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The medieval village of Roccalvecce, which is delightfully preserved, dominates one of the hills of the castello-roccalveccecaracteristically  splendid panoramic zones of the area between Viterbo and Orvieto, Lake Bolsena and the Tiber.
The Costaguti Castle is situated at the centre of the village on the 1300’s foundation. The Castle was reconstructed and completed in 1700 and today it has been restored in the traditions of the Costaguti family which has owned the Castle for several centuries. The Castle faces the beautiful square of the village, almost a salon in itself, which opens onto the 18th century facade of the town Church, once part of the castle and now the parish Church.
The Reception is on the noble floor, enriched by a canopy one of the symbol of the Costaguti family, leads into the magical atmosphere of the dining room where in special events one can enjoy cocktails and appetizers. The cosy atmosphere of the corridors leads to the richly decorated 18th century styled furnished salon. From twenty to one hundred and fifty people can be accommodated here. The spacious medieval halls are on the ground floor and are furnished with splendid authentic armour and antiques. The halls, which have been carefully restored, can accommodate more than two hundred and fifty people.
The Cellars are situated in the dungeons of the Castle allow one to enjoy the products of the amply furnished wine cellar
The Suites are on the upper floors of the Castle more than fifty people can be lodged in the apartments which have been duly restored and furnished in the style of the period. On the noble floor the frescoed attentively restored period and lavishly furnished bedrooms allow the guests to relive the traditional atmosphere of the antique castle.

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In the early fifties about 1950  Castel San Pietro Romano was “the most beat-up and castel-san-pietrowrecked village of Italy”! This definition was given to Castel San Pietro Romano by the famous photojournalist Adolfo Porry-Pastorel who was the Mayor of the village during that time too. Meeting his friend Vittorio De Sica, he said: “We have travelled in everyplace of Abruzzo and we could not find such a beat-up country as to shoot a movie in”.
So Castel San Pietro Romano became Sagliena, the country of the audaucious love stories of the Marshal (Vittorio de Sica) and the “bersagliera” (Gina Lollobrigida) in “Bread, Love and Dreams”.
pane-amore-fantasiaSince then, Castel San Pietro was the set of several film productions and the people of the country turned themselves into actors for various films including “Bread, Love and Dreams”, “Bread, love and jealousy,” always with V. De Sica and G. Lollobrigida, “The Federal” with Ugo Tognazzi, “Liolà” with Ugo Tognazzi and Giovanna Ralli, “The two marshals” by Toto and De Sica, “Tuppe, tuppe marescià” with Peppino De Filippo, Lorella De Luca and Giovanna Ralli.

Castel San Pietro Romano is a picturesque small village of ancient origins situated on the ancient acropolis of Praeneste (actually  city of Prenestina) over 752 mt. high.
The view it offers, from the Praeneste Mountain to the Alban Hills it is charming and seems almost enchanted, as frozen in time.
It is perched on a hill in a characteristic game of stone streets, alleys, bell towers and cosy squares. pane-amore-gelosiaThe church of Saint Peter the Apostle, whose altar was set up by Pietro da Cortona, is of extreme beauty.
You can get lost in the ancient atmosphere of the overwhelming Castle Fortress and take a glance of the Cyclopean Walls of the 8th century B.C., recently restored.
From this small though charming town, an enchanted gem, you can admire one of the best views of Latium. You will be almost astonished by its characteristic homes and could run into typical restaurants where you will taste traditional flavours.
Walks and excursions that can be made to the Valley of Cannucceta, to the Temple of Fortuna Primigenea as well as to the small towns of Guadagnolo and Capranica Prenestina, make of Castel San Pietro Romano a tourist Sunday destination chosen by groups that reach this little paradise by car, motorcycles or classic cars.

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Leonessa is a town located in the Lazio region of Italy in the province of Rieti. The town is located in a plain at the foot of Mount Terminillo. Leonessa is spread over an area of 205 sq km and has a population of close to 2500.
Mount Terminillo is one of the highest mountains in the Apennine range and during winters Leonessa becomes a famous place for skiing. During summers, there are quite a lot of people who come down to Leonessa from Rome to enjoy a relaxed vacation and to enjoy its natural beauty.
Leonessa is located quite close to Rome and Rieti.
Leonessa is also well connected by buses to the other smaller towns in the province of Reiti. The easiest way is to drive down to Leonessa from Rome or from Reiti, the drive only takes close to an hour to reach the town. The highways are in good condition and the road leading up to Leonessa is quite picturesque.
Attractions in Leonessa are: Church and Sanctuary of San Giuseppe , Church of San Francesco, Church of San Maria Del Popolo and Museo civico Di Leonessa

