The area is very well-known to Italians for holidays and is almost a well-kept secret! Italians flood to the area during the summer, but hardly any foreign tourists do. It is an area ripe for discovery: full of nature, history, fantastic cuisine and lots of festivals!
The villa is in a small farming village called Borgo Vodice in southern Lazio, almost exactly halfway between Rome and Naples. It is about an hour and a half drive from either of the Rome airports. The area is very agricultural and is known for its buffalo mozzarella production. There are many dairies close to the villa that sell cheeses and meats directly to the public.
The sea is abut a 15 minute drive away and is under developed as the area is a nature reserve. It is extremely clean having won the prized blue flag for the last 10 years. There are no big scale developments as it is an area of scientific interest, full of wildlife. However, bars and restaurants can be found in the local town Sabaudia. (In fact, our village has a pizzeria and a restaurant, both of which you can walk to.) The local forest is a 5 minute drive away with wild boar and deer roaming in it. There are cycle tracks in the forest and it is also popular for walking in.
Historic towns are within easy reach. These include Cori, Sermoneta, Terracina and the Abbey of Fossanova. The feeling of discovering these places is just wonderful. I am still discovering new places up in the mountains and the valleys after 30 years!
The nearest train station is a 20 minute drive away at Priverno/Fossanova. The trains run hourly to Rome Termini, the central station in Rome, and take about 50 minutes. It is fantastic to spend the day in Rome and then relax back here in the countryside!
I must emphasise that a car is a must in this area as public transport is infrequent. However, cars are easy to hire on line for pick up at either of the Rome airports and make exciting places accessible!