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Casina di Poggio della Rota is a luxury villa for your wedding ceremony and reception in Italy. In the heart of the most beautiful countryside, casina-poggio-dellarotajust a glance from Rome, comfort and elegance combine with the perfect organization.
We are proud to offer to our clients either an official civil ceremony with legal validity to be performed in our Villa or a religious ceremony to be performed in the 15th century church steps away from the property. The ceremonies are private and personalized and will be arranged at the same venue as your accommodations and your dinner reception. This is the perfect way to keep the event nice, intimate and stress free. Your reception cocktails and elegant or informal dinner are in the same ceremony site which can be the garden or terrace with view of our Villa.
Every request is expediently handled starting from the first contact. Our professional staff will support you in organizing the civil or religious wedding, taking tare of all the legal procedures.
Casina di Poggio della Rota is open for visit and information every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 1:00pm without appointment.

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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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At the beginning of the second millennium, a huge number of pilgrims travelled to Via-Francigena3three major destinations:  Rome, the city of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul, the italy-via-francigenafounders of the Christian church; The Holy Land, site of Calvary, where the pilgrims viafrancigena4sought out the places of Christ’s Passion; Santiago de Compostela, the furthest point of western Europe which the Holy Apostle James chose as his final resting place. Thus Europe became a vast web of roads, paths and routes all of which led towards these pilgrimage sites. The way to Rome was along what was probably the most important road of the times, the Via Francigena or Via Romea which led to the Eternal City from the Western Alps and the Rhineland and was used for seven centuries by sovereigns, emperors, plebeians and clergymen. The Via Francigena led all the way from Canterbury to Rome and was one of the pathways of European history. It was a main thoroughfare along which hundreds of thousands of pilgrims passed on their way to Rome. In those days, the journey was not just an adventure or a risk but an act of devotion in itself, and the pilgrims would stop off along the way at places deemed holy by the Church.
The Via Francigena cut through the Alps in the Valley of Aosta and proceeded southwards through Piedmont, Lombardy, the flatlands of the river Po (Padania) before going through the Apennines near Berceto to pass into Tuscany and Latium, and then Rome. This route is an essential and formative phenomenon in the history of Europe.
If we look at the Etrurian section, we can identify the route and the posting stages. From Proceno, a resting station, the pilgrims moved on to Acquapendente which was a fundamental part of the journey as it contained a precious reliquary from the Holy Land, now kept in the Cathedral crypt. They then travelled down to Bolsena, an important town because of the Corpus Domini miracle, and on to Montefiascone, a mediaeval town even then known for its wine. The next stage was Viterbo which, indeed, developed and grew thanks to its strategic position on the Via Francigena. Viterbo thus became a cardinal destination on the itinerary and was well supplied with hospices and lodgings. The traces of this concentration of pilgrim activity are still very much to be seen today. After Viterbo, travellers faced the obstacle of the Cimini mountains which they traversed by going either to the right or to the left along the Vico Lake. The more popular choice varied from age to age. One way led to Ronciglione and the little church of Saint Eusebius. The other led through chestnut woods and we may still make out traces of an old path that passed by the Cistercian Abbey of St Martins in Cimino. The pilgrims would then make their way to Vetralla where a country road led them to the little church of Santa Maria in Forcassi, mentioned by Sigericus. After this, the road led to Capranica, Sutri, Monterosi and then the pilgrims left the Via Cassia for the Via Trionfale that led them into Rome at last.

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Green asparagus from Canino is a type of vegetable that can be eaten fresh or frozen. It is grown in the municipality of Canino and to a lesser extent in the municipalities of Montalto di Castro, Tessennano, Arlena di Castro and Tuscania. What makes the asparagus from Canino special is its bright green colour and above all the absence of the woody part of the stalk which is generally discarded. This peculiarity has earned the asparagus the name of mangiatutto (translates as “eat all”). Its organoleptic characteristics depend on the type of soil, chalky or of volcanic origin, and on the mild and temperate climate. Indeed, the temperature in winter only drops below zero on a few days and during the summer it generally remains between twenty-five and thirty-two degrees. And it is thanks to this favourable climate that the asparagus from Canino is ready earlier than in other locations (it is picked as from January) and this makes it possible to obtain a large, excellent quality harvest.
In order to sample this delicious vegetable and get to know how to cook it in various ways, pay a visit to Canino in April when the Asparagus Festival is held. The stands set up for the event allow you to taste a host of asparagus-based dishes, ranging from first courses and main courses to side dishes and sweets.

