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Casa del Podere in Borgo Fontanini is a fortified house-tower set in 20 acres of fruit groves and chestnut woods in the beautiful region of Emilia Romagna. Just 45 minutes from the centre of Bologna and Modena. This location represents the perfect base to enjoy your holiday in Italy. The house is very comfortable and offers a breathtaking view over the valleys and mountains of the Apennines. It is perfect for small groups of 6 persons as well as for larger groups up to12 people traveling together, as it is offers 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with open fireplace, a spacious living room with eating table, panoramic terrace with furniture and barbeque. The villages of Montombraro and Zocca, with restaurants, shops, swimming pools and tennis courts are at walking distance. We organize cookery courses for enthusiastic amateurs, gourmets and anyone who appreciates food, wine and cooking.
Born in Bologna in 1973, I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature's. I work at the Agrotourism "I Fontanini" since its opening in 2003, where I manage the customers, the advertising and the public relations.
Silvia Vignati purchased this castle in 1980
Bologna and Modena 1 hour far away, mountain views, fresh air, pleasant climate both in the summer and in the winter, the quietness, the wild nature, the singing birds, the excellent food and wines, the friendly people in the village. Village fairs, excursions and plenty of activities organized from May until November. Montombraro famous swimming pool and the Parco dei Sassi di Roccamalatina.
Living in this house is like living in different Centuries at one time: the house is in fact made up of different buildings constructed along the centuries. The living room is the most ancient part, it is like a fortress dominating the valley from its massive stone walls and it dates back to 14th Century. The sleeping area is an ancient 16th century dove cote tower and the recently added entrance, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms only date back to the 17th Century. The house is enchanting, spacious, and let you enjoy small landscape paintings from every window. The big kitchen with fireplace is the heart of the house, where meals are prepared and consumed together. The bedrooms are spacious, cosy and comfortable and the quietness of the location lets everybody sleep very well.
Choosing Fontanini as our holiday destination was an excellent idea! Our family spent two lovely weeks in "Casa del podere" in the beginning of July 2006 enjoying pleasent climate, fresh air, quietness, beautiful views and buildings. The friendly and warm hearted people made us feel like home.
As a designer I paid attention to the interior which had been decorated with good taste. The kids were lucky to have a well equipped swimming pool nearby in the village. That´s why it wasn´t worth driving all the way to the seaside. After doing it once we were happy to be back among the friendly village people away from tourist places...But it was nice to go shopping to Bologna and Modena now and then. The history of art and architecture makes the city of Florence worth visiting over and over again.
Family Leinonen from Espoo, Finland
Leila, Eero, Kaarle (13), Kreeta (12), Max (6) and Viktoria (3 yrs old)
Special interest holidays:
We organize cookery courses for enthusiastic amateurs, gourmets and anyone who appreciates food, wine and cooking. During your stay it is possible to organize visits to Parmesan cheese, Balsamic vinegar and Parma Ham factories, where a guided tour in English is followed by a tasting. You can taste local wines in our cantina. Florence, Parma, Ravenna, Rimini are recommended day-trips.
Nearest airport is Bologna (1 hour driving).
Forli is 1h40 driving.
Firenze 1s 1h40 driving.
The use of car is essential.
Nearest village: Montombraro 10 minutes walking.
Zocca: 10 minutes driving.
Vignola: 30 minutes driving.
Ferrari Maranello: 40 minutes driving.
Bologna: 1 hour driving.
Modena: 1 hour driving.
Reggio Emilia: 1h20 minutes driving.
Parma: 1h30 minutes driving.
Ravenna: 1h45 minutes driving.
Faenza: 1h30 minutes driving.
Ferrara: 1h25 minutes driving.
Mantova: 1h30 minutes driving.
Rimini: 2h00 driving.
Florence: 1h45 minutes driving.
Pisa: 2h00 driving.
Venice: 3 hours driving.
Local shops (butcher, bakery, groceries, pharmacy, tabacchi, ice cream shop) opening hours:
Monday thru Sunday 8.30-12.30 and 1630-1930
Thursday all day closed.
Bank and post office mon-sat 8.30-13.00
Weekly market in Zocca: Tuesday 7.00-13.00
SUPERMARKETS in Zocca : CONAD is at the end of the village coming from Montombraro, after the gas station on the right. There is also 3MG Market, located in the centre, as you come in Zocca turn right toward the Pharmacy, then left and the stop straight ahead on the slope that leads to a parking area : the market is in the right corner of the place.
INTERNET FACILITY : at the end of the village, turn left to the swimming pool, you will immediately see a parking area, on the left of which there is the entrance to their office, called MULTIMEDIA CENTRE.
RESTAURANTS IN MONTOMBRARO :
1. SAN CARLO on the right corner opposite the church square, very good hand made pastas and grilled meat for a nice price.
2. LA CASCINA DELLE ROSE driving to Zocca, just outside Montombraro, on the right :panoramic terrace, good food and wonderful wines.
3. ODISSEA : from the church square straight ahead until you see it on your left : very good « crescentine and tigelle », typical mountaind breads served with salami, ham and cheese.
4. KING BAR : driving to Zocca, just outside Montombraro on the right, very good « crescentine and tigelle », typical mountaind breads served with salami, ham and cheese.
5. PIZZERIA at the swimming pool : nice space outside, good pizzas also to take away.
RESTAURANTS IN ZOCCA:
1. OSTERIA DEL SOLE : restaurant in the centre of Zocca, extremely good food and wines in a panoramic spot. It is in the centre, as you drive through Zocca, located in the new buildings on the left, you have to go down a short slope.
2. PANORAMIC : before coming to Zocca, on your right, old fashioned hotel with a panoramic restaurant that serve traditional dishes.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest|
The costs for central heating, when needed, are extra and depend on the amount of gas used, which is metered upon arrival and departure. Baby cot and high chair for free. Pets allowed if previously agreed with the owner at 30 Euros per week. Extra bed Euro 70 per week. Baby cot and high chair for free.