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Spectacular medieval tower&16thC villa in village 45min from Rome

Deirdre Gibson

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, italian
Sleeps25
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms9
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Speaks: english, french, italian
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Spectacular medieval tower&16thC villa in village 45min from Rome

Sleeps25
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms9
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Rieti Province Castle Rental Photos and Description

sleeps 19 +4 on sofa beds stunning courtyard with views over the Sabina hills

Palazzo Forani is an impressive 16th Century villa with a 13th Century tower, one of only five remaining of the fortifications of the medieval stone village Casperia, perched on a hilltop in the beautiful Sabina hills just 45 minutes from Rome. The property consists in extensive accommodation for 15 people with a communal kitchen in the Granary and 4/5 people with kitchen facilities in the Torrione, a large courtyard, marvellous gardens and breathtaking views. The restoration of both villa and Torrione is to the highest quality and the atmosphere of long past times is preserved in every nook. Originally bought by the Maldura family in Napoleonic times, it was inherited by the Forani barons who have left furnishings & layout almost as they were for centuries. Newly installed bathrooms and central heating being the only exceptions! Casperia is a wonderful stone village, entirely pedestrianised with its narrow, winding stone paved streets & unexpected and amazing views between the houses. Palazzo Forani boasts the only vehicular access to the old village!

Casperia and the surrounding area boast numerous festivals and village fetes during the year. In August, it's the Stringozzi fete, a marvellous homemade pasta dish that is the centre of this delightful festival. In September, the Festa di S.Maria with dancing and naturally food and wine (no festival is without these necessary staples!) and in October it's the Polenta and Castagne fete. June sees the Irish festival and countless are the celebrations in July just because it's summer! Ask us for information if you'd like your holiday to coincide with one of these charming occasions.

Yoga at Palazzo Forani! There are special offers available for yoga groups - there is a fully qualified yoga teacher and a spacious hall for groups. Ask for details at the e-mail address given.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Deirdre Gibson (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
March 31, 2015

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Sleeps25
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms9
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

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Spectacular medieval tower&16thC villa in village 45min from Rome
average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews
5

Magical experience

  • 5 of 5

We stumbled on the Palazzo and Casperia by accident while trying to find a place to stay in Tuscany and felt so lucky that we had! Casperia is an ancient walled city with endless stone paths that intertwine and connect and make for wonderful walks. Within its walls is a cozy osteria whose outdoor tables overlook the beautiful countryside, and you can sit and watch the sunset from one of the loveliest spots imaginable. The Palazzo itself is beautiful and fascinating, full of charming, thoughtful touches, and very comfortable despite its ancientness. The owners are wonderfully hospitable and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. They welcomed us with a happy hour and told us about the history of the castle and then gave us a tour of the gorgeous rooms and furnishings. We also enjoyed taking a long walk down the nearby country roads. This is a lovely area of Italy that we never knew existed. A magical experience and one we are so grateful to have had!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Enchanting Palazzo, Gracious Hosts

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the palazzo while attending a week-long workshop/retreat.

The charming hill town of Casperia, with its narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways (many with long flights of steps accessible only by foot), is a lovely backdrop for this historic, restored palazzo. I shared a suite of two bedrooms, a sitting room, and bath, with a friend. While maintaining the ancient floors, windows, woodwork, etc., the rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. Old prints and antique furniture grace each room. Guests in other suites in the palazzo share a large, well equipped kitchen and other rooms for gathering, and a supermarket, meat market, and other shops in the town supply the fixings for meals and snacks, although several good restaurants are either in or very close to Casperia.

Behind the palazzo is a patio with tables and chairs for relaxing (and where I participated in my first watercolor lesson--an amazing success!), which overlooks an ancient garden and a lush valley.

Carla and Anna, the very gracious owners, were onsite during my visit, and offered assistance whenever needed and a party with delicious homemade snacks and local wines. Our group was treated to a tour of the entire, centuries-old palazzo, complete with frescoes, ancient furniture and fabrics, and much more. They are two of the most gracious and hospitable hosts I have met in my many travels.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Norfolk, UK
5

Absolutely brilliant

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with a group of friends, we all had an excellent time at the village and in rome (which was easy enough to get to by train). The house was really lovely and spacious and plenty big enough for us all.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2008
  • Stayed: Jan 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Stavanger Norway
1

Beware of Bugs!

  • 1 of 5

The agent and housekeeper are very nice. The place shows much better on the web than in real life. The worst of our stay was an attack of mites. My wife and I are both experienced in the outdoors...and this was far from a small issue. According to doctors and our common sense, it was most likely contracted at Palazzo Forani. Of course, the owners deny any possibility that it was contracted there. In any case...just be aware.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: we can only thank our guests of July for underlining the extreme care necessary when dealing with biting insects which naturally abound in the Italian summer (we could never deny their existance as it is part of life in Italy!). While we did advise them, as we do all our guests in summer, to keep the windows closed especially at night and to use anti-insect sprays, it appeared with hindsight that they, together with many foreign visitors to Italy and France, suffer from an allergy to insect bites. With the appropriate creams, the discomfort can be greatly reduced. Thanks to our July guests, we have prepared a memo on summer insect bites which will hopefully be of assistance. However, it would be of the greatest help to us to know IN TIME of any problems arising during guests' stay as it allows us to respond effectively. It is so distressing to learn of a complication afterwards when it is too late to assist people especially in cases where it is so easy to find a solution. To our relief, we were happy to welcome back S.R. and family the following week - this is their third summer stay with us without undue insect problems!

