Framed by the rural landscapes of Calabria, the Castello di Altomonte is an impressive architectural structure with refined and elegant spaces. First of defense and then noble residence, the manor houses today a five-star hotel, where to spend stays marked by luxury and style, immersed in history and medieval tradition.
Castello di Altomonte History
Initially, the project envisaged the simple opening of the Castle to the public; but much more has been done: today, in fact, not only can it be visited but it is also equipped for hospitality. Since 1998 it has been the seat of a prestigious hotel, which offers great spaces for receptions and conferences of all kinds: here is a new change of function, as often happened in the course of almost eight centuries that have seen it through history. The first to erect a military fortification on this rugged promontory were the Normans, in the twelfth century, which succeeded some important noble families, the Pallotta di Sangineto, the Ruffo and the Sanseverino, who turned it into a patrician residence. As always happens, each one made changes and expansions to the structure, which over time saw the strict lines of fortress soften. The beautiful loggia that overlooks the eastern side of the hill dates back to the seventeenth century. From here you can enjoy the view of the whole valley below which on longer days stretches out towards the horizon to the sea.
Much attention has been paid to the interior furnishings, almost entirely of the period, and to the preservation of some marvelous frescoes, such as those that embellish the Salone delle Ancelle, dating back to the end of the sixteenth century. The rooms are characterized by simple elegance: the most romantic can choose those with canopy beds in wrought iron.
The ample spaces of the manor and the reduced number of rooms guarantee a stay of privacy and tranquility and make guests feel the real owners of the castle.
The highlight of the Castello di Altomonte is certainly the kitchen, based on the use of raw materials from local producers and farms that can be traced back to the Bruno family, such as olive oil, wine, cheese and vegetables. Authenticity and authentic flavors that are combined in tasty dishes.
The rustic style of the enoteca, with red brick arches, exposed stone walls and wooden ceilings, contrast the large reception halls, more suited to prestigious events, gala dinners and receptions, made unique and customizable by the presence of qualified staff ready to satisfy every request.