About the property
- Villa2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
the set up for the perfect vacation
Nested in a garden of secular olive and fruit trees, very privately, on a breezy Hill ,Villarosa dominates mountains ,valleys and seas. Breath taking sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from the various balconies and terraces of this idyllic villa. The first floor of very large dining room sitting room with a wood burning fireplace, and kitchen.it is air conditioned .the bathroom with walk-in shower bidet and pantry. The marble stairs lead you to the second-floor where tree-bedrooms , large sitting area the French bathroom with shower and bidet washing machine are.An outside marble staircase leads to to the third floor Terrace that commands 360° view of the Aspromonte Mountains, the valleys and the ionic sea. A private garage and private entrance surrounded by cast-iron gates .3 kilometers distance is the town of Gerace 2500 year famous for its many churches site of many concerts ,cobblestone roads and rich of shops ,of local artifacts,restaurants enjoyed by international tourists.
Archeological interest'the Magna Grecia': If interested I can arrange special tour of museum/actual archeological digs with professors, directors of museums.
Special visits to surrounding islands archelogical sightseeing can be arranged upon requests.
Gerace has over 2000 years of history.It was the site of many occupation tru the centuries, and all thoose civilizations left an imprint,including the Norman invasion that left behind the Norman castle.
Locri has a Greek anphitheather and to date performances under the stars are been given in its 2000 year od anphyteather.
The museum of Locri is well known and the center of interest of luminary personality.
Nearby Roccella hosts international jazz festivals.
The Ionian sea...the surroundings: the ionian sea is clean ,deepest blue and center of attraction for sea lovers of all ages...
Many 'Lidos' serve the clients with umbrellas ,loungers. refresments and lunch/ dinner on the water.
Some of the small restaurants have no set menus'They serve the catch of the day'.
The athmosphere is quiet and the beaches are not loud ,one can spend the day sailing,paddling ,motor boating
reading a book on the lounger ,eating on the rotonda 'Makes one feel like Onassis' as someone told me.
The Eolian islands, Sicily, are some of the many destinations within easy reach even one day escursions,
Palermo is really a jewel and is a must,along with Taormina,
Two days will take you to Erice tip of Sicily that overlooks Africa.
Scilla the site of Ulisse's boat wreck is near Reggio Calabria and is also rich of hystory and breathtaking beauty.
The food of the south: the local food is as good as it gets.
From the local gelato at Rinaldi's at the piazza del tocco in Gerace,to the fancy restaurant, the small trattoria, the pizza,the food is the delicacy and irresistible.
Do not eat too much of the appetizers, everything tastes so good you want to leave room for dessert;
Do not forget to sit out at nigth and have a granita,then sit by the 'Bombarde' the balcony to the world of Gerace
Perhaps it is the sun or the water or the ripeness of the fruit,butthe granita it is incomparable.
Strolling through the cobblestone of Gerace, it's a pleasure to grace through the barriers shops the most exquisite ceramics, linen, lace. At Christmas time the churches have manger scene; they compete with each other and they are very artistic and unique. Famous composers performed concerts in the churches at Christmas creating an atmosphere that brings you back centuries after the concerts the most delicious hot chocolate takes away the chill.
Villarosa: gli interni
Sulla porta d’ingresso accoglie l’ospite l’arcaico sorriso di Persefone che, insieme con l’iscrizione incisa sul caminetto attiguo , ci ricorda che siamo immersi nell’ambiente della Magna Grecia, terra antica di grande ospitalità e cultura.
Si entra , quindi, sotto i buoni auspici della Dea che un tempo si credeva regolasse le stagioni, nell’ampio living room che presenta una grande e funzionale cucina, un lungo tavolo di cristallo per i pranzi e le cene in compagnia, una grande vetrina porta stoviglie, l’angolo per la lettura , due divani ( uno matrimoniale ed uno singolo) ed un lettino.
Accanto, in stile antica Roma , c’è un grande bagno con doccia e sanitari e, a fronte, un ambiente col lavatoio ed un lungo ripostiglio.
Salendo su per le scale fatte in pietra serena troviamo un largo spazio con tre camere da letto: una, con pareti a vetro satinato ed istoriato, contiene una grande scrivania insieme ad un letto in ottone ad una piazza e mezza. Accanto si trova la stanza padronale con letto matrimoniale in ferro battuto e romantico terrazzo che si affaccia sulla vallata di Antonimina e le prime propaggini dell’Aspomonte. C’è, infine, la camera degli ospiti con letto matrimoniale , sempre in ferro battuto, ed un lettino a sponde regolabili per i bambini.
Nel luminoso disimpegno, ancora un letto ( ad una piazza) e , a servizio di tutte la zona notte, un bagno con sanitari in stile vecchia Inghilterra , ampia doccia e, nascosti da due artistiche grate, i vani per la lavatrice e quanto possa occorrere per il bucato.
