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

Bedrooms 3
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


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:
25 May, 2018

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 Zocca

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 Zocca in Province of Modena

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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.


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The Tower in 15th Century Borgo Fontanini - with mountain views
average rating of 4.4 based on 6 reviews

Really unique place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Borgo Fontanini! Silvia was a delightful hostess and helped us very much. We badly misjudged how long it would take to reach the property from Modena and arrived after dark. Google maps misled us to a local cemetery apparently! Thankfully Silvia was available by phone and helped us find the property. The building used to be a watchtower in the 15th century and has been refurbished. Our family of 5 had plenty of space, and thought it was pretty cool to each have our own floor. We had a bit of a workout going up and down between levels in the tower, and the property is probably not well suited for anyone with a health condition making it difficult to climb stairs. There is a phenomenal view across the valley from the tower. The property is on a well developed hiking trail and the edge of a national park area. We hiked the full trail one morning and enjoyed it very much.

The wifi worked well, and the kitchen, while a bit small, was just fine for us. There's a delightful patio and table just outside the kitchen. The owners mentioned that the dishwasher wasn't working, and that was no problem for us. While staying here we visited the Ferrari museum in Maranello, a must-see, along with Ristoranti Montana, which sports plenty of Ferrari formula 1 memorabilia. It was about a 45 minute drive to Maranello along small roads, but a beautiful drive.

There was a small plumbing leak in one of the bathrooms, but with 3 bathrooms this was easy to accommodate, and a small inconvenience for the chance to stay in a beautiful historic building.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: 10-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 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: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 20-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 23-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
in the village
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Castelletto golf club
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
in the village
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Marina di Ravenna
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Every week we offer cookery courses for adults and children, whose subjects are:

1- Paste Emiliane: how to make hand made egg-pasta; Tagliatelle, Lasagne and Tortelloni with Bolognese sauce seasoning and more.

2- Bolognese Menu: a complete 4-dishes bolognese traditional dinner : Lasagne or Tortellini, a meat dish, a side dish with season’s vegetables and a dessert.

3- Primi Piatti Italiani: how to make different types of « primi piatti »: Gnocchi, Risotto and Pasta, following recipes from many italian regions.

4- Pizza and Focaccia: how to realize the traditional Pizza and Focaccia.

The cookery courses are designed for enthusiastic amateurs, gourmets and anyone who appreciates food, wine and cooking. The participants will be executing the dishes and will taste them at the end of the course together in a friendly and familiar atmosphere.


Nearest airport is Bologna (1 hour driving).

Galleria Ferrari in Maranello is 30 minutes driving.

Forli is 1 hour 40 mins driving.

Firenze 1s 1 hour 40 mins driving.

The use of car is essential.


Nearest village: Montombraro 10 minutes walking.

Zocca: 10 minutes driving.

Vignola: 30 minutes driving.

Maranello: 30 minutes driving.

Bologna: 1 hour driving.

Modena: 1 hour driving.

Reggio Emilia: 1h20 minutes driving.

Parma: 1h30 minutes driving.

Ravenna: 1h45 minutes driving.

Faenza: 1h30 minutes driving.

Ferrara: 1h25 minutes driving.

Mantova: 1h30 minutes driving.

Rimini: 2h00 driving.

Florence: 1h45 minutes driving.

Pisa: 2h00 driving.

Venice: 3 hours driving.

Further Details:

Local shops (butcher, bakery, groceries, pharmacy, tabacchi, ice cream shop) opening hours:

Monday thru Sunday 8.30-12.30 and 16.30-19.30

Thursday all day closed.

Bank and post office mon-sat 8.30-13.00

weekly market in zocca: tuesday 7.00-13.00

supermarkets in zocca : conad is at the end of the village coming from montombraro, after the gas station on the right. There is also 3mg market, located in the centre, as you come in zocca turn right toward the pharmacy, then left and the stop straight ahead on the slope that leads to a parking area : the market is in the right corner of the place.

internet facility : at the end of the village, turn left to the swimming pool, you will immediately see a parking area, on the left of which there is the entrance to their office, called multimedia centre.

restaurants in montombraro :

1. San carlo on the right corner opposite the church square, very good hand made pastas and grilled meat for a nice price.

3. Odissea : from the church square straight ahead until you see it on your left : very good « crescentine and tigelle », typical mountaind breads served with salami, ham and cheese.

4. King bar : driving to zocca, just outside montombraro on the right, very good « crescentine and tigelle », typical mountaind breads served with salami, ham and cheese.

5. Pizzeria at the swimming pool : nice space outside, good pizzas also to take away.

restaurants in zocca:

panoramic : before coming to zocca, on your right, old fashioned hotel with a panoramic restaurant that serve traditional dishes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday castle in Zocca, Emilia Romagna

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 30 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £70.06

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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