Since I have spent the past 53 years living in Italy and writing about special places to visit and stay, I am pleased to help friends and family choose accommodations in castles, farmhouse holiday places and family run hotels located in central Italy, far from the tourist routes. Other sites of interest include the Sacro Bosco of Bomarzo, Civita di Bagnoregio and historic garden centers where fine wines and books are also available.
A lovely old palazzo on Sutri’s main street leading into the piazza with its beautiful central fountain; this is the setting for Etrurian Home, a small B&B run by Benedetta De Marco and her husband Andrea. Breakfasts are served on the rooftop terrace or in a cozy dining area while books, records and magical sunsets add to the charm of small town living. Among the places to discover in the countryside surrounding Sutri is the ancient Roman amphitheater and Savorelli park as well as Madonna del Parto with frescoes depicting pilgrims and a temple where the Roman god Mitreo was worshipped.
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 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.
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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Blogs and websites about culture, art, special tours that I recommend.
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How to find and explore the newly discovered site, The Etruscan Pyramid near Bomarzo
Mark and Ginger Medina-Rios are your Culinary Concierge and private chefs in central Italy.
Eva Ohtonen, Finnish photographer living in Venice, for photo tours, Weddings and insider knowledge
Michiel’s website about minor sights in Italy, India and other exotic places
Pamela’s blog about exploring central Italy
Teresa’s writing workshops in Italy, especially in Perugia
Dave’s walks in the Roman countryside and along ancient roads built by the Romans
Linda Lappin’s website and books about the Etruscans
Judith Works former Rome resident who writes a blog and books about Rome
Elifant Tours -Maureen Fant’s archeological and culinary tours.
Opera Extravaganza -music, opera, events in historic theatres in central Italy
Besides Ainsley, many other artists have depicted the Etruria, Northern Lazio area.
Here are some whose work I admire, check out their websites, articles about them.
Justin Bradshaw works on zinc and copper, Rome itinerary
Caridad Isabel Barragan Umbria event painter
Fergus Ryan from Ireland inspired by Etruria and Andrew Wyeth
Kelly Medford Rome sketching tours and workshops in Umbria
Patricia Glee Smith works in Otricoli , Umbria itinerary
Kevin Murray, an Australian in Rome also character actor in films
Valerio Cugia di Sant’Orsola works in the Netherlands, Italy itinerary
Catalin Pislaru and Irina Ojovan in Rome and Munich
Michele Telari, painter in Viterbo, in love with NYC
Are you an artist who paints in central Italy ? Contact me if you would like to be featured on my blog 50 years in Italy.