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LATE SUMMER SPECIAL SAVE €5000 Luxury Roman Country Villa Large Pool, Opt Meals

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 12,916 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

8 kings; A/C; sleeps 21; cooking classes, large pool; tennis, 30 min from ROME

Villa La Tartaruga Sabina offers more than a simple vacation. It offers a unique experience: the best of the countryside, the city and the Italian tradition in one location: convenient railway links and easy auto routes to ROME (30 min) make it possible to combine the rustic tranquility of a magical landscape with the excitement of the Eternal City.

The family who owns the villa has always nurtured and shared the pleasure of gathering with friends in the countryside for the family's most important festive occasions. It is in this tradition that the villa was created.

In the Winter of 2015, the villa underwent a major renovation and upgrade. A large new luxurious demonstration kitchen with multiple cook stations and new appliances has been built. The first floor with its 5 bedrooms has been completely renovated and upgraded to a luxury level. New furniture has been added.

EXTRA BEDS: 4-5 extra beds can be added in the Villa and 30+ beds available at Agriturismo next door.



OPTIONAL WEDDING PACKAGES: the villa organizes wedding receptions and offers wedding packages for those looking for a special wedding overseas.

OPTIONAL PIZZA PARTIES, CATERED MEALS, ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGES: Pizza parties (outdoor wood-fired oven), individual meals or full-inclusive packages with meals, cleaning service, tours, etc. can be provided upon request.

OPTIONAL COOKING SCHOOL / CULINARY VACATIONS: Cooking classes available in the large new luxurious demonstration kitchen with multiple cook stations and new appliances. Culinary vacation packages for most of the year, including daily meals, professional cooking classes, pizza lessons, meals in selected local restaurants and private Rome penthouse with stunning panoramic view, food-related excursions such as:

Olive oil tour & tasting:

Visit to an ancient Roman olive grove and a modern olive mill. Learn what the Romans knew about growing olives 2000 years ago. Sample the fine oil lotions and soaps a local artisan produces. We will have a tasting of olive oils and come to understand not just how they are made but what makes an olive oil great.

Cheese tour & tasting:

Visit to a local artisanal buffalo cheese dairy to see and learn how buffalo milk cheese is made and for a delicious tasting of fresh buffalo cheese such as mozzarella, ricotta, stracchino, provolone.

Wine tour & tasting:

Visit to a regional winery that produces some of the best wines of Lazio to see and learn how wine is made, including wine tasting.

Palombara Sabina Medieval castle guided tour:

Private tour of the castle of Palombara Sabina, a medieval town near the villa overlooking the Sabine hills and valley. This is a rare opportunity to visit the castle and museum which is not normally open to the public. The museum hosts two amazing ancient Roman statues. Take time to explore the ancient town.

Tivoli guided tour:

Visit the beautiful and ancient hilltop town of Tivoli for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens of Villa d'Este, where you will be amazed at the ancient villa, gardens and fountains.

Rome guided tour:

We discover the secrets of Ancient Rome. In a special, guided tour of the city, we visit places not normally seen by tourists, making your visit very special and unique. Experience the Rome that the ancients and locals know, with a rare combination of art, culture and history in a very full day experiencing "la dolce vita”. Optional: Dinner at a private luxurious rooftop apartment in the historic center of Rome with breathtaking view of the entire city, including the presidential palace, the Trevi Fountain and many other monuments.

Villa La Tartaruga Sabina is a rare find!

For further details, please visit the villa’s website:, our cooking school website, or contact the owner.

VILLA GARDEN: Villa La Tartaruga Sabina is situated in a lush 2-hectare garden surrounded by hundred-year-old olive groves, cypresses, cedars, orange, cherry, and lemon trees as well as a wide range of flowers. Outside the fenced garden, there are 24 hectares of open field.

There is a covered terrace with several tables, chairs, and seating arrangements with couches. Within the landscaped garden is a gazebo with a table and chairs as well as a barbecue and wood-burning oven. There is a large swimming pool (20m x 10m) and private pool house with showers and a sauna. The pool is FENCED (photos were taking prior to fencing it).

Access to the villa is via a paved road three kilometers from the main road of Salaria and parking is available within the property grounds.

INTERIORS (800m2): The interior provides an atmosphere of art, culture, and appreciation for the finest that modern design has to offer, both stimulating the intellect and giving pause to reflect and relax in an environment made warm by the richness and elegance of its design details. The spacious living room has couches, a fireplace, satellite TV, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look onto the gardens. There is a separate dining room and attached to it a huge new luxurious kitchen with multiple cook stations and new appliances. On the ground floor a beautiful windowed gallery leads to a separate suite of three bedrooms that offers direct access to the garden. Each of the three bedrooms has a 200 cm king--sized bed that can split into twins and en-suite bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower.

