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Mediterranean Villa on the Outskirts of the Historical Marvel Gerace

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

the set up for the perfect vacation

Nested in a garden of secular olive and fruit trees, very privately, on a breezy Hill ,Villarosa dominates mountains ,valleys and seas. Breath taking sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from the various balconies and terraces of this idyllic villa. The first floor of very large dining room sitting room with a wood burning fireplace, and is air conditioned .the bathroom with walk-in shower bidet and pantry. The marble stairs lead you to the second-floor where tree-bedrooms , large sitting area the French bathroom with shower and bidet washing machine are.An outside marble staircase leads to to the third floor Terrace that commands 360° view of the Aspromonte Mountains, the valleys and the ionic sea. A private garage and private entrance surrounded by cast-iron gates .3 kilometers distance is the town of Gerace 2500 year famous for its many churches site of many concerts ,cobblestone roads and rich of shops ,of local artifacts,restaurants enjoyed by international tourists.

Archeological interest'the Magna Grecia': If interested I can arrange special tour of museum/actual archeological digs with professors, directors of museums.

Special visits to surrounding islands archelogical sightseeing can be arranged upon requests.

Gerace has over 2000 years of history.It was the site of many occupation tru the centuries, and all thoose civilizations left an imprint,including the Norman invasion that left behind the Norman castle.

Locri has a Greek anphitheather and to date performances under the stars are been given in its 2000 year od anphyteather.

The museum of Locri is well known and the center of interest of luminary personality.

Nearby Roccella hosts international jazz festivals.

The Ionian sea...the surroundings: the ionian sea is clean ,deepest blue and center of attraction for sea lovers of all ages...

Many 'Lidos' serve the clients with umbrellas ,loungers. refresments and lunch/ dinner on the water.

Some of the small restaurants have no set menus'They serve the catch of the day'.

The athmosphere is quiet and the beaches are not loud ,one can spend the day sailing,paddling ,motor boating
reading a book on the lounger ,eating on the rotonda 'Makes one feel like Onassis' as someone told me.

The Eolian islands, Sicily, are some of the many destinations within easy reach even one day escursions,
Palermo is really a jewel and is a must,along with Taormina,

Two days will take you to Erice tip of Sicily that overlooks Africa.

Scilla the site of Ulisse's boat wreck is near Reggio Calabria and is also rich of hystory and breathtaking beauty.

The food of the south: the local food is as good as it gets.

From the local gelato at Rinaldi's at the piazza del tocco in Gerace,to the fancy restaurant, the small trattoria, the pizza,the food is the delicacy and irresistible.

Do not eat too much of the appetizers, everything tastes so good you want to leave room for dessert;

Do not forget to sit out at nigth and have a granita,then sit by the 'Bombarde' the balcony to the world of Gerace

Perhaps it is the sun or the water or the ripeness of the fruit,butthe granita it is incomparable.

Strolling through the cobblestone of Gerace, it's a pleasure to grace through the barriers shops the most exquisite ceramics, linen, lace. At Christmas time the churches have manger scene; they compete with each other and they are very artistic and unique. Famous composers performed concerts in the churches at Christmas creating an atmosphere that brings you back centuries after the concerts the most delicious hot chocolate takes away the chill.
Villarosa: gli interni
Sulla porta d’ingresso accoglie l’ospite l’arcaico sorriso di Persefone che, insieme con l’iscrizione incisa sul caminetto attiguo , ci ricorda che siamo immersi nell’ambiente della Magna Grecia, terra antica di grande ospitalità e cultura.
Si entra , quindi, sotto i buoni auspici della Dea che un tempo si credeva regolasse le stagioni, nell’ampio living room che presenta una grande e funzionale cucina, un lungo tavolo di cristallo per i pranzi e le cene in compagnia, una grande vetrina porta stoviglie, l’angolo per la lettura , due divani ( uno matrimoniale ed uno singolo) ed un lettino.
Accanto, in stile antica Roma , c’è un grande bagno con doccia e sanitari e, a fronte, un ambiente col lavatoio ed un lungo ripostiglio.
Salendo su per le scale fatte in pietra serena troviamo un largo spazio con tre camere da letto: una, con pareti a vetro satinato ed istoriato, contiene una grande scrivania insieme ad un letto in ottone ad una piazza e mezza. Accanto si trova la stanza padronale con letto matrimoniale in ferro battuto e romantico terrazzo che si affaccia sulla vallata di Antonimina e le prime propaggini dell’Aspomonte. C’è, infine, la camera degli ospiti con letto matrimoniale , sempre in ferro battuto, ed un lettino a sponde regolabili per i bambini.
Nel luminoso disimpegno, ancora un letto ( ad una piazza) e , a servizio di tutte la zona notte, un bagno con sanitari in stile vecchia Inghilterra , ampia doccia e, nascosti da due artistiche grate, i vani per la lavatrice e quanto possa occorrere per il bucato.
Dalla zona notte si sale poi sul magnifico terrazzo superiore dove, soprattutto nelle notti più luminose, sembra di potere toccare con mano l’ampia volta del firmamento che si stende solenne su tutto l’ambiente circostante comprendendo la verde collina , l’azzurro mare e la montagna viola.
Anche davanti al living room in basso c’è un ampio terrazzo munito di dondolo, sedie e tavolino in legno e ferro battuto per i pomeriggi e le mattinate dedicate alla tintarella o le serate in famiglia o con gli amici.
Non a torto un ospite canadese ha lasciato scritto nel libro dedicato ai pensieri dei “Guests” della villa che è inutile cercare altrove il Paradiso: esso si trova a portata di mano nella tranquilla, bella e confortevole dimora chiamata “Villarosa”.
Luisa Ranieri
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 200 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    A splendid view can be enjoyed from this bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    This is the only room with air conditioning...moreless

