Villa | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 16

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 84 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Villa La Tartaruga Sabina offers more than a simple vacation. It offers a unique experience: the best of the countryside, the city and the Italian tradition in one location: convenient railway links and easy auto routes to Rome make it possible to combine the rustic tranquillity of a magical landscape with the excitement of the Eternal City.

The family who owns the Villa has always nurtured and shared the pleasure of gathering with friends in the countryside for the family's most important festive occasions. It is in this tradition that the Villa was created. For the owner, sharing the family Villa is a special opportunity to expose international guests to the pristine (and often overlooked) beauty of a land they love -- a mere stone's throw from ROME.

WEDDING PACKAGES: the Villa organizes wedding receptions and offers wedding packages for those looking for a special wedding overseas.

COOKING SCHOOL / CULINARY VACATIONS: starting in 2015, the Villa will offer cooking school/culinary vacation packages for most of the year, which will include daily meals, professional cooking classes, food-related excursions etc.

CATERED MEALS & PIZZA EVENTS: Catered meals can be arranged upon request. The Villa also organizes pizza events, with a pizza chef cooking pizzas in the Villa's outdoor wood-fired oven.

EXTRA BEDS: 5-6 extra beds can be added in the Villa + 30-40 beds available at next door Agriturismo.

Villa La Tartaruga Sabina is a rare find!

Size Sleeps up to 16, 8 bedrooms
Nearest beach Santa Severa / Santa Marinella 84 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci 65 km, Nearest railway: Pianabella di Montelibretti 2 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 6 En suites
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (7), Cots (1), Dining seats for 25, Lounge seats for 25
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

An inspiring work of architecture, the three-story villa was designed to evoke the lines and vision of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Connoisseurs of refined Italian style will luxuriate in the grace and harmony of the villa's design, delight in the versatility and practicality of its appointments, enjoy the stunning swimming pool, relax in the sauna, and find endless inspiration and beauty in its setting, just 30 min from Rome!

Lovely sliding glass doors line the villa's ground floor so that the Sabina region's majestic rolling landscape never ceases to beckon. Here, the interior provides an atmosphere of art, culture, and appreciation for the finest that modern design has to offer.

On the ground floor a beautiful windowed gallery leads to a separate suite of rooms that offers direct access to the garden. In the classical Italian tradition, three elegant verandas define the striking contour of the villa, providing the perfect outdoor environment for al fresco meals, drying off after a swim, or enjoying the magic of a late summer rainstorm as it gathers over the Sabina rolling hills.

Further details outdoors

Nestled in the idyllic rolling hills north of Rome, the villa is surrounded by 24 hectares of lush, fertile land, primarily dedicated to growing typical regional products: the famous olive oil and cherries. Within the plot and along its borders there are several country trails that are ideal for relaxing walks, horse back riding and mountain biking.

Nearly two hectares of lush English lawn replete with hundred-year-old olive trees, cypresses, cedars, orange and lemon trees dazzle the senses.

Strolling along the olive tree grove towards the rose garden you will come across sculptures created for the villa by renowned international artists. The stunning centrepiece is the 1,800 square foot swimming pool: a wonderful place to relax, with convenient adjacent changing rooms and a spacious, soothing sauna. The pool's bottom is a contemporary French art mosaic that extends the villa's turtle theme. Moreover, the pool has several festive light settings for the evening/night.

Amidst the splendour of the garden sits a charming gazebo, a wood-burning oven and a lawn bowling (aka "bocce").

Further details

• English-speaking (also native English-speaking) representatives on hand to answer any questions.

• Swimming pool (unheated but always available).

• Meal service (general Italian and special Roman food) and pizzas can be arranged, upon request.

• Special cooking classes, including wood-burning-oven pizza: upon request.

• Olive oil tasting and buying (with olive oil from the villa's Estate), upon request.

• Car & shuttle service upon request.

• Guided tours in the Sabina region and Rome, upon request.

The Lazio region

Lazio is the region of Rome. Bordered by beautiful regions such as Tuscany, Umbria and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Lazio is notable for its history, art, archaeology, religion, food and culture.

30 km North of Rome, hidden at the heart of this wonderful territory, there is a jewel still untouched by mass tourism, the SABINA region: a magical and legendary land of hills clothed with olive trees and oak woods, embraced by the Apennine mountains and scattered with small medieval towns, castles and monasteries.

The proximity to Rome and its numerous cultural, natural and culinary itineraries make the Sabina region a unique holiday destination.


Palombara Sabina is a charming ancient town, only 30 min from ROME (by train or car). Built on a hill at the foot of mount Gennaro and surrounded by olive and cherry trees typical of the region, Palombara Sabina has everything tourists may need: stores, restaurants, post office, hospital, etc. Of particular interest are the old town centre with the beautiful Savelli-Torlonia castle on the top of the hill, and the Abbey of San Giovanni in Argentella.

30 min drive from the villa is the town of Tivoli, famous worldwide for two of the most beautiful villas of the ancient Roman era and the Italian renaissance: Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este both part of UNESCO's world heritage sites.

25 min drive from the villa is the Abbey of Farfa, an ancient marvellous Benedictine abbey of the VIII century.

Other interesting local activities and itineraries:

Landscape itineraries:

• Monti Lucretili Regional Natural Park: a great natural treasure that offers matchless landscapes, evocative

walks and pleasant excursions (30 min drive from the villa).

• Mount Terminillo: "Rome's Mountain" is the gem of the central Apennine range, a must-see for the ski and

hiking enthusiasts (1 and half hour drive from the villa).

• Nazzano Regional Natural Reserve: A truly special nature reserve that offers trails and observation shelters

along the banks of the river Tiber, the "River of Rome" (40 min drive from the villa).

Recreational itineraries:

• Cretone Spas: A spa with pools of natural sulphurous water (5 min drive from the villa).

• Horse riding range (10 min drive from the villa).

• Sport fishing (5 min walk from the villa).

• Guidonia's Acqua Piper: the largest aquatic park in the region, full of entertainment for kids and adults (30

min drive from the villa).