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BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED FARMHOUSE, in the green hills of Emilia.

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom Farmhouse With Modern Facilities, A Terrazzo And Even An Old Wood Oven

The old farmhouse is detached and hidden in the the lush hills of Emilia.. Fully renovated, its thick stone walls cool in the hot Italian summer and warm in the cold winters. At the rear is a cosy terrace, where you can relax and watch the world go by. There is a large garden, furniture, BBQ grill, and the old forno where you can bake fresh bread-pizza, etc. Inside, all facilities. Emilia Romagna. is ideally situated for touring . Venice-Firenze-the lakes-the Riviera, and even Rome, are all within a mornings drive. The old Roman Via Emilia links Cities like, Piacenza, Parma, Reggio, Modena, Bologna...etc. All with there own history, cultures, traditions and fine foods and wines. All famous in there own rights. People who stayed at the house, remarked how beautiful and pleasant the area was, with its in numerous medieval castles and market towns.

We will leave 2 cases of wine from our vineyards Gratis, to all our guests.

There are many restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias and the food price/quality is very good.there are very good antique markets and other markets in and around the area nearly every week.

New. For the kids, a new aqua park has opened in the area at Rivergaro .

Ps. We Also Arrange Catering For Weddings And Cooking Clases

More Details

Frank Bragoli
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 October, 2017

About Frank Bragoli

This is the old family home that dad and I refurbished in 2002

Guestbook comments from the owner

Poggio di Castelletto is a beautiful home with a wonderful garden in a very small village surrounded by beautiful green and lush hills. The pictures really do not reflect the beauty or personality of the home and the area or the quality and workmanship used in its renovation. It provided all the conveniences that a visitor could want or might find in a modern hotel, but offers so much more in character and atmosphere. We had a very busy itinerary so the time we spent out on the balcony or on the plaza, just enjoying the peace and quiet and the sounds of nature were priceless. The location was idealremote enough to provide serenity for those with a less hectic travel plan, yet close enough to the surrounding towns to provide places for dinner, shopping, and not too far to use as a base to some of the larger attractions that a tourist may be interested in. The hosts Frank and Gabby are wonderful people willing to provide whatever help they can to make your stay enjoyable.
Jun 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Vernasca in Province of Piacenza

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , with shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • .
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Speak to landlord about wheelchair access and elderly or infirm. New !!! We now have Internet.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

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BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED FARMHOUSE, in the green hills of Emilia.
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 15 reviews
Massachusetts / Florida

Everything we needed in the area we wanted

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this beautiful home for 9 nights in September 2017. It was our first trip to Italy, and we wanted to experience the Emilia-Romagna area in particular. In the end we only stayed 6 nights, but that was because we made some last-minute changes to our itinerary once we arrived. Frank was super helpful from start to finish and very prompt in responding to emails. He gave us great directions to the house and provided suggestions for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. We were not able to coordinate a time to meet in person, but we had no trouble getting into the house and found everything easily once inside.

We had two minor issues: there was no tumble dryer as listed on HomeAway, so we had to hang laundry outside to dry. We normally have no problem with this but we happened to be there during a rainy week; happily we managed, and having the washing machine was very helpful. Also, at the risk of sounding like a pair of Goldilocks, we didn't find any of the three beds very comfortable. However we recently invested in a very high-end mattress at home so it's entirely possible we have become snobs.

As mentioned there was quite a bit of rain while we were there, and temperatures ranged from 11C in the hills to 23C on lower ground. Luckily Frank had warned us in advance that the typical weather was off-kilter, so we had packed accordingly. We did have a very nice fire one night to help ward off the chill. On nice mornings I sat outside on the terrace with a book and hot chocolate while letting hubby sleep late, and we dined outside a few times too.

Frank generously left us a case each of his red and white wines. We only tried the red and found it delightful. What a nice treat!

