A Medieval defence and a watch tower, then a Franciscan convent and now a beautifully restored country mansion – this is San Francesco, our prestigious property located near Viterbo, the very heart of Tuscia, only a few miles from some of the major Central Italian art cities such as Rome, Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Assisi, Spoleto and more.
Featuring 8 large, bright, comfortable bedrooms all en-suite, a fully furnished kitchen-dining area, a beautiful lounge, a great patio with a bread-baking oven, excellent antique and craft furniture and decoration, timber ceilings, cotto floors, open fireplaces and more, the house sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by several acres of farmland. There we grow organic corn, beans, grain and olives, make pure extra-virgin olive oil and also breed horses, donkeys and Maremmana cattle.
Within the boundaries of the property the remains of an Etruscan village – Acquarossa, 5 centuries b.C. – are interspersed with some Etruscan tumbs and grottoes and can be seen as they were excavated by King Gustav Adolf of Sweden back in the 60’s and 70’s. A dramatic view over the valley with several streams surrounding the entire property and the Roman city of Ferento with the Cimini mountains in the background complete San Francesco’s gorgeous landscape.
Thanks to a large, shady yard featuring a barbecue, a wonderful, newly-built swimming pool, chairs and tables and plenty of room both outside and inside our guests can enjoy al-fresco dining, fun and relax at their best. Quiet and pastoral atmosphere, wonderful walking trails and a wide variety of interesting locations with art, antique stores, typical markets, wineries and excellent restaurants in the vicinities make of San Francesco the ideal headquarters to thoroughly explore one of the most interesting and fascinating regions in Italy.
San Francesco is located 6 kms. north of Viterbo on the Teverina road and is conveniently accessible from the A1 highway – exit Orte – and the Viterbo speedway.
"Our family had the trip of a lifetime while staying at this incredible villa! It was perfectly located in the heart of the Tuscia region, ideal for daily sighting endevours in the area. This historic home slept our family of twelve very comfortably, and was appointed with all the modern day conveniences. Inside and out, everything about this home is just perfect. From the kitchen and the living room, to the pretty bedrooms, the interior features were superb. Around the exterior, the patio, sitting areas, and pool were ideally nestled, with incredible views of the surrounding countryside and the Cimini mountains. We absolutely recommend this magical place, and can't wait to return for another perfect experience in Italy. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy it!" (Eric N., Norway)
"I stayed at house in the first two weeks of May 2010: the group existed of 4 adults and 5 children in total. And what can I say about this more than lovely house. Well, I never had stayed at a rental house like this before. The house is adequately equipped and has wonderful and peaceful surroundings with an amazing view on the valley when I wake up in the morning. A lot of things to explore in the neighborhood: the Etruscan remains on the property itself, the waterfalls of Aquarossa, the Roman city of Ferento and of course the medieval center of Viterbo. Other visits that I recommend are: Rome, Orvieto but especially Civita di Bagnoregio. Civita is just amazing; you should visit it when you stay over. The owners of this property have a shop in this town as well, in which you can buy very tasteful olive oil, sausages and of course “vino”. To conclude: If I ever go back to this area and I need a rental house, then I would book this house immediately." (Frank v. Z., The Netherlands)
"Questo casale mi ha ospitato insieme ad altre 15 persone, da subito si è rilevato accogliente e funzionale (7 bagni), le camere sono ampie e comode (peccato la mancanza delle chiavi per chiudere le porte), il riscaldamento e facile da capire ed offre la possibilità di stare molto caldi contenendo i costi, la cucina era molto grande ci si può cucinare e mangiare anche in 16 comodamente, il salone (molto grande) era diviso rispetto alla cucina e quindi molto comodo per chi non aveva fame, il terreno recintato ospita diversi animali tra cui cavalli, mucche, tori e asini molto bello da vedere. consigliatissimo, peccato che quest'anno era occupato ma la stessa proprietaria mi ha offerto un altro casale." (Aldo P., Italy)
"The property and the surroundings are just beautiful, it is quiet and peaceful, just what is needed for a perfect vacation. Close to many different points of interests." (Francois P., Canada)
"We - 12 danes - enjoyed a fantastic week in San Francesco. The house is beautiful and very tastefully restored, the view and surroundings wonderful - and the nearby city of Viterbo was fantastic. All in all - one of the best holiday houses we've ever stayed in." (Morten B., Denmark)
"La casa era splendida, con una posizione stupenda e totalmente immersa nella campagna, ma comunque molto vicina a Viterbo. Era poi arredata sobriamente ma elegantemente, in uno stile consono al contesto. Qualche piccolo problema alle attrezzature, risolto però tempestivamente dai proprietari." (Lorenzo T., Italy)
"Un posto veramente incantevole, silenzioso, con un panorama rilassante. Il casale è splendido, spazioso e ogni persona può godere della sua privacy." (Rachele M., Italy)
"Il casale e' bellissimo, tenuto molto bene ed in un contesto meraviglioso; Lara e' stata molto disponibile e cordiale. Contiamo di tornarci appena possibile!" (Massimo R., Italy)
"This is without any doubt the most beautiful vacation rental I have ever stayed at. The first words to describe it are - classy yet sober, elegant, extremely comfortable, peaceful. The beauty of San Francesco primarily lies in its location, which is scenic, historical and convenient to quite a few main art cities of Tuscia and Umbria, which we mostly reached in less than an hour drive. Our family of 6 plus another friend family of 5 found excellent accommodation at this noble, enticing tower. The rooms were spacious and extremely clean, and so were the kitchen and the livingroom. The kids had plenty of space to (safely) play and the pool was just great. The property is humongous and part of it is an archeological Etruscan site, with some tumbs just next to the house. Great owners, excellent communication, amazing quality/price ratio. Absolutely not to be missed." (Franziska H., Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
