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Recent Reviews

  • Utter Bliss in the Heart of Italy
    5 of 5

    We spent a blissful week at Villa Martuzzi during the hot summer of 2018. The apartment felt wonderfully in-keeping with the area, and the shutters and thick walls of this very old building did indeed mean that the rooms stayed at a pleasant temperature while outside was hotter than we were comfortable with (32-34 Celsius). We all loved the wonderful swimming pool, with our kids spending many many hours swimming and playing in and around the pool. The villa, and especially the pool are up high on the landscape, giving a wonderful feeling of space, and being surrounded by their vineyards it also gave a sense of being within the natural environments of the local countryside. The Berti family were incredibly welcoming, and also gave us lots of advice on places to visit during our stay. We visited Modena (appx 40 mins away) and Bologna (appx 50 mins away) both beautiful historic cities, along with FICO Eately, and many of the sights and sounds of ‘supercar valley’. We visited both Ferrari museums, the Lamborghini museum and the Pagani factory (Mananello was wonderful, but the Pagani factory tour was the stand-out experience for my son and I). Also nearby were Balsamic and Parmegiano producers who have practice their art over many generations, and roadside farmer's stalls serving the freshest, juiciest and most delicious produce imaginable. The Villa was a perfect location for visiting all of these local attractions, while also itself being an utterly wonderful place to spend lots of time.

    Stayed: Aug 2018
  • Fabulous place to unwind & explore Emilia-Romagna & Tuscany
    5 of 5

    Set up in the hills, Stanco is a great place to base yourself if you want to combine rest & relaxation with a little bit of sightseeing in the region of Emilia-Romagna & also Tuscany. Our 3rd time staying here. We have done day trips to Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Ferrara, Bologna, San Marino, Siena, Montecatini Terme and many more... There is a train station in Grizzana Morandi is you want to leave the car parked up & go visit somewhere rather than driving. The swimming pool is great & there is nothing like buying your fresh meat, cheeses, bread in Vergato & having lunch outdoors looking at the stunning rolling mountains & valley scenery. Similarly at night sitting out under the stars enjoying a drink. Nel Castagneto restaurant is just 2 minutes drive away back in the direction of Grizzana Morandi & Cristina is very welcoming & makes the best Italian dishes we ever tasted. Everything is perfect for a lovely family holiday. Ruth & Andrea are great hosts & they even host a dinner for guests who are staying to meet each other & socialise. We will definitely return again in the future.

    Stayed: Jul 2018