We booked this hotel as a stopover on the way to Tuscany after flying into Rome. Civita Castellana is a great introduction for those interested in experiencing the "real Italy" away from the usual tourist locations and the Relais Falisco is an ideal place to stay. It is only an hour and a quarter by road from the airport, the rooms are spacious, the staff very helpful and we had a pleasant dinner in the restaurant attached to the hotel. When we were unloading our car, we discovered that we had left a small travelling bag with our camera at the airport. Gabriella at the hotel was particularly helpful and spent a lot of time on the phone trying to locate this bag which we managed to retrieve the next day.
We only had booked one night at the Relais Falisco but the town and hotel merit a longer stay. The town and its massive fortress are located in a spectacular position overlooking a gorge. We visited the fortress which is being converted into a museum with extensive exhibits dating back to pre-Roman times. We were interested in taking photographs inside this fortress but it was a bit puzzling why this was not allowed.
Staff at the hotel told us that they get groups of artists staying at the hotel from time to time and the location appears to be ideal for such activities.
Civita Castellana is involved in the production of ceramics and we visited the studio and shop of Vincenzo Dobboloni where we saw him at work and where we purchased some decorative plates.
Other places close by include the small town of Nepi which also has a long and interesting history.
In summary, the Relais Falisco and Civita Castellana deserve a much higher profile and those passing through the area will be well rewarded if they decide to stay a few days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near from Rome, in the historical center of a small art city, relais falisco, 17th century palace, is a 4 stars hotel, skilfully restored, which offers 43 rooms including 8 suite, 3 conference rooms and a fitness center. Relais falisco is situated at only 20' from the motor-racing track of vallelunga, the golf club "le querce" and less than 1 hour from Rome int.l airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palace Hotel Viterbo