5 Ancient Villages Are Back in Business After young people fled these five villages for glamorous cities, older residents opened their homes to travelers looking for la dolce vita. Budget Travel Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008, 12:00 AM Borgo Argenina (011-39/0577-747-117, borgoargenina.it)The path leading to the inn's breakfast room. (Amanda Marsalis) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

VILLAGES THAT BECAME HOTELS

5 Ancient Villages Are Back in Business

Borgo Argenina (011-39/0577-747-117, borgoargenina.it)
The path leading to the inn's breakfast room. (Amanda Marsalis)
Borgo Argenina (011-39/0577-747-117, borgoargenina.it)
Owner Elena Nappa with her "two angels," Desy and Cianie. (Amanda Marsalis)
Fattoria di Titignano (011-39/0763-308-000, titignano.it)
Workers tending the estate's vines. (Amanda Marsalis)
Fattoria di Titignano (011-39/0763-308-000, titignano.it)
The main dining hall at the hotel, where seven-course lunches and dinners are served. (Amanda Marsalis)
Fattoria di Titignano (011-39/0763-308-000, titignano.it)
The pool overlooking the Parco Fluviale del Tevere. (Amanda Marsalis)
Fattoria di Titignano (011-39/0763-308-000, titignano.it)
A doorway in the 1,000-year-old town square. (Amanda Marsalis)
Castello di Fonterutoli (011-39/0577-741-385, mazzei.it)
In the winery's tasting room, guests can sample the four cabernet sauvignon, Sangiovese, and merlot blends made by the Mazzei family. (Amanda Marsalis)
Castel Pergine (011-39/0461-531-158, castelpergine.it)
Modern sculptures around a tower on the outer defensive wall. (Amanda Marsalis)
Castel Pergine (011-39/0461-531-158, castelpergine.it)
The coats of arms of the castle's owners in the stained-glass windows of the bar. (Amanda Marsalis)
Castel Pergine (011-39/0461-531-158, castelpergine.it)
A candlelit dinner in the main hall. (Amanda Marsalis)
Castel Pergine (011-39/0461-531-158, castelpergine.it)
The neo-Gothic furniture in the guest quarters. (Amanda Marsalis)
Castello di Montegridolfo (011-39/0541-855-350, montegridolfo.com)
The 16th-century frescoes in the Fresco Bedroom in the main house were restored during the renovations. (Amanda Marsalis)
Castello di Montegridolfo (011-39/0541-855-350, montegridolfo.com)
The clock tower was rebuilt in the 1300s after being destroyed in a war. (Amanda Marsalis)
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