|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Olimpia is a detached, three-bedroomed, stone villa in the garden renovated from a barn . Entrance to fully equipped modern kitchen-dining room, double-height living room with free-sat TV & DVD player, double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath-tub and lobby downstairs, two further double bedrooms and shower room on the first floor. The ground floor bedroom has a large double bed and french windows onto the courtyard. One upstairs bedroom has two single beds and large picture window onto the courtyard. The other upstairs bedroom with large 4-poster double bed, has a magnificent view west, over woodland, the valley and mountains beyond. French windows from the living room lead to the private patio with outside dining area. Interior walls are mainly exposed stone whereas the external stone walls have been insulated and plastered inside. There are antique timber beam and planked ceilings in the bedrooms and kitchen and a new wooden roof over the double-height, living area.
Conveniently located 10km from the 'Rioveggio' exit of the A1 motorway, backbone to Italy, between Bologna and Florence, 6Stanco is situated at the beginning of the Apennine mountain range on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, with stunning mountain views towards Tuscany. Set in the intimate village of 'Stanco', 6Stanco is a group of stone buildings surrounding a courtyard, originally the main landowner's home, private chapel, barn and haywain, residence of their farm workers and harvesters. Refurbished in 2011, the converted chestnut-drying barn, Olimpia, is a three-bedroomed independant villa, beside the garden and the 5x11m pool, completed in 2013. Giacomina and Giuseppina are the two mirror-image, studio flats on the raised ground floor of the converted haywain and cattle stalls, each with its own balconied entrance. We can accommodate groups of friends or extended families for unforgettable holidays! We live most of the year in the restored main stone house; also a Bed & Breakfast with three double rooms available.
The lower level of the Haywain is the 60sq.m Course Room; adjacent to the main sun terrace. There is Horse riding at our local Pegasus Riding Stables and trekking for seasoned riders. At 600m.a.s.l. no air-conditioning is necessary here and the mountain panorama is breathtaking.
We probably watched too many 'buy a ruin and do it up ' television programmes, but that's what we chose to do, left the big city and now we live most of the year in the community of this small mountain village.
Ruth, an architect by profession, was born and educated in London, UK. Andrea is Bolognese and is a Restaurant food company director. We have two daughters and a son. We like good food, wine and when not travelling, at least planning and discussing the next trip!
Ruth Hodkinson purchased this villa in 2005
Beautiful, stylish, comfortable and well-equipped stone buildings. New, modern convenience but with architectural character where you can relax and enjoy yourselves. Situated in a safe, peaceful village with friendly locals and very helpful hosts next door! New swimming pool and plenty of space for al fresco dining, sun bathing or just reading a book in the garden. Only 12 minutes to the closest motorway exit which is between Bologna and Florence so very well-located for daytrips all over Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, even as far as Venice. The perfect combination of cultural visits to a variety of important Art Cities, or more low-key trips locally, by day, then coming back to your beautiful 6Stanco apartment each evening to cooler, balmier temperatures, after a sometimes stiflingly-hot, inner-city visit in mid-summer, with no need for air-con here, breath-taking sunsets across the Reno valley, less noise than the bustling towns and cities and easy parking! Unforgettably fantastic holidays!
Our complimentary, weekly, summer dinners under the ancient grapevine in the company of the other interesting guests. Animated by master funster, Andrea. Relaxing in a private homestead and garden, not a huge impersonal complex, with the new pool in 2013. Regional cookery, English, Yoga, Painting, Massage, Horse-riding and Ceramics courses can be offered: We run English language courses in June and September, Ceramics is available if requested at time of booking and Johann runs a Painting Course every September. The local 'Nel Castagneto' restaurant runs a regional cookery demonstration course each week, usually a Tuesday afternoon, throughout the summer. Hatha Yoga and Massage can be organized in the summer if requested at the time of your booking. Our shared, inside- knowledge of the best places to visit in this relatively un-tourist-trodden area, plus what to avoid when you day-trip further afield.
