COMMENTS FROM OUR GUESTS
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We had such a wonderful time staying at Domus Civita. The house and the entire town are a treasure - a really perfect place to spend a week unwinding. As Gustavo may have related, we didn't do much (having two babies with us helped to scale back expectations quite a bit!), but the house/pool/garden etc. are so lovely that there was great incentive to stay put. Gustavo very helpfully set up a wine tasting at Paolo Bea in Montefalco, and we had a fantastic afternoon there. Their wines are so memorable!! I think I remember you saying you hadn't yet been, and while it's a bit of a drive, I think it was absolutely worth it.
Thank you for making one of the most important days of our lives so carefree and unforgettable!
Everyone from Gustavo to the Valeria to Iside was incredibly helpful from the moment we arrive through our wedding. Pictures don't do it justice ... This place surpassed anything we could've imagined or dreamed of for our wedding, reception and gathering of family and friends.
This gorgeous little town and Domus Civita will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable weeks of our lives.
Erik and Samantha
Love the stair master! :-) Wonderful family vacation, breathtaking, beautiful day trips to Florence, lake Bolsena, Orvieto, Rome.
Thursday and Saturday market in Orvieto. Kittens are so funny and charming but not too cuddly!
Lightning storms …. claps of thunder were entertaining and awesome... Thank you for everything.
Wonderful family Vacation
What an amazing, beautiful, special place. So glad to come here on our honeymoon, to have hung out with friends Old and new and to have the pleasure of Gustavo and the cats company!
Every time we left and came back we were blown away by our setting. Every time we hit the pool I was blown away by our fortune. Thank you.
Ian and Jennifer
Driving the beautiful country roads are really from
Montepulciano and enjoying
Scenic Civita di Bagnoregio
Couldn't have had a finer host than Gustavo who
Immediately became a friend and help us discover
Vino and so much more on our
Italian dream vacanza.
To you and with you we say
Always keep your eyes open!
Kathy and Bob
July 2014, USA
It what's so fun staying at your house! And on the last day we saw 4 cats on the front steps! It was adorable! And remember never close your eyes... That part was cool … you were so nice to make a such a delicious meal. PS. I love the lasagna Gustavo!
Chase (8 years old)
Patrizio, Mark and Gustavo
How lucky are we that we bid and won the chance to stay at your house at a charity auction in Chicago. This is been one of the most unique magical and fun vacation we ever had. We love your beautiful house and a town of Civita. Gustavo was one of our favorite parts of the trip. We love this cooking and his company.
Gustavo remember never close your eyes! We also love that our wine and cheese tasting, cooking class, massages, and our wine tour with Francesca. We hope to come back very soon.
Jones, Kindle and Clarke family
Our stay at Domus Civita was an experience of a lifetime! We learned something new each day and felt very well taken care of while living a much more simplistic life. Gustavo was so charming and always nearby to lend a helping hand! The swims in the Cave Jacuzzi will be a memory forever. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise.
Experience of a lifetime
July 2014, USA
Thank you Patrizio. We LOVED Domus Civita! The uniqueness of setting, thoughtful, innovative and playful design, the view, the character of the town, the loveliness of the people, Alma Civita Restaurant ... an extraordinary place and an experience that we will never forget!
May 2014, USA
Patrizio, we had a wonderful time! The house was a dream.....it exceeded our expectations. We absolutely loved Civita and would like to do a Christmas trip! We made friends there and will definitely be back. My grand daughter named all the cats which are now listed in your guest book. I have several friends in the high end travel business and have sent them your website along with recommendation.
The restaurant Alma di Civita should be at the top of your list. It was one of the many highlights of our trip.
I think another recommendation should be Pienza for a day trip with lunch at La Porta in Monticchiello (about 7 or 8 minutes away).
I have been looking on line at your other properties. We are thinking of a trip first part of 2015, Mexico might be the right fit! Looking forward to our next stay!
House was a dream...
We are now home after a wonderful experience at Domus Civita in Civita di Bagnoregio.
Upon arriving at your house, Gustavo gave a tour that took our breath away. Every room or stairway was amazing. Everything was so clean. Food, alcohol, towels, books, wine, utilities -- all there for us to enjoy. But the house was the amazing part. Modern appliances, contemporary furnishings, but felt like you were going back in time as you took the stairway down past the wine cellar, then past the pool with kitchen, and then finally down to the Roman water cistern 2000 years old. Then the village from the 1300’s (with unbelievable history and challenges nature poses) and its nice, nice people. The cafes, the church, and the shops all greeted us so warmly.
