COMMENTS FROM OUR GUESTS
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June 16, 2013
Just returned from an exquisite week spent at Domus Civita. The villa is a perfect blend of the modern and the ancient, and Patrizio spared no effort in ensuring that we enjoyed our stay to the maximum. Thanks for introducing us to drivers Luca and Francesca, who whisked us everywhere we wanted to go in comfort and luxury; Elisabetta and Francesco, who provided an impassioned and fascinating tour of Orvieto, both above ground and below; Agostino and Marco for a much welcomed massage session at the villa; and Gustavo for his wonderful meals, his attention to our every need, and most of all for his friendship. If you have the chance to stay in Civita, make sure you have at least one meal at Ostaria al Forno di Agnese and enjoy the hospitality and beautiful food courtesy of the owner, Manuela. This was an experience of a lifetime, and we cannot recommend Domus Civita enough to anyone who has ever dreamed of the perfect Italian vacation.
Paula and Janet
It's hard to overstate how wonderful this country, town, home is. You have provided unparalleled experience by creating this lovely home inside this enchanting town. We enjoyed our three weeks, lived much as the locals do, and made some wonderful memories with the locals as well. And let me sing the praises of Gustavo, warm, charming, helpful and easy going. He has made an already excellent experience flawless. I do hope to come back someday, but if not I will have memories to last my whole life. And I will tell my friends (but not too many as I don't want the secret to get out). We wish you much success and thank you for a great time.
December 2012, New York
Patrizio, we had a WONDERFUL time at Domus Civita! As usual, you both have outdone yourselves. Civita is truly a find. I was delighted by the fact that it is so pristine and untouched---no touristy shops, no plastic signs, no McDonalds, no billboards. Everything was tranquil and unspoiled. The shopkeepers were so welcoming and friendly. Jacob came back from his first foray to the cafe on the corner to say that "word had spread in town" and people were asking if we were the family "at Patrizio's, with the babies". We received the same warm welcome at midnight mass, where we have a picture of Geoffrey kissing the baby Jesus after making the procession to the manger. You were right about the Live Xmas Nativity--it was a real treat. That was one of the two nights that our cousins were with us from Geneva. They also had a great time and took a ridiculous number of photos.
We also had a fabulous evening with Iside and her cooking class. Our meal was so wonderful that Jacob and I actually drove up to their restaurant La Parolina in Trevinano the following day for lunch. I'm sure Iside thought we were insane!
Lisa and Jacob
Truly a find...
August 2012, Milan Italy
Civita di Bagnoregio has been defined as unique, extraordinary, magical. And truly, spending some days at Domus Civita heightens all of these aspects, adding a new dimension: the private enjoyment of Civita's enchantment. When you are done visiting the environs, or strolling around in Civita (getting to meet Civita's inhabitants is one of the many charms of this small village, as it is to eat at the cozy Forno di Agnese), there is nothing more satisfactory than returning to Patrizio and Mark's house. Staying at Domus Civita felt like being able to privately enjoy the heavenly beauty of Civita. When all the tourists cross the bridge and leave, one feels left in a very special place: the large spaces and the hidden nooks of the house can only mildly prepare you to the stunning beauty of the garden. Sharing a glass of wine with friends in the private magic of the garden, or looking outside from the pool is an experience one can hardly forget.
August 2012, Australia
They say a 'pictures tell a 1000 words' but in this situation they only reveal about 200, of those WOW is repeated about 199 times. Experiencing this home for yourself will be the only way that you can ever feel & understand the other 800 words.
Entering 'Domus Civita' for the first time into the main room we were in 'lust' with the charming property, but it wasn't until we entered the caves out onto the garden and into more caves to discover the pool and alfresco kitchen that we were truly in love. It is here in the garden we spent much of our time, and our favorite time was in the evening, where you can lounge with wine, enjoy the Italian countryside and listen to the activity from town people in the valley below. Above ground, when you see day-trippers approaching the house to get a view of over the valley below, you look at them with this smug look, knowing of the secret, and that they have no idea what lies beneath their feet!
In the house, from every room you can enjoy ample sunlight and fresh country breezes wafting in through the large windows with incredible views. The entire ‘Domus’ is filled with creative uses of repurposed pieces, some made by Patrizio [owner] himself. Sparse but not spare of personality, quaffed but comfortable, the space is easy to get comfortable in and feel like you are at home. The house itself in the evening provides a wonderful restful sleep from your days adventures into the surrounding areas. In fact you will find it hard to leave so anticipate late starts to your day and early returns to the house to enjoy all it has to offer.
Civita di Bagnoregio is the quintessential Italian Hilltown, and experiencing the town with a stay at this property will be a memory that will long live fondly in your travel adventures.
September 2012, Italy
Our family of 4 had the pleasure of staying in Domus Civita just this last August for a fantastic and very original vacation. From the moment you enter the town of Civita di Bagnoregio your are you are enticed by its peace and harmony. Every street, corner and vista a magical and almost mystical atmosphere and Domus Civita fully reflects the same sensation. In the house the ancient spaces and the modern interventions blend and contrast beautifully creating a unique feeling of harmony. We spent beautiful moments dining in the formal Italian garden thank you also to a unique kitchen placed in one of the caves facing it. More than anything we loved the pool and hot tub, also placed in a cave open onto the garden and with beautiful vistas of the town of Lubriano across the way. The house is so comfortable and filled with so many beautiful details, modern and old, which make it charming and truly unique. One of the most special places is the wine cellar located in an old underground water cistern…tasting wines in this beautiful space, where you breath the history and culture of the place, makes them really special! We will certainly be back for more! Thank you.
August 2012, USA
Thank you for an incredible stay at Domus Civita! It’s difficult to find words that capture the magic of this home and its fairy tale location. I have stayed at many unique accommodations all over the world but I have to say that this home is exceptional. First, the location is magical – a medieval village perched on a promontory – walking across the footbridge and through the Etruscan gateway I felt like I was entering a fairy tale! The hilltown of Civita is delightful – so peaceful with no cars-like going back in time; we had wonderful meals at local restaurants, enjoyed leisurely coffees and drinks around the charming town square – and the townspeople were so friendly. As for the house, you are to be commended for the phenomenal and obviously loving restoration of this historic property. I have never been in a private home with its own Roman water cistern and ancient caves! We had so much fun walking through the series of gorgeously lit medieval caves that led us from the main floor of the house down to the stunning Italian garden. The wine cellar in the Roman cistern is amazing, as is the meditation cave that you’ve outfitted with pillows & candles- so romantic! Floating in the pool and hot tub in a stone cave off the garden was like being on a movie set! We enjoyed great meals and stunning views from the garden gazebo. The living room and kitchen are beautifully designed and so comfortable – the terracotta floors, wood beams and the stone fireplace are gorgeous. And the artwork throughout the home is wonderful. The three bedrooms are beautifully appointed – I enjoyed the gorgeous views from the windows in the upstairs bed and bathroom. We also appreciated the great books you made available. To anyone considering an inspired vacation in Italy, I can most enthusiastically recommend Domus Civita.
Marian & friends