Olive Tree Hill B&B is located just outside of Rome in the countryside of the charming middle age town of Zagarolo. Our property is nestled in an olive tree grove, surrounding us and our guests with pristine nature.
We are only a 30 minute train ride from the city center of Rome.
Our location allows to easily visit the sites of central Rome, but also enables you to experience the real, authentic Italy countryside in a relaxing and natural atmosphere.
Olive Tree Hill: Natural Setting With Easy Access to Rome
Being located in the countryside gives us access to local, fresh, and healthy ingredients that allow us to cook many wonderful meals for our guests.
In addition to the breakfast we provide, meals can be scheduled with us if you want to experience Ivano’s famous Italian cooking!
If you would like, you can even sign up for a cooking lesson or other activities while visiting.

Relax and Enjoy Nature After Visiting Around Rome

After a long day of site seeing, our guests are often eager to return to our natural, calming environment. Relax in one of our hammocks in the garden, or take a dip in our pool.

About Zagarolo

Our Italy Bed and Breakfast is located in the countryside near the town of Zagarolo, just outside Rome, in the wine area – between Prenestini Mounts and the Castelli Romani – where the Roman Emperors and Popes set up their summer residences.zagarolo

Although often overshadowed by Rome, Zagarolo and the surrounding towns have a tremendous amount to offer.

If you’d like advice or information about experiencing the lesser know but more authentic Italy outside of Rome, we are happy to give you a tour or make a plan for you.

How to Reach Us

Zagarolo is one of the main gateways to Rome city center. You can reach us easily whether you are traveling by public transportation or private car.

The great thing about driving to Olive Tree Hill by car is that you don’t need to go through Rome and can avoid the stress of traffic since you do not need to drive on the GRA (Rome’s crazy and busy ring road) if you are coming from the North, South, or East.

Once here, the best way to visit Rome and get around Rome is by using the public transportation.

To reach us, get specific directions for:

Is it Worth Staying Outside the City While Visiting Rome?

Well, people are often skeptical about staying at a B&B outside Rome, but they find a quick answer when they discover that B&Bs outside the city are quoted on Tripadvisor.

We’ve been on the top rated Rome B&B list and have had many great B&B reviews from happy guests who say that our bed and breakfast allows easy access to Rome central while also providing an idyllic escape and rest after an overwhelming day of site seeing.

Olive Tree Hill, or “Il Colle degli Ulivi”, is an ideal location to experience the best of Rome and much more!
Visiting Authentic Italy Outside of Rome
Believe it or not, there is an abundance of wonderful sites and places outside of Rome.

They absolutely deserve more attention and turn out to be the highlights of the trip for many of our guests. The Italian travel industry is pushing travelers towards Rome, but this has been causing troubles for Rome itself, and results in Rome shadowing all the beautiful but unknown locations that surround it.

We will be more than happy to help you to find the best places to visit and help ensure that your stay in Italy is special. If you like, we can organize guided tours and excursions and help you experience the real, unknown Italy that is so rich in history, arts & culture, and just a stone’s throw from Rome, the Eternal city.

Discover the history, the nature and the ancient culture of Lazio where pre-romanic culture were settled and chosen by Emperors and Popes to set their summer residences.

Guided Tours and Excursions


Make your holiday in Rome extra special by taking advantage of the unique activities and services offered by Olive Tree Hill Bed and Breakfast. To better discover the beauty of Italy and the Roman countryside, we are glad to guide you through the cultural and natural wonders of Italy.

We organize guided tours and excursions where you can discover special places and secret gems outside Rome center’s traditional tourist routes. In addition, we are always at your disposal to help you plan your days to make the most of your time in Rome.
We also have a useful links page to help you plan your trip, with information on topics like the Roma Pass and how to get a Papal Audience. As always, feel free to ask us about any questions you may have!

Learn more about our guided tours and excursions to areas outside of Rome.

Authentic Italian Cuisine: Delicious Meals From Local Ingredients

Good food and friends play a very important role in the Italian culture and are a fundamental part of the social life. At Olive Tree Hill (or “Il Colle degli Ulivi”), we value such traditions and look forward to sharing them with our guests. We prepare meals based on traditional flavours and our regional dishes are often based on homegrown or local ingredients. Join us at the end of a day touring Rome or the countryside for a relaxing meal in our garden. At Olive Tree Hill, it is possible to arrange basic yoga, ceramics, cooking and language courses during your stay. Just ask and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Our host and chef Ivano cooks delicious meals for his guests, and is always happy to give cooking lessons and teach you how to cook the Italian way!

