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Review 675: Owner, Villetta Mimma Vittoria


Review by Stein from Norway

2bed/2bath house in Gioia Tauro, Calabria


july - 2003, 10 days


The townhouse (Villetta Mimma Vittoria) is in the port village of Gioia Tauro… a real and small town in southern Italy (Calabria). This is not a worked up touristy-place, but probably the closest you come to life in a quiet little town. The house is very modern, with all modern appliances. About one hour away, you will find several beautiful beaches, and the ferryboat to Sicily. The narrow street where the townhouse is located, can be a bit active at times, but just keep a watchful eye.

Just a short walk away from the beach, gives you the perfect location – if you either want to check out the nearby towns, or go “beach-combing”. Sicily is only an hour away – including the 20 min. ferryboat ride!

Nearby Amenities

There is a grocery store just around the corner. Several gelaterias are within walking distance. Gioia Tauro is not the gourmet-capital of the world, but you will find plenty of places to eat. Please don’t go too fast, no one is in a rush in GT! The best gelato is in Reggio Calabria on the lungomare at Cesare.

The House/Apartment

We were surprised at the level of which the house was rebuilt, giving us every possible accommodation. Lovely bathrooms, nicely tiled terra cotta floors, beautiful stainless steel kitchen and ample dining area. One fabulous master bedroom, and one regular sized bedroom – both air-conditioned. The master bedroom also includes a very cozy balcony – perfect for a little espresso in the morning.


Small private patio - no pool. Beach - much better - close by.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Brand new furniture, lovely dining table and comfortable chairs. Even a nice stereo/TV – if you want to chill with some cool music after a hot day at the beach.


Great kitchen – most importantly, a quiet washing machine. New modern kitchenware, for every dish in the cookbook.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Very hospitable and friendly owners. They went out of their way to make you comfortable. Onsite key-holder’s English could be better, but I’m sure it will improve. In the mean time, I suggest some Italian language-lessons. Broadens your horizons.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We are sure to be back in Gioia Tauro! This is probably the best vacation we’ve had in years. We had booked hotels in Sicily – San Vito lo Capo, but we hurried back to the laid back Gioia, where we could decide how much of a tourist life we wanted to have! Sitting down on the beach, reading a book under the umbrella, without feeling all crowded, or swarmed by screaming children (and parents) was a perfect situation!

Outstanding value. Also quite a nice shopping area, where you are sure to get a bargain or two.

Things to do in this area

Several beaches in the area are outstanding, and all are under one hour’s drive—shopping/beaches in Palmi (7km), golf/shopping/museum/beaches in Reggio Calabria (45km), beaches in Tropea (45km), beaches in Capo Vaticano (40km), beaches in Scilla (20km), ferryboat to Sicily (25km), Aqua Park in Zambrone (50km) and beaches on the Ionian coast (45km).

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