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Apennine mountain village, old stone buildings, garden & swimming pool - Giacomina

Grizzana Morandi BO, Italy
  • Barn452 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay3 - 7 nights

3 rental units, swimming pool, terraces, mountain views, 10km to BO-FI motorway.

Conveniently located 10km from the 'Rioveggio' exit of the A1 motorway, backbone to Italy, between Bologna and Florence, 6Stanco is situated at the beginning of the Apennine mountain range on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, with stunning mountain views towards Tuscany. Set in the intimate village of 'Stanco', 6Stanco is a group of stone buildings surrounding a courtyard, originally the main landowner's home, private chapel, barn and haywain, residence of their farm workers and harvesters. Refurbished in 2011, the converted chestnut-drying barn, Olimpia, is a three-bedroomed independant villa, beside the garden and the 5x11m pool, completed in 2013. Giacomina and Giuseppina are the two mirror-image, studio flats on the raised ground floor of the converted haywain and cattle stalls, each with its own balconied entrance. We can accommodate groups of friends or extended families for unforgettable holidays! We live most of the year in the restored main stone house; also a Bed & Breakfast with three double rooms available. The lower level of the Haywain is the 60sq.m Course Room; adjacent to the main sun terrace. There is Horse riding at our local Pegasus Riding Stables and trekking for seasoned riders. At 600m.a.s.l. no air-conditioning is necessary here and the mountain panorama is breathtaking.


Ruth Hodkinson

  • Member Since 2009
  • Response rate: 90%
  • Response time: within a few hours
  • Speaks: english, french, italian


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Three sleeping spaces up on the gallery, Either as a large double bed and a single bed, or else three single beds. There is also a double sofa-bed down in the main living space.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, bidet

        Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Rural
          • Village


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        60 sq. m. course room available when courses not ongoing. Yoga mats, bricks and belts available for adults to use.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Biomass boiler in the main hose also provides central heating to Giacomina. Thermostatic control of radiators in this apartment but it's linked to the programme timer in the main house.
                      • ISDN Access
                      • Internet
                        Free access through bridged repeater to our basic internet connection via telephone line. Password provided on arrival. Limited signal inside. Excellent connection by front door & in courtyard.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        100% cotton bed linen and several dishcloths provided. Beds will already be made up for you.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Not necessary in mountains at 600m above sea level. Even on sweltering summer days a cooler breeze arrives in the evening, so interiors remain fresh.
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Parking
                        Space for 2 motorbikes under the pergola all year round. Drop off in the courtyard but parking on the roadside beside our entrance or in the nearby village piazza.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        All our guests are welcome into the courtyard to unload and load up, baggage and shopping, right by their front door. In the summer we then all park in the village piazzetta, 50m away.
                      • Shampoo
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                        2 bathroom towels per person, provided for interior use. If guests cannot bring their own, pool/beach towels can be rented at Euro10 each
                      • Washing Machine
                        Use of 6Stanco washing machine, midweek, in the main house for stays of at least a week.


                          • Kitchenette
                          • 2 Ring Stove
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Saucepans, frying pans, microwave dish, colander, wooden spoons, fish slice, ladle, vegetable peeler, sharp cutting knives and wooden board.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Cutlery, Plates, dishes, bowls for 5 people. Salad bowl and servers, serving dishes, fruit bowl, bottle opener, cork screw, tin-opener, tray...
                          • Kitchen
                            Kitchenette open-plan to dining and living area.
                          • Coffee Maker
                            'Alice' Electric coffee maker for Italian 'MOKA' expresso style coffee. Basic amount of ground coffee provided in fridge.
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                            Balsamic vinegar, variety of herbs and spices, rock salt and table salt, pepper, sugar, tea, ground coffee and a bottle of wine provided.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Under-counter fridge with ice tray in the freezer compartment.
                          • Stove
                            2-ring Electric Hob
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Also a designated table and 5 chairs provided on a patio in the garden for al fresco dining.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 5 people


                                  • Games for Kids
                                  • Books
                                  • Books for Kids
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Also plays music CDs
                                  • Books for Adults
                                  • Radio
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Flat screen TV connected to free-SAT decoder
                                  • Television
                                    Flat screen TV connected to DVD player
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library
                                    All genre of DVDs available to borrow. kids, action, drama, comedy


                                      • Beach Chairs
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        30 minutes drive away.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Charcoal barbeque free to use and available on request. Charcoal can be purchased in the local shop. Guests must return the barbeque scrupulously clean for use by the next guests.
                                      • Patio
                                      • Terrace


                                          • Low Allergen Environment
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Outdoor Pool
                                              • Private Pool
                                                Built 2013: 5x11m private, 1.2m deep, outdoor pool, only for the use of 6Stanco guests.

