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Review 3545: Owner, Ca Gioiosa


Review by Marlene from MA

3bed/3bath house near Monteveglio, Emilia-Romagna


15 May 2008 - 27 May 2008, 13 nights


In the hills between Bologna and Modena, this is far away from hordes of tourists and an outstanding value. There are three large bedrooms with large (enormous by Italian standards) en suite bathrooms plus a common area with kitchen, eating, and lounge areas, all spotlessly clean. The rooms can be rented individually on a B&B basis or as a complete apartment. My sister and I rented it as an apartment for two weeks, but there is enough space for a large family (the previous guests were three couples; and the following guests were a family of 7 – three adults and four children). It can also be rented for less than a week or from mid-week to mid-week.

The location in Monteveglio is fantastic. It is enough into the hills to have great vistas in all directions, but not so much that it is difficult to get to (though the driveway is a bit steep). There are many small towns to explore in the area, each with an interesting castle or church, a weekly market, and picturesque streets. It is in the Colle Bolognese wine district, but also on the edge of the Modenese Lambrusco district so there are lots of options for wine tasting. Bologna is a half hour drive or 45 minutes on the local train, which runs about every hour from nearby Bazzano. Modena is also close. Ferrara and Dozza are about an hour drive, and Parma, Ravenna and Mantova are possible day trips.

The accommodation includes many extras. The apartment is stocked with everything: soaps, shampoo, and lotions, even robes and slippers (all very spa-like) and many kitchen staples such as coffee, tea, sugar as well as paper products. When we arrived, there was a large bowl of fruit, wine, bread, croissants, and a large stocked cookie jar. The towels were big (not the typical postage-stamp things you usually get). Except for the bathrooms, all rooms have windows and all rooms including the bathrooms have skylights (with shades). There are screens on the windows, optional air-conditioning in the bedrooms, and fans. There are many places to sit outside, including a small area just outside the apartment, a large paved terrace with tables and chairs, and a deck area with wading pool. There’s also a swing set for kids and a hammock.

Fiona, a British ex-pat, is a gem - friendly, interesting and helpful - who really made us feel like valued guests or friends, not just renters. It was unseasonably rainy during our stay so we needed to adjust our plans somewhat, and Fiona’s advice about things to do was invaluable. She also pointed out the cheapest gas station, the best supermarket, the best gelato and restaurants, etc. We found all her advice to be on target, and she gives great directions. If you do go, don’t miss the visit to the nearby place that still makes Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese by hand.

I have been slow-traveling to Italy annually for ten years now and this is the most comfortable and well-equipped place I have ever rented. Ca Gioiosa is well reviewed on tripadvisor.

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