|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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|Refundable damage deposit||€200|
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 email@example.com 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.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.