  • bedroom 1)spacious room with a queen sized bed cast iron ,armoir,chest . night lights on the walls ;has a balcony to the west ,view of the large valley and the magnificent Aspromonte National park .another balcony to the south large enough have breakfast in am, have a sambuca in the evening, while absorbing the view of the distant tip of Italy, the sea ,the mountains. bedroom 2)has a built in large closet a chest and two night stands .Reading a book is divine in its peace.At night the villages scattered along the mountais gives the feeling of blanket of stars decorating the blue blanket covering the mountains.far away in the summer fireworks light the sky of the far away towns celebrating the summer events. the balcony eventually wraps around the house and leads to stairway to roof terrace,'The stairway to the stars'where you can spend the rest of the evening in owe of the magnificence nature has to offer. There is also a queen pull out bed in the living room downstair...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

    wahing machine nested nicely in one of the closets...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet

    walk in shower...moreless

  • Bathroom one french sink, bidet marble floors, venetian stucco,gold has two closets:one houses the washing machine, the other one contains a sliding carousel that accomodates the toiletries. Bathroom two Large marble vanity off sided bowl sink walkin shower under the sink a rolling carousel to accomodate toiletries etc...moreless

Other Amenities

  • maid services can be arranged for upon request.


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Wifi available Password is located on the modem...moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen tv New Apple tv New video library with access to over 200 movies...moreless

  • Video Library:

    200 movies are stored...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    The Appenins chain is visible on the west and provide the backdrop for spectacular sunsets. gerace is at the entrance of the Aspromonte National Park...moreless

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    The Ionic sea is distant 7 km and can be viewed from the many balconies and terraces of VILLAROSA...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The entire first floor is air conditioned. Every window and door is screened...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    IN THE MASTER BEDROOM Also the entire first floor is air conditioned,dining area,kitchen,living area...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access:

    New apple Tv with video library access to over 200 movies...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    Upon request for additional fee...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    central heating in every room...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Sofa bed next to woodburning fireplace...moreless

  • Parking:

    Small cars preferred...moreless

  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Local calls only please...moreless

  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    It is located in the upstairs bathroom...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full line...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New Smeg dishwasher ...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Above the refrigerator...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Open kitchen with marbled top island with cast iron shelfs, mobile on coasters The entire first floor is now air conditioned...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Built in oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas four burners...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Balcony off the master bedroom and off the guest bedroom A terrace is located on the top floor ,with trellis and swing chairs....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    A large patio is off the garden Marvelous view ,privacy ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The garden is tiered ,with many fruit trees,erbs ,lavander,enclosed by cast iron fence...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Yes ...moreless

  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 28 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Standard rate
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2018
3 night min stay
$1,200 $3,400
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,260 $3,750
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Gas per meeter reading $1
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Tax Rate 6.25%


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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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100 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
SUF-(lamezia terme)
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
reggio calabria
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Other Activities: Archeological museum amphitheater,shopping for linens ceramic wood carving statues

Nearby in the town of Merici is the site of natural thermal waters with SPA and site of inhalation theraphy, mud baths etc.