Homemade Crafts and Gifts

If you are planning to bring back a Italy souvenir memory or an original gift, don’t forget to ask about Terhi’s lovely products. Take a look at her candles, handicrafted ceramics, and her hand-painted special tea & herb bags. Thinking about having a wedding in Rome? Consider Olive Tree Hill B&B for your special day! Cooking Classes and Activities Guided Tours and Excursions

What Customers Are Saying About Us


Most often will happen you to read about us mainly on Tripadvisor and that’s because when we started our B&B this website was not particurarly know in Europe and allowed us to be listed on Rome B&B list. With big surprise of everybody we managed shortly to be considered for several years one of the top 3 B&B in Rome against some great B&B in Rome downtown.

This until Tripadvisor re-designed the website and moved us in Rome Province, a remote corner of their website that make impossibile any comparasion about B&B in and outside Rome.

Tripadvisor readers known the importance of writing reviews and trip reports and that’s why until 2011 you’ll find hundreds of great reviews rating us one of the best locations to stay in Rome area.

Nowdays  most of our guests find us through other sources, not necessarly they know the importance of a review and this produced a drastic reduction of them but nothing changed in terms of quality and rating.

Below you’ll find a small sample of our reviews. Feel free to read more of Olive Tree Hill’s best bed and breakfast reviews on Trip Advisor.

Trip Advisor B&B Reviews

A couple of people on trip advisor attempted to dissuade us from staying in Zagarolo, saying that staying in Rome would be far better, and we are so glad we went against this advice… This B & B is in a very relaxing beautiful location and is the perfect retreat after an exhausting day sightseeing in Rome. Zagarolo is only a half hour train journey from Rome and we were taken to and collected from the station everyday…. We had excellent service during our stay and in fact we felt we received a quality of service over and above what we had expected. We would have no hesitation in returning and would highly recommend this location to anyone who wants a peaceful location and greats service for a fair price.”
Guest from Cardiff, Wales October 2009 

“Once you arrive and learn about the surrounding area you will find so many things to see that you will probably not want to spend every minute in Rome.However if you do decide to go this quiet and peaceful place is the perfect location. It was so nice to visit the city and then return to Zagarolo to the tranquility of the B&B so that we could sit back and unwind. There was nothing like the enjoyment of a good glass of wine and great conversation with Ivano and Tehri before sitting down to a wonderful dinner with their family and the other guests where we could all discuss what we did that day and our plans for the next.”
Chris P, Melbourne, FL, July 2012

“This area of Italy (Lazio region, south of Rome) does not attract as many tourists, so we feel that we get a more genuine flavor of Italian life, and there are plenty of things to see and do (ancient towns, churches, festivals, walks in the hills, lakes) without fighting the crowds.
And yet, you are very close to Rome, easy to go in for the day.”
 Bill T, Seattle Washington, 2011

Great Place to Stay Outside of Rome! We knew we wanted to stay outside of Rome and we’re very happy to stumble upon Ivano and Terri’s place. We felt it was a humble jewel nestled in the Lazio countryside…. If you care about good food good company and want to be noticed and guided to have the best experience possible while visiting Rome I suggest this B&B.”
Sheri T, San Francisco California, 2011

“The welcome could not have been warmer, the accommodation first class and absolutely spotlessly clean, the food was perfect – a huge variety for breakfast and dinner with no two meals the same, and the quality of Ivano’s cooking would beat restaurant standards every time!”
 Guest from Broadicia, Lancaster, United Kingdom, July 2011

“This B&B is one of the best places I have ever stayed and I definitely want to go back.”
 Lou, Ireland, September 2010

“Lovely holiday in friendly B&B for visiting Rome. We had a great holiday at Olive Tree Hill thanks to all the help and advice from Ivano and Terhi. Ivano was happy to cook special dairy free meals for me, which were much appreciated and couldn’t be more helpful in suggesting the best places to visit and how to travel around Rome. We especially enjoyed his taxi service to Tivoli and Palestrina and the guided tour of Zagarolo. It was also lovely to sit in the garden in the sun after a tiring day sightseeing… We would recommend this special B&B to anyone visiting Rome or the countryside around. 

