Elegant individual House/Villa with private Garden and BBQ
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About PATRIZIA ZAMPINI
I live in Florence and I work as a local guide in my city through museums Churches and artistical sights. Sometimes I need rest and I spend a few days in lovely Castel Cellesi, which is quiet and peaceful. Years ago I wen to visit a dear friend of mine that from Rome had moved to Castel Cellesi. I immediately fell in love with the village and its people. A few months later I bought my first house in Castel Cellesi, one year later a second and the following year a third one. It was fun to refurbish and decorate them accurately. Then I decided to paint them in different colours: one is red, another is blue and the other green. I like them all and I'm very happy to welcome in my property the people who (I'm sure) will enjoy their stay.
PATRIZIA ZAMPINI purchased this Villa in 2008
What makes this Villa unique
-THE “LIVE NATIVITY SCENE” AT CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO Something unforgettable ! Every year between Christmas and January 6th The Nativity scene is one of the most popular and favourite Christmas traditions in Italy. But some villages and communities go a step over: they spend weeks and months to create fantastic live Nativity scenes featuring real people and real animals too. One of the most famous “Live Nativities” is featured every year, between Christmas time and January 6th (Epiphany), at Civita di Bagnoregio near Viterbo (Latium). The village is the perfect set for such an event: it's a very small town suspended on the top of a rocky cliff eroded by winds and rain. It's connected with land through a footbridge which seems to be suspended in the air too. An ancient gate introduces people into the heart of the village where a narrow allyway takes to a XIII century Church facing the main square. Medieval streets, very old stone buildings, porches, terraces and arches properly decorated for the occasion, live people wearing ancient costumes, animals make you feel like you were at the first Christmas in Betlemme. The first “Live Nativity” was featured at Greccio, (a small town in Umbria – 80 Km. from Castel Cellesi far away) in the year 1233 and organized by St. Francis of Assisi after a trip to the Holy Land where he visited the real birthplace of Jesus. Francis thought that believers could better comprehend the celebration of Christmas if exposed to the very setting where the miraculous event occurred -INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL in ORVIETO every year in August and around New Year time -FIREWORKS at Castell Cellesi with music and Dinner on the Main Square - every year August 16th
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Paradise in Umbria/Lazio
Patrizia met us while we where staying in Florence and took us on a tour of the Duomo we are extremely grateful for her hospitality and kindness. She also offered us Cassa Verde for a fee of 50 euros as she thought we would be more comfortable. We gladly took it. We booked Cassa Rossa for 6 nights and were not one bit disappointed. Both houses were beautifully decorated, very well equipped and immaculately clean. The pool area is a slice of heaven on earth. Both Sara and Eddie who look after the property were extremely helpful with information on things to do and see in the area. If your looking for a property that ticks all the boxes this is the one. The location is perfect, the house is perfect our holiday was perfect. Thank you to all involved.
Castel Cellesi is located at the meeting point of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. A 16th century village where the road ends in the great Piazza. Stunningly located - surrounded by emerald green fields, piercing blue skies, deep red sunsets - dominating the Tiber Valley at the foot of the Umbrian Mountains.
Nestled in the Northern Tuscia - the Etruscan Italy - Castel Cellesi is made for relaxing. Yet it is surrounded by places of historic, archaeological, artistic and scenic interest. Within an easy reach of Civita di Bagnoregio (volcanic cliffs), Viterbo (Cathedral Church, Pope's Palace, medieval quarter), Orvieto (Cathedral Church), Etruscan necropolis and ruins, Lake Bolsena, Siena, Assisi and the Thermal Springs at Viterbo.
The nearby Highway whisks you quickly to Florence and Rome.
Castel Cellesi is also a food and wine lover's paradise ! Large olive groves and vinyards all around. Excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced in the village itself and famous Wines all over the area (White wine from Orvieto, Red EST!EST!EST! from Montefiascone and ALEATICO from Gradoli).
For WALKERS and HIKERS (suggested itineraries self or escorted:
ELEPHAS ANTIQUUS (PALAEOLOXODON ANTIQUUS)
A few years ago the remains of a big Elephas Antiquus were found by accident in a field just a couple of km. from the center of Castel Cellesei far away. Excavations were started immediately being involved the University of Florence, the University of Rome and the Archaeological Group of Castel Cellesi.
The Elephas Antiquus (Palaeolooxodon antiquus) is the biggest elephant ever existed in Europe.
The specimen of Castel Cellesi, probably coming from Africa and dating back to Middle Pleistocene, was a male one, very old in age and extremely huge. For the size of its bones, they presume it might have been 4 meters high (up to gathers) and 10-12 tons of weight.
In a very near future the 20 square meters of excavations showing bones and remains of the Elephas Antiquus will be covered up and a Museum open to visitors will be built.
Walking, hiking, trekking along one of the many paths around Castel Cellesi, beside beatiful olive groves, vinyards, fields, woods you might get to see the remains of our Elephas Antiquus , too !
THE FRANCIGENA ROUTE
Medieval man felt himself as a pilgrim on earth and he really became one traveling towards the sites of the Christian faith through roads- like the Francigena- with Rome or possibly Jerusalem as a final destination.
The “ Via Francigena “ (the Iter Francorum or the Frankish Route) is a branch of the Pilgrimage trail that goes between Canterbury and Rome, coming into full use starting around the 11th century.
Bishop Sigeric of Canterbury first made the journey to Rome in 990 AD to receive honors from the Pope. He wrote a travel diary with accurate details, descriptions, pictures and maps of the route, which became the pilgrimage route of today, more or less. The pilgrimage to Rome can be made by foot, bicycle or horse.
The Francigena Route contains lots of interesting cities, towns, villages rich of archaelogical, artistic and monumental sites. The Tuscany and Latium sections are especially valuable for the many amazing places on the route such as Luni, Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena, Acquapendente, Montefiascone, Viterbo.
In the vicinity of Castel Cellesi two interesting, enchanting sections of the Via Francigena are available to hike: Section N° 39- Among olive groves and brushes the path detaches from Bolsena - at the Basilica of Santa Cristina - and, after going up and down, admiring wonderful sights of the lake, takes to Montefiascone. From the hilltop of Montefiascone, where the Rocca dei Papi is located, a 360 degree view is to enjoy.
Section N°40: The path detaches from Montefiascone – near the Sports Field – Hikers walk for hundreds of meters along the original paving of the Roman Via Cassia stepping on the the ancient stones (Basolatum) which are still in good conditions, then continue across a hillpark overlooking Montefiascone, North – Viterbo, South.
Before getting to Viterbo the path crosses a flat land rich of hot springs called “Bagnaccio Spa” where pilgrims used to stop and relax. The hot springs are open to the public still today.