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Built at the beginning of the 15th century by F. Crescenzi on the site of an ancient torcrescenza1tower dated 1100, the Torcrescenza Castle is situated in a century-old park adorned with wonderful fountains, only a few minutes from the centre of Rome, between two consular roads, the Via Flaminia and the Via Cassia. Today it is the private residence of Princess Sofia Borghese, the daughter of Prince Scipione Borghese and a descendant of Pope Paul V. Donna Sofia has brought the estate back to life opening the Castles courtyards for private events, conferences and top-level meetings.
We recommend this place for your charming moments as well as to taste the delicious roman cusine in a historical and romantic place. Best solutions and prices if your are a group of people.

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It ‘s a farmland with human millennial activities, still natural forests, animal and plant populations of great value and historical sites of great interest are present nowdays.
A network of trails makes it easy to get around. It is recommended the respect of the environment. Its possible to use the mountain-bike as welle it’s reccomended to visit the wonderful reserve by foot. There are 630 plant species more than half of those known to the whole of Rome.
The Insugherata is located in the North-West of Rome, just a few kilometers from the center.
It is bordered to the east by the Via Cassia, west of Via Trionfale, south of Via Cortina d’Ampezzo, the GRA ring road crosses the viaduct to the north.

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Around the border-line between Latium and Umbriaand close with LakeBolsenaand Via Cassia there is Civita di Bagnoregio. This is an acient medieval village.
The tuffaceous hill upon which Civita stands is undermined by the continuous erosion caused by two streams flowing in the valleys below and by the action of rain and wind: thus it is crumbling away, slowly but inexorably.
Balneum regis, literally “King’sBath,” is a place name of Gothic-Lombard origin that defines a king’s property and appears for the first time in599 ina letter from Pope Gregory the Great to the Bishop of Chiusi Ecclesio.
The village, in which only a few families remain, is collapsing, evaporating – it is slipping away: tomorrow it will be nothing but a mirage, like the best dreams, likeVenice(also condemned by water), like everything that reveals the fragility and powerlessness of man. Across from the Belvedere, linked to the world by a single, narrow bridge300 meterslong, stands Civita, set gently upon its summit, with its tuft of medieval houses.
At the eastern edge of the Belvedere, where the Franciscan convent once stood, there is a cave dug into the ground, called the “grotta di San Bonaventura.” According to tradition, the adolescent philosopher was cured here after his mother had invoked Francis of Assisi, who had just recently died (on October 3, 1226).
Entering the village (so to speak: just a handful of people live there), the first important monument one encounters is Porta Santa Maria, surmounted by pair of lions clutching two human heads, a symbol of the tyrants defeated by the bagnoresi, the people of Bagnoregio.

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The Chinotto is a fresh drink obtained from a small evergreen citrus (Citrus aurantiumvar. myrtifolia) of Chinese origin has grown on branches yield an incredible quantity of flowers and fruit. As they ripen, the clusters of fruit turn from bright green to orange, releasing an intense and unmistakable perfume.
The small, somewhat bitter, thick-skinned chinotto keeps for a remarkably long time and is sometimes eaten either candied or with Maraschino liqueur. Anyway the chinotto has to be drunk cold expecially during the summer.
The most important and historical brand about chinotto is the firm NERI, web address: www.chin8neri.it

The Neri firm is located in Latium in Capranica near Viterbo along Via Cassia.

Suggested accommodation for this area : VITERBO FLAT

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Located in Southern Tuscany, one and a half hours from Rome, half way between Orvieto and Siena, closely bordering with the regions of Umbria and Tuscany, the breathtakingly splendid 17th century castle, Castello di Santa Cristina, (complete with fairytale turret) has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations.

Over the past ten years, the castle’ s nearby 18th Century ivy-covered farmhouse and out-buildings have been carefully restored to retain their authenticity and seperated into 8 self-catering cottages and 14 bedrooms with Bed & Breakfast for guests, furnished with original pieces,  can offer you unique country holidays.

A perfect location for family holidays where you can explore the various neighboring historic towns including Orvieto, Sorano, Acquapendente and Grotte Di Castro. We offer sensational Tuscan cuisine, fantastic cooking courses and unique weddings in the castle grounds. The Castello di Santa Cristina is also an ideal place for a horse riding holiday.  On our exciting trail excursions, we travel as far as Proceno, Lake Bolsena and to the beautiful nature reserve Selva Del Lamone. Riding lessons are something you should not miss when on a holiday with children.

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The village of Torre Alfina (602 m. high) overlooks the landscape thanks to the strategic position that gave rise to the most ancient tower, which today is incorporated in the castle.
With the expansion of the village, the original fortress was fortified with a second ring of walls made of bastions, walls of houses and many gateways. Two of these gates disappeared with the renovation works of Marquis Cahen, while Porta Vecchia is still visible. The palace was built near the tower; and was the home to the successive Lords.
In particular the Renaissance style reconstruction of the original medieval castle is thanks to Sforza Cervara, a former mercenary captain. Part of the inner courtyard, one of the wings of the building decorated with frescoes, some furniture and the coat-of-arms of the family remain from that period.
Preserved in the parish church are some works of art that were in the gentilitial chapel. Two late XVI century paintings, a Deposition in which Sforza Cervara and his family are depicted whilst praying; a Nativity where it is possible to recognize the crests of Monaldeschi Family and that of the Community, and two seventeenth century altar-pieces.
The Monaldeschi Palace was renovated by Edward Cahen. Various parts of the village were involved and completely transformed, such as the area that faces the entrance ramp to the castle or the one overlooking Piazza Sant’Angelo, which is occupied by a roof garden and by the entrance staircase. This colossal work, which carried on until the end of the 1920’s, was assigned to the architect Giuseppe Partini from Siena.
Today Torre Alfina is a village that flourishes once again exploiting its history and potential of clean air, greenery, cultural facilities and accommodation.
The Museo del Fiore and the ancient water mill, which has been recently restored, make the Park a gem in the Mount Rufeno Nature Reserve.  Inside the village there is a series of ceramic plaques recalling the places that no longer exist, while the Chambre d’Amis, is a permanent outdoor exhibition of contemporary art, that highlights its most significant corners.
In the main town of Acquapendente, you will find the Crypt of the Holy Sepulchre, where there is the sacellum that reproduces the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem where, legend has it, that the stones covered in the blood of Christ during the Passion are preserved.
Local products are: The food and wine of this area are excellent, as in the rest of Italy, but here, already in the early sixties, the typical product was home-made ice cream, which drew lovers of ice-cream from Lazio and Tuscany.
During the low season the ice-cream makers are engaged in the careful selection of the best ingredients, such as hazelnuts from Langhe, pistachios from Sicily and ricotta cheese from Lazio, to create an exceptionally creamy product, thanks also to the high quality of the fresh milk and cream.

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