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Apennine mountain village, old stone buildings, garden & swimming pool - Olimpia

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking




Olimpia is a detached, three-bedroomed, stone villa in the garden renovated from a barn . Entrance to fully equipped modern kitchen-dining room, double-height living room with free-sat TV & DVD player, double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath-tub and lobby downstairs, two further double bedrooms and shower room on the first floor. The ground floor bedroom has a large double bed and french windows onto the courtyard. One upstairs bedroom has two single beds and large picture window onto the courtyard. The other upstairs bedroom with large 4-poster double bed, has a magnificent view west, over woodland, the valley and mountains beyond. French windows from the living room lead to the private patio with outside dining area. Interior walls are mainly exposed stone whereas the external stone walls have been insulated and plastered inside. There are antique timber beam and planked ceilings in the bedrooms and kitchen and a new wooden roof over the double-height, living area.

About the property


Conveniently located 10km from the 'Rioveggio' exit of the A1 motorway, backbone to Italy, between Bologna and Florence, 6Stanco is situated at the beginning of the Apennine mountain range on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, with stunning mountain views towards Tuscany. Set in the intimate village of 'Stanco', 6Stanco is a group of stone buildings surrounding a courtyard, originally the main landowner's home, private chapel, barn and haywain, residence of their farm workers and harvesters. Refurbished in 2011, the converted chestnut-drying barn, Olimpia, is a three-bedroomed independant villa, beside the garden and the 5x11m pool, completed in 2013. Giacomina and Giuseppina are the two mirror-image, studio flats on the raised ground floor of the converted haywain and cattle stalls, each with its own balconied entrance. We can accommodate groups of friends or extended families for unforgettable holidays! We live most of the year in the restored main stone house; also a Bed & Breakfast with three double rooms available.

The lower level of the Haywain is the 60sq.m Course Room; adjacent to the main sun terrace. There is Horse riding at our local Pegasus Riding Stables and trekking for seasoned riders. At 600m.a.s.l. no air-conditioning is necessary here and the mountain panorama is breathtaking.

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About Us

Ruth Hodkinson
Via Stanco 28
40030 Grizzana Morandi
6Stanco, BO - 477400
VAT Reg No02916151208

Ruth Hodkinson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Ruth Hodkinson

We probably watched too many 'buy a ruin and do it up ' television programmes, but that's what we chose to do, left the big city and now we live most of the year in the community of this small mountain village.

Ruth, an architect by profession, was born and educated in London, UK. Andrea is Bolognese and is a Restaurant food company director. We have two daughters and a son. We like good food, wine and when not travelling, at least planning and discussing the next trip!

Ruth Hodkinson purchased this villa in 2005

Why Ruth Hodkinson chose Grizzana Morandi

Beautiful, stylish, comfortable and well-equipped stone buildings. New, modern convenience but with architectural character where you can relax and enjoy yourselves. Situated in a safe, peaceful village with friendly locals and very helpful hosts next door! New swimming pool and plenty of space for al fresco dining, sun bathing or just reading a book in the garden. Only 12 minutes to the closest motorway exit which is between Bologna and Florence so very well-located for daytrips all over Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, even as far as Venice. The perfect combination of cultural visits to a variety of important Art Cities, or more low-key trips locally, by day, then coming back to your beautiful 6Stanco apartment each evening to cooler, balmier temperatures, after a sometimes stiflingly-hot, inner-city visit in mid-summer, with no need for air-con here, breath-taking sunsets across the Reno valley, less noise than the bustling towns and cities and easy parking! Unforgettably fantastic holidays!

What makes this villa unique

Our complimentary, weekly, summer dinners under the ancient grapevine in the company of the other interesting guests. Animated by master funster, Andrea. Relaxing in a private homestead and garden, not a huge impersonal complex, with the new pool in 2013. Regional cookery, English, Yoga, Painting, Massage, Horse-riding and Ceramics courses can be offered: We run English language courses in June and September, Ceramics is available if requested at time of booking and Johann runs a Painting Course every September. The local 'Nel Castagneto' restaurant runs a regional cookery demonstration course each week, usually a Tuesday afternoon, throughout the summer. Hatha Yoga and Massage can be organized in the summer if requested at the time of your booking. Our shared, inside- knowledge of the best places to visit in this relatively un-tourist-trodden area, plus what to avoid when you day-trip further afield.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have lived from the 15.06 to the 19.06 with you and we have visited

Dieter with his family in Olimpia. It was a wonderful time for us and your porcetta

party was dreamlike. When we had to depart, the earthquakes started in the region around

Ferrara. I hope you have felt nothing of it and no damages have originated

with you.

