The front of the Villa
Last month Rick, my parents and I set off for a 3 week trip to Italy. We were planning to hit two major destinations for longer visits, and make 2 brief stop-overs as well. I thought that in addition to posting our favorite highlights from each location, my blog would be a great place post some reviews for the accommodations we booked in order to hopefully help other travellers. I spent months and months researching where we would stay, so our decisions were not made lightly, and with only one exception, we were beyond pleased with our choices.
Our first stop, after about 24 hours of travelling from North America, was Turin, Italy. Although it is not a popular tourist hot-spot (indeed, most Italians we encountered outside of Turin were perplexed as to why we wanted to visit it), we had been to Turin in 2010 and wanted to return.
I found Antica villa del Nobile through the website Bed and Breakfast Italy. In all of our correspondence Clara, our host, was prompt and helpful. She had 2 bedrooms - each with private bath on the top floor of the house. There is also a private seating area and a kitchen for both rooms to share. Given that we were travelling with Mom and Dad and our party was taking up both rooms, it was like we had a private apartment. Both bedrooms had queen sized beds which were comfortable and one had a washroom with a shower while the other had a jacuzzi tub.
Living Room area
Rick and Carolyn's Room
Clara and her daughter Lucy were very accommodating; they picked us up from the airport, had pre-purchased groceries for our first night and recommended activities to us during our stay. They also provided breakfast each morning in the main dining room on a lower floor of the house. The house has been in the family for generations, and in itself is a work of art - the mosaics in the hallway are extraordinary!
It was a five minute walk from the house to the local bus stop where you could easily get to the heart of the city to see the sights. I would caution those with bad legs however that the walk back to the house from the bus stop is all uphill and so may be challenging. (The plus is that it helps work off all the Grom gelatos eaten during the day!) If you prefer to be driven back to the Villa each night, taxis from the city center back to the house are only 9-13 Euros depending on how quickly the car can get through traffic.