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

Customize your stay

Breakfast 4 - International breakfast

42.00

International breakfast for two


  • 2 artisanal fruit juices  (available flavours: peach, apricot, arancia, orange carrots and lemon) 
  • 1 brioche apple and custard
  • 1 chocolate brioche 
  • 2 savoury croissants (pick from: ham,pesto, salad, confit tomatoes or salmon, avocado, salad, philadelphia or caprino)
  • Savoury croissant (pick from: ham,pesto, salad, confit tomatoes or salmon, avocado, salad, philadelphia or c

International breakfast for two


  • 2 artisanal fruit juices  (available flavours: peach, apricot, arancia, orange carrots and lemon) 
  • 1 brioche apple and custard
  • 1 chocolate brioche 
  • 2 savoury croissants (pick from: ham,pesto, salad, confit tomatoes or salmon, avocado, salad, philadelphia or caprino)
  • Savoury croissant (pick from: ham,pesto, salad, confit tomatoes or salmon, avocado, salad, philadelphia or c

The subterranean Caelian

450.00

The Caelian Hill. The Colosseum stands at its base, and its streets and squares are rich with history and monuments, as is its underground belly. Here you can admire one off the oldest paleochristian churches in Italy, dedicated to the first martyr. Our guide will lead you to the Basilica di Santo Stefano Rotondo and the Arch of Dolabella, probably built over the gates of the Servian Wall, to the Temple of Claudius, defiled by his wife Agrippina, and the Church of Saints John and Paul. Here you can descend underground to discover the remains of what probably were the homes of these two Christian martyrs. 

The Caelian Hill. The Colosseum stands at its base, and its streets and squares are rich with history and monuments, as is its underground belly. Here you can admire one off the oldest paleochristian churches in Italy, dedicated to the first martyr. Our guide will lead you to the Basilica di Santo Stefano Rotondo and the Arch of Dolabella, probably built over the gates of the Servian Wall, to the Temple of Claudius, defiled by his wife Agrippina, and the Church of Saints John and Paul. Here you can descend underground to discover the remains of what probably were the homes of these two Christian martyrs. 

A contemporary home gallery in Palazzo Bennicelli

427.00

A breathless hour. The house of collector and patron Ines Musumeci Greco, open exclusively for you, is not just an ordinary house. For twenty years it has been the most important artist’s salon in Italy, where Italian and international intelligentsia would meet and mingle. In her home gallery, inside the seventeenth-century Palazzo Bennicelli, you can admire the works of artists such as Marina Abramovic, Mario Schifano, Alighiero Boetti, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Chen Zhen, and others. Accompanied by the collector herself, you will embark on an emotional journey, as well as an artistic one, to discover the intricacies of beauty that define the artworks, including anecdotes and episodes about the artists. 

A breathless hour. The house of collector and patron Ines Musumeci Greco, open exclusively for you, is not just an ordinary house. For twenty years it has been the most important artist’s salon in Italy, where Italian and international intelligentsia would meet and mingle. In her home gallery, inside the seventeenth-century Palazzo Bennicelli, you can admire the works of artists such as Marina Abramovic, Mario Schifano, Alighiero Boetti, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Chen Zhen, and others. Accompanied by the collector herself, you will embark on an emotional journey, as well as an artistic one, to discover the intricacies of beauty that define the artworks, including anecdotes and episodes about the artists. 

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. 

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

178.00

Musumeci Greco Academy

Santa Maria sopra Minerva 

Casanatense Library

Sant'Ignazio in Campo Marzio

Kircherian Museum

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj


The truth is unique. A single moment, in which the only meaning of the world can be grasped. We move from the marble circle at the center of the perspective of Andrea Pozzo to Sant'Ignazio, and everything collapses. The door of Santa Maria sopra Minerva closes, and no wind will shake Bernini's stone drap. 



Musumeci Greco Academy

Santa Maria sopra Minerva 

Casanatense Library

Sant'Ignazio in Campo Marzio

Kircherian Museum

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj


The truth is unique. A single moment, in which the only meaning of the world can be grasped. We move from the marble circle at the center of the perspective of Andrea Pozzo to Sant'Ignazio, and everything collapses. The door of Santa Maria sopra Minerva closes, and no wind will shake Bernini's stone drap. 



Trastevere

669.00

Lose yourself among the medieval alleys of the most bohemian ‘village’ in the heart of Rome. Walking through narrow and winding streets, you will discover the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, the church built to honour the patron saint of musicians, and the annexed Benedictine convent where, with our special permission, you will be able to listen to ritual chants of the nuns that have charge of the basilica. An enchanting and mystical experience that will continue by visiting the fascinating baroque church of San Francesco a Ripa and the Bernini Chapel. Naturally, we would never miss taking a delicious break to taste the oven pizza in Vicolo del Cinque, a must for Romans and visitors alike. Afterwards, dive back into the splendours of the Renaissance in Villa Farnesina, amongst the wonders of Raphael and the Botanical Garden.

Lose yourself among the medieval alleys of the most bohemian ‘village’ in the heart of Rome. Walking through narrow and winding streets, you will discover the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, the church built to honour the patron saint of musicians, and the annexed Benedictine convent where, with our special permission, you will be able to listen to ritual chants of the nuns that have charge of the basilica. An enchanting and mystical experience that will continue by visiting the fascinating baroque church of San Francesco a Ripa and the Bernini Chapel. Naturally, we would never miss taking a delicious break to taste the oven pizza in Vicolo del Cinque, a must for Romans and visitors alike. Afterwards, dive back into the splendours of the Renaissance in Villa Farnesina, amongst the wonders of Raphael and the Botanical Garden.

Ice Cream Me

366.00

A comprehensive lesson in traditional Italian gelato: chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio, custard, and your favorite flavour combinations. Taught by Romeo’s inhouse ice cream specialist, you will return home with your very own personalized ice cream.

Embark on an experiential journey of Italian food and wine in this course with one of the most internationally recognised Masters of cuisine. Choose between being hosted by Cristina Bowerman herself or by a member of her team. 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 comprehensive lesson in traditional Italian gelato: chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio, custard, and your favorite flavour combinations. Taught by Romeo’s inhouse ice cream specialist, you will return home with your very own personalized ice cream.

Embark on an experiential journey of Italian food and wine in this course with one of the most internationally recognised Masters of cuisine. Choose between being hosted by Cristina Bowerman herself or by a member of her team. 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.

Trip to Tivoli

Quote on request

A private driver will pick you up in the morning and escort you to Tivoli, a small town near Rome. Once here an expert guide will lead lead you to the Villa d’Este, a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture, famous around the world for its fountains, water games and nyphaeums, and for the previous archaeological remains of Villa Adriana, the ancient residence of Emperor Hadrian. Visiting these two UNESCO World Heritage sites will make you experience the true exctasy of classical style.

A private driver will pick you up in the morning and escort you to Tivoli, a small town near Rome. Once here an expert guide will lead lead you to the Villa d’Este, a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture, famous around the world for its fountains, water games and nyphaeums, and for the previous archaeological remains of Villa Adriana, the ancient residence of Emperor Hadrian. Visiting these two UNESCO World Heritage sites will make you experience the true exctasy of classical style.

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