This two-storey farmhouse stands on its own on a hill and commands sweeping views of vineyards and olive groves. Umberto and his family live next door and have been producing balsamic vinegar for generations.
Breakfast in the restaurant on the ground floor includes homemade croissants, cakes, jams from the orchard and savoury dishes using home-grown vegetables; lunch and dinner include regional specialities – tigelle, parmesan, prosciutto, tortellini. There’s a terrace with fabulous views and some of the rooms above have terraces too.
Take a dip in the swimming pool, spend a lazy afternoon with a book in the glass-walled lounge, take a guided tour of the vinegar factory which includes tastings; walk, ride and rent mountain bikes – the light is incredible at dawn and dusk. The charming towns of Castelvetro or Vignola are 10 minutes’ drive away whilst Modena and Bologna are about 30 minutes away.