History & Local Area
Catigliano was originally an 11th century military tower – the name has a Latin origin. The original defensive structure was used as a simple farmhouse which has since progressively evolved. Gaia Servadio has lovingly restored and improved it using all her talents and experience of traditional materials and decoration drawn from years as painter, writer and traveller.
Most of the local towns and villages have good and cheap restaurants – Umbrian cuisine is excellent.
There are beautiful walks along the dirt-tracks and trails connecting Catigliano and nearby woods and farms – go quietly in the early morning and you will surprise wild-boars. The Monte Croce di Serra makes a good expedition, but take plenty of water. Nearby is a petrified forest, Monte Vettore, the Monti Sibillini, the Monte Terminillo and Italy’s highest parish (comune).
Catigliano is an ideal base for visiting the masterpieces of the Renaissance of which Umbria is proud; the Middle Ages left remarkable churches (Lugnano, Assisi, Spello, San Pietro in Valle), paintings (Cimabue, Lorenzetti, Giotto and later Perugino, Pinturicchio, Filippo Lippi, Signorelli, Raphael and Piero della Francesa) sculpture and architecture (Agostino di Duccio, the Sangallo family, Piero della Francesca). There are many Roman sites, natural hot springs, spas and swimming pools at Viterbo and Saturnia.
There are music and prose festivals at Spoleto, Todi, Amelia, Iesi, Macerata and Perugia all within convenient driving distance.