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.
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 ”
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
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 monthly . Would you like to be included ? Contact me.
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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
Natalie’s Rome website full of up to date information
Ciao Christy’s blog about life in Florence
Michiel’s website about minor sights in Italy, India and other exotic places
Pamela’s blog about exploring central Italy
Gillian’s lists about happenings and special places in Rome
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 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
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.
Castello Ruspoli in Vignanello and its Renaissance gardens created by Ottavia Orsini with the original boxwood hedges still cut by hand by resident gardener Santino (see video). The gardens and castle can be visited on Sundays from April to October. The visit includes the chapel, reception rooms, garden and possible encounters with members of the Ruspoli family.
The gardeners of Castello Ruspoli, gardener Santino and his grandson Daniele
Photos and story about a luncheon at the Castello can be found on my blog.
The Castello often hosts musical and cultural events. Find out more on the website and on this youtube video.
If your dream is to live in an Italian medieval village while enjoying modern comforts then the holiday apartments of Schizzaloca 20 are right for you. These independent units have been recently renovated keeping the original medieval structure of the building with the addition of elegant furnishings and state of the art modern comforts. Decorations include handmade majolica, Renaissance fireplaces and antique art objects. The windows overlook gurgling fountains and terracotta rooftops of Bagnaia’s medieval walled center while the stunning Renaissance gardens of Villa Lante are close at hand.
Your hostess is Cinzia, one of the talented artisans of Artistica ceramics laboratory in Viterbo’s medieval quarter of San Pellegrino where you can learn about making ceramics.
Daniela and Stefano welcome visitors to their two B&B self catering apartments in the heart of Viterbo’s San Pellegrino medieval quarter.
Friendly, knowledgeable hosts and quiet environment for those who want to enjoy a full immersion into this historic city.
Take a look at the video and their website and feel free to contact them directly – between the two of them, they speak many languages.
More photos coming later.
Maison de Charme is our choice from Air BnB for a short visit in Rome’s historic center. This bright, beautifully restored apartment is located right next to Piazza del Popolo and is a perfect place for a romantic Roman getaway. Nearby the Spanish Steps, shopping areas, the metro and all the historic sites .
Laura and Giorgio also organize cooking classes, tours, biking and other experiences for guests to make the most of their visit to the Eternal City.
Click on this link to Air BnB in Rome to read more and see photos and calendar of availabiity. You can also make your booking directly with owners and receive a discount.