Recommended Italian Establishments

La Casa del Vignola, Villa Lante Bagnaia, Viterbo

Via Jacopo Barozzi 69, Bagnaia, Viterbo (VT)

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A lovely new  vacation apartment   awaits  visitors, especially those  who  love Renaissance gardens. Located  a few steps from the entrance of Villa Lante in Bagnaia, just outside Viterbo,  La Casa del Vignola  is a two bedroom  gem  perfect  for  friends  or  a family. It is located  on the  first  and second levels  of a small palazzetto  with views  to the Renaissance gardens and the  nearby local train station. From here a vintage  electric  train connects  Bagnaia  with other towns:Rome, Civita Castellana, Vignanello   (Castello  Ruspoli and gardens )  and Viterbo.  A perfect situation  for  non-driving  visitors looking   for “slow travel” and a taste of laid back  country living.  For more photos and contact  check out their Instagram  and page.  Direct contact  (alloggio turistica)




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Castello di Giomici, near Perugia, Umbria

For a  romantic  getaway  or family  vacation  in  a pastoral, quiet  area of Italy’s green heart region, we are happy to recommend  the magnificent Castello di Giomici.

Dating from the 11th century, the castle includes  two medieval towers and a frescoed chapel. It has been carefully restored  preserving  all its historical and architectural features.


This beautiful Umbrian castle  has  self-catering apartments  for  holiday rentals and it can also be rented

entirely  for a special  event, wedding or family reunion. Your hosts are the Balestra family  who produce  wine on their large estate. Guests can wander through woodlands,  olive groves and vineyards that cover the 160 hectare estate.

Towns close to the castle are  Assisi, Gubbio and Perugia while Orvieto, Spoleto  Todi and Viterbo  are about an hour away.

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Casina degli Specchi, Soriano nel Cimino

Via E. Monaci 33, Soriano nel Cimino (VT)

Historic hunting lodge  of the noble Chigi Albani family, now a 4 room luxurious  B&B  with frescoes by Pietro Paolo Cennini, rooms decorated with stucchi, 1720s views of Rome, painted mirrors and  blue Delft tiles. Perfect for lovers of art and history .

Your hostess Maria Luisa prepares magnificent breakfasts eaten on the terrace with views across the Tiber valley or, in winter, in front of the fireplace.

Soriano has been a getaway place for Romans  since the popes and cardinals established summer villas in the 16th century and now Casina degli Specchi’s swimming pool makes it even better.








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Highly Recommended


Living here for more  5 decades  working with a myriad of  companies, schools, guides, universities and  editors, I have developed a wide network of  trusted friends.

Here is my  personal list of  “raccomandati ” 

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One of the many guide books by Mary Jane

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   Vedi anche  mio blog    50 years in Italy  e articoli sulla pagina  Bibliography 

ainsley etruscan tombs

Etruscan tomb byS.J. Ainsley who accompanied George Dennis author of “Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria”


Contattami  se  avete una struttura  speciale  in Lazio, Umbria , Toscana o Le Marche.

Blogs  and websites about  culture, art, special tours  that  I recommend.  

 Updated  every 6 months .  Would you like to be included ?       Contact me.   

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Montalto di Castro Castello Guglielmi by Samuel Ainsley


How to  find and explore the  newly discovered site, The Etruscan Pyramid near Bomarzo

Bracciano  original pencil sketch, Ludovico Caracciolo, a follower of Claude Lorrain

Vintage photo of Sacro Bosco, Bomarzo

Eva Ohtonen, Finnish photographer living in Venice, for photo tours, Weddings and insider knowledge

Pamela’s  blog about exploring central Italy



Opera Extravaganza -music, opera, events in historic theatres  in central Italy

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Bolsena Lake by S. J. Ainsley


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Ainsley, Ponte Clementino, Civita Castellana



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