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Name: Giuliana Capati
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Location: Vitorchiano, Viterbo, Italy
Property Type: Rentals ApartmentSale , Apartment
Bedroom(s): 2
Bathroom(s): 1
Sleeps: 5
Lot/Acres:
Sq.Footage: 1,130
Handicap Accessible: No
Smoking: No
Pets: Yes
Contact Owner: Click Here to Email Owner

Long Description: Top
PICTURE THIS: A Medieval Italian village sits in a verdant valley between the ancient cities of Roma and Viterbo. Inside the well-preserved walls, 21st century life is carried on in buildings whose foundations were carved by the Etruscans nearly 800 years before the time of Christ. The streets are made of cobblestone. Only residents are allowed to drive inside the walls, thus preserving the atmosphere and the buildings themselves for years to come. At each quarter hour, a church bell rings, announcing the passage of time. But most residents measure their days in other ways: sitting on stone benches at the spindle fountain, walking arm in arm through the piazzas or having a refreshing drink at any of the three local bars. Tourists come & go as the village is very close to Umbria&Tuscany,and Rome. This is Vitorchiano, the home of Casa Manzoni.

Casa Manzoni, a quaint Italian stone home which was built in the 1700s, is situated just outside the walls of Vitorchiano. In its front yard there grows a hundred year old mulberry tree, and various plants and flowers line the walk to the front door. Although the exterior still has the look of a village house, the reconstruction of the interior has been thorough and complete. When you walk through the front door, you see a fine example of the local stonemasons' art: a stairway carved of peperino, the stone of the surrounding quarries. [Various locales in Italy are built of different types of this local stone; peperino is the stone of Vitorchiano]. Like many homes in Italy, Casa Manzoni occupies only one floor of the building in which it is situated. The stone stairs take you to the top floor where Casa Manzoni awaits behind a beautiful leaded glass window which comprises the upper half of a carved wooden door. Open that door and......eccola!! There you are!!!

The walls are all white washed plaster; the floors, terra cotta tile. Ceilings are exposed rough hewn beams, and the windows and doors are wood. Mirrors and art are tastefully hung throughout, and although you know it's not true, it feels like you've been here before....

In the large living/dining room, a divan converts to single sofa bed. There are an antique sideboard, a large fireplace, dining table for 4-5, color TV, brand new dvd/cd player, and a TEAC AM-FM tuner/cassette system.

In the den, there is a large window from which you can watch the sun rise from up over the nearby Cimini hills. There is also a worktable/desk, bookshelves, and a small couch.

The characteristic country kitchen has a round rose marble table and an original Italian "fireplace" for wood cooking and "Italian style" barbecues. This room also has a combo washing machine/dryer, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, and a gas stove with convection oven. The kitchen window overlooks the front yard with the aforementioned mulberry tree and is situated immediately over a windowbox full of flowers.

Two spacious bedrooms are each equipped with a queen-size bed and orthopedic mattress. They have plenty of hanging and shelf space and large windows with hand-embroidered lace curtains. Bed linens, pillows and blankets are in great supply. The master bedroom in the back of the house overlooks gardens, fields, woods and rolling hills. It shares the spectacular sunrise view of the studio and each morning guests are greeted with birdsong. The changing of the seasons are readily perceived by attentive guests.

The tiled bathroom has a water closet, Italian bidet, tub/shower combo and pedestal sink. Ample shelf space is provided for all bathroom items. Bath sheets and towels are included.

Vitorchiano is located 80 miles north of Rome and can be easily reached by traveling on the Italian "autostrada" (highway) A1 , exiting at Orte, and taking the freeway to the Vitorchiano exit. The village is one of the best preserved examples of Medieval architecture in Europe, and one of the most characteristic towns of the province of Viterbo.


Amenities: Top
Living room: divan which converts to single sofa bed, an antique sideboard, color TV, brand new dvd/cd player, a TEAC AM-FM tuner/cassette system, airconditoning.

Bedrooms: hand-embroidered lace curtains, bed linens, pillows and blankets.

Bathroom: bath sheets and towels

Kitchen: complete table settings including flatware, dishes, glasses, cups; serving pieces, cookware, kitchen and fireplace utensils

Activities: Top
Vitorchiano has bus and train service to the nearby city of Viterbo where there are hourly connections to Rome and several possibilities to visit the Tuscia area and live the Etruscan magic. By car, you can easily reach the Tirrhenean Sea beaches to the west, or the Appennine mountains to the east. For example, day trips to Umbria or Tuscany can be part of your plans: Orvieto is 30 min by car on the A1 highway, Montepulciano in Tuscany is only an hour's drive away, and Florence by car is around 2 1/2 hours. And if you want to enjoy your vacation spot in the Northern Lazio area, only a stone's throw away are the Italian gardens at Villa Lante in Bagnaia, the Farnese palace in Caprarola and Lake Bolsena and Lake Vico. The nearby town of Montefiascone, famous for its Est!Est!!Est!!! wine, is a 20min drive and boasts its Santa Margherita church with the 3rd largest dome in the country. The train station in Orte (15-minute drive) has connections to all major Italian cities. In the city of Viterbo itself are the Terme dei Papi, a world class spa and hot springs; the original Papal palace from the times when Viterbo and not Roma was the home of the Pope and the Catholic Church; and 3 fabulous museums which house Etruscan pieces as well as beautiful art and ceramics.

