"My husband and I began our honeymoon by staying 5 nights at Casa Verde in Castel Cellesi. We loved the whole experience. The house was perfect for our needs with full kitchen, including cooking utensils, 2 bathrooms ans a bedroom with a beautiful view of the valley. Eddie was very friendly, helpful, informative and accessible. He gave us a map and a full explanation of all the nearby sights worth visiting. With our rental car, we visited Viterbo, Orvieto, La Civita, Bolsena and montefiascone. All towns were unique and interesting. The food and wine were incredible. We would highly recommend Castel Cellesi to anyone looking for a relaxing experience that is a little bit off the beaten path."
Sami B, England - Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
"In Castel Cellesi I had one of my most beautiful and relaxing vacations. Peace and quiet, beautiful surrounds and great accommodation, really made it."
Julie Robinson, London England
"Thank you for your hospitality and for fulfilling every and all of our wishes. I and my family really enjoyed our vacation. See you next year same date."
Patricia Millar, Cleveland (USA)
"For elderly people like me and my husband this is like a real little paradise. We warmly recommend anyone to come and stay."
Mary McCaib, Toronto (Canada)
"A vacation in Castel Cellesi is an unforgettable experience! I couldn’t get over the friendly locals, and of course the food... Wonderful. Thank you so much."
David Wyse, Sevenoaks England
"Coming from Finland one of the most important considerations for me was good weather and comfortable accommodation. I found this and more in Castel Cellesi. To my surprise I found Finnish spoken in the village! Well done."
Jorma Jyrkilä, Finland
Walking vacationTrekking and walking
In today’s busy world when getting from one placet o another, speed tends to be our objective rather than the enjoyment or appreciation of our surroundings.
Whereas ‘taking a walk’ whether it be in the mountains, at the seaside, visiting historical sites or simply ambling in the countryside gives us the opportunity to get back to nature, to enjoy the sights and sounds and to explore the many points of interest which we find along our path. And walking is good for us!
There are many parts of Italy where it is wonderful to strtoll and at the same time explore , and one of these is Tuscia located at the meeting point of North Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.
Here are a few of the many possible walks:
From Civita di Bagnoregio to the ravines of Ponticelli
We begin at Civita, known as ‘la città che muore’ – the dying city. This because of the constant erosion of the tolfo rock. We enter the city through the beautiful 15th century gate of Santa Maria. Notice the many buildings where nothing remains but the façade, the rest of the buildings having long crumbled away with the erosion. Visit the church of San Donato with its beautiful frescoes. See the many buildings carved out of black volcanic rock, such as the ancient olive oil press. Admire the many stunning views of the valley below, as you explore the town.
Then we walk down through a long tunnel, called ‘il Bucaione’ – literally ‘big hole’ –which was carved out by the ancient Etruscans. At the bottom we arrive in a chestnut orchard, then taking a narrow path we arrive at the peak of the Ponticelli with its unforgettable view of the ravine.
A walk around Civita di Bagnoregio
An easy circular walk around the cliffs of Civita, going through chestnut groves, olive trees, vineyards and woods. This walk is a paradise for photographers.
From Castel Cellesi to Rio Chiaro
We take a narrow trail which goes through extensive olive groves, vineyards and woodland. We arrive at an old mill, on the bank of the Rio (river) Chiaro. This would be ideal on a warm summers day to relax and perhaps have a picnic lunch, and take many many photographs.
Around Castel Cellesi
A pleasant semi circular stroll through tiny trails which go through woodland, fields, vineyards and olive groves. There are beautiful views of the distant Umbrian mountains.
Why not visit the ancient pilgrimage church of Santo Sepolcoro located a few minutes from the centre of Castel Cellesi?
A walk around lake Bolsena is a must, its water is said to be the cleanest in Europe. This volcanic lake was an important crossroads for the ancient Etruscans. You can see small harbours, traditional fishing boats, fishermen’s houses and more.
The lake has many sandy beaches and of course excellent restaurants where you should try the fish from the lake. We start from the splendid town of Capodimonte, 406 m, dominating the lake, on the site of ancient Bisentium.
From here we can see the town of Martana, Montefiascone and the many other towns surrounding the lake and the lovely Bisentina islands.
Then going down to the village of San Agapito, there are little lakeside roads down to the harbours and beaches.
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