New York painter Giselle Pons has transformed her home into a refined residence where guests can appreciate her sophisticated choice of interior design, the library with over 7,000 books in English, French and Italian as well as a unique collection of CDs and vinyl records.
Expert teacher of English and translator, Giselle organizes full immersion courses for guests who want to improve their English or prepare for Cambridge and TOEFL exams.
B&B Villa le Giare is situated in the heart of the picturesque Lazio Maremma amid ancient olive groves. Fully integrated in the territory, the property is only 15 km away from the renowned Tyrrhenian Sias beaches and Lake Bolsena surrounded by the charming towns of Marta, Capodimonte, Bolsena and Montefiascone.
Villa le Giare is the ideal spot to spend a few days in complete relaxation and exploring country paths, archeological sites and uncontaminated areas.
The climate is mild in summer and breezy in autumn.
At night a total absence of light pollution consents the observation of stars and constellations.
A delicious breakfast is served in the family dining room, and on the terrace overlooking the olive groves or under the linden trees during the warm season..
The three guest rooms are on the first floor of the villa
THE GREEN ROOM, with double bed and, gives onto a small panoramic terrace with two chairs and a table where one can enjoy cool sunsets.
THE LINDEN ROOM, with two single beds, overlooks the vast lawn with its huge linden trees. In the morning you can see hoopoo hens, bee eaters and magpies darting from tree to tree.
THE OLIVE GROVE ROOM is a single room with a 1 ½ size bed and a small panoramic terrace with a view of the surrounding olive groves. On a clear day you can see the sea.
B&B Villa le Giare gallery
An ancient Roman pagus, Canino derives its name from the gens Caninia of preroman origin from the city of Vulci. The first urban settlements probably date back to the Etruscan period (IXth century BCE); but the town became important after the advent of the Farnese family in the XVth century.
Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the destiny of Canino was marked by the alternating fortunes of members of the various local aristocratic families continually struggling for supremacy: a continual succession of warlords, among whom the Farnese. Canino prides itself for being the birthplace of Alessandro Farnese, who became Pope Paul III in 1534.
In 1808, Lucien Bonaparte, younger brother of Napoleon, established his residence in Canino. After having effectively helped his older brother become Emperor, he was appointed ambassador to Spain and Portugal. There he fell in love and married Alexandrine de Bleschamps. Napoleon ordered his brother to divorce her because he wanted him to marry a member of an important reigning family. Lucien refused to leave Alexandrine and was forced to flee to Rome, where, after lending money to Pope Pius VII, he was given land in Canino and appointed Prince of Canino and Musignano. The Vulci necropolis was accidentally discovered on his land when an ox-cart fell into an Etruscan tomb. Lucien is remembered as the first systematic organizer of the archeological findings of the Etruscan city of Vulci.
The landscape around Canino features the typical silver-grey colour of the olive groves which produce the celebrated Canino DOP extra-virgin olive oil. There are also flourishing vineyards and endless fields where cereals are grown.
Canino is also famous for its great variety of natural vegetation such as ‘barba cappuccia’ (Plantago coronopas plantaginacee), ‘caccia lepre’ (Reichardia picroides composite), ‘costa del somaro’ (Hypochaeris radicata composite), ‘crepacore’ (Chrysanthemum segetum composite) and others which mixed together make up the famed Canino Mischietto, a typical country salad.
Due to the meticulous safeguarding of the naturalistic heritage of the olive groves, a priority for the inhabitants, Canino and its adjacent territory is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. Many forms of wild fauna have their ideal habitat in the countryside: porcupines, foxes, boars, hoopoo hens, bee eaters live together in harmony.
At 10 kilometers from Villa Le Giara lies the WWF Vulci Oasis lining the Fiora River.
At Vulci there is also the Medieval Castello della Badia (IXth century), with its moat overlooking the Roman-built Badia Bridge (1st century BCE). The largest archeological park in Europe contains the ancient Etruscan city of Vulci.
Every season has different blossoms: in March we have the almond trees with their delicate pink and white flowers. Then come the cherry trees. In April the horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) appears in all its splendour with enormous white blossoms. In May the golden broomrape (Genistea) and the flame-coloured corn poppy (Papaver) flourish, but this is also the moment when the olive trees are literally covered with the white flowers. In June the tiny yellow flowers of the linden trees (Tilia europaea) fill the air with their delicate scent. Summer brings the pink and white oleanders (Nerium oleander) and the magnificent mauve hydrangeas (Hydrangea hortensia).
In autumns the deciduous trees colour the countryside with every imaginable shade of gold and orange, while in winter the cotoneaster (Cotoneaster frigidus) is covered with red berries.
Within a radius of 50 kms there are endless fascinating beaches, archeological sites, typical Maremma towns to visit. We will be delighted to help you choose an itinerary.
Here are a few suggestions: Bolsena, Capalbio, Capodimonte, Farnese, Ischia di Castro, Marta, Orbetello, Pitigliano, Sorano, Sovana, Tarquinia, Tuscania, Valentano, Viterbo.