A RELAXING COUNTRY HOLIDAY NEAR ROME IN THE SECLUDED ENVIRONMENT OF THE SABINA HILLS
Country holiday house near Rome, https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zJyqwnj3jvIk.kZpmF8aciSxM
Large farm style home with 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8-10).
Orchard, garden, BBQ facilities, fully equipped and furnished with antiques
Set in the beautiful Sabina hills, 56 km north of Rome, well connected by train and motorway
Originally an 18th century farmhouse, gradually extended over time, meticulous upkeep of this house has retained the splendid character of the old farmers' dwelling. On the hilltop, situated among orchards and olives, with wonderful and peaceful views around, only ten minutes' drive from the train which takes you to Rome in 40 minutes. Garden and orchard, plus a fantastic secluded terrace ideal for meditation, reading and sunbathing, guarantee the perfect relaxing holiday. Great country walks all around and trekss across the surrounding mountains for the sport inclined, plenty of gorgeous mediaeval villages in the neighborhood. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, sleeps 8. Also within short pleasant drives of Umbria and the Franciscan places.
Sunsets are breathtaking, whether gazing at the country from the terrace with a cold drink and local olives, or from the inside, as if admiring a masterpiece of painting.
In the house, the beamed ceiling together with old furniture and antiques, vintage accessories and equipment, add to the character and fascination of the residence.
The mediaeval villages of Poggio Catino and Catino, home of the great monk Gregorio da Catino, prior of the famous Farfa abbey, situated 2.5 km away on the mountain side, east of the house, while the beautiful mediaeval walled town of Casperia is located on a hilltop, 7 km north of the house. Casperia has a lovely romanesque belltower at the duomo, and one of the most beautiful “presepe”, a nativity set in the environment of the Casperia town.
The tiny village of Cantalupo in Sabina (3 km northwest), home of the “canteloupe” mellons imported here from the first Christian missions in the Americas, displays on its hilltop the deteriorating but extremely rich country residence of Cardinal Cesi, created in the 16th century from an existing fortress, with its impressive porched facade by the Vignola school.The inside of this residence, unfortunately not available for visits, is completely and fantastically frescoed with grotesque scenes by the Zuccari brothers.
The colours of the surrounding country landscape towards the west remind one of the impressionist paintings, while woods and mountains are perfect for long treks or mushroom picking. Relaxing walks, bicycle and horse riding along the many paths or along the Tiber river, bird watching in the nearby Nazzano-Tevere-Farfa natural reserve, as well as angling on the Farfa river or pike fishing in the Tiber are exciting possibilities to enjoy the beauty of the Sabina hills. Excellent food to be purchased directly from the many small farms around, small, inexpensive but excellent “trattorie”, or just tasting local bread with the famous Sabina cold pressed olive oil and a glass of wine complete your sense of well being.
Leisure time can be dedicated to rest, sunbathing, sipping drinks or having dinner in the patio at sunset; or, if you wish to try local recipes, cooking on the charcoals or in the large, old wood oven where bread for the whole neighborhood used to be baked for centuries on Sundays.
At night, in late spring and beginning of summer, fireflies will perform their love dances for your amazement, while you smell the fragrance of roses and orange flowers and taste ripe mulberries and cherries.
A strong, naive faith, quaint beliefs and superstitions, as well as the interest of the ancient farmers in nice looking shapes is witnessed by the simple forms of art that have been found or reconstructed in and around the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: FIUMICINO 80 km, Nearest railway: TRAIN FROM ROME (Termini or Tiburtina) 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
Sabina is in the Region LAZIO
Roman and pre roman Sabina
The Sabina has been inhabited since prehistoric times, remains of human settlement and flint tools dating from the Palaeolithic, (60.000-30.000 B.C.) have been recovered throughout the area. From successive periods the traces are fewer, until 3.000 B.C., the date to which the remains of the ancient city of Eretum, close to modern day Montelibretti, are attributable.
