About This Listing
Classic Italian Hilltop Village and a foot path to your two story home. Inside a large kitchen and livingroom and upstairs a master bedroom and bath . Clean and freshly painted with wooden ceiling and true comfort and rest after touring around Italy!
Writers, elders, families and all people come for the REAL Italian experience in a quaint independent home in a peaceful Italian Hilltop village.
We sit at three borders, Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany so besides Rome, only an hour away, there are endless towns like Orvieto, Todi, Assisi and Perugia to visit and sites like the Etruscan towns of Cervetri and Tarquinia and natural hot springs and the largest volcanic lake in Europe, named Bolsena, sits 15 minutes away and the Mediterranean Sea is an hour away by car.
House sleeps 2-3. One upstairs bedroom with good queen bed and we have 1 single bed you can add if you need too.
Full broadband WiFi !!
*Plus we supply an Italian Nokia cell phone you just have to add time as needed(euros 5-50) to make and receive calls during your stay..
Living room, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, 1 bathroom with tub and shower, linens etc.
All clean and comfortable!
Good local store, post office, cafe and amazing local people! All around our region named,"Tuscia" you can head out and find a sagra, these are local festivals where the towns make their best foods and drinks and with music and dancing in the piazzas you can enjoy a true Italian party and eat amazing foods.
Otherwise short drives to local restaurants with wonderful local area foods like Truffles and wild boar.
House available all year.
**Includes all utilities, cleaned on your arrival
FOR MAID SERVICE FOR A LONGER STAY THERE IS A 40EURO FEE FOR ONE FULL CLEANING.
Books. Fans if it's hot, heat if not!
There is a PC in the house and good WIFI.
Quiet paradise yet close to all you want, if you want, when you want.
Get in touch. We have lived in this paradise for over 20 years and the village needs more bodies!!
We'll help you plan your amazing Italian experience in the countryside,,JUST off the main track of the usual tourists route.
From Rome airport 1 hour 20 minutes. Then settle into your quiet sweet home and make plans for day trips and always have your home base waiting for you after a long day in the amazing hills of our area called Tuscia or..
drive 10 min. down to the train line Rome-Florence leading to all Italian destinations then come back to your home to rest or head to a Sagra nearby and have some local wine and dinner in the piazza with the local people and dance the night away like you're in a Fellini Movie!
45 minutes by car to Perugia and Assisi, 30 min. to Todi, 30min. to ORVIETO, 15 minutes to volcanic lake Bolsena, 40 to the Mediterranean sea!
Many Etruscan historic sites, incredible food and swimming in the lake, natural hot springs or at the sea!
Thanks and come and play,, life is short!!!!
Alexandra e Maurizio
You must have a car to get out to sites and shopping and restaurants. The village has no restaurants but one good marget with all the food and vegies you need and 10 minutes away is another good market, pharmacy and ATM machine.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the next village called Sant' Angelo and can help you with what ever you need!
There are local people in the village for help or emergencies and a doctor in town twice a week.
The Village is very quiet and small with only 19 families in the winter and 150 in the summer,, has a local food store, a cafe and a postoffice. All year there are "sagra's" these are great dinners in the towns all around us where the locals show off their bests foods, great pizza's and pastas and fish and truffles and more and more and beer and wine and music and dancing, otherwise for restaurants you need to drive 10 min. from the village.
Having a car is important for getting to all the sites nearby and if you want to go down to the train line and get to major cities like Rome and Florence etc.
There is bus service into and out of the village that takes you to nearby towns like Orvieto and Viterbo and a few other small ones.
There is parking 50meters from the house.
Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome is the closest, about 1 and 1/2 hours to the house by car.
Other Things to Note
In this area when you drive a car you must pay attention when you go out in the daylight so when you come back if it is night you have your bearings and make sure your car has gas and the tires are checked.
The only signs for directions are the town names, so you must have a map or a GPS and keep the house cell phone with you for emergency calls.
Close all shutters and windows when leaving the house for the day as sudden storms may come and the Windows will bang and may break.
Turn off all lights, fans and any extra power when you leave the house.
Turn down heat, make sure the gas burners are off on the stove.
Have a great time!
Roccalvecce is one of those places most of us only read about. A medieval village about an hour north of Rome by train, it is the perfect getaway to relax and a base to explore the uncrowded sites, rich history, and natural beauty of this little visited area of Italy.
To say the least, we loved our time in the village. We spent five wonderful weeks there and are already planning our return trip. If you are looking to get away from the hectic and overcrowded sites of Central Italy this is the place.
But there are trade offs:
A car is required to get to and from the village.
Roccalvecce is a small town and does not offer all of the amenities that many of us have come to expect. For example, there is a small grocery store in the town, only a one-minute walk from the front door, with excellent local fruits and vegetables, but has a limited selection and hours so you have to plan your shopping. There are larger stores with longer hours in the nearby towns.
The residents of Roccalvecce are friendly and never fail to greet you, but few speak any English.
The house is nicely furnished, and has a fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, dishes, and everything you need to prepare meals at home. Linens, towels, everything is provided and there is a clothes washer and a clothesline. Alexandra the owner, and all around wonderful person, has done a beautiful job decorating the house, so it is idyllic and comfortable.
The stairs to the bedroom are steep, but they lead to a nicely sized bedroom. The only bathroom is upstairs off of the bedroom. However, one of the best views from the house is from the bathroom window, which overlooks a park-like area below the village. The bathroom is totally modern with a shower and bathtub, toilet and bidet.
The house also comes with high speed Wi-Fi and a local cell phone to which you can add minutes at most Tabacchi shops, giving you a local Italian cell phone number. The WiFi was fast and reliable.
There are many things to love about Roccalvecce but if you are looking to be in the middle of the action this is not the place for you. On the other hand, if you want to relax in a small, out of the way medieval village, this just may be the ticket. Though lacking in typical touristy conveniences, this is the kind of rental that allows you to experience true Italian life.
Then there are the owners/hosts Alexandra and Maurizio. They are wonderful and were always willing to go out of their way to help with anything we needed. They are some of the nicest people we know and are a large part of why we will be returning to Roccalvecce.
In sum, the Roccalvecce house was everything we were looking for in an Italian vacation rental. We cannot recommend it highly enough.
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About the Host, Alexandra
I am Alexandra Scott and my husband Maurizio and I have lived in Italia for 20 years.
I write freelance and my husband teaches and also writes.
We love our lives here in Italia and try to bring more and more people into our lives to share this amazing life experience especially here in the hills of Italia.
So come on and visit!
Life is short and can be so full of JOY!