My husband and I have never been to Calabria, although we have been to Italy several times. We were trying to get away from the Toronto winter and wanted to stay someplace that was warm (at least warmer than Toronto!). We love Italy so we looked for possible places to stay in Southern Italy. That's how we found Villa Rosa. We found the villa to be very much like the description written about it.
The Villa is beautifully located in the mountains and has incredible views. It is also well situated for for day trips that allow you to discover this beautiful region. Being here in winter is quite different from the summer. Much quieter and some places are closed for the winter. We found the Calabrese to be friendly and accommodating, always welcoming and doing their best to understand us when no on spoke English. We made some wonderful friends here that we hope to keep forever!
There are two cities very close to the Villa. One is Gerace which is a beautiful ancient city. It has won the regional competition for best city in Calabria and is competing for the best city in Italy, so don't miss seeing it if you're around these parts. The other city is Locri...now Locri is a bit of a different story. Not beautiful but full of history and intrigue.
We stayed at Villa Rosa for 3 months so there were a couple of things that happened but were looked after for us immediately. The Villa is very clean and over all well maintained. We had local people looking after us and they provided excellent customer service.
If you're coming to Calabria, I would highly recommend staying at Vill Rosa.