Villa Rasena, the villa of your dreams in Tuscia!

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Civita Castellana is the main centre for the production of ceramics (artistic and construction) in Lazio and, in fact, the owners of Villa Rasena – an Etruscan name that means “worshipers of the rising sun” and “coming light” – are ceramists who have rendered the villa solid and welcoming like the land on which it stands with its floors in terracotta and local stone, door and window frames in chestnut wood and handcrafted ceramics. The distinctive feature of the villa is constituted by the four large French windows that invite guests to avail themselves of the living area, outdoor dining area and pool as well as the large green outdoor areas. Villa Rasena is located near Civita Castellana, the most populous and active town of the southern Viterbo area. Here prevails a picturesque landscape of gorges, where the earth opens with deep chasms; where holm oaks and fig trees edge the cliffs, attenuating the bright colours of the red tuff walls. All this under and within a framework where, on one side of the horizon, towers the solitude of Monte Soratte and the bluish vegetation of the Monti Sabini compacts together while, on the opposite side, the gentle reliefs of the Sabatini and Cimini mounts slope down towards the countryside.

Interior

The entrance to Villa Rasena leads directly into the dining room with fireplace which is connected to the well-equipped kitchen and to the sitting room with fireplace and TV. To the left of the dining room, you cross the study that leads to a corridor on to which open a double bedroom, two double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom with shower, a bathroom with shower and an ironing room. Both the dining room and sitting room lead directly out to the outdoor living and dining areas, to the pool area and to the courtyard in front of the villa. All the bedrooms have independent air-conditioning.

Villa Rasena • Interni
The marvelous interiors of the villa
Park

The property has a fully fenced-in park extending over 2 ½ hectares, consisting of a wooded area, 3000 sq m of grass and 1500 sq m of garden with lawn around the villa. Among the oaks, Turkey oaks, holm oaks and chestnut trees it is not uncommon to come across squirrels, foxes, deer and porcupines. Past the entrance gate, a poplar-lined driveway leads to the parking area in front of the villa, to an antique wood oven and to the laundry room. An ornamental stone fountain stands in front of the forecourt, accompanying us to the back of the property with the swimming pool, wood oven, brick-built barbecue and outdoor dining area. The areas next to the villa are coloured by rose bushes and scented by magnolia and hazel trees. Large larches and plane trees provide shady areas set-up with furniture, children’s games and table football.

Swimming Pool

The pool is located at the back of the villa, in the north-facing area of the garden, 10 m from the villa and on the same level. It lies in the centre of an area paved in sanpietrini (local stone) and delimited by lawn with umbrella, sunbeds, deckchairs and other furniture. The rectangular pool is lined in light blue PVC and measures 6 x 12 m with the depth varying from 1.20 to 2.10 m in the centre. It has chlorine purification, a metal ladder for access to the water, a diving board and a hot-water shower. The internal and external lighting, plus the immediate access from the living and dining areas, allow you to enjoy the pool in the evening and at night as well. The pool will be open from the last Saturday in April to the first Saturday in October.

Piscina • Villa Rasena
The beautiful swimming pool of the villa
Location

Civita Castellana is a comune in the Tuscia Viterbese (the ancient land of the Etruscans in northern Lazio), situated on a hill between two cliffs. Once a town of the Falisci (the people who lived here before the Etruscans), it was called Falerii when it was destroyed by the Romans, giving rise to Falerii Novii, now an important archaeological site in the territory of nearby Fabrica di Roma (8 km). Civita Castellana contains old civil and religious buildings like the Duomo (with Cosmatesque artwork) and Forte Sangallo (with the National Museum of the Agro Falisco). Interesting nearby places are the historic town centres of Nepi (13 km) and Castel Sant’Elia (15 km), the natural range of Monte Soratte (23 km), Lake Vico (31 km) with Ronciglione (a medieval borgo) and Caprarola (20 km) with the majestic Palazzo Farnese. A definite must is a visit to picturesque Calcata (18 km) surrounded by the magnificent park of the Valle del Treja characterized by the typical landscape of the Tuscia, with narrow vertical gorges carved out by water and surrounded by the gentle hills that are covered by the most diverse cultivations. Not far from Villa Rasena is the beautiful valley of the Madonna delle Piagge which takes its name from the 16th century church of the same name and the Ponte Clementino nestling in the emerald green of the brambles covering the rocky slopes up to the wild gorge of the Rio Maggiore.

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