Casa Civita

  • Location: Town / Village
    Orvieto, one of Italy’s most dramatically situated hill towns: 20km (35 mins by car)
    Assisi and Basilica of St. Francis: 90km 1h 30 mins by car)
    Restaurants, local shops and the weekly market: In walking distance
    Rent a boat on Lake Bolsena: 20km (30 mins by car)
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO): 155km (1h 50 mins by car)
    Perugia Airport San Francesco d'Assisi (PEG): 85km (1h 20 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Civita di Bagnoregio is a magical base to explore the surrounding landscapes and medieval villages.
At night or during the colder months you should really enjoy the heated pool or their jacuzzi.
Go to the local market, fire up the outside kitchen & BBQ and enjoy the amazing views during dinner.
You'll find more restaurants, shops, markets, bakeries in the sister town across the footbridge.

The miedieval village’s only connection to the modern world is a footbridge, so you need to walk 5 mins to park your car.

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An introduction to Casa Civita

How would you describe Casa Civita in a nutshell

A unique 14th century medieval home turned into a holiday rental inside the magical town of Civita di Bagnoregio. The holiday home is situated in a place of great natural beauty where you breath the untouched history of the town and the complexity of the surrounding landscape, blended together in a unique way. I took the ‘soul’ of the house and re-expressed it by contrasting it with modern interventions and furnishings... with a touch of romanticism and humour.

Please tell us a bit about the history of the house.

The structure dates from the 14th century and is situated on top of Etruscan caves and tombs and a beautiful Roman water cistern, all of which are accessible from inside the house and open onto a beautiful hanging garden 4 stories down and through the cliff. The Etruscan caves are 2600 years old while the roman cistern is probably 2000 years old.

The restoration of the house became a challenging exercise of making the different parts feel as a whole yet retaining their spirit.

What was your inspiration to restore another house in Italy and rent it to holiday guests?

I’m addicted to it... plain and simple! Podere Palazzo has been so successful and rents so well that we felt we were doing something right! I love beauty in all its forms, natural and man-made and I want to be part of the process of creating beauty through restoring tired old structures with lots of charm and potential.

Please tell us a bit about the architecture and style of the holiday home.

I wanted to keep all that was original and beautiful in the house without touching it but just cleaning it and restoring it. Since the house was badly divided and chopped up at some point we needed to create a new stairwell to connect all 3 floors. The rest is all white and ethereal with accents of brass, gold and greys and a few shots of bright colours. I thought of it as a simple and serene place full of little surprises and romantic touches.

What do you particularly like about this part of Italy?

The beautiful landscapes which go from lunar outcroppings to perfectly manicured olive orchards, from fields and pastures to medieval towns perched on a hill.

What is local life like and what would your perfect day on holiday look like?

Local life is very calm and serene. There is a great sense of community and belonging to a special place. All the inhabitants love their town more than anything and they are generous and helpful at all times.

The perfect day at Casa Civita is: breakfast in the garden gazebo, a dip in the pool and then out to visit a town or two. Come back early afternoon for a stroll in town and a drink at the local snack bar to chat with the locals and meet some charming tourists. Late afternoon should be devoted to laying in the house jacuzzi, reading a book in the garden, napping... In the evening, cook a nice meal with friends and open a bottle of wine from our cellar. After dinner stroll in town is mandatory to check out the moon and the stars in the sky!

Casa Civita garden
Casa Civita pool
Living room
Kitchen
Bedroom
Bedroom and view
Casa Civita interior
Casa Civita entrance
Wine cellar and garden
Town of Civita di Bagnoregio

Casa Civita rooms & rates

The holiday house has three bedrooms all with private baths and a study with extra beds. The house is set up for 8 guests. We have 2 kitchens, 1 inside the house and one in a cave opening onto the garden. There is a heated pool with Jacuzzi inside one the largest caves and then a unique wine cellar for our guests inside the roman water cistern. All the other caves (9 in total) are devoted to art installations and storage.

The house comes with a formal Italian garden with an old fountain, an outdoor living room and a gazebo with barbecue for outdoor dining for 8.

  • Casa Civita for 6-8 people / 250 m²
    / night
    • 3 Double bedroom
    • 3 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 2 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
Included in the rates
The rate includes final cleaning, 2 midweek cleanings, gas, water, electricity, bed linens, all towels and soaps. Heating of house and pool are charge separately in low season.
Optional extras
Available on request: Daily maid service; Breakfast delivery; Welcome dinner made exclusively with fresh, local ingredients; Cooking class with a Michelin star chef; Personal driver and tours.
Extra charges payable at the property
Heating is charged extra at EUR 2 per unit/cubic metre.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. Cots and extra beds are available on request (USD 60 per night).
Minimum stay
4 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Discounts/Special offers
5% off for bookings of more than 14 nights

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

We are happy to offer tailor-made services to make our guests’ stay even more enjoyable and memorable. One of our cooks can prepare a home cooked scrumptious meal made exclusively with fresh, local ingredients and in the most authentic Italian style. Or, you can indulge in a wonderful breakfast delivered to the kitchen or garden, complete with fresh baked goods, juice, coffee, cereal, yoghurt and more. We can also stock the fridge and the pantry upon your arrival so you can relax when you first get to the house.

A highlight is our cooking class with a Michelin star chef and a wine tasting in our wine cellar, a 2000-year-old Roman water cistern with more than 300 botteles from local producers.

And finally we can also provide transfers or organize private tours to wineries, castles, cheese makers and all the other highlights of the region.

Things to do in Lazio & Civita di Bagnoregio

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Eat, drink, repeat.... local meats and wines are delicious. I truly enjoy the quality and flavours of local food as well as the breadth of incredible wines.

I’d also recommend to visit Orvieto and Todi to the east, the town of Tuscania to the south and the Etruscan ruins of Tarquinia, renting a boat on Lake Bolsena to visit the 2 islands and swimming in the lake, as well as a visit to the glorious historical gardens of Villa Lante and Bomarzo. I am very fond of gardens and I think Villa Lante is a gem. The cathedral of Orvieto should not be missed, it’s one of the best Gothic churches in Europe.

Casa Civita reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Casa Civita was great. I would rent it 5, highest grade. Local support from Gustavo was very efficient. Patrizio, the owner was very friendly and responsive through eMayls.
Nicolas H. (USA)
stayed at Casa Civita in January 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
The pictures don't nearly do it justiceMy brother's family stayed there and I visited. It's stunning. Very well appointed and beautiful design. Cave wine cellars, a spa, Italian garden etc. The pictures don't nearly do it justice.
Patrick O.
stayed at Casa Civita in April 2014

The location of Casa Civita

Civita di Bagnoregio is only accessible by a pedestrian bridge which makes the town a jewel lost in time. As you walk through the arched gateway you feel like you leave the world behind and enter a different reality. The town of Civita di Bagnoregio is simply a magical place. You step back in time. The atmosphere is hard to describe and it’s of a rare beauty. The house is a reflection of this reality and atmosphere and in addition it provides an endless array of sceneries and layers that make you feel part of a complex architectural system in balance between the ground and the sky.

The villa is located very near Orvieto famous for its Gothic cathedral, beautiful views and great wines. The territory here is volcanic and Civita di Bagnoregio is built on eroding Tuff rock from a volcanic eruption 250.000 years old. This is what makes the town and the surrounding areas so unique and fertile.

When is the best time to visit Lazio?

Anytime, as Civita is always beautiful. I think late spring is very beautiful here... May and June are my favourite months.