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Review 4293: Owner, La Casa del Professore


Review by gbiehler from US

4bed/2bath house near Villafranca d'Asti, Piemonte


September 14 to 21, 2009, one week


This was a house in the country, in a private location on several acres of property. A small market and butcher shop was located within 1/2 mile. Access to larger markets and the town of Asti was 20 minutes drive. The location is ideal if you are seeking to tour the Piemonte region. It is within one hour of Turin, Alba and the Barolo and Babaresco wine regions.

Nearby Amenities

You can walk to the small market for small items, but will need to drive for a larger market or places to obtain meals. Several restaurants and agritourismi are located within a 15 minute drive.

The House/Apartment

The house was built several generations ago by the family of the current owner. It is very solid and well built. The bottom floor has a kitchen, living room (very large), laundry and full bath, as well as a garage. The top floor has a full bath with four large bedrooms. The area is very peaceful and very quiet.


There is a shaded patio area with a table and chairs. It is private. There was an above ground pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was solid and in good shape. Everything was spotless. Both the kitchen and living area had enough room for eight people to sit and relax.


The bedrooms were very large and with good beds. The two full baths were well appointed and plenty for our party of four.


The kitchen was perfect for meals. All the equipment was there, as well as plates and serving dishes. The owner also supplied food, including pasta, eggs, milk, oil, butter, onions, garlic, sauce. We cooked and ate several meals in the house. There were no problems. There was also a grill to cook the wonderful Piemonte beef from the local butcher.

Problems or Bonuses

We arrived in Turin and stopped at Eatitaly before traveling to the house. However, Angelo was kind enough to supply us with ample supplied for several meals. Angelo was very attentive and made sure that every need we had was met and made introductions to the local community. He also gave us great suggestions for local resources for shopping, restaurants and sites.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owner arranged to meet us near Turin and take us to the house so we could easily locate it. He was a perfect host. Angelo spoke fluent English and made sure we had no reason to be displeased. The house was accurately reflected in the published information.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would stay at this property again without hesitation. I highly recommend it without reservation. We could not have been treated any better at a five star hotel.

Things to do in this area

This area is rife with not only historic venues, but is a great place to eat and drink the best of Italy. Beautiful vineyards abound. The area is gorgeous. There are mountains nearby, Turin is a hidden gem of a city and the small cities of Asti and Alba are good places to wonder through the old town with shops, wine bars, restaurants, etc. Alba is also the truffle capital of the world and the wafting odor of truffles is enough to make any person swoon. My favorite meal was at a agritourismo within ten minutes of the house. We were served a seven course meal where everything served with made within 50 meters of the house. It was not only an amazing meal, with superb wine from the farm, the hosts were made us feel as if we were part of their family. This particular farm was called the 1876 I believe; but this was the norm, not the exception.

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