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You can chose to relax, here with a cocktail in the terrace or in the garden, and enjoy the tranquil silence of the countryside . The reception can offer you information regarding the many activities which are recommended around the area
When you enter The Commenda of the Knights of Malta you will see this suite on the left side, after passing through the main living room hall. This suite, the most spacious set of rooms of the Commenda, is a 90 square meter area that includes a living room and a very spacious bedroom with its own bathroom. The bedroom has a very comfortable canopy bed and the bathroom has a bathtub, a shower cabin and 2 basins.
The light colors of this suite and the combination of antique and simple modern comfort give it a very unique and tranquil ambience which can be easily turned into a very romantic setting as the candles light up for the evening to come.
This suite is named “The Alchemist’s suite” in memory of Raimondo De Sangro, VII Prince of Sansevero of the d’Aquino di Caramanico family. This famous Neapolitan historical figure has been defined as one of the most eclectic princes in history, because besides being a patron of the arts he was also a very famous alchemist whose experiments in the 17th century Naples became legendary. Some descriptions of his works can be found in the Sansevero Chapel in Naples. If you are intrigued by this absolutely fascinating personage you can read about him and about the d’Aquino family history in the many books at your disposal in the Commenda’s library.
Heating throughout the suite
Flat screen TV with satellite service (SKY - cable TV)
Free Wi-Fi Internet connection in the Suite.
You can chose to relax, here with a cocktail in the terrace or in the garden, and to enjoy the tranquil silence of the countryside . The reception can offer you information regarding the many activities which are recommended around the area according to your particular interests and whether you are traveling with your family and kids, (horseback riding, bike tours, amusement parks for children (lago di Vico “Vicolandia” and Fontevivola).
The self guided cultural tours in the nearby medieval villages, the very special culinary spots, the yoga classes and the very famous thermal waters can offer you the opportunity to discover a less “touristy” part of Italy, in harmony with nature, far away from your everyday life.
Additional Services on Request
- Private yoga classes
- Astrological chart for couples and/or personal chart
- Excursions and guided private tours in medieval villages
- Transfer to and from the Rome airport or from Orte train station
- Seasonal fruits assortment
- Baby- sitting
- Dog -sitting
- Dinner in suite or in the terrace with private waiter
- Bike rental (complimentary-upon availability)
- Laundry service
- Daily cleaning and housekeeping
- Iron and ironing boards (complimentary-upon availability)
- Car parking (complimentary)
For special needs or requests please contact us and we will try to arrange a solution at our best.
Please note that the above services require prior notice as for the availability of the staff involved and extra charge.
The Commenda of the Knights of Malta is located in Centignano, Vignanello, a village dedicated for centuries to farming which continues to this day to produce great varieties of extra virgin olive oil, chestnuts, hazelnuts, grapes, wine, and many homemade delicacies and bio specialty products.
This fifteenth century Commenda has been owned since 1990 by the d’Aquino di Caramanico family and was first restored by Prince of San Severo Guido d’Aquino di Caramanico and after his death in 2012 by his son, Filippo d’Aquino di Caramanico, with the extraordinary contribution of the artist Cesare Barro.
The latest restoration of The Commenda of the Knights of Malta reflects this artist’s very elegant, simple and gracious style by combining the original structure with his own sophisticated taste in modern art. In fact from the wrought iron beds in each suite, to the Order of Malta wrought lights decorating the Commenda, to the tables and the furniture, Cesare Barro’s has been able to provide the property with all the latest modern and technological comforts and to maintain its particular historic nature.
The Commenda of the Knights of Malta was built during the 15th century although its first official description by the "commendatore" Sir Tiberio Capoferro dates back to 1520. He was, a Roman nobleman and brother of the Governor of Vignanello (Viterbo), Mons. Domenico Capoferreo. The Archives of the Sovereign Military order of Malta also show that frà Nicolò Tornaquinci of the Priory of Pisa was given the title of “commendatore” and the very opulent Commenda, called Santa Maria di Centignano, at the time in which the knights of Malta had their seat at the Fortress of Viterbo, ceded to them by Pope Clement VIII in 1523.
The knights of Malta mission of assistance to pilgrims was carried out in this very ancient county seat, which remained their residence for several centuries, up to the Napoleonic invasion of the island of Malta in 1798. After that the Commenda was ceded to the local feudatories, who were from 1536 the Marescotti, Counts of Vignanello.
One branch of the Counts Marescotti died out in the Martini Marescotti and these in turn died out at the beginning of the 20th century in the Princes del Drago di Parrano; and then in 1990 The Commenda of the Knights of Malta was finally ceded to the present owners; the Princes d’Aquino di San Severo who have overseen the restoration of the entire complex. From the point of view of the architectural plant the "Commenda" has undergone various changes in the course of the centuries.
Today, after reconstruction and restoration it looks like the original must have, with the structure of the preceding 15th and 16th centuries preserved. In fact in the reception hall of the meeting room of the church it is possible to see almost all the original main trusses of the beams that support the roof; and likewise all the sections of the exterior windows and interior doors done in peperino marble are authentic.