Dalla zona notte si sale poi sul magnifico terrazzo superiore dove, soprattutto nelle notti più luminose, sembra di potere toccare con mano l’ampia volta del firmamento che si stende solenne su tutto l’ambiente circostante comprendendo la verde collina , l’azzurro mare e la montagna viola.
Anche davanti al living room in basso c’è un ampio terrazzo munito di dondolo, sedie e tavolino in legno e ferro battuto per i pomeriggi e le mattinate dedicate alla tintarella o le serate in famiglia o con gli amici.
Non a torto un ospite canadese ha lasciato scritto nel libro dedicato ai pensieri dei “Guests” della villa che è inutile cercare altrove il Paradiso: esso si trova a portata di mano nella tranquilla, bella e confortevole dimora chiamata “Villarosa”.
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About rosanna ranieri
Years ago I went back to Italy the land I was born in and grew up.I have lived my adult life in the USA ,my home of nearly forty years . The visit tho the land i was born in, where I went to school created a feeling of yearning , an ache,that would linger and augment thru the years.I fell in love with the little house on the hill ,recognized its potential so I,convinced my cousin to sell it to me and by miracle her mother agreed to have me purchase it;she had been reluctant to sell to others so many times before...My dream came thru and with enthusiasm I proceeded to transform the Little house into Villarosa the jewel it is now. The results exceeded any expectation:the peace of a countryside and the nearness of the attractions and activities is enough to delight the needs for tranquillity and action at the same time Every time I visit Villarosa I feel restored ,at peace with myself, close to my roots and to the people I love and love me back. I have some regrets in my life ,Villarosa is the culmination of my dream to reconnect,to belong. Several guests have visited Villarosa in their quest of finding their roots,the launching pad their families left for other shores.Helping them find their roots gives me much joy. Others come to enjoy the 'National Park of the Aspromonte',trekking,escursions tours,offer the visitors the opportunity to reconnect with nature.Cyclers come to the area from all over Europe, some have contacted us from Australia,others come for the nearby beaches, the Ionic sea all enjoy the rich medieval heritage of Gerace,and the archeological treasures of Locri.
rosanna ranieri purchased this Villa in 2001
Why rosanna ranieri chose Province of Reggio Calabria
Villarosa is ideal vacation home for many :it is a very comfortable home for family with children as well as for young couples. and senior citizens.The young tourist will find a miriad of activities from trekking to cycling to swimming ,sailing ,fishing ,wind surfing,while the older visitors may seek a quiet stay in a comfortable atmosphere,where to enjoy sunsets with a good book,a glass of great wine,local Greco is renowned,Villarosa offers all the amenities of modern living: tv and wi-fi;the rooms are spacious ,with plenty of light and great views. A third bedroom is a recent addition with damask curtains and a wall of Crystal ,custom made by local artisans ,with large sliding doors and a balcony that commands a breathtaking view of the sea and the valleys. The driveway is accessible bycar up to the front door,although a small car is recommended and the lower floor is handicapped accessible.The kitchen is open,spacious and the hutch lodges the appliances,needed for the chef at heart.The villa was recently painted and the wall decor is that of the marmorino veneziano;the two bathrooms are spacious,pristine .the garden is tiered,very private ,gated by cast iron,custom made fence: many fruit trees ,olive trees, a palm provide shade in the summer and oranges tangerines persimmons ,pomegranes and bergamot in season.olive trees provide the oil that is produced locally. Gerace is a great town part of the 'world heritage' with many excellent restaurants,trattorias,pizzerias all few miles distance from Villarosa. The shops are plenty and the craftsmanship is very fine ,weather you are looking for damask,linens,ceramic ,wood work, objects of art,culinary delicacies,souvenirs,home made soaps and beauty products are manufactured locally with almond oils,bergamot,olive oils.Rinaldi is a great place where the granitas are incomparable,the pastry locally made fresh every morning,the ice cream memorable , the hot chocolate to die for.
