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Reviews of Charming and Historic Castle Apartment in the Veneto Region

Castello Ricco - Reale

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Very pleasant. Located in the Colli Euganei region of Italy, near Padua, a wine producing region.
Enjoyed Most:
The property has an indoor pool with spa jets. The property produces 6 types of wine and there's a small cafe that serves wine and cheese. The property has an interesting old history.
Enjoyed Least:
I had to go through the adjoining bedroom to reach the bathroom.
Surrounding Area:
The area is close to Venice and Padua. Ravenna and Verona are also fairly close by. The area has a very rural flavor, with many vineyards. There are also castles, spas, and Petrarch's house nearby.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Terme Battaglia, Monselice, and Arqua Petrarca were the nearest towns. They weren't within an easy walking distance, but there were some bikes available.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring your own soap. We found that none of the places we stayed at in Italy provided a bar of soap. We found a couple of good restaurants in the Montecelli - Arqua Petrarca area. This area is hilly and the streets are narrow, however.
We did not use a GPS. Only maps. A GPS would be especially helpful since large maps often don't show small roads.
Check In Out:
We arrived late and Mara was able to accommodate us.

Paul, July

The accommodation was very comfortable and the location was excellent.
Enjoyed Most:
The peace and quiet.
Enjoyed Least:
The fact that the kitchen and dining room were separated from the living area. It would have been nice to have a shower; squatting in a bath to shower is very uncomfortable. The patio area was hidden away in the yard at the back and received very little sun. We used it as our dining room but it was not very good for sunbathing or relaxing.
Surrounding Area:
There are plenty of interesting places to visit--it's less than an hour by train to Venice.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Monselice was the nearest town and was not within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
The train service from Monselice is very good and relatively cheap.

Steve, August

As we enjoy our last day here at the Castello Ricco-Reale, I can highly, highly recommend this property for those who want the country feeling of the Veneto, within driving distance of large cities Verona, Padua, Venice, Bologna, but exuding the ambience of bucolic quiet (except for the cicadas singing their praises to the hot weather). The Castello is surrounded by the Euganean Hills, exinct volcanoes that stand up cone-shaped in an otherwise flat, agricultural landscape. The volumes of travelers this time of year to the prominent sites make the return to the Castello even more of a comfort. The castello has a pool and numerous surroundings to enjoy!
Enjoyed Most:
The Castello makes its own wine, which is very good, and has quite a bit of local history within its walls to boot. The rooms/suite of rooms is fantastic. We have a large living room, plus two bedrooms, and a bathroom. We have access/use of a very large dining room for ourselves fit for the aristocracy and a large kitchen with patio. We've been shopping in a local market. The rooms are decorated with antique-style furniture. The caretakers are wonderful - very gracious and helpful!
Tips or Restaurants:
Nearby towns are small to medium. Our first night here we asked for a recommendation for a nearby restaurant (there was a lovely wedding going on). We were offered a repast of local deli meats, olives, wine, and leftover appetizers from the wedding which was perfect! The second night we asked about a nearby restaurant. We were directed to Trattoria da Mario. The speciality there was "donkey meat" which we tried - sort of like stew meat. Interesting! So far we have visited Verona, Bologna, Padua, Parma - all with interesting andbeautiful sites to see complete with volumes of people! This is the time of year when Verona hosts operas in the Arena, which I would have loved to attend, but it hasn't worked out to do so. I think you would need to be staying in Verona to make it work.
We brought along a Garmin navigator with European navigation. We call her Madame Garmin as we started using her in Provence. She speaks many languages, none very well, but if you are driving by car, she's essential! We would be at a huge loss, if we only had a paper map to rely on!

Linda, July