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A beautiful vacation home in a unique Italian jewel

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6 + 2

The home current structure is from the 14th century and it has been recently restored by the architect and interior designer owner to become a comfortable and unique vacation home that will take you on a journey through the history of Italy and the town of Civita di Bagnoregio. The 14th century core has a living room, dining room, a study and 3 bedroom suites all with private bath: it sleeps 6 people in queen and king size beds and has room for 2 extra people in twin beds. An older part of the house is composed of caves and grottos dating back to Etruscan and Roman times that have been fully incorporated into the home's livable spaces: it boasts a unique wine cellar inside a Roman water cistern, a garden kitchen and a spectacular pool with jacuzzi inside beautiful caves opening onto the garden, a meditation room, an art gallery and more. The garden is a masterpiece of formal Italian design hanging on the edge of a tufa stone cliff, with a gazebo for al fresco dining and a BBQ, outdoor living space, amazing vistas all around.

Everything is designed with beauty and the comfort of our guests in mind. All the finishes and material are superb and the amenities provided are very luxurious.

More Details

Property Manager
Patrizio Fradiani
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 September, 2018

About Patrizio Fradiani

Patrizio was born and raised in Rome and moved to the United States in 1996 to live with his partner Mark in Chicago. While Patrizio is an architect and Interior designer , Mark is a Psycotherapist. They share a passion for great art, architecture and traveling the world. One of the shared passion has become over the years to purchase and restore beautiful old delapitaed structures and rent them as vacation homes to discerning travellers who appreciate good design and beautiful destinations in Itay and Mexico. This restoration project was challenging and exciting and we are delighted to share the results with you.

Patrizio Fradiani purchased this house in 2011

Why Patrizio Fradiani chose Bagnoregio

We purchased this property because of the beauty of its setting in one of the most beautiful and magical places of central Italy, the town of Civita di Bagnoregio. We were compelled to take the old structure of the house rich with amazing layers of history, and turn it into a modern vacation home for ourselves, our family and friends, as well as the rest of the world. Civita is a treasure to share and we love the idea of surprising our guests with the amazing features of this home, Domus Civita.

What makes this house unique

The benefits of renting our home, Domus Civita, is that you will get an unmatched architectural, design and cultural experience by staying there. We personally fell in love with the rich history of Civita, the grace and friendliness of the inhabitants of the town, the shear beauty of this magical place and we think that our guests will experience this and more about the house as well as the town and the surrounding areas.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Just returned from an exquisite week spent at Domus Civita. The villa is a perfect blend of the modern and the ancient, and Patrizio spared no effort in ensuring that we enjoyed our stay to the maximum. Thanks for introducing us to drivers Luca and Francesca, who whisked us everywhere we wanted to go in comfort and luxury; Elisabetta and Francesco, who provided an impassioned and fascinating tour of Orvieto, both above ground and below; Agostino and Marco for a much welcomed massage session at the villa; and Gustavo for his wonderful meals, his attention to our every need, and most of all for his friendship. If you have the chance to stay in Civita, make sure you have at least one meal at Ostaria al Forno di Agnese and enjoy the hospitality and beautiful food courtesy of the owner, Manuela. This was an experience of a lifetime, and we cannot recommend Domus Civita enough to anyone who has ever dreamed of the perfect Italian vacation
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Bagnoregio around the Province of Viterbo

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are provided with large showers and have access to natural light.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Study - 1 Single Bed
  • The house has 3 bedrooms and a study. The bedrooms all have private baths with shower, ceiling fan, built in closet. the ground floor bedroom has a king size bed and a twin bed. Just outside of the ground floor bedroom is a study with an extra Twin bed. The 2 bedrooms at 2nd floor have both an extra large queen size bed.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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(4 traveller reviews)

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A beautiful vacation home in a unique Italian jewel
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Absolutely fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Our family has just returned from Civita di Bagnoregio and staying at Patrizio’s apartment. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have had the privilege of staying in his home. We arrived to Civita after flying to Rome from Dallas, TX. Knowing that we would be incredibly jet lagged, we arranged for an arrival dinner to be cooked in the apartment. We are so glad that we did. Valeria, Patrizio’s sister, met us there and after checking us in made a superb multi course dinner. She is a lovely host and an excellent cook. The apartment is comfortable, impeccably decorated, and very well equipped. It is situated over a passageway that leads down into a cistern dating back until at least Roman times. Off of this cistern, there is a beautiful garden clinging to the edge of the cliff and a pool located in an adjacent grotto. When you stay at Patrizio’s home, words like impressive, magnificent, dramatic, and outstanding, come to mind. It would make an ideal location for a small destination wedding. We enjoyed making unforgettable memories with our family and hope to return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brice Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I am delighted that you enjoyed the house and the town so much and your comments really warm my heart! It was really our pleasure to have you guys there and we look forward to having you back either at Domus Civita or in any of our other homes in Italy or the coast of Mexico!! Sincerely
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private magic