In the nearby Locri an Greeck/Roman amphitheater of millenary date is the site of many performances of he arts ,under the stars .the Shaekspeare performances during last summer was internaionally acclaimed.In nearby Roccella an international Jazz festival occurs yearly on the backdrop of the castle


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: Years ago I went back to Italy the land I was born in and grew up.I have lived my adult life in the USA ,my home of nearly forty years . The visit tho the land i was born in, where I went to school created a feeling of yearning , an ache,that would linger and augment thru the years.I fell in love with the little house on the hill ,recognized its potential so I,convinced my cousin to sell it to me and by miracle her mother agreed to have me purchase it;she had been reluctant to sell to others so many times before...My dream came thru and with enthusiasm I proceeded to transform the Little house into Villarosa the jewel it is now. The results exceeded any expectation:the peace of a countryside and the nearness of the attractions and activities is enough to delight the needs for tranquillity and action at the same time Every time I visit Villarosa I feel restored ,at peace with myself, close to my roots and to the people I love and love me back. I have some regrets in my life ,Villarosa is the culmination of my dream to reconnect,to belong. Several guests have visited Villarosa in their quest of finding their roots,the launching pad their families left for other shores.Helping them find their roots gives me much joy. Others come to enjoy the 'National Park of the Aspromonte',trekking,escursions tours,offer the visitors the opportunity to reconnect with nature.Cyclers come to the area from all over Europe, some have contacted us from Australia,others come for the nearby beaches, the Ionic sea all enjoy the rich medieval heritage of Gerace,and the archeological treasures of Locri.

Why the Owner Chose Gerace, Reggio Calabria, Italy:
Villarosa is ideal vacation home for many :it is a very comfortable home for family with children as well as for young couples. and senior citizens.The young tourist will find a miriad of activities from trekking to cycling to swimming ,sailing ,fishing ,wind surfing,while the older visitors may seek a quiet stay in a comfortable atmosphere,where to enjoy sunsets with a good book,a glass of great wine,local Greco is renowned,Villarosa offers all the amenities of modern living: tv and wi-fi;the rooms are spacious ,with plenty of light and great views. A third bedroom is a recent addition with damask curtains and a wall of Crystal ,custom made by local artisans ,with large sliding doors and a balcony that commands a breathtaking view of the sea and the valleys. The driveway is accessible bycar up to the front door,although a small car is recommended and the lower floor is handicapped accessible.The kitchen is open,spacious and the hutch lodges the appliances,needed for the chef at heart.The villa was recently painted and the wall decor is that of the marmorino veneziano;the two bathrooms are spacious,pristine .the garden is tiered,very private ,gated by cast iron,custom made fence: many fruit trees ,olive trees, a palm provide shade in the summer and oranges tangerines persimmons ,pomegranes and bergamot in season.olive trees provide the oil that is produced locally. Gerace is a great town part of the 'world heritage' with many excellent restaurants,trattorias,pizzerias all few miles distance from Villarosa. The shops are plenty and the craftsmanship is very fine ,weather you are looking for damask,linens,ceramic ,wood work, objects of art,culinary delicacies,souvenirs,home made soaps and beauty products are manufactured locally with almond oils,bergamot,olive oils.Rinaldi is a great place where the granitas are incomparable,the pastry locally made fresh every morning,the ice cream memorable , the hot chocolate to die for.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Dip in the past,visit the medieval Gerace the town with100 Churches thru the century,the Norman castle,the great restaurants the nature walks,the sea of Locri the museums the Greek- Roman amphitheater the beaches, the nearby island, Sicily Salina(site of the great film 'il Postino'),Vulcano( site of the omonimus movie) ,discover Calabria and its people,known for their legendary hospitality ,their food,make friendship that last forever... The area will fill all your senses :the coast is known as the jasmine coast,the scent is of bergamot,jasmine, zagara, the sky is forever changing,the sea is so blue and clean.the food is never not great,the music and the folk fiestas will bring you back to the Coppola movies ,the wine is great ,the people most hospital.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

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  • From the upper terrace

    From the upper terrace

  • Sunsets on the terrace
Just breathe!

    Sunsets on the terrace Just breathe!

  • Collage of villarosa

    Collage of villarosa

  • Dinner under the stars

    Dinner under the stars

  • The wood burning fireplace

    The wood burning fireplace

  • The kitchen area microwave dishwasher

    The kitchen area microwave dishwasher

  • Terrace overlooking the countryside and the sea

    Terrace overlooking the countryside and the sea

  • Sunset at villarosa

    Sunset at villarosa

  • The lungomare

    The lungomare

  • The entairtainment center apple tv video library

    The entairtainment center apple tv video library

  • The guest bebdroom

    The guest bebdroom

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • The essence of villarosa

    The essence of villarosa

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 20, 2017

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