A Spooky and Spectacular Stay


Gather your favorite travel companions: this haunting 14th century palazzo will give you the trip of a lifetime.

This article, from Travel and Leisure, appears on In Style

Spook Yourself by Renting this Magnificent Villa In an Italian Ghost Town

When it was reported that Italy’s hauntingly beautiful Civita di Bagnoregio village was basically a ghost town after being decimated by landslides and earthquakes, Italians began campaigning to save the village from being lost forever. They started a global awareness campaign to save the town and, in 2013, locals started charging visitors €1.50 (about $1.67) to enter the medieval village, helping it to raise maintenance funds. Now tourists can do even more to help the village’s economy, by renting a villa in the heart of the village on Airbnb for $560 a night.

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(the catacombs beneath the villa house a hot tub and pool)

Casa Civita is a 14th-century palazzo that sits on underground caves, Etruscan tombs, and a Roman water cistern, according to the home’s listing. The floor tiles, the stone fireplace, the ceiling beams are purportedly original, though the interiors are decorated according to contemporary minimalist standards.

The villa has three bedrooms and three baths and a subterraneanhot tub and heated pool seemingly built into an underground cave with easy access to a terrace and its sweeping views of the surrounding hills. Head above ground to tour the formal Italian garden or dine in the landscaped outdoor area, which features an outdoor kitchen, grill, and gazebo. In cooler weather, sit by the fireplaces and crack open a bottle from the private wine cellar. Read more and view a slideshow of the villa on In Style.

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