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In their rush to get to Tuscany, most people speed right through northern Lazio. That's a pity, because unlike better known locales, this overlooked corner of Italy (about two hours' drive from Rome) still feels real, Italians outnumber tourists, and there's asense of timelessness.
This is perfectly embodied in Il Vesconte in Bolsena, the 16th-century palace of the noble Cozza Caposavi family,
There are places in Italy which, although silent in their grandeur, have preserved the dawn of the highest periods of civilization in this country, thanks to the integrity and rigor of its guardians. Places where the Renaissance is not a historical period, but a constant state of mind. In a small town of about three thousand inhabitants, like a tooth between Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, an unstoppable cultural ferment stands out in a territory that gave birth to the most ancient Italic civilizations: we are at VesConte - Palazzo Cozza Caposavi in Bolsena.
il Vesconte among the 19 most beautiful new hotels in the unique Italian world for 2019/2020
It's out of the way in northern Lazio, but this 16th-century royal residence is one of the
country's finest hidden gems. This year, the dashing, ambitious young count who turned
his family home into a bed and breakfast in order to preserve its history is expanding it
to a full-service hotel. There will be five new bedrooms with Etro fabrics and family
antiques (bringing the total to 18), a bar in the horses' stable, a restaurant a n da wine-
tasting venue in the hunting room. Here, noblesse oblige.