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Rosita Ricci

Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

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Rosita Ricci

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BACCO

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Overview

Greve Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Three charming holiday apartments in an authentic 12th C. Castle

Three charming apartments in an authentic castle dating back to 12th C. in the typical green hills of Chianti Classico. The castle has undergone various restorations over the centuries which have highlighted its architectural features giving it a particular charm and giving its structure an aura of olden times. The castle itself is very picturesque, built in stone in a square hill overlooking Greve in Chianti. It has a peaceful and a dominating position in front of Montefioralle Castle. From the garden and the windows you have a magnificent, panoramic view of rolling Chianti hills, olive groves and vineyards. The apartments have use of a large lovely private garden (450 m²). The Colognole Castle is ideally located for short day trips to all of the sights of Tuscany. Florence is an hour away by car or reliable, comfortable bus service, the recommended way to visit the great city. Siena is about 1 hour and half by car.

The castle: The Colognole Castle has undergone several restorations over the centuries which have highlighted its architectural features giving it a particular charm and giving its structure an aura of olden times. The castle itself is very picturesque, built in stone in a square surrounding on a hill overlooking Greve in Chianti. It has a peaceful and a dominating position in front of Montefioralle Castle.

The garden: From the garden and the windows you have a panoramic view over the surrounding green hills with olive trees and vineyards. The owners spent long time to choose particular type of plants from three generations. In early June, the wild jasmine and herbs in bloom, adding another magical touch.

General amenities: On request: to be agreed when booking and to be paid directly on the spot:

- Housekeeping.

- Tuscany cooking lessons.

- Cook available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

- Oil and wine produced by owner.

- Bicycles for hire.

More Details

Details for Bacco 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

The Bacco apartment is on the first floor. It has two bedrooms, two baths with shower, a large kitchen, two dining sitting rooms and a large living room. The kitchen is well equipped and has a door window to the garden. A long Tuscan dining table will seat 10 to 12, and has been site of many delicious extended Tuscan meals. There is direct access to the garden from this dining room. The second dining room has a grand fireplace (big enough to stand in) and a stone sink, both original to the castle. The spacious living room contains works of the many artists who have visited the castle and captured its charm on canvas.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Rosita Ricci (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks: english, italian

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Bacco
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
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Bacco
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Greve Chianti
Courtice, Ontario CANADA
5

Beautiful & Relaxing Stay

Beautiful & Relaxing Stay
  • 5 of 5
My husband and I visited this property the last week of July 2009 and stayed for one week. Where do I begin...The apartment was perfect! It contained everything that you would ever need for your stay including laundry facilities and a dishwasher. We shopped in the local market and prepared most of our meals. We typically ate out once per day depending on where our travels took us. This property is located in perfect proximity for day trips to Pisa, Florence and Siena (which we did). We did a day trip every other day and just hung back at the little villages nearby on the off days. Rita offers cooking classes at an extremely inexpensive price and we used the vegetables and herbs fresh from her garden. And let me assure you...the meal was delicious. The view from the back garden is magnificent. We ate overlooking the rolling hillside of vineyards and olive groves. The village is a 2 minute drive and could be walked (it’s just a bit hilly). Nice village with an internet cafe/coffee shop if you didn’t bring your computer.

Rosita, Rita and Faustus not only welcomed us into their home, but also into their hearts. We flew into Rome on a Sunday morning where we picked up our rental car and drove straight to the castle for our first week (of a 2 week trip). Of course, nothing is open on Sundays so Rita prepared a wonderful dinner for us and we enjoyed it in the back garden with a bottle of wine from Faustus' vineyard. We also chose the option for breakfast the next morning as we had yet to get groceries. When we left, we went to Venice for 3 nights where we rented an apartment that seemed so cold to us after having stayed at Castello di Colognole. If they had not had our apartment already rented for the next week. I would have much rather stayed there longer.

They have two dogs who are very playful and well behaved. As we lost our puppy early July, we felt so blessed to be around Bacco and Jemma.

There is no air conditioning, however, there are fans and we did not have any trouble sleeping. They do have misquittos but so do we here in Canada. Rosita speaks english with minimal difficulty. Rita is learning and we really didn't have any trouble communicating.

