About this listing
Charming 800 year old retreat in Medieval Castello. Lake and beach 10 minutes walk. Country views. Parking 3 mins walk. All facilities very close. Stunning location. Castle 100 yards. Superb lake view 1 minute.
Guests min. 25 years old ID checked
Whilst technically an apartment I call it my little house. The door is reached by a flight of steps where you enter into a good sized kitchen with a table and chairs. Beyond is a charming living room with a very good double bed settee, chairs, glass coffee table and writing desk. A small bathroom has WC shower and bidet. A spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine bedroom with a large and comfortable new double bed. The kitchen and high bedroom window have views onto the Lazzio countryside.
The space is generously and sensibly for two.
Giving onto a secluded pretty little communal courtyard, the apartment is totally private and self contained.
Don't forget, free Wi Fi is available just seconds around the corner at the bar. (60 paces, don't worry it's quiet.) Their coffee is really good. The restaurant side may look empty sometimes. Don't be put off, their evening Pizzas are truly exceptional and the staff are great. It's just not so touristic which is a plus!
Interaction with Guests
I am always on hand for help advice from the UK though thanks to the friendliness and convenience of the Castello you're unlikely to need me other than to say glad to meet you !
I love the neighbourhood. Not much English is spoken but they adore visitors in Bolsena. Hospitality is an historic tradition. I love that if I am feeling exclusive I do not have to go down to the main town at all. Everything I need is up in the Castello.
There is a traditional non touristic Italian Bar-Restaurant just 20 yards around the corner from the archway to the piazetta where you will find a very good pizza to eat in or take away. In the morning it is so handy for a good cappuccino if you are feeling too lazy to make coffee at home! These are available to take out too.
10 yards further on and to the right you will find Roberta’s Alimentare. She keeps a wonderful delicatessen counter and grinds fresh coffee to order. Anything which Roberta does not sell will be found at the Tobacconist/Stationer just another 30 yards away close to the little castle bridge. Lightbulbs, matches notepaper etc. Just downhill from here on the corner of the little street and still opposite the castle is a charming Enotecca owned by Alessandro and Anna. Here you can drink beautiful local wine on cushions on the steps under the night sky or in the charming little bar.
There is even a very good barber / hairdresser opposite the Alimenatare.
If you just want to rest and take gentle walks the Castello is quite self contained.
However it is lovely to wander down to the main town and browse the delightful local restaurants and little shops. There are two ways to walk down. The steps near to the house are shallow and not too challenging. The other way down beyond the castle is ancient and fascinating but much steeper.
Down in the town La Tavernetta has to make one of the finest pizzas in the world! Trip Advisor recommends another one equally highly at the other end of town but I have never tried it.
Tanaquilla half way up the hill on the Orvieto road is also truly excellent, friendly and attractively al fresco. It stays open very late which is wonderful if your plane is too.
The church of Santa Christina is fascinating with its Catacombs and its history of the transubstantiation.
Corpus Christi day is an incredible event when the whole of Bolsena is paved in flowers. Each street creates its own pattern. You would be welcome to join this process if you were there then. There is a huge procession including a marching band and hosts of church dignitaries parading the blood stained stone. The day ends with a huge firework display and the whole community eats and drinks together.
The Feast of Santa Christina is another amazing event where each district of this small but important town depicts by incredible tableaux each of the torments of this important saint. The town moves together through Bolsena to visit each tableau finishing at the Church of Santa Christina. Again the day ends with magnificent fireworks.
There are musical concerts in the town throughout the season.
On Fridays up near the house on the street by the bar there is a dance in which everyone is included.
Just 4 minutes up the hill are some fascinating Roman excavations
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Swimming in the lake is a delight, the water is perfectly clean and is less than ten minutes’ walk from the house.
There are spectacular opportunities for walking all around
There is so much to see here and in the surrounding area.
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Orvieto is so interesting and the approach to it from Bolsena by road is a stunning view.
A dying town Citiva nearby is a also spectacular sight.
And so much more! Enjoy !
