|Palazzo Orsini , Mugnano in Teverina|
|balcony across the piazza|
One of the many castles perched on hilltops along the A1 Autostrada north of Rome is Palazzo Orsini located in the tiny village of Mugnano in Teverina, just a speck on the map and not included in any tourist itineraries.
|the Barberini sisters in the courtyard|
|the castle's loggia|
|entrance to Palazzo Orsini|
When they inherited the rambling palazzo from their parents they began the long, difficult restoration. Over a period of many decades they put their time and money into the huge project, while working as teachers.
|courtyard with bricks in fishbone design|
The most recent restoration involved repainting the façade and the installation of a new roof using the original terracotta roof tiles.
Now Palazzo Orsini has been returned to its original splendor, and has been officially inaugurated as a very special historic B&B with only 3 bedroom suites.
Breakfast is served in one of the several frescoed halls or on the south facing loggia and often the castle hosts receptions and wedding parties which use the tiny church on the main piazza for the ceremony.
When a group of friends led by Pamela and Terri recently came to visit, the sisters invited us to stop by on our way to Bomarzo’s Sacro Bosco nearby.
|homemade crostata and yogurt cake|
The day was splendid and the views over the Tiber river valley from the castle’s frescoed loggia were breathtaking, especially to ladies hailing from the flat plains of midwestern America.
|hospitality for American visitors|
Elsa and Gabriella showed us around their beautiful castle home pointing out the different phases of restoration and original architectural details such as fireplaces, secret doors, frescoed walls and coffered wood ceilings.
|original door with peephole|
|geraniums on the loggia|
Your comments are welcome.
|the rose symbol of the Orsini family|