Unique, 3-Bedoomed Historic House In Laid-back, Friendly Village Setting
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - There are a lot of stepsThere are a lot of steps
Pets allowed - Must have full strength flea collar Must have full strength flea collar
No parties/events - No parties or eventsNo parties or events
Max guests: 8
- Please observe the waste recycling instructions and leave out the relevant type of waste for collection every day according to the calendar supplied.
- Please don't change settings on any appliances or the heating without asking Casa Capena and don't move furniture around
- Please leave one key in the lockbox at all times to avoid getting locked out.
This special property in Capena is conveniently located for trips to Rome, Tuscany and all the small hill towns and gems that aren't in the guidebooks. If you're looking for a quiet and comfortable place to spend a relaxing holiday, this house is perfect. We are a family of five and enjoyed our stay very much. The kitchen is well appointed and the laundry machine is newer. We especially enjoyed the 2 comfortable, spacious sitting rooms, to spread out in and relax from our full days of sightseeing. Juliet is a wonderful, first-rate host. We've stayed in 9 VRBO properties over the years, and this one rates near the top! Highly recommend for older families and anyone who can handle the stairs typical of multi-story properties. Excellent value!
Family Stay in Historic Capena
My family of 3 adults and 3 high school students spent four lovely nights here. The accommodation is very unique. The rooms are clean, cool and comfortable. The owner very helpful. We loved walking around the village and exploring the historic town. It was a rare opportunity to stay in such an historic place. We went into Rome by train each day from Saxa Rubra. Great stay!
We love to walk and hike, but would not recommend this home for anyone with stair or uneven terrain ambulation difficulties.
Thanks Anna. It was a pleasure :)
Beautiful village! We had a really great stay. Very cosy and nicely decorated place! With everything you need right at your side
Thanks Hans! Juliet
We really enjoyed our stay at this home. It is very clean and comfortable, and the town is beautiful. Conveniently close to Rome but in a small town setting. Would stay here again!
Hi Susan, thanks so much for your review. Look forward to seeing you in Capena again!
Unusual and beautiful property
This is a very unusual yet beautiful property set into walls of an old monastery. There are caves inside which aids with cooling the air during the hot Italian summers. The house is very well equipped and very comfortable. It is finished to a high standard and is very clean. It is easy to get to Rome whilst staying in the house. We drove to a nearby town, Prima Porta and hopped on the train which was very efficient and incredibly cheap (80 cents each). A visit to Lake Martignano is a must. The warm clear waters of the lake make for excellent swimming, the hammocks between the trees are very comfortable and the restaurant is excellent. Capena itself it a lovely town to explore and walk around.
Thanks for the lovely review. I'm glad you had enjoyed your stay and especially that you discovered Lake Martignano. Best wishes, Juliet
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About Juliet Haydock
I am a freelance Italian-Spanish/English translator and live in Twickenham, but try to spend as much time as possible in my house in Capena, near Rome in Italy. I'm very lucky because my job does not tie me to any particular place.
Juliet Haydock purchased this House in 2005
Why Juliet Haydock chose Capena
I first went to Capena when teaching English in Rome in the early 1980s, captivated by its charm and friendliness. People still used donkeys and did all their washing at the communal washing place. Everyone made wine and you could not pass an open cantina door without being beckoned in to share a cool glass. Weekend visits evolved into permanent residence for about two years, when I enjoyed the yearly rhythm of village life and all the festivals - while still within easy reach of Rome for work. About 12 or so years ago, I went back to Capena with my two small boys. We were welcomed with open arms and within hours a trestle table had been spread in the piazza for an impromptu party. Later, a local builder friend found and restored my incredible house - and the rest is history.
What makes this House unique
The property is within easy reach of the motorways and Rome. It is situated in the old town centre, part of a structure that started life as an Etruscan burial mound and evolved through stages including a medieval stronghold and Renaissance monastery. My house was restored from the ruins of the monastery's old guest quarters four years ago, using more or less the materials from which it would have been originally built. It incorporates caves carved out from the soft tufa rock thousands of years ago and still showing the chisel marks of the original Etruscan residents. It faces west, with full-length windows overlooking a valley, toward the setting sun. There is no better place for an aperitivo!