Retreats and Getaways to the Italian Countryside
Sabina. Just 30 minutes from Rome, Sabina is an ideal
region to discover the culture, history, and the flavors of
the Lazio region. An ideal retreat center,
Sabina offers more than a simple vacation; it offers a
sensual experience: simple, wholesome living, a refreshing
swimming pool, relaxation in the sauna, the scents and colors
of the Sabina countryside, and oneness with nature. All nestled
in this magical landscape is a villa of rare beauty. For those
who love tranquillity, art, nature, and design, the Tartaruga
Sabina will provide an unforgettable vacation or event experience
unlike any other.
Ask for one of the family owners, Giuseppe Micheleta,
certainly one of the nicest Italians you will ever meet. tel.
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The Tartaruga Sabina also offers space and service for companies
looking to add a measure of flair to an important meeting
or corporate retreat. Contact As
the Romans Do to put together the ideal countryside retreat
for your private or corporate group.
As the Romans Do Countryside Retreats
• Culinary Team Building and
Include cooking as part of the program to reinforce positive
working or family relationships and foster open dialogue.
Whether you decide to come to Sabina in time for the olive
harvest or during the summer or springtime, you willl have
the opportunity to work alongside the As the Romans Do creative
director, and an authentic Italian cook, to make pizza, pasta
and other delectable full-course meals. The bottom line -
A recipe for more directed team work and prized projects,
or an experience with family and friends that could improve
your daily enjoyment in life for years to come.
• Innovative Exploration Through Photography
Bring out your natural creativity through photography and
other artistic methods; imbibe the rich history, reflect the
warm palette, and be uplifted by others as you enjoy excursions
in the Italian countryside and nearby scenic hill towns. Depending
on the season and time period, whether for a weekend or a
week, alongside noted photographer, Diane Esptein, and other
artists, you may explore the olive or wine harvest, the festivals
and street scenes in various hilltowns or the the dramatic
rolling landscapes, as well as some of the oldest and most
picturesque towns in the world.
• Motivational Retreats
Open the mind's eye, fulfill long-held goals and banish self-sabotaging
habits through inspiring gatherings to encourage collaboration,
discussion and a more tranquil, focused, thriving work or
home environment. These retreats call upon introspection,
collaboration, discussion and guided exercises to awaken your
“visionary within” in a beautiful natural setting
- whether for a personal renaissance or an injection of inspiraton
for your work life.
Other Places to Explore in Italy
Viterbo, Bomarzo, Bagnaia, Montefiascone. Viterbo, 90
minutes north of Rome, boasts a number of major attractions,
including a well-preserved medieval center. For lunch, stop
at Ristorante Tre Re for a reasonably priced, homey meal.
Via Macel Gattesco, 3 (0761)304619-0761 Don't miss the famous
thermal baths and spa,Terme dei Papi, where the hot springs
are an enormous pool with varying temperatures, and where
clusters of Italians chat. Strada Bagni, 12. (0761)3501 http://www.termedeipapi.it
Thirty minutes from Viterbo, Bomarzo has a huge park that
contains a number of monster-like sculptures, and Bagnaia
houses Villa Lante, adorned with beautiful gardens. The nearby
hill town of Montefiascone is beautiful and serene, offering
a great view of Lago Bolsena, and Piero at the cantina through
the arch and on the way to the lovely park at the summit will
give you a taste of his wine -- if you can charm him! Stop
by for a meal at Dante in Montefiascone (0761) 826-015.
Siena and the Abbey at Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The town
of Siena is ancient, yet elegant. Just two hours north of
Rome, it has a feeling of the Renaissance, and is a great
place to wander if you're looking for narrow streets and great
shops or want to watch people in the large piazza, the Campo.
On the way back to Rome, stop and have lunch in the garden
of the Abbey, (Take Route 451 from Route 2 at Buonconvento),
through whose grounds you can also stroll. The trattoria is
called La Torre (0577) 707-022.
Amalfi Coast -- Positano and Ravello.
Many consider the Amalfi Coast, three hours south of Rome,
to be the most beautiful spot in Italy. Spectacular views
accompany charming little villages, among which Positano and
Ravello are my favorites. In Ravello, don't miss seeing Villa
Cimbrone and taking a meal or spending the night at Villa
Maria (089) 857-255.
Castelli Romani. Seventeen towns make up this interesting area just 15 miles southeast of the city. Well known among the Romans as an area with top-notch restaurants, there are two volcanic lakes, and the towns of Frascati, Nemi, and Rocca di Papa are especially interesting. For a bit of nature and history, hike through the remains of Tuscolo, an ancient hill town conquered and destroyed by the Romans. Dine at Al Tinello (06) 945-8395, or La Briciola (06) 945-9338, two of my favorites, or have Leornardo make you an incomparablecappuccino with a home-made cornetto at the Jolly Bar in Piazza G. Bruno in Grottaferrata.
Tivoli -- Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana. One hour from Rome brings you to two fascinating historical villas -- the Renaissance Villa D'Este, with the most fanciful fountains imaginable, and Villa Adriana, Hadrian's house of two thousand years ago. A meal outside at Sibilla (0774) 335-281, in the company of ancient temples, will round out the day.
Lago Bracciano and Cerveteri. An hour north of Rome, the town of Anguillara is perfectly perched to offer a great view of the lake, while Trevignano is hip and has a long lakefront. Cerveteri, a few miles south, was an important Etruscan city 2500 years ago, and boasts a major collection of burial grounds, called necropoli. For a good meal, try the Casina Bianca, (06) 999-7231, or the Chalet del Lago (06) 996-07053.
Sperlonga and San Felice Circeo. In the summer, the beaches
of Sabaudia are well worth the trip. The smaller hill town,
Circeo, has lovely views of the ocean and a relaxed atmosphere,
while larger Sperlonga dates from ancient Greek times and
has a lively piazza at the summit. In Sperlonga Gli Archi,
(0771) 54300, is a bit expensive, but the courtyard setting
Ostia. The ancient port town of Ostia sits where the River Tiber meets the Mediterranean, and was the dropping off point for Imperial Rome. The ruins are extensive, entire streets through which one can walk, imagining an ancient Roman town. In the summer many outdoor programs take place at night. Try the spaghetti in cartoccia, seafood in tomato sauce, at Il Pescatore in Ostia, (06) 650-5189.
Sermoneta, Norma and Ninfa. A little of Tuscany south of Rome. High on a hill sits the stone-bound town of Sermoneta. Norma, larger and more varied, dominates another hill, while Ninfa is an extensive garden that once housed an entire village that was destroyed centuries ago. Ninfa is open only on the first weekend of every month from April through October. A spring visit is advised. Il Mulino in Sermoneta has great food and a cozy atmosphere, (0773) 30009.