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Franco Giaconia

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian

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

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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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


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.

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Details for Apartment "Quintino" 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Characteristic indipendent apartment of mq. 60 with two entrances, on the ground floor and composed by a large living room with sofa, rustic brick kitchen, 2 double bedroom, bathroom with shower. Joined the apartment, garden with barbeque, table and chairs. Large and convenient car park. Sleeps 4
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Franco Giaconia (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian

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 Bologna

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay, the apartment, the garden and we admire the work you have done on the house!

Thanks again for your hospitality and maybe we will be back to have the cooking lesson!

Annemarie & Robert
Aug 2012
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based on 5 traveler reviews

Apartment "Quintino"
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week staying at this lovely house staying in Quintino apartment and had a great time. The apartment is clean, beautifully decorated with period furniture and is well equipped. It was good being able to walk to the old village of Dozza where there are some good restaurants and the countryside around the area is stunning.

We visited the Ferrari museums in Modena and Maranello, a great experience for car fans and spent the rest of the days in the hills around that area which has some spectacular scenery.

Thanks to Franco and the family for being such good hosts and making our stay even more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: We have appreciated very much for your taking some time to share how much you enjoyed your stay at our home with very nice words for the apartment and for us. Franco, Teresa, Antonio and Anna
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Urlaub zwischen grünen Hügeln

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben eine gute Woche in der Villa Calanco im Apartment Quintino verbracht. Das sehr große Grundstück mit teilweise altem Baumbestand und dem reizenden Pool, den wir fast immer für uns allein hatten, lädt zum Verweilen und Erholen ein. Nachts haben wir blinkende Leuchtkäfer gesehen, die Nachtigall hat gesungen und das Käuzchen gerufen. Das Apartment ist sehr nett eingerichtet, und es ist sehr praktisch, dass Geschirrspüler und sogar eine Waschmaschine mit dabei sind. Schön ist bei diesem Apartment auch, dass durch das zweite Schlafzimmer genug Ausweichraum gegeben war (wir waren zu zweit, haben aber gern ein bisschen mehr Platz). Und schön war, dass das Apartment ebenerdig liegt und man direkt in den Garten tritt und dort auch auf dem zum Apartment gehörenden Freisitz Kaffee trinken kann. - Ins kunsthistorisch herausragende Ravenna fährt man eine Dreiviertelstunde, was wir zwei Mal gemacht haben, denn all die Kunstschätze sind für einen Tag zu viel. Unbedingt anschauen! Fazit: Wir haben uns bei Franco und seiner Familie sehr wohl gefühlt und können die Unterkunft vorbehaltlos empfehlen!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Owner's Response: Danke für die netten Worte für uns und das Haus. Franco, Teresa, Antonio und Anna
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Simply Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 stayed in apartment Quintino at the Villa Calanco Country House and what a perfect location it has. It was ideal for our purpose of exploring the area. Not far from Dozza, away from the bustle of Imola town but close enough to walk/cycle. The listing description and photos provide an indication of what to expect. Expectations were exceeded on every level. The owners entire family ensures a relaxing and welcoming environment. There are several restaurants to choose from in Dozza. The five we tried were very very good. We also enjoyed a meal prepared by the lady of the house and her son - SUPERB!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Owner's Response: Thanks for your excellent review. We hope to see you again in Dozza, you will be welcome. Franco, Teresa, Antonio & Anna
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Perfekter Urlaub in der Emilia Romagna

  • 5 of 5

Giuseppe C.

Wir waren eine Woche in der Wohnung Quintino und fühlten uns gleich sehr wohl. Die Wohnung war sauber, groß und wie beschrieben. Das Grundstück sehr gepflegt und weiträumig. Die Eigentümer sind sehr freundlich, hilfsbereit und sehr diskret. Frühstückseier und Wein kann man im Eingangsbereich zu den anderen Wohnungen auf Vertrauensbasis entnehmen, man trägt sich in eine Liste ein und man bezahlt es am Ende des Aufenthalts. Nach Dozza mit seinen Wandmalereien und Restaurants sind es nur wenige Minuten, zu empfehlen die Piccola Osteria de Borgo.

Ausflüge haben wir unternommen nach Bologna, Ferrarimuseum Maranello. Ducatiwerksbesichtigung in Bologna, Ravenna und Imola.

Uns hat es sehr gut in der Villa Calanco gefallen und werden wieder kommen.

Grazie Franco ci rivediamo di sicuro.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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A great week in Villa Calanco, Dozza

  • 5 of 5

We have spent a week at Villa Calanco.

A nice and quiet place close to Bologna and the highway.

A beautiful garden surrounds the Villa. We stayed in apartment Quintino.

The whole place is recently restored and it looks beautiful.

Several cities are close: Imola, Ferrara, Modena, Venice, Florence, San Marino, Ravenna and of course Dozza with some nice restaurants.

I can write a whole review but please look at the other reviews everybody is very satisfied and I can only agree to all those positive reviews.

Thanks Anna, Antonio, Teresa and Franco

with regards,


  • Submitted: May 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely words you have spent for our property. Franco
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"Medieval village"
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Castel S.Pietro Terme
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Adriatic Coast

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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 11 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Mid season
Aug 27 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 10.0%
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

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.
Tourism Tax: from June 1, 2015, the municipality of Dozza start to charge the tourism 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.

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Bologna Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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

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