

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UK mobile 07949 073251

Robbie UK mobile
07949 200031

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( Joe & Robbie speak both English & Italian)


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