The scents of sage, rosemary, basil and lavender reach my nose at the entrance to the Farmhouse, the historical residence of those who used to work at Villa Rossi Danielli. This small hotel de charme has been completely restored, but it is great to see that its rural origins have been respected in communal areas and that the furnishings refer to the original use of the house.
Materials used are natural and prized: terracotta floors, the handles and lampshades made from wrought iron, table tops from marble. In the winter one can entertain friends in the large lounge heated by the fireplace, in the summer the favourite meeting place is the garden.
The farmhouse, a faithful companion to the villa, has its own green area, with pine trees, lime trees, a small lemon grove and a large lawn.
San Martino al Cimino and the Cistercian Abbey (5 km):
San Martino al Cimino, the “pearl” of the Cimini mountain chain, is a tiny village going back to the 17th century in the Lake Vico nature reserve. The hamlet, consisting of simple terraced houses climbing up the slope of the hill, is dominated by the abbey church, built by the Cistercians of Pontigny at the beginning of the 13th century, and by palazzo Pamphilj, now a congress and cultural centre. A place that is perfect for a quiet walk in the afternoon or for long night-time chats at a table in the Piccini tea room, a few steps from the abbey, which remains open until late.
Caprarola and Palazzo Farnese (18 km):
Caprarola, a medieval village, is cut in half by a road/bridge built in the Renaissance age that affords a charming architectural view of the splendid palazzo Farnese, an unmissable destination within the Lake Vico nature reserve. Caprarola is also renowned for its hazelnut production, with which traditional sweets are made, like tozzetti, amaretti and pampepati. The spectacular Hazelnut Festival is staged every year at the end of August.
Bomarzo and the Monster Park (90 km):
Bomarzo is a charming town of Etruscan origins, perched on a spur of volcanic rock, between Viterbo and the nearby Umbria region. It is an unforgettable destination thanks to the famous Park of Monsters, an original complex whose origins hark back to 1552, when it was conceived with the name of Villa delle Meraviglie da Vicino Orsini. The park, situated in the valley below the town, houses bizarre and grotesque sculptures and a small octagonal temple.
Calcata (45 km):
The ancient village of Calcata is one of the not-to-be-missed beauties of the Tuscia area. The small town, whose origins are prehistoric, is perched on a tufa cliff and enclosed by the walls of its castle. It overlooks the Treja valley. Today it has become the retreat of artists, who perform intense cultural activity in and near the old workshops. The Treja Valley Park has numerous natural beauties, such as the Monte Gelato waterfalls, often “immortalised” by movie and ad makers.
Tarquinia (45 km):
One of the most flourishing and important Etruscan cities, its splendour can still be seen by the size and beauty of its necropolis: 6,000 Etruscan tombs, 60 of which housing highly colourful frescoes depicting scenes of hunting, fishing, banquets and jugglers. A trip back in time, to 25 centuries ago.
Coming from Rome, take the S.S.2 via CASSIA as far as Viterbo. Follow the signs for the hospital (ospedale), continue on the Sanmartinese road for 1.5 Km as far as the Palomba Road, then turn left.
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