Doorways Ltd - vacations and travel
Casa Di Giuliana
|from $2,788* per property||7 Days||Year-round|
|Boutique accommodations||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms|
|Operator: Doorways Ltd||Comfortably sleeps 13|
- Rest & Rejuvenation trips
Casa di Giuliana is a wonderful three-story country house of stone set on a wine estate with a cluster of inhabited farm buildings and a villa set around the original courtyard. The house is on the outskirts of a tiny village of several hundred people — Bure, San Pietro in Cariano, just west of Verona — where you can walk 500 meters for your morning coffee or to pick up groceries. All around you are the rolling hills and valleys of the Valpolicella, cherished for its rural beauty, its superior wines, and its proximity to remarkable cities like Verona (15 min.), Vicenza (40 min.) and Venice (1.5 hrs.), not to mention the lovely Lake of Garda (30 min.).
Verona is famous, of course, as home to Romeo and Juliet, but also for its ancient arena, where the sounds of opera fill the air on summer nights. This is a region strikingly rich in both culture and agriculture, conveniently located equidistant to Bologna, Venice and Milan. There are many possibilities for excursions in the area, including visits to the renowned villas of the Veneto (the former house of a son of Dante is just 500 m. away) or to nearby Trento, Mantova, Padua and the castle-town of Soave.
Casa di Giuliana has been restored (from half of a huge tobacco drying barn) with great care and taste, perfectly balancing antique and more modern elements. The barn is divided in half and another family owns the other half, but they are seldom there (and if they should be, the plantings and walls are located to afford privacy for both parts of the building). The top floor of the house is air-conditioned for added comfort on the rare summer nights when it may be desired.
On the main floor is a spacious living/dining room with a welcoming fireplace. Sliding glass doors lead to the kitchen, which is fully equipped, including microwave and dishwasher, and a utility room with clothes washer. The kitchen opens onto a large terrace, perfect for outdoor dining, with a beautiful view over the roof tops to the village and the valley beyond.
On the second floor are two large queen bedrooms, each with its own en suite bath and with a sofa bed that opens into two single beds suitable for two children.
On the third floor, which is air-conditioned, there is an even larger twin-bedded room, illuminated by a skylight and offering views on three sides. Another queen-bedded room and a cozy twin bedroom are located on this level. The top floor is located under the eaves of the house and has sloping ceilings. Therefore, it is best for children or adults who are not too tall. A spacious bathroom is shared by these three bedrooms. All of the bathrooms in the house have both tub and shower.
The house is equipped with a stereo system, telephone, computer with DSL connection and fax capabilities.
A swimming pool (4 x 10 x 1.4 meters), built in the style of Northern Italian village fountains and washing areas, features massive cut stones of "Piedra di Verona" from the nearby Lessinean mountains. The depth is sufficient for swimming as well as fun and games. A large (1000+ sq. ft.) landscaped patio area leads from the house to the pool with surrounding gardens.
The friendly, knowledgeable owner occupies a separate apartment on the property. With her degree in modern languages from the University of Florence, she speaks excellent English. In addition to welcoming you to the property and the area, she is available to help you when she is in residence. She is professionally experienced translating, guiding and cooking services and is happy to work directly with guests to plan the most interesting holiday possible. Guided wine tastings at a local cantina with a knowledgeable translator can be arranged, as well as babysitting and maid services.
Verona , Valpolicella , Trento , Mantova , Padua and the castle-town of Soave, Italy
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Day 1: Saturday
Benvenuti! Welcome to your Italian home! Unpack, unwind, and get settled. Explore your local village to find the tourist office, grocery shops, restaurants, and the nearest coffee bar.
Day 2: Sunday
Recover from your jetlag by spending a relaxing day at the Lido di Venezia. If you are there in early September, don't miss the Film Festival. You just might spot a famous movie star! Another nice beach where you can relax is Caorle.
Day 3: Monday
Vicenza: Pick up a map at the tourist office, which marks all of the buildings in the area designed by Palladio. Stop on the way at the Gelateria Brustolon (closed Tues), the city's best gelateria! If it's too cold for ice cream, enjoy a nice hot chocolate at any of the cafes in town. Enjoy delicious pastries at the "offelerie." The best one is Bolzani, just right near the Teatro Olimpico. Enjoy a nice lunch at Righetti, near the Teatro delle Poste. In the afternoon, visit the village of Montecchio Maggiore to visit the ruins of Romeo's castle.
Day 4: Tuesday
Visit Padua to see its archtecture, University, open market, and the Capella degli Scrovegni for the beautiful Giotto frescoes. Don't forget to visit the three main squares, where the open market is held every day: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza della Frutta. You can rest at the beautiful Prato della Valle before visiting Petrarca's house, or take a boat tour along the Brenta river.
Day 5: Wednesday
Explore Venezia: Get an early start, to watch the boats unload the day's supplies. Visit Piazza San Marco and all the tourist sights, including the Doge's palace, the Basilica, Ca D'Oro, and the Ghetto. Go to Murano to visit the glass factories and shop for souvenirs. Continue to Burano for lace and gorgeous (and expensive) masks. End your day in Venice by visiting Torcello. Once inhabited by 20,000 people, fewer than 80 call Torcello home today.
Day 6: Thursday
Verona: Among the many things to visit are Juliet's house and the famous Arena, where many concerts are held (some free) during the summer — everything from rock and pop to classical.
Day 7: Friday
Visit Lake Garda, with Peschiera del Garda, Sirmione, sung by the Latin poet Catullus as "the pearl among all the islands and peninsulas," and Riva del Garda, where you can scuba dive in the lake.
Day 8: Saturday
Colli Euganei: for wine tours. Visit the village of Arqua' Petrarca, native village of the poet Petrarca. Then relax at the thermal spa in Abano Terme.
Day 9: Sunday
Marostica: Don't miss the chess game (real people act as chess pieces) held here every two years (held on years ending in even numbers). Spend the afternoon in Bassano del Grappa.
Day 10: Monday
Spend the day in Treviso.
Day 11: Tuesday
Visit Asolo, Belluno and the Dolomiti. Don't forget the Castel Trautmansdorff, with its beautiful gardens and greenhouse with butterflies. Then stop by Pieve Di Cadore and visit the house of the painter, Tiziano.
Day 12: Wednesday
Visit the city of Rovigo and the Polesine area that runs along the river Po.
Day 13: Thursday
Another thermal spa, this time in Recoaro Terme, famous for its mineral waters.
Day 14: Friday
Pack and finish your shopping. Take a last stroll around your village.
Day 15: Saturday
Reflect on all you've done and seen and save the rest for next time. Arrivederci!