 Sue, Stockport, United Kingdom, April 2011 

“The best B&B. My husband and I had the pleasure of staying with at II Colle during our visit to Rome a few years ago. This was one of the best B&B experiences we’ve ever had! The owners are incredibly warm and welcoming, what wonderful ambassadors of Italia! The accommodations were very comfortable, clean, and reasonably priced. We hope to get back to Italy very soon, and we hope that we can find room with II Colle again!”
Guests from Chicagao Illanois, January 2011

Best B&B that I have ever visited, including an awesome place in Cashel, Ireland.” 

Visitor June 2011

“My wife and I selected Il Colle degli Ulivi initially for three reasons; price, reviews and the location away from the bustle of Rome. We stayed for a total of 11 days and it was the most memorable experience of our trip. Considering that we spent over a week in Rome plus time in Florence and in Assisi, that is saying a lot…. For people who want to have a relaxing good time, do yourselves a favor and check out Il Colle degli Ulivi.”
 Bill Dayton, Ohio July 2010

Your hosts are experts in local history and will arrange special trips for your group. Just ask for what you want to see or even better ask them about the unknown sights in the area for a true taste of Italy. They will set up personalized tours for small groups or even help plan a destination wedding or a family gathering….To sum it up: over-the-top services, fabulous food, great conversations, relaxing environment, dietary considerations, friendly cats in the gardens, fresh air, easy access to Rome attractionsgreat for families with children, great hosts!
Guest from Raleigh, North Carolina May 2010 

“The way to experience the REAL Italy! We took a chance booking this little B&B outside of Rome, and it turned out to be our favourite accommodation! It’s an easy 30 minute train ride from Roma Termini train station, and was a nice way to wind down from a busy day touring the big city…. Don’t stay in a sterile hotel – stay here, and taste the REAL Italy! You won’t be disappointed!”
 Guest from August 2009

“We too are members of the fan club for Olive Tree Hill. It seems impossible that a place with such great service exists but it’s true!… We also enjoyed a private day tour with Terhi of nearby Anagni (amazing crypt in Duomo) and Ferentino’s Cyclopean walls. My wife enjoyed her cooking class with Ivano and the results were delicious. Olive Tree Hill is an excellent value for the money. Go and you’ll be a fan too!”
Guest from Durham, CA July 2009

“Gorgeous Rome B&B. We were looking for accommodations that would give us a true Italia experience; our stay at Il Colle went above and beyond our expectations….Il Colle is the perfect location for visiting Rome– close enough but also far enough away from the chaotic hussle and bussle of the huge city. A quick train ride and you can enjoy the countryside and the city!”
 Colette and Tim, Tustin, CA January 2009

“If you wish to experience an Italian cultural and culinary holiday combined with the opportunity to relax then this is the place for you! It is worth bearing in mind that in these days of global financial recession Il Colle degli Ulivi is great value for money. Don’t miss it!”
 John and Carol from Glasgow!, September 2008

“What wonderful hosts! What a GREAT location! It is just a short train ride from the center of Rome. It was a little piece of paradise and the hosts were …. well …. you can’t really describe them as anything except OUTSTANDING. They make life easy. They are great communicators. Ivano is an amazing cook. And we were grateful to NOT be in Rome central. It was quiet, and the accommodations were excellent. We’ve stayed at the Four Seasons and at various Ritz Carltons around the world. Forget them. This is the real deal. Amazing!!!”
Mace, Gothenburg, July 2008

If you are at all concerned about staying outside of the city center of Rome, don’t be! It was very easy to get back and forth between Zagarolo and Rome. Ivano took us to and picked us up from the train station. The most wonderful part about it was that, after spending the day in the hustle-bustle of Rome, we got to go back to our quaint, quiet B&B to enjoy dinner with Ivano and Tehri!”
Landi and Josh, November 2007

