San Fiorano

Cagli, Marche, Italy

In San Fiorano, guests stay in a comfortably converted historic rectory complete with church, which is particularly suitable for groups of friends and families with children. In less than an hour you can be in Fano at the sea or in the mountains of the Apennines. The Renaissance city of Urbino with its magnificent Palazzo Ducale and the birthplace of the painter Raphael da Urbino are also within easy reach.

The now deconsecrated church of San Fiorano has been a monastery, parish and episcopal administrative seat since the 12th century. Hostess Bettina discovered the building, which had been empty and decaying for decades, at the end of the 1990s and rebuilt it with the help of a dedicated architect and several craftsmen from the region. Since 2003, she has also made it available to guests. There are various rental options for the house, but it is always rented exclusively to one party. With options 1 and 2, the hosts will also use the extended 3rd living area themselves at times. The privacy of the guests is maintained in any case, as the areas both in the house and on the property are very well separated from each other and the only area that is shared is the pool. 

The idea was to create a place for themselves and their family and friends. A holiday home where you can be creative, hold workshops or relax with your loved ones without being disturbed. The Italian Marche as a terrain spared from mass tourism, then as now, seemed to her to be just right for this: beautiful, original and with particularly open and hospitable people.

The mixture of regional craftsmanship and modern furnishing, which does without flashy decoration and rather focuses on a clear and minimalist design of the rooms, makes the holiday home so special. Guests can spread out in the large church room, as well as in the smaller but comfortable living rooms and bedrooms. They enjoy the view of fields and forests, the sun rising and setting over the surrounding rolling hills. The holiday home is surrounded by a park with cypresses, fig trees, lavender balls, a 12-metre pool with water from its own spring and a lily pond.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Cottagefrom300 €
entire housefrom700 €


ArchitectureSan Fiorano is classified as a Historical Monument. During the reconstruction of the church and rectory, attention was paid to the preservation of historical substances and work was done with craftsmen (bricklayers, carpenters, stonemasons) who still master the old techniques of the region, for example when building a fireplace. Most of the building materials came from the area. Only providers from the region were commissioned. Many of the former employees still take care of the house today if there are problems or if something needs to be repaired.

EnvironmentA photovoltaic system provides the electricity in the house, and a private source supplies the house and the pool with enough water, even in dry summers. The pool is disinfected with salt. A biological sewage treatment plant with microorganisms ensures that the waste water is broken down. Waste separation is a matter of course and is also promoted by the region. The food waste is composted.


  • Holiday home with a deconsecrated church in the heart of the Marche, at the foot of the Appenin mountains
  • Own spring on the property
  • The nave is ideal for celebrations, dining or making music
  • Numerous activities possible, such as swimming, hiking, biking, horseback riding or golfing
  • Many excursion destinations in the area: the Renaissance town of Urbino, Fano by the sea, Frasassi stalactite caves, and much more
  • The building is spread over several levels and can be rented in part or in full

Holiday home5 bedroomsOwn cooking facilitiesChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessPoolPets allowed


  • Large holiday home for 6 to 10 people
  • A total of 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
  • Two fully equipped kitchens
  • Living room with fireplace
  • 12 meter spring water pool
  • Beautiful garden with many trees and a water lily pond
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Cottagefrom300 €
entire housefrom700 €

Location + Directions

By car

Since San Fiorano cannot be reached by public transport, you need your own car. From Ancona it takes about 1.5 hours to reach Cagli (121 km), from Bologna it takes about 2 hours (211 km), from Perugia it takes about 1 hour (88 km), from Florence about 3 hours (165 km) and from Rome it is also a good 3 hours (249 km). You will receive the exact address and directions with the booking.