"We stayed here in Fall 2009 - charming area, great property, excellent location - a wonderful vacation. We will surely come back. Thanks, Lara!" (Ernie P., Boston, MA, USA)
"Absolutely terrific! Super-comfortable rooms, breathtaking place, wonderful, wonderful owners. Only drawback - a car is definitely a must." (Margie D., Bristol, UK)
"A group of 4 families stayed at San Francesco in April 2010. It was a lovely property - clean, well maintained, all necessary equipment and well located, with fantastic views and easy access to surrounding areas and into Rome on the train. Although there were so many of us (19 including babies), each family had its own space inside the house and there were acres to explore outside, which the children all enjoyed very much. The owner was extremely welcoming and nothing seemed too much trouble. She shopped for us before we arrived as it was a bank holiday and all the shops were closed, if we had any queries or difficulties with working anything, she came over promptly to help us. And when our flight was delayed for a week due to the volcanic ash cloud at the time, she welcomed us back with no hesitation, and would have helped us find alternative accommodation if this one had been booked. All in all we could not have asked for more and I would thoroughly recommend this property." (Clare F., Leeds, UK)
"Dimora veramente splendida, restaurata con passione anche nei minimi dettagli, pulitissima, molto spaziosa e confortevole. E' stata la soluzione perfetta per una vacanza tra famiglie amiche con bambini, che si sono goduti gli immensi spazi esterni senza pericoli. The house is really wonderful, renewed with passion also in every little detail, absolutely clean, with wide and confortable rooms. This was the perfect solution for a vacation with friend families with children, who enjoyed without any hazard the large outdoors." (Marco P., Italy)
"het huis is heel mooi, heeft een fantastisch uitzicht, is rustig gelegen en kinderen kunnen vrij rondlopen. Het huis is vlak bij veel leuke plaatsjes zoals: Civita, Viterbo, Bolsena, Orvieto." (Lina M., The Netherlands)
"I stayed at this villa with 11 students and 3 faculty members. Everyone in our group was delighted with their accommodations and the villa property in general. The villa is beautifully and tastefully restored. The large living room was perfect for our evening card games and the kitchen table easily fit all 15 of us at one sitting. The bedrooms are simple and each has its own bathroom.The owners wisely did not "overdecorate" so you really feel the authenticity of the building. Our hostess took us on a wonderful tour of their olive business and then on to the indescribable Civita. All of the students said that it was their favorite day in Italy! We arrived in Viterbo very late in the evening and the owner came out and led us directly to the villa so that we would not get lost. She couldn't have been nicer about it. Case in point, she made a point of inquiring if we needed to get groceries before we went out to the villa. We traveled to Rome to sightsee during two of the days we were here. It was just an hour's drive to the parking lot at the metro. You can even more easily get into Rome by driving to nearby Orte and taking the train in from there. In Viterbo, we ate at a very good, family-run restaurant on Via Cavour. The owner's young daughter was our delightful waitress. She made our final evening in Italy a memorable one. The only note of caution I would give is this - the watchtower property would not be suitable for older (65+) travelers as the bedrooms are up steep stone stairs. Luckily, there are other accommodations on the site that do not require a climb." (Cynthia R., Maine, USA)
"We - a company of ten people -selected San Francesco for a combined business and vacation period of 10 days. Our initial selection criteria were that the apartment should be easy to reach from Rome, spacious, clean and with rooms allowing for both undisturbed privacy and social interaction and located in a tranquil beautiful environment. On all accounts we were amply rewarded. Our only criticism relates to the kitchen utilities, which for a big company (the apartment can host up to 16 people) was somewhat modest and inadequate. Our host Lara took excellent care of us. Highly recommended." (Kim P., Finland)
"I stayed at San Francesco for a week with my family and a few friends. The first thing I need to say is, I cannot express enough how marvellous Raffaele & Lara, the owners, were! They went above and beyond the call of hospitality and graciousness! There are not words to describe my gratitude and thanks for helping out in situations they could have easily dismissed as not their problems. They also helped us getting a USB stick to connect with the internet (it worked perfectly!) and took us on a tour to breathtaking Civita di Bagnoregio (absolutely not to be missed!), their olive mill and local produce shop. A memorable day! As of the property....What a lovely, gorgeous place! The building has been lovingly restored and has all the amenities that you will need, including a great swimming pool with outdoor furniture. The grounds are relaxing, and spectacular views abound.... From the olive tree covered hills, to the many villages across the valley, down into the town of Viterbo! A perfect setting! The bedrooms are large and airy, tastily decorated. They have been nicely designed and feature comfortable beds and soft linens. Together with 100% quiet, pleasant sleep is sure to be found. The kitchen features all the cooking tools one may need and the outside veranda is fabulous for al fresco dining. I highly recommend San Francesco as a beautiful, relaxing place to enjoy the surroundings of Lazio and Umbria and the whole Tuscia, with Rome only 1 hour drive (or train). The property itself, the location, and the people are FABULOUS!! I'm looking forward to a return in the near future so as to enjoy more flavours, sights, and sounds of Italy and San Francesco! Thanks Lara and Raffaele for all your attention and care! Brilliant!" (Mary D., USA)