Spectacular Medieval Tower&16thc Villa in Village 45min from Rome

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Last updated: 11/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Palazzo Forani is an impressive 16th Century villa with a 13th Century tower, one of only five remaining of the fortifications of the medieval stone village Casperia, perched on a hilltop in the beautiful Sabina hills just 45 minutes from Rome. The property consists in extensive accommodation for 21 people with 2 kitchens in the Granary and Archi and 4/5 people with kitchen facilities in the Torrione, a large courtyard, marvellous gardens and breathtaking views. The restoration of both villa and Torrione is to the highest quality and the atmosphere of long past times is preserved in every nook. Originally bought by the Maldura family in Napoleonic times, it was inherited by the aristocratic Forani family who have left furnishings & layout almost as they were for centuries. The buildings are therefore a fascinating combination of the centuries with nooks&crannies, stairs and steps and rooms in unusual places so don't expect a square room in a square building! Newly installed bathrooms and central heating being the only exceptions! Some bedroom are for 3 guests, some are for 2, some are twin so there is great flexibility in the accomodation. Casperia is a wonderful stone village, entirely pedestrianised with its narrow, winding stone paved streets & unexpected and amazing views between the houses. Palazzo Forani boasts the only vehicular access to the old village!

Casperia and the surrounding area boast numerous festivals and village fetes during the year. In August, it's the Stringozzi fete, a marvellous homemade pasta dish that is the centre of this delightful festival. In September, the Festa di S.Maria with dancing and naturally food and wine (no festival is without these necessary staples!) and in October it's the Polenta and Castagne fete. June sees the Irish festival and countless are the celebrations in July just because it's summer! Ask us for information if you'd like your holiday to coincide with one of these charming occasions.

Yoga at Palazzo Forani! There are special offers available for yoga groups - there is a fully qualified yoga teacher and a spacious hall for groups. Ask for details at the e-mail address given.


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Property Type

  • Castle
  • 400 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Daily Maid Service


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 29, Beds for 27-29

  • Bedroom 1 Stagioni: 2 twin/ single

    Private bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2 Soldattini: 1 queen

    Shared Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3 Soldattini 2: 1 twin/ single

    Shared Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 4 Classica: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Shared Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 5 Sibille: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Shared Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 6 Tower: 1 queen

    Private Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 7 Tower: 2 twin/ single

    Private Bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 8: 1 double


  • Bedroom 9: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 11: 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 10: 1 double, 1 baby crib


  • Bedroom 12: 1 double


  • The Soldattini bedrooms are communicating having private bathroom and together with the Stagioni bedroom are on the ground floor which is actually the first floor on the courtyard side as the extensive cellars are below with the hill sloping downwards. Classica and Sibille bedrooms are on the first floor with their private bathrooms all leading off the drawing room which is furnished in the old fashioned style. There is a sofa bed in 1 of the small sitting rooms downstairs. The bedrooms can be booked separately or together for groups, or by floor or the entire Granary for a total of 11+1 (sofa bed). Just ask! The beds are supplied with bed covers, blankets and pillows. Bedlinen is supplied and changed once a week and is included in the price. The Torrione or round tower has 2 double bedrooms each with bathroom and a large kitchen living room. Breathtaking views from the windows and the medieval atmosphere were maintained through the recent renovation....moreless

Bathrooms: 9 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1Stagioni: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 2 Soldattini: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 3 SibClas: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 4 Tower: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 5 Tower: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 6: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 7: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 8: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 9: toilet, shower, bidet


  • All bathrooms are newly installed and have windows. Towels are supplied and changed every 2 days. There is no extra charge for this service....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Seating for 14 people is distributed among the drawing room, the 2 small sitting rooms, the Tower and the Archi. As with all ancient buildings, there are odd staircases, nooks&crannies, unexpected turns&twists in the layout so there is not a regular 4 by 4 room anywhere in Palazzo Forani! Only the bathrooms are regular shapes, most of them anyway! Garden furniture is available for eating in the courtyard with its stunning views of hills and valleys. There are also some garden chaise longues. The extensive terraced gardens and courtyard are shared with the 4 occupants of the Torrione. ...moreless


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Family
  • Historic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There is a large salone for special occasions which can be rented so groups of 20/25 people can eat and/or celebrate together. Anna-Maria's fresh pastashop in the village can produce marvellous meals!...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 26 people


