About the Homestay
Stay with Carla and Marcella, Alejandro, Agnese, Massimo and Settimio in our home in Valmontone (RM). We have plenty of room and plenty of members to match everyone's interests! We love traveling, nature, playing board games, socialising, watching movies, gardening, science, painting, cooking, reading, learning foreign languages, photography, theatre and music, gigs, festivals.
Carla is 62. She speaks Italian and enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, learning foreign languages, gardening e nature
Marcella is 33. She speaks English and Italian and enjoys cooking, watching movies, music, gigs, festivals, painting, reading e travel
Alejandro is 32 and enjoys socialising, watching movies, music, gigs, festivals, photography, learning foreign languages, travel, gardening, nature, board games, science e theatre. He speaks English, Italian and Spanish
Agnese is 28 and enjoys socialising, watching movies, reading, travel, learning foreign languages, nature, board games e theatre. She speaks English and Italian
Settimio is 65 and enjoys watching movies, music, gigs, festivals, reading, travel, learning foreign languages, gardening, nature e science. He speaks Italian
There is no better way to learn a foreign language than to speak it in everyday situations. Your host Carla offers qualified language instruction in her native language Italian. One hour of instruction costs 10.00 EUR. The classes will be given by Agnese at the accommodation.
The room rate includes the following services: regular room cleaning and internet access and breakfast.
Additional available services at an extra charge (payable directly to your host on arrival):
Pick up service: 20.00 EUR one-way
Lunch: 7.50 EUR per person per night
Dinner: 7.50 EUR per person per night
Charge for washing machine usage: 3.00 EUR per machine load
- Bikes for use
- Internet Access
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our house is located in the countryside, in the province of Rome. Near our house there is a Theme Park Rainbow Magicland, and a well known shopping district, Valmontone Fashion Outlet, both of which are also surrounded by countryside. Near Valmontone, there are also a number of beautiful medieval cities which many tourists that go only to Rome miss, such as Genazzano, Artena, Anagni and Olevano Romano, which can be visited by request when the family members are available.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Sports arena
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Please note that only a light breakfast is included in the room rate. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Full Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
- Lactose Intolerant
- Nut Allergies
Please keep our home secure and double-lock the front door when entering and leaving the house
Please do not adjust the heat settings yourself, ask me and I will happily do it for you
Keep noise to a minimum after midnight please
Please do not invite strangers into our home; if you would like to invite a friend over just agree it with me in advance
Please enjoy your stay and treat our house as you would your own home!
Smoking is not allowed.
Thanks for a wonderful stay. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family.
Your house is full of happiness and laughter. A real joy to be a part of.
We loved Rome and will return.
Thank you again for everything you did for us.
Matthew and Sara
A wonderful two weeks with Carla, Settimio and their delightful family where I was immediately made welcome. My stay definitely surpassed my expectations in that I was considered as one of the family and Carla and Settimio went out of their way to make me feel at home. Their daughters were most helpful too, explaining in English when I didn't understand something. I only wish my Italian was a bit better before going there!
Their house is beautiful, a traditional Italian villa of large proportions which has been artistically renovated with parquet flooring throughout. My room was perfect with its own en-suite bathroom. It was the perfect setting for me to write in (I'm a medieval historian) with towns such as Anagni, Paliano, San Gennaro close by and very easy motorway access so I was able to travel to towns further south very easily. Last but not least: Carla is a great cook and the variety of her dishes was always something to look forward to. Grazie mille! Big hugs to all!
This was an amazing experience with an incredible family! SO GLAD we choose this Homestay! I feel like we made new lifelong friends while really getting the 'Italian experience' during our trip to Italy. Many thanks for the hospitality shown by this family - they went above and beyond what I expected. I'd give them 10 stars if I could!
Nothing you can say or write, would prepare you for the wonderful welcome you receive from Carla and her lovely family....from the moment you get picked up from the Railway Station at Valmontone, till you leave again, you are part of this beautiful family....the meals, the vino, the company, the family outings, you are made to feel one of the family from start to finish....Theo and I hope to return again to this wonderful part of the world, and especially to be staying with Carla and Settimio...XXXX
Such a delay in finally posting this response (as I had originally stayed in March) but I absolutely loved my time in Valmontone. The family was absolutely wonderful. They picked me up from the airport with smiles and hugs and were super considerate and helpful (especially since my flight was delayed due to rainy weather). I felt like a true member of their home and they invited me to join them for so many great outings to a nearby village and a dinner party with some friends. I also had time to take the train down to Rome and the family was very helpful in helping me secure a train ticket and driving me to the train station. I loved coming home each night to such a beautiful home and room filled with laughter and conversation and starting each morning with Carla always cheerfully making cappuccino with some cookies, yogurt and a smile. Each of the family members I met during my stay were absolutely warm and welcoming. Ale was great to share conversations with in English since I do not know any Italian and could get most ideas across using some Spanish. I enjoyed hearing his stories about working with his students at schools who are English language learning and it even inspired me to work with ELL when I returned back to the US. Marcella was also great and allowed me to visit her educational farm and help her feed and walk the different animals. Sentimio was always funny and kind even though I struggled to express myself in Italian. The food every night was always amazing and I enjoyed learning how to cook some of the meals as well. The entire family was also very understanding when I told them I had to end my trip early due to work (which was a great relief). Overall I loved my stay with this family and would recommend them to anyone who plans to visit Rome and gain more of a sense of the culture and family life of Italy.
