Guests’ reviews and comments
“We were in Italy from 3rd to 18th May 2014. Our destination was Rome but we did not want to live in the city. For two reasons. One that it was touristy, and two, it was expensive. My research showed up with Casa Marconi in Capena as the best option.
We arrived on a cold but sunny morning in Capena and asked for directions to Casa Marconi. We spoke English and the locals spoke only Italian. Language was indeed a problem in Capena. We made signs, we smiled and we got the directions. The fountain was the landmark. ‘Take left from the fountain…’, the instructions said. And we found the house in a narrow cobbled road.
The house was beautiful. My six-year old daughter ran up the stairs to find her bed beautifully made. I eyed the kitchen platform, opened the drawers and found all that I needed to cook a simple meal. My husband, Sarath, longingly eyed the bottle of local red wine on the dining table. The book rack, in the bedroom and the living room, stocked books which included fiction and guide books. The chest of drawers and the almirah in the bedroom was roomy and smelled good. The bed was comfortable. The décor was minimal and elegant.
The kitchen stocked tea, coffee, spices, washing soap, drinking water, an assortment of crockery including wine glasses, coffee percolator, a French press, etc. While some items belonged to the property, some others were left behind by the earlier guests, giving a peculiar warmth to the kitchen. For clothes there was not just a washing machine but also clothes stands to dry them. So, in true Capena style, we dried our clothes on sunny days, in front of the main door of the house.
The house was in the centre of the town. Cobbled roads, quaint houses and historical connections. But, it was not just history. Capena truly provided us with more than a glimpse of ordinary Italian life. Supermarkets, local vegetable shops, the Saturday market and the ubiquitous local café.
The best part of the deal was the local person assigned to look after us. And, mind you, this was no ordinary person. Stefania was a warm, energetic and a feisty woman. She introduced us to her friends, spoke to us at length about a range of issues, helped us with with the heating system, and all this while contesting the local elections.
Juliet, thanks so much for making all this possible. You have set such a standard of efficiency and care, that we feel spoilt, as we search for our next destination.”
Vasudha Nagaraj, Hyderabad, India
You can read a full-length version of Vasudha’s review on this page.
“During my maiden trip to Italy, I stayed in a lovely little village called Capena. It is about a 45 minute drive to Rome. It was the perfect introduction to Italian life – small enough to feel unthreatening and cozy, yet so near a variety of locations. After an exhaustive search online, I rented a one bedroom apartment on via Marconi in the village center. I was fortunate to have chosen the perfect place to stay. It was clean, spacious, and equipped with everything I needed. Shortly after arriving, I opened the door to my tiny balcony and stood listening to the village. Occasionally people would walk down my little lane and I could hear them speaking .….….… in Italian!! So cool.”
“We had a great time. The place where we lived – the former medieval monastery – and the nearby square with an old clock tower seemed to us to be out of a fairy tale.“
Vyacheslav and family, Austria
“This accommodation is located in a stunning small town that is filled with little art treasures sculpted into the landscape. Located on a hillside as the sun goes down these creative benches and walls all gleam and sparkle.“
Sondra Marcon, review posted on responsibletravel.com
“It is impossible to sum up the great experience we’ve had over the last ten days, but Paul, Marco, Vanessa, Enrica and all the others have made Capena a place we’ll always remember.”
Anne and Bill, Cambridge, UK
“Dear Juliet, Thank you for renting us such wonderful, beautiful homes to stay in during our stay in Italy. They have so much charm and comfort. I think it’s obvious to the residents here that we are foreigners, but they have been very helpful. We appreciate such great accommodations. Thank you again for everything.”
Lindsay Bottorf and family, Pennsylvania, USA
“Casa Galilei provides the best possible holiday experience one could wish for. With dramatic views across the gorge, the house is located in the oldest part of the settlement, on a site that has been in use for some 3,000 years. At the same time, its spacious, cool rooms and, above all, tasteful and modern interior all ensure that your stay will be most comfortable. However, the best part of staying at Casa Capena is that you will feel part of the local community …”
Dr R.E. Roth, Cambridge, UK
“It was so easy to book the apartment, no hassles at all and on arriving everything was in order. The apartment was centrally located, clean and well equipped. Easy access to main roads and lots of shopping nearby. It was great to be part of the community for a week and everyone was very friendly. Will definitely go back!”
Cheryl, Johannesburg, South Africa
“We’ve enjoyed a very interesting visit to Capena, especially our visits to Rome and various places as recommended by other visitors.”
Roy and Carol, Shropshire, UK
“First time to Rome, couldn’t have been more perfect! Love this town and this house! I’d love to come back and stay as soon as possible. I love Roma.”
Chelsea DeVos, Dallas, Texas, USA
“Great Week. Unique and comfortable accommodation. Your tips on where to travel were very helpful. Lake Bracciano was a favourite – swimming and hiring pedaloes.”
Austin, Cambridge, UK
“Amazing trip! Wonderful place. Very central. Will come again. All the comforts of home. Spacious bedrooms. V. clean and airy.”
Usmani, New Hampshire, USA
“What a delight – Italy is always such a wonderful country to visit and we’ve found yet another spot to love. Trips to Rome and Tivoli – don’t miss Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana. Restaurant recommendations were spot on – antipastis always amazing.”
Mark & Jennifer Read & family, Vilseck, Germany
“Wonder! Amazement! We had an awesome family vacation with our three children and spouses plus three grandsons. Everything was perfect.”
Helen & John Hersham, Richmond, Virginia, USA
“Loved wandering in the Rocca with the cats every evening. A day of rain turned into blissful sun and we toured Lake Vico, Bracciano and Martignano, visited beautiful Villa d’Este and Gregoriana, the lost village of Monterano and fitted in lots in Rome too –wonderful stay. Thank you so much for making a wonderful week in Italy!!”
Katie Warner & Paul Hayes, London, UK
“We had the most wonderful welcoming week at Casa Capena that we even extended our stay. Getting to and from Rome was so easy but really we just wanted to stay and enjoy the village life. We have beautiful memories of our 4 year old playing with local children in the Piazza and my mouth still waters at the thought of our dinners at the little restaurant up the road. I look at our pictures of this magical little place so often and only wish that Australia wasn’t so far away.”
The testimonials on this page and scattered around the site come from visitors’ correspondence, comments in the properties’ guest books, or reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor and FlipKey