The Sabini, a tribe from the Adriatic coast, arrived in the area around the ninth or tenth century B.C., founding the cities of Reate, Trebula Mutuesca and Cures Sabini. Thanks to it's strategic position close to the river Tiber and the Salaria road, Cures (close to modern day Talocci) became rich, at one time occupying thirty hectares and controlling most of the surrounding lands, which supplied agricultural products. Cures was gradually absorbed into the Roman state in 290 B.C., after the defeat of the Sabini.
The definitive decline of Cures came 174 B.C., after it's destruction by a strong earthquake. This co-incided with a reorganization of the surrounding territory brought about by the need to increase agricultural yields using new systems of production. The many Roman villas built in the area during the second century B.C. are a sign of these changes. Known as villae rusticae, their production was orientated towards the Roman market, reached using the river Tiber, and consisted mainly of viniculture and olive growing with some raising of livestock, including thrushes -a luxury item on the Roman market.
The power of the Roman nobles
During the twelfth century A.D., the Sabina saw the gradual decline in the power of the Abbey and the growth of that of the Pontificate. From this time the history of the Abbey and that of the surrounding area follows that of the Papacy and the Roman nobles who struggled to control it. The hegemony of these noble families is reflected in the very architecture of towns and villages in the Sabina. During the Renaissance some of the medieval castles were transformed into baronial palaces, most notably in Roccasinibalda, Collalto and Orvinio, while other completely new palaces were built, for example Palazzo Camuccini at Cantalupo or Palazzo Orsini at Toffia.
During the eighteenth century the population began to leave the old centres and move into the surrounding countryside, building scattered farms. This process took place most of all in the lower Sabina (closest to the Tiber valley), where the fertility of the soil allowed the introduction of the "mezzadria" or sharecropping system, under which farmers gave half their produce to the landowner in return for the rent of land and farmhouse.
THREE BREEZE Country House is in Sabina, Place to visit can be found at http://www.sabina.it/luoghi/index-i.html
Resting on a hilltop on the edge of the Sabina Mountains, in the Province of Reiti, in Lazio, the medieval village of Poggio Catino strikes many perfect balances. Less than an hour north of the wonders and bustle of Rome, Poggio Catino combines easy access to the Eternal City with it's own quiet serenity. Poggio Catino retains the authentic charm of its ancient heritage in an enchanting setting so close to Rome that many of its residents commute to work there daily. Not only is Poggio Catino well situated for easy day-trips into Rome and northern Lazio, which includes the unspoiled charm and beauty of the Sabina, much of Umbria and southern Tuscany are only a short drive away. Tivoli, Viterbo, Trevi, Orvieto, Spoleto, Todi, Assisi, Perugia, Deruta and Montepulciano, to name but a few, are all within an hour and a half drive or less.
The house has recently undergone an extensive renovation respecting the historic architecture. The house is tastefully decorated with antiques and new pieces.
The house is about 4 Km from CANTALUPO IN SABINA. Founded in the early medieval period, Cantalupo appears in the Regesto Farfense for the first time in 1037. In the years following it passed through the hands of various Roman families. In the 17th century the original castle was transformed into what is now Palazzo Cammucini, so called after Baron Cammucini who, in 1862, aquired the building and turned it into a private museum.
The house is about 10 Km from CASPERIA. The image of the country of Casperia is scenografica: from the modest, but polling and isolated hill on which it has been built, the city appears as a compact scene made up of medieval constructions. Out of urban agglomeration the bell tower of the Church of St. Giovanni Battista clearly emerges.
To Casperia one cannot enter by car. And once the door is taken a foot, the medieval urbanistic traces are immediately recognized. Surrounded by boundaries and towers that represented the first defensive stage, it develops itself around a road system that climbs up winding itself, along the so called “stradine” and small stairways that lead to the upper part, where the maiory is situated and upper than that, the parish church.
Tre Brezze makes the most of its setting and rural location. Nearby Poggio Catino is the emblematic medieval hilltop village with its meandering lanes and stone towers and there are many abbeys and delightful villages all over the Sabina to discover. A 10 minute drive brings guests to a handy train station and direct services to Rome in under an hour for the ultimate day out. To the north the towns of Spoleto and Todi in Umbria, and Viterbo and the gardens of the Lathium invite interesting days out from this charming country house. Public swimming pool and tennis courts nearby. Horseback riding.