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

Bedrooms 12
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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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Deirdre Gibson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, italian
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Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2017


Casperia Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle (terraced)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Max. adults: 27
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • This is an historical building with antique furnishings and fitting so there is a damages deposit of €200 which is refunded if no damage is caused.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 26 people
  • 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.
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • 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
    Bedroom 12 - 1 double
  • 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.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • 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
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.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Spectacular medieval tower&16thC villa in village 45min from Rome
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to find a spectacular place for our dear friends 40th birthday. We had flights to Rome and wanted to stay somewhere quite close but not in a hotel because we were party of 23 people. Quite accidently we found Palazzo Forani. About 30 e-mails later with Deirdre arranging accomodation, cooking classes, questions about the surroundings etc. we arrived to Palazzo Forani. And what an amazing place that was!

Part of our group arrived with rented car and rest of us with train/bus. Laura and Michele met us at the gas station just outside the wall of the old town and led us to the castle. There we snacks and wine waiting for us. We really felt like being in the middle of the historical atmosphere.

Casperia in April was like summer in Finland (when it’s really warm), sunny, green and pleasant. Nice walks around the town and beautiful views where everywhere we looked. Surroundings of the castle were so verdant and well cared for.

We had a tour in the castle and it was so interesting to hear about the castle’s history. And to realize that we were actually staying in such an old place with so much history behind. All the rooms were different and authentic on their own way.

On our third night we had a party night celebrating our friend’s birthday. By Deirdre’s suggestion we took apart of this amazing theatre show around the castle by Theatre Company Maner Manush. Thank you so much, the experience was amazing!

Carla, Anna-Maria, Laura and Michele also enchanted us an unforgettable evening with delicious dinner. They were actually part of our party, and we had so much fun!

Next day we had a cooking class with Anna Maria and we made traditional pasta (can’t remember the name… string.. something?  ) Only half of us participated but all of us got the pleasure to enjoy the result. Anna Maria had also done the delicious sauce with the pasta. It was so good and we ate it all!

We can’t even put it on to words how well everything was arranged and how welcomed we felt. Forani family is so helpful and really want to make your visit unforgettable. And that’s what it really was for us! Can’t thank you enough!

After reading this text you might think this is too good to be true, but believe us, it is!!! You should try!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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  • 5 of 5

I already tried to post a review, but obviously messed up along the way. Probably, this was a subconscious ploy to keep Palazzo Forani off the radar.

My sister and I wanted to take our other sister and her two children somewhere special for her 60th birthday.

Things started well as we picked up the car rental, without problems, and followed the directions given by Deirdre - I forgot to bring the map and guide books, which, with hindsight, was a blessing.

Getting off the ring-road and motorway, we could soon see the surrounding countryside where we would be spending the next five nights. The roads began were empty and everything seemed to be going fine.

We arrived at the little bar and petrol pump just outside the wall of the old town. I went to get some drinks, and on my return saw my sisters talking and laughing with Anna Maria in mutual incomprehension. She squeezed into the car and directed us to the parking place at the back of the Palazzo. A twisty-turny driveway up to the residence with a couple of hand brake pulls and more laughter, things were going along swimmingly ... but then we saw our accommodation.

Anna Maria opened the door and took us into the kitchen. From the moment we stepped over the threshold, it was all 'oooohs' and 'ahhhhs'. Anna Maria was doing all of the talking, because we were just overwhelmed. The place had such charm, the feeling space with all its nooks and crannies and yet homely, as well. And the drawing room! The only thing wrong with the drawing room, was that I wished I had brought my crinoline.

I won't go into all the things to do; everyone will have their own ideas. I should mention, though, that Anna Maria can bring you her delicious fresh pasta dishes, if you decide to eat in one night. Also, a small deli off the square outside the old town, sells lovely meat and cheeses. There is also a small supermarket for for more general necessities.

However, what kind of necessities are really necessary in Palazzo Forani, set in beautiful countryside, where you just automatically relax into the surroundings?

As an adventure tour leader, I had to listen many petty complaints; remember, at breakfast, never to ask how anyone slept and pray to God, Allah and Bhuddah that my fellow travellers would see the appeal of their next lodgings. Sometimes I knew that the next place was special; Palazzo Forani is that kind of place.

We fell in love with Italy again, diolch yn fawr, Deirdre, Anna Maria and Carla. Wil and family

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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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
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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
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Norfolk, UK

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
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Stavanger Norway

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!
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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

Casperia Castle Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Thursday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $217.89

PLEASE NOTE WHEN YOU CALCULATE YOUR BOOKING ON THE WEBPAGE THAT THE RESULTING PRICE REFERS TO ONE ROOM. Prices are per room per night but we offer excellent discounts for groups and longer stays. Just ask!! Our changeover day is usually Thursday but do please ask as this can sometimes change. 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. The Granaio can sleep 11 people. 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.
Send us your enquiry and we can give you our best offer!

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. Are you interested in the Jubilee of Mercy in Rome? Contact us for information or help. Groups can visit Rome on day trips and return to the peace & serenity of Palazzo Forani.

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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