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage


                                                      • museums
                                                      • autumn foliage
                                                      • churches
                                                      • forests
                                                      • library
                                                      • caves
                                                      • playground
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • ruins
                                                      • waterfalls
                                                      • winery tours

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • outlet shopping
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • hunting
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • equestrian events
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • mountain climbing
                                                                  • mountaineering
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis


                                                                      • Includes free use of the outdoor pool (open May-September), sun terrace and exterior shower. Barn guests have their own outdoor dining table and chairs on main sun terrace or on patios near the pool. There is a trampoline beside the pool in the garden. Children using these facilities must be accompanied at all times. The garden leads down to woodland and recently planted Olive Grove; open for exploration by all our guests. The village Football pitch lies beyond, hosting the StancOlympics in early August. There is a private consecrated chapel, open on request. Regional cookery demonstrations at 'Nel castagneto', are usually on Tuesdays. Ceramics courses can be organized to coincide with your visit if booked well in advance. Painting course every September. Children's English language courses in June and end August/September. Over the summer we invite all our guests to a weekly buffet/ pizza evening. The Course Room is available, unless already in use by any of our organised activities.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                        15 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Warm welcome, beautiful and peaceful spot, excellent pool

                                                                        What can we say - we were here for the third year running - we enjoy this spot and the warm hospitality by Ruth and Andrea very much. We were there during the recent heatwave in Italy but the excellent pool made all the difference to keeping us cool. Grizzana Morandi is close to the motorway meaning cities such as Bologna and Modena are easy to reach. Alternatively there is a local railway station - to go to Florence for example. The place appeals to families and every time we have been, all of us have enjoyed the company of other families staying at the property.
                                                                        Aug 20, 2017
                                                                        Jul 2017

                                                                        A week in a mountain paradise

                                                                        Our week at the Olympia Villa at 6Stanco was one we'll never forget. Ruth welcome our party ,which consisted of two couples with a small child each, with plenty of information of the local area and a cake! The accommodation is situated in a picturesque mountain town with views all around. The villa suited us perfectly with a well equipped kitchen and our courtyard acted as the perfect play area for the two children. (19 & 16 months old) The pool was a great place to unwind and with the mountain air cooling in the evening, there was never any trouble sleeping in the very comfortable beds. All in all I cannot say enough about 6Stanco, I hope to return one day. Andrew (Sydney, Australia)
                                                                        Jul 01, 2015
                                                                        Jun 2015

                                                                        August stay in 6Stanco

                                                                        This place is wonderful. The three of us had a split holiday here, spending four nights in the B and B (wonderful rooms, delicious al fresco breakfasts), then we spent a night in Rome, followed by three nights back at 6Stanco in Giacomina. We were made to feel so welcome, not just by Ruth and Andrea, but by the entire community. The facilities here are of a very high standard. There are wonderful restaurants nearby (Nel Castangeto serves delicious local cuisine and is run by the most delightful English speaking local lady). The weather was perfect - sunny and warm, but due to the altitude, not too hot. The new pool is perfect for families. We got lucky with our week of stay - it was the annual village "Fete" week and there were lots of additional things going on, but I'd recommend a visit there any time. The hosts could not have been more accommodating and the setting is simply idylic.
                                                                        Aug 16, 2013
                                                                        Aug 2013

                                                                        Stunning setting and top quality accommodation.