We have lived from the 15.06 to the 19.06 with you and we have visited
Dieter with his family in Olimpia. It was a wonderful time for us and your porcetta
party was dreamlike. When we had to depart, the earthquakes started in the region around
Ferrara. I hope you have felt nothing of it and no damages have originated
Many thanks to you again for the wonderful time with you. We come again
quite dear greeting
Ursula and Uwe from Germany
IMPORTANT: The advertised rental rate is for use of the villa by up to 6 people and includes utility bills and use of our facilities. 50% of the total tariff is required as a non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Your balance is then to be settled 10 days before arrival if booking online or on the day of arrival, if settling your balance by debit/credit card via our POS machine. Saturday is the changeover day in the summer. Optional final cleaning service of Euro60 to be paid once here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for holiday quotes of more than a week.
Relaxed and comfortable apartment (Olympia). A thorough and tasteful restoration of the building. The apartment facilities are very nice and "modern". Headroom in top bathroom somewhat limited, but nothing serious. Nice pool - kids depth, but refreshing on the hot July days. We had the good fortune of being invited to a social gathering with pizza in the village on the day of arrival - what an experience! Ruth and Andrea are the most caring and resourceful hosts you can imagine. The area is blindingly beautiful - even the trip to the post office is an experience! Highly recommended.
Our family of 4 (including 2 children, 10 and 7) stayed at 6Stanco in early July 2015. We were very lucky with great weather for the whole two weeks of our stay which certainly added to the experience.
We cannot say enough about how welcome Ruth and Andrea made us feel as guests at their beautiful property. 6Stanco is a beautiful location in a very small village with stunning views across the surrounding valleys and hills. It was a fantastic place to unwind and experience some real Italy, without hordes of tourists. The property is idyllic, clean and well maintained. The old building have been beautiffully renovated and are spacious and modern inside. It has a great pool which we certainly made use of, given the heat! There are also some great outdoor areas where several of the families ate together or enjoyed evening drinks as the sun set. Some of our highlights and tips for other who might be thinking of staying:
- Its less than 3 km down the hill to the village of Grizzana Morandi. We really enjoyed a morning walk to the village for a coffee and brioche in the local coffee shop/bar - Bar Pina. There is also a small supermarket and a local bakery (Forno Guido) than makes an incredible jam covered torte. Don't miss this if you stay! Also easy to continue further down the valley to Vergato if you need some more serious shopping.
- We used the local train station to make day trips to both Florence and Bologna. We particularly enjoyed Bologna as its a beautiful city with lots of shade from the sun under the porticos. Its also not quite as crazy as Florence in the summer.
- Also about a 1 hour car ride to Maranello or Sant'Agata to visit the respective homes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Both car museums are well worth the visit and you can hire cars near both for a spin if your heart and wallet are up to the task.
- Some great little local restaurants within walking distance of 6Stanco. We particularly enjoyed Nel Castagneto, which is a short walk away. Christina who manages the restaurant also runs cooking classes where she will show you how to make the local pasta and biscuits. We brought the kids and we all had a great afternoon making our dinner for later that evening. La Prada, up the hill, was also very good.
- Lots of beautiful little villages, valleys etc to visit in the surrounding hills. Ruth has an excellent guide to these which provides all the details. I would mention the Labante waterfall and the lakes
We found Olimpia clean and well maintained, it's new and done to a high standard. They're all very friendly and helpful. You'll need a car. The nearest town, Vergato is good for groceries, very good groceries. It's well situated, you can see the motorway in the valley with Bologna to the north and Florence to the south. We made day trips as far as Verona, Siena and Pisa and Carrara and a lot in between. We ate in a local restaraunt, a place that translates to 'The Chestnuts' I believe, it was quiet and the food was very good. Everywhere, the food is of a high standard. There was four of us, my wife and 3 year old son and my father and my brother rode in by motorcycle for a couple of days and we all ate figs out of the garden.
We'd all recommend Olimpia to anyone.
We spent a week staying a 6 Stanco in late May 2009
We had an excellent time and after just a few days back at home we are already keen to make plans to go back.
We had a really peaceful and relaxing time. 6 Stanco is in a beautiful mountain setting, and has spectacular views and sunsets.
The apartment (Olimpia) was stylish, comfortable and well equipped. The other apartments are equally as good. Some real thought and effort has gone in to their design and conversion.
