We stayed at Santa Cristina for a week in late May, as part of a group of 25 friends and relatives, as our friends had decided to get married out there, having visited this area the previous year and fallen in love with it. The happy couple very generously rented 3 of the 4 villas on offer (Villa Laurentia which is on its own, and Domitilla and Sveva which are attached to each other, 100yds away), for us all to enjoy a holiday as well as attend their wedding. I think I can safely say that all members of our party, ranging from age 5 to ….well, lets just say retired, unanimously had a wonderful week and we would highly recommend this accommodation for large groups who want to spend quality time together.
When we were there, the weather was fantastic and we really appreciated the lovely pools and sunloungers, plus the shaded outdoor dining areas. Each evening we congregated on the terraces of the villas to enjoy drinks and chat.
Inside, the villas are incredibly spacious – the lounges in fact are ridiculously so, as in the summer you are unlikely to use them at all! Bedrooms are standard sized and my only complaint would be the limited bedroom furniture & storage in our room. However, every room had ensuite facilities, and we had a good bathroom with shower (some rooms only have bath).
The kitchens were also well equipped with copious quantities of plates and cutlery and a dishwasher and washing machine (we used both in our villa).
As for the wedding, well it was a wonderful day – we drove in an 8 car convoy into Magliano Sabina and parked up in the square (amusingly Mafia style – and the locals had turned out to watch as it’s the first time they’ve had an “international” wedding!). The registry office type service took place in the old town hall in an upstairs room which was decorated with beautiful scented jasmine plants – and complete with balcony for some romantic photos. We then returned to the villas where the garden at Laurentia had been transformed by the local caterers from Hotel d’Angeli, and we sat at decorated tables under the olive trees to enjoy a sumptuous 7 course feast of local delicacies and wines. Afterwards most of the guests donned swimming gear and dived in the pool (though a couple did so in their suits!). The heavens opened late afternoon (the only time in the whole week we had any rain or even clouds), but it just made the day more memorable, swimming in the rain!
Other highlights of the week for us included:
- Day trip to Rome - drove to Orte station 1 junction up the A1; travelcards 9 euros return inc. metro/buses; 1hour train journey)
- Day out in Orvieto - beautiful medieval hilltop town about an hour north which is well worth a visit for its location, history, boutique shops and restaurants.
- Eating as a group on the terrace at the Pizzeria 100yds up the road - good quality and value.
- Making ourselves understood when buying local produce in the supermarkets where no English is spoken, hence sign language came into play, much to the shop assistants amusement!
- Never have we enjoyed playing tennis so much, thanks to that stunning view!
Overall the villas are in such a beautiful peaceful rural location that we felt really relaxed and a world away from London. Many thanks to the owner Laurentia herself, who we understand made most of the local wedding arrangements which ran like clockwork, and to our friends for inviting us to join them for such a special week.
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