The set up for the perfect vacation
Nested in a garden of secular olive and fruit trees, very privately, on a breezy Hill, Villarosa dominates mountains, valleys and seas. Breath taking sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from the various balconies and terraces of this idyllic villa.
The first floor of very large dining room sitting room with a wood burning fireplace, and kitchen. It is air conditioned . The bathroom with walk-in shower bidet and pantry. The marble stairs lead you to the second-floor where tree-bedrooms, large sitting area the French bathroom with shower and bidet washing machine are.
An outside marble staircase leads to to the third floor Terrace that commands 360° view of the Aspromonte Mountains, the valleys and the ionic sea. A private garage and private entrance surrounded by cast-iron gates. 3 kilometers distance is the town of Gerace 2500 year famous for its many churches site of many concerts, cobblestone roads and rich of shops, of local artifacts, restaurants enjoyed by international tourists.
Bathroom 1: toilet , shower , bidet , wahing machine nested nicely in one of the closets
Bathroom 2: toilet , shower , bidet , walk in shower
Bathroom one french sink, bidet marble floors, venetian stucco,gold has two closets:one houses the washing machine, the other one contains a sliding carousel that accomodates the toiletries. Bathroom two Large marble vanity off sided bowl sink walkin shower under the sink a rolling carousel to accomodate toiletries etc
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Bedroom 2: 1 queen
Bedroom 3: 1 double. A splendid view can be enjoyed from this bedroom
Bedroom 1: 1 queen. This is the only room with air conditioning bedroom
Bedroom 1: Spacious room with a queen sized bed cast iron, armoir, chest . Night lights on the walls; has a balcony to the west ,view of the large valley and the magnificent Aspromonte National park. Another balcony to the south large enough have breakfast in am, have a sambuca in the evening, while absorbing the view of the distant tip of Italy, the sea, the mountains.
Bedroom 2: Has a built in large closet a chest and two night stands. Reading a book is divine in its peace. At night the villages scattered along the mountais gives the feeling of blanket of stars decorating the blue blanket covering the mountains.far away in the summer fireworks light the sky of the far away towns celebrating the summer events. the balcony eventually wraps around the house and leads to stairway to roof terrace,'The stairway to the stars'where you can spend the rest of the evening in owe of the magnificence nature has to offer. There is also a queen pull out bed in the living room downstair
Place to visit
Archeological interest 'the Magna Grecia': If interested I can arrange special tour of museum/actual archeological digs with professors, directors of museums. Special visits to surrounding islands archeological sightseeing can be arranged upon requests. Gerace has over 2000 years of history.It was the site of many occupation tru the centuries, and all those civilizations left an imprint,including the Norman invasion that left behind the Norman castle.
Locri has a Greek anphitheather and to date performances under the stars are been given in its 2000 year od anphyteather. The museum of Locri is well known and the center of interest of luminary personality. Nearby Roccella hosts international jazz festivals.
The Ionian sea...the surroundings: the ionian sea is clean, deepest blue and center of attraction for sea lovers of all ages...
Many 'Lidos' serve the clients with umbrellas, loungers. refreshments and lunch/ dinner on the water.
Some of the small restaurants have no set menus 'They serve the catch of the day'.
The atmosphere is quiet and the beaches are not loud ,one can spend the day sailing,paddling, motor boating reading a book on the lounger ,eating on the rotonda 'Makes one feel like Onassis' as someone told me.
The Eolian islands, Sicily, are some of the many destinations within easy reach even one day excursions, Palermo is really a jewel and is a must, along with Taormina,
Two days will take you to Erice tip of Sicily that overlooks Africa.
Scilla the site of Ulisse's boat wreck is near Reggio Calabria and is also rich of history and breathtaking beauty.
The food of the south: the local food is as good as it gets.
From the local gelato at Rinaldi's at the piazza del tocco in Gerace,to the fancy restaurant, the small trattoria, the pizza,the food is the delicacy and irresistible.
Do not eat too much of the appetizers, everything tastes so good you want to leave room for dessert;
Do not forget to sit out at night and have a granita,then sit by the 'Bombarde' the balcony to the world of Gerace
Perhaps it is the sun or the water or the ripeness of the fruit, but the granita it is incomparable.
Strolling through the cobblestone of Gerace, it's a pleasure to grace through the barriers shops the most exquisite ceramics, linen, lace. At Christmas time the churches have manger scene; they compete with each other and they are very artistic and unique. Famous composers performed concerts in the churches at Christmas creating an atmosphere that brings you back centuries after the concerts the most delicious hot chocolate takes away the chill.
Villarosa: the interiors
The archaic smile of Persephone welcomes the guest at the entrance door which, together with the inscription engraved on the adjacent fireplace, reminds us that we are immersed in the environment of Magna Graecia, an ancient land of great hospitality and culture.
You then enter, under the good auspices of the Goddess who was once believed to regulate the seasons, into the large living room that has a large and functional kitchen, a long glass table for lunches and dinners with friends, a large showcase crockery holder, reading corner, two sofas (one double and one single) and a cot.
Next to it, in ancient Roman style, there is a large bathroom with shower and bathroom fixtures and, opposite, an area with a sink and a long closet.
Going up the stairs made of pietra serena we find a large space with three bedrooms: one, with frosted and stained glass walls, contains a large desk together with a single and a half brass bed. Next to it is the master bedroom with a double bed in wrought iron and a romantic terrace overlooking the Antonimina valley and the first offshoots of the Aspomonte. Finally, there is the guest bedroom with a double bed, also in wrought iron, and a cot with adjustable sides for children.
In the bright hallway, there is still a single bed and, at the service of all the sleeping area, a bathroom with old-English style fixtures, a large shower and, hidden by two artistic gratings, the compartments for the washing machine and what may be needed. for the laundry.
From the sleeping area you then go up to the magnificent upper terrace where, especially in the brightest nights, it seems to be able to touch the large vault of the firmament that extends solemnly over the whole surrounding environment including the green hill, the blue sea and the purple mountain.
Also in front of the lower living room there is a large terrace equipped with a rocking chair, chairs and a table in wood and wrought iron for afternoons and mornings dedicated to sunbathing or evenings with family or friends.
It is not without reason that a Canadian guest wrote in the book dedicated to the thoughts of the "Guests" of the villa that it is useless to look elsewhere for Paradise: it is close at hand in the quiet, beautiful and comfortable residence called "Villarosa".
The house is 100% central heated in winters.