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

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Last updated: 06/20/2015

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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
  • 80 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

  • Bedroom 1 Rotonda: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 2 Ethnic: 4 twin/ single


  • Both bedrooms have modern private bathrooms contrasting delightfully with the medieval austerity of the Torrione....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • The circular sitting room with its antique furniture has a lovely high beamed ceiling. It is completely private and has its own entrance through a charming old gateway. As with the Granary, parking is possible in the courtyard but only for loading and unloading. The courtyard and extensive terraced gardens are shared with the occupants of the Granary but are certainly large enough to be private with your book under a tree! The garden boasts a lovely fountain and a rare well with the renowned Roman Orsini family crest, dating from the 13th Century....moreless


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • 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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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2 night min stay

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $226.17
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included


Discounts are available for groups or for long stays. 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.

There is a VERY SPECIAL EASTER OFFER this year! €60 per room per night. If you are interested in a stay of 7 nights for a large group, you can rent the entire Palazzo for as little as €2000 - that's for 20 or more people!! Send us your enquiry and we can give you our best offer!

ATTENTION ACTRESSES&ACTORS! The MANER MANUSH THEATRICAL COMPANY is organising an International Workshop Theatrical Residence at Palazzo Forani from 6-13 August. For info: or mail or phone +39 333 4855079.

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.

A 30% deposit is required on booking with full payment at least 1 month before arrival. Payment is via PayPal or bank transfer.

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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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