Gustavo cooked a great meal Sunday night. We also went to the church Sunday at 11:30 a.m. We loved the many cats and they loved us. I think we fed them a little too much.
We went to Florence with Luca on Tuesday and had a great time visiting museum, shops, and cafés. Luca took us to Rome on Thursday. Saw Coliseum, Forum, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Museum, along with Trevi Fountain. Obama was also in town. He had a slightly larger motorcade than us.
Last day – Friday, we just hung out at the house. Gustavo came and visited – he’s wonderful.
It was sad to leave Domus Civita and the Village. We hope someday to return to the most beautiful place on earth we have ever visited!
Matt & Kristi
Most beautiful place on earth
We had the awesome priviledge of staying at Domus Civita last week. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the villa is fantastic. What a warm and cozy place it is with all the great views and historic nature of the home. From the moment Luca picked us up at the airport, our drive to Bangnoregio, and our first walk across the bridge to the villa til the day we had to leave was a special vacation.
Gustavo was a superb host and an excellent chef. The inital tour of the home was breath taking and all five of the floors are a joy. The wine cellar was my favorite floor :) The inventory in the wine cellar was certainly depleted once we had completed our 1 week stay.!!! The views from the garden out on the horizon are serene and the pool and hot tub were very nice to enjoy and relax with a glass of the local wine! Gustavo prepared a magnificant meal for us on our first full day and it was hard for us to leave to see local sites and tours but we did!
Luca is a marvelous tour guide as we experienced Florence and Rome, Italy with him as our guide. He speaks fluent English and knows all of the sites to see and explore. I would highly recommend him to any of your guest as the one to take for a tour guide / driver. We went to many of the restaurants and my favorite restaurant was Alma Civita. What a special place with friendly local owners. We had the house wine and some homemade Grappa with Sordon during the day and his son Maurizio made a delicious dinner for the 6 of us.
We spent each day walking the village, sitting down with a glass of wine while enjoying the outdoor surroundings, exchanging smiles with local folks, and stopping by the local historic church to greet Anna the caretaker.
Patrizio you have discovered a treasure in Domus Civita and we have already reccomended to our friends! Thank you again for the chance to explore Italy for our first time and to rest each evening in a very special home. WE WILL BE BACK
Tom and Janet
Warm and cozy place...
October 2013, USA
Gustavo greeted us at the bottom of the bridge on the night we arrived and he's been here for everything we needed including child proofing the place for a 2 year old, something with did not think was possible. What can I say except this is been the experience of a lifetime for all of us were here in this beautiful special place!
Steve and Family
November 2013, USA
Thank you for the wonderful experience here at Domus Civita.
Wards can't describe what you have created for your guests. This house in town are amazing and will forever be an awesome memory for Jerry and myself. Gustavo has been a huge bonus by preparing delicious meals and providing us with whatever we need to make this such a delightful vacation. Everything is here for us to completely relax and keep us wanting to extend our stay. We hate to say goodbye so I will say "a pin tardy". Grazie.
Merritt and Jerry
October 2013, USA
The house is amazing! The blend of contemporary with the caves has a phantasmagorical surreal feel….he middle ages counter posed with today. Gustavo is a wonderful host and Chef!
Please let me know if you have other completed projects that we can visit.
Wendell and Carol
January 2014, USA
We had an amazing time here over the past two weeks. It was the perfect place to relax, eat, cook read and drink great wine which friends. We can't wait to come back!
Ryan + Friends
January 2014, Australia
What can we say except that Domus Civita is simply amazing – it is much more impressive and tasteful than it appears on the Internet. As we walked over the bridge towards Bagnoregio – it felt like we had arrived in special part of heaven. All around us were scenic views of the Italian rule landscape interspersed with mist covered gullies - olive trees, orchards and old stone farm buildings. The atmosphere and romance are a critical part of Domus Civita – which stands out because one can almost feel the direct connection to multiple generations of people who have interacted with the building and landscape. For us, it is extraordinary to think of the Etruscan and Roman people working the stone around the town, or early tradesmen using the many caves to store their olive oil and wine. It’s almost as if you can feel the presence - something very special. Despite its antiquity, Domus Civita is beautifully laid out and extremely comfortable and modern to live in. The swimming pool, the tunnels and wine cellar created a great sense of fun. We desperately want to come back! Grazie Patrizio and Mark.
Ove, Sophie, Fiona and Chris
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