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We had been planning a family/friends holiday trip to Italy for several years. We booked this incredible villa for two weeks and had an absolute blast. The owner, Lodovico, is exceptional. Joyce, who looks after the house and guests, is wonderful as well. She helped us out with planning trips, local hints, etc. Thank you all for a great vacation.
The little village of San Pietro in Cariano is about a twenty minute drive from Verona. We had a rental car for about half the time. Cabs are about 40 euro each way. There is a bus that drops you in Verona which costs a couple of euro. That is about a ten minute walk from the front gate. Tickets can be purchased at the tabacchi by the bus stop.
The kitchen in the villa is great for cooking. We cooked often. If you do happen to be there for the New Year, all of the wineries (which surround the property) and the village itself set of a sizable fireworks display. Tours to Garda are reasonable and you can get to the northern tip of the lake in a little over an hour. Worth it. Bologna is about an hour and a half driving. Vans with a driver can be rented to drive you to Florence for the day. Milan and Venice are trips that can be done in a day. These are a few examples of things we did while there. There is a lot more that we didn't get to do.
We had people coming and going but 16-18 seemed to fill the place up pretty well. The pictures really don't do this Medieval villa justice, it's something that needs to be experienced. Ping-pong and board games and parties at the house were some of the best memories of the trip. Enjoy and book well in advance - it seems to fill up.