Lapis Turris

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Sleeps: 7 - 9 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

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Dinner included!
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Heritage Collection
Pets on Request
Hot Tub

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If you are yearning for a uniquely characterful rustic retreat in surroundings of extraordinary natural beauty, then look no further. On a rocky spur in the Sibillini Mountains of central Italy, Lapis Turris is an ancient watchtower dating back to the 11th century, now converted into two comfortable apartments and just perfect for guests who want to share a holiday but retain some independence.

Fascinating original features have been restored and blend beautifully with modern additions - the stone walls surrounding you have so many stories to tell. The romantic ground floor apartment has living room and kitchen area leading out to a lush courtyard, like a natural balcony in the hillside. In the upper apartment, the fully equipped kitchen looks onto a sun filled terrace with breathtaking views of the small hilltop village and surrounding mountains.

It may be tempting to simply spend your days on the outside terrace or by the sparkling new pool, enjoying the magical mountain views or indulging yourselves with a glass of wine in the hot tub and remembering the travellers who passed through this dwelling over the centuries when life was less comfortable. Watch the sun set from your private amphitheatre, admire the outdoor art and sculpture and marvel at the starry night sky through the glass dome above as you drop off to sleep in the top floor bedroom.

When you decide to explore further afield, look out for the pretty medieval village a short drive away, visit the churches and palace's art gallery or head to Amandola with its fine restaurants featuring some of the area’s specialities of mushrooms, truffles and cheese. There are many hiking and mountain biking trails to be found in Monti Sibillini National Park, many of them near your holiday home.

Take a day trip to the elegant city of Ascoli Piceno with its medieval streets, photogenic piazzas, lovely churches and museums or head further afield to the fabulous beaches of the Adriatic coast. Wherever you go, you are sure to be pleased to return to the peace and tranquillity of your extraordinary Le Marche retreat.

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What you should know…

  • Lapis Turris features accommodation across two separate apartments, altogether sleeping up to 7 guests (and two extra guests if using the sofa-bed). Please see the ‘Features tab” for full details on the layout.
  • Due to the many steep steps and terraced levels, Lapis Turris is not suitable for young children or guests who may have restricted mobility.

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub BBQ Hairdryer Heating

Villa Interiors (250m2)

Apartment I (Ground Floor)

-    Living room with sofa-bed
-    Kitchen area with doors leading to a courtyard
-    Bedroom with double bed and bathroom with shower
-    Laundry room

Apartment II (Upper Floors, some sloping ceilings)

First Floor

-    Entrance
-    Living-dining room with doors leading to sun terrace
-    Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, oven, fridge-freezer, coffee maker

Second Floor

-    Bedroom with double bed
-    Bedroom with single bed
-    Bathroom with shower

Third Floor

-    Bedroom with double bed and star-gazing dome
-    Bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower

Outside Grounds (4 hectares)

-    Swimming pool (7m x 2.5m, depth: 1.4m), open approximately April to October
-    6-person hot tub (heated up to 32C)
-    Sun terrace (off first floor apartment, low walls)
-    Al-fresco dining area
-    Barbecue
-    Gardens
-    Terraced levels
-    Parking

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Decorative fireplace
-    TV (x3)
-    Hot tub
-    Toiletries
-    Bathrobes and slippers
-    Hairdryer
-    Mosquito nets (some rooms)
-    Washing machine and dryer
-    Underfloor heating

Location

About the surrounding area of Lapis Turris
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Lapis Turris is to be found on a remote rocky spur in National Park of the Sibillini Mountains, in the midst of the most amazing landscapes. This is the province of Fermo in the Marche region of central eastern Italy.

Marche is known as a quieter “hidden gem” of Italy, embracing part of the stunning Adriatic coast across to the western borders of Tuscany and Umbria. There are medieval hilltop towns, charming tiny villages and swathes of vineyards and olive groves with so much art and history to be found along the way.

Look out for the pretty medieval village around 4km from Lapis Turris, on the slopes next to the river and surrounded by the majestic and magical mountains. Visit its churches, the palace's art gallery, small supermarket and bar before heading to the natural gorges formed by the river at Gola dell’Infernaccio and walk from here to the hidden waterfall and the hermitage of San Leonardo al Volubrio. One of the many historic sites in Marche is the nearby Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Ambro, an important Marian place of worship decorated by some prestigious painters and sculptors over the centuries.

Amandola (9km) is a village in the river valley with fine restaurants featuring some of the area’s specialities of mushrooms, truffles and cheese. Further afield, the pretty Umbrian medieval town of Norcia (65km) also attracts foodies in search of pork, boar and more truffles.

The huge Monti Sibillini National Park stretches across both Marche and Umbria and there are numerous hiking and biking trails to be found here, many of them near your holiday retreat. Fishing, canoeing, horse riding and wine tasting tours are all accessible from your holiday home. At the foot of the mountains, San Ruffino Lake is a popular destination with a huge variety of wildlife.