                                                                        We were most impressed at the standard of 6 Stanco. The owner made us feel very welcome. The kids loved the pool and each evening was just lovely sitting out relaxing after our meal. If you are looking for a holiday of just relaxation in a picture postcard setting then look no further.
                                                                        Aug 13, 2013
                                                                        Jul 2013

                                                                        Wonderful stay

                                                                        My friend and I had a wonderful time in 6Stanco in June. Beautiful surroundings, a friendly village a litle bit down the hill, impeccable and comfortable accomodation and above all, very hospitable hosts. There's plenty to do in the surroundings, but the accomodation was also very convenient for those who favour lazy afternoons by the pool... A very agreeable and highly recommended experience!
                                                                        Nov 24, 2011
                                                                        Jun 2011

                                                                        One week in June ( a couple from Finland)

                                                                        The listing description was excellent ! And the property was were clean, and it was in very good condition. We was very satisfied with all help and information about the place and sourrandings that Ruth gave us. The place 6 Stanco/no problem , was a lovely place that we for shore can recommend if you are looking for a quiet and peacefull holliday. The small Trattorios in the naighbordhud served very good italianfood! We injoid every day in Grizzana Morandi
                                                                        Oct 12, 2011
                                                                        Jun 2011


                                                                        Grizzana Morandi BO, Italy

                                                                        Between Bologna and Florence there are now two motorways to choose from. Our exit 'Rioveggio', lies on the Firenze - Rioveggio PANORAMICO branch not the new DIRETTISSIMA Firenze -Badia branch - which you should avoid. The village of Stanco, GPS coordinates: n44d 14,790; e11d 08,200: is at an altitude of 600m and lies on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, offering wonderful panoramic views towards Tuscany and spectacular terrain for hiking or cycling. Only a ten minute walk away is the pretty medieval village of Stanco di Sotto, followed by the Pegasus Riding stables which offers great pony-treks or walks in the paddock for beginners. The town of Grizzana is on the boundary of the Regional Historical Park of Monte Sole, also home to wild boar, red deer, fallow deer & hare. There are specific Hunting seasons. The museum-house of the painter, Giorgio Morandi, exhibiting some paintings in his summer studio, is at the ‘Fienili del Campiaro’ on the outskirts of Grizzana where there is also the restaurant of the same name. Grizzana also boasts the restaurant 'Il Crinale' and Trattoria at Bar Pina for lunch everyday. Immediately to the south of Stanco are Montovolo & Monte Vigese in the Provincial Park of Montovolo. At Riola ponte, not to be missed is the newly renovated and opened, fascinating, eclectic castle of ROCCHETTA MATTEI. On the way to Monteacuto Ragazza, a 5 minute drive then 10 minute walk, is the site where Etruscan bronze statuettes were recovered, now housed in the Archaeological museum of Bologna. A 25 minute drive away lies the intact, medieval village of Scola with ancient Cypress tree, en route to the Church Sanctuary at the top of Montovolo. Beyond lies the Regional Park of Lakes Suviana and Brasimone, good for picnics and splashing around, then the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale. Good 'outlet shopping' three exits south on the A1 motorway at Barberino di Mugello, in Tuscany. Other Activities: Montepizzo adventure park - climbing-ropes-pulley agility course up in the trees. Vidiciatico leisure pool with beautiful view. Guglielmo Marconi laboratory & museum Golf: 'Molino del Pero' 18- hole Golf Course at Monzuno, approximately 25km from 6Stanco and about 35 minutes by car. Ski: 'Corno alle scale' ski resort lies just above Vidiciatico, in the Bologna area, deeper into the Apennine range. It takes almost an hour to reach by car from 6stanco but is a beautiful journey with postcard views. You can buy day passes at the booths on the slopes and rent equipment too. Marzabotto: 30mins drive to Misa, the Etruscan site, now with small intimate museum of Etruscan and Greek artefacts and temple ruins on the acropolis and tombs in the necropolis. Riola di Vergato. Sole Architectural work in Italy of Alvar Aalto's Church. Modern but spiritual. The Rocchetta Mattei; 19th century castle / Neo-Medieval folly with references to the Alhambra plus some Russian minarets thrown in, on the original site of a medieval defence tower. Labante: Spring water and waterfall which has over time deposited an amazing rock formation and grottoes Local towns worth visiting: Castiglione dei Pepoli, Porretta Terme and Castel di Casio. A lot of the architectural heritage of Vergato and Sasso Marconi was lost during the second World War.

                                                                        15 Reviews

                                                                        Wonderful 4.9/5

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