The whole family is protective, caring, ready to help or just converse at the guest' s own time. They make you happy that you chose their BnB....a real asset to the vacation you have planned for so long.
This is a very late review, I thought I already posted it but it turned out I still haven't. Im sorry about that. Me and Edlyn stayed here last august 2015 and the host family was amazing, our best homestay experience. The house is lovely, the family members were very caring and nice. The homemade italian food cooked by Carla is . They really made us feel a part of their family and I'm very thankful for that. Everything is just better than words . Thank you so much for everything. We hope to go back soon. Love love.
Staying with Carla and her family was my first encounter with Homestay. If other host places are at least half as good as Carla's, I'd like to congratulate the site. The week we spent in Valmontone surpassed by far my expectations. The family are not only open, cheerful, helpful, but also well-organised and knowledgeable. Carla's smile never leaves her face, even if it's late in the evening and there's a pile of dishes waiting to be washed up. To call Carla a good cook would be unfair underrating - she's an artist of the kitchen and the meals prepared by her smell, taste and look wonderful. I must also thank her for her patience with our less than basic Italian and for a cup of tea with honey she offered me every night to help cure my cold. Oh, one more thing - Carla is the fastest driver in the family.
Settimio, with his sense of humour and sharp intelligence, is a great companion to talk to - I wish our Italian was better to understand all his jokes. We spent a fantastic day with him - as he didn't work on Sunday, he offered to show us around. We even went to his uncle's winery to taste home-made wine and I drank there my first caffe corretto.
Carla and Settimio have two beautiful daughters: Marcella and Agnesse. We spent several evenings together joined by the young ladies' boyfriends: Alejandro and Leonardo. They all speak English very well and are fantastic young people.
All in all, it was a wonderful time that we will never forget. I hope to come back one day.
I cannot describe how wonderful Carla, Settimio and their family are. My room was very good, the house is beautiful and peaceful, only a short distance from Rome, and the countryside around it lovely. The Vannozzi family share their table as well as their house and make all visitors welcome. This was my second stay with them, and I hope I will be back one day.
Staying at the homestay with the Vannozzi’s in Valmontone was the best decision we made for our trip to Italy. We had plans to visit other cities all over Italy, but after staying with this incredible family, we decided to spend the bulk of our time with them and cancelled most of our other trips. The food was incredible, all the people in the family were super helpful and friendly, and the energy was always lively and full of delightful surprises.
One thing we learned from Carla (the mother) on this trip was that drinking coffee should have three important criterias.
1. Caldo (Hot)
2. Corto (Short)
3. E in Compagnia (in Company)
Coffee should be hot, short, and with company. I’m sure you can get amazing food and look at ancient cities all over the world, but having the right company around you makes the experience meaningful and memorable.
I’m also glad that we spent time with Settimio. He is such an incredible father and husband. His English is actually really good from just learning from the guests. I will definitely stay in touch with him on WhatsApp. He is definitely the Capo of the family. He is a pillar in Valmontone and everyone looks up to him. You’ll often see him talking to people all over the town because they all know him as their doctor. Settimio also took us to a local town called Nemi and even on a tour on his uncle’s winery close by.
Carla is so intuitive and caring. She always has a big smile on her face and works tirelessly around the house. I really don’t know how she does it all. The house is huge and she does all the cleaning from the crack of dawn. She also goes to sleep late from entertaining the guests. Her cooking is ALWAYS amazing!
Marcella and Alejandro are the cutest couple. Alejandro makes amazing coffee and Marcella has such a big heart for the guests. They tirelessly drive us to the supermarket, the outlet, and even local ancient cities. They truly live life with passion and do things that make them happy. They love to take time to decorate their house in preparation for their baby daughter.
We also visited the museum that Agnesse works for, and also ate at the wonderful restaurant she works at. Agnesse is full of energy and enthusiasm! Her English is getting better and better everyday. Since she works at a well known restaurant, she is very attentive to details and takes care of people really well.
Massimo also comes by every now and then to check on us and offer to take guests around Rome where the tourists don’t go. He calls it a Rome Safari!! Massimo also does a lot of amazing carpentry around the house!
This place is such a hidden gem and we kind of want to keep it a secret. We want to make plans to go back and visit this amazing family again.