The Torre of Borgo Fontanini is a stone tower on five levels, with three-bedrooms and three bathrooms en suite. Built into the hillside, there are two ground floors. On the lower level there is a small, fully equipped kitchen with a door to a patio area. Stairs lead up to a living/dining room with a fireplace and a door to the garden area, next to the oaks forest, with a table and chairs for dining al fresco. The bedrooms are on the upper floors and offer a great views over the Appennini mountains. Free WIFI.
16th Century Tower, 3 bedrooms with 3 bathroom en suite, kitchen, living room
- english, french, italian, Nederlands
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 13, 2018
About Silvia Vignati
Born in Bologna in 1973, I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature's. I work at the Agrotourism "I Fontanini" since its opening in 2003, where I manage the customers, the advertising and the public relations.
Silvia Vignati purchased this Castle in 1980
Why Silvia Vignati chose Zocca
Bologna and Modena 1 hour far away, mountain views, fresh air, pleasant climate both in the summer and in the winter, the quietness, the wild nature, the singing birds, the excellent food and wines, the friendly people in the village. Village fairs, excursions and plenty of activities organized from May until November. Montombraro famous swimming pool and the Parco dei Sassi di Roccamalatina.
What makes this Castle unique
Living in a 16th Century tower is a must experience. The higher you go, the more you leave daily reality back. Here you sleep close by the owl and the wild birds that populate the higher branches of the ancient oak tree, that is just outside your back windows. Whilst on the front, you enjoy small landscape paintings from every window. There are two panoramic terraces: one outside the kitchen , where it is pleasure having breakfast in the morning and dinner at sunset. The terrace outside the living room is perfect for having lunch and then relaxing on the deck chairs in the afternoon.
Pool / Spa
Really unique place!
We had a great stay at Borgo Fontanini! Silvia was a delightful hostess and helped us very much. We badly misjudged how long it would take to reach the property from Modena and arrived after dark. Google maps misled us to a local cemetery apparently! Thankfully Silvia was available by phone and helped us find the property. The building used to be a watchtower in the 15th century and has been refurbished. Our family of 5 had plenty of space, and thought it was pretty cool to each have our own floor. We had a bit of a workout going up and down between levels in the tower, and the property is probably not well suited for anyone with a health condition making it difficult to climb stairs. There is a phenomenal view across the valley from the tower. The property is on a well developed hiking trail and the edge of a national park area. We hiked the full trail one morning and enjoyed it very much.
The wifi worked well, and the kitchen, while a bit small, was just fine for us. There's a delightful patio and table just outside the kitchen. The owners mentioned that the dishwasher wasn't working, and that was no problem for us. While staying here we visited the Ferrari museum in Maranello, a must-see, along with Ristoranti Montana, which sports plenty of Ferrari formula 1 memorabilia. It was about a 45 minute drive to Maranello along small roads, but a beautiful drive.
There was a small plumbing leak in one of the bathrooms, but with 3 bathrooms this was easy to accommodate, and a small inconvenience for the chance to stay in a beautiful historic building.
A lovely site; amazing views; wonderful countryside.
The location and position of The Tower are excellent: great views, wonderful countryside around the property. There are also lovely outside seating areas.
The bedrooms and sitting room are comfortable and well furnished. There is an open fire in the sitting room, but it smokes. Two of the toilets did not function well when we arrived and we had to arrange with the owner to get a plumber. The downside of the property is the kitchen, which is small and tired: the dishwasher does not really wash the dishes adequately and needs updating, the electric kettle does not work properly (it turns itself off before it has finished heating the water) and there is no oven in the kitchen (despite an oven being listed on the Owners Direct website). In summary: the property has great potential, but the kitchen needs to be updated and improved.
Beautiful old property in stunning location
We stayed in the Torre which is a stunning historic building. There are three properties and its a working site, so be prepared for that! Silvia was very helpful when we arrived and showed us where to walk etc. They also kindly invited us down to the communal table overlooking the valley and sunset for spritzers and nibbles on the last night which was lovely. The house is old and quirky and obviously has lots of stairs. It was clean and tidy and pretty decor. Stunning views. The patio at the back gets the sun all day. The village is nice but check things will be open-basically all september the restaurants were shut. Take a torch if you're going to walk in the dark. The region is beautiful, lots of walks. Would go back.
Home comforts, stunning views, perfect location
We could not have been happier with our stay in this atmospheric and beautiful spot. The two-bed house, thoughtfully converted from a 15th century building was comfortable and homely yet maintained its historic appeal. Sylvia and Aldo were warm and relaxed hosts and we enjoyed a feast of local truffle-themed dishes cooked by Sylvia which we shared with other international guests and enjoyed as if we were all old friends. There are stunning walks from the property, and the local town of Montombraro (walking distance) has a charm all its own. In addition, we were comfortably in striking distance of Bologna, Ferrara, Mantua, Parma and more. For a real, atmospheric taste of Italy you could not do better.
Beautiful historic property nestled in a food lovers paradise.
Sylvia and her family epitomize the hospitality that Emilia Romagna is
Cooking class was great but the resulting meal was even better.
