3 Self contained properties, ideal for families and groups. Price is for renting all 3 properties together - Exclusive use.
Separated by a private courtyard with 'cool pool' 2 x 3 meters and about 1 meter deep. Not enough to exactly do lengths but fantastic for cooling off in. It’s filled with water direct from the mountains and is not heated, but will reach a temperature of about 20c. Outdoor courtyard dining area and stunning panoramic views across the mountains.
The main house 'la Casa' has a lounge, kitchen/dining area, 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6. Downstairs are the Cantinas/Entertainment Cellars.
The converted barn:
'la Stalla' on the ground floor has a lounge, kitchen/dining area, 1 Shower room, 1 bedroom and sleeps 2+2.
'il Fienile' on the floor above is an open plan vaulted ceiling studio, 1 Shower room and sleeps 2+2.
Downstairs in 'la Casa' are extensive stone arched cellars. There is a utility room and a large entertainment area with private bar, big dining tables, plenty of seating, wood burner, cinema, powerful sound system and various board games.
During the summer months when the temperature is maybe 37c-40c in Bologna it would probably be a comfortable 27c-30c in Sologno. Weather generally is sunny with clear bright blue skies.
About a 15 minute drive away is Pietra di Bismantova. It's a massive natural rock face and is popular with climbers. It's well worth the walk up for the views - take a picnic with you. A moderate 25 minute walk from the car park will get you to the top - my mother has done it 3 times in her 80’s ! Well worth it.
Now for a BIG bonus - No mosquitoes ! True - we’ve never seen one around Sologno.
In our village there is: 1 grocery shop, 1 church, 1 sports ground, 2 small playgrounds for children, 1 restaurant, 1 post office and 1 bar. The village bar is a 3 minute walk from the house down a steep hill but a 7 minute walk back (but you tend not to notice).
There is large outdoor swimming pool in Villa Minozzo open from mid June until mid September (15 minute drive).
Main supermarket type shopping can be undertaken in either Villa Minozzo (market day is on Thursday) with its 2 supermarkets and about a 15 minute drive Or alternatively in the bigger town of Castelnovo ne’ Monti (market day is on Monday) with its 4 supermarkets about a 23 minute drive.
Typically at these country Italian markets the blokes stand around chatting in the piazza and bars and the women go and do the shopping. Fruit, vegetables and clothing are good buys at these markets.
There are several Parmesan cheese (dairies) close to the house where you can buy cheese direct at prices that make you buy a lot. The younger it is, the cheaper it is - we always buy the youngest (fresca).
The nearest biggest Italian Cities are Reggio nel’ Emilia, Parma, Modena and Bologna. The nearest of all (about 1 hour) is Reggio nel’ Emilia and is our favorite. It’s very Italian and non-touristy - worth a drive to.
The Tuscan border is only about 8 miles away (as the crow flies but further by road) and places like Florence and Venice are ‘doable’ in about half a days travel to get there, but you do really need to stay at least 1 night. We would not dream of driving to these places but would drive to (say) Modena and take a train. The last time we went to Venice on the train it cost Euro 11 each way!
The Mediterranean Sea is about a 2 hour drive. There are some beautiful coastal areas and villages like Tellaro, Lerici and the Cinque Terre area with it's steep terraced hills falling to the sea.
There's an abundance of wild life around - wild boar, deer, mountain wolves, hares, buzzards, wood peckers, owls and porcupines and we've seen them all.
The tap water is filtered and comes direct from the mountains and is probably the best water you will ever drink. Often we see Italians parked by the public fountains filling loads of containers with water to take home.
There are plenty of good family restaurants and Pizzeria's in the immediate area. Prices can be very reasonable. It's possible to get a 3 course 'workers lunch' that usually includes as much wine as you want and a basic pizza. A local Pizzeria we go to has very good house wine (fizzy or not).
All 3 properties have satellite Free sat television and radio carrying all the usual non-subscription channels
A must try wine is the locally produced Lambrusco.
The easiest way to get to Sologno is to fly and then hire a car. Parma (1.5hrs), Bologna (2 hrs) and Pisa (3hrs).