Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3281: Castello di Proceno, Apartment
Apartments and suites in a castle in Proceno, Lazio
March 2006, one week
The castle is located about two hours from Rome in the Tuscan/Lazio countryside. And, like any good Tuscan village sits on top of a hill. Orvieto is about 20-30 minutes away, Siena one hour, San Casciano 20 minutes, Florence a little over two hours. The hill top towns of Soriano, Sovana, and Pitigliano are about 20 minutes away and visiting these three towns makes for a wonderful day trip.
There was a pastry shop a couple doors down but it is unmarked ... just follow your nose! There is a small grocer about 100 feet away that Roberto runs. He speaks VERY little English but was always smiling and helping us with our Italian. Another small store is just up the street. The town bar is about a five minute walk following the same street the castello sits on in the town piazza - get there early or all the pastries are gone! A wonderful restaurant sits on top of the bar, a small, inexpensive and a culinary delight! Try the mushroom soup and their pizza. Dinner for two with wine about $15. Service is slow ... even without customers so be prepared. The castle also has two restaurants (one only open in summer months) but the food is to die for! One evening our beef was cooked right on the open fire in the dining room fireplace. The town almost seems like a ghost town except for early in morning.
The castle is in excellent shape and has been in the current owners family for over 300 years. We heard our "neighbors" above us through the brick floors when they walked with their shoes on. Other than that we rarely saw another guest. There are about seven apartments each one with a different layout and their website is fantastic for photos and descriptions. There is also a hunting lodge that belongs to the castle.
The garden areas are well kept and comfortable. The kind of place you just want to lay down on the grass and fall asleep. There is a quiet safeness about this place that you'll never want to leave.
Cecilia is also the chef and each meal is prepared with care. There are about seven aparments which are extremely clean (maid service twice a week). The decor is exactly what you think of when you think Italian Tuscan castle. A good mix of antiques and country furnishings with comfortable beds and linens. They provide you with wood for the fireplace (in all rooms but one) and will also provide a breakfast basket upon request. The castle grounds are a tourist dream as well. Wander through the grounds and into the castle tower. Cecilia will give you a private tour all the way to the top and also of her part of the castle complete with Etruscan artifacts.
The beds are comfortable, but like most European accommodations the pillows are lacking. The bathrooms are basic, but clean - a small shower, toilet, bidet and sink. Towels are nice but not the typical thick American towel.
Kitchen facilities are adequate with each aparment offering a studio kitchen to full cooking kitchens. All service-ware was in good shape and we lacked nothing
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a true Tuscan countryside experience.
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