Via del Cavicchio, 14 - Rastignano di Pianoro, Pianoro 40067 Pianoro (Bologna)
Five beautiful rooms (one with kitchenette) and two apartments, with style and all comforts, our wine and jams, the swimming-pool, books in all rooms, meeting other fellow travellers, the fire-place in the living-room, the open spaces of garden, vineyard, fields and woods: your home in Emilia Romagna!
Rolling fields, colourful vineyards, lunar clay valleys and multifarious woods offer you a wide range of walks, hiking trails, biking tours or just plain relax
Il Cavicchio is conveniently located with easy access from all the major highways (autostrada)
Moreover, our farm is easily reached from the city centre by public transportation: bus stop is at 500 mts., and train station is at 1800 mts.
The building used to be an old barn with hayloft. It has been totally rebuilt in 2005 and renewd in 2012.
All five rooms are for two persons (either as king bed or 2 twin beds). All are provided with free WIFI, TV, Air Conditioning, fan and regulable heating. All rooms have country-style furniture and a private bathroom. Books and paintings give a warm "home" feeling.
Our two brand new apartments may host a family of two adults and one child. Built in prefab wood, fully eco, they are equipped with free wifi, TV, Air Conditioning and automatic air recycle. They are made of an eat-in kitchen a bathroom and a wide living/sleeping room.
Enjoy your sweet and savoury breakfast in the morning: our jams, cakes, fruit, yogurt, Parma ham, Parmesan cheese, etc.
In winter, you'll have breakfast in the dining room facing the garden, in summertime you can sit in the veranda under the wisteria.
All guests sit at the same table. You can get to know each other, a moment of warmth and communication in the rush of modern life.
We do not serve breakfast to apartment guests, since they have their own kitchen. Of course we will be happy to provide them with our home made jams, wine, seasonal fruit and vegetables from our fields.
A nice pool amidst flowers will give you relax and coolness during hot days.
The farm fields are cultivated according to the principles of organic agriculture.
The environment is extraordinarily varied, thanks to the multiplicity of the cultivated plants, from vineyards to fruit trees, from vegetables to officinal plants, from strawberries to blackberries.
Inside the estate you can walk through a wood of almost two hectares. Here you can see the typical flora of our region: oaks, acacias, maples, chestnut trees, elms, ash trees, junipers, hawthorns, dogwoods, ivies, old man's beards (clematis vitalba) and many other types of plants and herbs with gorgeous flowers. It's not rare to find wild boards' traces or to run into woodpeckers, hares, pheasants, squirrels and even roe deers. An easy track goes through the forest, till you reach a spectacular oak (at least 350 years old).
Environment committment has always been our polar star, from the buildings, raised according to sustainable architecture, to energy sources (solar panels, wood boiler), from waste management to wet waste composting and reuse. We are proud to have been awarded the eco-certification of Legambiente, the major italian association for environment preservation.
The owners are very interested in history, art, sport and nature. Hence, it will be a pleasure to help you drawing your 'personal' road-maps in close and far Italian places.
First visit should of course be to the enchanting city of Bologna, whose history has left so many traces both in the city itself and in the surrounding territory.
But from the farmhouse in 1 to 2 driving hours you can reach some of the most beautiful Italian cities: Firenze, Pisa, Arezzo and Siena, Modena, Parma and Ferrara, Ravenna, Rimini and Cesena, Verona, Padova and Venezia, Mantova and Urbino.
Moreover, in the next territory, clever tourists will discover places of great interest and beauty, as Ronzano Hermitage (Eremo di Ronzano), ancient monastery already cited in 1140. From here a fantastic view of the hills, Bologna and the plain, Regional Park of Gessi an of Abbadessa, the largest karstic park of Emilia Romagna, Pliocenic Counterfort, an exceptional sandstone rocky emergence, that goes like a transverse bastion crossing the Appennine valleys, Regional park of Monte Sole, that besides revealing an uncontaminated nature, bears the memoir of the terrible massacre of Marzarbotto, made by nazists and fascists against the civil population in 1944. Misa/Marzabotto, the only Etruscan town that hasn't undergone further Roman or middle-aged construction, its remains have remained intact in an orthogonal shape, Monte Bibele, an ancient Etruscan-Celt village, a very peculiar example of peaceful living together by different peoples, before the Romans wiped them all out and the Guglielmo Marconi's home and museum, celebrating the radio inventor.