“My wife and I had a much too short 3-night visit at Il Colle degli Ulivi, and were treated so warmly by Ivano and Terhi that we felt like family. I highly recommend this B&B to anyone visiting Rome. It is an easy (and cheap) 30-40 minute train ride from Rome Termini, and Ivano or Terhi pick you up from the Zagarolo station….Their beautiful home is on lush farmland only a few minutes drive from the station. The cottage in the back has two rooms and is extremely comfortable and clean, surrounded by olive and fruit trees, plus a beautiful and fragrant herb garden….This lovely couple goes way above and beyond the normal service, offering you a visit you’ll never forget! This is truly a special place and will surely be a wonderful respit for any weary traveler looking for some relaxation in between all that hectic sightseeing. Thank you Ivano and Terhi for such wonderful memories!”
Guests Greg & Kim

“My husband and I planned to stay in Rome for two days out of our first two-week European vacation. We ended up staying five days once we got to this beautiful cottage and wished we could have spent our whole trip in the Italian countryside! Terhi and Ivano were the perfect hosts kindly making sure we caught all the right buses, knew the best spots to visit around Rome, and best of all came back to relax and enjoy our quiet spot outside of the city. One of our favorite experiences staying here was the lovely cuisine prepared in true Italian fashion from homemade strudels to pizza and family wine. We can hardly wait until our travels lead us once again to II Colle degli Ulivi!!”
Shelly Castro, Roseville, California – 2011

Hopefully some of these Olive Tree Hill B&B Trip Advisor reviews have helped you understand why some consider this as one of the best places to stay in Rome. Zagarolo is thought to be a best location to stay in Rome Metropolitan Area because it provides easy access to the tourist sites of Rome central, while also bursting with it’s own hidden gems and history.

When you come to visit, don’t do mistakes, consider visiting some of the charming towns outside of Rome

Awards and recognition

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Awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence

Olive Tree Hill Italy B&B aka “Colle degli Ulivi” has been recognized as one of the best bargain accommodations in Rome and has been top rated on Trip Advisor’s Rome B&B listing for years until Tripadvisor website has been re-designed and we were moved in Zagarolo B&B listing.

To discover if it is convinient to stay in a comfortable, hospitable and quite place in the Metropolitan area while visiting Rome read what our customers are saying about us.

To qualify, a lodging establishment you must maintain an high average rating, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. We managed to have 5 of 5 stars since 2007 with a 100% score. We are convinced there are many things to improved still, but our TripAdvisor score reflects our desire to make our guest’s stay at Olivetreehill aka Colle degli Ulivi the highlight of their trip.

Our mission has continuosly been to make our guest’s trip an “experience of life” and a “deep bath” in the Italian culture. Although this is our job and how we earn our living, our real reward is our guest’s happiness and satisfaction and will never end to thank all of them for their efforts in us getting this award.
We are proud of it and will continue to work to creating excellence and making great memories.

For a small italy B&B located in the Rome countryside, after been awarded in 2008 as “Best deal in Rome” , these “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel guide and research website, gives us hope that travel industry will pay more attention in future to the host and off the beaten path hidden gems.

best-cheap-place-to-stay-in-romeOlive Tree Hill Awarded Best Deal in Rome 2008

Eventhough Olive Tree Hill aka “Colle degli Ulivi” B&B clearly declare to be set in Rome countryside, it was recognized in 2008 as one of the best bargain in Rome  and considered a great place to stay also for the one visiting Rome on a budget. Olive Tree Hill was named, among others, as one of thetop bargain accommodations for being a best place to stay around Rome, as recommended by guests.

Top Bargain Accommodations Recognition is based on direct experiences, opinion and traveler’s rating regarding bed and breakfasts, hotel, hostel, general accommodations, restaurants, and attractions.

Quality on budget accommodation in Rome can be difficult to find, which is why we our happy that our B&B is viewed by guests as a great place to experience Italy on a budget.

Due a different listing system, we are no longer on Rome’s BnB listing. This is effecting our visibility but this doens’t mean that Olive Tree Hill B&B is any longer consider an high quality budget accomodation in Rome that offer you an amazing experience providing: warmness, knowledge and a long list of services to make your staying easy and comfortable.

Greater Rome Bed and Breakfast Association

In addition to managing our own bed and breakfast, we also are founders of the Greater Rome Bed and Breakfast Association. Our goal is to help bring awareness to the sites and attractions outside the main city of Rome, and to educate local vendors on how to better adapt for the needs of visiting tourists. Olive Tree Hill aka “Colle degli Ulivi” is our B&B just outside Rome.

We are located in the beautiful countryside of Rome in a medieval hilltop town called Zagarolo, only a 30 minute train ride from the city center of Rome.