We had researched activities, festivals, and other events in advance of our arrival, but we did not come across "The Best of Italy 100" race until we arrived. This was a car, cycle and bike race based in Castel'Arquatto, so we were able to go check out all the Italian-made vehicles which was a very nice surprise while we checked out the castle and village. We were able to find online information regarding road closures during the race which was helpful in our planning over those three days. We took some long drives through the countryside and had some great meals despite a bit of a language barrier. Everyone was welcoming, and Google Translate was extremely helpful throughout our trip! Next trip we'll have better Italian. Excellent rental!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Italy vacation!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have recently relocated to the Netherlands and decided to take our Holiday in Italy with our 3 grown children. Franks Home was the perfect spot for us. The small beautiful town that was perfect for us to take day trips to the ocean, Milan, Parma, and Modena. The house and it's amenities were everything we needed to hang out, cook, relax and sleep! Thanks Frank and family! We would recommend your home to all of our friends and family! A perfect spot for a family reunion!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this beautiful villa during a heatwave in July. The house was spotless and well appointed and we appreciated also having a fan. The thick walls and shutters kept the house cool and we loved eating out on the balcony in the cool of the evening. Frank and Gaby were delightful hosts and we enjoyed the complimentary wine. There are many interesting towns to visit in the vicinity and we made interesting trips to Cremona and Parma. We would definitely return, if possible.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideale locatie voor de sportieve tourfietser

  • 5 of 5

De locatie is in een dag vanuit Nederland aan te rijden en ligt op het randje van de Apennijnen, zodat voor maken van fietstochten gekozen kan worden tussen de Po-vlakte in het noorden en oosten, en de Apennijnen in het zuiden en westen. Keuze te over dus. Daarnaast zijn talloze alternatieven aanwezig (zoals de beschrijving ook aangeeft) om een rustdagje in de omgeving door te komen. Na vele jaren verschillende locaties in Noord-Italië geboekt te hebben zitten we nu al weer 5 jaar aaneen jaarlijks op deze locatie om er een weekje te fietsen met de fietsgroep waarbij ook de partners zich in de omgeving vermaken. Daarnaast spreekt eigenaar Frank accentloos Engels, wat de communicatie erg makkelijk maakt. What to say more about this beautiful location...

Rigo Vissers

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I don't understand a word but I am shore it's a great review, Thanks Rigo
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Wonderful stay at this charming farmhouse.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property over the holidays and had a wonderful stay. It is just as it is described and Frank was very accommodating and helpful with all of our questions (there were a lot since it was our first trip to the area!). The town is quite charming and a great place to stay if you are looking for an authentic Italian experience. We found some great spots to eat in Lugagnano which is only about a 10 minute drive. We took day trips to Milan, Piacenza, Bologna, and Venice and found the driving easy. There are also smaller towns nearby like Castell'Arquato which are worth seeing. The home had everything we needed and was quite comfortable. It was also great to have internet access. I would definitely recommend this lovely home and plan on returning. We will always have lovely memories of this trip!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our small family ( Dad, Mom and adult son) were fortunate to call Francesco's smaller apartment, home for 2 weeks while traveling in Emelia Romagna. We used it as "home base" for all the trips that took us to the sites that we longed to visit ... Parma, Bologna, Genoa, Cinque Terre. We found it delightful in that it was spotlessly clean, peaceful and soooo....cozy. The kitchen was well equipped (thank you, Frank) and the wood stove was a delight on the days when it snowed and we chose to stay home and read. Although somewhat off the beaten path, (Casteletto is teeny) a short drive to neighboring towns provided necessities and groceries for the many meals that we made made at the villa. Internet, peace, good food and family....in the midst of the Italian countryside...what more could one ask for?