Outside the farmhouse you'll find an infinity of possible hikes and trekkings, starting from our forest up to exploring the Apennine mountains between Emilia Romagna and Toscana.
Moreover, our municipality of Pianoro offer installations for almost all sports: football, basketball, gyms, swimming-pools, cricket, baseball, tennis, horse-riding. In bordering municipalities, there are rock walls loved by free-climbers, a 9 holes golf field and an archery field. Bologna hill and mountain territory has a strong vocation for cycling in all forms. A myriad of paved and dirt roads, mule-tracks and single-path tracks will satisfy all people and all legs. Here is the historical Futa road: since the Middle Age it has seen a good part of the Europeans who were going to Rome as pilgrims or for the XVIIth-XIXth century Grand Tour. It's a beautiful itinerary, completely paved, that brings you to Florence presenting you many a breath-taking view.
A few hundred meters from the farm you can find the so-called 'Gods' Road' or Flaminia Militare: it's the Roman Legions' road, that was connecting Bologna with Fiesole, now a beautiful itinerary for trekkers and bikers alike.
Inform the agriturismo of any animals at the time of booking.
Owners will be held responsible for damage to property and persons.
My husband and I recently stayed 2 nights at Il Cavicchio. Frederico, the owner, speaks excellent English and was on hand to welcome us with a welcoming glass of his own wine and to check us in. Frederico recommended a few local restaurants and made a booking for us at the one we chose. Our room on the ground floor was simply furnished and clean. The bed was large and comfortable. The wifi worked and the pool was clean and we appreciated being able to have a dip after a day of sightseeing in Bologna. Parking was also provided at no charge and the property is smoke free as described. The pool and breakfast area are set in a pretty rambling garden with a view up towards the hills behind the house. Overall the accommodation and facilities were homely and comfortable. That said, Il Cavicchio is close to a main road and the noise from the road can be heard from the rooms. Never having stayed at an agriturismo before, I was expecting it to be a bit more secluded and rural. Similarly, as it is described as an organic farm, my expectations were that breakfast would be home made, with produce from the farm. Unfortunately, breakfast was disappointing. The bread was sliced bread from the supermarket, pastries were individually wrapped, long-life type items, the cakes looked like they were also supermarket bought, there were no vegetables and on the second day the only fruit, some apricots, were bruised and not edible. There was some cheese and salami but literally only 4 or 5 slices were put out at a time and not being covered , they looked dried out.Yoghurt, boiled eggs, and granola was also available. As described, they had jars of their own jam on the breakfast bar which was a step in the right direction but they were unfortunately not particularly good jam. I feel bad being critical because we did not dislike Il Cavicchio or the people, who were kind and helpful, but I do feel they are missing an opportunity to be really good by providing food that reflects where they are located and is in keeping with their organic farm/agriturismo status.
We spontaneously decided to get to know the valley and the countryside between Bologna and Florence, through some stages of the Via degli dei (the road to the gods). In view of the high season mid-August, we were glad to have gotten a quarters at all, and one with a pool (with salt), which promised the necessary cooling at 35 degrees of heat. In short: we have come without great expectations and thoughts, after two nights and filled, splendid hiking days animated and wonderfully enriched: around the meeting with Federico, where we felt from the first moment well and in good hands , And this was not only due to the glass of his delicious Sangiovese, but to his sympathetic character, his special charisma, which permeates the property atmospherically. You can feel his manuscript, his personality in every gesture, every word, every gesture, in the form of an incredibly pleasant hospitality. He's always there at the right moment, and only then. The hospitality is of course also versatile and concrete: with great restaurant tips like the Carosello in Pianoro, where you can sit wonderfully in the green, the delicious breakfast with homemade jams, pastries and fruits from the own garden, the tastefully and practically furnished rooms (With many books) or the possibilities to settle in the garden comfortably. And if you have a spontaneous desire for a big city, it is only 15 minutes to the heart of Bologna. Just everything in, on and around Il Cavicchio is worth a short trip. That is why there were only two things to say in passing: grazie e alla prossima.
(Translated with Google Translate)
This agriturismo is hosted by a multilingual individualist. Humoristic and well educated, a great but also modest entertainer. He was there for us.
The accommodatie gave us what we came for: comfort and feeling at home. Other guests had the same attitude.
Our second visit this year was too short, because the region and Bologna are both incredible beautifull and outstretched. Our transport was bus and bicycle, beside our car. In all its simplicity it gives you all you need to relax and to surprice and amaze you.
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