My husband, daughter and I wanted a holiday where we could de-stress, do a bit of tourism and cook, which we don't get to do enough with work/university. This was the perfect villa for that.
The villa is lovely with lots of little touches that add to the comfort of the place.
The kitchen is amazingly well stocked with everything you could need to get culinary - remember rural Italians do everything by hand so it was fun making pasta without a Kitchenaid machine!! Fun
The bedrooms are comfortable and all have large fans for those hot nights.
There are three tables - two inside and one outside which is well shaded and near the kitchen.
The living rooms - one upstairs and one downstairs - are great for when you want to cool down. The downstairs one feels like there is air conditioning it is so cool
The pool looks small from the photo but is much larger than you would think, it comfortably allowing two people to swim together. It is also a great width for water volleyball if you bring a net (Drape the hose over the wall and tie the net to it and to the metal fence to the right and voila)
The villa is perfectly situated for sightseeing
Montecchio village is a 2 minute drive away and has a small store, butchers, green grocers. It also has 4 restaurants (2 of which were open).
Ristorante La Perla is traditional Italian with antipasti and Guinea Fowl, Rabbit, Pasta etc. It also does beautiful pizzas but only on certain days?? when that is all they do?? We got pizza on the Sunday we arrived, tired and just wanting a takeaway - it was delicious
Kilometro Zero was also lovely. Here the young owners speak good english and the food was pasta and meat cooked on a barbecue in the restaurant - delicious
Be aware that this is Italy - the restaurants do not open until 7.30pm - people eat late here
Rome is 1.5 hours away
There is a wonderful Olive Farm - Bartolomei - 5 mins down the road just past Montecchio where we had a great tour through the trees and museum then an amazing lunch - my favourite
Our daughter went truffle hunting and learnt to make traditional pasta
There are a lot of high villages/towns with cathedrals and monasteries, the best being Olivetti
Guido and Claudia are really helpful and you can contact them any time for advice
We spend a lovely vacation at casa Bella Vista! The house is much bigger than the photo's show. Guido the manager is very helpfull and easy to contact! Montecchio is a lovely village with a beautiful centro storico. A perfect place for a vacation among the Italian people I recommand this house to every one who loves the pure Italian way of live!