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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
wir haben 5 Nächte im Apartment Antonio gewohnt und die hier eingestellten Fotos werden allem gerecht. Es ist alles mit so viel Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet, eine perfekte Kombi aus alt, neu und dabei noch praktikabel. Die Wohnung war sehr sauber und es gab ein Buch in dem wir alle nötigen Informationen nachlesen konnten. Es gibt einen riesigen sehr gepflegten Garten in dem man sich aufhalten kann. Der Vermieter ist zurückhaltend und sehr freundlich, wenn man eine Frage hat aber immer schnell zu finden. Restaurants und Einkaufsmöglichkeiten finden sich im nahe gelegenen Dozza, einem wunderschönen kleinen Künstlerdorf oder wer es größer mag etwas weiter weg in Imola. Wir haben Ausflüge nach Bologna, Ravenna, Parma oder Ferrara unternommen, alles leicht über die Autobahn zu erreichen oder mit dem Zug. Wir haben und werden diese wunderschöne Unterkunft immer gern weiterempfehlen und freuen uns auf unseren nächsten Besuch.