Sermoneta, Historic Stone house with pool, in a Medieval Hill Town home close to Rome and Naples


Sermoneta, Latina, Italy
22 Reviews
Single Family
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
5 Guests

Come to one of the most perfect medieval towns in Italy and enjoy living in a unique 12th century house, available for rent by the week or month. An unforgettable experience in the mild climate of this fairy-tale like town and area, only twenty minutes from great beaches, and a half hour train ride from Rome, awaits you. 

Sermoneta is a rare and wonderfully preserved medieval hilltop town, with the ambiance of earlier epochs and a  beauty for the ages. Domus Doull is a restored house in the oldest part of the town, near the dramatic “Caetani” castle, and with views over the Pontine Plain to the Mediterranean. Not far from the Via Appia, and countless other historic sites, and with feasible day trips by train to Rome and Naples, this is a great location for sightseeing. The 40 kilometres of beaches in the are make it a great location for  summer holidays too.

The house includes a charmingly painted living room/dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and two romantic bedrooms, each with modern baths. Its shady garden is deliciously scented by Jasmine and the blossoms of ancient orange and lemon trees. Enjoy cooking Italian style in the garden’s own pizza oven and outdoor grill, then settle in and enjoy your meal at the stone outdoor table. Best of all, enjoy sunning and bathing in a your own pool. In May and June the jasmine blossom is positively overwhelming.

The train station of Latina is only ten minutes by car from Sermoneta, and with the train journey to Rome only half an hour, daily sight-seeing visits to Rome are an attractive proposition. However, there is a wealth of tourist possibilities in the environs of Sermoneta; some of them are noted below. The ABBEY of VALVISCIOLO, a few kilometers north of SERMONETA, was established by Basilian monks in the VIIIth century and passed to the Knights Templar who reconstructed it in Gothic style using local stone. The Knights immortalized their ownership by sculpting their cross on the facade. In the XIIIth century, the Cistercians imposed their own style on the interior and in the decoration. Inside, frescoes by Nicola Circignani (1520-1600) and Emilio Savonanzi (1580-1660) can still be seen. Next to the church is the monastery with its cloisters. Not far from SERMONETA (6km) are the ruins of the ancient town of NINFA, the “Pompei of the Middle Ages”, destroyed in 1381. The destruction of NINFA was the result of a feud between two branches of the Caetani family, the winners of which exacted this violent revenge. The town had contained within its walls ten churches, four monasteries, a municipal Palace, and a castle with a high tower. The ruins remained untouched for centuries; the crystal waters from the Lepino hills flowing through the lake and streams of the abandoned site. Today, all that remains of old NINFA are the ruins of the castle, the mills, and the churches, reflected in the waters of its lake. In 1920 Gelasio Caetani converted the site into a natural Oasis, a wonderful park of exotic and rare plants that thrive in this world-renowned micro-climate. These extraordinary gardens can be visited on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month from April to October, and on public holidays.

An extraordinary natural site is the NATIONAL PARK OF CIRCEO, host to the Monte Circeo, 20 km of superb sandy beaches, four lakes and a forest in its 8,500 hectares (18,700 acres). Recognised by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”, the park contains 1,237 species of fauna and 250 species of bird, and wild boar, deer and foxes thrive in the forest. It also contains ruins of Emperor Domitian’s Villa and Lucullo’s Spring. The 1,700 foot Monte Circeo is believed to be the site of Circe and her Sirens, described in Homer’s Iliad. Circe drugged Ulysses’ 23 companions and turned them into swine; however, Ulysses avoided this fate with an antidote provided by Hermes, and persuaded Circe to fall in love with him, which helps explain her decision to return his companions. The Roman Emperors had an eye for beauty, and in addition to Emperor Domitian’s Villa near Sabaudia, those of Nero at Anzio and Tiberius at Sperlonga are testament to the fact that vacations in this area have an excellent, and lengthy, pedigree !

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Absolutely wonderful! This truly is a unique property in a very special place. Sermoneta is a magical,…

19 July, 2017 by Gabi F
Absolutely wonderful! This truly is a unique property in a very special place. Sermoneta is a magical, pristine, medieval town, there really aren't many places like this is the world! While the town itself is wonderful, the house is even better and

An enchanting oasis in a charming village. Excellent, attentive customer service. The property is…

09 August, 2016 by Lynne A
An enchanting oasis in a charming village. Excellent, attentive customer service. The property is very clean and well maintained, and the bathrooms are large and modern. The house is unique and absolutely charming; the garden and pool were beyond

Consider yourself fortunate if you get to stay here. What more can you ask for? A fabulous retreat in…

27 April, 2016 by Kamal R
Consider yourself fortunate if you get to stay here. What more can you ask for? A fabulous retreat in a delightful, medieval hilltop town well located close to both Rome and Naples. The beautiful house is perched on top of the hillside with

Feel like a local in this amazing hillside town. And the pool! Che bella piscina! Visiting Sermoneta…

22 November, 2015 by David P
Feel like a local in this amazing hillside town. And the pool! Che bella piscina! Visiting Sermoneta is an ideal Italian experience. It's small, not touristy, and exceptionally beautiful. And staying at this house was magical. When we walked in

Comfortable lodgings in updated stone house in hilltop medieval town in striking distance of Rome and…

11 November, 2015 by Chaim S
Comfortable lodgings in updated stone house in hilltop medieval town in striking distance of Rome and magnificent beach. I highly recommend this sel-contained apartment in a renovated stone house dating from the 12th century in a historic hilltop

Stunning villa in Sermoneta. This was the perfect weekend getaway – the house is stunning with gorgeous…

23 October, 2015 by MN
Stunning villa in Sermoneta. This was the perfect weekend getaway - the house is stunning with gorgeous views on the valley. I can't decide what the best part of the house is - the pool, the cacti, the secret garden, the rooms...i absolutely loved

Amazing! Absolutely wonderful. Can’t wait to go back! Was a beautiful home with everything you needed….

