About This Listing
A beautiful, quiet country side retreat with good transport possibilities into Rome center. it is fully equipped for a long or short term holiday with fluent english speaking hosts! We look forward to hosting you.
Torrita is a beautiful two floor appartment next to the Torrita Tiberina Castle perfect for a quiet relaxing retreat in the outskirts of Rome. The house is fully equipped and in a lovely location a few mins walk from the Tevere Farfa reservoir, ideal spot for bird watching. It is only one hours drive to the center of rome so an ideal location for those who want to visit rome but also get to know the beauties of the Tevere valley.
The flat has its own indipendent entrance and has a living room with kitchen on the first floor and a large double bedroom with toliet on the second floor.
Appliences include oven, hairdryer, blender , washing machine, and all kitchen and toilet equippment. Laundry for kitchen and bathroom is also provided.
With a few mins drive you can reach the Farfa Abbey, S.Oreste and mount Soratte, The S. Andrea in Flumine Abbey and other historic sites of the region.From the station of Fara Sabina or Poggio Mirteto , only a few mins drive away you can take a train right into the center of Rome, to Trastevere train station and to Fiumicino airport. Trains leave every 15 mins on week days and every 30 mins at weekends. If you arrive without a car I will be happy to organize transportation to and from the train station.
Guests during their stay have access to the house entirely, with free wifi and all house appliances. Torrita is a small and quiet retreat and my guests have also the possibilty to have home cooked meals prepared for them by a professional local cook.
Interaction with Guests
I am happy to interact with my guests at all times for any quieries or questions. Both my mother and I are fluent english and Italian speakers and know the area very well.
The neighbourhood is that of a typical village of the sabine hills, quiet and relaxing with stunning views over the tiber valley. There is everything you need in the village a bakery, a post office, two supermarkets , a local butcher, a phamacy a two bars for morning cappuccinos ecc) and all is within walking distance.
The most convenent way to get to the house is with a direct train from Fiumicino airport, which also stops in main stations in Rome like Trastevere train station , Tiburtina train station, Tuscolana train station ect. The closest station to the house is Poggio MIrteto, only a few mins drive and I am happy to come and get guests on their arrival at the station. There are busses to and from the station that take you to Torrita but I am can organise private transportation to and from the train station, should it be easier.
Other Things to Note
The house has its own central heating so it can easily host guests in the winter months. I have also prvided the house with a new wifi device.
I generally would like guests to treat the house respectfuly.
Evelina, who lives in central Rome, and her mom, who lives about 20 minutes away from the apartment, came to my rescue on two occasions. Only one involves the apartment itself, so I will take this opportunity to warn you that (supposedly) all entry doors in Italy are self-locking, so if you are just going out to dispose of the garbage or such, bring the key with you, or don’t close the door behind you.
For those of you who depend on the internet, it works fine, but there are some things you should know. First, don’t expect to be streaming high quality movies. What you get is pretty good 3G. The. . . well, I don’t know what it’s called. . . the little white thing that does the internet magic, gets lonely and requires some attention now and then. When it’s moody, unplug it, flip off the back cover, remove the battery, then put it back together again. Works every time.
It was really great to be able to communicate so clearly and on such a timely basis. This was my first time with Airbnb, so Evelina has set a standard that is going to be hard for other owners to match. As for the apartment, I must admit that the middle of winter is not the best time to stay there; but, is there anywhere in Italy that’s nice during the winter? Being in a small town atop a hill, the strong winter winds made the apartment somewhat drafty, but the gorgeous view more than made up for it. I was very pleased with the kitchen. If you love to cook, as I do, you will appreciate the proper oven. I also enjoyed having a proper bathtub. But, perhaps what I enjoyed most, was the peace and quiet of the apartment and the little town. Somehow I imagined that I’d have somewhat of a long walk to do my daily shopping, but there are two grocery stores which, had I brought my golf clubs, I could have reached with a pitching wedge (had there not been some buildings in the way). The closer of the two (veer right) offered me thousands of liters of wine in massive stainless steel barrels— I bought a 2-liter plastic jug from them and was back for a refill more often than I’d like to say. The other shop (veer left then up the hill a bit) has everything else you will need.
Ask Evelina or her mom about the organic shop down in Poggio Mirteto where the train station is. I’ve forgotten the name, but they have excellent lamb, aged beef, and cheeses. I walked down there several times (you will find the shortcuts). You can take a slightly longer route through the Riserva Naturale and really build up an appetite. I’m looking forward to going back sometime, but not in the middle of winter.
I’ve spent 50 days in Torrita Tiberina (TT) in order to write a book. I absolutely recommend Evelina’s place.
The city is small (pop: 1094) and peaceful in Deep Latium: two bars, one pharmacy, one bakery, two supermarkets. The flat is clean, well furnished and quiet. The view of the Tiber valley is outstanding. The
landscape is predominately green because Nazzano forest is just beside.
A regional train connects quickly Poggio Mirteto (3 km from TT) to Rome and Fiumiccino airport. Two times I rented a car in Fiumiccino in order to explore the mountains of Lazio and Umbria. There are many lovely places to visit around TT.
Evelina and her mother Bridget are wonderful hosts and kind persons. They were very very accessible and helpful. The wash machine did not work and Bridget quickly provided the flat with a new one.
Torrita Tiberina does not have any restaurant. Evelina introduced me to a local cooker and I must admit that I had the best meals in this year. Internet does not work well in TT (a kind of bless for people who need be disconnected and work without distractions, but it could frustrate junkies).
Evelina is half Italian and half British which explains her BBC accent. She is a chamber musician (violinist) and talking to her was very pleasant
Absolutely remarkable in TT: each Thursday hot porchetta arrives at the supermarket. If you never have tasted porchetta before, your life is a kind of a miserable mistake. It’s time to do something about this.
I hope to be back someday. Not for writing, just for DOLCE FAR NIENTE.
It was a very special time for me.
Il soggiorno a Torrita Tiberina nella casa di Evelina è stato molto piacevole: ci siamo sentiti come a casa nostra e lo consigliamo vivamente a chi vuole scoprire i dintorni ricchi di storia.
L'appartamento è molto grazioso ed Evelina e sua mamma Bridget,
oltre al necessario per cucinare e per la colazione, ci hanno fatto trovare un vaso pieno di erbe aromatiche.
Questo significa attenzione per l'ospite e l'abbiamo apprezzato.
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About the Host, Evelina
Hi ! I am a professional violinist and cannot do without Brahms, Rome and good food. I love travelling, reading and meeting new people. I am the mother of a 6 years old and live in a close by neighborhood with my husband stefano I know Rome back to front and would be very happy to give you any aid and advice during your stay. Hope to meet you !