Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Modena City - Dragodena
6 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with Mountain Views, outdoor shower, indoor pizza oven
Dragodena is a private 15th century Italian stone farmhouse for rent with Wi-Fi, large salon, fully equipped kitchen, 6 beautiful bedrooms and a panoramic view of the fields and forests of the Apennine Hills. The isolated and dominant position of this medieval farm house guarantees total privacy and complete tranquility for a completely relaxing vacation. Located between Florence and Bologna, Dragodena is an excellent rental base for exploring both central and northern Italy from Sienna to La Spezia and from Pisa to Venice. With 4088 square feet of space, Dragodena is the perfect refuge for a large group of friends, a family reunion or as a refuge for those seeking to be far away from the maddening crowd.
Dragodena has a storied past reaching back 600 years. Both a farm house and a small fortress it has seen battle on its fields over the many centuries until WWII when it was requisitioned by the German Army and used as a base. After the war Dragodena was shut up with everything in it until 2007 when it was sold to its present owner, Paul Magid, founder of the world renowned Flying Karamazov Brothes. That it was virtuly untouched for over 60 years is what sets Dragodena apart as the a unique vacation rental property for those who want the true Italian country experience.
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair accessible
About Paul Magid
I am a theatre director, playwright and founding member of The Flying Karamazov Brothers and the New Old Time Chautauqua. I have had my work played on Broadway, London's West End, in theatres around the world.
Paul Magid purchased this farmhouse in 2007
Why Paul Magid chose Modena City
I was looking for a home in Italy that was authentic. I searched for a long while for an Italian home that had been untouched by a modern renovation. I was also looking for an area that was in the Apennine Hills that was a bit isolated but shared the look and feel of Tuscany but was an area as yet undiscovered . This house had been closed since WW2 but the last owners had kept the roof in good condition. Inside was a museum, a dusty museum, but a place that remained as much as it had been since it was built in the early 15th century. The rolling hills, the beautiful meadows and forests captured my imagination.
What makes this farmhouse unique
The interplay of medieval architecture combined with the conservative renovation offers a unique environment for a peaceful respite surrounded by 600 years of accumulated beauty. My aesthetic in bringing this house into the present century was to solve each problem, as the original inhabitants had done before me, by using the materials at hand.
When I bought the house there were no bathrooms, the electricity was pre-war, the cantina had been a stable and chicken coop with much of the floor was dirt.
I used stone found in the area. I made most of the beds from found beams and wood. The bathroom sinks rest on ancient shutters, the shower curtains are held up by barrel straps found in the house.
The outdoor shower in the afternoon sun as one views the rolling meadows is to die for. Having an outdoor lunch under the cherry trees surrounded by medieval stone architecture amidst the songs of birds and the sound of rustling leaves is to travel back in time.
Being with your friends and or family in a place that is both aesthetically and naturally beautiful adds to unique and memorable nature of such a gathering.