About Belsogno


Located in the picturesque Molise region of Southern Italy, Villa Belsogno is owned and operated by Mark & MariKate Matthews. Mark and Kate have been having a passionate love affair with Italy for over a decade. After endless holidays to the peninsula, the dream of their owning their own villa began. The dream started with a few ingredients…a wondrous view, a charming gate, olive trees, and twisting grape vines.

In 2001, Kate and Mark’s dream was realized. Even though the house and olive grove had been neglected, Kate and Mark saw the magic that was possible. With a bit of hard work and luck, they transformed the house into Villa Belsogno, a charming and relaxing home away from all the hustle and bustle.

Today, the dream goes further. Mark and Kate are eager to share their wonderful home with guests from around the world and introduce them to the local culture. Whether you want to read in the shade of an olive tree (there are nearly 50 on the property), bike through the mountains, or see ancient ruins – Mark and Kate can help make your holiday dreams come true.

Reservation requests can be made directly here on our website. If you would like to enjoy a traditional Italian cuisine, please let Kate and Mark know the day before. Italians dine on fresh products as they become available from the local markets and gardens. Belsogno will be serving the freshest ingredients possible, which makes the dinning experience so unique and special. Whenever possible, we will try to accommodate your palate for the day, but as we are not a commercial restaurant, meals will be served family style and alfresco when possible.

Mark & Kate welcome your visit to Villa Belsogno and can assist you in planning your trip and arrange all logistics with train and air travel. Language and Cooking classes can also be arranged for those wishing to fully immerse and indulge themselves in the day-to-day Italian culture.

Speak and Cook Italian

Villa Belsogno is the perfect respite to experience the joy of Italian cooking while absorbing the beauty of the Italian language. Enjoy spending your days in Southern Italy soaking up the sunshine and touring the many quaint villages surrounding Montagano. Or perhaps an afternoon by the pool or lounging with a book under the olive trees may suit you.

Our intimate cooking sessions will be limited to 6 people with the opportunity for you to participate fully in cooking and then enjoying a classic Italian lunch or dinner. Only the freshest seasonal ingredients are incorporated into our menus. Our lovely guest rooms offer you a glorious night’s sleep while a refreshing breakfast awaits you in the morning.

Come join us…we promise you a memorable time.

Please contact us for individual and group pricing.