When you are ready to take a break from your rural paradise, head to the elegant city of Ascoli Piceno (42km), on the borders of Marche and Abruzzo in a wonderful setting between mountains and the coastline. It has a historic centre, medieval streets, photogenic piazzas and many churches and museums. Visit one of its trendy bars and try out some much-loved olive all’ascolana.

For a taste of the Adriatic Sea, drive to one of the region’s most famous and lively seaside resorts, Abruzzo’s Alba Adriatica (79km) where there are some wonderful silver sanded beaches, clear crystalline waters and a palm lined promenade running parallel with a fabulous bike path.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Ancona International Airport

(120km)

Nearest Airport 2 Perugia Airport

(120km)

Nearest Train Station Porto San Giorgio

(62km)

Nearest Village

(4km)

Nearest Shop Small supermarket

(4km)

Nearest Restaurant

(4.5km)

Nearest Town Amandola

(9km)

Nearest Beach Pedaso

(55km)

Nearest Tennis Amandola

(9km)

Nearest Golf Golf Club I Lauri

(54km)

Region

Le Marche, a hidden gem in the heart of Italy, is a region that encapsulates the essence of both tradition and natural beauty. Nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Le Marche offers an authentic Italian experience that is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbours. With its charming villages, rich history, and diverse landscapes, Le Marche is a destination that beckons those seeking a quieter, more authentic Italian experience.

Kids

Best Suited For: Teens
Ideal for Teens

For families staying at Lapis Turris, they are sure to enjoy being in such an extraordinary area in the mountains where there is hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, horse riding and fishing available. Older children will love trekking through the river gorges at nearby Gola dell’Infernaccio.

Furthermore, the lively city of Ascoli Picena and the fabulous beaches of the Adriatic are only a day trip away. Head to Pedaso, around an hour by car, for a 2km long beach which is popular with keen divers or hire bikes and cycle along the coastal path.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Excursions, Hiking and Private Boat Trips Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra maid service
- Linen change
- Chef
- Massage
- Transfers to and from airport
- Excursions
- Hiking
- Private boat

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

Surrounded by the extraordinary natural landscapes of the Sibillini Mountains., Lapis Turris is a historic and unique wedding venue in Le Marche, central Italy.

An ancient watchtower with an abundance of original features, the views are simply magical. Imagine saying your symbolic vowels by the heart-shaped rose garden, before enjoying an incredible feast on the terrace gazing at the beauty around you.

As the evening draws in, pause with loved ones to watch the sunset, then dance the night away on the amphitheatre beneath the starry skies in this truly spectacular setting.

Wedding Reception
Outside, a beautiful reception can be hosted for 100-110 guests on the terrace above the swimming pool and near the heart-shaped rose garden.

Dancing can take place in the amphitheatre with space for up to 60 people – there is further room on the terrace above the amphitheatre for other guests.

There are no restrictions to the event times and music.

Marquee hire may be possible – this would really depend on guest numbers and size.

Wedding Ceremony

Only symbolic ceremonies can be arranged at Lapis Turris. If you prefer a civil wedding, this would need to be held at a townhall in a nearby municipality.

Alternatively, a civil ceremony could take place at the owner’s other historic venue which is approximately an hour away by car. This venue can also be used as a back-up, if available, in case of poor weather (for both ceremony and reception).

Where to Stay
Up to 9 guests (including the use of the sofa-bed) can stay at Lapis Turris.

Furthermore, there are agriturismi and various rentals dotted across the area – within a radius of around 10km there should be enough accommodation for everyone, subject to availability. Transportation firms can be recommended.

Wedding Planning
The venue can provide a wedding planner or you may use your own.

Catering
The venue has an external supplier who they use for catering – they are familiar with Lapis Turris’ location and logistics.

Alternatively, you may bring your own catering at no extra cost.

Other Information

In order to reduce the chance of rainy weather, the recommended months for events are late May to late September / early October.

Extras that can be arranged include round tables, chairs, flowers, photography and videography.

There is a mandatory event fee on top of the accommodation rental, then other services are extra – please enquire for a quotation.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
 
