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29 August -15 September 2018. Villa Lucia is one of the nicest places we have stayed. We are retired and our daughter and son-in-law joined us for a week of our stay. The flat is spacious, comfortable, cool and clean. The kitchen is well equipped. The gated property is very large, and the garden level apartment outlook faces the opposite way of the main house above, making it very private. Lucia and Luigi are gracious hosts, and stopped by occasionally with a bowl of figs or grapes or a freshly baked cake! (You'd win the technical challenge on Bake Off, Lucia!) The pool is very large and is kept sparkling clean. We had sole use of the pool and enjoyed lounging in the sun or in the shaded pool shelter, equipped with fridge and sink! There is a veranda outside the flat where we ate most meals since the weather was so good. We also barbecued in the veranda, usually watching gorgeous sunsets and one fantastic, but short thunderstorm! The cats are very friendly and made us laugh a lot!
Viterbo is a fantastic location in Lazio. It's an easy drive from Rome Ciampino airport - about 1 hour 20 mins. Viterbo is a walled medieval city with lots of restaurants and shops and many beautiful churches and of course the Papal Palace! There are lots of other lovely places to visit nearby. Bagnaia is very close and worth a visit to see the magnificent gardens. The Roman amphitheatre at Ferento is only a 20 minute drive away (only open at the weekend although you can see lots from the road). Lago di Bolsena is gorgeous - well worth the drive. We took the train to Rome one day -only 12 Euros return for a two hour journey! (you can buy the train e-tickets online and have them on your phone!)
We were lucky to be in Viterbo for the Feast of Santa Rosa, Viterbo's patron saint. On the 3rd of September every year an amazing night procession of the 30 metre high Macchina di Santa Rosa takes place through the city carried by the Facchini (or porters). We watched them march into the city behind the band and then followed them into the city. There are festivities in the city in the days leading up to the 3rd (including a children's Mini Macchina di Santa Rosa and a procession of costume through the ages) and on the 4th of September the entire old city becomes an open-air market.
Thank you to Lucia and Luigi. We had a great time! We would certainly go again and highly recommend Villa Lucia!
Susie and Keith, Sheffield, England