If you are looking to enrich your life by experiencing the authenic life in Tuscany, this place is a must! It was truly like a second honeymoon for us! We will definitely return...but next time, for a longer period of time.

Corrinne & Stephen
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bacco
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p91766?uni_id=78836
+0039 -335 317689
Greve Chianti
5

For the TRUE Tuscan experience.....

  • 5 of 5
If you are wanting to enjoy Tuscany and all the wonderful experiences it has to offer – warm country ambience, sweeping valley views and unique rustic charm - look no further than Castello Di Colognole! This 12th century castle, one of the original castles built in the Chianti region, is ideally located to all the places you will want to visit in Tuscany and beyond, has just about all the modern conveniences you may need and is managed by two sisters, Rita and Rosita, who want to make sure your Tuscan experience is perfect in every way.
We are two traveling widows who stayed in the Bacco apartment. How delightful to wake up in the morning and have coffee in the kitchen looking out to the beautiful gardens and the hillsides beyond. We had plenty of room in our apartment; in fact we never used two of the living areas other than to walk through them! The apartment was very clean and outfitted with fresh flowers when we arrived. However, what makes Bacco so special is it has all the modern conveniences one needs, yet some of the very old castle remnants – the large fireplace, the original sink - remain, giving the apartment that wonderful character of a bygone era.
Castello Di Colognole sits atop a hill just above Greve and when we were first driving up to the castle, our thoughts were WOW, is that where we’re staying? The castle is large and now consists of multiple apartments, three of which are vacation rentals. We rented Bacco and another party rented the other apartment. What makes it nice is the grounds are large and organized such that parties are not in each other’s way.
Lastly, there is so much to be said about the hosts, Rita and Rosita, and all they do to make your stay and your Tuscan experience special. They will be glad to suggest the most charming villages to visit, how to catch the bus to Florence, where to shop for groceries and more importantly, where to park! Before you arrive, Rita will ask if you would like for her to make you a traditional Tuscan meal on the day of your arrival; or any day you might choose. Absolutely do take advantage of this offer because you will NOT be disappointed! Rita prepares a delicious meal using fresh vegetables and fruits from her garden down the hillside, and they include a bottle of their estate wine. Having this wonderful dinner with wine, sitting out in the garden under the HUGE tree, looking out to the fabulous views of the countryside, you will know you’ve arrived!
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bacco
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Greve Chianti
5

Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at the Colognole Castle was absolutely wonderful. Upon our arrival, Rosita gave us a warm welcome, and tour around the castle. In the kitchen, she had stocked it with some food essentials that was greatly appreciated. We also cooked a couple of meals during our stay and the kitchen had all the kitchen utensils we needed.
The apartment is charming, very clean, and maintained well. Rosita also keeps it stocked with extra blankets, umbrellas, and is more than happy to accommodate anything else that one may need.
Customer service is the best I've had, you'll feel as though it is your home while staying there.
Definitely a 5 Star!!!
  • Submitted: May 28, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bacco
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Greve Chianti
Australia
4

Italian Hospitality at its best

  • 4 of 5
It has been a long time since a group of 4 of us stayed with Rosa and Rosita at the wonderful Castello Di Colognole but I have finally remembered to write a review! The castle is definitely original and some parts are older than others. During our stay renovations were in progress which did not affect our stay at all but added to the interest. I cannot comment on the condition of our apartment now as I do not know if it has been upgraded but certainly the Bacco apartment which had been refurbished was done extremely well. Our apartment was a little cool and the kitchen quite small, but it served our needs during our stay. The washing machine arrangements were not great at the time, but perhaps they have been modernised by now. Irrespective of these things, we had the most wonderful stay with Rosa and Rosita and they were both welcoming and very kind people. The view from the garden over the valley is magnificent. It is close to town, you do need a car or moped though. There is a daily bus from the town to Florence - very easy. The location was excellent for day driving trips around this regions and there were many wonderful towns to explore. Yes, Rosa's cooking is fantastic! Rosita's beautiful, welcoming smile is very much missed and when I think of Italy, I think of our stay here and believe it is a genuine experience of country Italy. Colognole Castle was a great base for exploring the region and experiencing genuine Italian hospitality. A lot of memories from our week stay at this truly original castle. Laura, Brad, John and Beryl of Australia!
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Bacco
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p91766?uni_id=78836
+0039 -335 317689
Greve Chianti
Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia
5

A holiday to cherish

  • 5 of 5
We arrived at Castello di Colognole late in the afternoon and were warmly greeted by Rosita and Rita and their beautiful dogs. A fire blazed in the huge fireplace in our apartment and we felt at home at once. We had booked a cooking lesson with Rita for that night and the food was delicious. Rita cooked again for us a few days later, and once again the food, cooked with fresh ingredients and vegetables from the garden, was wonderful.