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: November 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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"One of the best medieval town in the area. "
"Historic town with castle and moat, has an antique market last saturday of each month. "
Fidenza Village
"The best place for fashion shopping in Emilia "
Salsomaggiore Terme
"Famous spa town with a top spa and wellness center "
"The birthplace of Verdi one of the top opera composers,with opera house and museum"
"Rated as one of the best place to eat in the whole of italy "
"Piacenza is the area capital,its history goes back to the roman era and a famous battle was ..."
Castello di Vigoleno
"An old medieval castle, still lived in by its noble residents"
"The capital of the area, full of life and events, it has one of the oldest universities in t..."
"Maranello or Ferrari a must for motorheads."
"Modena or the motor valley of italy Ferrari, Lamborghini,Maserati,Pagonda, Ducati are all in..."
"Just across the river Po is the artistic city of Cremona the home town of the famous violin ..."
"Mantova another city nearby famous for its culture and museums. "
"Top Italian and world centre for fashion, culture and art."
"There is only one its unbelievably beautifull. "
"The arena is a must, and for the romantics the Romeo and Giulietta balcony for a snapshot. "
La Spezia
"La Spezia is the nearest costal resort, great for daytrips,to Le Cinque Terre, Lerice,Porto ..."
"Firenze is the probably the main city for art and culture in Italy, "
Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes
"All within a 2 hours drive are some of the most popular areas of interest. "
City of San Marino
"The smallest rebublic in the world, always gets beaten by at least 5 gaols, but is one of th..."
"Once the Roman capital of the west,Bisantium mosaic masterpieces. "
Liguria, Cinque Terre, and the Italian Riviera
"Liguria and the riviera, Rapallo,S.Margherita,Portofino,are some of the most famous resorts ..."
"Genova one of the biggest ports in Italy, amongst other things,famous for Pesto alla Genovese."
"The leaning tower is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. "
"A beautiful town famous for its historic PALIO"
Golf Club CastellArquato
"One of the 2 golf courses nearby "
Salsomaggiore Golf Club
"The 2nd golf course close by, there onther 22 in the region. "
River Park
"The aqua park has been opened for a couple of yrars,"
Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello
"One of many restored medieval castles in the area. "
Rocca Meli Lupi di Soragna
"An old medieval manor, rich with historic events."
Desenzano Del Garda
"Desenzano, and Sermione nearby sit on Lake Garda,one of the most beautiful areas of Italy al..."
Terzoni Graziano
"One of many wineries in this beautiful valley nearby. "
"Lake Como part of the lake District of Northern Italy."
"Lecco sits on the lake of Lecco a branch of lake Como."
"Ferrara a Renaissance city, famous for its buildings. bike capital of Italy. "
"Vernasca is a small medieval town overlooking the arda valley, the Via Franchigina is a famo..."
"Bardi castle stands on a rock overlooking the Ceno valley is one of the largest of its kind ..."
Santa Maria Delle Grazie
"One of Leonardos most famous works is inside this church, its in Milan and to view it one mu..."
Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Il Nettuno
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Castell'arquato Salsomaggiore
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Ca Ciancia
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Monte Campione
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
La Spezia
Car: necessary

Castelletto is a small village near Vernasca and Lugagnano (10 min drive) for small shops etc. It is on the Via Francigena, one of the old pilgrim routes, that where used by people from all over Europe, to get to Rome. The whole area is full of places of interests. Medieval castles, Castell'arquato and Vigoleno, where opera concerts are held, just to name a few. There are many market towns, 1 for every day of the week. There is an abundance of things to do and see. Clients have remarked how beautiful and peaceful, and how friendly the locals were. So come and see for yourself. For lovers of great food this is one of the best areas in Italy to visit, and if you want to learn how to make home made food this is the place to come and learn, cooking classes can be arranged.

Patrick Symmes.( travel writer and author, stayed in our house) wrote an article in Traveler Magazine about this area, and Emiliaromagna.

Golf: There are 22 championship golf courses in Emilia-Romagna 3 within 30min drive ( we are members of the Castell'arquato Golf Club ).

Ski: Skiing resorts are about two hours drive north in the Italian Alps



Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Vernasca, Emilia Romagna

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We have a 2 bedroom apartment in the same house, the price 100 euro less for the same period. Christmas and Easter are considered high season.

Arrival days a normally on Saturdays could be changed, please contact owner. A 50 euro charge may be added for heating.

Price can be Negotiated for stays over 2 weeks.
Easter and Christmas, New Year periods 690 euro. Extra 50 euro for heating may be added in winter.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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