  • 5 of 5

Civita di Bagnoregio has been defined as unique, extraordinary, magical. And truly, spending some days at Domus Civita heightens all of these aspects, adding a new dimension: the private enjoyment of Civita's enchantment. When you are done visiting the environs, or strolling around in Civita (BTW: getting to meet Civita's inhabitants is one of the many charms of this small village, as it is to eat at the cozy Forno di Agnese), there is nothing more satisfactory than returning to Patrizio and Mark's house. Staying at Domus Civita felt like being able to privately enjoy the heavenly beauty of Civita. When all the tourists cross the bridge and leave, one feels left in a very special place: the sheer beauty of the decor, the large spaces, the hidden nooks of the house can only mildly prepare you to the stunning beauty of the garden. Going down the stairs is like visiting a wishing well, where your wish for magic will be certainly granted. Sharing a glass of wine with friends in the private magic of the garden while enjoying the sunset, or looking outside from the pool is an experience I can hardly forget.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you so much Sonia. Your review really captures both the spirit of the town and the essence of the house! We look forward to having you stay at Domus Civita again in the future.... to enjoy more Dolcevita!!! Sincerely
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Amazing Property!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for an incredible stay at Domus Civita! It’s difficult to find words that capture the magic of this home and its fairy tale location. I have stayed at many unique accommodations all over the world but I have to say that this home is exceptional. First, the location is magical – a medieval village perched on a promontory – walking across the footbridge and through the Etruscan gateway I felt like I was entering a fairy tale! The hilltown of Civita is delightful – so peaceful with no cars-like going back in time; we had wonderful meals at local restaurants, enjoyed leisurely coffees and drinks around the charming town square – and the townspeople were so friendly. As for the house, you are to be commended for the phenomenal and obviously loving restoration of this historic property. I have never been in a private home with its own Roman water cistern and ancient caves! We had so much fun walking through the series of gorgeously lit medieval caves that led us from the main floor of the house down to the stunning Italian garden. The wine cellar in the Roman cistern is amazing, as is the meditation cave that you’ve outfitted with pillows & candles- so romantic! Floating in the pool and hot tub in a stone cave off the garden was like being on a movie set! We enjoyed great meals and stunning views from the garden gazebo. The living room and kitchen are beautifully designed and so comfortable – the terracotta floors, wood beams and the stone fireplace are gorgeous. And the artwork throughout the home is wonderful. The three bedrooms are beautifully appointed – I enjoyed the gorgeous views from the windows in the upstairs bed and bathroom. We also appreciated the great books you made available. To anyone considering an inspired vacation in Italy, I can most enthusiastically recommend Domus Civita

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marian your words are much appreciated! I am so happy that you had a good stay at Domus Civita!!! We love it when people love it!!!! :)
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Fairy-Tale 'Castle in the Sky' with hidden secrets

  • 5 of 5

They say a 'pictures tell a 1000 words' but in this situation they only reveal about 200, of those WOW is repeated about 199 times, well at least it was for us, however, experiencing this home for yourself will be the only way that you can ever feel & understand the other 800 words.

Entering 'Domus Civita' for the first time into the main room we were in 'lust' with the charming property, but it wasn't until we entered the caves out onto the garden and into more caves to discover the pool and alfresco kitchen that we were truly in love. It is here in the garden we spent much of our time, and our favorite time was in the evening, where you can lounge with wine, enjoy the Italian countryside and listen to the activity from town people in the valley below and the terraced gardens above but none of them are aware of where you are at below the town. Above ground, when you see day-trippers approaching the house to get a view of over the valley below, you look at them with this smug look, knowing of the secret, and that they have no idea what lies beneath their feet. You wanna show the world, but you want to keep it a secret.

In the house, from every room you can enjoy ample sunlight and fresh country breezes wafting in through the large windows with incredible views. The entire ‘Domus’ is filled with creative uses of repurposed pieces, some made by Patrizio [owner] himself. Sparse but not spare of personality, quaffed but comfortable, the space is easy to get comfortable in and feel like you are at home. The house itself in the evening provides a wonderful restful sleep from your days adventures into the surrounding areas. In fact you will find it hard to leave so anticipate late starts to your day and early returns to the house to enjoy all it has to offer.

Civita Bagnoregino is the quintessential Italian Hilltown, and experiencing the town with a stay at this property will be a memory that will long live fondly in your travel adventures.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Karen having you and your friends at Domus Civita was a pleasure and your comment/review are very appreciated!!! we look forward to having you there again in the future!! best
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Perugia and Rome
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
A1 Orvieto exit
Car: recommended

The house is located inside the town of Civita di Bagnoregio that was described by Rick Steves as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. The place is absolutely magical and the entire town is accessed only by a pedestrian bridge making it unique and peaceful. This is a region full of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval history and beautiful sightseeing spanning from historic Italian gardens and villas to charming towns and cities rich of history and art; from the nearby Lake Bolsena which is the largest volcanic lake in Europe to enchanting rural landscape with olive orchards and pastures; from wineries producing some of the best wine of central Italy to delightful shops, restaurants in all the towns nearby.

We recommend visiting the Umbrian towns of Orvieto and its beautiful cathedral, Todi, Tuscania, Bolsena and the southern Tuscany towns of Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £759.7

Domus Civita is available on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday year round, and for long weekends during low season only. Availability indicated on this calendar is not a guarantee that the space is open. Please submit your reservation request and we will contact you to confirm availability. Upon request, the house can also be rented with daily maid service.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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