Description

Villa Origo is an Italian Historic House and its gardens are world-famous. The Villa was originally built at the end of the XVth century as a wayside tavern, but soon became the centre of a vast estate owned by the great Sienese Hospital and Monastery of Santa Maria della Scala. Owing to wars and pestilence, the estate – and indeed all the valley of the Orcia (Val d'Orcia) – ran into extreme poverty and was mainly abandoned, until in 1924 it was bought by Antonio and Iris Origo, who turned it into their comfortable home. From here they farmed and developed the land, bringing prosperity and social progress to the farmers. The Villa is connected to the Fattoria, from where the agricultural estate is still run. The house is built on three levels, following the lie of the hill, and is surrounded by the now famous gardens created by Iris Origo and the English architect Cecil Pinsent – a 'labour of love' lasting many years. Parts of the garden are open to the public on certain days (strictly guided tours – see below), though the garden by the house and the pool remain private. The interior is full of old-world charm, not showy, but with beautiful antique furniture, comfortable beds, and lots of lovely rooms which offer both privacy and opportunities for family gatherings. There is free wi-fi throughout the house. Three gardeners look after the premises, including the swimming pool opposite the 'limonaia' (orangerie). Guests relax in the shade of roses and wisteria, lulled by the sound of water from the fountain nearby. Guest capacity is 24 people All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms Air-conditioning throughout the Villa

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Location

What's included? More than you can imagine

Personal welcome

We welcome all of our guests in person directly at the chosen apartment or at the Grand Club in the heart of the city center

Daily cleaning and linen change

Daily housekeeping, linen change and dish cleaning to make sure you come back to a sparkling clean home

Luxury linen and toiletries

Every home is prepared with luxury linens, toiletries and towels to meet our high end hospitality standards

Ask Alfred, 24/7

Local staff available 24/7 - we are available round the clock

And much more

• All of our homes are fully furnished with all the comforts to make you feel at home, away from home
• Complimentary wifi
Welcome kit with exclusive italian products
• Access to The Grand Club - a space for you to book your experiences, relax or work in a dedicated private area

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The Grand Emperor Suite -Close to home by the Master of the keys

431.00

Oratorio di San Carlo in Corso

Palazzo Ruspoli

Palazzo Rondinini

Meridiana by Augusto

Loggia del Primaticcio, Palazzo Firenze


Emperors see a land that is to be shaped, according to the image of an ideal world or, at least, that is a copy of the lines of their own hand. In the glory of the Borromeo, in the colored lights and in the golden details, the small heart of San Carlo beats in time with the Sun, traced behind a door, under the great sundial of Augustus, which will resume its time when the light will return to cover it. It waits, just as Palazzo Rondinini awaits Michelangelo's Pietà which it has lost. Like Palazzo Ruspoli, the soul of Prince Dado, and like Palazzo Firenze that awaits under the vaults of Prospero Fontana and opens a secret garden for him, the Grand Duke.





Oratorio di San Carlo in Corso

Palazzo Ruspoli

Palazzo Rondinini

Meridiana by Augusto

Loggia del Primaticcio, Palazzo Firenze


Emperors see a land that is to be shaped, according to the image of an ideal world or, at least, that is a copy of the lines of their own hand. In the glory of the Borromeo, in the colored lights and in the golden details, the small heart of San Carlo beats in time with the Sun, traced behind a door, under the great sundial of Augustus, which will resume its time when the light will return to cover it. It waits, just as Palazzo Rondinini awaits Michelangelo's Pietà which it has lost. Like Palazzo Ruspoli, the soul of Prince Dado, and like Palazzo Firenze that awaits under the vaults of Prospero Fontana and opens a secret garden for him, the Grand Duke.





Pasta Cooking Class

488.00

A full immersion in the most famous Italian culinary experience to learn how to make pasta, including fettuccine and ravioli, how to cook homemade pasta and how to create the perfect sauce to go along with it. 

Embark on an experiential journey of Italian food and wine in this course with one of the most internationally recognised Masters of cuisine. From preparation to presentation, you will learn how to prepare the most famous cocktails, or pasta dishes, or gelato, or desserts, to the legendary pizza. 

