When is the best time to visit?

AUTUMN is when the olives are harvested (including for one day at Casa Fagiolina!). The wonderful perfume of extra virgin olive oil emanates from the various oil mills around, families have gathered to pick their olives and it is all happening on your doorstep. Wine and oil festivals take place throughout the area.

WINTER can be a wonderful time to sightsee in Rome because of cooler temperatures and lack of crowds. Consider timing your trip to do some special Christmas shopping in Rome. Central heating and a log fire make the apartment a perfect winter retreat on cooler days. Because the area abounds with olive trees, it is green all year round and winter is a wonderful time for enjoying country walks.

SPRING is a beautiful time of year when temperatures can be similar to an English summer! My garden will be coming to life and you can enjoy meals outside on the terrace (I once even had Christmas lunch on my terrace!). Throughout spring and summer I have various fruit trees from which you can help yourselves if you are here at the opportune moment ( cherries, figs, pears & plums). Fresh garden herbs are available year-round.

SUMMER is the hottest time of year ( air conditioning inside and awnings outside will come in handy!) All the villages in the area have wonderful 'festa': great home-cooked food, live music, dancing etc. Whole families attend and they are a wonderful way to get a taste of local life. There are several lovely outdoor public swimming pools nearby (June to September) where you can spend a day relaxing. Lake Bracciano and the coast could be day excursions.

Olive pickig SR
Autumn
first oil

I just love picking olives!

Casa Fagiolina's own oil being pressed

pasta

Learn how to make fresh pasta at a local cooking class

lemon in snow
chesnuts

Roasted chestnuts on a Roman street corner

Snow is rare but very pretty when it arrives

Spring meadow
Spring view
Wood pigeon babies

Every year my collared doves nest in the jasmine .

Spring time comes early in the Sabina

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Relax under the shade of the olive trees in the garden

cherries

The cherry tree at Casa Fagiolina.... late May / early June

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