Il Sogno - Elegant 2BR Flat in an Ancient Hilltop Village Near Rome
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Casperia apartment description
Located just outside of Rome, in the well-preserved medieval village of Casperia (Casperia prohibits automobiles, so it has retained it's medieval character and is quiet and safe to wander about), il Sogno is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. It's Sub-Floor Heating system keeps il Sogno warm in Winter and the two-foot thick walls and Casperia's 400 metre elevation keep il Sogno comfortably cool in the warmer months.
A Swimming/Tennis Club is located 2 kilometres from Casperia. Guests at il Sogno may join the club for a nominal fee. Cooking lessons may be arranged at a local agriturismo (ask the owner). Casperia is located near a Commuter Rail line to Rome, so that il Sogno's guests can easily enjoy the wonders of that magnificent city and return to the beauty and peaceful serenity that is Casperia. Northern Lazio and much of Southern Tuscany and Umbria is within easy Day Trip reach.
The Apartment: Il Sogno, a recently-restored apartment in the heart of Casperia's centro storico, offers guests the opportunity to share in the delights of Casperia and its strategic location in a relaxed setting as ancient and elegant as Casperia itself. Although tastefully furnished with antique furniture and wonderful Persian carpets, in keeping with its ancient roots, il Sogno was designed with comfort in mind, including a well-appointed kitchen, separate dining and living areas, a large, modern full bath on the main level and a half bath below, and two double bedrooms, one carved out of the living rock, on which Casperia is built, the other boasting a fireplace and a wonderful view over the Sabina mountains. In clement weather, guests can enjoy a glass of wine and a bit of cheese outside on the adjacent terrazza, shaded by a pergola covered by a 150+ year old grapevine, taking in sights and scents of the newly-restored garden, planted with antique roses, lavender, rosemary and plumbago.
Located just outside of Rome, in the well-preserved medieval village of Casperia (Casperia prohibits automobiles, so it has retained it's medieval character and is quiet and safe to wander about), il Sogno is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. It's Sub-Floor Heating system keeps il Sogno warm in Winter and the two-foot thick walls and Casperia's 400 metre elevation keep il Sogno comfortably cool in the warmer months. A Swimming/Tennis Club is located 2 kilometres from Casperia. Guests at il Sogno may join the club for a nominal fee. Cooking lessons may be arranged at a local agriturismo (ask the owner).
Casperia is located near a Commuter Rail line to Rome, so that il Sogno's guests can easily enjoy the wonders of that magnificent city and return to the beauty and peaceful serenity that is Casperia. Northern Lazio and much of Southern Tuscany and Umbria is within easy Day Trip reach. More information is available on il Sogno's web site.
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Not Suitable For Children
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Pets Not Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- The Master Bedroom has a wonderful view across Casperia to the Sabina Mountains, a cozy fireplace and is equipped with a comfortable Memory Foam mattress. The Camera Vecchia, or old bedroom, has a Queen bed, and is graced with the flat's original, massive chestnut beams and ceiling and a private half-bath.The second bedroom is located in the lower level. The couch in the living room folds out into surprisingly comfortable queen-sized bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- Books For Adults
- DVD Player
- Winery Tours
- Autumn Foliage
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Mountain View:
sports and adventure activities
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Climbing
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Room
- Hair Dryer
- Basic Soaps
- Towels Provided
- Mobile Phone:
- Parking Off Street:
- Wireless Internet:
- Parking On Street
- Ceiling Fans
- Wood Fireplace
- Washing Machine
- Sofa Bed
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Cooking Utensils
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
Deck / Patio:
Il Sogno's owners recently bought and restored a lovely garden immediately adjacent to their property. Here, a century old grape vine has been lovingly nurtured back to life, providing luxurious shade over a newly constructed pergola. There is ample space for a group to dine al fresco, or for guests to relax with books or a glass of wine at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. Antique roses, lavender, and rosemary provide an immediate vista and the town and hills beckon beyond....moreless
- Lawn / Garden
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Chris and Meg Phillips have named their beautiful home in Casperia "Il Sogno" ("The Dream") and indeed it is a dream location. This dream begins when you leave your car in the very convenient and free car park and start walking up the winding cobbled paths of this medieval fortress town on your way to the apartment. When you recognize the wooden door of the apartment from the pictures you will know that you have arrived. Rosella will open the door for you for the first time and walking through it you step back in time into an authentic decor that will leave you breathless (the steps will also have contributed somewhat to your lack of breath...). The apartment is beautifully restored and offers all the modern conveniences you would expect. The kitchen is so well equipped that you tend to forget that you are away from home and the apartment is stocked with books and maps of the area and of Rome.The very helpful information book prepared by the owners covers everything you need to know with regard to the apartment itself, hiking in the area, shops, restaurants, trains and even Rome. As for the Sabina, this is my first, and definitely not my last visit. As opposed to the much advertised Tuscany, the Sabina seems much less frequented by tourists ( a good thing!), the hills are beautiful, and the people very friendly. We spent 10 days at Il Sogno, went twice to Rome (40 minutes by train) and took a day trip to Southern Tuscany, not to mention the hikes we took in the proximity of Casperia and a bit further toward the Abbruzzo. We had a lovely vacation.
