Restaurant and Hotel Antico Forziere is a Countryside hotel Umbria. It is a XVII° century farmhouse regarded locally as an important piece of rural history. It is situated in Umbria, near Deruta, town world-famous for ceramic art, and very close to Assisi, Perugia, Todi and Spoleto.
Rodella family welcomes guests into this ancient building where huge beams, brick arches and wonderful views lend a special atmosphere. Garden with flowers and scents and the picturesque swimming pool overlook the wide Tiber River valley.
Use of the swimming pool and wellness SPA with Jacuzzi is exclusive for the guests of the house.
L’Antico Forziere welcomes guests in two suites each with its own entrance onto the garden, and six double rooms furnished with a great care of particulars. Each kind of room has private bathroom with hair dryer, safe, minibar, TV, telephone, free Wi-Fi connection, air conditioning, linen in the room and daily cleaning. Each one has also fine curtains and ceramics, exposed wooden beams and wrought iron beds.
Each Suite has just one room on two levels and it is bigger than a standard double room. They have the double bed on a wood loft and at the ground floor there’s the bathroom, a dining room with sofa bed for children and the door for the garden in the back side of the hotel.
Restaurant offers a blend of traditional and creative cooking. This results in mouth-watering dishes that complement perfectly the atmospheric dining room or the summer terrace for lunch or for dinner by candlelight. Stefano and Andrea Rodella, the twin chefes, and Samuele suggest the guests their culinary art melting tradition and creativity. Our dishes will be different every time in our seasonal menu due to the seasonal change of fresh products.
In order to enhance all the dishes you can find pleasant surprises even for the most demanding tastes with a wide and skilled selection of the most important national wines.
From 2015 L'Antico Forziere is one of the 59 “Table Distinguée” restaurant in the world of the Logis Hotel chain. Table Distinguée restaurants are selected by culinary experts, for an acknowledged gourmet venue that elevates the table arts to the highest level of excellence, offering facilities, service and hospitality to ensure a unique experience. Restaurant is also published in all the most famous food and wine guides of Italy. The twins chefs won in 2017 and 2018 an award at the “Chef Awards 2017/2018” as the best 100 chefs in Italy.
DERUTA AND THE CERAMIC ARTS
First artistic installations in Deruta surely were favoured by an easy availability of argil, raw material in ceramic processing, both on derutians hills, where still was extracted in the early decades of past century, and on the surroundings, included the alluvial deposits of river Tevere exploited up to fifty years ago.
There are documents about the existence, since 1296, of the toponym “land of earthenware” along Tevere’s banks on the close territory of Torgiano and it’s been recently pointed out how in a wide zone within the middle tiberina valley, between Perugia and Todi, it’s possible to track down testimonies of convincing productions of bricks and tiles and terra-cottas, in ancient times.
Later, the appropriate geographic position of Deruta, especially because of the closeness to important of through and fluvial roads, favouring commerce and barter, could have helped potters’ developement out and the expansion of their commerce. So the city became, especially among XV and XVI centuries, and once again during the past century, an extraordinary phenomenon of “monoeconomy” based on production of ceramic.
So, thanks to the “crossroad position" of Deruta, during XIV and XVI centuries various artistic and tecnical experiences of lavorazione merged in a new productive way.
During the second half of XV century Deruta has been in the interest of some phenomenons that had a decisive influence on the development of ceramic. Deruta, and its master potters, was the centre of intense artistic and commercial movement where emerged in particular, both a considerable phenomenon of immigration of potters, coming from many italian towns after a forty years process of fiscal exemptions allowed to encourage the city’s repeopling after the pestilence epidemic of 1456, who added new tecniques and decorations, and Deruta also started a close relationship with the most important representatives of painting of Umbria in a period where iconographical themes and subjects where widely reproduced on Deruta’s ceramics; last there’s been a mutual exchange with merchants and potters from Perugia with whom they negotiated contracts of important productive commercial companies.
During the second half of XVI century a popular and unique kind of decoration version survived, being reinterpreted in a summarized version in the production of votive and cult plates. An extraordinary example are the more than six hundred votive tiles kept in the church of Madonna dei Bagni in Casalina of Deruta.
