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As a Brit who divides her time between the UK, Europe and the Middle East, I realise how special each holiday stay is for visitors. I like to give extra special service to people visiting to make their stay special. I enjoy travelling, new experiences and meeting new people - I would love to spend more time exploring Asia, America and of course Italy.
Sandra purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Sandra chose Vergato
After holidaying in Italy for 10+ years, we purchased Casa Ruspiano in 2005. We completely restored the villa and barn during 2007 and more than doubled the available living space. Plus added all features that you would expect of a modern villa without loosing the classic Italian style. Of course to enjoy those long hot Italian summer's we added a large swimming pool too.
What makes this Villa unique
We love the location - set in it's own private grounds with stunning views. Also located just 1.5 kms from a major town. We can enjoy our stays but also access the daily essentials supermarkets, restaurants, train stations etc with ease. Location, Location, Location is everything. Nearest restaurant 10 mins walk, just 1.5 kms from a major town, 40 mins from the nearest international airport, 40 minutes from Bologna and 60 minutes from Florence - just perfect.
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Lovely Villa set in the Hills
We had a great week at Villa Ruspiano ,3 generations together . It is very comfortable & well equipped with a lovely pool set in beautiful flower meadows.Very easy to get to Bologna on the train from the nearby village of Vergato. Good supermarket & restaurants there in the village .Thank you for sorting out the TV & WiFi so promptly .We will miss the lovely view from the terrace & the peace & quiet.
This was a beautiful place to wake up to and begin our day and an extremely relaxing spot to return to after our adventures in Emiglia-Romangna. One can not be anything else but calm in this spot.
And Angela is great!
great location, surroundings, facilities and extra
The property was very accurately described and it offered all of the described facilities, location features and layout. The house was very clean and well maintained. Customer service - as in knowing the ins and outs of the house - could have been a bit more explained by the house/key keeper. However, the written information was very elaborated. We would certainly recommend this property to family and friends. Especially through its extra features on top of all great facilities: the visit of deers and boars during the night. They are not dangerous, but very exciting to look at. In addition, the Chef Cook Angela, a local cook who prepares and serves a delicious meal using local dishes: a real special treat ! The location is very close by to a number of great cities: Bologna, Ravenna, Modena, etc. The local town provides for all shopping needs.
Wonderful Family Holiday Villa
We stayed as a family of 9 for 6 wonderful nights at Casa Ruspiano occupying both the main house and the converted barn .
The property is very large, comfortable and well equipped . It is very picturesque, quiet and serene.
The children loved having plenty of space, as well as being very excited when they spotted wild deer and hares.
The swimming pool was kept very clean and pool towels were provided.
Having a very large kitchen, lounge and outside patio with a barbecue made family meal-times easy and enjoyable .
We explored the small town of Vergato on market day to buy lovely fresh produce .
We used the train from Vergato station to travel and explore Bologna ,Parma, Modena and Ravenna.
Some of the family took one of our hire cars and drove to Pisa as well as Venice.
Should the opportunity ever arise again we would certainly choose Casa Ruspiano!
The property is about 2 kms from Vergato up a steep,winding road ,so accessing shops, restaurants or the train station would be quite difficult without a car.
Thank you for the lovely review, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Ruspiano and maybe we will see you again in the future. Kind Regards, Sandra
Special interest holidays:
This is a popular area for tourists, walkers, cyclists and visitors wishing to access both Tuscany and Bologna. Not forgetting Bologna's reputation for the best food in Italy - this is also a popular location for Tartuffo and Wild Boar cuisine with a Michelin star restaurant less than 40 minutes away. Horse riding and tennis courts are also available locally. You can also access Venice, Milan, Ravenna, Ferrara for day trips too.
The closest beach is at Rimini 175km from the house by car. The beaches are sandy, well organised and very pleasant. Most have loungers and bars attached to them where you are served drinks/food on request. The Italian Lakes, Venice and Cinque Terre can also be accessed for great days out.
Especially for the kids there is a Aqua Park less than 40 minutes from the property.
Bologna (BLQ) Ryanair/BA/AerLingus/KLM/Lufthansa/Czech/Austrian/TAP -45km.
Bologna (Forli) Ryanair -131km.
Florence (FLR) Meridiana/Air France/KLM/Lufthansa/Alitalia -89km.
Milian Linate/Malpensa -251km.
Parma Ryanair - 137km.
Pisa (PSA) BA/Easyjet/Air France/Lufthansa/Thomsonfly/Alitalia -120km.
Rimini (RMI) -175km.
Vergato town 1 km
Bologna 40 kms
Pistoia 53 kms
Florence 90 kms
Lucca 93 kms
The Villa is 15 minutes from the tuscan border with Florence just 1 hour away by train or car.
Emilia Romagna is Italy's finest culinary region, home of balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese and parma ham with Bologna, its capital, voted the place Italians would most love to live, this is truly La Dolce Vita, with art, culture, tradition, museums, palazzos, piazzas, churches, towers and superb shopping.
The villa is situated between Bologna and Florence, two world famous Italian gems the villa is within easy distance of major destinations such as Bologna, Florence, Lucca, Verona, Siena, Venice and Milan. Wine lovers can visit Tuscany and Coli Bolognese; for spa opportunities you can chill out in the thermal baths in Porretta Terme and Pistoia – just 30 mins by car.
In the local town of Vergato just 1.5 km from the Villa, enjoy a morning caffe' or drink in the piazza while watching real Italian life. Vergato has all of your immediate needs from supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, restaurants and railway station – don’t miss the Monday market selling everything from fresh produce to clothes. Plus there is a wonderful restaurant just 10 minutes walk from the Villa, where you can enjoy wonderful Bolognesei cooking at very reasonable prices.
There are concerts (classical, brass band, jazz, modern), opera, art shows in Bologna, Pistoia Jazz festival, the Porretta Soul Festival, and a host of other events throughout the year. Other local activities include cycling, walking, tennis, canoeing and horse riding. In the autumn and winter months there is skiing and hiking at the local ski slopes of Sestola and Corno alle Scale, both are less than 60 minutes from the villa.
After exiting the A1 Autostrada at Sasso Marconi, follow the SS64 road for 22kms, the villa is located near the town of Vergato, between Bologna and Florence. The Villa is at the end of a 100m gravel road (strada bianca) maintained in good condition and there is plenty of space for parking.