‘Vigna Bella’ is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and consists of 2 floors, each of which can be used as a self-catering apartment. The double-leaf automated gateway leads to a quarry stone driveway with open carport. Around the house are quarry stone footpaths. A private borehole (54 m deep with inox pipes) produces bacteriologically pure water for the water supply, and in the summer also for the automatic irrigation of the lawns and the entire garden (5000m²).
Ground floor: large bedroom, bathroom with walk-in shower, toilet and bidet, large living room (+ 60 m2) with fireplace mounted cassette stove, open covered entrance hall, large kitchen (18 m2), office (20 m2), and separate storage room with washing machine (3m2). On the west side is a veranda with electrically operated roof and electric rolling walls (about 16 m2). The winter garden (30 m2) is south-facing and is also closed with electrically operated roller walls.
First floor: can be reached either via an internal staircase or via an outside staircase. It includes a large kitchen (16 m2), a large bathroom with walk-in shower, washbasin and toilet, and place for a washing machine (12 m2). The front bedroom (18m2) has a small east-facing terrace. At the rear is another bedroom (18 m2) with southeast-facing terrace (12m2), a second bathroom with shower, washbasin, bidet, toilet and a small storage space, and a 3rd single bedroom which also has access to the southeast terrace. There is also a storage area (> 3m2). The corridor is located in the middle of the floor.
On the first floor there is also a covered terrace, facing southeast and south (30m, with plenty of sunblinds and / or wind- and rainproof rolling walls) with views of the silvery waters of Lago di Bolsena surrounded by mountains.
The garden - according to the land registry just under 5,000 m2 in size – is extremely well maintained. It is planted with cypresses, and both tall and low palm trees. It is fully enclosed and evergreen leafy shrubs ensure complete privacy. There is an abundance of white and red roses. For garden enthusiasts there is also a small vegetable garden and a henhouse. The garden is divided into two sections: the upper part consists of lawns surrounding the villa and the wide staircase leading to the lower part, which lies at a drop of 4 metres. The lower garden includes a swimming pool of 7m x 14m with hydro massage, a 'counter current device', a barre for gymnastics and a wide 3-mouthed fountain. This means the whole has a total of 4 engines! Everything is fully automated, including the pool cover which rolls out over the entire surface. At the swimming pool there is an underground poolhouse (cool in the summer) with a fitted mini kitchen complete with kitchen appliances (dishwasher, electric oven, fridge, etc.) and a bathroom with toilet, sink and walk-in shower.
Next to the swimming pool there is a jacuzzi on the one side and on the other side a covered gazebo (pavilion) made of iron work, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and where the necessary kitchen utensils are within easy reach.
In the lower garden - above the underground poolhouse - a morning terrace has been installed; this is the ideal place to have breakfast outside. A few metres away is an open covered area with a sink and some small storage cabinets for crockery. Under the same roof there is also an infrared cabin.
At the rear end of the lower garden is a carport for a second car and a shed (28 m2) for storing all kinds of garden equipment.
There is camera surveillance with sensors that will pick up any unwanted visitors.
The property is closed off with 2 metal gates: one at the top which is electrically operated, and the second one at the rear. In the summer of 2002 the owners completed the areas still under construction. Unfortunately, and very reluctantly, they are now forced to sell the villa due to health reasons.
The name of the property is Vigna Bella 45 and is located 119.8 km inland from the 'Cassia', the ancient road from Rome to Siena. The side street (1.4 km) is a unique exception in the whole region; it is not a sandy road (strada bianca) but a ‘viale asfaltata’ (asphalt road) to several residences that together form the 'Voc. Anzola '. A little further on the street leads directly to the same Cassia. San Lorenzo Nuovo (*) (SLN) lies adjacent to Bolsena, but is administratively an independent municipality whose history is closely linked to Emperor Napoleon and also to the popes. SLN is located where the three well-known regions of TOSCANE - UMBRIA – LAZIO converge, and on the Lago di BOLSENA, the largest volcanic lake in Europe with a diameter of 13 km. The entire (seismologically safe) area is a protected nature reserve. The surrounding hills in combination with the crater lake provide a mild climate both summer and winter.
Throughout the Middle Ages, the Popes and Princes had their palaces near here: in Viterbo, Montefiascone and Bolsena. Alexander Farnèse, grandson of Emperor Charles V and son of Margaretha of Parma - both Governors of the Netherlands - grew up here. A little further down towards Rome lies Sutri, the birthplace of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Jerusalem who in the story of the Passion washes his hands as a sign of his innocence in the crucifixion of the King of the Jews. The ancient Greeks called the whole area 'the Land of 1,000 fires' because of the mining of iron ore in the surrounding mountains where, according to oral tradition, Hercules set foot in Porto Ercolo on his wanderings over the Mare Nostrum. These are just a few of the names that the Ancient World, or the Land of Etruscans, can open for you.
In the evening, the captivating view of the lake from the top terrace is unforgettable: the view extends to the opposite hillside 50 km away, covered in sparkling lights. This is an ideal spot on warmer days. Unless you have found a romantic spot under the pergola in the garden below, next to the rippling water of the 'fontana'. While the evening meal is almost ready right next to you in open air.
Practical information: everything is authorised. The connection for electricity is underground (to spare the landscape). There is wireless internet access. The water supply provided on the street is not connected (because there is a private well).
If you want to travel to Rome, which lies 120 km south, from the Vigna Bella villa via the old road, simply follow the road that the Roman legions used when they returned in triumph from the north. If you want to travel north from the villa, a winding road will take you between fields of sunflowers that extend as far as the eye can see: via Buonconvento to Siena and then on to Florence, the city of flowers.
(*)The centre of San Lorenzo Nuovo was designed by Francesco Navone, the same architect who designed the world-famous Piazza Navona – a public space built on the site of the former stadium in Rome.
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