A Great Value for a full service villa - our amazing reviews tell it all! Perfect for Families, Couples and Friends & Small Group Travel. Breakfast & Daily Housekeeping, Travel help included. Catered Dinners, Tourguide/Tours, Cooking & Painting Classes upon request.
Over the past 30 years, travelers have enjoyed an authentic Italian experience staying at our lovingly maintained 18th Century villa and ancestral home, "Casale Sonnino". The Villa is set amidst thirty acres of working vineyards and olive groves and is built upon 2000 year-old roman foundations which can be viewed in the basement. The property is located in Monte Porzio Catone, which is just 3 kilometers from Frascati and 30 minutes from the heart of Rome by car or very convenient train at Frascati or Colle Mattia.
The Casale Sonnino sleeps up to ten in five plus bedrooms (4+ upstairs, 1 ground floor) and three full baths (2 upstairs, 1 ground floor). However two couples have enjoyed sharing this comfortable, yet elegant historic home as well. The upstairs bedrooms have queen beds or they can be split apart for singles sharing a room. Also upstairs is a very large terrace with chairs, a tent pergola for meals and a ping pong table. The panoramic view stretching from Rome to the Apennine mountains is spectacular - especially when sharing a bottle of Frascati wine and appetizers at sunset.
On the ground level, there is a 20' x 40' living/dining room for gathering and dining. It features a grand fireplace and chandelier. A TV and breakfast room, with southern light looks out to the garden. The vintage-style cooks kitchen has marble top table in the center and updated appliances including a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven. There is an extensive collection of pots and pans, kitchen tools and spices for your use.
Outside the front door: In nice weather, the best place for a delightful meal is under the grape pergola in the garden by the vineyard.
A continental breakfast is included in your rental price as is daily housekeeping (excluding Sundays and holidays) . For other meals, you can shop in local markets and prepare your own feasts in the fully equipped kitchen. Have a gourmet dinner or several catered by us or a local 5-star chef. Or you may dine out at one of the many favorite local restaurants (we'll share ours!) or discover a trattoria on a trip to the countryside villages in Lazio. In Italy, there are so just so many places to eat and wines to love!
How long does one stay at the Casale and see Rome? If you only have a week, we recommend: 2 or 3 days in Rome, 2 days of day-tripping to Umbria, Tuscany or Lazio and the rest exploring the nearby Castelli Romani towns of Castel Gandolfo, Ariccia, Nemi, Frascati and Grottaferrata. During the summer, nearby Lago Albano has beach facilities where you can rent chairs and umbrella, paddle boats and go swimming in a clean lake. There is also a jogging trail that runs all around the lake and restaurants with splendid views.