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival (or via credit card) and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes except winter (€50 per week, payable locally).
Heating costs included? Yes except winter (€150 per week, payable locally).
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €450, payable locally in cash on arrival. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately April to October. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Changeover day Saturday approximately late June to early September, flexible during all other periods.
Minimum stay 7 nights approximately late June to early September, 3 nights approximately November to April. 5 nights during all other periods.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access is included.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that there is underfloor heating/climate control which can regulate the temperature of the property, provided that all windows remain closed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 7 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 £1,911 £2,548 £3,185 £4,013
Apr 27th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 - - £2,923 £4,091
Jun 8th 2024 - Jul 6th 2024 - - £3,318 £4,644
Jul 6th 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - - - £5,971
Jul 13th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 - - - £7,076
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 17th 2024 - - - £8,293
Aug 17th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - £6,413
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - £5,418
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 - - £3,318 £4,644
Sep 14th 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 - - £2,923 £4,091
Oct 26th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £1,911 £2,548 £3,185 £4,013
Dec 21st 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 £3,981 £4,565 £5,150 £4,091
Dec 28th 2024 - Jan 8th 2025 £4,777 £5,672 £6,566 £6,263
Jan 8th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 £1,911 £2,548 £3,185 £4,013
Apr 26th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 - - £2,923 £4,091
Jun 7th 2025 - Jul 5th 2025 - - £3,318 £4,644
Jul 5th 2025 - Jul 12th 2025 - - - £5,971
Jul 12th 2025 - Jul 26th 2025 - - - £7,076
Jul 26th 2025 - Aug 16th 2025 - - - £8,293
Aug 16th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - £6,413
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 - - - £5,418
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 13th 2025 - - £3,318 £4,644
Sep 13th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 - - £2,923 £4,091

Prices based on an occupancy of 7 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 €2,064 €2,752 €3,440 €4,335
Apr 27th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 - - €3,158 €4,420
Jun 8th 2024 - Jul 6th 2024 - - €3,585 €5,017
Jul 6th 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - - - €6,450
Jul 13th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 - - - €7,645
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 17th 2024 - - - €8,959
Aug 17th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - €6,928
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - €5,853
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 - - €3,585 €5,017
Sep 14th 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 - - €3,158 €4,420
Oct 26th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €2,064 €2,752 €3,440 €4,335
Dec 21st 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 €4,300 €4,932 €5,564 €4,420
Dec 28th 2024 - Jan 8th 2025 €5,160 €6,127 €7,094 €6,766
Jan 8th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 €2,064 €2,752 €3,440 €4,335
Apr 26th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 - - €3,158 €4,420
Jun 7th 2025 - Jul 5th 2025 - - €3,585 €5,017
Jul 5th 2025 - Jul 12th 2025 - - - €6,450
Jul 12th 2025 - Jul 26th 2025 - - - €7,645
Jul 26th 2025 - Aug 16th 2025 - - - €8,959
Aug 16th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - €6,928
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 - - - €5,853
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 13th 2025 - - €3,585 €5,017
Sep 13th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 - - €3,158 €4,420

Prices based on an occupancy of 7 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 22nd 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 $2,199 $2,932 $3,665 $4,618
Apr 27th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 - - $3,365 $4,709
Jun 8th 2024 - Jul 6th 2024 - - $3,819 $5,345
Jul 6th 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - - - $6,872
Jul 13th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 - - - $8,145
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 17th 2024 - - - $9,544
Aug 17th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - $7,381
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - $6,236
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 - - $3,819 $5,345
Sep 14th 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 - - $3,365 $4,709
Oct 26th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $2,199 $2,932 $3,665 $4,618
Dec 21st 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 $4,582 $5,254 $5,927 $4,709
Dec 28th 2024 - Jan 8th 2025 $5,498 $6,528 $7,558 $7,208
Jan 8th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 $2,199 $2,932 $3,665 $4,618
Apr 26th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 - - $3,365 $4,709
Jun 7th 2025 - Jul 5th 2025 - - $3,819 $5,345
Jul 5th 2025 - Jul 12th 2025 - - - $6,872
Jul 12th 2025 - Jul 26th 2025 - - - $8,145
Jul 26th 2025 - Aug 16th 2025 - - - $9,544
Aug 16th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 - - - $7,381
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 - - - $6,236
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 13th 2025 - - $3,819 $5,345
Sep 13th 2025 - Oct 24th 2025 - - $3,365 $4,709

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • An unforgettable stay - wow in every way

    on 14/08/2022

    Staying at Lapis Turris was a pleasure. If you can’t tell from the photos it’s an eleventh century watchtower nestled in the hills overlooking the Sibillini Mountains and the extremely picturesque village of Montefortino. It’s an easy ninety minute drive and if you’re lucky enough to do it in the summer make sure you do so with the top of the car down.
    Lapis Turris is set within acres of beautiful tiered gardens which means you have everything from a swimming pool and hot tub to your own amphitheatre. The changing days over the mountains are stunning and at night only do the stars come out brightly. The master bedroom on the top of the tower even has a ceiling that opens up you can lay back and watch bats fly loops between you and the milky way. It is, in every way, the dictionary definition of “romantic”.
    What makes the property so notable isn’t just the attention to detail and enormous effort that its owners have clearly put into it (this is a labour of love) but the hospitality of the owners themselves and the locals who are happy to welcome you into their Commune.
    Our concierge deserves the highest praise. He managed to organise for us cars and drivers whenever we needed it, multiple nights of a chef and waiter who were both excellent, a trip to a vineyard, a tour of Fermo which included a private visit to the local opera house, reservations at Michelin star restaurants, and even the hire of a private yacht!
    We spent two weeks there and had such a wonderful time and will never forget the people or mountains of Marche.

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