A beautiful wooden staircase of 12 steps leads to five newly renovated bedrooms, each with 200 cm king--sized bed that can split into twins and en-suite bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. Two of the five bedrooms upstairs are suites with en-suite bathroom with sink, toilet, shower and bathtub opening into the bedroom.

All 8 bedrooms are air conditioned and have tv. No need to miss the comforts of home!

COUNTRYSIDE & SABINA REGION: the villa is part of a 20-hectare private estate, with olive groves, cherry grove, a big pond. Staying at the villa is a great way of getting to know Sabina, the wonderful region north of Rome, a land of hills clothed with olive trees and oak woods, embraced by the Apennine Mountains and scattered with small medieval towns, castles and monasteries, rich with history, culture and nature, and only 30 minutes from the Eternal City.

More Details

Property Manager
Giuseppe Micheletta
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, russian, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Giuseppe Micheletta

My name is Giuseppe Micheletta. I was born in Rome, Italy, but lived for several years in the U.S., where I practiced law in NY. After meeting Molly, my then American girl friend, I brought her back for a beautiful, Italian wedding at my family villa, with guests from all over the world. During our extended honey moon throughout Italy, I re-discovered the beauty of my country and realized that I didn't want to end up like a "Karoshi", in a NY corporate sweatshop, with un-spent fortune. I then decided that I wanted to live and follow my passion of creating my own business to "promote" the amazing food and culture of Italy to people around the world. This also allowed me to do real “good” for my homeland. So, I moved back Italy, had two great children (Sabina and Luca), and started the villa business with those things in mind. Over the years I offered the villa clients more and more services (food, olive oil classes/tours, weddings, etc.), until I met another short, nice Italian guy, with similar passions and a similar dream of starting a food-related business in Italy. This guy (Mike), was a guest at the villa and so it was natural that we started talking, exchanging emails and ideas about creating a culinary vacation business together at my family's villa, and so, we embarked.

My family has always nurtured and shared the pleasure of gathering with friends in the countryside for the family's most important festive occasions. It is in this tradition that my father built the villa in the early 1980's. An inspiring work of architecture, the three-story villa was designed by Gustavo Polimeni to evoke the lines and vision of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Giuseppe Micheletta purchased this villa in 1982

Why Giuseppe Micheletta chose Latium (Lazio)

From Rome city center it takes only thirty minutes to reach the Sabina region, where the villa is located, and discover its culture, history, and the flavors of its land. Nestled in a magical landscape, the villa is of rare beauty. For those who love tranquility, art, nature, and design, Villa La Tartaruga Sabina will provide an unforgettable vacation or event experience unlike any other.

What makes this villa unique

Countryside peace & tranquility + only 30 min from Rome (by train or car).

Guestbook comments from the manager

“We had been looking forward to this trip for so long and it really was even better than our highest expectations. Our daughter, Giorgia (6), made a “thankful tree” of all the things she loved about this villa and our time here. They included: chasing lizards, the stars at night, the crazy rooster, the fig and olive trees, swimming, playing tennis and bocce ball, beautiful Italy at night, the hills, the flowers, all our friends and eating and spending time together as a family. She said it feels like our house because we are so happy here… can’t get better than that! We would love to come back again and again. Grazie mille.” Karen, Henrik, Giorgia, Mason, Siena, CT, USA.
Jul 2010
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Montelibretti Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 12916 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 21
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 25 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Newly-renovated luxurious, large shower & bath tube
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Newly-renovated luxurious, large shower & bath tube
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Newly-renovated luxurious, large shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Newly-renovated luxurious, large shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet , Newly-renovated luxurious, large shower, 2 sinks.
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , bidet , Newly-renovated, large shower.
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , bidet , Common, service bathroom
  • 5 of the 8 en-suite bathrooms have been recently renovated and upgraded to a luxury level. The two villa suites have large en-suite luxury bathrooms with large showers and bath tubes with folding doors opening into the bedroom.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Newly-renovated luxurious suite with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Newly-renovated luxurious suite with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Newly-renovated luxurious room with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Newly-renovated luxurious room with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Newly-renovated luxurious room with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Newly-refurbished with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Newly-refurbished with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Newly-refurbished with en-suite bathroom, A/C.
  • The villa has 8 bedrooms with king size beds and A/C, arranged as follows: - Ground floor: Three bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with shower and direct access from the garden. - First floor: Two newly-renovated luxurious suites, each with en-suite bathroom with large shower and bath tube with folding doors opening into the bedroom, and private balcony. Three newly-renovated bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with large shower. All king size beds can split into two twins. The villa sleeps 16 people. A few extra twin beds can be added at the price of €200 per bed per week. A floor plan of the villa is available. No need to miss the comforts of home!
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
INDOOR AMENITIES: All bedrooms have A/C and TV; grand piano, satellite TV, DVD player, Bose Stereo (CD, Radio, MP3), free wireless internet connection, fax machine (upon request), oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer. OUTDOOR AMENITIES: Huge private swimming pool 20x10x1.5-3 mt (usable depending on the weather, approximately from May until September), pool house, tennis court, tennis table, barbecue, outdoor wood-burning oven, sauna, lawn bowling (bocce ball), private parking. CATERED MEALS & PIZZA EVENTS: Catered meals can be arranged at the Villa upon request. The Villa can also organize pizza events with a great pizza chef making pizzas in the Villa's outdoor wood-burning oven.


