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The Tower in 15th Century Borgo Fontanini - with mountain views

Bedrooms 3
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

16th Century Tower, 3 bedrooms with 3 bathroom en suite, kitchen, living room

The Torre of Borgo Fontanini is a stone tower on five levels, with three-bedrooms and three bathrooms en suite. Built into the hillside, there are two ground floors. On the lower level there is a small, fully equipped kitchen with a door to a patio area. Stairs lead up to a living/dining room with a fireplace and a door to the garden area, next to the oaks forest, with a table and chairs for dining al fresco. The bedrooms are on the upper floors and offer a great views over the Appennini mountains. Free WIFI.

Property Manager
Silvia Vignati
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Italian, Nederlands
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2017

About Silvia Vignati

Born in Bologna in 1973, I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature's. I work at the Agrotourism "I Fontanini" since its opening in 2003, where I manage the customers, the advertising and the public relations.

Silvia Vignati purchased this castle in 1980

Why Silvia Vignati chose Modena

Bologna and Modena 1 hour far away, mountain views, fresh air, pleasant climate both in the summer and in the winter, the quietness, the wild nature, the singing birds, the excellent food and wines, the friendly people in the village. Village fairs, excursions and plenty of activities organized from May until November. Montombraro famous swimming pool and the Parco dei Sassi di Roccamalatina.

What makes this castle unique

Living in a 16th Century tower is a must experience. The higher you go, the more you leave daily reality back. Here you sleep close by the owl and the wild birds that populate the higher branches of the ancient oak tree, that is just outside your back windows. Whilst on the front, you enjoy small landscape paintings from every window. There are two panoramic terraces: one outside the kitchen , where it is pleasure having breakfast in the morning and dinner at sunset. The terrace outside the living room is perfect for having lunch and then relaxing on the deck chairs in the afternoon.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Silvia and Riccarda,

We stayed at “Tower” in May 2013 and enjoyed our stay very, very much and wanted to let you know how much we liked it.

The building itself is wonderful, you made a great job on the restoration, the interior is very nicely furnished and decorated, the setting and the environment are great. And we have been lucky with the weather, too. It was a big advantage that the village itself was within walking distance from “Torre”. The fact there are some shops (bakery, grocery, salumi) is very convenient. For us it was a pleasant morning stroll to fetch bread and food for breakfast (or aperitif in the evening) and have our first cappuccino there on the bar terrace. Same thing for the restaurants in the village: we didn't need to take the car with somebody having to drive and cutting on the wine. Especially dinner at that farm just around the corner was a real surprise.

All maps and touristy brochures in the house were very handy.
Aug 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Monteombraro in Emilia Romagna

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom 1: wc, bidet, shower, sink Bathroom 2: wc, bidet, shower, sink Bathroom 3: wc, bidet, shower, sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with queen bed Bedroom 2 with 2 twins Bedroom 3 with queen bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: DVD player and movies available at the house. WIFI available Outside: Panoramic patio outside kitchen with table and chairs. Garden provided with table and chairs, barbeque and outdoor armchairs. Utility Room: Washing machine available in a separate laundry room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens included, cleaning once per week, towels and linens changed once per week.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


4.3/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


A lovely site; amazing views; wonderful countryside.

  • 3 of 5

The location and position of The Tower are excellent: great views, wonderful countryside around the property. There are also lovely outside seating areas.

The bedrooms and sitting room are comfortable and well furnished. There is an open fire in the sitting room, but it smokes. Two of the toilets did not function well when we arrived and we had to arrange with the owner to get a plumber. The downside of the property is the kitchen, which is small and tired: the dishwasher does not really wash the dishes adequately and needs updating, the electric kettle does not work properly (it turns itself off before it has finished heating the water) and there is no oven in the kitchen (despite an oven being listed on the Owners Direct website). In summary: the property has great potential, but the kitchen needs to be updated and improved.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful old property in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Torre which is a stunning historic building. There are three properties and its a working site, so be prepared for that! Silvia was very helpful when we arrived and showed us where to walk etc. They also kindly invited us down to the communal table overlooking the valley and sunset for spritzers and nibbles on the last night which was lovely. The house is old and quirky and obviously has lots of stairs. It was clean and tidy and pretty decor. Stunning views. The patio at the back gets the sun all day. The village is nice but check things will be open-basically all september the restaurants were shut. Take a torch if you're going to walk in the dark. The region is beautiful, lots of walks. Would go back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home comforts, stunning views, perfect location

  • 4 of 5

We could not have been happier with our stay in this atmospheric and beautiful spot. The two-bed house, thoughtfully converted from a 15th century building was comfortable and homely yet maintained its historic appeal. Sylvia and Aldo were warm and relaxed hosts and we enjoyed a feast of local truffle-themed dishes cooked by Sylvia which we shared with other international guests and enjoyed as if we were all old friends. There are stunning walks from the property, and the local town of Montombraro (walking distance) has a charm all its own. In addition, we were comfortably in striking distance of Bologna, Ferrara, Mantua, Parma and more. For a real, atmospheric taste of Italy you could not do better.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rustic Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful historic property nestled in a food lovers paradise.

Sylvia and her family epitomize the hospitality that Emilia Romagna is

known for.

Cooking class was great but the resulting meal was even better.

Highly recommend.

King Bar is a great value and a true taste of the local lifestyle of the region.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Apr 2017 - 13 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
14 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Early summer
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £59.67

Booking Notes:
1) Reservation procedure: by e-mail or telephone to check availability and price
2) Payment policy: booking deposit through bank transfer,or credit card. Balance on the arrival day.
3) Cancellation refunds:
up to 9 weeks - no charge
9-5 weeks - 50% of booking deposit refunded
5-3 weeks - 25% of booking deposit refunded
Less than 3 weeks : no refund
Delayed arrival : the whole week rent will be due.
4) Arrival time: 4-7 pm. Departure time: 10 am

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day.
High season: preferred changeover day is Saturday.

Notes on prices:
Rates include water, gas, electricity, bedroom linens, bathroom and kitchen towels, firewood. The costs for central heating, when needed, are extra and depend on the amount of gas used, which is metered upon arrival and departure. Baby cot and high chair for free. Pets allowed if previously agreed with the owner.

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