There are buses to Viterbo and to Orvieto. however the Orvieto bus only goes twice a day from Bolsena .. Sometimes there is a bus back from Orvieto around 6.00 but they vary and need to be checked)
This also has useful information about local buses ...though I do not take responsibility for changes !
amoitaly orvieto access.
Taxi from Oriveto can be dear - about 46 Eu. I am very happy there without a car but for comfortable exploring beyond Bolsena it is an advantage. The trains from Oriveto (15-20 minutes drive away. Free station parking) are amazing and will take you easily to anywhere in Italy. I visit Venice Florence Bologna Milan Rome all direct, no change and Naples (change at Rome) with ease from here.
There are ample car parks 3-4 minutes walk from the house in both directions on the road to Orvieto which runs from the rear of the city. There is often parking on the street in front of the church, very close by, though perhaps not in August. It's always worth a glance though.
Once parked, in any case, everything in Bolsena is very easy to reach on foot.
In short, parking is never a problem.
If you are hiring a car then the drive from Fumicino or Ciampino is very straight forward.
There are 3 slightly different ways to go but they all take a similar time, just under two hours. I find that to take the Via Cassia SS2from the northern section of the Anulare A90 It is the most relaxed route and the most interesting. Sutri on the way is worth a stop with fantastic Etruscan structures carved out of rock and close to the main road.
Without a car there are trains straight out of Fumicino to Roma Termini
both of these websites are useful
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Trains from Roma Termini go every hour to Orvieto. There is usually an information desk placed centrally close to the platforms.
From Ciampino of from Fiumicino, take the Terravision bus to Roma Termini
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Good general information is here
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I enjoyed flying into Perugia, visiting the specatcular old town and then driving over the mountains to Orvieto. A small airport and much less challenging than Rome.
Pisa is also smaller and easy to manage but the car hire centre is inconveniently placed too far from the airport for my liking. It is also a long drive, 4-5 hours.
Without a car Terravision bus takes you from Pisa to Florence where you change for the Rome train to Orvieto. Not too difficult I have done this several times.
Other Things to Note
Although there is currently no wifi at the house, free connection is available about 60 paces (literally a few seconds) round the corner from 8.00 am until midnight.
Whilst here is no washing machine at present there is a very good pulley washing line from the kitchen window. To date I have happily hand washed clothes either in the kitchen sink by the window or in the ancient cisterna next door through the arch into which which fresh spring water gushes all day long. Any of the ladies of the Castello will give advice on its use.
Have a torch handy. There are very occasional power cuts in a thunderstorm.
Finally, general using things are stocked up when I go out there and I will leave plenty for use by subsequent guests. The custom with self catering is normally for guests to keep levels topped up at very low cost. I have ticked amenities because I do provide bedding and towels for use at the house. If the previous guests were unable to maintain levels, all of these items are obtained inexpensively at the Alimentare just 1 minute away.
Guests to be 25 years old or above. ID will be checked.
Please do not tie the outer door to the balcony with wire it destroys the door handle.
Whilst a cleaning fee is charged I pay and extra E15 to top this up. Please leave the house in a reasonable state of cleanliness.
Bin bags are provided for the kitchen bins. Please use them and **please dispose of your rubbish the night before you leave at the nearby recycler** close to the church. It is open in the evenings (phone number hidden).
Please do not relocate the leads at the electric points, since there are three different kinds of sockets.
My neighbours are all very helpful and friendly in the Castello please treasure these friendships as I do.
No smoking in the house.
Please be gentle with the fly screens.
Give the kitchen table some more history of happy evenings and great conversation.
Thank you so much to the guests who do these things already.
Enjoy!! And welcome to Bolsena!
About the Host, Cynthia
Retired Dental Surgeon now CELTA qualified to teach English.
Teaching English full time.
I like to travel read swim and to meet new people. Passionate about all kinds of well performed music excluding that of Hammond Organ. Interested in everything except Stamp Collecting. A major hobby has been live performance musical and dramatic, active and production. These days I prefer to watch the talents of others. I enjoy cooking, good wine and fine weather.