After a phase at the beginning of '800 of partial abandon in ceramic arts, at the end of the century the early ceramic studies, historical researches and the interest of passionates and collectors, favoured the artistic and industrial restarting characterized by an exhibition, with prizes organized by the City of Deruta’s in 1872.
The exhibition of antique ceramics of Deruta was the background for the contest and probably gave the start to the idea of building a city museum, nowadays still visible within the shielded medieval centre overlooking the open wide Tevere’s valley.
Hilly position of L'antico forziere favours pleasant walks all along the surrounding valley through woods, ancient farmhouses and immense espanse of wheat and other products linked to Umbria’s tradiction. To spend beautiful open-air days our guests can hire (upon reservation) mountain bikes used to cover the most beautiful tracks of Umbria’s country or also to visit panoramic foreshortenings and the most representative historical monuments of our towns. It’s also possibile to request the presence of a guide for the whole excursion.
Close to the country house there is the possibility to do horse-rides among the hills or to visit local manèges.
If you love strong emotions you can, in Valnerina, raft along the torrents running through our mountains.
Close to Terni, city of S.Valentino, Marmore’s Falls show themselves and their majesty enhancing beauty of natural landscape, and Trasimeno Lake, Perugia’ province, offers itself as touristic destination where you can spend pleasent days on its characteristic islands.
A few minutes far from l'Antico Forziere it’s possibile to visit the most beautiful and charming cities of art in Umbria.
Historical centre of Perugia, with Rocca Paolina, its cathedral, the city art gallery, Priori’s Palace and its characteristical fountain realized in 1277 by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, recallects the medieval atmosphere of our region.
Assisi with its alleys and churches offers the tourist the opportunità to spend mystical days going over again life and course of S.Francesco e S.Chiara.
Cathedrals of Spoleto, Gubbio, Spello, Todi and many more smaller towns, for example those of Bevagna, Montefalco, Cascia e Norcia, complete the run throughout our region, offering tourists’ eyes foreshortening of rare beauty.
FOOD AND WINE ROUTES
For the lovers of food and wine routes L'antico forziere is situated in a strategic position in between Torgiano, headquarter of Lungarotti’s wine prodution where you can admire the Wine and oil museum, and Montefalco, D.O.C. zone of production of the homonymous redskin wine and Sagrantino.
The oil, high quality product that makes our region proud and well known worldwide, is produced following the old tradiction in a lot of olive presses, in Spoleto and Spello, that you can visit upon reservation.
If you are greedy we organize visits to the historical museum of Perugina where you can taste the worldwide famous chocolate produced there.
Norcia, well known for its art in mushrooms and especially for its black valuable truffle, Castelluccio with its lentils and Colfiorito with its typical red potatoes, characterize a route rich of tastes and tradiction.
During every period of the year Umbria proposes itself to the world through a lot of events organized on its whole territory:
- Antique trade market (April) ASSISI;
- Calendimaggio (May) ASSISI;
- Candles race (May) GUBBIO;
- Open wine shops (May) MONTEFALCO;
- Infiorata (June) SPELLO;
- Gaite (June) BEVAGNA;
- Two worlds festival (July) SPOLETO;
- Umbriajazz (July) PERUGIA;
- Quintana (June) FOLIGNO;
- Quintana (September) FOLIGNO;
- Eurochocolate (October) PERUGIA;
- Open mills (November);
HOW TO GET HERE:
WHERE WE ARE:
Located on Casilina’s territory, hamlet of Deruta, halfway between Perugia and Todi within Umbria’s green heart. Its strategic position permits to reach all the most important towns of this region: Assisi(15 min), Spello(15 min), Perugia(10 min), Todi(15 min).
1. A1 motorway towards Roma, exit Valdichiana, expressway E45 direction Terni-Roma, exit Casalina.
2. A14 motorway from Bologna to Ancona, exit north Cesena, expressway E45 direction Roma, exit Casalina.
A1 motorway to Firenze, Orte’s exit, expressway E45 direction Roma, exit Casalina.
BY PLANE: S.Egidio airport with bus service.bbbbn