Recommended Italian Establishments

Highly Recommended


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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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 

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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  monthly .  Would you like to be included ?       Contact me.   

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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

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.

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Bolsena Lake by S. J. Ainsley

Opera Extravaganza -music, opera, events in historic theatres  in central Italy



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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


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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Castello Ruspoli, Vignanello

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.








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Bagnaia Elegant Holiday Apartments

Via Schizzaloca,20, Bagnaia, Viterbo

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.





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La Suite del Borgo, Viterbo’s medieval quarter

Via Scacciaricci,3 Viterbo San Pellegrino medieval quarter

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.



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Penthouse Rome’s historic center

Via dell'Oca, Rome

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.

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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.

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