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Charming apartments in historical Villa Calanco on the hills of Dozza - Apartment "Quintino"

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Apartment "Quintino"

Characteristic indipendent apartment of mq. 60 with two entrances, on the ground floor and composed by a large living room with sofa, rustic brick kitchen, 2 double bedroom, bathroom with shower. Joined the apartment, garden with barbeque, table and chairs.

Large and convenient car park.

Sleeps 4

About the property

Villa Calanco Country House

Located on the hills of the first countryside of Romagna, at 1 km from the medieval village of Dozza and 25 km from Bologna, Villa Calanco Country House is an elegant eighteenth-century country house set in a parkland with ancient trees and a farm of more than 3 hectares. The structure has just been completely renovated by the owners who have personally taken care of the details with particular care and with full respect of its history.The apartments has been carefully restored and furnished, which keep intact the charm of the rural tradition of Romagna, like the ancient terracotta, wood, raftered ceiling , antique doors and furniture, giving life to a sober and elegant style that blends the modern comforts.The comfortable and privileged geographical position allows to reach cities rich in history and art as Bologna ( 25 km), Ravenna (52 km), Ferrara (74 km), Imola ( 7 km), Faenza ( 22 km), Brisighella ( 32km) and Dozza (1 km), one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.


Hiking and mountain biking around the Villa

Trekking in the surrounding hills

Golf Club in Castel San Pietro Terme at 10 km

Tennis at 2Km

Horse Riding at 2 Km


Besides the Autodromo Internazionale of Imola, the factories and museums of the Ferrari, Ducati, Maserati, Lamborghini are easily accessible. Several proposals visible on


The area offers a variety of courses related to the food and wine tradition typical of Romagna. Typical products are piadina, salami and the 'minestre', those are the first courses of handmade pasta ranging from noodles to macaroni comb (garganelli), ravioli with ricotta, tortellini. Among the main courses meat on the grill, as mutton and sausage. Everything always accompanied by the famous local wines.


Teresa and Antonio are glad to welcome you in their kitchen of the villa, where they organize lessons of traditional romagnola cookery with final lunch or dinner together all the family. Lasting about 4 hours and minimum 2 people.

More Details

Franco Giaconia
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Franco Giaconia

Franco was born in Tuscany and has known Teresa on a trip to Africa. Both are travel enthusiasts.

In 1999, Franco, Teresa, and the kids Antonio and Anna from Tuscany are transfered in Dozza.

Franco immediately was fascinated by Villa Calanco, dwelling which since 1700 has been owned by the family of Teresa

As a restorer has personally coordinated and executed many of the restoration works that have lasted over 10 years.

Teresa, graduate in history, works at the State Archives of Imola.

Antonio study architecture at the University of Bologna, venue of Cesena and Anna study at high school in Imola.

Why Franco Giaconia chose Dozza

Privileged location - In peaceful countryside but easy to reach from the motorway, from the train station, airport of Bologna. Excellent and convenient base for visits cultural tourism. A few minutes from all services, various typical restaurants, food stores and supermarket.

Charming apartments - Spacious, independent and real quality apartments, characteristic, carefully restored and equipped with all comforts and furnished keeping intact the charm of the rural tradition of Romagna.

What makes this apartment unique

We believe that we are offering something that has been missing in Romagna: not average farm holiday accommodation, not uninspiring flats, but cozy apartments in historical villa in which the owners themselves reside, amid the charm of history , comfort and tradition.

Family management - Managing reservations, keys delivery, ceck-in and ceck-out run by Franco and his family who live in the main part of the villa and are always available for any question or information

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our stay, the apartment, the garden and we admire the work you have done on the house!

Thanks again for your hospitality and maybe we will be back to have the cooking lesson!

Annemarie & Robert
Aug 2012
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Prices include: electricity, gas, water, bed linen, bath towels set, final cleaning.
For an ecological choice in order to reduce energy consumption, the use of air conditioning and heating are extra with counting consumption of electricity for A.C. and gas for heating.
Stay Tax: the tax is € 1 for person for night, up to a maximum of 5 nights for stay (max. € 5 for person total).
Children under 14 years old and people with disabilities are exempt from the tax.


Accommodation and facilities for Apartment "Quintino"in Dozza in Metropolitan City of Bologna

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

A peaceful experience in the Emilia Romagna!

