Genuine Italy

On this third installment, visitor editor and RentVillas Founder Suzanne Pidduck follows up on half 1 and half 2 from her September 2013 travels on the border of Lazio, Tuscany, and Umbria:

Antica Rocca (sleeps 10) is located in a medieval hamlet.

Antica Rocca (sleeps 10) is positioned in a medieval hamlet.

This week I’ve received extra to share concerning the space known as the Alta Tuscia—located on the borders of Lazio, Tuscany, and Umbria. For my part, this space actually provides the perfect of all three areas. Though positioned at a cultural crossroads, it has someway remained unspoiled, with genuine cities, un-inflated costs, rural peace and quiet, and ample traffic-free mountaineering, street and mountain biking alternatives in hanging pure environment.

La Cappella dell'Alfina is a charming farmhouse near Acquapendente.

La Cappella dell’Alfina is an enthralling farmhouse close to Acquapendente.

I visited two distinctive properties close to Torre Alfina (our residence base for the week), La Cappella dell’Alfina and Antica Rocca, and did some further exploring all through the realm. Listed below are the highlights!


  • Perugia is about 1 ½ hours away, and is well worth the journey. With a rainstorm brewing we had lunch on the piazza going through the Duomo and the Fontana Maggiore. Carpaccio with arugula and Parmigiano-Reggiano has by no means tasted so good!
  • Civita’ di Bagnoregio is a tiny, Etruscan village perched atop a plateau of volcanic tuff. It’s proper out of a fairy story! The village was made well-known, fairly actually, by Rick Steves! He put it on the map (and has performed the identical factor with the Cinque Terre) and thereby has helped to put it aside from disintegration. His picture is all over the place on the town! We walked in opposition to howling wind alongside the pedestrian bridge that leads into city and wandered across the hamlet and located an excellent trattoria. It was a enjoyable journey!
  • The spectacular duomo in Orvieto.

    The spectacular duomo in Orvieto.

    Orvieto is just 20 minutes away from Torre Alfina and Villa del Castello. We headed there for a stroll, a bit of purchasing, and to gaze on the extraordinary Duomo. We had been thrilled to seek out the city virtually empty. What a deal with to have it to ourselves! Todi can also be great for a passegiata.

  • For a full day journey, I extremely suggest Pienza and Montepulciano. Pienza is understood for its pecorino, and Montepulciano has excellent purchasing. It’s additionally enjoyable to do a wine tasting on the Col D’Orcia property in Montalcino (e book upfront), after which cease in both San Filippo Terme or Bagno Vignoni to soak within the thermal baths (simply keep in mind to convey swimsuits!).
  • I’d additionally encourage you to see the “tufo cities” of Sorano, Pitigliano, and Sovana—three cities within the Maremma (southwestern coastal space of Tuscany) carved into or constructed out of volcanic rock (tufo). If you happen to go away early sufficient within the morning, it’s potential to do all three. But when not, don’t miss Sorano. It’s a beautiful little artists’ village in an space recognized for its “fjords”. If you’re in Sovana at lunch time, cease at Taverna Etrusca for a lightweight lunch.

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