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This magnificent villa was more enchanting than our wildest dreams! The beautifully painted walls and ceilings and the Roman statues made us feel like we had stepped into a Caesar's villa. There are panoramic mountain views from the long balcony. The huge pool with a waterfall is surrounded by beautiful flowers, Roman statues, grape vines and palm trees. There is a massive covered terrace with couches, swing, large table and BBQ that is enchantingly decorated with colorful hanging flowers and vines. There is a pool table and whirlpool tub!
Lucia was really helpful with anything we needed. Her father who owns the villa was on site, taking care of the pool, and he was very kind, giving us a box of figs from the fig tree and a large bowl of ricotta from the bakery!
Rome is just 40 minutes away.
I highly recommend this spectacular villa, you will feel as if you have stepped into a Roman dream!
We arrived late on a saturday evening and were met by Pierpaulo and Sylvia who were extremely pleasant and showed us around the house.
The house is about 60 years old and was built by Pierpaulo's parents. Some aspects have been more recently upgraded such as the downstairs bathroom and one of the upstairs bathrooms. The kitchen is a mix of old and new units. The house was extremely clean throughout. The best bit of the house was the pool which was terrific and we all loved it, especially the kids. Also just outside the gates is a small but totally wonderful and very good value pizza restaurant. There is very easy access to Rome from a train station about 10 mins drive away. The town has a small supermarket (carrefour express) and there is a larger Co-op about 10 mins away by car. You would need a car.
There were a couple of things that would have made the stay better. The house does need some upgrading and a lot of the old family bits and pieces and old magazines are still on display and from a guest point of view it would be nice if they weren't there. One of the upstairs bathrooms is clearly old designer and very orla kiely-esque in pattern. Quite a few of the plug sockets dont work.
Also the house could really really do with air conditioning. Especially as a lot of the house is wooden inside (flooring etc) so absorbs the heat during the day making it very hot at night. Having said that it was our fault for not checking that they had air con before booking.
All in all we enjoyed our stay but some upgrading of the property is required.