23 October, 2015 by Sophie B
Amazing! Absolutely wonderful. Can't wait to go back! Was a beautiful home with everything you needed. The town was great and the views stunning. Easy to get to Rome and around the area. Would recommend to anyone!

Bliss. We had a fantastic time staying at the house in Sermoneta, literally could not fault it. With…

23 October, 2015 by Lewis G
Bliss. We had a fantastic time staying at the house in Sermoneta, literally could not fault it. With everything you need a stone's throw away - great local wine, food, markets and sights, you could happily stay in the medieval hill town for your

A Perfect Holiday Retreat–Close to Rome with Hill-town Views. Sermoneta offers a fully-accommodating…

15 July, 2014 by Carol Y
A Perfect Holiday Retreat--Close to Rome with Hill-town Views. Sermoneta offers a fully-accommodating family space to recreate and relax. We spent 10 days here in late June, which included a couple of memorable beach excursions along the historic

Splendid home in a glorious and unique village! The web site proposed a lovely location and property;…

19 May, 2014 by Tim and Scott
Splendid home in a glorious and unique village! The web site proposed a lovely location and property; the reality well met all of those advance expectations. The owners were most helpful for establishing the arrival processes and the local staff

Fantastic! A real haven. For a real feel of Italy this is the location for you. Peace and tranquillity…

13 September, 2013 by Rochester
Fantastic! A real haven. For a real feel of Italy this is the location for you. Peace and tranquillity await. The rental has a very traditional and authentic feel with every comfort you could want. You will not be disappointed with the local

A must for those seeking a true italian experience. Sermoneta is a truly magical place. Believe me when…

02 September, 2013 by Roseland
A must for those seeking a true italian experience. Sermoneta is a truly magical place. Believe me when I say that my wife and I are very particular about the places we stay, but this villa and its surroundings drew us back for a second visit this

Perfect by all means! Beside the friendly owners, The house is fully equipped, fashionably breathtaking….

16 September, 2012 by Saud and Shada
Perfect by all means! Beside the friendly owners, The house is fully equipped, fashionably breathtaking. Located in Sermoneta (a very wonderful 12 century mountain village) the garden & the pool are viewing the Italian Countryside and nearby

wunderschöne, malerische Stadt. Sermoneta ist eine atemberaunde, auf einem Berg gelegene Stadt mit wunderschönen…

27 August, 2012 by Vizidoc
wunderschöne, malerische Stadt. Sermoneta ist eine atemberaunde, auf einem Berg gelegene Stadt mit wunderschönen Gassen die im Abendlicht märchenhaft erscheinen. Die Bougainville, Jasmin, und früchtetragenden Zitrusbäume geben der Umgebung eine

Helt fantastiskt! Vår familj hade en fantastisk vecka i Sermoneta och i “Domus Doull”. Ägarna, Adrian…

03 August, 2012 by Andreas
Helt fantastiskt! Vår familj hade en fantastisk vecka i Sermoneta och i "Domus Doull". Ägarna, Adrian och Susan var mycket hjälpsamma och delade med sig av goda råd om sevärdheter, restauranger och stränder. Poolen var välanvänd av barnen

Enchanting house in medieval hilltop town. I, my husband and teenage children – age 13 and 17 – spent…

11 September, 2011 by Jill P
Enchanting house in medieval hilltop town. I, my husband and teenage children - age 13 and 17 - spent a week here to relax after a hectic five day stay in Rome and relax we did. Everything positive written in previous reviews is true - particularly

Perfect by all means. Beside the friendly owners, The house is fully equipped, fashionably breathtaking. Located…

26 July, 2011 by Saud
Perfect by all means. Beside the friendly owners, The house is fully equipped, fashionably breathtaking. Located in Sermoneta (a very wonderful 12 century mountain village) the garden & the pool are viewing the Italian Countryside and nearby

Beautiful place in magical village. What a gorgeous place Sermoneta is. I am not sure I would have ever…

15 May, 2011 by Toronto
Beautiful place in magical village. What a gorgeous place Sermoneta is. I am not sure I would have ever visited that region of Italy without finding your place on the website. There were so many wonderful surprises at every turn, and we loved that

Fantastic Adventure. Spent one week in this very charming village. Susan and Adrian are thougtful hosts,…

17 July, 2010 by Gloria D
Fantastic Adventure. Spent one week in this very charming village. Susan and Adrian are thougtful hosts, and the house had everything one needs. They have taken the time to put together pages and pages of things to do in nearby villages, wineries,

Perfect get-away!! This is a perfect get-away for those that want a little bit of everything, whether…

30 September, 2009 by The Brunebo-gang
Perfect get-away!! This is a perfect get-away for those that want a little bit of everything, whether relaxation by the pool, wine tasting at one of the local vineyards, exploration of the seaside and beautiful beaches to the west, and mountain

A beautiful medieval village. This lovely house is situated high up in the most beautiful medieval village…

05 September, 2008 by Teddington
A beautiful medieval village. This lovely house is situated high up in the most beautiful medieval village we've ever been to. The house itself is very well appointed and is situated in a lovely garden, complete with hammock and falling lemons! It's

Family stay in Aug. this house is amazing, the location is out of this world,the village and its setting…

25 August, 2008 by Sharron T
Family stay in Aug. this house is amazing, the location is out of this world,the village and its setting make it unique,we stayed here with our 2 teenage children in August,we had the best holiday ever, the easy access to the train station and toll


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Sermoneta, Latina, Italy
41.55 12.9833

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