Castellaro is a small village 6km from Sestola, in the central area of the Apennine mountains. Casa Taddeo is situated in a small 'borgata' (hamlet) on the hillside above Castellaro at a height of 760m, surrounded by woods, farmland and mountain tracks with beautiful views. Several rivers flow through the valleys, and it is possible to swim during the summer. In winter the area is popular for skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of nearby Monte Cimone, and at Abetone. We are at the southern tip of the Emilia-Romagna region bordering Tuscany. The cities of Florence, Bologna, Modena and Pisa are all within easy reach.
By road from Modena
If you are travelling from Northern Europe, take the A1 autostrada (Milano-Firenze). Exit at MODENA Nord and follow signs to ABETONE and MARANELLO. After Maranello turn right onto the SS12 to PAVULLO (approx 25km). Continue on the same road through Pavullo and Querciagrossa, then take the left turn signed to RENNO and SESTOLA (SS12). After a series of mountain bends going down, the road crosses a bridge over a river then starts to climb upwards, passing through CASINE and arriving at CASTELLARO (approx 6 km after the bridge).
Castellaro is a very small village. Immediately after the main group of houses turn right into VIA TORRICELLA (NB: this is just BEFORE the road bears left at Puccini's car sales garage with cars on the forecourt - if you pass the garage you have gone too far!). Drive up Via Torricella and take the second turning on the LEFT. (There is a sign saying 11 - 27 'Gia Casa Taddeo'). Drive into the marked field on your right and park where shown. The house is at the top of the terraced field. The journey from the autostrada exit should take no more than 1.5 hours.
By road from Bologna (the nearest airport)
Nearest airport is BOLOGNA - Giuseppe Marconi Airport on the NW outskirts of Bologna. Car hire is available from the airport at reasonable rates. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive to Castellaro, via VIGNOLA. From the airport, follow signs to the tangenziale. Take the second 'tangenziale' sign (NOT the autostrada) in the direction of Casalecchio di Reno. Turn off onto the SS569 for VIGNOLA. Drive through Vignola following signs for Marano sul Panaro, then FANANO and SESTOLA. Continue along the road to Fanano and Sestola for approx 30km after Vignola. Soon after a big pizzeria on the right called 'Al Boschetto', take the right turn marked SESTOLA and CASTELLARO, which climbs up into the hills. Then watch for the CASTELLARO sign.
(NB: Do NOT take the 2 left turns marked 'Sestola' only.) Continue along the same road until you reach the T-junction at the end, then turn LEFT (away from the river). Pass through CASINE and CASTELLARO (approx 6km). Castellaro is a very small village. Immediately after the main group of houses turn right into VIA TORRICELLA (NB: this is just BEFORE the road bears left at Puccini's car sales garage with cars on the forecourt - if you pass the garage you have gone too far!). Drive up Via Torricella and take the second turning on the LEFT. (There is a sign saying 11 - 27 'Gia Casa Taddeo'). Drive into the marked field on your right and park where shown. The house is at the top of the terraced field.
By rail and bus
International and fast trains go to BOLOGNA. (There is also an airport bus from Bologna Airport to the main railway station). You can get a train from Bologna Central Station to VIGNOLA that takes one hour. Either we can then arrange to meet you at Vignola Station and drive you to our house (45 mins), or you can catch a bus to SESTOLA (depending on the tiime of day) where we can arrange to meet you.
If you catch a train that stops at MODENA (before Bologna) you can take a bus to PAVULLO or RENNO and then another to Sestola. We can provide further information on bus timetables at the time of your booking.