Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 657: Owner, Villetta Mimma Vittoria
2bed/2bath house in Gioia Tauro, Calabria
summer 2003, One week
We managed to find a delightful, very comfortable, affordable, and wonderfully furnished villetta in Gioia Tauro. Since we had rented a car, travel from Reggio Calabria airport was simple, and allowed us to park our car and walk in the town, if we chose to, or use our car for the 3 minute ride to Gioia Tauro's beach.
The town, (three-minute walk), had several restaurants, pastry shops, and many convenient stores in a small village setting.
Within 20 minutes in any direction, many interesting small towns, each with its own special set of "specialties" were quite enchanting.
The countryside, food and the genuine simple style of "technology free living," is evident with every turn. It seems that Gioia Tauro has not changed much in 50 years, except for cell phones.
All amenities were very convenient, even the train to other areas of Italy and Europe. If a car rental was not desired, one could rent a scooter for the 3 minute ride to the beach.
The home was very modern, clean, and well appointed. Air conditioning was an added convenience, along with a washing machine. All appliances and furnishings were new.
There was a small area where one could sit in a privae "vico", or simply utilize the balcony in the master bathroom, for the morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine.
All excellent & very comfortable.
Very modern and well appointed with very well designed lighting.
Modern, clean and roomy....Personally, I prefer to make reservations!
Problems or Bonuses
Big bonus was that Castaldo provided a very complete information package for the weary traveler, with complete list of what to do and not to do, as well as information on the town, its history, and surrounding "to do" list.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Bi-lingual & easy to deal with. Contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Things to do in this area
The highlight of our trip was a week in the small village of Gioia Tauro, which served as our "home base" while we surveyed Reggio Calabria, and the surrounding villages. Within 20 minutes in any direction, many interesting small towns, each with their own special set of "specialties" were quite enchanting.
The countryside, food and the genuine simple style of "technology free living," is evident with every turn.
It seems that Gioia Tauro has not changed much in 50 years, except for cell phones. Sicily is a wonderful ferry ride from Calabria, and having a car allowed us to drive from Meson to Palermo. The ride can be made in 5 hours or a full day, if you allow yourself plenty of time for stops, and town touring and shopping. A must see is the town of St. Stefano di Camastra, the ceramic capital of Sicily. You are forced off the Autostrada, due to the construction under progress, and you end up on an extremely picturesque 2 lane road, driving mostly along the northern coast of Sicily.... and right throught the town of St.Stefano di Camastra.
Palermo is a city that we will be sure to spend more time in. Culturally enchanting, and plenty to keep you busy, if you are a walker and appreciate history.
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