A full immersion in the most famous Italian culinary experience to learn how to make pasta, including fettuccine and ravioli, how to cook homemade pasta and how to create the perfect sauce to go along with it. 

Embark on an experiential journey of Italian food and wine in this course with one of the most internationally recognised Masters of cuisine. From preparation to presentation, you will learn how to prepare the most famous cocktails, or pasta dishes, or gelato, or desserts, to the legendary pizza. 

The Grand Amphitheater - Close to home by the Master of the keys

535.00

Chiesa Santi Quattro 

Casino Villa Mattei di Giove (Villa Celimontana )

Antiquarium Comunale

Arena del Colosseo

7 sale Terme di Traiano

Ninfeo Annibaldi


Koylos. The "womb". And the Mount Celio is the womb. In the intimacy of the Eternal City, in the most secret of the hills. Underground, Nero's "golden house". Above, the Baths of Trajan. Over all, the shadow of the golden Colossus. And the Amphitheater built by the Flavians. Tremendous, huge. The idea of the power of Rome and its "existence" for the people. We leave the window overlooking the Colosseum. We go down, we point with the eye the obelisk of Ozymandias, that from Ramses II was remedied by Sixtus V to the Savior. In the apse of the church of Quattro Coronati, we enter the Gothic Hall, the only complete pictorial cycle of this art in Rome. We climb to Villa Celimontana, entering the Casino of the Villa Mattei di Giove, where Filippo Neri created the tradition of the pilgrimage in Rome. From here, towards the Antiquarium Comunale with the remains of the monuments found during the great demolitions of Fascism, we descend into the valley of the Colosseum, enter the arena, and then look at the Seven Halls of the Baths of Trajan. But then, it's back in the womb. A small door, narrow on the street. A spiral staircase. And we are among the decorations in shells and limestone of the Nymphaeum of the Annibaldi.




Chiesa Santi Quattro 

Casino Villa Mattei di Giove (Villa Celimontana )

Antiquarium Comunale

Arena del Colosseo

7 sale Terme di Traiano

Ninfeo Annibaldi


Koylos. The "womb". And the Mount Celio is the womb. In the intimacy of the Eternal City, in the most secret of the hills. Underground, Nero's "golden house". Above, the Baths of Trajan. Over all, the shadow of the golden Colossus. And the Amphitheater built by the Flavians. Tremendous, huge. The idea of the power of Rome and its "existence" for the people. We leave the window overlooking the Colosseum. We go down, we point with the eye the obelisk of Ozymandias, that from Ramses II was remedied by Sixtus V to the Savior. In the apse of the church of Quattro Coronati, we enter the Gothic Hall, the only complete pictorial cycle of this art in Rome. We climb to Villa Celimontana, entering the Casino of the Villa Mattei di Giove, where Filippo Neri created the tradition of the pilgrimage in Rome. From here, towards the Antiquarium Comunale with the remains of the monuments found during the great demolitions of Fascism, we descend into the valley of the Colosseum, enter the arena, and then look at the Seven Halls of the Baths of Trajan. But then, it's back in the womb. A small door, narrow on the street. A spiral staircase. And we are among the decorations in shells and limestone of the Nymphaeum of the Annibaldi.




Trekking in Villa Ada

372.00

Right in the heart of the city, Villa Ada is Rome’s second largest public park. As fascinating as it is surprising, between archaeological ruins and history both ancient and recent, with its luscious vegetation and thriving animal population, this green lung is the ideal location for regenerating walks. Across woods and paths, we will take travelers among the ruins of ancient civilizations as well as the evidence of a less remote path, such as the bunker used by the Savoia family during the Second World War, or a collection of mysterious tombs. Hidden between clearing and chasms, and isolated from satellite signal, if you are fortunate you may also meet the man who lives in the trees.