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Anticoli Corrado is a town located near the border with Abruzzo, an area of rocky mountains Ruffi around the Aniene Valley 60 km from Rome and 30 km from Tivoli. The town was a fortified village, during the Roman Empire.
The town’s name derives from “Ante colles” and that of Count Corrado di Antiochia who was the feudal lord during the thirteenth century. In the middle of the fifteenth century, Anticoli becomes a possession of the Colonna family.
Women Anticolana, already famous for their beauty, in the first half of the nineteenth century are also ‘discovered’ by the Italian painters, and especially foreign ones,  that searching for landscapes and atmospheres arrived here. The town is now known as the land of artists and models because of the reasons mentioned above.
We recommend visiting the following sites of artistic interest: St. Peter’s Church (XI century)., Baronial Palace (XVII century)., Square of the City Hall and the Museum of Modern Art, which contains within it numerous works of art collected in this museum during the course of centuries. In the village you will find many private studios of painters.

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Vitorchiano (285 m o.s.l.) is placed among the Cimini mountains in the green Vezza Valley just 7 km from Viterbo (main center of Tuscia) and 90 km from Rome. This old mediaeval town is famous for a typical grey stone (peperino) used, since the Etruscan age, for buildings and other artistic activities. The surroundings are characterized by a hilly landscape with woods and rivers with a rich savage fauna and flora. Many roads and paths cross these hills and woods making Vitorchiano an ideal place for naturalistic tourism and relax. To the beauty of the landscapes correspond great quality typical products such as mushrooms, olive oil, nuts, excellent wines, cheeses, hams and salami. All the territory is extremely rich of expressions of its ancient historical heritage above all from Etruscan, Roman and Medieval ages. Tourists can enjoy a very pleasant stay in Vitorchiano thanks to good restaurants, comfortable hotels, excellent food and wines, typical products and nice shops. The combination of these factors, the availability of many and comfortable roads and its proximity to many relevant historical and natural centres of Tuscia (Viterbo, Tarquinia, Tuscania, Lake of Bolsena, Lake of Vico, etc.) and its proximity to Rome, make Vitorchiano an ideal place for a kind of tourism based on culture, tastes of local typical cuisine, relax and many excursions towards sites and destinations of relevant interest.
Remind that you have to taste the famous pasta of this town that are the Cavatelli Vitorchianesi.
We strongly advise to visit the following churches: The Bishop’s House, St. Mary’s Church, St. Agnes Nunnery, St. Peter’s Church, St. Anthony’s Church, St. Amanzio’s Church, Church of St. John the Baptist, Church of Our Lady of St. Nicholas and the Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

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From Rome you can reach the area of Ciociaria in less than 1 hour, travelling by car of course. Ciociaria  is the  name of an italian region, situated in the heart of Italy, between Rome and Naples. It’s the ideal starting point to explore the suth part of Latium. The province of Frosinone, called Ciociaria is not very well known among tourists, but this land rewards generously its visitors with unspoilted nature, magnificent abbeys, archaeological treasures, genuine food and deep traditions. In Ciociaria you can do a journey among forgotten flavours and smells where the old-times taste of typical rural dishes can be appreciated on the tables of many typical restaurants, accompanied by local  wines, such as Cesanese and Passerina of Piglio, the Cabernet of Atina and Torre Ercolana of Anagni.
The Ciociaria has great gastronomic traditions
, you will be surprised by the quality of the food: the genuine local olive oil, the cheeses made with sheep’s, goat’s or buffalo s milk, the wines produced by the local farmers, and the preparation of dishes with vegetables selected in centuries of good farming. The Ciociarian cuisine can produce carefully prepared dishes with different types of meats, dressed pork products which are among the best in Italy, and such a variety of bakery products and sweets that it is almost impossible to treat them exhaustively. As far as “fettuccine” is concerned, they are only one of the home-made pastas typical of this area which can boast the most rich list of main courses of Latium. That is why the visit to the artistic, naturalistic and historical sights in Ciociaria must include a plunge into a world of flavours that await to be discovered and that, they alone, represent a trip in its own.
The Ciociarian cuisine has a country tradition, simple and genuine. The fundamental basis of its typical dishes are the ingredients, undoubtedly ‘poor’ yet of excellent quality. One of the most popular dish is a type of egg pasta, homemade and cut in thin noodles called ‘fini fini’, seasoned with a meat sauce or a simple tomato sauce. Among the main courses, there are also ‘gnocchi’ (flour and potato dumplings), you will find in most trattorias as dish of the day especially on thursdays and  the ‘cannelloni’(finger-thick tubes of stuffed pasta) and the well-known ‘timballo ciociaro’, also known as ‘Boniface VIII’s, a kind of stuffed lasagna. Tradional soups such as ‘sagne and beans’, ‘pasta and potatoes’, pasta and chick-peas’, prepared according to the Ciociarian tradition, have a special flavour. The second courses see a predominance of pork, sheep, rabbit or chicken meats, which, in the country is still genuine and tasty, because it usually comes from small, traditional stock farms.