The property was very clean, well maintained and the owner (Ruth) worked very hard to make sure we had all we needed to make us feel at home.
The description of the accommodation provided was accurate.
Ruth and her family were very welcoming and my children were very sad to leave their new found friends at the end of the week. We are really missing being there.
My children enjoyed exploring the garden and loved the trampoline and pool (which Ruth kindly opened up early for us).
I am very keen to visit again and would strongly recommend this for a holiday rental.
The nearby village and restaurant are good and very welcoming; by the end of our stay we were starting to fell like part of the community.
The apartment was also an excellent base for exploring Emilia Romagna:
Modena and Maranello make an excellent day trips. Porretta Terme is nearby and good for shopping and restaurants.
The surrounding countryside would also me great for mountain biking.
The trip to/from Bologna airport can be done in 45 minutes (given a good SatNav or map reader)
This holiday gave us a great relaxing break, a taste of Italian life, with the added bonus of a chance to make some easy and very interesting day trips.
Between Bologna and Florence there are now two motorways to choose from. Our exit 'Rioveggio', lies on the Firenze - Rioveggio PANORAMICO branch not the new DIRETTISSIMA Firenze -Badia branch - which you should avoid.
The village of Stanco, GPS coordinates: n44d 14,790; e11d 08,200: is at an altitude of 600m and lies on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, offering wonderful panoramic views towards Tuscany and spectacular terrain for hiking or cycling. Only a ten minute walk away is the pretty medieval village of Stanco di Sotto, followed by the Pegasus Riding stables which offers great pony-treks or walks in the paddock for beginners. The town of Grizzana is on the boundary of the Regional Historical Park of Monte Sole, also home to wild boar, red deer, fallow deer & hare. There are specific Hunting seasons.
The museum-house of the painter, Giorgio Morandi, exhibiting some paintings in his summer studio, is at the ‘Fienili del Campiaro’ on the outskirts of Grizzana where there is also the restaurant of the same name. Grizzana also boasts the restaurant 'Il Crinale' and Trattoria at Bar Pina for lunch everyday.
Immediately to the south of Stanco are Montovolo & Monte Vigese in the Provincial Park of Montovolo. At Riola ponte, not to be missed is the newly renovated and opened, fascinating, eclectic castle of ROCCHETTA MATTEI. On the way to Monteacuto Ragazza, a 5 minute drive then 10 minute walk, is the site where Etruscan bronze statuettes were recovered, now housed in the Archaeological museum of Bologna. A 25 minute drive away lies the intact, medieval village of Scola with ancient Cypress tree, en route to the Church Sanctuary at the top of Montovolo. Beyond lies the Regional Park of Lakes Suviana and Brasimone, good for picnics and splashing around, then the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale. Good 'outlet shopping' three exits south on the A1 motorway at Barberino di Mugello, in Tuscany.
Other Activities: Montepizzo adventure park - climbing-ropes-pulley agility course up in the trees. Vidiciatico leisure pool with beautiful view. Guglielmo Marconi laboratory & museum
Golf: 'Molino del Pero' 18- hole Golf Course at Monzuno, approximately 25km from 6Stanco and about 35 minutes by car.
Ski: 'Corno alle scale' ski resort lies just above Vidiciatico, in the Bologna area, deeper into the Apennine range. It takes almost an hour to reach by car from 6stanco but is a beautiful journey with postcard views. You can buy day passes at the booths on the slopes and rent equipment too.
Marzabotto: 30mins drive to Misa, the Etruscan site, now with small intimate museum of Etruscan and Greek artefacts and temple ruins on the acropolis and tombs in the necropolis.
Riola di Vergato. Sole Architectural work in Italy of Alvar Aalto's Church. Modern but spiritual. The Rocchetta Mattei; 19th century castle / Neo-Medieval folly with references to the Alhambra plus some Russian minarets thrown in, on the original site of a medieval defence tower.
Labante: Spring water and waterfall which has over time deposited an amazing rock formation and grottoes
Local towns worth visiting: Castiglione dei Pepoli, Porretta Terme and Castel di Casio. A lot of the architectural heritage of Vergato and Sasso Marconi was lost during the second World War.