King Bar is a great value and a true taste of the local lifestyle of the region.
Fijne woning in een natuurlijke omgeving
We hebben een heerlijke periode in de Borgo gehad. Silvia is een fantastische gastvrouw. Jammer dat soms het weer niet meezat. De toren heeft 3 slaapkamers boven elkaar, dus trappenlopen moet geen bezwaar zijn.
De bedden lagen prima. De badkamers waren goed en schoon. De keuken is wat klein, maar voldoende uitgerust. We konden helaas het terras bij de keuken niet goed gebruiken, omdat erboven een zwaluw aan het nestelen was.
Jammer dat de wasmachine niet werkte. Silvia loste dit op door de was voor je te doen, maar dit voelde echt als een noodoplossing.
Alle boodschappen kunnen in het dorp gehaald worden (ong. 20 minuten lopen), maar voor uitgebreide boodschappen moet men naar één van de grote supermarkten in de omgeving.
Silvia is een geweldige kok, dus ga beslist een maaltijd bij haar gebruiken.
Special interest holidays:
Every week we offer cookery courses for adults and children, whose subjects are:
1- Paste Emiliane: how to make hand made egg-pasta; Tagliatelle, Lasagne and Tortelloni with Bolognese sauce seasoning and more.
2- Bolognese Menu: a complete 4-dishes bolognese traditional dinner : Lasagne or Tortellini, a meat dish, a side dish with season’s vegetables and a dessert.
3- Primi Piatti Italiani: how to make different types of « primi piatti »: Gnocchi, Risotto and Pasta, following recipes from many italian regions.
4- Pizza and Focaccia: how to realize the traditional Pizza and Focaccia.
The cookery courses are designed for enthusiastic amateurs, gourmets and anyone who appreciates food, wine and cooking. The participants will be executing the dishes and will taste them at the end of the course together in a friendly and familiar atmosphere.
Nearest airport is Bologna (1 hour driving).
Galleria Ferrari in Maranello is 30 minutes driving.
Forli is 1 hour 40 mins driving.
Firenze 1s 1 hour 40 mins driving.
The use of car is essential.
Nearest village: Montombraro 10 minutes walking.
Zocca: 10 minutes driving.
Vignola: 30 minutes driving.
Maranello: 30 minutes driving.
Bologna: 1 hour driving.
Modena: 1 hour driving.
Reggio Emilia: 1h20 minutes driving.
Parma: 1h30 minutes driving.
Ravenna: 1h45 minutes driving.
Faenza: 1h30 minutes driving.
Ferrara: 1h25 minutes driving.
Mantova: 1h30 minutes driving.
Rimini: 2h00 driving.
Florence: 1h45 minutes driving.
Pisa: 2h00 driving.
Venice: 3 hours driving.
Local shops (butcher, bakery, groceries, pharmacy, tabacchi, ice cream shop) opening hours:
Monday thru Sunday 8.30-12.30 and 16.30-19.30
Thursday all day closed.
Bank and post office mon-sat 8.30-13.00
weekly market in zocca: tuesday 7.00-13.00
supermarkets in zocca : conad is at the end of the village coming from montombraro, after the gas station on the right. There is also 3mg market, located in the centre, as you come in zocca turn right toward the pharmacy, then left and the stop straight ahead on the slope that leads to a parking area : the market is in the right corner of the place.
internet facility : at the end of the village, turn left to the swimming pool, you will immediately see a parking area, on the left of which there is the entrance to their office, called multimedia centre.
restaurants in montombraro :
1. San carlo on the right corner opposite the church square, very good hand made pastas and grilled meat for a nice price.
3. Odissea : from the church square straight ahead until you see it on your left : very good « crescentine and tigelle », typical mountaind breads served with salami, ham and cheese.
4. King bar : driving to zocca, just outside montombraro on the right, very good « crescentine and tigelle », typical mountaind breads served with salami, ham and cheese.
5. Pizzeria at the swimming pool : nice space outside, good pizzas also to take away.
restaurants in zocca:
panoramic : before coming to zocca, on your right, old fashioned hotel with a panoramic restaurant that serve traditional dishes.
Booking Notes: 1) Reservation procedure: by e-mail or telephone to check availability and price 2) Payment policy: booking deposit through bank transfer,or credit card. Balance on the arrival day. 3) Cancellation refunds: up to 9 weeks - no charge 9-5 weeks - 50% of booking deposit refunded 5-3 weeks - 25% of booking deposit refunded Less than 3 weeks : no refund Delayed arrival : the whole week rent will be due. 4) Arrival time: 4-7 pm. Departure time: 10 am Changeover Day: Flexible changeover day. High season: preferred changeover day is Saturday. Notes on prices: Rates include water, gas, electricity, bedroom linens, bathroom and kitchen towels, firewood. Final cleaning and taxes: 130,00 Euro. The costs for central heating, when needed, are extra and depend on the amount of gas used, which is metered upon arrival and departure. Baby cot and high chair for free. Pets allowed if previously agreed with the owner.