Dolce Tentazione, "Sweet Temptation", is simply splendid. Nestled on a prized and prestigious corner of a National Park under 2 hours from Rome, the Villa gazes out on breath-taking views of both gentle green mountains and aqua-blue Mediterranean sea. It is not surprising that Homer selected this spot for the seduction of Ulysses and his sailors by Circe and her Sirens. You, too, will certainly be tempted to stay or at least to return, not once, but year after year. This corner of Monte Circeo is known as the Quarto Caldo, the "Warm Quarter", because of its micro climate and lush Mediterranean vegetation.
The Villa, a masterpiece design of a well-known modern Italian Architect, influenced by Gaudi, North Africa, and the Arts and Crafts movement, is composed of organic curves, expansive window views, and light-filled spaces that utilize the beauty of the setting to the fullest. Countless sweeping terraces, for social gatherings and for private moments, develop to both encase and to open up the interior spaces to the exterior where the artistry of a magnificent garden composed of agave, cactus, cypress, palm, aloe, lemon, apricot, myrtle, and olive trees, meets the majesty of nature, offering up dazzling views of the ancient hills, a breath-taking coastline, the tranquil blue sea, and the Pontine Islands. In the further distance are Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, and Ischia.
DESCRIPTION OF SPACES:
On the main floor:
Vast living room with sofa, desk, sideboard, chaise, armchairs, CD player/radio.
Large terrace with outdoor dining table, seats 6.
Master bedroom with walk-in closet, master bath with bidet & shower/tub.
Dining room, seats 10.
Modern “professional” kitchen.
Single bedroom, bath with shower/tub.
On the top floor:
Bedroom with double-bed and private bath w/shower, walk-in closet.
Large terrace off bedroom with dining table, seats 4, overlooking mountains, sea, and Islands.
Den/library with TV, DVD, CD.
Small “Romeo & Juliet” terrace-balcony over garden.
Very large study with CD player/radio.
Intimate front terrace looking southwest to the sea, large side-terrace overlooking sea and garden/mountain. Enormous roof terrace with 360* views.
Wireless Internet access throughout.
Separate Apartment: is available to increase occupancy from 5 to 7 people with a Supplement of 25% to posted prices. The apartment is included in Bedroom total count and offers a spacious double-bedroom with large desk & walk-in closet; living room with sofa, armchair, and dining table; full kitchen; bath with tub/shower; garden.
Besides the entire roof (for sunbathing), the villa is wrapped in free-form terraces, with plenty of lounge chairs. In the distance are Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, and Ischia. The property is enclosed by bougainvilleas and jasmine, with a barbecue, outdoor shower, roof terrace and secure double parking area.
A gardener comes every day. A house-cleaner is included for four hours, six days a week, maintains the villa, and does laundry. She is a superb cook, and is available to prepare meals and/or shop, at a supplement.
The National Park:
The Monte Circeo National Park itself is an extraordinarily beautiful natural site that has been preserved since 1934, containing Monte Circeo, 20 km of superb sandy beaches, four lakes and a forest in its 8,500 hectares (18,700 acres). Recognised by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”, the park contains 1,237 species of fauna and 250 species of bird, and wild boar, deer and foxes thrive in the forest. It also contains the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s Villa and Lucullo’s Spring, which can be found within a vaulted structure, and which can be visited by request. The 1,700 foot Monte Circeo is believed to be the site of Circe and her Sirens.
For gardening enthusiasts:the region boasts at least four of Italy’s great gardens. Less than an hour away are the world-class Gardens of Ninfa, a once Medieval Village. One of Italy's best preserved Medieval Villages, beautiful Sermoneta with its Castle and Historic center is close to the Gardens of Ninfa, and should not be missed. Also under an hour are the Gardens of Landriana. On Ischia are La Mortella and the Giardino Ravino. The gardener at the Villa has a lifetime’s experience and is happy (if you speak even rudimentary Italian) to share his vast knowledge,
For site-seeing and history buffs, don't miss neighboring Terracina, older than Rome, with its historic center, its classic art museum, and its ancient Temple of Jove. Sperlonga, next along the coast, is an all-white, medina-like, cliff-side fishing port, and now a summer resort that also offers a visit to the ancient Villa of Tiberius and its Museum. For more modern history, Sabaudia, a Fascist “model” resort is just around the bend.
The islands of Ponza, Palmarola, and Zannone (a nature preserve) are accessible by ferry from Circeo’s harbour. From two nearby stations frequent trains run to Rome (1+ hour), Naples and Herculaneum, and Pompeii (1½), Ischia/Capri (1½ + ferry). The Amalfi Coast is 2½ hours’ drive away. The historic WWII battlefields at Anzio are thirty minutes away, and famous and tragic Monte Cassino, now rebuilt after its destruction by the U.S. Airforce, is about an hour.