"My husband and I began our honeymoon by staying 5 nights at Casa Verde in Castel Cellesi. We loved the whole experience. The house was perfect for our needs with full kitchen, including cooking utensils, 2 bathrooms ans a bedroom with a beautiful view of the valley. Eddie was very friendly, helpful, informative and accessible. He gave us a map and a full explanation of all the nearby sights worth visiting. With our rental car, we visited Viterbo, Orvieto, La Civita, Bolsena and montefiascone. All towns were unique and interesting. The food and wine were incredible. We would highly recommend Castel Cellesi to anyone looking for a relaxing experience that is a little bit off the beaten path."
Sami B, England - Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
"In Castel Cellesi I had one of my most beautiful and relaxing vacations. Peace and quiet, beautiful surrounds and great accommodation, really made it."
Julie Robinson, London England
"Thank you for your hospitality and for fulfilling every and all of our wishes. I and my family really enjoyed our vacation. See you next year same date."
Patricia Millar, Cleveland (USA)
"For elderly people like me and my husband this is like a real little paradise. We warmly recommend anyone to come and stay."
Mary McCaib, Toronto (Canada)
"A vacation in Castel Cellesi is an unforgettable experience! I couldn’t get over the friendly locals, and of course the food... Wonderful. Thank you so much."
David Wyse, Sevenoaks England
"Coming from Finland one of the most important considerations for me was good weather and comfortable accommodation. I found this and more in Castel Cellesi. To my surprise I found Finnish spoken in the village! Well done."
Jorma Jyrkilä, Finland
Food & Wine experienceThe Cuisine
First of all, we must make sure we have a bottle of extra virgin olive oil on the table which we will use in preparing bruschette (toasted bread garnished in a variety of ways) of a thousand different colours and flavours. Acquacotta is the name of the typical local soup prepared with chicory, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, hot pepper, dried cod, dry bread and olive oil.
Other typical soups of the local cuisine are made with mushrooms, legumes, chestnuts, lake fish (sbroscia) and lamb. For a delicious first course, try rice and lentils, pasta and potatoes, rice and chicory, peas with quadrucci (small squares of hand made egg pasta) and “minestrone alla Viterbese”.
Favourite pasta dishes include maccheroni, ceciliani (which are made in the town of Canepina) lombrichelli (made with only flour and water), potato gnocchi, fettuccine, pappardelle, gavinelle (a specialty of Carbognano) or polenta.
These may be served with a classic ragout (meat sauce) or with a variety of other sauces prepared with hare, wild boar, mushrooms, spare ribs and pork sausages (especially polenta) or, in summer, with fresh garden vegetables such as: zucchini, eggplant, turnip greens, sweet peppers and others.
Other pasta dishes we recommend: spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino (made with garlic, olive oil and hot pepper) or spaghetti cacio e pepe (another classic pasta dish made with Roman pecorino cheese and black pepper).
For the main course, choose from among many delicious meat dishes: rabbit alla cacciatora, stewed chicken with tomatoes, wild boar with tomato sauce, stewed hare, baked lamb, tripe with tomato sauce, fried coratella (veal intestines), roasted pork or pignattaccia (a stew made with meat and vegetables). Main fish dishes, prepared with lake fish, include: fried perch fillets, stewed eels, fried lattarini, stewed or fried pike, baked or grilled whitefish.
Local sea food dishes are a little less renowned as they are the same ones common to many areas, especially since fish nowadays can be easily and rapidly transported everywhere. There is a variety of sheep cheeses, ranging from fresh cream cheese to ripe, aged cheeses, and also fresh ricotta and piquant Roman pecorino.
For dessert: sweet ravioli made with ricotta, ciambellone (simple white cakes), tarts made with ricotta or jam, crunchy biscuits and cookies made with hazelnuts, fritters made with rice (for the feast of St. Joseph), pangiallo and maccheroni made with walnuts (at Christmastime). For Easter, special yeast cakes, the celebrated “amaretti” or almond cookies of Blera, other biscuits and cookies made with the famous wine of Tuscia.
The Wine Route
The Regione Lazio, in order to increase the economical, agricultural and tourist resorces of its territory created this enogastronomic itinerary. The territory was divided into three zones, which represent the zones of production of the D.O.C. wines of Alta Tuscia. The zones are:
- Est! Est! Est! (Montefiascone, Marta, Capodimonte, Bolsena).
- Aleatico (Gradoli, Valentano, Onano, Proceno, Latera, Acquapendente, San Lorenzo, Grotte di Castro.
- Orvieto (Castiglione, Lubriano, Bagnoregio, Civitella, Graffignano.
The servant was so satisfied (or inebriated) with Montefiascone’s wine that he wrote Est! Est! Est! on the gate to the town. Defuk remained in Montefiascone for the rest of his life imbibing the local product. His tomb can be found in the left nave in the church of San Flaviano.