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- About The Experience
Enjoy a superb apartment accommodation in Veneto, surrounded by rolling vine-covered hills dotted with small villages. At this conveniently located holiday castle, you’ll be able to explore local hill towns, go wine tasting, or take day trips to Padua or Venice. In the afternoon you can come home to this vacation rental in Veneto and enjoy a dip in the covered and heated swimming pool or cook your own authentic Italian meals.
- Location Description
The castle is located four kilometers from Monselice where there are shops, restaurants, and markets. Monselice is a town that dates back to 586 CE and features many interesting monuments and buildings from throughout the previous centuries. The Piazza Mazzini is Monselice’s main square and leads to the 12th century Santa Giustina Romanesque church, Villa Duodo, and the Carrarese Castle, a museum that today is home to many of Europe’s medieval weapons and armor. Rumor has it that the ghosts of of Jacopino de Carrara and his beloved Giudita still roam the castle today. A perfect destination for a day trip is the canal-filled city of Venice. As one of the top travel destinations in the world, Venice has plenty of amazing things to do and see. Although you may be inclined to take a gondola ride or two, be sure to visit the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Square, and the Basilica dei Frari.
Nearby Attractions: Monselice (shops, restaurants, markets, museum, ancient churches), Arqua Petrarca (medieval village), Venice: Jewish ghetto, restaurants, shops, markets, St Mark’s Square, Basilica dei Frari, Padua.
Verona: 120 km/75 mi
Bologna: 95 km/59 mi
Treviso: 85 km/53 mi
Venice: 60 km/37 mi
Padua: 17 km/10.5 mi
Monselice (Train Station): 3 km/2 mi
- Exterior Description
Dating back to 1150 and once referred to as the Monastery of Lispida, the property was bought by the Earls of Corinaldi in 1850. These new owners then added wine cellars to the property and began producing their own wine. During the early 1900’s, King Vittorio Emanuele the 3rd of Italy used the property as headquarters. Today, the castle and outbuildings are surrounded by parkland and lie in the center of the Euganean Hlls Natural Park. There are also olive groves, vineyards, trees, plants, and flowers making the landscape peaceful and beautiful. There is a shared, covered, and heated swimming pool (11.5 m x 3.5m) with jet streams looking out to the ancient monastic orchard. Sun loungers are nearby. Parking is available within the property grounds.
- Interior Description
The entrance to this apartment is from the corridors that once led to the chambers of King Vittorio Emanuele the 3rd. There are two terraces, one in front of the garden and the other close to the kitchen. The second is furnished with a table and chairs.
Ground Floor: There is a living room with a couch and satellite TV, a dining room with a table and chairs, and a kitchen equipped with a cook-top, oven, microwave, and dishwasher. There are two bedrooms. The first bedroom has a 160 cm queen-sized bed (which can be separated to form two single beds upon prior request) as well as an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and tub. The second bedroom has two 90 cm single beds. The apartment also has a service bathroom with a toilet.
- Features Description
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
- Extra Housekeeping: 60 Euros
- Extra Towels: 10 Euros per person
- Laundry Service: 8 Euros per load
- Extra Bed: 22 Euros per day
- Castello Ricco is composed of 4 apartments. They can be rented out individually under the names
Gli Ulivi, or
- This apartment is over the estate's wine bar, which can be noisy on weekends. In addition, there are occasional special events held at the castle, which can also result in noise.
- Wireless Internet signal at the apartments cannot be guaranteed due to weak signal because of the thick castle walls. If Internet needs to be used, you can use the Internet at the Reception Office, or in the gardens and the pool where the signal is better.
- Swimming Pool: Pool is open all year round, and it is heated up to 93 degrees Fahrenheit.
Features and Amenities
- Outside Area - Private
- Outside Area - Shared
- Outside Dining
- Swimming Pool - Heated
- Swimming Pool - Shared
- Bikes Available - Upon Request
- TV - English Channels Available
- Internet - Wireless
- Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
- Clothes Dryer - Shared
- Washing Machine - Shared
- Air Conditioning - Whole House
- Heating - Whole House
- Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
Please note: Official Arrival Times:
- Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash or by credit card. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 200 EUR
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- Housekeeping (Available Upon Request) - Per Visit Charge: 60 EUR
- Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
- Arrival Fee (Outside Posted Times): Payable upon arrival
- Departure Time: 10:00 am
- UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
* These prices and conditions may change based on your arrival date and length of stay. For exact conditions, please click on the View Availability button, enter your dates, and then click on View Pricing and Conditions.
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Based on 3 Reviews
Peace and Quiet
Very pleasant. Located in the Colli Euganei region of Italy, near Padua, a wine producing region.
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.
I had to go through the adjoining bedroom to reach the bathroom.
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.
The accommodation was very comfortable and the location was excellent.
The peace and quiet.
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.
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.
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!
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!