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Deirdre Gibson

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, italian

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

Bedrooms 2
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Casperia Castle Rental Photos and Description

sleeps 27 (+3 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 21 people with 2 kitchens in the Granary and Archi 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 aristocratic Forani family who have left furnishings & layout almost as they were for centuries. The buildings are therefore a fascinating combination of the centuries with nooks&crannies, stairs and steps and rooms in unusual places so don't expect a square room in a square building! Newly installed bathrooms and central heating being the only exceptions! Some bedroom are for 3 guests, some are for 2, some are twin so there is great flexibility in the accomodation. 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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Deirdre Gibson (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, italian



Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Roma Ciampino - Roma
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
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)

If you are interested in attending the Jubilee of Mercy in Rome (8th Dec 2015 - 20th Nov 2016) please contact us. We can offer you a quiet calm stay only 45 mins from Rome. The calendar of events is available in English on


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $225

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.
There is a VERY SPECIAL EASTER OFFER this year! €60 per room per night. 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: or mail 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.

A 30% deposit is required on booking with full payment at least 1 month before arrival. Payment is via PayPal or bank transfer.

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Casperia Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1Rotonda - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 Ethnic - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 Rotonda - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 Ethnic - 4 twin/ single
  • Both bedrooms have modern private bathrooms contrasting delightfully with the medieval austerity of the Torrione.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • 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
The circular sitting room with its antique furniture has a lovely high beamed ceiling. It is completely private and has its own entrance through a charming old gateway. As with the Granary, parking is possible in the courtyard but only for loading and unloading. The courtyard and extensive terraced gardens are shared with the occupants of the Granary but are certainly large enough to be private with your book under a tree! The garden boasts a lovely fountain and a rare well with the renowned Roman Orsini family crest, dating from the 13th Century.

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