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"We booked the villa on the internet fairly late (as we often do)because we wanted to tour the lower part of Italy for a change last summer. Michael was so helpful in all of the information that he supplied and before we set foot on the plane we felt really prepared. The villa was just as described and beautifully decorated and maintained. Gioia Tauro is a typical real Italian town with a typical laid back Italian atmosphere. However, in saying that, the people were extremely friendly and there was definitely a warm feeling there. If only the local council did more to advertise their virtues! Our family of 6 toured the area extensively, thanks once again to Michael and his family for providing valuable information, and what a fabulous area! We liked it so much that we are seriously considering relocating ourselves to this part of the world permanently! Need I say more? We still play Michaels CD on a regular basis to remind ourselves of a wonderful holiday. You've done a great job, Michael. Keep it up and thank you ever so much for all your help, even while we were in your house, you still kept in touch to make sure that everything was ok. If ever your singing career flounders, and I can't imagine that it would, you ought to take up PR!" Andrew and Audrey Monk - Somerset. UK

RENT A 2 BEDROOM PRIVATE VILLA IN SOUTHERN ITALY

The place to be... for a full immersion Southern Italian experience.

SUMMARY:

? Starting from $630/week (during low season) for our entire villa - Sleeps 4

? Minimum 7 day rental (Saturday to Saturday)

? Our villa is tastefully decorated: (see our extensive photo gallery website)

? 2 bedrooms (with Queen size beds + TV)

? 2 baths (with 10 inch rain shower head)

? fully equipped stainless steel kitchen (a chefs kitchen)

? air conditioning/heating (throughout the villa)

? landline telephone/fax/cell phone

? internet connection (just bring your laptop to check your e-mail)

? ½ mile from the beach (walk or bike it to the beach)

? near all shops and activities (villa is 3 min walk to main town piazza)

? 2004 was 92% booked. (check our calendar for 2005 available dates)

? can sleep additional 2 persons (full size sleeper sofa - extra cost).

? for 2005 rates contact owner

If the above piques your interest? read on to find out much more.

To see many photos - visit our photo gallery (high speed modem required)

http://www.villettamimmavittoria.com/

Book with confidence - We are SquareTrade Travel verified 006701039639

ALL THE DETAILS YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW?AND MORE.

Contemporary Villa Rental In Southern Italy

Calabria, Italy (tip of the toe)

Come spend a minimum of 7 nights at Villetta Mimma Vittoria

on the seaport village of Gioia Tauro, Reggio Calabria

Have you ever visited Tuscany, Umbria and all the art cities? Did you notice that every other person you meet speaks English?

To really get away from it all, experience rural hospitality in the blissful Mediterranean. If you really want to learn Italian - full immersion in southern Italy is the best place to be.

Italy: still so much more to discover.

You are looking into your choice of one or two weeks in our private 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse/villetta in Gioia Tauro, Reggio Calabria Italy.

Please check our calendar and E-mail us your choice week(s) and reserve our villa.

Villetta Mimma Vittoria Calendar http://www.rentors.org/calendar.cfm?pid=18608

to see more photos visit our gallery http://www.villettamimmavittoria.homestead.com/

if you are interested in planning your vacation for 2005, rates vary by season. Please inquire with the owner.

You are renting directly from the owner - there is no sales pitch, no meetings to attend, no timeshare trappings! You simply come, stay, relax, and enjoy your vacation!

Villetta Mimma Vittoria has a long standing tradition of warm hospitality. Set in the heart of the Costa Viola Calabria, this splendid building is 1 km from the seafront facing the Eolian Islands. Local attractions include: Aqua Park in Zambrone, Horse back riding in Palmi and Golf in Reggio Calabria.

The attractive Villetta Mimma Vittoria stands on Calabria's north shore. Whether you're after thrills and excitement or a relaxing break by the sea, you'll find it here. Local attractions include Capo Vaticano, Tropea and Scilla.

Upon your arrival at the Villetta you will be given a tour of the well appointed town house and all that it has to offer. A 500 Euro security/breakage deposit will required.

Villetta Mimma Vittoria offers all the amenities you would expect from a modern Calabrian Villetta:

EXTERIOR DESCRIPTION:

A charming townhouse in the small seaside port village of Gioia Tauro (southern Italy -tip of the boot), the Villetta (1000 meters distant from the beach)features exposed beam ceilings and terra cotta floors. It is decorated in a tasteful, minimalist style and offers all modern amenities. A gated walkway outside the property is equipped with an outdoor shower, barbecue, and storage space for beach gear and rental bikes. Gioia Tauro has both a train station (500 m away at Piazza Marconi) and a bus station (1 km away). The nearest food shop (20m), supermarket (100m,) restaurant (300m), and Laundromat (400m) are within easy reach on foot. The nearest town is Palmi (7 km). There?s a telephone/fax and internet connection at the property, cell phones which operate with a prepaid Telephone card are available for rental. Parking is available on the street in front of the property. The ground floor is handicap accessible (there is a full size sofa bed). The closest airports are Reggio Calabria (50 km away) or Lamezia Terme (70 km away).

