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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
My family and I chose to rent this villa based on three key points - close proximity to an airport, peace and tranquillity and, most importantly, the size of the swimming pool. Not being a family who enjoy the buzz of busy, popular holiday resorts we were really looking forward to enjoying a couple of weeks away from 'normal' life and were delighted that this property delivered on all counts.
Yes - there were niggles but there always will be when you are away from your home environment and this seems to add to the overall holiday experience. There was no kettle, for example ( yes - we are British!) so water for cups of tea had to be heated in a saucepan. The upstairs shower had enough power and heat to cut through solid steel so constant, very careful, adjustment was needed and the traffic noise from the motorway in the valley did permeate the silence.
But these are small insignificancies. In the detailed information provided by the owner, Isabel, she mentions that the property is in need of updates etc but this was / still is a family home. As such you can forgive the fact that some of the appliances are getting a bit tired. Everything worked – that’s all you need!
The pool, at 13m in length, was superb! Our family’s un-written rule is that you have to do your age in lengths every day. Of course this does mean that the oldest member (me) has to swim the furthest but as I made the rule up I can't complain! I wasn't brave enough to dive off the diving board though...
There are enough chairs on the veranda to accommodate a small army and we spent most evenings sitting out drinking wine and enjoying the evening warmth. We were also treated to a number of brilliant lightning storms in the first week of our stay which was fabulous.
The property is well within one hours drive of the delightful towns of Narni and Terni which are well worth visiting and it only takes 40 minutes to get into Rome by train from Orte station, which has a huge, cheap, long-stay car park. It only cost us 10 Euros each for a return trip and saved hours of driving and trying to park in the city.
If you are looking for 5 star hotel style accommodation then this is not the place for you. If, however, you are looking for 5 star relaxation in a property that has everything you would need for a break away from 'the norm' then we would thoroughly recommend this property.