La Gioia

Castel Ritaldi, Umbria, Italy

La Gioia Residenza presents itself to its guests as luxurious, but also rustic and cozy. Here, the magical hostess and passionate interior decorator Marianne Aerni brought her many years of experience to the table and created a cozy, rustic, classy atmosphere.

The landlord and spirit rector of La Gioia, director and actor by trade, sporadically reads texts across world literature to delight his guests, cultivates the dreamy garden and produces a first-class extra virgin olive oil. Both from Lake Zurich, the Aernis in Umbria have created a successful mix of holiday apartment complex and hotel. Guests can feel as free here as at home and are pampered at the same time as in a hotel.

Old mills (like churches) often stand on so-called energetic power places. You can feel it here. Absolute peace and the almost intact nature bring relaxation and recreational effects. Guests will be able to switch from the stress of everyday life and travel to enjoyment mode pretty much immediately. In the sense of the noun est omen: “La Gioia” means “joy”.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Suitefrom105 €
Apartmentfrom145 €


ArchitectureEverything that seems rustic here is really old. What was newly installed is modern. A successful mix of modern pieces and country house furniture, of ancient ceiling beams and high-gloss kitchens, of unconventional bathrooms and stone walls. The 300 year old, former oil and grain mill is built from traditional stone and has grown over generations. Only natural materials were used in their restoration and all plastics were avoided. Floor heating is installed in all rooms as a modern convenience.

FoodNothing works in La Gioia without its own award-winning olive oil and some fruit and vegetables come from their own garden. Everything else that is packed into the breakfast basket in the morning and that Lo Chef Paolo uses for his wonderful menus is bought from regional suppliers according to the season. The prepared dishes are consistently Mediterranean dishes from north to south and back to the middle of the boot in Umbria. Paolo is a master of his trade and cooks every day. Everything is fresh and homemade.

All employees come from the immediate vicinity. The remuneration is well above the statutory minimum wage.

EnvironmentThe heating is operated 90% with solar power and wood from our own forest. Waste separation is a matter of course, the pool and vegetable garden are supplied with groundwater and the 1.6 hectare park draws its water from the hotel's own lake.

Well-BeingYou can relax and cool off at the large pool and Shiatsu massages can be organized on request.


  • Enchanting luxurious guest house with a spacious park and hotel service
  • In a wonderful secluded location, surrounded by forests, fields and olive groves
  • Nomen est omen: "La Gioia" means "joy"
  • Holidays in Umbria - "the other Tuscany" (less touristy, more original Italianità)
  • Rustic, cozy and yet luxurious and modern
  • Lavish breakfast basket individually put together
  • Light, healthy, natural and modern cuisine
  • Own farm: award-winning extra virgin olive oil and honey from our own production
  • "Cinema sotto le stelle" - large open-air cinema in the park
  • Lecture evenings with texts across world literature - presented by the host
  • Guided tours through local (organic) wineries with tasting
  • In summer there are many cultural festivals in the area: Spoleto Festival (classical, opera, dance and literature, every end of June); Umbria Jazz in Perugia (August) and others
  • Various excursion possibilities in nature parks, e.g. Parco nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, Lake Trasimeno, Cascate delle Marmore as well as in countless small and large medieval towns.
  • Cycling, hiking, cultural tours with professional guides

Holiday residence with hotel service9 apartmentsOwn cooking facilities + restaurantChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessPoolPets allowed


  • 8 of the 9 apartments have their own fully equipped kitchen
  • Apartments mostly with terrace, balcony or private garden
  • Breakfast basket included in the price
  • Restaurant inside and outside
  • Large park with pool, illuminated bowling green, table tennis, badminton, contemplation maze and many places of retreat
  • Bed linen, towels, bathrobes and pool towels are available
  • TV and music system in the apartments
  • Baby bed on request
  • "Sala Rossa" with piano and library
  • Closed parking lot
  • Shiatsu massages are available on request
  • Rental bikes can be organized
  • Well behaved dogs allowed
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Suitefrom105 €
Apartmentfrom145 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Rome it takes about 2 hours (146 km) to get to Castel Ritaldi. From Florence it is about 2.5 hours (206 km), Siena is about 2 hours (165 km) and from Perugia it is just under an hour (59 km).

With public transport

From Rome or Florence you can take the train to Foligno or Spoleto, where guests can be picked up.