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A Castle in UMBRIA. Discover the Stunning Castello di Procopio

December 20, 2017

Castello di Pancrazio is a fabulously restored luxury villa in Umbria where guests are treated like royalty while being surrounded with original and refurbished architectural antique entryways, fountains, sinks and fireplaces. The Castle has a commanding view of the Tiber valley, where it has been for hundreds of years.

Castello di Procopio Front Court Yard

Castello di Procopio Front Court Yard

It dates back to the 12th century but has been painstakingly restored to its former glory and decked out with contemporary fittings as well as ancient luxury furnishings to create a unique property that from the outside is faithful to its origins, yet inside is fit for a modern-day king and queen.

Castello di Procopio Antique Stone Walkway

Castello di Procopio Antique Stone Walkway

The sister property of the renowned Palazzo TerraNova, this castle must be seen to be believed. It is a retreat from the everyday life, an oasis for the heart and mind and the ultimate destination for a luxury holiday.

Palazzo Terranova

Palazzo Terranova

At the heart of the castle is the spectacular kitchen – custom built with every fixture, fitting and gadget delivered to the highest spec. Whether you’re getting your hands floury during one of the villa’s renowned cookery workshops, or simply relaxing in the bar while the chef cooks up an Italian storm for the visiters, this is a room that works incredibly hard.

Castello di Procopio Kitchen

Castello di Procopio Kitchen

Antique Limestone Fireplaces in each room, velvet drapes, renaissance tapestries, frescoes, artwork, furniture and the view are all married in a perfect union to create the unique atmosphere of this spectacular property.

Castello di Procopio Living Room

Castello di Procopio Living Room

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Castello di Procopio Living Room

Castello di Procopio Living Room

Castello di Procopio Living Room

Each of the eight bedroom suites has a completely individual style, design and colour. Luxurious fabrics and soft linen are used for the antique, super-king beds. The most comfortable furniture, panoramic views and fine artworks will make you want to spend all your time amongst the unique medieval setting of the castle.

Castello di Procopio Bedroom with an Antique Limestone Fireplace

Castello di Procopio Bedroom with an Antique Limestone Fireplace

Castello di Procopio Bedroom

Castello di Procopio Bedroom

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Castello di Procopio Bedroom with an Antique Limestone Fireplace

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Castello di Procopio Bedroom With a Classic Umbrian Stone Fireplace

Castello di Procopio Bedroom 5

Castello di Procopio Bedroom With an original reclaimed Stone Fireplace

Dinner is always an experience here, whether it’s enjoyed out on the terrace in the last of the Umbrian sunshine with views out over the countryside, or indoors in the impressive ancient dining room, surrounded by artworks and warmed by the huge open fire.

Castello di Procopio Dining

Castello di Procopio Dining

After dinner, relax in the huge living room, where tapestries and leather antique armchairs bring warm color and true Italian style to the stone walls. The room is cool and airy in summer and in the winter months, the roaring fire warms the whole room beautifully.

Castello di Procopio Dining

Castello di Procopio Dining

As well as providing plenty of spaces to relax and do nothing with your party, the villa offers lots to keep you all busy, from books, TV, DVD player and iPod docks to the swimming pool, Turkish bath, gym and more.

Castello di Procopio Grotto Spa

Each of the eight stunning bedrooms has its own living space as well as beautiful, luxury bathrooms, with heated stone floors, marble showers and lots of little details that make each en-suite feel like a spa.

Castello di Procopio Arabesque Spa

Castello di Procopio Arabesque Spa

Amongst the olive grove at Castle Santa Eurasia you will find our 15m x 6.5m pristine swimming pool and the castle’s wine cellar nearby for those who like to stay fit on holiday.

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The castle has a Library, cinema room and professional office and gym for guests to enjoy.

Castello di Procopio Library

Outside, two outdoor terraces offer stunning views and are available for dining or relaxing. One of the terraces is equipped with a wood oven/barbecue for those summer evenings, dining underneath the stars.

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Castello di Procopio Antique Stone Walkway

Castello di Procopio Limestone Terrace

The Owner and his wife who has embarked on a multi-year restoration journey recalls the process as early as 2005:

“When we first set eyes on Castle of Procopio in 2005, it was barely more than a few crumbling walls.  It was clear that unless someone did something soon, this ancient ruin would be lost forever.  Determined not to let that happen, we commissioned architect Domenico Minchilli to restore the castle stone by stone and interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to re-imagine its magnificent past room by room.

Castle di Procopio before respiration

Castle di Procopio before respiration

It was not a simple task.  We started by carrying out a full archaeological survey to establish the original footprint as well as the historical importance of the building.  It turned out the site itself was of some significance.

Castle di Procopio before respiration-2

Castle di Procopio before respiration

Perched high on the Monte Tizio range of hills, a building on the site was once dedicated to the Roman goddess Tedite.  Later, the area became home to the Austrian Hermitage for Gregorian Monks before in the middle-ages the church of San Pietro was founded here.

Castle di Procopio before respiration

Castle di Procopio before respiration

Our team managed to trace many of the original drawings of the castle and have used these to recreate it as accurately as possible.  Now looking at the magnificent restoration it is difficult to imagine how it must have looked when it was little more than a few broken walls.

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Castle di Procopio before respiration

The original castle itself dates back to the 12th century and was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederico Barbarossa.  Built as a fortress, it was at the centre of the bloody wars of the time between the Empire and the Papacy.

Castle di Procopio before respiration kitchen and bedroom above

Castle di Procopio before respiration kitchen and bedroom above

As one stands before the castle today and surveys the panorama towards Assisi, it is remarkable how little this corner of Italy has changed and how easily one is transported to bygone times.  It is hard not to imagine Cimabue, Giotto and Simone spending time in this vicinity, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the valley, as they worked on the Basilica in Assisi.   Vasari – in his celebrated ‘Lives of The Artists’ – implies that many of the early Renaissance artists and those after, broke with the Byzantine tradition, by taking their inspiration from these surroundings.

Nowadays Castello di Procopio Areal View

Nowadays Castello di Procopio Areal View

Today the castle is truly magnificent once more, both true to its heritage and functioning as a modern, unique and luxurious home.

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