Country Villa in Acuto, Nr. Fiuggi, Lazio, Italy - Set in a Green Lush Valley, 45 mins Drive South of Rome
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About sandra roberts
Living in London we love visiting our second home, Villa Giannina, to be close to Sandras family and childhood friends. Sandras mother was born in the hilltop town of Acuto where many of her relations still live today. We love the contrast from busy anonymous London to the quiet friendly streets of Acuto. Taking a walk in the streets around town, always takes longer than planned as we have to stop and say 'ciao' to all, catch up with the local gossip and find out when the next 'festa' is taking place. There is always a 'festa' - this is Italy where people love to eat, drink, dance and sing.
sandra roberts purchased this Villa in 2007
Why sandra roberts chose Acuto
We wanted a home where we saw ourselves living in our retirement. We love nature, plants and animals so wanted space for this and enough rooms for lots of visitors. Villa Giannina was perfect for us and even gave Stuart a few rows of vines to tend. Being close to Rome and many other towns means we can still enjoy shopping, restaurants, architecture and many cultural places and events. Villa Giannina gives us the perfect balance of peace and beautiful scenery with easy access to some fantastic, vibrant cities and towns.
What makes this Villa unique
Being so close to the motorway and train stations means that you can enjoy day trips to Rome, Pompei, Herculaneum, the beach etc. After a tiring day sightseeing coming back to relax in the peace and quite of the villa is a great balance from the busy tourist areas.
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Huge amount of space, very very well equipped. Highly recommended
This is a lovely modern farmhouse equipped to the highest standard. Very clean, comfortable beds, and a huge dining table in the large living area. But even better was the terrace surrounding the villa, for eating in the shade, or sunbathing with a good book and a glass of the very good local wine. The local representative was instantly responsive and spoke excellent English. A really excellent villa.
Thank you James. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
Nice country home
This house was in a nice location for visiting Rome, Naples & Pompeii. Taking the train to Rome was pretty painless! Enjoyed the surrounding towns & even located a local winery! The home was comfortable. The only downside was heat. Since we visited in October the weather was a bit cooler. The heating system required starting a fire in the fireplace which in turn heated a boiler and was more complicated than we wished to operate when our goal was sightseeing. Overall a good experience.
Spacious villa in rural Italian countryside
Very spacious, clean villa located in rural Italian countryside surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. We were provided with excellent customer service from the owners when we contacted them with a query regarding the gas supply during our holiday. Immediate advice was given and our query was resolved. There are numerous excellent cafes and restaurants in the area offering good food at affordable prices. The beautiful towns and villages of Acuto, Anagni and Fiuggi are all worth a visit. The villa is located within a short drive of the local railway station where you can catch the train to Rome - a place not to be missed. The retail outlet at Valmantone is also nearby and a must if you need a little retail therapy. Unfortunately there was no pool but that said we visited in September and the temperatures in the area (located in the mountains) at the time meant that it might have been a little chilly to use an outdoor pool. However the coast is within reasonable driving distance and there are some beautiful clean sandy beaches where you can spend a relaxing day. I would recommend this villa to a friend or relative who wanted an ideal base to visit places of interest in the area (including Monte Casino which was very interesting).
What a wonderful place to stay! There were 6 of us...my wife, myself, and our two sons and their wives. My wife and I have rented villas and apartments in Italy for about 10 years and we both feel like this was, if not the best, one of the top two. The location is quite convenient but a car is a necessity. The 3 bedrooms were spacious and very comfortable, two full bathrooms, large well equipped and workable kitchen, the bright and air living room/dining area just right, and the balcony and piazza a delight. Above all, the villa passed my wife's demanding test for cleanliness with flying colors.
Our sons and wives were enchanted with the beautiful towns around the area. Go to Piglio for the view and the wine at the co-op, visit Acuto at least for a cup of coffee, Fiuggi's gardens, Fumone and it's intriguing castle and gory history, Anagni and its world heritage 11th century cathedral and crypt with amazing frescoes, etc... Pompeii is an easy day trip leaving time upon return to relax on the balcony with a glass or two of Cesanese wine and enjoy the view of the countryside. We can highly recommend the restaurant Il Foro (the Forum) in Fiuggi. The owner/chef Bruno will be sure to please you with his selections (including a vast assortment of gluten-free items necessary for my gluten-intolerant wife and celiac granddaughter).
