2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 - FREE WI-FI ALL OVER THE PROPERTY
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About PATRIZIA ZAMPINI
I live and work in Florence. I have a dear friend living at Castel Cellesi. Ten years ago I went to see her one day in Spring. I fell in love with the village and the people living in the village. They are so friendly, open to others and very easy going. The street leading to Castel Cellesi ends in the Great Piazza. There is no traffic, life is safe and quiet. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to buy a house next to my friend. I restored and refurbished the property with great dedication and love. I wanted to have it bright red painted to be different fo any other and certainly it is. If you come to my place, I'm sure you would enjoy house, village environment.
PATRIZIA ZAMPINI purchased this Villa in 2006
What makes this Villa unique
THE “LIVE NATIVITY SCENE” AT CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO Something unforgettable ! The Nativity scene is one of the most popular and favourite Christmas traditions in Italy. But some villages and communities go a step over: they spend weeks and months to create fantastic live Nativity scenes featuring real people and real animals too. One of the most famous “Live Nativities” is featured every year, between Christmas time and January 6th (Epiphany), at Civita di Bagnoregio near Viterbo (Latium). The village is the perfect set for such an event: it's a very small town suspended on the top of a rocky cliff eroded by winds and rain. It's connected with land through a footbridge which seems to be suspended in the air too. An ancient gate introduces people into the heart of the village where a narrow allyway takes to a XIII century Church facing the main square. Medieval streets, very old stone buildings, porches, terraces and arches properly decorated for the occasion, live people wearing ancient costumes, animals make you feel like you were at the first Christmas in Betlemme. The first “Live Nativity” was featured at Greccio, (a small town in Umbria – 80 Km. from Castel Cellesi far away) in the year 1233 and organized by St. Francis of Assisi after a trip to the Holy Land where he visited the real birthplace of Jesus. Francis thought that believers could better comprehend the celebration of Christmas if exposed to the very setting where the miraculous event occurred.
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Erholsame Ferien in hübschem Dorf mit vielen Ausflugsmöglichkeiten
Wir (2 Erwachsene, 2 Kinder von 15 und 11) waren zwei Wochen in der Casa Rossa in Castel Cellesi. Das Haus ist gepflegt, liebevoll eingerichtet, geräumig und sehr gut ausgestattet, Castell Celesi selbst ist ein beschauliches Dörfchen, in dem es nur ein paar Ferienhäuser gibt. Der Gemeinschaftspool ist goß und gepflegt und war - trotz Hochsaison - nie überfüllt. Getränke kann man sich dort gegen Bezahlung selbst nehmen und es gibt auch die Möglichkeit, Mittagessen oder Abendessen vorzubestellen. Die Besitzerin sowie die Kontaktperson vor Ort waren sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Es gibt viele schöne Ausflugsziele, die mit dem Auto relativ schnell zu erreichen sind: Orvieto, Viterbo (gute Zugverbindung nach Rom), Civita de Bagnioregio, die wunderschöne Villa Lante in Bagnaia, Tarquinia (Etruskergräber) und natürlich der Lago di Bolsena, an dem man prima baden kann (z.B. in Bolsena, Marta oder Capodimonte).
Wir haben unsere Ferien dort sehr genossen, die Gegend ist nicht so touristisch wie die Toscana und es gibt noch viele beschauliche Dörfer. Wir kommen gerne noch einmal wieder.
Danke schoen fuer Ihre schoene "Review". Ihch freue mich sehr viel, dass Sie und Ihre Familie Rotes Haus gelebt haben und Ihre Ferien im TUSCIA Gebiet genossen haben.
Hoffentlich kommen Sie noch wieder in der Zukunft !
For HIKING and BIKING (self or escorted tours):
ELEPHANT ANTIQUUS (PALAEOLOXODON ANTIQUUS)
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 Cellesei 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 existed 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 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 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
to the public still today.
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.