Swimming pool, sun terraces, mountain views, 10km to BO-FI motorway.
- English, French, Italian
About Ruth Hodkinson
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 Barn in 2005
Why Ruth Hodkinson chose Grizzana Morandi
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! Great 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!
What makes this Barn unique
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 a lovely pool. Courses in Regional cookery, English, Yoga, Painting, Massage, Horse-riding and Ceramics can be offered: We run English language courses in June and September, Ceramics is available if requested in advance and if a potter is available. Johann runs a Painting Course every September. The local 'Nel Castagneto' restaurant can do a regional cookery demonstration course, usually a Tuesday afternoon, throughout the summer. Hatha Yoga available in Pian di Setta and Massage can be organised in the summer if requested sufficiently in advance. 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.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Fabulous place with fabulous hosts!
Early spring in the mountains. Quiet and beautiful. Super location, close to station/cultural cities as Bologna and Florence. Fantastic view from the old barn with the most charming old ceiling. Super well equipped apartment. We can only recommend visiting Ruth in her wonderful medieval home. She is a fantastic host meeting you with great hospitality. Go there!!
Thanks so much for your lovely review and for choosing to stay with us - our absolute pleasure to meet you 🌝🌝🌝
Peaceful and picturesque
We had a wonderful stay in our studio at 6Stanco for 2 weeks in September. We were blessed with good weather and enjoyed the pool daily. The apartment was spotless, airy and light and had everything we needed for a fortnight.
Ruth was a fabulous host with lots of recommendations for us in the local area and further afield.
We came with an 8 month old baby and Ruth was wonderful and provided a cot with linen, a high chair and toys for her.
Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Very lovely young family, a pleasure to meet you. Glad you managed sightseeing and relaxing at the pool with higher than average temperatures for September. Thanks for keeping me in the loop about lightbulbs blowing and for bringing wine to our ‘all guests group dinner’ under the vine. Very best wishes to you
Fabulous place to unwind & explore Emilia-Romagna & Tuscany
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.
Delighted to welcome your family here every time, Ian and to see your kids growing up! I chose to live here and am the biggest fan of the area and everything it has to offer. Compared to more touristy hot spots of the Nearest Art cities and Northern Tuscany - you eat better here at half the price. Best wishes and hope to welcome you again.
Warm welcome, beautiful and peaceful spot, excellent pool
What can we say - we were here for the third year running - we enjoy this spot and the warm hospitality by Ruth and Andrea very much. We were there during the recent heatwave in Italy but the excellent pool made all the difference to keeping us cool. Grizzana Morandi is close to the motorway meaning cities such as Bologna and Modena are easy to reach. Alternatively there is a local railway station - to go to Florence for example. The place appeals to families and every time we have been, all of us have enjoyed the company of other families staying at the property.
A week in a mountain paradise
Our week at the Olympia Villa at 6Stanco was one we'll never forget. Ruth welcome our party ,which consisted of two couples with a small child each, with plenty of information of the local area and a cake! The accommodation is situated in a picturesque mountain town with views all around. The villa suited us perfectly with a well equipped kitchen and our courtyard acted as the perfect play area for the two children. (19 & 16 months old) The pool was a great place to unwind and with the mountain air cooling in the evening, there was never any trouble sleeping in the very comfortable beds.
All in all I cannot say enough about 6Stanco, I hope to return one day.
Andrew (Sydney, Australia)
August stay in 6Stanco
This place is wonderful. The three of us had a split holiday here, spending four nights in the B and B (wonderful rooms, delicious al fresco breakfasts), then we spent a night in Rome, followed by three nights back at 6Stanco in Giacomina. We were made to feel so welcome, not just by Ruth and Andrea, but by the entire community. The facilities here are of a very high standard. There are wonderful restaurants nearby (Nel Castangeto serves delicious local cuisine and is run by the most delightful English speaking local lady). The weather was perfect - sunny and warm, but due to the altitude, not too hot. The new pool is perfect for families. We got lucky with our week of stay - it was the annual village "Fete" week and there were lots of additional things going on, but I'd recommend a visit there any time.
The hosts could not have been more accommodating and the setting is simply idylic.
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. In Grizzana lunch is available daily in the Trattoria at Bar Pina. Most sophisticated 'haute cuisine' restaurant on the way to Campolo is 'Il Sambuca al Sole'.
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: Lake Suviana has a beach and picnic area at its south side. Pedalo boat rental. 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 Kainua, 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 Gothic/Moorish folly with references to the Alhambra plus some Russian minarets thrown in, on the original site of Matilda di Canossa's medieval Look-out tower.
Labante, Protected natural site: 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.