About this listing
The Gates of Paradise can seem overwhelming but it is not. The location, the view, the atmosphere, the house and garden designed with care, and finally "La Bella Italia" all around will not disappoint your expectations!
on a hill-top:
Independent little country house surrounded by an ancient olive grove, renovated respecting local architectural traditions, the environment and at the same time, the standards of bio-architecture.
The delightful garden with its pergola, stone table and sun-beds, overlooks the breath-taking landscape that the ancient medieval township of Civita di Bagnoregio majestically dominates.
This is the ideal place for a quiet, relaxing holiday, although there are many cultural and naturalistic sightseeing trips which can be done in this area.
Open-plan house with split-level living-sleeping area (sleeps 2+1):
Split-level interior with double bed on higher level. The living area has a fully-equipped kitchen, dish-washer, wood stove and single bed-settee. A spacious and modern bathroom comes complete with shower cabin.
Accessories with a clean, modern design provide the finishing touch to this elegant country house and offer
the guests maximum comfort and convenience during their stay. Sky-TV.
The breath-taking panorama overlooks Civita di Bagnoregio and the surrounding valley.
The house has an enchanting location, submerged in the unspoilt nature of a valley which is famous for its unusual clay-ridged ravines, known as “Calanchi”, a Naturalistic Place in the the European Community.
Civita di Bagnoregio and its “Valle dei Calanchi”:
Perched on a hill made of soft, crumbling rock, the ancient township of Civita di Bagnoregio, once an Etruscan settlement, can now only be reached by crossing a footbridge.
The town overlooks the underlying valley and from this vantage point, you will be able to admire the network
of pale stone ridges which form the “Calanchi” – stunning clay formations which are a Naturalistic Protected Area and Site of Community Importance (SIC) in the European Community.
The pattern of gullies and white-clay crests are a result of erosion which has gone on for centuries.
THE SURROUNDING AREA
Situated the northern part of Alto Lazio, known as “La Tuscia”, only a few kilometres from Umbria and the unspoilt wilderness known as “La Maremma” which lies between Lazio and Tuscany, makes this the idea holiday base to organise sightseeing trips throughout what was once the land of the Etruscans.
Viterbo is only 26 km away, Orvieto, 20 km and the Lake of Bolsena just 10 km from here. Tarquinia, Tuscanica, Vulci,
Pitigliano, Sorano and Sovana, which were once the settlements of the Etruscans in the Maremma area are
all within a 45 km radius.
Todi is only 45 km away, Perugia 90 km, whilst Arezzo and Rome are about 100 km from here and are definitely worth visiting for their inestimable artistic heritage.
Giovanna and Valerio, the owners of the property, will not be too far away and will be only too pleased to suggest other interesting itineraries for sightseeing trips to nearby Tuscany and Umbria. They will also offer you useful advice about the region, including sights worth visiting, restaurants worth eating at and which crafts and gastronomic specialities are worth purchasing as mementoes.
Nature, culture, sport and ceramics:
Guided (or not) nature walks, mountain-bike trips, visits to wine-producers and to the botanical gardens.
It is also possible to take part in intensive pottery courses (raku, pit-fire and bucchero) taught by Giovanna.
These activities must be requested before-hand to allow for necessary arrangements.
Absolutely splendid vacation at Giovanna and Valerio’s place! We thought last years stay could not get any better...but we were proven wrong. Lucky us :)
This is without a doubt the most beautiful and tranquil part of Italy we have ever visited - and everything just seems to come together. Fantastic location with breathtaking views, cozy little house with great amenities (just upgraded with new oven) and the nicest hosts. Giovanna and Valerio - you are truly amazing and kind people. Thank you for everything.
Back from vacation now and enjoying your homemade marmalade and olive oil every single day - reminding us of your kindness and the wonderful time we spent at your place. Thank you!
It might be called "Heaven's door", but we think of it as "Paradise on Earth". What an absolutely amazing place!
From the minute we arrived Giovanna and Valerio welcomed us in the most sincere and warmhearted way. They are truly generous people.
The house is so cozy and well equipped and the surroundings are simply breathtaking.
We highly recommend this place, but at the same time we would also love to keep this secret gem to ourselves :)
Thank you so much Giovanna and Valerio. We had an absolutely perfect stay! Hopefully we'll see you next summer.
About the Host, Giovanna
Giovanna and Valerio moved to this dream location as a life style choice, leaving behind a city life comprised of work, studies, and research. The contact with nature, the "hand in the clay" to cultivate roses brought Giovanna to the art of ceramics.
Her African and ethnoarchaeologist past stirred her towards antique pottery techniques: raku, bucchero, and pit-fire.
With her, you will be able to experiment with your manual skills, creating small objects that you will take home as a remembrance of a special vacation.
Valerio will be happy to show you tourism-enogastronomic itineraries or to take you, if you wish, to walking excursions planned for you to discover products, history, local traditions, and culture.
Brandy the bulldog will greet you and join us is making you feel welcome!