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Charming apartments in historical Villa Calanco on the hills of Dozza - Apartment "Antonio"

Dozza, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Apartment527 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Apartments in countryside in happy and privileged position easy to reach

Located on the hills of the first countryside of Romagna, at 1 km from the medieval village of Dozza and 25 km from Bologna, Villa Calanco Country House is an elegant eighteenth-century country house set in a parkland with ancient trees and a farm of more than 3 hectares. The structure has just been completely renovated by the owners who have personally taken care of the details with particular care and with full respect of its history.The apartments has been carefully restored and furnished, which keep intact the charm of the rural tradition of Romagna, like the ancient terracotta, wood, raftered ceiling , antique doors and furniture, giving life to a sober and elegant style that blends the modern comforts.The comfortable and privileged geographical position allows to reach cities rich in history and art as Bologna ( 25 km), Ravenna (52 km), Ferrara (74 km), Imola ( 7 km), Faenza ( 22 km), Brisighella ( 32km) and Dozza (1 km), one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.


Hiking and mountain biking around the Villa

Trekking in the surrounding hills

Golf Club in Castel San Pietro Terme at 10 km

Tennis at 2Km

Horse Riding at 2 Km


Besides the Autodromo Internazionale of Imola, the factories and museums of the Ferrari, Ducati, Maserati, Lamborghini are easily accessible. Several proposals visible on www.motorsite.it


The area offers a variety of courses related to the food and wine tradition typical of Romagna. Typical products are piadina, salami and the 'minestre', those are the first courses of handmade pasta ranging from noodles to macaroni comb (garganelli), ravioli with ricotta, tortellini. Among the main courses meat on the grill, as mutton and sausage. Everything always accompanied by the famous local wines.


Teresa and Antonio are glad to welcome you in their kitchen of the villa, where they organize lessons of traditional romagnola cookery with final lunch or dinner together all the family. Lasting about 4 hours and minimum 2 people.


Franco Giaconia

Member Since 2010
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within one hour
english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Franco Giaconia

Franco was born in Tuscany and has known Teresa on a trip to Africa. Both are travel enthusiasts. In 1999, Franco, Teresa, and the kids Antonio and Anna from Tuscany are transfered in Dozza. Franco immediately was fascinated by Villa Calanco, dwelling which since 1700 has been owned by the family of Teresa As a restorer has personally coordinated and executed many of the restoration works that have lasted over 10 years. Teresa, graduate in history, works at the State Archives of Imola. Antonio study architecture at the University of Bologna, venue of Cesena and Anna study at high school in Imola.

Why Franco Giaconia chose Dozza

Privileged location - In peaceful countryside but easy to reach from the motorway, from the train station, airport of Bologna. Excellent and convenient base for visits cultural tourism. A few minutes from all services, various typical restaurants, food stores and supermarket. Charming apartments - Spacious, independent and real quality apartments, characteristic, carefully restored and equipped with all comforts and furnished keeping intact the charm of the rural tradition of Romagna.

What makes this Apartment unique

We believe that we are offering something that has been missing in Romagna: not average farm holiday accommodation, not uninspiring flats, but cozy apartments in historical villa in which the owners themselves reside, amid the charm of history , comfort and tradition. Family management - Managing reservations, keys delivery, ceck-in and ceck-out run by Franco and his family who live in the main part of the villa and are always available for any question or information


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


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 sleep sofa /futon
      • Bedroom with a large double bed and living room with sofa double bed.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, bidet

        Location Type

          • Rural


              • Family
              • Farm Holidays
              • Historic
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Freezer
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys


                                      • Bicycles
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Private Pool
                                                Swimming Pool mt. 12 x 6 x h.1,30 plus Roman stair, built on 2017. For private use only for the guests of Villa Calanco Country House. Open from half May to end September.


                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • coin laundry
                                                  • library
                                                  • museums
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • water parks
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

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

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis


                                                                  • COOKING CLASSES Teresa and Antonio are glad to welcome you in their kitchen of the villa, where they organize lessons of traditional romagnola cookery with final lunch or dinner together all the family. Lasting about 4 hours and minimum 2 people.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    12 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Lovely Dozza

