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Review 1004: Owner, Villetta Mimma Vittoria
2bed/2bath house in Gioa Tauro, Calabria
February 2004, Two weeks
Villetta Mimma Vittoria is located in the seaside village of Gioa Tauro on the Calabrian Coast just one hour North of Sicily and two hours west of the Ionian Coast. The renovated townhouse is located in the town on a quiet side street near parks and shopping.
From the Villetta one can walk everywhere in Gioa as well as to the beach in ten minutes or less.
The townhouse is totally renovated just recently - very upscale Manhattan taste ... gourmet kitchen, tile floors, skylights, new furniture, lovely baths.
There is no outside sitting area with the Viletta, but a small balcony off the master bedroom. There is an outside shower.
The Villetta was superbly and amply furnished for it's size. We thnk it is best suited for two people rather than three or four as the downstairs is open concept and there is little privacy.
Bedrooms are spacious, bright and airy and the bathrooms were modern and spacious as well. 1 full bath upstairs with huge tub/shower, and two sinks; downstairs half bath with outside shower.
Gourmet kitchen! Very New York! However, we told the owner that some of the pots and pans were too lightweight to cook well, so I am certain these have been upgraded. The owner is very accommodating and his family is nearby and very helpful.
Problems or Bonuses
Villetta is on a side street with modest amount of sun as it is a townhouse. Sunny days were great; cloudy days were dark.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We rented directly from the owner - superb preparation for the trip with maps, guidelines, do's and dont's in the town, recommendations, travel tips, etc. etc. We learned where clinics, hospitals, banks, restaurants, super markets, ect. were located, given maps ... etc.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay at Villetta Mimma Vittoria again in the spring, summer or fall- not in winter as the weather was very poor. It is a terrific starting point for so many great days trips in Calabria and into Sicily - and the people in Gioa are humble, friendly, and welcoming in every respect. Local foods were excellent, especially fish dishes made by family-run restaurants. We felt blessed that we fell into the association with Gioa Tauro, the Viletta, and the owner's family.
Things to do in this area
We visited Gioa in February when many of the summer restaurants were closed. Gioa does not have much to offer historically as it is a fishing village; the historic "old" town is just beginning to be restored. Gioa is also the home of one of the largest container ports in Europe. It is not a quiant fishing village, but many of those are nearby.
And only an hour from Reggio Calabria which is like the MIlan of the South ... much history, architecture, fine shopping and dining. Always eager to return to our little group of new friends in Gioa Tauro at the end of the day ... And one hour from the ferry across the Strait of Messina to Sicily. We filled our two weeks easily with new adventures even though the weather was poor.
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