Perched Above an Italian Lavender Farm

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Maurizio Brera


The Place: This treehouse sits 26 feet off the ground in an old oak tree on a hundred-acre lavender farm in the central Italian province of Viterbo. It’s a 473-square-foot, double-bedroom structure with a furnished outdoor terrace, a four-poster bed, running water, and a heating system. The quirky locale essentially functions as a B&B; breakfast is served straight to the bedroom via a pulley mechanism down below — and the furnished terrace, overlooking rolling lavender fields that stretch in every direction, is the perfect place to enjoy a home-cooked meal.

The Cost: $483 per night — maximum two people. Book it here.

The Region: Apart from this treehouse, the owners of the lavender farm run it as a sort of bed & breakfast; there’s a pool on the grounds and an 18th-century farmhouse that serves as the base of operations and reception area for travelers. Viterbo can be reached by a short train ride from both Florence, to the north, and Rome, to the south. The farm sits just a few miles from Lake Bolsena, a crater lake formed by volcanic activity. The ancient Estrucan village of Tuscania is also located a short drive from your dwellings.