Like Hemingway in Spain, the poet D'Annunzio seems to have stayed everywhere in Italy; however, in the case of Villa Pambuffetti the claim is better justified than most. Not only did he dedicate a poem to the delightful medieval walled town of Montefalco (a 5-min walk), from where the views are breathtaking, but the villa itself has a turn-of-the-century elegance that fits the poet's legend.
Ten thousand square metres of shady garden surround the main building. Inside, furniture and decoration have been kept almost as they were at the start of the 1900s when the Pambuffetti family began taking 'paying guests': floors and panelling of seasoned oak, bamboo armchairs, Tiffany lampshades and old family photographs in art nouveau frames pay tribute to a century that started optimistically. Many of the bedrooms are furnished with the family's older and finer antiques and all have bathrooms which, though recent, are stylistically nearly perfect. If you like a room with a view, try the tower, which has onw of the six-windowed, all-round variety. The food, based proudly on local seasonal ingredients, is excellent. All in all, a gem.