Torre Alfina

torre alfina
in the municipality of Acquapendente
(Viterbo District)
Altitude
mt. 602 a.s.l.
POPULATION
5800 (490 in the borgo)

Patron SAINT
San Bernardino da Siena, third Sunday of May
TOURIST INFORMATION
Pro Loco torre Alfina, loc. Belvedere – Ph. 0763 716206
www.prolocotorrealfina.it
Tourist office, piazza G. Fabrizio 17 – Ph. 0763 7309206
turismo@comuneacquapendente.it – www.prolocotorrealfina.it
www.comuneacquapendente.it – www.torrealfina.net

The history of Torre Alfina coincides with the history of its castle.

The borgo rose in the Early Middle Ages around an ancient turret placed on the top of the Alfina plateau.

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The borgo of Torre Alfina (602 m. high) overlooks the surrounding landscape thanks to the strategic position  where the most ancient tower rose, which today is incorporated in the castle.

With the expansion of the borgo, the original fortress was fortified with a second ring of walls made of bastions, walls of houses and many gateways. Two of these gates disappeared with the renovation works of Marquis Cahen, while Porta Vecchia is still visible. The palace was built near the tower; and was the home to the successive Lords.

First was the Risentii family (century XIII), whose crest on the tombstones are still visible in the courtyard of the castle, then there was the Monaldeschi of Orvieto family, from the Cervara family’s side, who ruled this area from the end of the thirteenth century until the second half of the seventeenth century. The Renaissance style reconstruction of the original medieval castle was made thanks to Sforza Cervara, a former mercenary captain. Part of the inner courtyard, one of the wings of the building decorated with frescoes, some furniture and the coat-of-arms of the family remain from that period.

Preserved in the parish church are some works of art that were in the chapel. Two late XVI century paintings, a Deposition in which Sforza Cervara and his family are depicted whilst praying; a Nativity where it is possible to recognize the crests of the Monaldeschi Family and that of the Community, and two seventeenth century altar-pieces.

The Monaldeschi Palace was renovated by Edward Cahen. Various parts of the borgo were involved and completely transformed, such as the area that faces the entrance ramp to the castle or the one overlooking Piazza Sant’Angelo, which is occupied by a roof garden and by the entrance staircase. This colossal work, which carried on until the end of the 1920’s, was assigned to the architect Giuseppe Partini from Siena.

Edward Cahen never managed to see the castle finished but he wanted to be buried, in a mausoleum built in the same neo-Gothic style as the castle, covered in basalt and refined with travertine that was in the forest-garden, that he had made accessible with paths constructed among the rocks, of the Sasseto.

Rodolfo Teofilo, Edward’s son, completed this work by furnishing the castle with great refinement and style and by creating a large garden above the forest.

This dream was interrupted by the advent of Nazism,  racial laws and then by the war.  In fact the castle first became the headquarters of the Germans and then was plundered.
The marquis fled and died in Paris, leaving everything to Urbano Papilloud, the butler, who lived sporadically in Torre Alfina and finally moved to Geneva with his wife.

Today Torre Alfina is a village that flourishes once again exploiting its history and potential of clean air, greenery, cultural facilities and accommodation.

Sasseto is mentioned among the Italian Monumental Parks.

The Museo del Fiore and the ancient water mill, which has been recently restored, make the Park a gem in the Mount Rufeno Nature Reserve.

Inside the borgo you will notice  a series of ceramic plaques recalling the places that no longer exist, while the Chambre d’Amis is a permanent outdoor exhibition of contemporary art, that highlights its most significant corners.

The food and wine of this area are excellent, as in the rest of Italy, but here, already in the early sixties, the typical product was home-made ice cream, which attracted ice-cream lovers from Lazio and Tuscany.

During the low season the ice-cream makers are engaged in the careful selection of the best ingredients, such as Langhe hazelnuts, pistachios from Sicily and ricotta cheese from Lazio, to create an exceptionally creamy product, thanks also to the high quality of  the fresh milk and cream.

Ospitalità

Torre Alfina, Agriturismo La Quiete

Agriturismo La Quiete

5 camere e 3 appartamenti per accogliere nel comfort i nostri ospiti. A loro disposizione tutti i servizi dell’ adiacente agriturismo “Buonumore”, con piscina, campo da tennis, calcetto e il ristorante di specialità tipiche.

  Via Cassia Km 130
  +39 0763 968014
  +39 338 9465090
 la.quiete@hotmail.com
 www.agriturismolaquiete.com

Torre Alfina, Nuovo Castello

Albergo Ristorante Nuovo Castello

Struttura a gestione familiare con 10 camere dotate di tutti i comfort. Eccellente ristorazione, tipica dell’alta Tuscia, rinomata per le pappardelle al cinghiale. Giardino e piscina.

  Via Cardarelli, 6
  +39 0763 716106
 nuovocastello@libero.it
 www.nuovocastello.it

Torre Alfina, La Collina dei Ciliegi

Agriturismo La Collina dei Ciliegi

Casale in pietra di recente costruzione dotato di tre appartamenti accoglienti, arredati con gusto. Relax e confort in piena natura, 6.000 mq di terreno con alberi da frutta.

 Strada Provinciale Procenese snc
  +39 06 9949456
  +39 329 4104259
 arch.franco.granata@gmail.com

Torre Alfina, B&B Luisa

B&B Luisa

Bellissima casa di campagna con un giardino di 4.500 mq. Camere recentemente restaurate e dotate di tutti i comfort.

  Piazzale Sant’Angelo
  +39 339 7837860
 luisa.carrarini@alice.it
 www.bedbrekfasteluisa.it

Torre Alfina, Agriturismo Cerqueto

Agriturismo Cerqueto

Antico casale ristrutturato con i comfort di una moderna ospitalità, deliziosi appartamenti. Ampio giardino e piscina.

  Via Falconiera, 101
  +39 0763 732106
  +39 338 241797
 info@cerqueto.it
 www.cerqueto.it

Torre Alfina, Agriturismo Sant'Angelo

Agriturismo Sant’Angelo

Ubicato nel pre-parco della Riserva Naturale di Monte Rufeno dispone di 5 appartamenti. Grande piscina, terme vicine in convenzione.

  S.S. Cassia Nord, Km. 136,300
  +39 0763 730150
 info@agriturismosantangelo.it
 www.agriturismosantangelo.it

Torre Alfina, Agriturismo Pomantello

Agriturismo Pomantello

Nel cuore dell’Abruzzo, alle pendici del parco nazionale della  Majella a pochi passi da Pacentro, trovate l’Agriturismo Fattoria la Tana della volpe. Luogo ideale per gustare le prelibatezze della cucina tipica abruzzese.

 Predio Pomantello, 4
  +39 0763 3716092
  +39 339 3560622
 pomantello@email.it
 www.pomantello.com