Just a short drive from Rome, on the way to Florence, the historic Castello Ruspoli is a treasured monument passed down through the centuries in this Aristocratic Italian family. Living here for a holiday offers an incredible cultural experience, a unique immersion in local culture and in the history of the Age of the Renaissance and of the heritage of this famed Italian family.
The Castle is a true Castle, and the furnishings are a combination of true artifacts, an historic art collection, antique furnishings, as well as modern comforts. There are 7 bedrooms, comfortable living areas, historic reception rooms, including a stunning, stone entry that makes you feel like you have entered the stage set of an Renaissance drama, but it’s not a set, it’s the real thing !
Pope Paul III donated both the castle and the land of Vignanello to his niece Beatrice Farnese in 1531, which marks the birth of the Marescotti Ruspoli dynasty. The castle and its awe-inspiring Renaissance gardens, among the most relevant in Europe, have since been in the hands of the Ruspoli.
Castle and Surroundings:
VIGNANELLO: Home to Castello Ruspoli, the medieval town of only five thousand people has many secrets to be unveiled. Surrounded by Monti Cimini, Vignanello lies on a hill-top between two valleys. The first records of its existence date back to 604 C.E.
BOMARZO: The garden of Bomarzo is famous for its grotesque sculptures and small buildings, all spread out amongst the garden’s natural vegetation. The park has been used as location for several films, including Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”.
LAGO DI BOLSENA: Bolsena is Europe’s largest volcanic lake and Italy’s fifth largest lake.
LAGO DI VICO: Located 20 minutes away from the property, this beautiful lake is perfect for a swim on hot summer days. The lake is also home to one of our favorite fish and seafood restaurants.
VILLA LANTE: has one of the most famous Mannerist gardens of the sixteenth century. This summer home was designed by landscaper Giulio Romana in the first half of the sixteenth century.
VITERBO: Known as the City of the Popes, Viterbo housed the first papal conclave, in 1276. Viterbo offers a true immersion in the architecture and cultural legacy of the medieval period.
ORVIETO: One of the most beautiful and visited Italian cities, Orvieto is located only 40 minutes away from the castle. Its charm allures visitors to its many historical monuments and irresistible local craft shops.
BAGNOREGIO: Founded by the Etruscans over two thousand five hundred years ago, Bagnoregio is a must-see, especially for lunch. Enjoy the complementary view!
PALAZZO FARNESE: The gardens of Palazzo Farnese are as impressive as the palace itself. Build in 1550, Palazzo Farnese is one of the landmarks of Renaissance architecture.
Castello Ruspoli is not a hotel, but a real home for your stay – guests not only have the opportunity to stay at the property, but also to profit from several activities such as cooking workshops, special dinners, bike tours and especially the chance of enjoying the local lifestyle.
And, of course, Rome is close by either by train or car.