What makes this Villa unique
Dip in the past,visit the medieval Gerace the town with100 Churches thru the century,the Norman castle,the great restaurants the nature walks,the sea of Locri the museums the Greek- Roman amphitheater the beaches, the nearby island, Sicily Salina(site of the great film 'il Postino'),Vulcano( site of the omonimus movie) ,discover Calabria and its people,known for their legendary hospitality ,their food,make friendship that last forever... The area will fill all your senses :the coast is known as the jasmine coast,the scent is of bergamot,jasmine, zagara, the sky is forever changing,the sea is so blue and clean.the food is never not great,the music and the folk fiestas will bring you back to the Coppola movies ,the wine is great ,the people most hospital. Bellissima villa immersa nel verde per chi desidera viaggiare in compagnia di amici Left on Sep 5, 2017 for a stay in Aug 2017 Villarosa ha accolto il nostro gruppo di amici con tutti i necessari comfort, accessori ed una pulizia impeccabile. Immersa nel verde con tanti alberi da frutto, in una bellissima vallata con vista sul mare (raggiungibile in soli 10 min. di auto), è la base perfetta per poter visitare tutta la costa ionica della Calabria. In giardino e nei diversi terrazzi si può godere di una pausa rilassante, ma anche organizzare delle cene in compagnia, con musica e senza disturbare i vicini. La proprietaria, Rosanna è squisitamente disponibile e premurosa con i suoi ospiti, per tutta la durata del soggiorno. Spero di poter tornare in questo luogo incantato e lo consiglio a chiunque desideri trascorrere una serena vacanza in Calabria, in compagnia di amici! Report a problem Your response: "Thank you Selica We are indeed proud of the service and comfort that VILLAROSA offers the discerning guests. Rendering your stay as amenable to exquisite memories is what ,indeed ,we strive for .
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Feeling like home, away from home
We spent seven days in this beautiful tree-bedroom house and we felt great, with a marvelous living room and a fully equipped kitchen! But above all this, we will never forget the amazing view from the roof top, perfect for our morning coffee time. The garden was very beautiful and offered us a delicious variety of fruits. The nearest restaurant called "la Terassa" delighted us with their local italian cousine. The atmosphere of the town, Gerace, was joyful and relaxing at the same time. Also, the beach which was ten minutes from the house with the car, spred alongside the coast on several kilometers. Words cannot describe what a lovely time we had !We felt like on the top of the world! We can only recommend to see it for yourself ! Thank you Rosanna and Santiana for all the help and for making our holiday so much more beautiful !
How welcome are your kind remarks.
We are indeed striving to offer a home away from home to the discerning guests that grace us with their presence!
You must come back to Gerace,you only touched the tip of the iceberg:Calabria has millenary history of civilization.
The museums are attestation that the various heritage has melted into a very colorful cornucopia of traditions ,that render Gerace unique ,the Florence of the South,as is named.
The gastronomy ,the ceramics,the damasks,the Silk,the wine usually temps the tourists into its downtown .
The Aspromonte National park,the beaches of Locri,the lungomare of Reggio,the archaeological digs of Locri
We never are proud to offer the Antonimina thermal baths, all within few kilometers of the villa.
Weather you are dreaming of a quiet relaxing sunset dinner on the terrace at home or are interested in the many activities,the choice is yours.
Zungri is the destination of the citadel carved in the rock ,similar to the Kappadocia ones.
You see why you must return to Calabria,to Gerace,to VILLAROSA.
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One week in Gerace
House is pleasant. Everything you may need except warmth! The house was cold, and we couldn’t find any additional blankets, so we slept with layers of clothes❗️ The proximity to Gerace is convenient, though the house itself is a little difficult to find.
So sorry you found the house to be cold.
Of course the heat should have been turned on,as the house is equipped with CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM,the heating panels are in every single room, and the thermostat is very visible near the entrance to the bedrooms,above the stairs.
The propane tank by the garage is full to the maximum,as I just had it filled.
Regretfully you did not contact me nor Santina about,we would have helped you and certainly your stay would have been more pleasant!
Many blankets are also available on the premises and goose down comforters were in the green armoir in the bedroom .
Hopefully the rest of your stay was comfortable .
A Villa you can call home away from home
Tranquility, Serenity, pictorrest views all that one can imagine , privacy , trustful and very caring owner Rosanna and her sister Santina that made sure we have all the needs that we wanted , VillaRosa have a great potential for its location a place to fall in love with and one will start to imagine what will you add to it if it was yours not as for the building and warm decoration itself but for the stretch of private land with olive trees that surround it, I will come back
Thank you for your kind words and comments !
Certainly we would be delighted to have you and your family come back to Villarosa.
Your appreciation of the villa and surroundings renders justice to our efforts to offer a HOMEAWAY FROM HOME to the discerning guests that honor us with choosing us as destination for their travels...
Gerace with its millenary heritage,offers all one can desire as far as sight,food shops entairtaiment,both as folk as well as concerts performed in the Churches.
The city is just at the entrance of Aspromonte National Park ,where a profusion of waterfall, lakes , monasteries,trekking ,horseback rides can be enjoyed in the summer ,skiing in the winter.
Locri is seven miles away,great beaches ,restaurants,lungomare ,shops.
The archaeology of the area goes back to neolitico age to Greece,as documented by the amphitheater that still hosts performances under the stars,the museum of international renomance..
Merici offers natural thermal waters ,where bats ,mud treatments and beauty SPA's.
Zungri brings you back to a citadel carved in the rock,just like Kappadocia in Turkey, a must visit back in the century ,and nearby is Tropea with its famous curt and beach.
