We stayed at Capella dell'Afina near Acuapendente for 12 day in Oct 2011. The villa was spectacular. Each room was comfortable and an art gallery as well. The owners, Jude and Richarrd, travelled extensively and collected art along the way. They displaced the art in the villa so each room was a revelation.
The villa is located in the rolling hills of Lazio at the corner of Italy where Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany meet. It was the landscape of a movie. The castle of Torre Afina was visible on the next hilltop and the village surrounding it was a delight. The Gelati at the base of the castle was wonderful.
Our favorite places near the villa were the hill towns. The towns of Orvieto, Sorano,Bagnoregio, and Pitigliano. I was awestruck be the sites. Castles on rocky perches and towns atop volcanic outcrops.
The restruant overlooking Bagnoregio was a real find. The waitress spoke English and helped us with the menu. All the food was great and the prices were reasonable. I asked where the wild boar that one of us ordered was from and she pointed to the ravine between the restaurant and the foot bridge to Bagnoregio Civita. Priceless!
The underground tour of Orvieto was worth seeing. The Duomo is unique and the town is a marvel to walk around.
Sorano, with it's hilltop fortress is the steepest of the hill towns we visited and we ate at the restaurant that was in Rick Steves book. He was right about the food. Just delicious and reasonable.
As a note to the wise: get a GPS for you car. We would have been lost wihout one.