Many thanks to you again for the wonderful time with you. We come again


quite dear greeting

Ursula and Uwe from Germany
Jun 2012
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IMPORTANT: The advertised rental rate is for use of the villa by up to 6 people and includes utility bills and use of our facilities. 50% of the total tariff is required as a non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Your balance is then to be settled 10 days before arrival if booking online or on the day of arrival, if settling your balance by debit/credit card via our POS machine. Saturday is the changeover day in the summer. Optional final cleaning service of Euro60 to be paid directly to our cleaners once here.


Accommodation and facilities for Olimpiain Grizzana Morandi in Metropolitan City of Bologna

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Luxury bathroom fixtures and ceramic tiling. Easily openable Velux rooflight to first floor shower-room, for natural light and good ventilation. Window with obscured glass to ground floor bathroom, for natural light and good ventilation but people outside can't see in. This has a sliding shower rail over the bath-tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • All have large picture windows; At ground floor the full-height glazing also serves as optional entrance door. Upstairs these full-length windows open to Juliet balconies - enough to lean on the balustrades but not large enough balconies to sit on. Bedroom windows have black-out curtains, antique timber beam and plank ceilings and one exposed stone wall, the others are plastered. Floor tiles throughout. Combination of stylish modern furniture and antique wooden furniture with character.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Includes free use of the outdoor pool (open May-September), sun terrace and exterior shower. Olimpia guests have their own private terrace overlooking the pool, dining table with 6 chairs and 2 reclined armchairs with removable cushions. There is a trampoline near the pool in the garden. Children using 6Stanco facilities must be accompanied at all times. The garden leads down to woodland, with pathway, pine forest, football area with goal posts and recently planted Olive Grove; open for exploration by all our guests. There is a private consecrated chapel, open on request. We can organize Regional cookery demonstrations at 'Nel Castagneto', Massage and, Ceramics courses at 6Stanco to coincide with your visit. Painting course every September. Children's English language courses in June and September. Over the summer we invite all our guests to a weekly buffet/ pizza evening. In the summer months the Course Room is available, unless already in use by any of our organized activities.


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In an old italian hillside village, this is a wonderul place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

What a great holiday in the clean fresh hillside air. But it was still hot too, so the pool and its loungers were so inviting. We stayed in Olimpia, an excellent house and very comfortable with its old world feel of stone wall and wooden beams. The furnishings are attractive and it all bears testimony to Ruth's architectural design skills. She is very helpful indeed.

We so enjoyed the terrace for al fresco eating, the peace, the birds flying, the starry skies and those beautifully surprising fireflies which drift around like mini flashing torchlights. It is all only a short car ride to the train station for Florence, Bologna and beyond. We recommend this very highly indeed.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Idyllic retreat

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a very relaxing week at this property. The accommodation was of a very high standard with thoughtful touches like basic commodities, a bottle of wine, soap in the bathroom etc. The owners hosted a fabulous evening of food, drink and great company for all the people staying on their site. They were very friendly and helped out with queries about our excursions whenever we asked. Ruth in particular was around all week and often to be seen, making catching up with queries seem effortless. There were lots of local places and activities that she was able to advise on and help with organising too. We were a group of 5 adults and the accommodation was spacious as well as comfortable (we were in the 6 person accommodation next to the swimming pool). We would definitely recommend a stay at this location.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Stunning property, views & location for exploring the region

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd time we've stayed at 6Stanco and we've booked again for next year - this, from the family who have never visited the same place twice!

The reasons are clear:

- the property (Olimpia) is clean, fantastically well equipped and has plenty of space. There's no need to go straight to the supermarket and buy everything - it's all there, including peripherals that you normally make do without. The pool is great - a good size and clean and much needed after a day out

- the host, Ruth, is utterly brilliant. Nothing is too much trouble but you wouldn't notice she's there unless you needed her. She works relentlessly to keep the place spotless and when nature takes it course (i.e. No rain for months, leading to a momentary shortage) they ensured that the guests had everything possible so we barely noticed (disposable plates, lots of bottled water...) also note that Andrea (Ruth's husband) also endured all of the elderly people in the village had plenty of water too - a measure of their good standing.

- the location is stunningly beautiful and also a near-perfect base for so many places. Bologna, Modena, Ferrari museum, Ducatti museum are all very close, with Florence, Siena, Piza etc all within reach for a day trip. You can even get up early and make it to the Rimini coast & back if you're so inclined. We've been kept occupied for 2 weeks so far and still have so much more to do next year, including re-visiting the places we loved. You won't be bored, that's for sure.

