This spacious villa was once the summer residence of monks from nearby Loro Piceno, and there are sweeping views down over open farmland and up to the village, perched on the hillside opposite.
The cosy sitting room has a wall of good books, the sun-filled first floor loggia is a good place to read when it’s cooler and you can sit quietly and gaze at the views. Cook sociably in the country-style kitchen and dine around the large wooden table, or out on the elegant portico – beyond it is a simple garden with a swimming pool, half a hectare of grounds and an olive grove.
You’re a six-minute drive from Loro Piceno, which has a medieval centre and ancient castle; other hilltop towns worth exploring include Macerata, Tolentino and Ascoli Piceno. The Abbey of Fiastra, a 10-minute drive, is now a nature reserve with extensive grounds for walking, cycling or horse-riding, as well as a very good restaurant. There are also extensive Roman ruins to visit at nearby Urbisaglia (an eight-minute drive).