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  • 5 of 5

We went here for my 50th Birthday, 14 of us. The villa was amazing just like the photos. It was extremely spacious with great views and a huge pool.

The food was exceptional, The pizza and tiramisu class was fun. Giuseppe and the lovely staff Carla and Vera made sure we were very well catered for, nothing was a problem for them.

Great thing about this villa is, it's only about 45 minutes from Rome.

Will definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Perfekter Urlaub !!!

  • 5 of 5

Lieber Giuseppe,

vielen Dank für den tollen Urlaub. Giuseppe und sein Team sind perfekte Gastgeber. Wir (15Personen) haben eine Woche in dem Haus gelebt. Die Zimmer sind hochwertig und großzügig ausgestattet. Jedes Zimmer hat sein Bad integriert. Der Wohn-, Ess- und Küchenbereich ist offen und ebenfalls sehr großzügig gestaltet. Zu jeder Seite gehen Terassentüren in den wundervollen Garten. Der Pool ist unfassbar!!! Sehr groß und sauber. Jeden Morgen haben wir den Tag mit ein bisschen Morgensport begonnen :-) Bei Giuseppe können verschiedene Servicepakete gebucht werden. Wir haben jeden Tag ein tolles Frühstück und an vier Abenden ein perfektes Dinner im Haus gehabt ( Carla ist eine begnadete Köchin ) Unser persönliches Highlight war aber unsere Hochzeit. Giuseppe hat alles perfekt organisiert. Angefangen bei der Auswahl vom Standesamt, über die Dolmetscherin, den Blumen und der perfekte Empfang am Abend in der Villa. Vielen Dank!!! Wir werden definitiv wieder kommen. Liebe Grüße Sarah und Stefan

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Food for thought, the road less traveled

  • 5 of 5

We all have those moments (if we are lucky ) when a sight makes us stop -really stop

Maybe it's the Great Wall -Grand Canyon by sunrise or Machu Picchu -

Or a moment of silence at the US

Holocaust museum

Or seeing the light reflect off of Michelangelo's David .

But what about those other seconds in time -

Deja vu



Deep speaks to deep over water

Lineage speaks to its own.

I felt it the moment I stepped off a plane in San Diego -maybe because I was conceived there-

The desert in New Mexico painted with fiery orange and pink sunsets are a holy moment for me -maybe a nod to my Native American grandmother.

I travel - a lot

And my quest is always to walk the path less traveled.

But I found it again

In the countryside of the Sabina region in Italy

It's a quiet sanctuary that is still hidden from many.

It's lush with what many can argue produce the best olive oil in Italy.

You will find a where panoramic sky, earth, and medieval villages all support and ground one another.

To be here

To grow here

To cook here

Is to be an artisan in the purest sense .

At the oasis of la cucina Sabina you can rest from the chaos of the city or your life

You can learn

You will cook

You will laugh

And you can be steeped in tradition.

Yes, I found my third place.

Maybe you can too

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Where do I start?

We booked the villa for a week for our wedding which was held in the nearby Castello Savelli.

Photos do not do this place justice! The villa is absolutely breathtaking - beautifully maintained and very spacious. There were 15 of us staying in the villa and we all had plenty of space to go about our activities without being on top of eachother or feeling crowded. The villa inside and out is luxuriously equipped and was our accommodation and venue for the best time of our lives.

Giuseppe could not have been more helpful. He arranged (over a 2 year period!) our entire wedding, from the villa to hair and make up etc and our ceremony at the castle. He very kindly helped with all aspects of our stay including very stressed emails from myself in the run up to the wedding but nothing was ever too much hassle for him and he made us feel so very welcome.