The most famous artistic medieval castles and churchs in Ciociaria to see are: The Castle of Fumone, The Castle of Monte San Giovanni Campano and the Castle of Alvito.
The amazing churchs to visit are: The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore(Ferentino), The Cathedral of SS John and Paul (Ferentino),  St. Mary Major in Alatri and Basilica of St. Mary Salome(Veroli).

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San Donato Val di Comino is a latium village around the border line with the region Abruzzo. It’ s a village of ancient houses leaned on the slopes of the Apennines, on the cliffs of Monte Pizzuto, covered by beech forests. The Val di Comino opens southwards as a bowl, with its tiny country streets and prismatic fields of green and yellow; northwards, beyond mountains, there is the wilderness of the National Park of Abruzzo, in its Lazio side. Inside this landscape, at 700 m. of altitude, the village is like a labyrinth of stone characterized by winding tiny and narrow streets, covered passages –  spuort’ in local dialect -, small squares, in a perfect medieval design that had defensive and climatic necessities (the tortuosity  of the alleys breaks the impetus of  freezing wind).
Here you will find the Sanctuary of  San Donato, that has its origin from little Benedictine Abbey  mentioned in a document in 778, and afterwards  enlarged and modified  until it assumed the actual aspect, similar to the one it had in the 17th and 18th  century. The internal of the Sanctuary, with a nave and two aisles  has a vault decorated with plastering , friezes and gilding. The wall paintings of  Gaspare Capricci ( the 18th century ) show life episodes of the martyr from Rieti.
Torre
( Tower of the 13th  century), that guards over the Sanctuary and the whole countryside, was built by Counts of Aquino. It is square – shaped, and controls the pass towards Abruzzo and it is oriented  according to the sun declination: like a  compass, it indicates  four cardinal points, the direction of  Montecassino and the position of the sun during equinox and solstice.
Then you will see the Duomo, with its origins from the 14th  century but enlarged in the 18th  century, when its floor plan became basilican and the elegance of  baroque style triumphed. The artistic chorus and the valuable pipe – organ are to be noticed. They are made  in the workshop of the Catarinozzis of Subiaco. Under the big altar, a glass urn preserves the body of Saint Costanza. In front of Duomo there is  beautiful Palazzo Quadrari palace, Palazzo Tata-Perrelli palace, the Chiesa del Convento church, restored after the earthquake of 1984. Your  itinerary finishes at Villa Grancassa, built at the beginning of the 19th century and today transformed into a hotel.
The local dishes are: The cipollata is a single course  ( onion, cheese and eggs ), that has nothing to envy to the soupe à l’oignon. It triumphs during the feast day of Santa Costanza, the procuress of  single women that here are called in a funny way, onions. Other dishes: soup of vegetables, pork cuts, contour of turnips and potatoes ( typical dish of the Castle district ); “bucatini” pasta  with artichokes, cussitt or t’stuccia of lamb, wild vegetables and for a  cake “pigna” or puffs .

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All about the title gets the meaning of new project of Albergo Diffuso in Italy.
Then in Latium as in Italy we have some historic villages where apartments, restaurants and workhops and other kind of touristic services are joined in the same place as all in a village.
In particular in Latium you can visit the following Albergo Diffuso:

In Albergo Diffuso you can get the same service as in hotel, that’s mean blankets, towels, breakfast, television and so on.
The amazing situation it’s that you will sleep in an apartment or room totally restructured from the ancient face and perfectly ready to be used. Usually the apartments are 200 mt. no more far from the main service such as reception, pool, restaurants and others common area.

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