Recommended Italian Establishments

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.


Your hostess, Maria Luisa

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Villa Lina,Ronciglione

Viale della Resistenza, Ronciglione (VT)


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)







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Pilgrims hotel Via Francigena,Vetralla

Via F. Petrarca 5, Vetralla (VT)

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.

For information on Vetralla, what to see, interesting areas nearby, check other pages on this website  and on the blog 


view  of Vetralla

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entrance to Hotel Da Benedetta

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breakfast room

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Desk and tourist information

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Relax in the entrance courtyard


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Venice apartment, San Pantalon

San Pantalon, Dorsoduro, Venice

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  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.


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