Came with friends in June and had a spectacular time. Our host, George, was extremely generous. He is very knowledgable about Roman history and local culture. We enjoyed taking a tour of the property and hearing about the rich history dating back to Roman times. His family has run the villa for 5 generations, so his passion for the area really shines through. Walking in the wine caves felt like stepping back in time. After touring the vineyards, George took us to his favorite local restaurant to sample authentic Roman cuisine. Be sure to try the “carciofi all giudia” or Roman Jewish artichokes along with all the fresh pasta!
Our favorite day trip was to the beach at Sperlonga. It was a pleasant 2 hour drive through historic countryside. There were many beach clubs along the water, but when we arrived on a beautiful June day there was barely anyone there. It felt like we had our own private beach. At George’s recommendation we went to a small beach club on the far end called Baia Delle Sirene. We were treated to a feast of fresh fish, clams, and shrimps, and with lots of white wine, of course! Easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. After a delicious meal overlooking the ocean we spent the day lounging on the white sand beach. Absolute paradise!
Their location just outside of Rome is extremely convenient for a variety of day trips. Be sure to check out the charming surrounding towns like Nemi (a small town over looking a picturesque lake known for their wild strawberries), Castele Gandolfo (the Pope’s summer residence overlooking a volcanic lake), and Frascati (the closest large town with plenty of shopping and amazing restaurants.) The days we did not spend on the beach or enjoying the property, we took the short train ride to Rome. The train station is 2 minutes away from the villa, which takes you right into Termini Station in the heart of Rome. Could not have been easier. Rome is a little busy this time of year, so after the long days touring around it was a real treat to come out to the country side for some fresh air and relaxation.
My family and I stayed at Casale Sonnino for 10 days at the end of August to celebrate our daughters Sweet 16. There were 6 of us, my husband, myself and 4 teenagers. Everything was perfect, Claire and George guided us every step of the way with recommendations and suggestions to help make our trip perfect. In addition the staff at the Casale go above and beyond. They made sure we had everything we needed and more. The breakfast each day and the Sweet 16 celebration dinner that were prepared for us at the Casale was just perfect and absolutely delicious. The grounds are very well maintained. There is plenty of room and the location of the Casale was great. We will definitely be going back. Thank you for making our trip so wonderful and memorable.
We filmed at Casale Sonnino for a large UK reality series.
We had such an excellent service from the owners. They really went above and beyond to accommodate our filming needs and requests. The owners know the area so well and had great recommendations for places to film in the area.
The Casale itself is beautiful, surrounded by vineyards and olive grooves with beautiful interior. The owners were super flexible with us moving furniture and utilising all areas of the Casale and grounds, including the amazing tunnel system that runs underneath.
Was very helpful to have George (owner) on hand to help troubleshoot any queries.
Decent sized car park and space to put a generator. The Casale is nice and secluded so our filming was not interrupted.
Would definitely recommend as a location for a film or TV Show!
We are a well travelled family of five who had the pleasure of staying at the Casale during Easter week. After renting our car at Rome's FCO airport we were on our way to the Casale. The GPS directions and Claire's maps and written directions made getting to the Casale quite easy. As we arrived and approached the gates we where amazed. What an entrance! This is the quintessential Italian country villa in a beautiful setting. The house is perched atop a hill that overlooks olive groves and rows of grape vines. George the owner, caretaker and renaissance man greeted us as we arrived. He expressed a warmth and gratitude that made us quickly realize that we would be in good hands for the week. George and the staff are there if you need them or if you wish for privacy then that can be easily managed as well. After a tour of the house we settled in for a fabulous welcome lunch and a nice chat with George about the history of the Casale as well as the surrounding area. The house is beautiful and there are fantastic views from all of the rooms and open air top deck. We would sip local wine as the sun set over the hills during the evening. Each morning we enjoyed a continental breakfast and great coffee before setting out on the days adventures. There is a train station approximately 3km and a metro station about a 15-20 minute drive from the Casale making it an easy journey into Rome. The surrounding towns are great to visit and George gave us a nice driving tour of the surrounding villages. There are local grocery stores close by as well as some great restaurants. The kitchen is very well equipped and has a great collection of copper pans for cooking. We ended our week with so many great memories and we felt as though we were leaving good friends as George bid us farewell. If you want the genuine Italian experience with a beautiful place to stay and a caring wonderful staff then look no further than Casale Sonnino.
From the opening front gate, we could see that this place was very special. As we drove down the long, tree-lined driveway, we were surrounded by olive trees and grape vineyards. Pulling up to the historical villa, we noticed the manicured gardens and strolling paths leading in all directions. Birds never stopped singing their joyful songs as the day progressed.
Once inside for the first time, we were greeted by the house chef and her assistant, along with the Proprietor, George Treves. We were directed to the dining area where we enjoyed a welcoming feast of Italian meats, olives, bread, assorted cheeses and wine! Thus began our week of fine Italian hospitality that we as a Family will never forget. Beautiful accommodations, delicious breakfasts every morning and views of the surrounding countryside that were breathtaking. Our favorite time each day was watching the sunset from the roof-top terrace and toasting the end of day, usually spent exploring surrounding towns and countryside. Thank you, Casale Sonnino!
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ve stayed at this charming Villa four times,the last being September 2016. I can,t say enough about the beautiful Casale,the warmth of the family and staff,and the lovely surrounding area. The Casale Sonnino has working vineyards and olive groves and if you are lucky enough as we were to be there at harvest time we actually helped pick the grapes!!They also produce their own award winning olive oil.Close to Rome and situated near Frascati it was always a treat for us to walk up to the nearby hill townof Monte Porzio Catone,itself an untouristed gem. Everything about this wonderful Casale will make you want to return again and again. There is so much to see and explore in the area and the ease of getting around make it an excellent base for day trips. If you choose to have Tiziana and Giovanna prepare some meals for you you are indeed in store for an amazing experience. From the natural beauty of the area to the ambiance of Casale Sonnino you will be enchanted.
We arrived in late October to perfect weather with friends to celebrate our special birthdays. The villa is elegant but very unpretentious. The grapes and olives had already been harvested but we were still able to get a taste of what is involved in running a family farm. The villa's proximity to Rome made it easy for us to do day trips into the city by train. The real attraction, however, of the villa's location are the numerous small towns on the neighboring hills and the lakes Nemi and Albano. Visits for walks, cappuccino, pastries and wine were wonderful. George and Claire were perfect hosts and the meals prepared for consumption before a roaring fire were fabulous.