REGGIO CALABRIA 100 km offers the magnificent lungomare,the museum hosts the statues of The BRONZI fift century life sized statues recovered in the sea ,now the simbol of Italy .
Of course from Reggio crossing the stretto of Messina you can easily access Sicily ,the Eaolian islands, Vulcano ,Salina etc.
So there is so much to see"Calabria is to be discovered"and after the daily excursions sit of the terrazza of villarosa,sip a glass of vine ,loose yourself in total privacy,appreciate how lucky we are to be part of this wonderful corners of Paradise.
Christmas time is magical in Gerace, every church displays manger scene ,in competition the city adorns itself with concerts in the Churches and bagpipes permform in the street ,the weather is mellow the scent of the famous hot chocolate from the piazza is irresistible after midnight Mass on Cristhmas eve.it almost never snows there!
So you see you have a lot to discover and visit ,once you decide to grace us with the honor us with your planned future vacation .
Stay longer,take advantage of the special rates offered for clients that stay longer!
A gem in southern Italy!
This is a wonderful house with beautiful views of the sea and countryside. The owner is very responsive and the whole process of arriving and departing was very easy. The villa has everything you need and was very clean. In a word, perfect!
Another review that makes our heart warn.
Appreciate your enthusiasm and sincerity ;
Your description of Villarosa is in our esteem what we are striving to communicate to our future guests and we warmily thank you for it.we will be glad to have you return to VILLAROSA !we welcome long time renters ,even in the fall the villa and Gerace has much to offer ,Christhmas is also special there and remember it never freezes and rarely you need to wear a coat.
In my esteem Gerace collects the climate of SanDiego ,and the beauty of Hawaii ,along with the hospitality of its people,that is legendary .
The food,culture ,history of Calabria is such ,that you only touched the tip of the iceberg .
Do come back ,you have friends that have you in their hearts at VILLAROSA.
Beautiful, serene surroundings both inside and out! The wonderfully appointed interior was completely furnished, very comfortable and met all of out needs. The views from the top floor of the villa were magnificent. On the grounds of Villarosa, we found olive trees, pomegranate trees, lime trees and persimmon bushes. We found the people of Gerace and Locri to be very friendly and helpful especially since we had minimal command of the Italian language. The food and wine were thoroughly enjoyed. One of our favorite restaurants was San Souci in Locri. Another restaurant that was easy to find with great food was La Terrazza. It was just up the road from Villarosa. Found and enjoyed a local red wine called Terre Di Gerace. My husband and I ventured out on our own to find the many museums, archeological sites, and churches in Southern Italy and ,again, found people willing and able to help us find our way. We rented a small diesel, manual shift car that worked great on the very curvy roads. We found so much to do that we will need to return to this wonderful place called Villarosa!
Well ,then come back to Villarosa ,Sylvia anf Jim
Thank you so much for your kind review : we are delighted that your stay was satisfactory and that you are considering coming back.
Glad the driving was easy ,the Medioeval roads are easierto takle with a smaller car,although as you saw,the large buses and cars negotiate the roads well.
You have left many friends in South of Italy !
You have,however , only scratched the surface ,as far as many itineraries and discoveries thath this area has to offer .
The patrimony of Locri and Gerace is immense ,the hystory going back several millennia ,to neolitic age .
The area is part of the Magna Grecia,and ,due to it's strategic importance ,became target if many civilizations tru te centuries,from the Greecks to the Normans to the Spanish,Bizantine invasions ,that have left their impront with the consequent many sites,like the Norman castle,the various Churches museums and archaeologic renmants.
So you must come back and resume your search of ancient civilizations.
The food,the people ,the scents the preistine air and abundant nature is the lure that lives an indelible mark in the souls of every visitor discernible enough to choosethis particular area as a destination.
Thank you for your kind words regarding Villarosa,its gardens, and its magnificent view.
Très belle maison avec vue magnifique
Une belle et grande maison avec plusieurs vue magnifique sur la montagne et la mer, vous profiterez d'un immense jardin avec oliviers,figuiers...superbe!!!
Très beau souvenir en famille dans cette villa agréable à côté d'un beau village comme Gerace!!! Encore merci à toi Rosanna et à Santina pour votre gentillesse.... Et j'espère à bientôt
J'espère à bientôt aussie
Other Activities: Archeological museum amphitheater,shopping for linens ceramic wood carving statues Nearby in the town of Merici is the site of natural thermal waters with SPA and site of inhalation theraphy, mud baths etc. In the nearby Locri an Greeck/Roman amphitheater of millenary date is the site of many performances of he arts ,under the stars .the Shaekspeare performances during last summer was internaionally acclaimed.In nearby Roccella an international Jazz festival occurs yearly on the backdrop of the castle
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