- Guest Daphna K. (Israel)
- Date of stay 09/01/13
- Review Submitted 09/13/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Daphna, we are delighted you and your family enjoyed your stay at il Sogno and appreciated what we have tried to achieve there -- the availability of modern conveniences that do not sacrifice the historical qualities of the setting we fell in love with in our ancient village of Casperia. We love sharing our little corner of the Sabina with people who appreciate its beauty and timeless aspects.
Our Glorious Stay at Il Sogno
Our Glorious Stay at Il Sogno
Our time at Il Sogno was a perfect delight. Chris and Meg Phillips have created a beautiful and tranquil refuge in one of the most beautiful parts of Italy we have ever visited (and we go to Italy almost every year, given our many relatives there). We were happy, comfortable and greatly at peace throughout our stay. Rosella -- the Phillips' "on the ground" contact person -- greeted us on arrival, led us up to Il Sogno and provided us with a very warm and helpful introduction. We didn't need any help from her after that, as it turned out, but if we had we know she'd have been just as accommodating. We are attentive to the design characteristics of the places where we spend our time (starting at home with our 110-year-old house -- about a thousand years junior in age to Il Sogno!). These things matter to us. The tasteful way the Phillips have restored, furnished and decorated Il Sogno has made it, aesthetically, an exceptionally pleasing place to live while in Casperia. Beyond that it is fully equipped with a marvellous kitchen, laundry facilities, &c. The comprehensive binder of helpful information -- about how to operate the appliances, things to do and see in the Sabine region, &c. -- was very helpful. We chose to stay for an entire week. It was the right call. There was lots in the region to keep us interested and we saw much during our stay. But we also found it very pleasing to ease back and simply take in the pleasures of the house and Casperia themselves. Il Sogno provided us a peaceful oasis of calm where we did not feel pressure to be out and about seeing sights every day. We slept in. We did some writing. We did some reading. It was bliss. There can be no greater pleasure than venturing out during the day to explore the Sabine Hills and then coming back with wonderful wine and fresh ingredients to make a marvellous dinner at home. In that regard, a stop at the Ecofattorie Sabine location in Poggio Mirteto Scalo for, among other things, the to-die-for baked ricotta on offer there from the lovely Mary is an absolute must. When restaurant meals feel right, don't miss Friends and L'Asprese. And, for heaven's sake, do not leave Casperia without taking a cooking class from the delightful and very talented Paola at the Gusto al Borgo Scuola di Cucina. Altogether, we could not have enjoyed Il Sogno more. We will return. Tom and Lydia, Vancouver, CANADA
- Guest Tom and L.
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 11/01/12
A magical place
A magical place
My husband, in laws and a 16 month baby spent a whole week at il sogno last month. It was absolutely magical. You can read a lot about the hill towns of Italy, research, ask, buy the books, but nothing compares to the beautiful walk from the bottom of the town to the amazing property for the very first time. It was breath taking, not only because the amount of steps, but because you feel like you just went back to time quite few centuries. In Casperia the time has not past ... it was just perfect. The buildings, the scenery, the people, the house gives you a full medieval experience. Roselle was very nice to us and helpful. The house was VERY comfortable for grandparents who did not want to leave the house, and the baby who had plenty of walks and places to go and explore in town. We had no problems at all. I completely recommend this property for families. I have rented many properties all around the world, but no one has been as professional, reliable and actually show concern for our comfort and safety as Phillip did. it was a pleasure to deal with him and we hope to go back one day to this amazing home.
- Guest lunasolai (Oxford, UK)
- Date of stay 05/18/11
- Review Submitted 06/10/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing.
