Come to a castello near Rome with Huon Mallalieu
3-9 July , 2023
In June 2019, 20 lucky Oldie readers stayed with Alexandra White at her home, the magnificent Castello di Mandela. The tributes came flooding in … ‘best ever’. We promised a unique tour because lots of Alexandra’s friends opened the doors to their palazzi. And she delivered. Well, she wants us back … with a completely different itinerary. It would be impossible for any of us to have this experience as chance visitors, rather than as her guests. DON’T MISS OUT. We are in the hands of a great hostess and expert guides.
We shall eat splendidly either at the Castello, with local produce and family-produced olive oil and wines, or in a range of restaurants.
There are eight bedrooms for single use in the renovated Borgo and seven double/twins in the Castello.
Sunday 3rd July – Arrival
Flights to Rome TBC. Tour of castle and grounds. Welcome cocktails, introductory talk by Huon, dinner.
Monday 4th July – Rome
We will visit the magnificent gardens of Villa Medici, the Gardens of the Aventine and the Abbey of the Tre Fontane, on the site where St Paul was beheaded.
Tuesday 5th July – The summer retreats in the hills of Rome
Morning tour of the palace and gardens of the Pope at Castel Gandolfo; afternoon in Ariccia, a Chigi palace by Bernini, with wonderful collections in their original place. Visconti filmed the ball scene of The Leopard here. The gardens will be opened for us.
Wednesday 6th July – Subiaco in the footsteps of St Benedict
Monastery of Saint Scholastica, Monastery of Sacro Speco and the Rocca Borgia, where Lucrezia was born.
Thursday 7th July – Abbey of Farfa
We will visit this splendid medieval abbey and its untouched hamlet, and eat in an agriturismo near Farfa with local cuisine and the proprietors’ produce.
Friday 8th July – Monte Cassino
Very special tour of the Abbey and visit to the library.
Saturday 9th July – Blighty
Flights from Rome Fiumicino to Heathrow TBC
HOW TO BOOK: Call 01225 427311 Price per person: £2,450 which includes all meals, wine with meals, transport and entrances. You need to book and pay for your own flights. Single supplement: £300. A non-refundable deposit of £750 will be required, with the full balance due on 1st April 2023. Please email Katherine at email@example.com