THE REGION

Tuscia is the name that has been adopted for Etruria after the Roman Conquest. This historical region embraced the whole region of Tuscany, a great part of Umbria and the northern parts of Lazio. Today it coincides with the province of Viterbo. La Tuscia Viterbese is one of the most suggestive areas of Lazio where the altering of medieval villages, castles, green hills and numerous historical sites create a stunning patchwork of colours.

On the southeast side of Lake Bolsena, we will unwind in an authentic villa which is part of an agricultural farm where organic olive oil is produced. Meandering through bucolic landscapes where nature and art seamlessly blend, we will touch the soul of this former land of the Etruscans. Renaissance gardens, sculpture parks and volcanic hills are the unique scenery in which we can slow down and enjoy the present moment. 

 

MY STORY

A long non-asphalted road led me to Il Molino with its shaded areas under the olive trees, a spacious terrace around the pool overlooking the valley and stylish lounges with old fireplaces and sofas to snuggle into. This house is one of the masterpieces of Huis Italië whose founder, Ludwine Vanacker, has a sure feel for lovely cottages and interesting curiosities which she generoulsy shares on her website.

Thanks to her tips and anecdotes, we composed an amalgam of secret treasures peppered with the spirit of hospitality and adventure. The marquis of Costaguti will receive us in his beautiful castle that has been preserved with respect for tradition. In the gardens of Bormazo and Paul Wiedmer, art in nature is displayed in all its beauty. You will be surprised by late night hot springs and an aquatic wellness excursion on the banks of a volcanic lake. Your immersion in Tuscia would not be complete without tasting one of Italy’s greatest white wines produced by Sergio Mottura, a pioneer of the rediscovery of indigenous grape varieties, more in particular the ‘grechetto’. 

 

OUR ITINERARY

  • a nature immersion experience in the Cimini Mountains with a guided forest therapy walk and idyllic picnic at the volcanic Vico lake which holds the record of altitude among the great Italian lakes with its 507 m above sea level

  • a guided tour and diner at the Costaguti castle, annex ornamental garden, in the medieval town of Roccalvecce

  • ‘dolce far niente’ at the Molino swimming pool preceded by a free tour in the organic olive farm

  • a bike tour along fairy-tale villages La Quercia and Vitorchiano alternated with a guided tour in the stunning Renaissance garden of Villa Lante

  • wandering in the sacred wood of Bomarzo which is a very peculiar park with dozens of odd sculptures shaped as sea monsters, giants and exotic animals created in the 16th century. Breaking all the rules of Renaissance’s beauty and symmetry, the prince of Bomarzo dedicated himself to creating an eccentric grove having the blocks of tuff emerging from the ground sculpted into enigmatic figures.

  • late night relaxation in the thermal pools of Bagnaccio

  • a gentle exploration of the sculpture garden of Paul Wiedmer, a Swiss artist who works iron and fire, balancing between art and nature

  • a guided tour, wine degustation and gourmet buffet at the biological vineyard and in the suggestive cellars of the winemaker of ‘grechetto’. Sergio Mottura was the first to recognize the unrealized potential of this native vine. He worked restlessly to elevate grechetto out of regional obscurity. In 2013, the reputable Italian guide Gambero Rosso named Mottura the winemaker of the year.

  • a fun aquatic excursion by tubing in lake Mezzano, a small crater lake which is surrounded by a hidden farm house where we will enjoy a real Italian pranzo and in the afternoon relax our muscles and mind in the jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna and refreshing showers. Additional treatments like massage and mud therapy can be arranged upon request (not included).


THE PRICE

1.830€ per person for private accommodation

1.650€ per person for shared accommodation - twin beds

1.350€ per person for shared accommodation - double beds

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 7 nights stay in a quiet accommodation in a double or twin room

  • all meals consisting of traditional vegetarian dishes prepared with local seasonal ingredients

  • all restaurant visits and degustations

  • all local transport In Italy, except for airport shuttles

  • multilingual tour guide (English, French, German, Italian, Dutch)

  • bilingual environmental guides associated with AIGAE / Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistische

  • all experiential activities and entrance fees

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • liquors

  • additional treatments in the spa

  • flight tickets: please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the trip has met its minimums before booking your tickets

  • airport transfers: a group shuttle can be arranged upon request

  • travel- and cancellation insurances

A minimum of 6 travellers is requested for the trip to go ahead.

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