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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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Just 10 Km. far from Orte going in the direction of Viterbo, we can find the castle of Vasanello, which dates back to 1285 defends the territory and the entrance to the ancient village of Vasanello. Orso Orsini built the first tower to defend his properties. However, after only four years, the castle was conquered by a series of aristocratic families.
By the mid-fifteenth century, the property had returned to the Orsini family, who transformed the grim fortress into a delightful residence. The interior was fitted with wooden ceilings which, together with decorative freizes, were frescoed with heraldic symbols celebrating Orsini marriages with other great aristocratic names. Later the castle passed into the hands of other dynasties: the Della Rovere, the Colonna, the Barberini and, since the early nineteen hundreds, the Misciattelli, the current owners. The Orsini Castle in Vasanello, now, is open for guided visits by appointment to the hystorical apartments, the medioeval gardens, the ceramic factory and the permanent exhibit of the artistic production of ceramics which lasted until the eighties.
The Castle and the eighteenth century Orangery in the gardens can be hired for weddings, seminars, lectures, receptions, parties.

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The Naturalistic Archeological Vulci Park is unique in that it presents a complete panorama of Etruscan and Roman city, necropolis, uncontaminated nature and countryside and the extraordinary exhibits in the Museum of Vulci at the Badia Castle. The park is located around the border line with the Tuscany.
There are several opportunities of which you can choose to visit the Naturalistic Archeological Vulci Park. There are simple beginner trails that pass through the ancient etruscan city that take you into the valley where the Fiora River fills the Pellicone Lake, a magnificent sight that we extremely suggest.
Inside the park area there are protected paths that pass alongside vast pastures where maremana cattle and horses graze. It’s possible to provide you with a naturalistic archeological guide to visit the Tomb of François, Tomb of Inscriptions and the Archeological Museum of Vulci, located inside the Badia Castle or Vulci Castle.
Castle Vulci or “Castello della Badia”
 is placed in a location of exceptional natural beauty. It stands in the countryside of Tuscia in Lower Maremma, on top of a beautiful gorge crossed by the River Fiora. The castle was built not far from the ruins of the ancient Etruscan city of Vulci and the nearby coastal path of the ancient Via Aurelia. The location chosen for its construction corresponded to that where the Romans had built a high bridge to jump over the deep gorge of the Fiora to over 30 meters in height.
The castle became the thirteenth century an important center for assistance and hospitality to pilgrims for half a century and was operated in cooperation with the Knights Templar, the so-called Templars. In the sixteenth century passed into the ownership of Alessandro Farnese, who worked some restoration.
The castle is entirely built of regular blocks of trachyte dark.Access to the castle to the north was controlled by the other side of the bridge and the gorge of the river Fiora and a perimeter ditch with water fed by the Roman Empire.
Archeo-trekking, mountain bike or horseback riding are activities to do in the park of Vulci. During the summer season you may visit the park area by night and appreciate the special effects of the evening lights and colours.

Suggested accommodation for this area : TARQUINIA ROOMS

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VITERBO FLAT is a charming apartment located in the historical center of Viterbo in the famous area San Pellegrino and University of Viterbo – “Università degli Studi della Tuscia” . The loft has all private services a special kitchen as well as the bathroom. The loft is in a quite street far from the caos of the life. During the summer the cultural events CAFFEINA happening here. The breakfast is included in the price.
A cute and particular “details” which makes the house very special and original. Renovated with special care, can comfortably accommodate up to four people and is tastefully furnished, enriched with unique details like walls of granite, exposed forged new paintings, remembering the charming medieval atmosphere. Equipped with all amenities, comprises a very spacious studio fully equipped with kitchen, bathroom with shower, safe, Internet, TV, central heating, hi-fi system, private entrance on the ground floor overlooking the driveway.
In particular the owner Marco, will be grateful to offer and prepare for you his magical cusine creations for lunch or dinner served in the loft or in the garden of his house where also a special living room will be fitted to prepare meals for the guest and their friends.
Also, consider that this apartment is located exactly 300 mt. away from CAFFEINA Events during the summer cultural events of Viterbo and 800 mt far from the University of Viterbo (Università degli Studi della Tuscia) the same distance that’s the loft is from the main Railway Station of the city.
Info, photos and direct booking at: http://www.romahappydays.com/viterbo-flat/

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