The medieval village of Capranica offers all sorts of shops and supermarkets, as well as a Train station and very good inter-city busses that connect Capranica with Rome and the main cities of Tuscia.
Capranica is situated in the heart of Lazio’s Lakes District , which comprises Lake Bracciano, Lake Vico, Lake Martignano and Lake Bolsena. This is a land where frenetic modern life is banned, and where the relaxed rhythm is still nowadays dictated by century old farmers traditions. In Tuscia, one can admire a unique monumental patrimony, consisting of Etruscan necropolis, imposing castles, and mysterious churches, that reveal the cultural and artistic evolution which took place along the centuries in this rich land.
The property’s happy geographical location, at the cross roads between Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria (which hold 60% of the totality of Italy’s cultural heritage) enables you to comfortably visit and enjoy all historical, artistic and archaeological places, as well as savour the natural parks and natural reserves abundant in Central Italy: Rome North is at around 45 minutes drive. Rome’s two major airports lie within 50 minutes drive; The famous cities of Florence, Siena, Pisa, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto, Assisi etc. just to name a few) are within easy reach with a comfortable drive.
Several special features enhance the charm of this property, and makes it a special vacation villa: It lies in the vicinity of two beautiful Golf Greens (Sutri and Olgiata), and is located in the very heart of Rome’s Lakes District, which attracts thousands of tourists – both national and international - in every season: Lake Vico, the nearest lake to the villa, is located in an enchanting forest, in a Natural eco-system reserve, and lies at only 3 minutes from the property; Lake Bracciano , located in the Natural Regional Protected Park of Bracciano, is at only 10 minutes drive; Lake Martiniano is at 15 minutes, and Lake Bolsena, the largest lake of volcanic origin in Europe, is at around 30 minutes drive.
Lake Vico, the nearest lake to the villa, is a blessed corner of natural beauty, where one can rent a sailing boat, a canoe or a wind surf table, take unforgettable walks in the woods which descend from the mountains to the lake beaches, as well as enjoy bird-watching and explore the Protected Natural Reserve of Lake Vico on horse back. The deep green mountains which embrace the lake, are covered by century old oaks, beeches and chestnut trees, joining branches overhead, and gently sloping down to the lake shore. The end result is a fascinating live painting of rare beauty.
Furthermore, numerous charming restaurants are scattered along the lake shore, and offer exquisite foods, wines and beers
Rome and the Vatican City: with their priceless treasures, are at only 45 minutes drive to Rome North.
Here you can enjoy the fascinating museums, the roman, renaissance and baroque architecture, and lovely little “piazzas” and honey-coloured “cupolas”. While wandering along Rome’s ancient, narrow, winding streets, these all of a sudden open up and a lovely “loggia”, a mysterious church, an imposing basilica or a luxurious store come your way…
In the immediate vicinity of Capranica, the medieval villages of Trevignano Romano, Anguillara and Bracciano, offer a lot to see and a lot to do: Lovely historical centres, century old churches, the Museum of Trevignano that holds Etruscan archaeological treasures, the Palace of Prince Odescalchi, and lots of festivals and events, including international sailing competitions, Jazz Festivals, open air concerts and fireworks on Lake Bracciano.
Furthermore, there are innumerable places that should not be missed: Viterbo and its medieval “Pellegrini Quarters” as well as its “Popes’ Palace”; Bracciano and the medieval palace of Prince Odescalchi,; “Sutri” a lovely Etruscan village, perched on the top of a tufa stone hill as well as its lovely Golf Club; the little village of “Canale Monterrano” and its Etruscan necropolis; charming, little “Calcata”, the village of painters, where an international community of modern painters live and exhibit their work; Farnese Palace, located in lovely “Caprarola”; “Farfa” and its “Abbey of Santa Maria”, one of the most important sanctuaries of the middle ages.
Moreover, when based in Capranica , Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Siena etc..) and Umbria (Perugia, Spoleto, Spello, Assisi etc..) are within easy reach, and can be comfortably explored and savoured every time you wish.
Open house Wine tasting and extra virgin olive oil tasting also offer you the possibility of getting acquainted with the excellent quality of Italian wines and pure, extra virgin olive oil. Furthermore, every village of the area organizes gastronomic “fiestas”, where you can taste the local cuisine. The open air flee market takes place every week in every village of the area, and is not to be missed.
Wellness and Spas
Rome’s Lakes District is also famous for its many important thermal centres: In effect, the Romans, and later on, the various Popes, have been steady visitors of those thermal springs: “Terme dei Papi” as well as “Terme di Stigliano” and “Terme di Tolfa” -just to name a few- attract, in all seasons, both national and international travellers, who come to benefit from the exceptional therapeutic virtues of its hot mineral water springs, enjoy the naturally hot water swimming pool, as well as to treat themselves to beauty and body care and to relaxing massages. These Spas also offer all sorts of entertainment activities
When in Capranica, in Lazio’s Lakes District, the cultural wealth and natural beauty of this enchanting area shall talk to your emotions.