'As is other great hill towns, you can wander through (Poggio) in an hour or settle in for a decade and not reach the end.'
The historical centre of Poggio Mirteto dates to fourteeth century with ancient references as far back as 988 in the 'Chronican Farfense'. This picturesque town is set on the edge of the Sabina Mountains, in the province of Rieti, in Lazio. This is a perfect and unusual base from which to acccess Italy's more well known places like Rome, Assisi and Orvieto only an hour's drive away or discover the town's local treasures and those of its neighbours.
The flat with the purple door is the charming entrance to the three story modernized flat in Poggio's Mirteto's central piazza. The marble staicase leading to the master ensuite bedroom with a balcony extremely spacious with ample closets. The main terrace is extensive and partially covered, suitable for all weather conditions to eat, relax, and has a bird's eye view of all that is happening in the piazza. For cozier meals the cantina is perfect. The decor is African - for over 100 years many families of Poggio have lived & worked in the agricultual country of Malawi, the former British colony of Nyasaland. The featured artworks and memorabilia are all from Malawi artists collected over the years.
Keywords: Arrive direct from Fumichino by train to a comfortable, fully equipped, spacious,newly renovated, two story flat plus cantina with large terrace overlooking the central piazza. A Marble staircase leads to the large ensuite bedroom with balcony. All amenities needed are at your doorstep and Rome is 1 hour by train.
Canadian Lois met Italian Giorgio in Malawi, Africa where she was a volunteer. Now Lois and Giorgio run art galleries in Malawi for local artists where they spend most of their time. Travelling between Canada - Italy - Malawi has meant that Poggio has become a much loved base to spend with family and friends from all three countries.
The Losacco family home was built in the 1920's and was one of the first 'modern buildings' on the piazza. It has always been home to family members and slowly over the last decade we have been carefully updating and modernizing it. The decor is a strong & unusual reflection of a hundred years of its African connections. The Canadian side of the family have celebrated birthdays, honeymoons, and graduations here. Italians in general and our large extended family in particular always seem to be celebrating something. Oftentimes it's in the piazza - the heart and soul of every village. From fireworks to fiestas, and processions with the local brass band- if it's happening it's in the piazza! This is the best place to truely experience the essence of daily Italian life. Up at 8am for cappuccino & cornetto at the local bar (coffee bar), by 9am the shops are open and the hustle and bustle begins. By 2pm all is closed and it is time for a rest. ENJOY IT! By 4pm the shops are open until 8 when everyone disapears for the evening meal. However the day is not over as people re -emmerge for their evening stroll. The laughter and gossip, children running and playing, scotters whizzing by will carry on until the wee hours of the morning. If you're up til 3 the bakery will have the first pastries ready, fresh, hot and mouthwateringly good just before you nod off and the municiple rubbish collectors come around at 5am, whistling and clattering bottles. This is piazza life - vibrating and busy. This is all 60million Italians in an area smaller than the average US state. Oh yes and the church bells.....
With public transportation at your doorstep it is easy to get around and enjoy comfortably paced day trips. This area so close to Rome is remarkably undiscovered. Traditional ways of life and habits are the norm. After 20 years of spending in the region the 'Guida Turistica della Sabina' with its charming English translation was the FIRST I've found and published in 2008. It's key facts for each town include the Patron Saint. There are more than 400 scheduled Festas, Carnevales, and Sangras listed in the area and this excludes the Easter and Christmas celebrations. Music, parades, speciality foods often free or for a nominal price
and hosted by each locality. There are feasts celebrating wild boar (cinghiale), gnocchi, and all kinds of local products (produtti ticipi) The village of Amatrice is famous for Bucatini alla Amatriciana and the Sagra is in August.
Although the flat has a fully equipped kitchen the piazza is full of wonderful food on your doorstep
Swimming: Lakes Turano, Lungo, Ripa Sottile, Paterno and Ventinia.
Windsurf & Sailing: Lake Turano.
Kayak & Canoe: Velino River at Rieti.
Rafting: Nera River at Marone Falls.
Golf & Skiing: Terminillo Mountain.
Paragliding: Poggio Bustone.
Free Climbing: Configni, Grotti, & Marcellini cliffs.
Cycling, Hiking & Mountain Biking: The Sabine Region.
Tennis, Soccer: Club Mirtense, Poggio Mirteto, Centro Sportivo, Poggio Mirteto Scala.
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