Corte della Maestà provides 4 beautiful rooms, an enchanting garden and a journey through Italy’s history in the magical setting of Civita di Bagnoregio.
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!