Live in the heart of an Italian medieval hill village. Casa Galilei is the guest quarters of a monastery that occupied this site and dates back to the 16th century. It has been restored in the original style, but with all mod cons
The apartment (formerly the monastery’s guest quarters) has recently been fully restored, using hand-fired terracotta tiles and chestnut beams that would have been familiar to its original residents.
Despite its antiquity, the apartment is now comfortably equipped with and everything the present-day traveller could desire including central heating, washing machine, drier, dishwasher, wi-fi and Sky TV.
Though the Rocca, where the house is located, is pedestrianised, free parking is available 2 minutes' walk away.
Casa Galilei sleeps six in the three permanent bedrooms or eight if the sofa bed in the second lounge is used as a double bed (this option still offers plenty of communal room in the main lounge). It also has two bathrooms, one of which is ensuite. At a stretch, the house can also accommodate two extra people on the single futons in the downstairs bedrooms, thus offering a total of ten sleeping places.
Most people cannot believe their eyes when they enter Casa Galilei for the first time. No photo can really do it justice – it even has its own real caves dating back to Etruscan times!
The house is 45 minutes from central Rome by public transport. Capena itself has a great selection of shops and restaurants.
Check in time is after 4 pm and checkout is 10 am Italian time. No early check in or late checkout except by arrangement
This is a NON SMOKING property
A security deposit of EUR 100 is required. This is included in the rental payment but fully refundable within (14) days of departure, provided the following provisions are met.
No damage is done to the property or its contents beyond normal wear and tear
No charges are incurred due to illegal activity or pets.
All rubbish is sorted into the containers provided and taken to the bins in the square 2 minutes away before you leave. Dirty dishes should be cleaned
All keys should be left on the kitchen table and the house should be left locked
All charges accrued during the stay should be paid prior to departure
No sheets or towels must be lost or damaged
1)Switch off the lights and central heating when you don’t need them
2)Turn off appliances when not in use
3)Leave the kitchen and cooker in a reasonable condition
4)Use chopping boards for cutting, not the kitchen work-top
5)Do not allow children to play with the TV, DVD etc. and draw on the floor or walls
6)Report any breakages, damage, spills, leaks etc.
7)Be considerate to the neighbours and do not make excessive noise outside the house after 11 pm or during siesta time
8)Important: we provide you with one set of sheets and towels per person on arrival, please do not take out extra bedding/towels etc. without asking. If you need to do any laundry during your stay, you can use the washing machine provided.
I am a freelance Italian-Spanish/English translator and live in Twickenham, but try to spend as much time as possible in my house in Capena, near Rome in Italy. I'm very lucky because my job does not tie me to any particular place.
I first went to Capena when teaching English in Rome in the early 1980s, captivated by its charm and friendliness. People still used donkeys and did all their washing at the communal washing place.
Everyone made wine and you could not pass an open cantina door without being beckoned in to share a cool glass. Weekend visits evolved into permanent residence for about two years, when I enjoyed the yearly rhythm of village life and all the festivals - while still within easy reach of Rome for work.
About 12 or so years ago, I went back to Capena with my two small boys. We were welcomed with open arms and within hours a trestle table had been spread in the piazza for an impromptu party. Later, a local builder friend found and restored my incredible house - and the rest is history.