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Villa Palazzola
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rocca di Papa
London
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30 reviews
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“Unique!”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Just had my first stay at Palazzola - a week as a lone female seeking r & r. I did get r & r - but it was also an extremely convivial and social place to stay. Meals are communal, and people are chatty, but if you wish you can get away from others in the chapel or gardens. I shared cabs with other residents on little trips to local hill towns such as Arraccio, Grottaferrata and Rocca di Pappa, where a chestnut festival was under way. You can take the lake path to Castel Gandolfo - but wear sensible shoes. If you want to use Palazzola as a base, then hiring a car would be perfect; Anzio, Monte Cassino and the coast are not far. And day trips to Rome are do-able - cab to Marino Laziale, then train to Termini. But one can quite happily lounge around all day without going out - Palazzola is on a different time continuum.
You don't have to be Catholic or even religious to stay at Palazzola - but I think it might be difficult if you're actually against religion. I appreciated the daily Mass and the availability of a chapel for a spot of quiet reflection.
The rates are extremely reasonable - there are also special offers on the website - and include generous full board with wine. You will not go hungry! At least two people needed special diets which were catered for without fuss. Rooms are basic, some are en suite, some have lake views, so specify what you would like.
I definitely intend to revisit!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our group ended it's Pilgrimage at Palazzola for the last 2 nights, Joyce the director was there to meet us along with all her staff she makes you feel you are coming home, it is a wonderful place, if you just want to relax then this is the place for you, the rooms are basic but has all that you want, the food is nice & tasty, the Staff are nice & friendly, there is so much I could say about Palazzola but you really need to experience it yourself. I cannot wait for my next visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

I adore my visits to Villa Palazzola. Alas like most busy people they are not as frequent as I would like them to be. The Villa clings to a cliff overlooking Lake Albano. The welcome is superb and the accommodation is beyond compare. Wonderful local food and wine is served at meal time. The Villa is close to Rome which can be accessed by train from the nearby station. A local taxi firm will bring visitors to and from this station at a very reasonable cost. The small towns close to the Villa are delightful If you just want to have some quality rest the Villa and its gardens can provide a real sense of paradise on earth. I have travelled extensively and the wonderful Villa Palazzola always calls me back

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Additional Information about Villa Palazzola

Property: Villa Palazzola
Address: Via Dei Laghi Km. 10.800, 00040 Rocca di Papa, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Rome > Rocca di Papa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Rocca di Papa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a stunning lakeside location just outside Rome, Villa Palazzola is a 13th century Cistercian monastery, fully refurbished and modernised with a large swimming pool and breathtaking garden terrace. It's the perfect place for parish groups, pilgrims, school groups, families, couples or people on holiday on their own who stay for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. It's also a wonderful place to hold a wedding in Rome. ... more   less 

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