The town of Vitorchiano boasts several festivals throughout the year. In the winter there is carnival season when the children dress in costume every weekend and a parade honoring St. Anthony of Padua culminates in the blessing of the animals.

The patron saint festivities of St. Michael Archangel are held for two weeks around May 8 and include the traditional "poggiata" which is a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of St. Michael in the valley. Townsfolk and visitors are accompanied on this walk by the town band,and representa-
tives of the three still-existing confraternities.

Another spectacular spring day is Corpus Domini when the streets of Vitorchiano are decorated with flower petal designs, called the "infiorata". The inhabitants of Vitorchiano especially take pride in their artistic creations.

Summer in Vitorchiano, especially during the month of August, includes dinners in the square with live bands and dancing, art shows, music, outdoor theater and cinema, and many other types of small town fun. The "Festa dei Cavatelli", held the first weekend of August, is a must for visitors! ("cavatelli" are a flour/water mix pasta and the special Vitorchiano sauce is tomato with wild fennel and hot pepper, no cheese).

In the fall, the Festival of Santa Rosa is held in Viterbo. Santa Rosa is the patron saint of Viterbo and her tomb and family home are visited by thousands every year. The high point of the festival is La Macchina de Santa Rosa, a tower 30 meters high which is carried over cobblestone streets by 100 strong men. The tower design is different every year and the men carry it with the precision of a well-trained drill team. It is a great honor to be chosen to as one of these 'facchini' and becaused the event is extremely well attended it is necessary to procure tickets as early as possible.

Right across the street from Casa Manzoni you will find a renovated sports center with indoor-outdoor swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, and 5-man soccer field. Inside the town walls there is a beauty farm in the renovated convent of Sant'Agnese.

(Local excursions in the province of Viterbo, by owner, available on request)

Deposits: Top
3 Day stay: Payment in full due 14 Days prior to
arrival.

Weekly/Monthly Tenants*: 50% due to hold reservation;
balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

*Tenants wishing to rent for 3 months or longer will
make specific arrangements for payment with Casa
Manzoni management.


Security deposit:

To be discussed at time of rental.

Cancellations or Refunds: Top
All cancellations, refunds and security deposits to be discussed with owners at time of rental.



Policies: Top
Tenants understand that Casa Manzoni is being leased as a "fully-furnished, self-catering" apartment.

Monthly tenants will be responsible for all utilities including heat, firewood, electricity, gas, water, and garbage.

These charges are to be paid monthly. They are also responsible for cleaning the house, purchasing consumable cleaning materials, washing and changing their linens, towels, etc. (although the linens, towels and all other amenities appropriate for a "fully-furnished" apartment will be provided).

Tenants are responsible for the conduct and actions of their guests and they are not permitted to have more than the agreed-upon number of people permanently residing at Casa Manzoni during the stay.

As regards pets, Casa Manzoni has two permanent outdoor cats. Guests may request to bring their own cat and agreements wil be made on a tenant by tenant basis.

Testimonials: Top
In Etruscan country, this is a house to dream in.
The old stone stairs and fireplaces, the stone masks and brick floors, the
rustic setting, speak of time when life was slower
and could be lived to the full. Stepping in off the street, you
enter a welcoming silence and you sense that endless
possibilities are just within your reach.
-Linda Lappin


We are currently enjoying our sixth month at Casa Manzoni in Vitorchiano and can't recommend it highly enough. The exterior of the house reflects its ancient beginnings, yet once you step inside, you are met with a blend of old and new world charms. We family lives below, we have never felt like we live in an apartment.

We have all the amenities one could want and efficient and understanding landlords. If we have needed to understand how something works, they are willing to explain or show us. And while we try not to take advantage of them, it is nice to know that our queries will be answered in a short amount of time.

Each of the two bedrooms is very spacious and the sofabed in the living room has accomodated our guests nicely. We have done our laundry here regularly and have cooked most of our meals during our stay. We shop locally or take the bus into Viterbo if we want something we can\'t find in the village. We have wanted for nothing.

If you dream of seeing Italy from an unspoiled vista, yet want to be within easy reach of the cosmopolitan world of the big cities, Casa Manzoni is the place for you. We are recommending it to all of our friends.

Cynthi Stefenoni (cynthirose@hotmail.com)
Karen Wallen

PS: We have chosen to reside in Vitorchiano sans automobile and there is ample public transportation for us to travel anywhere in Italy.

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Dear Kim & Giulia,
We can't thank you enough for the absolutely splendid visit we had in Vittorchiano last March. The weather was just perfect - just nippy enough to be refreshingly crisp on those twilight walks through town. Our stay there at Casa Manzoni was so comfortable, we felt like we were at home. For that wonderful slice of time, we experienced Italy, rather than just visiting it. Who would have know that the undiscovered gem of Vittorchiano is just a train stop away? We look forward to our return visit.
Until then,
ciao,
Judy & SeSe

Price: Top

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from 350Euro/week

Price Information: Top
Euro 60/night per person - utilities included except telephone; firewood available at current cost; complementary Italian breakfast at nearby cafè included.

Weekly: 350 Euro - utilities included (gas, electricity, water, firewood) except telephone

Monthly: (discount available for winter months!)

(less than 3 months): 1200 Euro/month
(more than 3 months): 1100 Euro per month

-utilities not included (gas, electricity, water, telephone, firewood)

- Holiday week specials -
Contact us for Christmas and Easter prices!

Optionals (contact owner for costs)
-firewood
--homemade fettuccine
-haircuts

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