Podere Montepozzo, a spacious country house enjoying uninterrupted views over beautiful countryside, is situated in rural Alto Tuscia, a region of northern Lazio, a centre of ancient Etruscan culture, bordering on Tuscany and Umbria. It’s the ideal place for a family or two families wanting to holiday together whilst still having their own space. It's the ideal base for day trips to the cultural treasures and retail pleasures of Rome, Florence and Siena. It's the perfect location for a relaxing retreat or for getting acquainted with the culture and charm of the surrounding area. Take an early flight and you could be there in time for afternoon tea on the terrace… but do remember to bring your favourite teabags!
About the locality
Acquapendente, a bustling market town, is five minutes drive. It offers a surprising mix of chic boutiques, restaurants and cafes, two theatres and a cinema – even a small hospital. The town is famous for its annual Pugnaloni, a May festival celebrating “freedom over oppression”. Enormous mosaics using flower petals depicting creative interpretations of the theme, each designed and produced by competing groups of townsfolk, and paraded through the town, culminating in a pageant of flag displays and the inevitable spontaneous fireworks in the evening. Watch the movie here. Curiously, Acquapendente has a direct link with Canterbury in England, for through its centre runs the Via Francigena which, via the Pilgrims Way links Canterbury and Rome and is of course very popular with walkers and cyclists.
Throughout the year cultural and food festivals of all kinds are held at Acquapendente and the other towns in the locality, so there’s often some lively entertainment to be enjoyed.
The surrounding countryside is varied with wooded hills and mountains, rocky ravines, plateaus and plains and the huge Lake Bolsena. Nearby fields rotate between sheep pasture, sunflowers, cereal and vegetable crops. And elsewhere olive groves and and vinyards of course!
Tuscany and Umbria on your doorstep
Within a few minutes you can be driving north through those classic Tuscan landscapes, or east to Umbria with its backdrop of snow capped Apenine mountains. Just 15 minutes to the south is tranquil Lago di Bolsena with its beach cafés, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Also nearby is Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve for walking, cycling and horse riding. A little further is San Casciano dei Bagni, where you can experience the natural thermal springs and therapeutic baths. Other spa towns include Bagno Vignoni, Saturnia and Cianciano Terme.
For those with archeoplogical interests the remains of pre-Roman Etruscan civilisation can be found in Grotte di Castro, Pitigliano, Vitozza, Sorano and many other locations. The local tourist centre will help you book tours. More information here.
For golf enthusiasts, Acquapendente Golf Club is about 15 minutes drive; still under development it currently offers a 9 hole course, putting and driving range.Good for a knockabout but sadly no nineteenth hole as yet!
Within 40 minutes, the stunning fortress city of Orvieto dominates the surrounding landscape atop a massive rock with sheer cliffs over 150 metres high. The Duomo with its striking façade, is one of he most ornate in Europe and has to be seen at sunset when it appears to glow incandescently. Deep below the city within the rock is Orvieto’s Etruscan secret… miles of catacombes, tunnels, rooms, wells and wine caves ready to be explored, with the aid of a guide of course. Read more here.
The Mediterranean coast - Montalto Marina - is under an hour away, offering busy resorts and secluded beaches. Another half hour or so and you can discover the island of Orbitello, accessed by bridge and causeway; particularly beautiful with its sandy coves and fabulous fish restaurants. Within a couple of hours or so, Rome, Sienna, Florence, Assisi, Cortona, Perugia. Pisa and Bologna are about 3 hours.
Rome by public transport for just €12 single!
The BIRG or B.I.R.G ticket from Acquapendente to Rome is a one day pass that will get you to there by late morning and covers all public transport within the city. Other options available for longer stays including entry to Colluseum, galleries etc. Click here.
Your country home in Alta Tuscia, central Italy
Comfortable accommodation for 4 to 8
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