The property is located in the immediate vicinity of the city of Sutri, in the province of Viterbo, and more precisely in the majestic “Calandrina park,” behind which one encounters the hot springs of Vicarello.
Since Casa Melo is immersed in the Vicarello park, a natural reserve of the area, you can see all kinds of animals: deer, boar, foxes, weasels, porcupines. These sites will undoubtedly make your stay more exciting, as “nature” is key here.
The history of Sutri (known in ancient times as Sutrium) is witnessed by the numerous archaeological finds in the area belonging to different eras. Its origins are quite ancient, thought to date back to the Bronze Era. Sutri experienced a period of strong growth under the Etruscan reign, as an agricultural and commercial town, and today you can still detect the Etruscan influence.
The long-standing amphitheater, one of a kind as it has no external walls and is housed entirely within natural boundaries, is a popular destination for tourists. It remained hidden for centuries in the hill from which it was derived, and was brought back to light only in the second half of the 19th century by the owners of the above property. The amphitheater is the site of theatrical performances in the summertime, and the living nativity scene at Christmas time.
Long walks on Etruscan paths will give great thrills to those passionate in the field, from Bassano on, and there are paths open to aspiring speleologists.
One of the main attractions of the area, in addition to the breathtaking views visible along every route, are the “Baths of the Popes.” The hot springs are called “dei Papi” (of the popes), especially because of the intervention of a specific pontiff: Pope Nicholas V. He found such benefit for the treatment of his ills in these healing waters that in 1450 he had a beautiful palace built in this area, so that he could stay there whenever he needed. Ever since then it has been called the “Bath of the Pope.”
These hot springs offer the pleasure of immersing oneself in the monumental pool that measures over 200 square meters, replenished exclusively with thermal water from the Bullicame spring: a precious toning bath for skin care in winter and in summer.
The cave represents a treatment unique in its kind: a natural Turkish bath where small waterfalls of spring water at a temperature of 58° C heat and suffuse the environment with beneficial vapors... wonderful moments to share also with your loved one...
Continuing our journey exploring the natural attractions of the area surrounding the property, we find the “pools of St. Callisto,” another wonderful site for those who like to relax in the warmth of thermal springs, this time more modest in size but set within a framework of greenery and simplicity.
A few kilometers from Casa Melo is the lake of Bracciano, which can be accessed from the town of Trevignano, a town known for its tasty ice cream shops, rides for children on the main square, art-house Cinemas, ice rinks in the winter, traditional cafes and bakeries, spas and indoor swimming pools in the winter.
Bracciano is a beautiful health resort, full of cafes and restaurants of all types and styles. Long walks along the lakefront will make your stay even more relaxing and “cool” in the summer, considering the lake’s suitability for swimming. On the lake you can also engage in sports such as canoeing, wind surfing and kite surfing during the summer months.
Along the way, we recommend a visit to the village of Calcata. Built on a fortress, it has become an attractive meeting place for hippie’s, and the Forest of Manziana.
In all the surrounding area of the property it is possible to go horseback riding, and there are numerous places where you can rent horses. For archery enthusiasts, in the small town of Bassano, there is one of the largest centers for zen archery— a destination each year for those who are passionate in the sport who gather from all over the world.
The strategic location of Casa Melo allows you to reach the sea in only thirty minutes or so by car, so you can enjoy a fresh local seafood lunch in a restaurant by the sea, or a day of total relaxation at the beach. Civitavecchia, Fregene and Fiumicino are the main destinations.
The “Oaks” golf club will complete your stay. It is one of the largest clubs in central of Italy, where you can spend a day of absolute enjoyment playing golf.
Casa Melo was conceived by the owner to offer our clients a stay of peace and tranquility, in a context that is simple yet refined, complete with amenities such as sauna, Turkish bath, dance floor, billiards, and table soccer, which will accompany you through the discovery of wonderful landscapes so beneficial to our mental well-being.
The house is equipped with every comfort. The four bedrooms are tastefully decorated and quite spacious. We also allow your four-legged friends to join you; there is a large fenced area adjacent to the villa.
We also offer the possibility of providing transportation in a comfortable and luxurious property car to/from the airports of Rome and the train stations, and for all the required movements. To avail yourself of this, please request the car at the time of the booking.
Casa Melo is composed of four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, sleeping a total of eight. It is also possible to add single beds and a crib for children on request when booking.
The high-quality bed linens and towels provided during your stay ensure your maximum comfort.
Satellite TV, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, fireplace, and available Wi-Fi, round out the standard equipment.
Welcome to Casa Melo, and enjoy your stay!