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
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.
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.
If you're even thinking about staying anywhere near Rome in a hotel, you're doing it wrong. Say "buongiorno" to the Carli famiglia for some amazing authentic cuisine and hospitality.
I travelled alone to Italy and was anxious about the stay before I left England. However, as other people have also mentioned, the stay couldn't have been better. The family are so kind and welcoming. They were also very patient with my basic Italian and encouraged me to keep trying! Carla is a fantastic cook and I would encourage anyone who is planning to stay with the family to dine with them.
I am looking forward to returning soon.
Carla/family was very welcoming and attentive. Was VERY helpful when giving directions on what bus/train to take and where to go sightseeing. House was beyond beautiful, very artsy and cozy. Carla's cooking was phenomenal. Overall the stay was amazing and Carla and her family were awesome!!!! You fall in love with the family and feel like home away from home! We'll sure come back!
Excelente! la experiencia que tuvimos con toda la familia fue muy buena. Todos son super agradables y siempre trataban de hacernos sentir como en casa. Cuando lo necesitábamos nos llevaban a la estación de tren o nos llevaban a comprar tickets para utilizar en Roma. Nos prestaron un celular para que pudiéramos estar en contacto mientras estábamos fuera de la casa. La comida también era excelente y se podía ver que a Carla le encanta cocinar.
En una ocasión nos sorprendieron con llevarnos a conocer la nieve, ya que ellos sabían que no la conocíamos. Detalles como estos son super especiales y me llevan a querer tener otra experiencia con esta maravillosa familia. Además, nos llevaron a a varios lugares para que conociéramos los alrededores.
Muchas gracias Familia Vanozzi!
I'm going to open my review with this simple piece of advice: If you have the opportunity to stay with Carla and her family, take it. Don't second guess yourself, there's no need to look any further.
I spent 9 nights in Valmontone with Carla, Settimio, Ale, Marcella, Agnese, Massimo, and Giulio. I had been traveling through Europe for three weeks already when I arrived in Valmontone and I was looking forward to relaxing and immersing myself into daily Italian culture with a real Italian family. Of my 41 days abroad, the 10 days at Carla's were the best, hands down. I was welcomed from the moment I walked into their incredibly beautiful home and each family member is so, so special. Carla made me feel like I was one of her own as did Settimio who is an absolute riot and one of the funniest people I've ever met. Seriously, he's hilarious. They were so, so generous with everything from food (Carla's cooking is unparalleled) to transportation to the accommodations (beautiful, clean bedroom and bathroom) to taking me somewhere new almost every day to explore little pockets of medieval history. Ale was very easy to talk to and always had insightful things to say about pretty much any topic (and he was super helpful, especially when it came to translating California slang and complicated English sayings into Italian). Marcella and Agnese were so warm and willing to integrate me and other guests into activities around the house and always offered to take us places. Massimo is a character and always has something funny and witty to say. Giulio, their family friend, was kind and welcoming with a great sense of humor. They also have five cats who live outside and are totally adorable.
All I can say is that I have missed them since I left Valmontone. I told them that if I could, I would move their home and all of them down the street from me in California. I would make Valmontone a stop on another Eurotrip just to stay with them again. I feel like I have a family on the other side of the world now, and that is something I will cherish forever.