Fontana del Papa is a bed and breakfast and cooking school near Rome in the idyllic and charming countryside location of Monti della Tolfa.
But this would be a understatement. It is, in fact, a wonderfully rustic home dating from the 16th century in what was, until 2000, an abandoned farmhouse set amongst equally abandoned olive trees.
Beautifully and tenaciously restored by owner Assuntina Antoncacci, Fontana del Papa today has become a relaxing retreat where to enjoy the Lazio countryside and traditional way of life as it once was.
You will feel like part of the family, where guests eat meals together in typically Italian fashion at a long table.
Download below the .pdf about May 2013 cooking class holiday program @ Fontana di Papa
The 4 star Grand Hotel Chiaia di Luna is located in an enviable and chamring position above the beautiful Chiaia di Luna bay on the island of Ponza.
The ambience of the bay is a natural amphitheatre overlooking the sea towards the protected island of Palmarola and the harbour of Ponza, with the centre of the island just a 500 meter walk.
Traditionally opening for the season on May Day, the hotel offers 4 typologies of room; standard, classic, suite and seaview.
All are furnished in typical Mediterranean style with air conditioning and all but the standard tooms coming with WiFi connections. Book a suite and enjoy pay per view tv on large plasma screens.
All guests can dip into the panoramic seawater swimming pool which boasts a solarium equipped with sunbeds and towels. During the day, refresh yourself at the poolside bar, while the main hotel restaurant is called “Chiaia” with 'Kibar' being the terraced lounge bar.
The Grand Hotel delle Terme di Stigliano is set in its own wonderful grounds in the Roman countryside and is a great choice for anyone seeking a spa break in Italy close to Rome.
The Botanic Gardens of Stigliano are actually listed in a network called Grandi Giardini Italiani (Great Italian Gardens) which also includes Villa d'Este in Tivoli and Boboli Gardens in Florence.
You won't be the first to discover this luxuriant corner of Lazio. The Etruscans considered the local waters sacred, while the ancient Romans built their baths here under the Emperor Tiberius and called them 'Thermae Stygyane'.
Although now in ruins a replica Roman Steam Cave has been built on the spot. Guests can enjoy this therapy aimed at relaxing the muscles and aiding the cardiovascular system.
The full history of the location is fascinating and can be read in full here.
The 4 star luxury Hotel Atlante Garden is situated in the heart of Rome only 10 minutes by foot from the Vatican City.
It is also within easy reach of Navona Square and the Spanish Steps, one of the most famous shopping areas in the world.
The hotel, together with sister hotel the Atlante Star, are family owned and managed.
The elegant interior decoration consisting of wall tapestry, marbles and antique furniture contribute to create an elegant and charming atmosphere of how travelling used to be.
If you are a honeymoon couple you can also benefit from an upgrade and special VIP service.
The Hotel Atlante Star is a noted four star superior hotel in central rome offering stunning views of the Vatican City and Saint Peter's Square.
We can go as far as to say that the 6th floor Roof Garden Restaurant 'Les Etoiles' of the Atlante Star has the best table view of Saint Paul's Basilica we have yet come across.
The hotel, together with sister hotel the Atlante Garden, are family owned and managed.
They combine an elegant, worldly charm of how travelling used to be, along with modern comforts and facilities.