  • 5 of 5

The Villa Calanco is a marvelous property and estate near Bologna. We stayed in the Quintino apartment for eight nights, and enjoyed four of those nights with another couple. This charming apartment has all of the necessary amenities, and there are lovely outdoor tables and a barbecue as well. Franco and his wife are charming hosts and both are extremely gracious. Parking is plentiful, and the owners' goats and chickens provide a lively diversion. Villa Calanco is near one of the most charming medieval hill towns that we have ever seen in Italy. The villa provides a convenient base for visiting other towns along the Via Emilia - Imola, Brisighella, Faenza - as well as Ravenna and Ferrara.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the time you have dedicated, sharing how much you enjoyed your stay in our house with very nice words for the position, for the apartment and for us. Franco, Teresa, Antonio and Anna
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Bellissimo apartment!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed for 6 nights in Franco's and Teresa's apartment, Quintino. It was elegantly appointed, spacious, had two big bedrooms, bathroom, lovely salon, and kitchen that had everything you would need to prepare your meals. It has a beautiful area outside with tables and chairs where we enjoyed our coffee and a few dinners. The weather was warm, so we enjoyed the pool every evening. The hillsides are picturesque, and our children enjoyed feeding the goats and chickens. Dozza is in the country, but close proximity to the highway, so it was easy to travel to different cities for the day. We took a cooking class with Teresa and Antonio where we learned how to make homemade pasta, two fantastic sauces, and then enjoyed them in the family dining room. Villa Calanco is a country house that we all dream we owned. We hope to return one day in the future. We highly recommend this country experience.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent choice for holidays

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property where you can in peace enjoy your holidays. A lot of space, where kids can play. We also enjoyed swimmingpool on hot days. The villa itself is located on a place, from where you can explore cities like Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, state of San Marino, Mirabilandia for kids, and also Pisa in wihtin day reach with a car. The hosts are very nice and helpful with everything you need. For sure we will come again.

Tatjana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orpington, Kent, UK

Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week staying at this lovely house staying in Quintino apartment and had a great time. The apartment is clean, beautifully decorated with period furniture and is well equipped. It was good being able to walk to the old village of Dozza where there are some good restaurants and the countryside around the area is stunning.

We visited the Ferrari museums in Modena and Maranello, a great experience for car fans and spent the rest of the days in the hills around that area which has some spectacular scenery.

Thanks to Franco and the family for being such good hosts and making our stay even more enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have appreciated very much for your taking some time to share how much you enjoyed your stay at our home with very nice words for the apartment and for us. Franco, Teresa, Antonio and Anna
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Landkreis Starnberg

Urlaub zwischen grünen Hügeln

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben eine gute Woche in der Villa Calanco im Apartment Quintino verbracht. Das sehr große Grundstück mit teilweise altem Baumbestand und dem reizenden Pool, den wir fast immer für uns allein hatten, lädt zum Verweilen und Erholen ein. Nachts haben wir blinkende Leuchtkäfer gesehen, die Nachtigall hat gesungen und das Käuzchen gerufen. Das Apartment ist sehr nett eingerichtet, und es ist sehr praktisch, dass Geschirrspüler und sogar eine Waschmaschine mit dabei sind. Schön ist bei diesem Apartment auch, dass durch das zweite Schlafzimmer genug Ausweichraum gegeben war (wir waren zu zweit, haben aber gern ein bisschen mehr Platz). Und schön war, dass das Apartment ebenerdig liegt und man direkt in den Garten tritt und dort auch auf dem zum Apartment gehörenden Freisitz Kaffee trinken kann. - Ins kunsthistorisch herausragende Ravenna fährt man eine Dreiviertelstunde, was wir zwei Mal gemacht haben, denn all die Kunstschätze sind für einen Tag zu viel. Unbedingt anschauen! Fazit: Wir haben uns bei Franco und seiner Familie sehr wohl gefühlt und können die Unterkunft vorbehaltlos empfehlen!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke für die netten Worte für uns und das Haus. Franco, Teresa, Antonio und Anna
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Simply Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 stayed in apartment Quintino at the Villa Calanco Country House and what a perfect location it has. It was ideal for our purpose of exploring the area. Not far from Dozza, away from the bustle of Imola town but close enough to walk/cycle. The listing description and photos provide an indication of what to expect. Expectations were exceeded on every level. The owners entire family ensures a relaxing and welcoming environment. There are several restaurants to choose from in Dozza. The five we tried were very very good. We also enjoyed a meal prepared by the lady of the house and her son - SUPERB!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your excellent review. We hope to see you again in Dozza, you will be welcome. Franco, Teresa, Antonio & Anna
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Medieval village
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Castel S.Pietro Terme
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Adriatic Coast

Dozza is situated on the crest of a hill gently down toward the Via Emilia between Bologna and Imola, Dozza looks like a touch of color, in an atmosphere outside of time. A medieval village which ancient structure is still well preserved. Dozza is famous for “The Biennal Painted Wall” during which the village becomes alive with artists coming from all over the world who paint directly on the walls of the houses. So the village, with its typical 'to zone' structure surrounded by city walls becomes a beautiful open air art gallery always visible. We also suggest to visit the wonderful and mighty fortress with the adjoining Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, where it is possible to taste and buy the regional wines.

Dozza, is part of the club 'The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy', an association for promoting the great heritage of history, arts, culture, environment and traditions present in the small Italian towns which are ,by the most part, excluded from the flows of tourists.


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