Italy has a lot to offer to couples who want to run away to a hideaway: endless views over the rolling countryside, romantic hill towns and their cultural heritage, a rich cuisine and fine wine but most importantly, a sweetness of life.
During our time spent in central Italy, we scouted countless locales that strictly grade on style and impeccable service. We found many hidden treasures for those who feel like going off the beaten path but amongst the dreamy castles and elegant country estates, the place we truly fell in love with was a simple trattoria at the heart of Casperia, a 1000-year old Italian village located in the unspoiled and quiet region of Sabina just northeast of Rome.
With its patchwork of vineyards and olive groves, the abundance of wildlife and medieval villages that dot the hilltops, Sabina is the perfect place to unwind, explore the Roman countryside and indulge in exquisite cuisine. In Spring, the temperatures are just right and the area is full of wildflowers, herbs and vegetables such as wild asparagus.
Food is an important part of the local life: the region is known for its highly praised extra virgin olive oil and the quality of its produce. So it is not surprising that the area boasts some of the finest places to eat out, from simple trattorias to fancy restaurants.
Our special favorite, La Vigna, was formerly owned by an internationally renowned olive oil taster. Dining there feels like attending an extended Italian family reunion. On summer evenings, everyone gathers outside for an aperitivo or a dinner at sunset in the picture-perfect, traffic-free piazza, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and nearby mountains.
It is not rare that in between courses, guests take their drink and go for a stroll around the square so as to fully appreciate the melodic sound of the graceful fountain or admire the evening light play on the ancient stone of the village and on the valley beyond.
We also love that it’s a superb people-watching spot since there are only two ways in and out the centro storico, and those are the two fortified gates that define the space where the restaurant is nestled.
What makes La Vigna so unique is not so much the delicious food and wine, the awe-inspiring vistas or its authenticity but the fact that this place is exactly what every couple is dreaming about when they think of Italy and La Dolce Vita. Once you get there, you feel like having stepped back in time and you’ll never want to leave.
In fact, the ambiance there is so magical that when we found out that our rentals would not be delivered as planned, we gracefully switched to plan B, using the much simpler furniture that was available on site and only focused on highlighting the experience of Casperia.