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The house is situated on the slopes of the Cimini mountains, with truly breathtaking views in all directions of rolling countryside and then mountains, 10 minutes from the beautiful medieval town of Soriano. It sits surrounded by it's own lawns, meadow, olive groves, fruit trees and nut orchard in a quiet rural location, with masses of space for kids to roam safely to their hearts content. At various times in the Summer you can help yourselves to cherries, apples, apricots figs, giungiole (delicious local fruit), pears and hazelnuts.
It is 20 mins from the medieval papal city of Viterbo, 30 mins from scenic Orvieto, 1 hour from the Tuscan seaside and an hour north of Rome by car. By train from the nearby station at Orte, you can get to Florence in an hour and Rome in 35 mins. It is situated in beautiful countryside, very similar to neighbouring Umbria and Tuscany but far less touristy. Soriano itself is a very friendly local market town with all the necessary amenities and shops. It sports some excellent yet reasonably priced restaurants. There's lots of good eating in surrounding towns. The area is known for its many thermal springs. Nearby are the Lakes di Vico and Bolsena (great for visiting, eating by the water and swimming/water sports in the summer) and chestnut/beach forests on the Monte Cimini (great for long walks in the mountains). La Fagetta, the summit of the highest Cimini mountain is a 20 minute drive from here with the most spectacular views - a truly magical place in the evenings with it's huge beach trees, carpets of wild flowers and a good restaurant to come down to at the end of it al!
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Proprietor speaks French, Italian,and some German.
Local agent Floriana speaks fluent English. She is a local tour guide and can arrange tours for our guests around the medieval heart of Soriano and many other local sites. Her mother provides exellent traditional pasta making lessons - great fun for adults and children alike. She is a mine of information for local travel and activities/sites to visit and for any info you need re getting to Rome etc. We'll give you plenty of info re the local restaurants.
Soriano-Chestnut Festival(Sagra di Castagne): This takes place in the first two weeks of October, which often sport excellent weather. There are medieval pageants and contests between the quartiere/rione of the town most nights in the main square in Soriano (See photo). The whole community get together to perform, provide typical local food (eaten together in great cellars and halls), joust, and run Soriano's own palio (horse race). This is the best time to get a real feel for the local life and community - a really heartwarming experience - and free chestnuts! This period tends to get booked early.
The house is very spacious with plenty of room for kids ( and adults) to play inside as well as out. There are 4 large double bedrooms and a 5th with bunk beds. There is a further space for sleeping in the large playroom where there is a table tennis table and table football. There is a also a cot bed. We have 2 large bathrooms. One has a large modern shower (refurbished this year), the other a lovely truly huge bath. There is also an outside shower by the pool.
We have a huge south facing sun terrace with a covered eating area which has wonderful views across the pool, nut orchards and the Tiber valley to the Appenine mountains beyond. There is also a lovely covered loggia (with a great view of La Fagetta and the castle at Soriano) for a quiet place to read or a late afternoon snooze. It also has a large outside fireplace for cooler evenings.
The pool is large, surrounde by plenty of sunterrace and is also in a great spot (a real sun trap), but also has a lovely view for miles. There is a diving board and convenient steps in for little ones.
We are also 50 mins from the nearest beach of Sant'Agostino if you want a day at the seaside. It's a huge space with plenty of bars or restaurants at one end, or a more quiet rural setting at the far end. We go several times a year! The lovely town of Tarquinia is very near and definitely worth a visit (for dinner too if you want) before coming back. There's a wonderful fish maket just down the coast at Civitavecchia or the Tuscan coast is a further 45 minutes the other way.
Near Terni, 1 hour towards the central mountains, are the highest waterfalls in Europe - definitely worth a visit.
It's a great place for kids - ours have come with their friends for years and loved it! There's the large pool with springboard. There's lots of open space around the house for playing and olive groves and nut orchards to explore. There's a very large upstairs playroom with table tennis, table football and second TV/DVD for when the weather's not so good. We have a cot and highchair for little ones. There's also a good selection of board games DVDs etc....moreless
Large kitchen dining room.There is also a large covered dining area outside seating up to 14. This is beautifully lit for long cool dinners overlooking the pool. Excellent lunchtime dining with view....moreless
Large Loggia on 1st floor at the front of the house with lovely views of the Cimini mountains and beyond to Soriano (lit up at night). Has an outdoor fireplace and large sofa (for afternoon snooze!)....moreless
Huge sun terrace with lovely views at villa level, covered at one end with spectacular place for eating. Lower level pool terrace. Front terrace with armchairs and sofa beneath loggia. Large balcony....moreless
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Aug 29 - Oct 9, 2015
7 night min stay
Mar 26 - Apr 9, 2016
7 night min stay
May 7 - Jul 8, 2016
7 night min stay
Jul 9 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay
Aug 27 - Oct 14, 2016
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
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The Google map coordinates for our villa are:
Strada Provinciale 33, 420
01038 Soriano nel Cimino VT, Italy
Latitude - Longitude:
Lat: 42° 24' 40.6182"
Long: 12° 17' 9.8802"
We are situated near Soriano nel Cimino, on the border between Lazio and Umbria near the historic papal city of Viterbo and within easy reach of Rome (one hour's drive away, 35mins by train from Orte). Orvieto, Todi and the Lazio/Tuscany coast and beaches are all short drives away. Hadrian's palace at Tivoli is also an hour away and a brilliant day out - just as extensive and interesting as the forum in Rome.
Florence and Sienna are both under 2 hours by car and less by train.
