In the Roman hills - 40 km southeast from Rome - two charming country villas can be rented either singly or together. There is a big shared pool, a children's playground and a lush extensive park with grape vines, olive trees, and vegetable garden.
On clear days you can view the seaside at Anzio and Circeo which are only 30 km away and are easely reached. In each house there are sleeping facilities for 8 persons which makes the property very suitable for larger groups of friends or family reunions.
Around a cluster of three old country houses forming a flagstone yard you find the enchanting property Villa dell'Artemisio. For centuries wine, olive oil, fruit and vegetables like tomatos, aubergines and peppers have been the products of the estate. These are today still cultivated.
The oldest villa with its thick walls, detached rafters and charming round windows - Villa dell' Obló - is from the 17 th century and was originally a monastery for nuns. The other house for rent is Villa dell' Portico from about 1880. With its outdoor porch's refreshing breeze and open look on the pool, the town of Velletri and the sea, you have the perfect opportunity for quality relax in the estate.
The interior of the villas has been gently renovated over time, while the exterior has been jealously safeguarded as it was. Much of the rustic furniture is original and has been in the family for generations. The mansion is mentioned in history books as it has been the scene of the famous battle between Garibaldi and the Speranzinis in the middle of the 19 th century.
The third villa remains private, and the pool is shared with the owners of the estate. A few steps away, in a fourth house, lives a Rumanian family who looks after the property. They will help you out if you have questions or any practical problems. Extra services such as breakfast or lunch are available.
Villa dell'Artemisio is located in the heart of the Natural Protected Park of Roman Castles Hills, an area endowed with beautiful lakes and century old forests. The area is famous for its Frascati wines and its fine virgin olive oil.
The surroundings are historically interesting as, over the centuries, catholic orders have built monasteries and retreats. Nearby, at Castel Gandolfo, the pope still has his summer residence, a small replica of the Saint Peters Church in Rome, which is open for visitors.
In addition there are many unspoiled medieval villages such as Nemi, Giulianello and Artena worth while a visit. The famous garden of Tivoli and the garden of the emperor Adriano are also a short drive away. A car is recommended for your stay, and can be rented for example at the nearby Airport of Ciampino or at the Airport of Fiumicino.