A Lovely Week at Il Sogno
A Lovely Week at Il Sogno
After staying a week at Il Sogno, we can't wait to go back. It is so beautiful and felt like home to us. The apartment is clean, spacious, well furnished and comfortable. The master bedroom has beautiful views, the most comfortable bed, plenty of closet and storage space. The living room is perfect for sitting and reading or listening to music. The kitchen is well equipped and we cooked many of our meals and were able to enjoy them in the garden, which was beautiful. The main bathroom is spacious and luxurious with plenty of towels at hand. The tub is huge and the rain-type shower head was very nice. There is a washer available and a drying rack, our clothes dried overnight. The second bedroom and half bathroom was private and had a special feel that starts with the spiral staircase that leads into the room. The whole apartment was so special and quite an experience. It feels like you are staying at a friend's house, not a rental. We loved staying in Casperia. Our Italian is limited, but we got by nicely. We spent a lot of time just walking around Casperia, it is so captivating. We enjoyed eating at L'Asprese several times, the pizza was fantastic. We were able to go to Johnny Madge's one evening and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We rented a car in Rome and enjoyed driving around Lazio and found driving in Italy not as difficult as some say. The free parking lot outside the walls of Casperia was convenient. The caffe at the Petroccia bar was the best we had in Italy. Can't wait to go back!
- Guest Louisa (San Diego, CA, USA)
- Date of stay 04/02/11
- Review Submitted 05/03/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Italy and the words “dream vacation” are inextricably linked for me. My first visit to Italy was in 1999. I fell in love with the country, the people, the food, the wine and culture. What’s not to love? Highlights from that trip included a day wandering the Roman Forum, a visit to the Pantheon, and two unforgettable side trips: one to the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto, and the other to Byzantium’s outpost on the Adriatic, Ravenna, with all its dazzling mosaics. Ten years later, we wanted to experience a different side of Italy—something slower paced, more restorative—something with a base in the hills outside the city, but still close enough and connected to Rome for us to be able to hop on a bus or train and head there, or north to Orvieto, if we pleased.Through an online search of hilltop towns in Lazio, we came across a picture of Casperia. There was just something about it that grabbed our attention and captured our imagination. The more pictures we saw and the more we read about the town we realized that “this is the place”. At first we considered staying in a bed and breakfast, but we discovered the website for “Il Sogno” and opted for a house rental. We are sure glad we did. The photos on the website can only hint at the character and charm of the Phillips’ house. The moment we came through the door we were in love with the place. For one glorious week in April Il Sogno was our home away from home.We love cooking, so we used the kitchen a lot at Il Sogno. The little alimentari outside the walls had everything we needed, from the delicious local campagnolo cheese, to a good selection of local wines, prosecco, and even grappa. There is a butcher shop and great little pasticceria at the gate as well. We highly recommend treating yourself to a weekend meal at the nearby agriturismo, Gusto Al Borgo. From Farfa Abbey to the winding streets of Roccantica to the Archeological Museum in Magliano Sabina, you’ll love exploring the backroads of the Sabine Hills. Orvieto and the delights of Umbria is little more than an hour’s drive away. We found that, in Casperia, every day trip departure had a promise of adventure that was always amply rewarded. But equally rewarding was our down time at Il Sogno.Just inside the city gate, situated on a picturesque little piazza with a beautiful view of the surrounding Sabine countryside is the Friends Bar. It’s a great place for your morning brioche and cappuccino, but this is also going to be whe
- Guest James Johnstone (Vancouver, BC)
- Date of stay 06/03/09
- Review Submitted 06/03/09
675 - 975/wk EurosMid- April to mid-October & Christmas & New Year Euros 975/week (High Season); Other Periods Euros 675/week (Low Season); Each rental is assessed a One-time Cleaning/Administrative Fee of Euros 60; Discount for Multi-Week rentals.; Weekly Rentals Only - Saturday to Saturday; Long Weekend and alternate arrival dates may be available during off season.Dates Available: Year Round, Saturday to Saturday. References Available on Request.
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- Nearest Airport: Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo da Vinci ) Rome at 98 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Poggio Mirteto at 12 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: A-1 Autostrada at 20 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: In the Village at 50 Metres
- Nearest Restaurant: In the Village at 50 Metres
Year Purchased: 2005
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Village of Casperia
Looking Out the Master Bedroom Window
il Sogno's well-equipped kitchen
Stairs to the Lower Level
Lunch in the Garden
Casperia Street Scene
View: Sabina Mountains from just down the street
Casperia at night
Nearby Sporting Club has a pool and tennis courts available
The nearby Church of Santa Maria in Vescovio
Front Entry to il Sogno
The Master Bath
Ready for an easy afternoon
Piazza Municipio- Casperia
Casperia Street Scene
The Tiber Valley & Monte Soratte from Casperia
Hiking by the historic Tiber River
Exploring the Roman Villa in nearby Cotanello, still being excavated
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