Finally, for those whom this fact is important - my husband is disabled, with limited mobility. The Olimpia property has a full downstairs bedroom & bathroom (so our daughter got the 4 poster upstairs!) we spoke to Ruth before our first visit and she was more than happy to send photos and discuss individual requirements.

Brilliant in every way

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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2nd visit and just as good

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views, great accommodation. Ruth and her family are perfect hosts and nothing it too much trouble. We hope to return again sometime soon.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Lovely relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is our third holiday at 6Stanco and yet again we had a wonderful holiday. Our villa was clean and had everything we needed for our holiday. Nothing is too much trouble for a Ruth and she makes sure that you can relax and enjoy yourself

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Comfort and relaxation in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Relaxed and comfortable apartment (Olympia). A thorough and tasteful restoration of the building. The apartment facilities are very nice and "modern". Headroom in top bathroom somewhat limited, but nothing serious. Nice pool - kids depth, but refreshing on the hot July days. We had the good fortune of being invited to a social gathering with pizza in the village on the day of arrival - what an experience! Ruth and Andrea are the most caring and resourceful hosts you can imagine. The area is blindingly beautiful - even the trip to the post office is an experience! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Bologna - Guglielmo Marconi
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Pina, Grizzana
Nearest Ferry
190 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Molino del Pero, Monzuno
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Rioveggio on A1 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nel Castagneto and La Prada at edge of the village
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Corno alle Scale
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Between Bologna and Florence there are now two motorways to choose from. Our exit 'Rioveggio', lies on the Firenze - Rioveggio PANORAMICO branch not the new DIRETTISSIMA Firenze -Badia branch - which you should avoid.

The village of Stanco, GPS coordinates: n44d 14,790; e11d 08,200: is at an altitude of 600m and lies on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, offering wonderful panoramic views towards Tuscany and spectacular terrain for hiking or cycling. Only a ten minute walk away is the pretty medieval village of Stanco di Sotto, followed by the Pegasus Riding stables which offers great pony-treks or walks in the paddock for beginners. The town of Grizzana is on the boundary of the Regional Historical Park of Monte Sole, also home to wild boar, red deer, fallow deer & hare. There are specific Hunting seasons.

The museum-house of the painter, Giorgio Morandi, exhibiting some paintings in his summer studio, is at the ‘Fienili del Campiaro’ on the outskirts of Grizzana where there is also the restaurant of the same name. Grizzana also boasts the restaurant 'Il Crinale' and Trattoria at Bar Pina for lunch everyday.

Immediately to the south of Stanco are Montovolo & Monte Vigese in the Provincial Park of Montovolo. At Riola ponte, not to be missed is the newly renovated and opened, fascinating, eclectic castle of ROCCHETTA MATTEI. On the way to Monteacuto Ragazza, a 5 minute drive then 10 minute walk, is the site where Etruscan bronze statuettes were recovered, now housed in the Archaeological museum of Bologna. A 25 minute drive away lies the intact, medieval village of Scola with ancient Cypress tree, en route to the Church Sanctuary at the top of Montovolo. Beyond lies the Regional Park of Lakes Suviana and Brasimone, good for picnics and splashing around, then the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale. Good 'outlet shopping' three exits south on the A1 motorway at Barberino di Mugello, in Tuscany.

Other Activities: Montepizzo adventure park - climbing-ropes-pulley agility course up in the trees. Vidiciatico leisure pool with beautiful view. Guglielmo Marconi laboratory & museum

Golf: 'Molino del Pero' 18- hole Golf Course at Monzuno, approximately 25km from 6Stanco and about 35 minutes by car.

Ski: 'Corno alle scale' ski resort lies just above Vidiciatico, in the Bologna area, deeper into the Apennine range. It takes almost an hour to reach by car from 6stanco but is a beautiful journey with postcard views. You can buy day passes at the booths on the slopes and rent equipment too.

Marzabotto: 30mins drive to Misa, the Etruscan site, now with small intimate museum of Etruscan and Greek artefacts and temple ruins on the acropolis and tombs in the necropolis.

Riola di Vergato. Sole Architectural work in Italy of Alvar Aalto's Church. Modern but spiritual. The Rocchetta Mattei; 19th century castle / Neo-Medieval folly with references to the Alhambra plus some Russian minarets thrown in, on the original site of a medieval defence tower.

Labante: Spring water and waterfall which has over time deposited an amazing rock formation and grottoes

Local towns worth visiting: Castiglione dei Pepoli, Porretta Terme and Castel di Casio. A lot of the architectural heritage of Vergato and Sasso Marconi was lost during the second World War.