Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4113: Owner, Viletta Mimma Vittora
2bed/2bath house in Gioa Tauro, Calabria
August 2008, one week
The villa is in town, a 15-minute walk to the beach and right around the corner from Signor Fondacaro, the friendly fruta e verdura proprietor.
Groceries are around the corner, 15 seconds. Gelateria is a two minute walk. Restaurants are within a 10 minute walk and so is the piazza.
The villa is modern throughout. All rooms are air conditioned and the kitchen has all conveniences. Yet, the tradition remains. There are shutters on all the windows and a pretty terrace off the master bedroom.
Everything is up-to-date, comfortable and clean. The dining room seats eight comfortably.
You have your choice of mattresses: one BR has firm and the other has softer. The master BR is spacious and both bathrooms are very modern. The upstairs bathroom has two glass sinks. But tradition remains: there is the pull chain in the shower if you have trouble.
The kitchen is exemplary. The website pictures are completely accurate. We didn't cook full meals because there are several terrific restaurants within walking distance. We had all the supplies and equipment we needed, without exception.
Problems or Bonuses
A thoughtful basket of food welcomed us. The two bikes are a nice amenity. The owner, Micheal, has quite a lot of travel tips he will send you before your trip. These help with travel planning, connections, sightseeing, customs and culture, villa details and general familiarity.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Micheal is easy to work with and very helpful. He very much wanted us to enjoy our time in Calabria and in his home.
The local staff speaks English well and is knowledgeable for questions about the villa and local area.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I recommend this villa without qualification if you want a non-tourist experience in Italy. Gioia Tauro is not a tourist town, so you'll live among the true Italiani. We are not fluent in Italian and never had a problem. The locals are friendly and will go out of their way to help you.
Things to do in this area
We walked to the beach every day. Along the beach is il lungomare. In the U.S. it would be closest to a boardwalk. There are several restaurants there, so you're dining on the water. There are also restaurants in town.
Micheal provided extensive travel suggestions and details, but this was a beach vacation for us.
For us, Villetta Mimma Vittoria was perfect.
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