Livia grew up spending her summers in this ancient farmhouse, which consists of two separate buildings connected by a covered patio and with a central tower above, making it feel like a castle.
Find a welcome hamper with baked goods, a bottle of local wine and fruit from the garden in season. The living areas are huge – they were once the stables – and you can eat in the dining room or around the table on the patio. A gently rolling lawn at the back of the house leads to a swimming pool surrounded by tall trees.
Look out for local wild fauna in the garden, including foxes, hedgehogs and porcupines. You can walk or drive to the medieval hilltop village of Cantalupo, 1.5 km away, which has a couple of good restaurants serving authentic food and a great bakery. You’re just over an hour’s drive from Rome, or take a train from the nearest station, 10 minutes from the house.