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When June 2007, 6 nights
Location Il Brugnolo is in the country - make sure you map it out well before you go. Google map it. Many farms on the road, but it's right outside Fellegara and Scandiano. The farm is beautiful, and if you're lucky you'll see Claudia on the tractor or Mama in the garden. The grapes were growing right outside our door.
Nearby Amenities You must drive everywhere out here. Il Brugnolo is right outside Fellegara and Scandiano (sort of equidistant). There is a coffee shop in Fellegara, the locals are out every morning. I think Fellegara also has a tobacco/news shop and a convenience store. It's a really cute town - every street is named after a Martyr of the Resistance! Scandiano is a bigger town and has a lot more businesses, but is not nearly as cute. Il Brugnolo is also maybe 10-15 minutes from Reggio Emilia; Parma and Modena also aren't far away and are an easy drive. Market day in Reggio Emilia is Friday - don't miss it!! If you need phone minutes, there is a place in Reggio Emilia. There are some grocery stores nearby - one small one in Scandiano, but a much bigger and better one 10 minutes away, out on SS9. (see below)
The House/Apartment Il Brugnolo was probably the nicest place we stayed while we were in Italy for three weeks this summer. The photos on their website are very accurate. We stayed in the Melissa apartment. Il Brugnolo is in a 100+ year old rehabbed barn, in the middle of the country! Many farms on their lane, it's very quiet. There are two or three other apartments in the building, all the ones we saw were on the ground floor.
Garden We had a patio outside our apartment, shared with the neighbors (as well as a grill). There isn't a pool, the only drawback I can see! We had everything we needed - including friendly feline visitors from the farm! There are flowers everywhere. Mama takes care of them, as well as the veggie garden, and she will tell you all about them (in Italian!).
Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas There was a couch, kitchen table and four chairs in our apartment. Everything was clean. The couch had a few issues, but everything else was so nice it made up for it. I might add that Il Brugnolo has screens in the windows, and air conditioning! It was a great respite after the Venice heat and mosquitoes.
Bedrooms/Bathrooms The beds were comfortable, and they had a cot in the living room for our son. The bathrooms were small but had everything you need - we had a shower in ours. They do have facilities for physical needs in a different apartment. The bed in the photos on their site shows two twins. They were pushed together when we were there.
Kitchen The hosts make wine with a coop, and there is some there for you to buy in your room. You have a full-sized refrigerator, a stove with four burners, all the dishes & cooking equipment you need, too. We cooked all our dinners in the room with no problem at all!
Problems or Bonuses This area is NOT touristy. So when you are here, remember that most people don't speak English. Go with the flow! The €1.69 bottle of wines at the grocery store are Good! (Oh, you know we just had to try them!) I love the grocery store in the San Maurizio plaza, where the SS9 bypass around Reggio Emilia meets Business SS9. It's a lot of fun driving around the country, and driving around the cities, too! I have loads of photos ... and so will you!
Agency and Representatives (and price) We booked directly from the owner. Claudia speaks a little broken English, Roberto's is much better - they communicate well by email. In our opinion, it was the most reasonable place and we got a lot for our money - probably because it's not in a tourist area. We only paid €80 a night at the end of June!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others? Yes, yes, yes! No qualifications whatsoever. We had a great time!
Things to do in this area There's a great place to get Parmesan cheese on the left, going toward Modena on SS9 between Reggio Emelia and Modena - you can't miss it! They'll vacuum pack it for you to take home, and it won't smell up your suitcase! Lots of castles within a half hour's drive! My husband's family is from this area, so we did some genealogy searching in the Reggio Emilia courthouse. The personnel were really helpful - and they had fun helping us! Go to Parma. See Toscanini's house. Wander around, it is gorgeous, and the shopping ain't bad, either! The Ferrari factory is in Modena, and the museum is in Maranello. Don't miss market day in Reggio Emilia on Fridays!
.. from Slow Travel Italy
My husband and I stayed in the Melissa Flat for a week.The website photos are just like the apartment, no surprises. It was clean and all the amenities were there. The only thing I would suggest is WiFi would be helpful.
It was perfect timing for our stay there in September, because they were harvesting the grapes that grow in this area. The owner Roberto, was kind enough to show us how the machine harvests the grapes in his vineyard. He then took us to the Cantina where they crush the grapes.
We thought Roberto and his family where all very friendly and welcoming. Roberto speaks very good english, so we had no problem communicating with him. We love this area of Italy, the food is fantastic and the wine is inexpensive and the countryside is charming.
.. from Agriturismo.it