The views and sunsets from the gardens of the villa are stunning and a perfect setting for any wedding or holiday - I honestly cant describe in words how amazing this place is.

Thank you Giuseppe for what I can say was the best time of my life and for your help and support over the time it took us to plan our wedding. We hope to visit again for an anniversary!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great location, excellent food and fantastic villa

  • 5 of 5

Great location, excellent food and fantastic villa.

The team (Carla, Vera, Nico & Giuseppe) at La Cucina were very welcoming, friendly and accommodating. The facilities are excellent and was a joy to cook in the large kitchen and dine outside with lovely views of the sunset.

Our party of 19 thoroughly enjoyed our week there

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great, spacious, lovely villa! Outstanding!

  • 5 of 5

This villa maked our holiday superb! We were with a family of 13 persons. The villa is spacious, clean, well-maintained. Nice bedrooms, privacy for everyone. Nice pool! Good garden for (American) football games. The manager provides good service.

Beautiful area with lots of restaurants at 15+ min. drive. Easy train travel to Rome. Tivoli is also a must (45 min. drive).

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Fiumicino / Ciampino
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Strada della Neve
Nearest Ferry
105 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Guidonia (Roma)
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Pianabella di Montelibretti
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A1 - Fiano Romano
Nearest Restaurant
Next door
Nearest Ski
84 Kilometres
Terminillo (Rieti)
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Santa Severa / Santa Marinella
Car: necessary


Sabina is a beautiful region Northeast of Rome. An enchanted and ancient land of hills clothed with olive trees and oak woods, embraced by the Apennine mountains and scattered with small medieval towns, castles and monasteries, the Sabina region represents one of the few remaining unspoiled regions in the Rome area, still untouched by mass tourism.

The Sabina region is commonly known for the “rape of the Sabines”, a famous episode in the legendary early history of Rome. The legend goes that at the beginning of their civilization (2.700 years ago), the Romans, seeking wives in order to find families, kidnapped thousands of beautiful Sabine women (in this context “rape” means “kidnapping”). The Sabina region, however, is much more than this legend.

In the Rieti valley (north of Sabina), for instance, San Francesco d’Assisi (San Francis) started his spiritual journey: from Greccio, a small medieval town, departs the beautiful San Francis Walk. If you drive along the Ternana Road (SS 313) (state road no. 313, off km 35 of Salaria Road, direction Passo Corese), you will encounter amazing places such as the Farfa Abbey, an ancient marvellous Benedictine abbey of the VIII century, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Vescovio, an evocative compound built around the ancient Cattedrale dei Sabini (Sabinos’ Cathedral), and Casperia, a wonderful intact medieval town on top of a hill overlooking a fantastic valley. Worth visiting also the towns of Fara Sabina and Montecelio.

East of Sabina region there is the town of Tivoli (30 minute drive from the villa), which is famous worldwide for two of the most beautiful villas of the ancient Roman era and the Italian renaissance; both are part of UNESCO world heritage sites: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.

The Villa is located near the medieval town of Palombara Sabina, in a quiet rural area only 30 minutes from Rome, by car or by train. There is a train station 3 min drive from the Villa, from where there are frequent trains to Rome City Center (30 minute ride) and Fiumicino Airport (1 hour and 15 min ride).


Palombara Sabina is a charming medieval town, built on a hill at the foot of mount Gennaro and surrounded by century-old olive threes and cherry trees typical of the region. Palombara Sabina has everything you may need: stores, restaurants, post office, hospital, carabinieri, etc.

Of particular interest is the beautiful Medieval Savelli-Torlonia Castle, which is located in the old town, on top of the hill. In the castle there is recently opened small museum where you can see an amazingly well-preserved ancient Greek-Roman statue of Zeus. The other landmark of Palombara Sabina is the Abbey of San Giovanni in Argentella, a Benedict abbey (open Sundays 10-12 and 16-18, closed most of August).


Superb olive oil has been produced in the sweet hills of Sabina since long before the founding of Rome. Today, Sabina oil is considered one of the finest in Italy.

Sabina was the first region in Italy to receive the European DOP (Protected Denomination of Origin) certification for an olive oil.

The Villa produces his own olive oil.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $703.65
Tax Rate 10.0%

Weekly rental price includes utilities, cleaning service twice a week and final cleaning.

Upon request:
- All-inclusive packages with meals and/or cooking classes, side trips, etc.
- Extra single beds (max 5): €40/bed per day
- Additional maid service: €20/hr
- Catered meals; wood-fired oven pizza
- Cooking classes;
- Wine & olive oil tour & tasting;
- Guided tours; side trips;
- Transportation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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