                                                                    glnewyorkLynbrook, New York

                                                                    We spent a wonderful week at Villa Calanco, outside of the village of Dozza. Our apartment was cozy and charming, with a cottage feel. It was well equipped and extremely clean. The only drawbacks were a very firm mattress and bed pillows and the spiral staircase to the second floor bedroom and bath might not appeal to everyone. The rural setting was surrounded with vineyards and picturesque fields, in what is still an active agricultural area. The grounds are beautiful, with chickens and goats on the property, and fresh eggs are available. Our host Franco was extremely helpful and accommodating in providing information about places to visit in the neighboring towns. He was available when needed, but never intrusive. Despite the rural setting of the property, a large supermarket is within a five minute drive, and the city of Imola is less than a 15 minute drive. A short ride up the road is the tiny village of Dozza, with its castle and old world charm. Convenient free parking is at the entrance to the village, with a short walk up the hill. The village hosts four excellent, reasonably priced restaurants which were a pleasant surprise. Over the years the walls of the buildings have been painted with murals by visiting artists in styles varying from classical to modern. Rather than drive to Bologna, we opted to take the train from Imola, a less than 30 minute trip. Other towns, such as Ravenna, San Marino and Ferrara are within driving distance for day trips. This was our first time in the Emilia Romagna region, and it was a very memorable experience.

                                                                    A very nice stay in a lovely house

                                                                    Franco is a great host and very helpful. Apartment Antonio was perfect for two people (three or four would have been a tight fit) and is very well kitted out with everything you need. We enjoyed eating outside in the various areas provided in the garden and the pool was great. For eating out in Dozza we'd recommend La Scuderia and La Corte di Caterina which is right by the castle with wonderful views. We would definitely recommend this apartment and villa.

                                                                    Calm and restful retreat

                                                                    Hannah A.

                                                                    Villa Calanco proved to be exactly as expected from the website. Apartment Antonio was charming and comfortable, with everything we needed. the owner and family were more than helpful. We signed up for one of their cookery classes which was really interesting followed by a delightful meal with the family. The location of Villa Calanco is ideal for many places - Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini - we even drove as far a Verona and Padua in a day. And the painted village of Dozza is unique and charming.

                                                                    Apartments Antonio and Anna are accessed from the first floor, which I think isn't clear from the website so to reach the numerous relaxing areas in the grounds you have to go downstairs. "Antonio" faces up hill over the gardens and gets the evening sun; from "Anna" you look down hill over the valley with distant views and get the sun in the morning.

                                                                    All in all, would highly recommend this place; very peaceful and restful.

                                                                    Great atmosphere!

                                                                    otten s.zeist, netherlands

                                                                    We stayed 7 days in apartment Antonio. The apartment and the entire complex has been renovated and decorated with care. The property has a refined, civilized and friendly atmosphere and so is the owner. If you don't have to pay a deposit and cleaningcosts that gives a sense of mutual trust and respect!

                                                                    Comfortable calm place plus charming landscape.

                                                                    We stayed for two weeks in the apartment Antonio, well-equipped and clean. The beautiful garden around the well-restored Villa is perfect for relaxing as well as for children to play. Franco offered a lot of updated information for getting familar with Dozza and the region around. The place is an excellent starting point for a number of short and longer excursions. There are good shopping opportunities, especially in the near Imola. That's definitely a place to come back and stop by at least for a few days.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you so much for the lovely words you have spent for us, the house and the location.


                                                                    AMAZING PLACE TO STAY

                                                                    david c.

                                                                    We stayed for a long weekend, and was amazing from start to finish, with great views, great surroundings and a walking distance to the lovely town of Dozza. The apartments being well looked after, clean, modern and everything you want.

                                                                    We had a overall a memorable expereince here and i would recomend this to anyone to stay here with friends and family etc.

                                                                    Thank you again Franco and Family.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you for your review.

                                                                    We are happy that your stay was pleasant.

                                                                    Franco, Teresa, Antonio and Anna


                                                                    Dozza, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

                                                                    Dozza is situated on the crest of a hill gently down toward the Via Emilia between Bologna and Imola, Dozza looks like a touch of color, in an atmosphere outside of time. A medieval village which ancient structure is still well preserved. Dozza is famous for “The Biennal Painted Wall” during which the village becomes alive with artists coming from all over the world who paint directly on the walls of the houses. So the village, with its typical 'to zone' structure surrounded by city walls becomes a beautiful open air art gallery always visible. We also suggest to visit the wonderful and mighty fortress with the adjoining Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, where it is possible to taste and buy the regional wines. Dozza, is part of the club 'The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy', an association for promoting the great heritage of history, arts, culture, environment and traditions present in the small Italian towns which are ,by the most part, excluded from the flows of tourists.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                    RATES SHOWN ARE FOR 2 GUEST. EACH EXTRA GUEST € 10 FOR NIGHT. Prices include: electricity, gas, water, bed linen, bath towels set, final cleaning. For an ecological choice in order to reduce energy consumption, the use of air conditioning and heating are extra with counting consumption of electricity for A.C. and gas for heating. Stay Tax: the tax is € 1 for person for night, up to a maximum of 5 nights for stay (max. € 5 for person total). Children under 14 years old and people with disabilities are exempt from the tax.

                                                                    12 Reviews
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