Villa D’Assai is a three-star resort-style hotel located near the breathtaking nature reserve of Laghi Lungo e Ripasottile, where you will find placid lakes, murmuring rivers and endless stretches of farmland.
It’s also very quiet. In fact for the three days that we were there we saw no more than four fellow guests. This was great because we practically had the large pool to ourselves. Dinner on our first night at the hotel’s Tempe restaurant was no different: only one other couple was there.
The restaurant, which borders the pool, serves a small menu of local specialties, including delicious pasta dishes with Umbrian black truffles and freshwater crayfish. The wine list is decent but not well-stocked, so you may draw a couple of blanks before finding a wine on the menu that is actually available.
Our room was nicely appointed. The furnishings have a YMCA hostel feel to them, and there is no bathtub (in our room anyway; we can’t say for the others). Only Italian channels are available on the 17” TV, but the minibar underneath is decently stocked. Given the surroundings you don’t expect to stay in your room for much, so the spartan style didn’t bother us.
The bulky room key is attached to a thick chunky slab of clear plastic. I should say room keys, as there are three keys on the chain, one for the door, one to turn the power on, and one for the safe.
Exploring the countryside:
Colli sul Vellino, the village next to the hotel, is charming and quiet. Bordering Umbria, this location has the rolling greenness and hill towns you see everywhere in neighboring Tuscany, but without the tourists and fuss. The northern Lazio countryside has Tuscan-style villas, endless fields of sunflower, corn, olive and grape, terraced trattoria and ristorante overlooking scenic lakes and rivers, but none of the crowds. Mountain biking, hiking, or simply rambling in a rented car are great things to do here.
An excursion worthy of your time is the Castata delle Marmore, a waterfall fed by the Vellino river that is 15 minutes away by car. After a rainy day the cascade is magnificent and worth the steep descent to the foot of the falls.
Spoletto, a pretty hill town in Umbria, is one hour’s drive away, and the famous Assisi (where St. Francis’ famous church is) is another hour farther.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Relais Villa d'Assio is the result of meticulous renovation of the enchanting nineteenth-century village where farmers lived on the estate agrarian Prince Ludovico Spada Veralli Potenziani. Enjoys a quiet location in the beautiful, soft and Rosea's countryside, nestled in the Natural Reserve of lakes and along Ripasottile. The Relais takes its name from the ruins of the ancient and majestic Roman villa of the first century BC, the property of the console and Roman senator Quinto Assio, whose ruins are visible inside the park of Relais just below the three Suites that are within walking distance from the village center. Do not need many words to describe the reality of the Relais Villa d'Assio: better to come here and enjoy the contact with nature, tranquility and relaxation it offers. They are part of the village, in addition to the rooms and suites in the annexe which rises above the remains of the Roman villa, the restaurant "Tempe", the Convention Center and another restaurant and banquet hall, located across from the pool that overlooks a park of about 100 acres, with hills, forests, waterways and the farm from which most of the raw materials used in the restaurants of the Relais. The Tempe restaurant is named after the Vale of Tempe in the Greek region of Thessaly, in which Cicero, during his stay in the beautiful villa of the Roman senator Quinto Assio, compared to the beauty and harmony of the landscape, the country that still surrounds the Relais. Respect for nature and tradition, the door to the use of many raw materials from the farm of Relais, for the preparation of various dishes on the menu that is always in harmony with the seasons Intimate, warm and cozy, the restaurant Tempe is joined to a greater receptivity and diversification of events and receptions, a second structure that overlooks the transparency of its large windows on the pool of Relais, hosting up to 200 people, in the beautiful season, can double thanks to the use of outer space by the pool. Bright, spacious, open to the outside the restaurant located by the pool, is the perfect location for unforgettable events. It can accommodate 200 people inside and, in summer, using the outer space, it can accommodate 400. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Hotel d Assio
- Relais Hotel Rieti