HomeAway has a selection of holiday homes and villas in Bagnoregio, a historic town in a wonderful location in northern Lazio – remote yet an easy drive from Rome. Civita di Bagnoregio has a quaintly precarious position atop a hill, nestled in dramatic countryside and farmland. A holiday home in Bagnoregio means rural seclusion, gorgeous panoramas and gardens surrounded by olive groves and woodland. Villas in Bagnoregio are also full of luxurious flourishes – pools are a great way the escape the summer heat, and evenings can be whiled away over al fresco meals and barbecues.
-Local culture. Civita di Bagnoregio has a unique location, standing at the top of a steep hill and crammed with lots of history. The poignant thing about the town is that it’s slowly falling away due to erosion. There are the remnants of a Renaissance palace, and the main piazza here has an Etruscan colonnade, while there’s also an Etruscan arch marking the entrance to the town.
-Cuisine. Food here comprises elements of Roman and Umbrian cuisine, and great pride is taken in the high quality of the local olive oil. Close to Lake Bolsena you can enjoy a freshwater fish soup with potatoes and mint. Pasta is ever popular, and tends to be served with sauces made with wild boar, hare or mushrooms.
-Nature. The landscape around Bagnoregio is rugged, and there’s a good choice of walks through pine forest and vineyards. Head east and you can follow a trail to the picturesque church of Sant’Antonio. Lake Bolsena is to the west. It’s the largest volcanic lake in the country, formed by a volcano that was still active in Roman times. There are a number of spots around its shore where you can swim and sunbathe in summer.
-Excursions. You could make for Montefiascone, which is a beautiful town next to Lake Bolseno. It has a cathedral with one of the largest domes in the country, as well as a Romanesque church and a palace that was once a summer residence for popes. Viterbo to the south has a history that extends back before the Romans, and also has a palace that was the seat of popes in the 13th Century.
-Rome. A trip to the Eternal City is essential. Among the almost countless sights here is St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest basilica in the world. The Coliseum is perhaps the most famous Roman structure in existence, and a symbol for the city. There’s also the Vatican of course, and the Roman forum, which was the old commercial heart of the city.
Bagnoregio holiday homes are in a region with a Mediterranean climate, bringing warm weather in summer and moderate conditions in winter. From late-May to late-September there is consistent warm weather, reaching highs in the upper 20s in July and August. July is also the driest month of the year. Autumn conditions are usually mild, with highs in the mid-teens. January is the coldest month of the year, but temperatures still normally get up to ten degrees or so, although they can slip below freezing at night. Spring weather is usually also mild here.
Bagnoregio is within reach of two international airports. Perugia (PEG) is an hour to the northeast of the town on the E45, with year-round, low-cost connections to the UK. Larger but also a little further away is Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), which one of the busiest transport hubs in Europe and has flights to and from a variety of cities in the UK, other European countries and other continents. The drive from Rome is a straightforward one along the A1 towards Orvieto.