Recommended Italian Establishments

Etrurian Home elegant B & B in Sutri, 50 kms north of Rome

Via Vittorio Veneto 33, Sutri (VT)

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.




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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.


Your hostess, Maria Luisa

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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

alb breakfast

breakfast room

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Desk and tourist information

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Relax in the entrance courtyard


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Highly Recommended tours, artists, websites


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 ” 

rome guide

One of the many guide books by Mary Jane

Want  to be among our recommended  partners ?     Please contact  me, perhaps we can work together .

Da  50 anni  sono alla ricerca  dei posti più belli  in centro Italia   da  far conoscere  all’estero.    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.   

montalto castello giuglelmi

Montalto di Castro Castello Guglielmi by Samuel Ainsley


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

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Bolsena Lake by S. J. Ainsley


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Ainsley, Ponte Clementino, Civita Castellana


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.


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