We make almost annual trips to Italy to visit family in Anagni and will certainly consider renting from Sandra again.
Thank you for your kind words about our home. It looks as is you took full advantage of all the area has to offer.
Relax with a view
Our family had a most enjoyable and relaxing stay in your home aug 15.
It was exactly as advertised except the views from the balcony were more than stunning.
Great location for visiting Roma and Napoli-Pompeii Vesuvius and Anzio.all easily reached by road or rail.we enjoyed some fine wine in the evening heat and relaxed on the terraces as the sunset.ourhosts were most helpful and all helped contribute to a most enjoyable stay in italy.
Perfect Location for Exploring
Fantastic villa, ideal for exploring local sites as well as further afield, most informative welcome pack, lots of things to see and do, hope to book again in the future, many thanks
The resorts of the Thyrrenian coast which include Terracina, Sperlonga, Sabaudia, Nettuno and Anzio are all within one and a half hours drive. The coastal national park of San Circeo is near Sabaudia and is the smallest but one of the most beautiful in Italy, includes a beach area, sand dunes, four lakes, an ancient forest, hot springs, many archeological remains and caves, among them the Grotta Guattari, where the skull of the prehistoric Circeo man was found dated 60,000 years ago.
Although served with local buses the use of a car is essential as buses run infrequently. The villa is accessed from the A1 motorway (Rome-Naples) exiting at Anagni / Fiuggi about 15 mins drive away. Rome airports: Ciampino 45 mins drive and Fiumicino 1 hour. Central Rome can be reached in one and a half hours by catching the train from Anagni station. Trains run approx every hour and a Birg ticket costing approx 9 euros includes train fare and day pass on Romes public transport system.
Rome and Tivoli - 50 mins.
Tuscany (Florence, Pisa) - 2.5 to 3 hours.
Valamontone Fashion district - half hour.
Castelli Romani National Park - 45 mins.
Naples and Pompei - 2 hours.
Amalfi Coast - 3 hours.
Monte cassino monastery - Three quarters Hour.
Abruzzo National Park - just over an hour.
Thyrrenian coast - 1.5 hours.
Local shops, supermarkets, banks and many restaurants are only 10 mins drive away. Local Pizzeria (2 mins drive). The spa town of Fiuggi (10 mins away) provides you with opportunities for shopping, eating and relaxing in the many spa facilities. With its leafy piazza and many bars enjoy sitting with a cool drink people watching. This Italian tourist town is famous for its healing waters and gained early renown in the 1300s as a spa town, when Pope Bonifacio VIII claimed that he was cured of kidney stones after visiting the mineral waters that gushed from Fiuggi's spring. Today, its waters are known to cure renal calculosis, gout, and urinary tract infections. The resort is also renowned for its lavish gardens and unspoiled chestnut woods. The whole area known as the Ciociaria boasts many hilltop towns and cities such as Anagni, Alatri and Fumone. Explore the cobbled alleys and city walls and enjoy the calm and coolness of cathedrals and castles. The regional cuisine is served in the numerous family owned trattorias which can be found as you explore the streets. The town of Piglio gives its name to the local wine 'Cesanese di Piglio' which can be bought direct from the cantina. The country lanes around the villa make for a wonderful and peaceful place to walk and for the fitter amongst us cycling. Discover the medieval tower, the natural springs where sheep to this day are watered and the country churches as you meander through olive groves and vineyards. The national park of Lago Canterno 10 mins drive away provides you with excellent picnic spots and views across the lakes to the mountains beyond. The mountains behind Acuto and further afield in the Abruzzo National Park provide excellent walks and trails to completely immerse yourself in nature. The area has one of the longest bicycle routes in Italy, linking Fiuggi to Paliano, using the tram line that used to unite the thermal springs to Rome.