Here is a really unique business opportunity for the entrepreneurs among you. This property is made to order as a quiet, small retreat suitable for guests who are into anything from outdoor and indoor sports, yoga, meditation, touring, or simply enjoying the beach.
Villa “Stella Matutina” is situated in the famous tourist resort of Sperlonga, (8 Km), Italy, Lazio province of Latina, and about 100 kilometres between Rome and Naples.
The site is a unique small resort facility, and perfect for guests who love sports, silence, relaxation and the outdoor life; only accessible by unpaved roads, the Villa is immersed in nature and isolated from urban traffic. The Villa is inside a three-acre park, well sprinkled with trees and bamboo forests, extensive meadows, fresh cold water streams, and floral as well as green vegetation.
The Villa’s hosting facilities feature 6 bedrooms ensuite (with the private bathrooms), while available for common use are the hall, hobby room, a spacious living room, dining room, the solarium with a small gym and sauna overlooking a terrace, and balconies. All facilities are modernized. In winter the large fireplace naturally and pleasantly warms the elegant rooms, making the living area a great place to congregate and socialize. If you are after a quiet place to read or meditate, the living areas offer many cozy, out- of- the way corners to do so.
This area of Italy offers a convenient geographical position, and its mild climate is enjoyable in all seasons especially in the fall (September – October) and spring (May-June) when outdoor sports and relaxation can be enjoyed in full thanks to the pleasant temperature of the air and of the sea. Additionally, you do not have the worry of mass tourism.
A few kilometers away by bike, you will find numerous and picturesque villages; the lively Sperlonga, with the splendid villa and cave of Tiberius, the marina Terracina, known for its harbor and fresh fish, from where there are daily ferries to the Pontine Islands, (also accessible by bike), and finally to local Sunday markets and evocative squares filled with bars and taverns — all of this reachable from the Villa through country paths. Of particular interest are the small towns of Monte San Biagio, Campo di Mele surrounded by woods of cork trees, located on the heights of the mountains of the regional natural park of Monti Ausoni, and are also reachable by bike.
About a kilometre from the villa there is the regional nature reserve of Lago di Fondi, (about 8 km), you can kayak and canoe along the Canal that runs alongside the property going directly to the lake. Also on the coast, which is about 4 kilometres, with its characteristic dunes, known to fans of water sports for sailing to the constant winds, is also easily accessible by car as well as a bike with easy routesl.
Sperlonga is a medieval village built atop a cliff overlooking a stretch of the Mediterranean known as the Tyrrhenian Sea. The old city is a whitewashed warren of passageways and staircases opening onto cafes and shops, decked in flowers, with a beach-view piazza at the very top where people promenade from sundown until the late hours. Although the newer town is packed with lodges and restaurants, it’s barely a mile wide, from the beach to the highway that skirts the coastal mountains.
The first summer tourist to Sperlonga may have been the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who reigned near the beginning of the first century and built a villa next to a grotto at the farthest end of the beach. It was only discovered in 1957 when the Italian government was building a highway past Sperlonga to Capri and Naples to the south.
Construction crews began unearthing relics and fragments of statues, and when government archaeologists descended on the town to take them away, the Sperlonga residents came out en masse and blocked the trucks. The artefacts remained in Sperlonga, and the government built a national museum on the site.
When they excavated the artichoke fields down by the waterline, they uncovered the ruins of the villa with its fish ponds. The grotto revealed more statuary, most of it dedicated to the Greek hero Ulysses who, according to legend, had sailed past the coast there more than 1,000 years earlier.
Off in the distance stands the Promontory of Circe, where Ulysses supposedly lived with the witch goddess for a year, again according to legend – though in 20 BC, the difference between myth and history was likely hazier than it is today.
The name “Sperlonga” comes from the Latin word for “cave.” Researchers determined that the emperor and his court languished in the natural cool of the grotto cave by the villa, which had its own fresh-water pool – until, according to historians, part of the roof caved in, nearly crushing Tiberius. He took it as an omen and moved to Capri, but he left behind a giant tower topped by a signal flame at the base of the old city.
It and subsequent towers were destroyed by pirates over the years. The one that stands today was built in the 1700s.
In the fifth century, enraged Christian monks destroyed the pagan statues, and the villa was buried until 1957.
But after its rediscovery, Sperlonga became a mecca for the 1950s and ’60s cultural idols, the actresses Brigitte Bardot and Marlene Dietrich, the artist Andy Warhol, the writer Albert Camus and the playwright Arthur Miller among them.