Villa Cappella is located on the edge of the Altopiano dell’Alfina, the high plain formed by a volcanic eruption hundreds of millions of years ago. The Altopiano is an undiscovered zone of stunning landscapes, friendly locals, excellent food at local prices, clean air and temperate nights—and yet, it is only a 90-minute commute from Rome.
There are many things that distinguish Central Italy. The food and wine are simple, earthy and fabulous. The slower-paced lifestyle is enviable.... The history is mind boggling. But ... the best part of each day spent touring the countryside was coming “home” to Villa Cappella.

R. Schaefer, Winchester, Virginia, USA.

Given its location at the crossroads of three culinary regions, Villa Cappella is a food-and-wine-lover’s dream come true. Without having to move, guests can sample the cuisines from three of Italy’s famous regions, at local prices and in villages that are not tourist showcases. The zone is also host to some of Italy’s most famous vineyards: Orvieto Classico, Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino…

The markets, eateries and vineyards on the Altopiano epitomize the slow food movement and the locals want to keep it that way! With its rich volcanic soil, the Altopiano is known for its sheep’s milk cheese (pecorino), truffles, porcini mushrooms, honey, wild boar and potatoes. It is home to many of the organic farms that supply Rome’s health food stores and kitchens. Only an hour from the Mediterranean, it also boasts fine seafood restaurants.

Villa Cappella is five minutes from the village of Torre Alfina in one direction, and five minutes from the town of Acquapendente in the other. Torre Alfina was recently voted one of Italy’s 100 prettiest villages. It is home to a medieval castle, a nationally famous gelateria and two good restaurants, and hosts several food festivals in addition to an annual blues festival.

Acquapendente is a thriving market town on the Cassia (one of the original Roman roads). With its variety of stores and supermarkets, a weekly farmer’s market, excellent restaurants and the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve Information Centre, one can find virtually anything in Acquapendente.

Orvieto is the wondrous hilltop town where the Etruscans held out for years under Roman siege. A guided tour of the underground caves delights adults and children alike, and gives visitors a sense of the rich history of the zone. Orvieto boasts a well-served train station, many five-star restaurants, views of the Appenine mountain range, an opera house and walking tours through old and charming neighbourhoods…not to mention the internationally famous Umbria Winter Jazz Festival.

Lake Bolsena and first-rate Mediterranean beaches are within 20 minutes and one hour, respectively. Guests may choose between several great thermal spas: Terme dei Papi in Viterbo, San Casciano dei Bagni, Terme San Filippo and Saturnia.

The best of Town and Country

Why spend time highway driving? Why change hotels every few nights? At Villa Cappella, guests don’t have to choose. Only twenty minutes from Orvieto and its very convenient train station, guests can commute to Rome or Florence and be home in time for dinner on the terrace and a good night’s sleep in the peaceful and refreshing Italian countryside!

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