The Domus Civita

bagnoregio, tuscany
3 bedroom - 3 bath
(5 reviews)
Travel dates:
$521 - $850 per night (USD)
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Property perks

  • Concierge
    A concierge service is available for this property
  • Baby rental
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    We work with a carefully-chosen baby equipment rental partner in this location
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  • Itinerary
    We provide a family-focused itinerary for properties in this destination
  • Professional
    This property is professionally managed by a trusted partner

Perks for the Parents

This modern-rustic 14th Century palazzo, sleeping up to 8 + 1, on the Tuscany-Lazio border is utterly unique, set on a series of caves converted into a private swimming pool, voted one of the five best pools in the world in GQ Magazine. Maid service, WiFI and USB-ready TV are included. Other extras include a grocery shopping service, Italian cookery classes, wine and cheese tasting and a personal driver and tours. The rooms are large, lavish and filled with contemporary design details. There is a study area with private bathroom and shower. A butler is available to help unload your bags and transport them to the house on entry to the village.

Why Kids Love it

This truly unique house appeals to all ages - the color, unique design details, swimming pool and pedestrianized town, where you can feel relaxed while the kids explore, are all a bonus. Note that the residence has few books, toys and games - bring some with you. A crib, high chair and TV with DVD player are available. The first bedroom can accommodate up to 5 children as a dorm room, with a kingsize bed and either sofa bed or 2 twin beds. Nearby attractions include Lake Bolsena, where you can swim in crystal clear waters in summer and plenty of towns selling child-pleasing pizza, pasta and gelato.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 7 nights, Saturday-Saturday; shorter breaks of 4 night minimum is possible in low and shoulder season only. The security deposit for this property is not taken on booking by Kid & Coe but is levied separately by the host on check in. The price listed is for occupancy of 6; additional guests including children over 2 are charged at $60 per person per night. Note that there are some hazards for small children: drops, a number of stone staircases and an unfenced pool, and we would not recommend it for those with toddlers. It is a very vertical house - not great for the mobility impaired or if you or the children are likely to have trouble with stairs. There is an additional charge for pool heat in the low season (mid Oct - early Apr). For full details, please contact the host.

About the Location

Civita di Bagnoregio is a hilltown in Tuscany that is fully pedestrianized and accessible only by a footbridge and Etruscan gateway. The town itself is truly characterful, with winding streets and neighborhood cafés. It is like stepping back in time: the town is made of tufa rock and basalt pavements and has a feeling all of its own. It is reachable from Florence, Rome and Perugia airports (1.5 hours’ drive) and car hire is recommended to explore the nearby attractions: Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio’s characterful towns, Lake Bolsena and the palaces, gardens and vineyards nearby.

Accommodation Details

This large villa has is laid out over 3 floors with 2 bedrooms on the second floor, a living room and kitchen on the first floor and 1 bedroom with study and bath on the ground floor. From the study you can access the underground caves with swimming pool, hot tub, art gallery and private wine cellar. There are formal Italian gardens with sensational views. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom; 2 of them have queensize beds and 1 has a kingsize bed and either a sofa bed or 2 single beds in addition.

Style Notes

This renovated 14th century palazzo is like no other property - fittingly, since it is in an utterly unique town also. With stone arches, high ceilings, grand proportions and contemporary design touches, it is an impressive sight. Sat above a series of caves with a swimming pool, art gallery and wine cellar, it blends historic charm with modern day utility. We love the details: black glass chandeliers, gilded mirrors and candlesticks with cherubs’ heads, Eames chairs and bird cages.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
2 queen
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Patrizio F.
Member since June 13, 2013
Mark and I have been collecting homes in beautiful places since 2007 in Italy and Mexico. We buy them, fully restore them, and make them available to guests! We love doing this and sharing them and take great pride in doing so!

5 reviews

Jamie A.
Visited in June 2018
We stayed at Domus Civita for 3 nights in June with another couple and my 17-year old niece. We were all blown away by the place and the village itself. After Ciara gave us a tour, one of the guests with me said, "I thought the Four Seasons in Hawaii was the most beautiful place I've ever seen, until now." Thank you to Patrizio and Mark for finding and making The Domus Civita such a magical, once-in-a-lifetime find and for sharing it with travelers like us. We enjoyed every square inch of the place and I highly recommend arranging a welcome meal and wine pairings when you arrive! It was wonderful! It also felt like such a treat to be able to select amazing wines in the comfort of your home. We were spoiled here! I'm not sure whose quote I'm stealing, but it is so true that "in a big city there is a lot to see, but in a small town there is a lot to FEEL."
Stefanie M.
Visited in September 2016
You have see it to believe it! The pictures of the place are gorgeous and STILL do it no justice!! Book this right now!
Chantal S.
Visited in October 2015
Amazing property with superb pool and beautiful wine cellar. Tranquility assured and fantastic views! Kids still talk about it ... they loved it ... we hope to go back one day!
Annie E.
Visited in August 2015
What can I say, but WOW. An amazing property in an amazing place. This was the second week of our holiday in Italy, staying somewhere remote the first week, we had done a lot of driving and sightseeing. The we we stayed at The Domus Civita, we really chilled and took full advantage of the property and village. Your every need is truly catered for, from a well equipped kitchen (although we ate out every night in the restaurants in the village), to the pool and kitchen and most definitely by the wine cellar. The only reason I haven't rated it five stars for family friendliness is because of the amount of steep stairs and the opening to the pool from the terrace. In saying that we had our 18 month old grandson with us and simply by moving a chair on the terrace we created a safe environment. If you are looking at staying in Italy you must stay here, it is an unforgettable experience.
Dianne C.
Visited in April 2015
This is an AMAZING place - like nothing you could imagine! So stylish, clean, comfortably furnished, and what a unique location! When was the last time you had a swim in a beautiful pool in a room sculpted from a cave? Patrizio was extra helpful from the day we reserved our stay and Gustavo, who is on property, was wonderful and so accommodating from the moment we arrived. He prepared dinner for us and his lasagna was the best I've ever had - maybe shouldn't even been called lasagna. The pasta was so light and tender and the sauce just yummy! We had a 2 year-old with us, so the stairs were a challenge, but baby gates were provided so we managed to not have her take a tumble. We were forewarned about the stairs, so no surprises there. The walk up to Civita from Bagnoregio below was quite a trek, but helped burn some of the calories from all of the wonderful food & wine.

Bagnoregio, Tuscany

The town where time stood still

Civita di Bagnoregio is extraordinarily special: a pedestrianised Medieval hilltop town around 90km north of Rome where it feels that time has stood still. Explore the narrow streets and pretty gardens; eat pizza in the main square and make friends with the local donkeys. It’s an unforgettable place.