8TH – 13TH MAY 2023



The Retreat​​

TraveLoving is delighted to collaborate with Castello di Ruspoli with an extraordinary Cooking Retreat in a 16th century Medieval Castle, home of the most important Renaissance Garden in Europe.

Throughout the Retreat, you will enjoy the morning breakfast in the garden, discover the territory and enjoy  informal cooking classes with the family chef Mirella Piccioni, and learn how to make traditional local dishes while having an aperitivo. We will use local vegetables from the farmers  and fresh  fish from the lake of Vico and Bolsena. We will prepare delicious  antipasti mistiprimi piatti & dolci of the Tuscia tradition.

During the retreat you will discover Tuscia’s beautiful villages surrounded by olives and vineyards. You will visit historical ville and palazzi, laghi and giardini. During your free time you’ll be able to relax in  Castello Ruspoli Garden and as a local, walking into the charming historical village of Vignanello where you can enjoy an italian espresso or a light lunch in one of the italian trattoria

At the end of the Retreat you’ll come away with an unforgettable authentic experience in untouched Italy.

Ruspoli Castle

TraveLoving explores a magical expanse of renaissance ruins and papal palaces run by meditating princesses and wine-growing poets”

Castello Ruspoli is situated in the medieval town of Vignanello, 70 km from Rome and a mere 18km away from Viterbo, the second largest city in the region of Lazio. Surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and Italy’s largest producers of hazel nuts, the region known as Tuscia, offers extensive range of organic products. The Ruspoli Castle has belonged to the same family since 1500. To this day the descendants continue to take care of it with great love and passion. Thus the guests of the castle will have the unique opportunity not only to live in the Castle but also to experience the way of life and the traditional hospitality of its owners. 

A perfect Renaissance Garden

The design of the magnificent Renaissance garden is attributed to Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, one of the greatest architectural theorists of the 16th century, and was built in 1611 at the behest of Ottavia Orsini, daughter of Pier Francesco, known as Vicino, who years earlier had had the Monster Park of Bomarzo built not far from Vignanello.

The part in front of the castle is divided into 12 parts bordered by four avenues along which one can stroll among the laurel, box, myrtle and viburnum hedges. In the centre of the composition is a large fountain with water features. Other small Italian gardens wind their way through the terraces sloping down towards the forest in the valley. The garden still retains the rigour of the initial design, which is renewed every year in fine weather.

The Rooms

Located on the second floor of the Castle and decorated by Verde Visconti they all have the best view of the Renaissance Garden. In the apartment there are four bedrooms with bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. It is ideal for a small group or family that wants to spend a few days in a castle and wants to explore its magnificent surroundings. The apartment is separate from the activities organized by the ownersIn addition to the 4-room apartment, there are also one suite located on the main floor of the castle.

1th Day: 

Castello Ruspoli, Vignanello

​- Arrive at Ruspoli Castle and accomodation in suites

​- Guided visit of Ruspoli Castle

​- Evening walk at Vignanello and dinner atlocal Osteria 

2th Day: 

Caparola, Villa Farnese and Lago di Vico​

– Colazione Italiana ​

– ​Excursion to Caparola and visit of Villa Farnese

– ​Light lunch and​ after-lunch walk Lago di Vico

​- Cooking Class : Antipasti Misti della Tuscia, dinner and Vignanello’s wine tasting  

3th Day: 

Castello Ruspoli, Free Time​ and Cooking Class​

– ​Colazione Italiana​

– ​Free morning and all the guest are welcome to enjoygrocery local stores and farmers where we willbuy fresh ingredients for the cooking classes

​- Free Lunch

– ​Evening: I Primi Piatti della TusciaCooking Class with Aperitivo and Dinner

4th Day: 

Bomarzo, Balthus Castle …​ and Civita Di Bagnoregio​

​- Colazione Italiana ​

​- Excursion to Castello Balthus

​- Free lunch in Bagnaia

​- Walk through the historic center of Viterbo  

​- Afternoon with apero dinner at Civita di Bagnoregio

5th Day: 

Free Time​ and Cooking Class

– ​Colazione Italiana​

​- Free time

​- Evening: I Pesci del Lago, Cooking Class with Aperitivo and Dinner

6th Day:

Giardino Portoghesi Massobrio, Calcata and Rome​

– Colazione Italiana ​

– Check – Out

– Guided visit Giardino Letterario Portoghesi Massobrio and the  historical village of Calcata

– Free Lunch​

– Transfer to Rome​

*If you would like to spend the weekend in Rome, TraveLoving Retreat will be happy to recommend you a hotel, restaurants and museums without any compromise and extra costs.


– 5 Night in Double Suite with Breakfast

– Guided Tour of Castello Ruspoli

– Excursion to Caprarola and Lago di Vico with visit of Villa Farnese 

– Excursion to Bomarzo, Viterbo and Civita di Bagnoregio with guided visit Castello Balthus and Bomarzo Garden 

– X1 Light Lunch, Lago di Vico (alcoholic drinks not included )

– X2 Apero Dinner ( alcoholic drinks included )

– X3 Cooking Class with Dinner Aperitivo & Wine

– Guided visit of Giardino Letterario Portoghesi Massobrio, Calcata village  and transfer to Rome or Airport

​*The flight is not included in the retreat package, giving everyone the freedom to book their flight from their origin country. Transfer from the Airport could be arranged on request.


– Retreat in Classic Double Room: 1.850€ pp

– Retreat in Classic Double Room, solo occupancy: 2.650€

– Retreat in Suite, double occupancy : 2.100€ pp

– Retreat in Suite, solo occupancy : 3.150€ 


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