The 12-part series, available to stream now on Stan, takes viewers on a whirlwind trip around Europe as they follow the complicated and beautiful love story of Marianne and Connell over a number of years.
Before the series aired, we collated all the known filming locations of Normal People, though at that time it was not confirmed whether the cast and crew visited Trieste in Italy, which backdrops some pivotal latter scenes from the novel.
Now, we know that the Italian scenes from the novel were not filmed here, but rather in a different Italian locale and inside a particular, picturesque villa that’s actually available to rent on Airbnb.
For around €47 (AU $80), you can spend a night in the two-bedroom stone villa that features in the eighth episode of Normal People, when Marianne and her boyfriend Jamie, plus Connell and a group of their friends take a trip to Trieste to stay in the holiday home belonging to Marianne’s family.
The on-screen villa is actually a little ways away from Trieste, in Sant’Oreste in Lazio, which about a one-hour drive from Rome.
Called Il Casale on Tenuta Verzano, the property is described as an “old country house with untouched charm”. It’s been within the same family for some 150 years and has enough room to accommodate six guests with two spacious bedrooms, a dining room, living room, kitchenette and modern bathroom.
There’s even a bright blue pool out front with views of the rolling valley below.
Incredibly, the villa’s starring role in Normal People is not its debut on screen. The property actually featured in the film adaption of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts.
WATCH: The Official Trailer for Stan’s Normal People.