Santa Cristina Castle in Grotte di Castro
The Castle of Santa Cristina it is located at the center of the plateau of theAlta Tuscia, between Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, in the middle of an unspoilt countryside in one of the less inhabited areas of Italy, halfway between Rome and Siena, just 10 minutes from Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe.
A region of Alta Tuscia, with a nature still intact and a territory full of interesting ideas for magic excursions between castles, ancient Renaissance buildings, fascinating villages perched on cliffs impervious e Etruscan necropolis lost in the countryside.
The farm, dominated by the castle of the 17 century, still today the residence of the family who built it, offers hospitality to the renovated village below the Castle, with 8 apartments (self catering service) e 14 rooms B & B with most of them furnished with furniture coming from the Castle, for a total of 42 beds.
The guests of the farm have free use of 2 pools (1 for children - summer period), soccer field, ping pong, billiards & table football. Always on the property, but for a fee, there is the tennis court, the rent of mountain bike & of Electric bicycles and of course the possibility of lessons and horseback riding, activities for which the farm is known internationally with more than 10 years of experience.
Also you can take advantage of discounts for entry to Sorano Spa & Spa (18 km) while it is possible to organize on request naturalistic excursions on foot, boat rental (lake of Bolsena) and golf lessons and / or play golf at the Acquapendente Golf Club (14 km).
A perfect location for weddings, an ideal place for the equestrian tourism and other activities offered on-site.
Strategically located between Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, between Monte Amiata and Lake Bolsena rises the Castle of Santa Cristina, near Grotte di Castro in the province of Viterbo.
Immersed in the green woods of the estate, set on a hill of tufaceous rock, stands the eighteenth century Castle of the noble Caterini family.
All around the ancient rural village, now restored to accommodate guests in the comfortable apartments of the ancient structure still intact.
The Castle of Santa Cristina has hosted illustrious prelates in the past, such as theCardinal Prospero Caterini, important advisor to Pope Pius IX and a distinguished figure during the revival in the transition from the church to the kingdom of Italy.
In particular during the 1848 following the expulsion of the Pope from Rome by the rebels led by the triumvirate Mazzini-Armellini-SaffiPius IX fled and took refuge in Gaeta under the protection of the King of Naples.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Caterini had been instructed by the Pope himself to save the treasure of St. Peter with important documents.
Then Cardinal Caterini with a caravan of wagons carried out the transport of the values up to his family estate to the residence of Santa Cristina, and then to reach the Pope in Gaeta by sea after a stop in Corsica.
After the 1848 the Cardinal returned to stay for a long time in the estate administered by his brother Maffeo, and already quiet summer residence and hunting estate of the Caterini family.
It was there that he met the Pacelli family who entrusted him with a promising young seminarian named Eugene, to whom he tutored.
In fact, over the centuries the history of the Caterini family often intertwined with that of the Pacelli family, in how many they both lived in Onano for a long time near the residence of St. Christina.
The healthy air of the Alta Tuscia was already recommended at the time for the weak people of health. So it was that Eugenio Pacelli, during his summer vacation as a young seminarian, often came to spend his free time in the company of relatives Pacelli and Caterini.
Services: agritourism and wedding location in Tuscia
Wedding prices: € 3.000
The farm offers hospitality to the renovated village below the Castle, with 8 apartments (self catering service) e 14 rooms B & B with most of them furnished with furniture coming from the Castle, for a total of 42 beds.
The guests of the farm have free use of 2 pools (1 for children - summer