A twelfth-century abbey with the perfume of the present

I Conversi, The Abbey of San Giusto, Tuscania, Italy
I Conversi, San Giusto Abbey, Tuscany, Italy |
  • Apartment
  • 1 BR
  • Sleeps 2
  • from € 180 nt
I Conversi, an ancient suite perched over the cloisters

History, passion, devotion, and breathtaking beauty. This is what has become of The Abbey of San Giusto today. Built in 1146, this towering site, so modest and austere that it is grand, was once a Medieval Cistercean abbey. Home to an order known for their expertise in working land and water, it carries a heritage of craftsmanship, a creative intertwine of man and nature.

The story is one for the books. Abandoned for 600 years, legend has it for alleged lapses in monastic discipline, the Abbey of San Giusto had fallen into tumbling ruin open to the skies, in the steady hands of a shepherd whose sheep grazed its lands. 

It was Mauro Checcoli who would bring the abbey into the twenty-first century, a Bolognese engineer who is a pride to his country for his Olympic gold medal in horseriding. In 1990, Checcoli acquired the shepherd’s site, and thus began a loving and arduous restoration to return it to its twelfth-century splendor that demanded twenty-five years and a good measure of that beautiful kind of crazy. 

A life project that has stretched into a second generation, the abbey has since woven itself into the fiber of the Checcoli family, whose dream was to allow travelers and lovers of art, history, and nature to visit a Cistercian abbey in its entirety. Delving into its agricultural roots, an organic farm of fragrant plants now grow on the abbey’s sprawling grounds, waiting to be distilled for their essential oils.

Description

Amidst rivers, lavender fields, olive groves, and pastures dotted with donkeys and horses, the Abbey of San Giusto waits serenely four kilometers from the town of Tuscania in an area called ancient Etruria, or as we prefer, Tuscia Viterbese.

I Conversi perches over a view of the cloisters on the western side of the abbey. Its present grandeur flourished from humble roots: the Conversi were the Lay Brothers who lacked clerical status but still lived and worked at the monastery. 

Today, the I Conversi quarters have been transformed into a luxurious suite, so expansive one could cartwheel across its living area amidst pieces of furniture more ancient than vintage. A divan and plush sofa upholstered in indulgent textiles contrast with restored stone walls left cool, porous, and undressed. Seating is clustered around a fireplace, a dream for the chilly months. As if evoking that famous monastic discipline, there are no televisions or phones in sight. A bit of reading and good conversation is in order.

Towards the middle of this grand living hall, a time-polished dining table seats six. Here is where you will be served your home-cooked, organic seasonal breakfast every morning, or enjoy the meals you may wish to prepare from your private kitchen at the end of this hall. Simply leave a message with the abbey’s kitchen in the morning should you wish for a dinner prepared by the in-house chef that evening. 

An indulgent four-poster bed fitted with luxury beddings awaits in the spacious bedroom. Modernity finds its place in the en suite bathroom, which is fitted with the comforts of the twenty-first century.

Additional information

WiFi is available in the room. You will need a car in order to get to the abbey and explore the surrounding areas, as the nearest town is four kilometers away.

While you may find yourself quite happy languishing in your suite, it is good to know that the abbey is open to exploration. Feel free to meander the halls and corridors, and common areas like the refectory, the gardens and fields. Dog lovers will be happy to know that there are three friendly and well-behaved four-legged friends on the property.

Around

The Abbey of San Giusto is surrounded by rivers, parks, churches, and ancient history, perfect for an excursion in nature and cultural discovery. The nearest town of Tuscania was an ancient Etruscan city of great wealth and importance, as attested by the tombs and necropoleis left for our eyes today. Further outside of town sitting high on a hill are the superb churches of Santa Pietro and Santa Maria, a display of unrivalled masterworks of Romanesque architecture. And a little further still is the sea! The beautiful beaches of Tarquinia: “Le Saline” near the natural park Capalbio, Spiaggia del Chiarone Monte Argentario, La Feniglia, and La Giannella are just a few kilometers away.

Location

Tuscania, Italy, is one hour north of Rome. Nearest airport: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome.

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I Conversi, The Abbey of San Giusto

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$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
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Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms1 Bedroom suite
Bed TypeQueen bed
KitchenPrivate equipped kitchen
Bathrooms1 bathroom with shower
Accommodate2 Guests + 1 or 2 children
InternetWifi available
Pet friendlyWell-behaved pets welcome
Rates€180 per night for two guests, €40 per night for each additional adult guest. Children under 5 stay for free in their parent's rooms.
Minimum Stay1 Night
ViewBeautiful view of the cloisters
Notes

Check-in: 14.00-19.00 pm

Check-out: 11.00 am

No security deposit required.

Guests can cancel free of charge up until 90 days before arrival. Guests will be charged 50% if they cancel within 45 days of arrival.

A note about stairs: True to its twelfth-century roots, a considerable scaling of stairs is required in order to get to this suite with a view.

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