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    The main kitchen is delightfully old world with an open fire but with the benefit of modern equipment! It can seat 12 people. There are another 2 kitchens in the 13thC Tower & the Archi wing. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace

Property Descriptor

  • Terraced


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2 night min stay

Changeover Day: Thursday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit €200
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included


Prices are per room per night but we offer excellent discounts for groups and longer stays. Just ask!! Our changeover day is usually Thursday but do please ask as this can sometimes change. A winter heating supplement is required usually from Nov to March - you will be notified about this before booking. Palazzo Forani comprises 3 separate,independant properties within its walls, so you can rent a small part. The 13thC tower is suitable for 4 people & has its own entrance, kitchen and use of the courtyard and gardens, the latter with any other guests present. 8 people can stay in The Archi. The Granaio can sleep 11 people. There are also interesting discounts on last minute bookings. Just ask for information!

A 30% booking deposit is required with balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Details on booking. Last minute bookings to be paid in cash.

There is a refundable damages payment of euro 200.00 which you will receive on leaving if there are no damages of course!! This sum to be paid on arrival.

If you are interested in a stay of 7 nights for a large group, you can rent the entire Palazzo for as little as €2200 - that's for 20 or more people!! Send us your enquiry and we can give you our best offer!

Don't forget, August in Sabina is delightful with numerous festivals, mostly linked to food and beverages (NOT cocacola!!)!! There is a marvellous pool club in the village and great restaurants around the area so for a large group of family or friends this special offer allows you to enjoy the good things the Sabina area offers to its guests. We also have a sister property , a splendid castle in immersed in the Tuscan hills. Are you interested in the Jubilee of Mercy in Rome? Contact us for information or help. Groups can visit Rome on day trips and return to the peace & serenity of Palazzo Forani.

Rooms can be booked individually. Most rooms are for 2 guests - there are 2 rooms for 3 guests, excellent value @ €75 a night! Discounts are available for groups, long stays or last minute bookings.

A 30% deposit is required on confirmation of booking. The balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival date via bank transfer. All details on booking. Last minute bookings to be paid in cash.

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Last updated: 11/19/2015
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60 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Roma Ciampino - Roma
100 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Poggio Mirteto Scalo
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A1 Ponzano Soratte
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

The fortified medieval village of Casperia is situated in the Sabina hills in the Province of Rieti. Surrounded by dramatic mountains & deep valleys, it commands a stunning view of the Appenines. Though officially founded in the 10th century, there are extensive Roman ruins in the area around the village. An hour's drive will take you to Orvieto or Spoleto and the nearby Marmore Waterfall (the highest in Europe) while Assisi is a 2 hour drive. Rome centrecity is a 40 min trainride (so no parking problems!)- station 8km from Casperia. A day spent at Tivoli exploring Villas Adriana and d'Este or the extraordinary Roman park attached to Villa Gregoriana with its waterfalls. Another day spent on Lakes Bracciano or Bolsena or Vico near the celebrated Villa Caprarola with its marvellous Italian gardens. 12km from Casperia you will find Farfa Abbey with its medieval cloisters. The area abounds in marvellous opportunities to enjoy nature at its best with mountain climbing, trekking and cycling so activities for all tastes and all ages. Of course there is no lack of epicurian feasting in this area of Italy with restaurants, eateries, pizzerie and winetasting opportunities galore!

Other Activities: painting courses, yoga, culinary courses, thermal baths (Viterbo)

If you are interested in attending the Jubilee of Mercy in Rome (8th Dec 2015 - 20th Nov 2016) please contact us. We can offer you a quiet calm stay only 45 mins from Rome. The calendar of events is available in English on


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  • Palazzo Forani Street entrance

    Palazzo Forani Street entrance

  • The 13thC Tower

    The 13thC Tower

  • The Yellow Bedroom

    The Yellow Bedroom

  • Tower living room/kitchen

    Tower living room/kitchen

  • The Village of Casperia

    The Village of Casperia

  • Typical Casperia "vicoli"

    Typical Casperia "vicoli"

  • Il Torrione

    Il Torrione

  • Drawing room in the Granary

    Drawing room in the Granary

  • The Granary Kitchen

    The Granary Kitchen

  • 13th C Tower - the stairs

    13th C Tower - the stairs

  • View from Torrione bathroom

    View from Torrione bathroom

  • Casperia by night

    Casperia by night

  • Nearby Farfa Abbey

    Nearby Farfa Abbey

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