Two story house with 100m2 garden. Our house is in a small suburban area between Milan (45 min drive) and Pavia (15 min drive). The area is very calm and nice, opposite the house there is a small play area for children, a small store at 5 min walking distance and fields all around it. You can easily find parking opposite the entrance.
The ground floor has a living room where you have a couch-bed that sleeps two. It's Ikea and quite new, we sleep on it fine and it's easy to open and close. The kitchen is on the other side and it is fully equipped: cooker, oven, large fridge and table for 8. On this floor there is also a small bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink.
The first floor has a bedroom with 2 bunk beds (sleeps 4), one of the beds has a smaller mattress which is ok for a child up to 6 years, the others are standard kids/adults. There also is the second bathroom (with bidet and bath tub) and a playroom with couch, TV and balcony overlooking the park.
When it isn't rented we live in this house, so you will find our belongings (toys, books, clothes), please respect them and the house as if it were yours. We will arrange a storage area for your things so don't worry about that!
We have 2 cats who live outside and inside, if you want you can take care of them, but if not we can get a cat sitter. There are no smelly litter boxes in the house so no problem!
It's a good place to stay if you want to get the "real" Italian adventure yet stay a bit away from the chaos of the cities. Relax, enjoy reading a book in our yard and then set off for cool mini trips. This is Italy, History is *everywhere* you look!
The house is 30 min drive from Linate and 1 h from Malpensa airport.
Cleaning fee 35 Euro. Linen and towels provided.
No smoking in the House.
This is a great location because it allows you to visit many interesting sights & places, here are a few ideas.
About one hour car drive away:
Lake Como and Bellagio, a combination of Mediterranean foliage and snowy alpine peaks and the third largest lake in Italy. Explore the Como city center, go on a panoramic cruise on the lake and visit a famous silk shop and a beautiful Romanesque church with magnificent frescoes.
Pavia (15 minutes car drive) is a pretty university city on the Ticino River 35 km south of Milan. Its about half an hour by train from Milan's central station. Pavia is known as the city of 100 towers but only a few remain intact today.
Cremona is home to the famous handmade Stradivarius violins and is has a beautiful, compact center that's pleasant for walking and easily reached on foot from the train station. Most of the sights are centered around the main square including the Romanesque cathedral, baptistery, and the Torrazzo, the 13th century bell tower with the world's largest astronomical clock.
Turin, or Torino, is the largest city in the Piedmont region. Turin has Baroque cafes and architecture, arcaded shopping promenades, large squares, and museums including the world's third largest Egyptian museum. The Mole Antonelliana is a tall tower that houses the cinema museum and has a lift you can take for views of the city.
Milano has a small historic center, mainly between the Duomo and Castello. The Duomo is the world's largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in Europe. Be sure to climb the stairs or take the elevator to the top for views of Milan and the Duomo's spires. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a huge glass-roofed shopping arcade lined with expensive shops, bars, and restaurants. Built in 1867, it links the squares of the Duomo and La Scala and has mosaics with the symbols of the cities forming the newly united Italy. Castello Sforzesco was originally built in the 15th century, now a museum complex in the 19th century and and is one of Milan's major landmarks.
Two hours drive:
Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region, is a beautiful old university city with lavish porticoed walkways and squares, fine historic buildings, and an interesting medieval center. It's also known for its excellent cuisine.
Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region, has a compact historical center with several good attractions. Its Romanesque cathedral is covered with beautiful frescoes and the 12th century Baptistery is one of Italy's most interesting buildings.
Ligurian Coast: Genoa is still a thriving port city, but the ‘Porto Antico’ (Ancient Port) has recently been restored into an attractive ‘historic quarter’. Today the harbour is lined with modern sculptures, and some interesting museums. Portofino is a picturesque, half-moon shaped seaside village with pastel houses lining the shore of the harbor. Portofino has shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels. Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s treasures. These five higgledy-piggledy villages are cut off by mountains choked with olive groves and dry-stone-walled vineyards, where farmers have eked out a living over the centuries.
Other ideas a bit more far off include: Venice, Bologna and Lake Maggiore.
There are very few buses from Roncaro to Milan or Pavia, so it's easier if you have a car.
No smoking is mandatory :) Thanks!
Matteo and Erika's home was a perfect fit for us, and we would highly recommend it! Our two girls never ran out of fun things to do during our month stay in Roncaro. Erika had everything organized very well and provided us with plenty of space for our things as well. Roncaro is a very peaceful little village but there are lots of places to visit not too far away as the description says. Matteo and Erika are very thoughtful people and communication by email was always quick and easy.
The house of the Di Martino family is an excellent place to stay with young kids. Our 3 year old daughter loved to play with the cats and enjoyed the big trampoline, the slide, the swing and the toy house in the yard. Being spring time, the beautiful cherry tree was blooming in the yard. The house is spacious, well equipped and Erika was a great help by leaving small notes on the appliances about how to use them. Roncaro is a nice small town with lovely playgrounds for the children, a small grocery store and a pizzeria. It is very close to Pavia and Milan. We enjoyed our one week stay a lot and can only recommend the nice home of the Di Martino family and Roncaro as well to anyone who wants to spend a lovely time in Italy.
The house was well equipped, homely and in good location the host we did not meet but communicated online and everything was sorted. My daughter loved it. Would certainly recommend.
Loving homeschooling mom of 4 kids (ages seven to one), American currently living in Italy. I teach English at home, I have a blog and I write. My husband is a graphic designer. We are a large family and we love travelling. The children are respectul, cheerful and helpful.