Soriano is the nearest town. It is an extremely pretty medieval walled town perched on the side of the Monte Cimini, with castle and amazing panoramic views of the Tiber valley and Appenine mountains beyond. It has excellent restaurants and food shops. It has a 12th century castle crowning the old town. Behind it is the summit of the extinct volcano at Fagetta - a magical mountain walk with beautiful views, carpets of wild flowers and a great restaurant at the end of it!
Viterbo has great shopping as of course does Rome. It is also a wonderful historic walled Medieval (and rather undiscovered) city, with papal palace and many places of historic interest. It also sports famous volcanic springs and spas. The Cimini mountains and beautiful Lago di Vico are close by as are Monefiascone and the Lago di Bolsena.
Bolsena is a huge clean lake in the crater of an extinct volcano, great for all watersport activities in the summer with amazing views all around. The town of Bolsena itself is a lovely little town with beach, pedalos and a good fish restaurant on stilts out in the lake! It also has a lovely castle.
The 'dying' city of Bagnoreggio is nearby and a truly spectacular sight. It has been gradually falling into the ravine it is surrounded by - quite an extraordinary sight.
Golf at the world renowned course of Le Querce at Sutri is a 20 minute drive away. It is an ideal location for discovering Rome and then spending time relaxing around the pool, walking in the mountains, and soaking up life in a typical friendly unspoilt but beautiful area.
During the summer months, you will find there are many 'sagra''s (festivals) celebrating local produce e.g. wine, cheese, fish and sausages etc. in local towns and villages and they are a wonderful opportunity to sample the customs and flavours of the area. Soriano in particular has a wonderful medieval chestnut festival in the first 2 weeks of October. The whole town is decorated in period and there are entertaining medieval re-enactments and displays. Great to see a truly Italian community of all ages enjoying itself together without any nod to tourists! Life affirming....
The nearest beaches are 1 hours drive away - S Agostino has an enormous child friendly beach with great beach bars and restaurants. Tarquinia is a beautiful ancient town nearby and a great place to stop off for a visit or a meal on the way back. There are many Etruscan caves to visit here - a tour can be arranged by Floriana!
Other Activities: Thermal baths in and around Viterbo (20 mins), famous Parco di Mostri at Bomarzo (15mins), Villa Lante with it's world famous gardens at Bagnaia (20mins).
Golf: Le Querche golf course is at Sutri, which is roughly 25 mins drive away. It is simply one of the best Golf courses in Italy, and great fun to play! It can be checked out at their website www.golflequerce.it There is also a good course at Tarquinia ,45 mins drive and many around Rome which are around 1 hour or so away.
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: We are Pete and Ingrid Glenister. Above is a photo of our family at our excellent local pizzeria, where any guest of ours will be royally treated by Nereo and Mary - good friends (and neighbours) of ours. The villa is our home in Italy. We love it very much. We are based in London, but now spend a couple of months a year in our villa restoring and improving her or on holiday with friends. We both grew up nearby. I am a qualified doctor, but have given up medecine to become a songwriter and record producer. My wife does the serious work, bringing up our children and working for a local old peoples charity. We have been renting out the spare time at the villa since 2007.
Why the Owner Chose Vignanello:
We bought the house near Soriano because we had some Italian friends who have a house not far away and they showed us around the area. We loved it straight away as is not at all touristy but only an hour from Rome - our favourite city. We had also had many holidays in nearby Orvieto. So we can stay in a beautiful villa, sample authentic Italian life amd visit Rome whenever we feel like it. You can go by car or by train from Orte (35mins to centre) - you can also get to Orte from Fiumicino airport directly by train which is very convenient for visiting friends. We now have many friends in and around Soriano - the local people have been very friendly and welcoming to us. We've discovered the local lakes and mountains - also the seaside is now (due to a new fast road) accessible in under an hour, so we go quite a bit.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
When we first visited the villa we just loved the peace and quiet, the space and the truly spectacular and ever changing view. We love to eat great food outside with a wonderfull view - we can do that there to our hearts content, (much of it we grow on site!). Giovanni (Floriana's father) will also bring you fresh vegetables from the vegetable gardens when he's got more than he can eat! We can swim in the pool (which shares the same view) before and after. It's great place to be if you want to be somewhere fairly quiet, private and beautiful, but want to be able to visit Rome/Florence/Sienna/Orvieto or Viterbo as well. Also it's near the seaside, the lakes the mountains and the thermal springs at Viterbo - so there's always lots to do for both adults and kids if you want to go out for the day. Mostly though it is a great way to spend some time in a friendly atmosphere, sampling good Italian life without being in a touristy environment. You'll be well looked after by an English/French speaking hostess (Floriana) who is a local tour guide who can point you towards whatever activity you might want to do. It is a large spacious villa with lots of room for kids to play inside (large games room) or outside (lots of land and a pool).
From sunterrace across pool and nut orchards to the Appenine mountains.
From outdoor eating area across pool and rear garden.
Front of villa with covered loggia and front terrace.
Master bedroom with french windows to loggia
From living room to kitchen dining room.
Upstairs bathroom - room for 2 (at least)
Downstairs double bedroom
Bunk bedroom - french windows to balcony.
Downstairs bathroom 2
Down pool steps across garden to mountains beyond.
View of pool from sun terrace
View from Soriano across Tiber valley
View acroos pool to villa and terrace
From balcony down to pool and gardens.
Master bedroom with doors to Loggia and views to Monte Cimini and Soriano
Living Room with view to front terrace under loggia.
Kitchen dining room with French doors to outdoor eating area.
Upstairs bathroom 2
Bunk Bedroom with french windows to balcony and view to orchards/mountains
Under the loggia - early evening. Drinks anyone?
Lunch on sunterrace with the view to the mountains beyond.
Sagra di catagne (October Chestnut festival) in Soriano
Soriano nel Cimino - our local town crowned by medieval quarter/castle 12th century castle.
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