The Castello is breathtaking - the building is magnificent and the grounds and views are stunning. The website photos don't do it justice at all. Our apartment was HUGE. It had all the mod cons - central heating, a large, well equipped farmstyle kitchen and two modern bathrooms, however the character of the building had been retained and the comfortable furnishings complemented the building style. Although there was a big lounge and dining room, we ate and sat at night in the sitting room with its enormous fireplace. Carlo ensured that we always had plenty of wood.

The Castello is a short drive to Greve which is a charming town with a beautiful Piazza and lovely shops, cafes and a restaurant. Sienna, San Gimignano, and Florence were within easy driving distance, however on our 2nd trip to Florence we took the bus which was much easier than driving into the city. We even managed a day trip to Pisa. Closer to home there is the opportunity to do wine tastings or explore small local villages.

Rosita and Rita made us feel like family. They were friendly and helpful and delightful. We would have absolutely no hesitation in booking a holiday at the Castello again and would confidently recommend it to friends and family.
  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bacco
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Greve Chianti
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
5

Tuscan countryside at its panoramic best

  • 5 of 5
We spent a delightful week at the Bacco apartment in June, 2010. We gave up easy day trips to the Tuscan hill towns to spent time in the lovely flower garden, eating meals, sipping wine, and enjoying the castle's panoramic views of vineyards, olive groves and Chianti hills. Rita taught a cooking class for us with fresh food from her garden which we replicated in our well-equipped, modern kitchen. Original architectural features of a 12th century castle fascinated us. The bedrooms were very comfortable and quiet, and beds have beautiful, crisp linens. Rita arranges the flowers from her garden to fill the apartment. Rosita, Rita's sister, uses impeccable English to answer all questions. We have decided to return in the fall to see the grape harvest, as both wine and olive oil are produced on the estate, and to visit again these friendly and accommodating sisters.
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
24 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Leghorn
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Florence
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Firenze - Certosa
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: necessary

Colognole Castle is ideally located for short day trips to all of the sights of Tuscany. Florence is an hour away by car or reliable, comfortable bus service, the recommended way to visit that great city. Siena is about 1.30 h away by car to the south as is San Gimignano with its dramatic towers to the west. Colognole is perfectly located for day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo, Volterra, Perugia, Assisi and other Tuscan sites. There are many other lesser-know but equally charming Tuscan hill towns close by like Radda in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti , Castellina in Chianti, Volpaia.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

Greve Apartment Rental Rates

Notes

  • A 30% deposit is required when the reservation is confirmed by us. The deposit should be made by bank wire transfer or by PayPal. In the case of cancellation made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date, 50% of the deposit will be returned. The deposit is forfeited when the cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to arrival date.
    Final payment is due 30 days before arrival by wire transfer.
  • Rental rate includes: bed linen and bath towels which will be changed weekly. Rental rate does not include:
    electricity, gas for cooking and heating, which are charged on consumption and final cleaning for €90.00.
    WI-FI connection is free of charge.
  • A security deposit for €200.00 is required to be paid to the property representative upon arrival. The security deposit will be returned to the renter before departure minus extra charges or accidental damages to the property.
    Meals and Tuscan cooking can be provided upon request and paid before departure.
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Amenities

Amenities

Greve Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Large - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Small - 1 queen
  • The large bedroom has a private bathroom with shower. In this bedroom there is also a sofa bed and a wall closet. The small bedroom is equipped with a small storage room. Equipment for children, like cot, highchair, strolley are available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Notes:
The owner, Rita, who is an excellent cook and an experienced cooking teacher, is available to give Tuscan cooking lessons or to prepare lunch/dinner on request.

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