Want the most relaxing and welcoming experience in possibly all of Italy? Then head to La Locanda B&B in San Martino al Cimino, where you’ll feel like a part of the family before you know it!
Only having started the b&b a year and a half ago, the business is growing strong. With tourists coming from near and far to stay in the charming establishment, the owners have done an impeccable job of renovating the structure.
The name La Locanda Cistercense, is derived from the abbey which is found in front of the b&b. Located in the best part of the small village, right next to the central cathedral (an awesome sight if there ever was one), the b&b is even more spectacular than the exterior sights.
The most important part of staying at La Locanda is being welcomed with the brightest smiles Lazio has on offer. You will never be able to find a more charming, welcoming and friendly family at any business than at La Locanda.
The b&b’s co-owner is Valentina, the daughter of Saverio who has been running the business’ restaurant for decades. She decided to start the b&b out of her love for helping people enjoy themselves.
Rooms & Location
A humble number of 6 rooms converted into a guesthouse-like style, each “apartment” (as they were) are spotless, convenient, comfortable, bright and with stunning views.
The b&b is located in the best part of the small village, right next to the central Cathedral (an awesome sight if there ever was one). The most important part of staying at La Locanda is being welcomed with the brightest smiles Lazio has on offer.
Restaurant & Prices
The family-run business has its historical restaurant downstairs at the b&b making lunch and dinner a sinch for guests staying upstairs. To learn more about Da Saverio, make sure to click here.
Prices at La Locanda are very reasonable for a place so charming and magical. A double room will run you around 70 Euro, while the apartment is 110 Euro a night. High season bumps the price up a bit to 80 Euro and 120 Euro respectively.
When I arrived at the b&b in the evening I was blown away, and not expecting such a fantastic experience. An experience that, in all frankness would inevitably be one of the best of my whole 6 weeks across the entire country. I was spellbound when I first entered my apartment for the night. The floral and airy home décor that met my eyes was one of absolute love at first sight. The living room vast and spacious, with a comfortable sofa in the living room and fully-equipped and stocked kitchen for any cooking needs I may have had while staying there. The dining room was able to seat more than 5 people, and even had an antique-style full-length mirror in the dining room area.
The upstairs offers the most comfortable bed I was acquainted with for 6 weeks around the country, and I seriously considered stuffing the mattress in my suitcase. I didn’t want to leave the bed. The bathroom was beautiful, with enough towels to last me a lifetime – and therefore I never needed any maid service for the three days I was staying there. The rooms were clean from the time I arrived until I left, because of their immaculate attention to cleanliness and detail.
As strange as it may sound, the apartment even had an American scent to it. Perhaps it was the cleaning products they use, perhaps it was a perfume that swept itself throughout the guesthouse; whatever the case, I felt at home. Or should I say, I smelt at home?
Why It’s The Best
The piece de resistance was the view. Just off of the kitchen, you will find doors leading out to your huge terrace, overlooking the terrain below. With stunning sunsets, you will want to stay out on the patio the whole time you are at the b&b. Sit outside with a book, or enjoy a snack at the patio table they have waiting for you. Either way, you will fall in love with Lazio from the terrace. No question about it.
The b&b is calm and relaxing because of the surrounding area. The village is quiet and allows one to feel not just at home because of the staff, but because of the atmosphere itself. Allow the warm breeze to sweep into your beautiful room as you lounge the day away out on the patio or on the comfortable sofa.
The breakfasts are ideal for anyone not wanting to diet. You will find the most delicious pastries in the morning (some of them prepared by scratch by Anna, the owner’s sister-in-law). You also have coffee prepared as you like, teas, jams, cereals, toast, hams and cheeses. Basically anything and everything you may want to start your day off right.
But of course the staff is the biggest selling point of staying at La Locanda. No matter the day, time or circumstance, they make you feel like a guest first and foremost, but eventually you will be inviting them into your personal circle of friends. To say that they are generous and friendly is an understatement, and I am not alone in this sentiment.
The owner’s father told me that the whole family was recently invited to a wedding of a former guest of theirs in Miami! I rest my case.
Personally, I can’t wait to go back to La Locanda one day, as it was truly a hidden gem nestled in one of the most unknown places in all of Lazio.
The b&b is also located close to several points of interest for any tourist. The Gardens of Bomarzo (a.k.a. Monsters Park) are just a 25 minute drive from the b&b. You might also want to check out Civita di Bagnoregio. A famous hilltop town less than an hour’s drive from San Martino. And of course, there’s the well-known Viterbo, which is also just 20 minutes away by car. I had the pleasure of visiting all three of these stellar attractions, and for those with a car, I would recommend doing the same.
All in all, the b&b is the best place to stay while in northern Lazio. So what are you waiting for? Make sure to book your relaxing stay at B&B La Locanda Cistercense today. And when you do, make sure to let them know that Lisa sent you!