You will find special accommodations in historic villas, castles , farmsteads and spas of Central Italy, especially the little known area of Etruria, Tuscia, located where the regions of Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria meet. A few other special apartments are located in central Rome (Piazza del Popolo) and in a Venetian palazzo.
Contact the owners of these historic accommodations directly to book your stay and tell them Elegant Etruria sent you. You will be treated like royalty and will find copies of my books on hand.
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.
Check out the website http://www.castello-giomici.com for more information
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.
A group of historic villas and gardens spread over 80 acres in the heart of Etruscan Tuscia on the outskirts of the medieval town of Ronciglione. Easily reached from Rome by car or bus (45 min), each mansion is surrounded by beautiful grounds and protected 18th century botanical gardens where ancient rare species and fountains are conserved.
Bask in the delightful 1929 Olympic pool, a circular mosaic pool or the magnificent sunset pool with views over the countryside or enjoy revitalizing treatments in the elegant spa.
A perfect location for a romantic getaway, for relaxing, biking and exploring the adjacent nature reserve of Lake DiVico and nearby hilltowns of Lazio.
Mini workshops can be taken with resident herbalist in Gourmet vegetarian cuisine, natural cosmetics making, and synergic gardening.
Groups will find the large multimedia room (Sandro Chia’s first art studio) suited to host yoga seminars, incentives and small conferences.
Guests may rent one of the beautiful historical villas furnished with antiques or engage the entire estate for a dream wedding or special event. Up to 50 guests can be accomodated.
B&B accommodations are also available as well as meals at the charming Locanda del Portale restaurant.
Owned and managed by writer and film maker Paola Igliori (see Wikipedia)
A family run 3 star hotel and hostel for pilgrims walking the Via Francigena to Rome. Clean, cozy with sunny outdoor common areas, a short walk from the historic center of Vetralla, near the family’s restaurant where you can enjoy local traditional cooking.
Pilgrims can have their documents stamped here too.
Live like a local Venetian in this sunny, top floor apartment in Dorsoduro, the non touristy part of Venice. The spacious and elegant apartment sleeps up to 7 persons in 3 bedrooms, with 2 baths, kitchen, dining, living rooms , flowery terrace and altana with views over the roofs of Venice. Direct from owner, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, availability. Videos of the entrance and apartment are visible on youtube. Ask me for the links.
Our friend Eva Ohtonen is available for photo tours, Weddings and getting to know Venice tours.
Click here to see two video of the entrance to the palazzo and interior.