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About Patrizia Zampini
Myself Patrizia is the owner of this lovely House. I wanted to call it "Silvan's Retreat" because it's the favourite place of my husband Silvano. Together we refurbished and restored it with love and passion. He would like to retire here when we get older and that's the reason why we also call the House "Our buen Retiro".
Patrizia Zampini purchased this House in 2004
Why Patrizia Zampini chose Bagnoregio
A lot of interesting paths and trails for Hikers and Trekkers in this area. My husband and I love hiking. Please have a look at our suggested itineraries in the section "Location"
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
There is a multilingual Host on site to help and advise our guests during their stay.
For Hikers and Walkers I want to suggest my favourite itineraries:
THE FRANCIGENA ROUTE
Medieval man felt himself as a pilgrim on earth and he really became one traveling towards the sites of the Christian faith through roads- like the Francigena- with Rome or possibly Jerusalem as a final destination.
The “ Via Francigena “ (the Iter Francorum or the Frankish Route) is a branch of the Pilgrimage trail that goes between Canterbury and Rome, coming into full use starting around the 11th century.
Bishop Sigeric of Canterbury first made the journey to Rome in 990 AD to receive honors from the Pope. He wrote a travel diary with accurate details, descriptions, pictures and maps of the route, which became the pilgrimage route of today, more or less. The pilgrimage to Rome can be made by foot, bicycle or horse.
The Francigena Route contains lots of interesting cities, towns, villages rich of archaelogical, artistic and monumental sites. The Tuscany and Latium sections are especially valuable for the many amazing places on the route such as Luni, Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena, Acquapendente, Montefiascone, Viterbo.
In the vicinity of Castel Cellesi two interesting, enchanting sections of the Via Francigena are available to hike: Section N° 39- Among olive groves and brushes the path detaches from Bolsena - at the Basilica of Santa Cristina - and, after going up and down, admiring wonderful sights of the lake, takes to Montefiascone. From the hilltop of Montefiascone, where the Rocca dei Papi is located, a 360 degree view is to enjoy.
Section N°40: The path detaches from Montefiascone – near the Sports Field – Hikers walk for hundreds of meters along the original paving of the Roman Via Cassia stepping on the ancient stones (Basolatum) which are still in good conditions, then continue across a hillpark overlooking Montefiascone, North – Viterbo, South.
Before getting to Viterbo the path crosses a flat land rich of hot springs called “Bagnaccio Spa” where pilgrims used to stop and relax. The hot springs are open to the public still
A few years ago the remains of a big Elephas Antiquus were found by accident in a field just a couple of km. from the center of Castel Cellesi far away. Excavations were started immediately being involved the University of Florence, the University of Rome and the Archaeological Group of Castel Cellesi.
The Elephas Antiquus (Palaeolooxodon antiquus) is the biggest elephant ever found in Europe.
The specimen of Castel Cellesi, probably coming from Africa and dating back to Middle Pleistocene, was a male one, very old in age and extremely huge. For the size of its bones, they presume it might have been 4 meters high (up to gathers) and 10-12 tons of weight.
In a very near future the 20 square meters of excavations showing bones and remains of the Elephas Antiquus will be covered up and a Museum open to visitors will be built.
Walking, hiking, trekking along one of the many paths around Castel Cellesi, beside beatiful olive groves, vinyards, fields, woods you might get to see the remains of our Elephas Antiquus , too !
THE HOLY SEPULCHRE IN CASTEL CELLESI
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, housing the tomb of Jesus Christ, was the desired destination of many medieval pilgrims. But to travel so far was beyond the physical abilities or financial means of most people. Political complications, too, discouraged such journeys when the Muslims took over Jerusalem in1157. To respond to this unfulfilled desire, numerous copies of the Holy Sepulchre were built in the Christian world. All of Europe was pervaded by the presence and proliferation of chapels and edifices, sometimes containing relics taken from Jerusalem, modelled
after the Aedicule of Jesus Christ, to offer the illusion of the pilgrimage to those unable to do it.
In the Latium area “Copies or Memorials” of the Holy Sepulchre have been identified in the Church of Santo Stefano Rotondo (5th century) in Rome, in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre (785) in Acquapendente, Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Castel Cellesi (1703) -Bagnoregio”, in the Church of Santa Maria del Sepolcro in Vicovaro and possibly in the Rotunda by San Flaviano (1032)- -Montefiascone.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Castel Cellesi is now a cemetery chapel on top of a little hill overlooking the village. It was founded by will of Count Girolamo Cellesi in 1674 in smaller size than the present. He asked the Gardians of the Holy Land some relics from the Holy Land and when Count Girolamo had the assurance they would be sent, he decided to enlarge the Chapel to include a reconstruction of the Aediculae of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church granted indulgencies through a Papal brief of Clemente XI, an act that made Castel Cellesi and the Teverina area a very attractive place for devotion and pilgrimages.