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Roma Ciampino - Roma
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Civitavecchia
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Poggio Mirteto Scalo
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A1 Ponzano Soratte
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The fortified medieval village of Casperia is situated in the Sabina hills in the Province of Rieti. Surrounded by dramatic mountains & deep valleys, it commands a stunning view of the Appenines. Though officially founded in the 10th century, there are extensive Roman ruins in the area around the village. An hour's drive will take you to Orvieto or Spoleto and the nearby Marmore Waterfall (the highest in Europe) while Assisi is a 2 hour drive. Rome centrecity is a 40 min trainride (so no parking problems!)- station 8km from Casperia. A day spent at Tivoli exploring Villas Adriana and d'Este or the extraordinary Roman park attached to Villa Gregoriana with its waterfalls. Another day spent on Lakes Bracciano or Bolsena or Vico near the celebrated Villa Caprarola with its marvellous Italian gardens. 12km from Casperia you will find Farfa Abbey with its medieval cloisters. The area abounds in marvellous opportunities to enjoy nature at its best with mountain climbing, trekking and cycling so activities for all tastes and all ages. Of course there is no lack of epicurian feasting in this area of Italy with restaurants, eateries, pizzerie and winetasting opportunities galore!

Other Activities: painting courses, yoga, culinary courses, thermal baths (Viterbo)

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Rates & Availability

From €75 Per night

Rieti Province Castle Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €200
Notes There is a VERY SPECIAL EASTER OFFER this year! €60 per room per night.Prices are all per room. A winter heating supplement is required usually from Nov to March - you will be notified about this before booking. Palazzo Forani comprises 3 separate,independant properties within its walls, so you can rent a small part. The 13thC tower is suitable for 4 people & has its own entrance, kitchen and use of the courtyard and gardens, the latter with any other guests present. 8 people can stay in The Archi.Discounts are available for groups or for long stays. There are also interesting discounts on last minute bookings. Just ask for information!
A 30% booking deposit is required with balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Details on booking. Last minute bookings to be paid in cash.
There is a refundable damages payment of euro 200.00 which you will receive on leaving if there are no damages of course!! This sum to be paid on arrival.
If you are interested in a stay of 7 nights for a large group, you can rent the entire Palazzo for as little as €2000 - that's for 20 or more people!! Send us your enquiry and we can give you our best offer!
ATTENTION ACTRESSES&ACTORS! The MANER MANUSH THEATRICAL COMPANY is organising an International Workshop Theatrical Residence at Palazzo Forani from 6-13 August. For info: www.manermanushtheatre.tk or mail acimagomundi@yahoo.it or phone +39 333 4855079.
Don't forget, August in Sabina is delightful with numerous festivals, mostly linked to food and beverages (NOT cocacola!!)!! There is a marvellous pool club in the village and great restaurants around the area so for a large group of family or friends this special offer allows you to enjoy the good things the Sabina area offers to its guests. We also have a sister property , a splendid castle in immersed in the Tuscan hills - SPECIAL LAST MINUTE OFFER FOR EASTER AVAILABLE!
Rooms can be booked individually. Most rooms are for 2 guests - there are 2 rooms for 3 guests, excellent value @ €75 a night! Discounts are available for groups, long stays or last minute bookings.
A 30% deposit is required on confirmation of booking. The balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival date via bank transfer. All details on booking. Last minute bookings to be paid in cash.
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Amenities

Rieti Province Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle (terraced)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 26 people
Bathrooms:
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1Stagioni - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 Soldattini - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 SibClas - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 Tower - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 Tower - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • All bathrooms are newly installed and have windows. Towels are supplied and changed every 2 days. There is no extra charge for this service.
Bedrooms:
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 Stagioni - 2 twin/ single , Private bathroom
    Bedroom 2 Soldattini - 1 queen , Shared Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 Soldattini 2 - 1 twin/ single , Shared Bathroom
    Bedroom 4 Classica - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Shared Bathroom
    Bedroom 5 Sibille - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Shared Bathroom
    Bedroom 6 Tower - 1 queen , Private Bathroom
    Bedroom 7 Tower - 2 twin/ single , Private Bathroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double
    Bedroom 9 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 11 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 10 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
  • The Soldattini bedrooms are communicating having private bathroom and together with the Stagioni bedroom are on the ground floor which is actually the first floor on the courtyard side as the extensive cellars are below with the hill sloping downwards. Classica and Sibille bedrooms are on the first floor with their private bathrooms all leading off the drawing room which is furnished in the old fashioned style. There is a sofa bed in 1 of the small sitting rooms downstairs. The bedrooms can be booked separately or together for groups, or by floor or the entire Granary for a total of 11+1 (sofa bed). Just ask! The beds are supplied with bed covers, blankets and pillows. Bedlinen is supplied and changed once a week and is included in the price. The Torrione or round tower has 2 double bedrooms each with bathroom and a large kitchen living room. Breathtaking views from the windows and the medieval atmosphere were maintained through the recent renovation.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Seating for 14 people is distributed among the drawing room, the 2 small sitting rooms, the Tower and the Archi. As with all ancient buildings, there are odd staircases, nooks&crannies, unexpected turns&twists in the layout so there is not a regular 4 by 4 room anywhere in Palazzo Forani! Only the bathrooms are regular shapes, most of them anyway! Garden furniture is available for eating in the courtyard with its stunning views of hills and valleys. There are also some garden chaise longues. The extensive terraced gardens and courtyard are shared with the 4 occupants of the Torrione.

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