Right in the heart of the city, Villa Ada is Rome’s second largest public park. As fascinating as it is surprising, between archaeological ruins and history both ancient and recent, with its luscious vegetation and thriving animal population, this green lung is the ideal location for regenerating walks. Across woods and paths, we will take travelers among the ruins of ancient civilizations as well as the evidence of a less remote path, such as the bunker used by the Savoia family during the Second World War, or a collection of mysterious tombs. Hidden between clearing and chasms, and isolated from satellite signal, if you are fortunate you may also meet the man who lives in the trees.

Basilica Santi Quattro Coronati

Quote on request

Resting on the slopes of the Caelian Hill, the Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati, named in honor of four martyred soldiers, is a place of meditation, reflection and tradition. To this day the Augustinian nuns sing their songs at the preordained hours. A timeless place where history seems frozen. One of our expert guides will help you immerse yourself in one of Rome’s most historic, artistic and spiritual monuments.

Resting on the slopes of the Caelian Hill, the Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati, named in honor of four martyred soldiers, is a place of meditation, reflection and tradition. To this day the Augustinian nuns sing their songs at the preordained hours. A timeless place where history seems frozen. One of our expert guides will help you immerse yourself in one of Rome’s most historic, artistic and spiritual monuments.

Pilates and Garuda lessons at home with Valentina

280.00

If you are passionate about cutting edge fitness practices you can train at home with a former star of the Verona Arena. Now a Pilates and and Garuda instructor at the Mimma Testa Dance School. Choose your one hour session between these two popular disciplines. The Garuda Method was founded by the Indian dancer and choreographer James D’Silva, and represents a new frontier for Pilates. Only a few instructors in the world are authorized to teach it. It mixes Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi, and allows practitioners to improve many and diverse physical traits, including strength, elasticity and cardiovascular power.

If you are passionate about cutting edge fitness practices you can train at home with a former star of the Verona Arena. Now a Pilates and and Garuda instructor at the Mimma Testa Dance School. Choose your one hour session between these two popular disciplines. The Garuda Method was founded by the Indian dancer and choreographer James D’Silva, and represents a new frontier for Pilates. Only a few instructors in the world are authorized to teach it. It mixes Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi, and allows practitioners to improve many and diverse physical traits, including strength, elasticity and cardiovascular power.

The Roman Forum and Trajan’s Market

Quote on request

At the dawn of the Imperial age the five Emperors who brought glory to Rome each erected a monumental construction in the city. Our expert guides will lead you to the Forums created by Caesar and Augustus, by the Temple of Peace, to the Forum of Nerva and to the largest Forum erected by Trajan between 107 and 113 AD. Here you will find Trajan’s great Market and the famous Trajan column, which narrates the battles against the Dacians through a 200 metre uninterrupted stone relief. 

At the dawn of the Imperial age the five Emperors who brought glory to Rome each erected a monumental construction in the city. Our expert guides will lead you to the Forums created by Caesar and Augustus, by the Temple of Peace, to the Forum of Nerva and to the largest Forum erected by Trajan between 107 and 113 AD. Here you will find Trajan’s great Market and the famous Trajan column, which narrates the battles against the Dacians through a 200 metre uninterrupted stone relief. 

Stone animals hidden in the heart of Rome

450.00

Do you have a desire to discover the secrets and symbols of the Eternal City? Are you curious to decipher the stone animals hidden throughout the city? We will guide you to discover the animal sculptures concealed in sophisticated palazzi and camouflaged in the streets and squares of the city, an adventure that will be fun for children and fascinating for adults. From the deer atop the Basilica di Sant’Eustachio, to the elephant that adorns the square in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, to the cat of Palazzo Grazioli up to the salamanders on the facade of the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi.

Do you have a desire to discover the secrets and symbols of the Eternal City? Are you curious to decipher the stone animals hidden throughout the city? We will guide you to discover the animal sculptures concealed in sophisticated palazzi and camouflaged in the streets and squares of the city, an adventure that will be fun for children and fascinating for adults. From the deer atop the Basilica di Sant’Eustachio, to the elephant that adorns the square in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, to the cat of Palazzo Grazioli up to the salamanders on the facade of the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi.

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