INTERIOR DESCRIPTION:

Two floors: Ground floor There is an open plan living room with double leather sofa bed, a dining room with wood burning Franklin fireplace, and an American-style kitchen. There is one bathroom with toilet, sink and handheld shower. A marble staircase leads to the first floor. First floor There is a large double bedroom queen-size bed with skylight, walk-in closet, and small balcony. There is a second, smaller bedroom queen-size bed with custom built-in closet. The bedrooms share one large bathroom with tub and shower head. All windows are equipped with screens. The amenities include air conditioning, telephone, fax, internet connection, barbecue, microwave, freezer, oven, full stereo system, TV, VCR, DVD, hair dryer, washing machine, and espresso /American coffee maker. Extra amenities at (an additional cost) include electric/heating, cook, maid service, and cell phone rentals 21 Euros per week plus the cost of a pre-paid Tel card, and extra linen changes.

Arrival/Departure Times: The acceptable arrival times for this property are: Sat 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The acceptable departure time for this property is: Sat 9:00AM

Amenities in the vicinity include tennis courts, sailboats, snorkeling, cycling, children's activities, horse back riding, fishing, fitness club, basketball and of course soccer. In addition, there is a well-stocked grocery store 20 meters around the corner and various shopping boutiques just up the street on the main street (Via Roma). On Via Messina you'll also one of the most sophisticated spas in Gioia Tauro, The Spa, which offers a variety of services including, sauna, beauty salon, facial and body treatments and massages. A 10 minute stroll takes you to Gioia Tauro's beach which is one of the most beautiful in the world and stretches for miles! The villetta comes equipped with beach towels, beach lounge chairs, large umbrella and cooler. There is plenty of water sports and activities to keep you busy. There are six lidos/restaurants to feed you and a few bars to quench your thirst.

Should you want to venture out and explore Calabria, the owners can help you plan your day trip excursions to Tropea, Capo Vaticano, Scilla, Reggio Calabria, Taormina (in Sicily) and the Eolian Islands. If you're the type that likes to cook a full meal, sit back and read a book or get creative in your favorite endeavor you can escape inside the charming and tastefully appointed villetta.

All this and the perfect location in Calabria's Costa Viola!

You are steps away from numerous restaurants, shops, cafes, nightlife and activities. But once you step into the villetta, you may never want to leave! You will find such amenities as: TV, Telephone, Fax, Internet connection, Coffee Maker, Full Kitchen, Television, Air Conditioning, Bar/Lounge, CD Player, Hair Dryer, 2 Queen Size Beds, Balcony/Patio, Beach, Children's Activities, Fitness Center, Golf, Hair Salon, Laundry Facilities, Restaurant and Spa (Cell Telephone available for weekly rental).

Contact the owner for complete booking conditions.

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Why Stay in Gioia Tauro

1 Week Sample Itinerary

-You cannot miss the 'villetta of Palmi' a park promenade that over looks the Tryannian sea. It has views of the volcanic Eolian Islands to the west, the tip of Sicily to the south and Capo Vaticano to the north.

-You must explore Reggio Calabria. A most interesting place is the Lungomare Matteotti (the promenade), with its vegetation and several Greek and Roman remains, described by D'Annunzio as `the most beautiful kilometer in Italy'. Make your way, we guarantee that you won't regret it, to Cesare, for the best gelato in Italy.

-You have to take a guided tour around Gerace- on the Ionian coast - the Florence of Calabria and discover the history of this delightful city where the Palazzo Garmaldi and the 12th century Byzantine-Norman cathedral are located.

-One cannot miss having a picnic on the pebble beach at Gioia Tauro and watch the majestic ships make their way into the second largest port in Mediterranean.

-You must visit the local ceramic producers and artisans in Seminara and buy the 'mal occhio' masks (to ward of the evil eye).

-You'll enjoy learning about Calabrian olive oil at a private tasting given by the owners of Ponte Vecchio Olive orchards, one of the region's best producers, while sipping some strong homemade wine.

-If it's the last thing you do, you must visit scenic Tropea and Capo Vaticano in the province of Vibo Valentia.

-Have fun and go snorkeling /diving or horse back riding at Palmi's 'la tunara' resort beach.

-If you love swordfish you must go sword fish hunting or see how local tradesmen build and repair boats in scenic Scilla.

-You'll be in for an adventure when you go trekking/rock climbing in the Calabrian Aspromonte National Park.

-You'll be sorry if you miss visiting glorious Taormina, Sicily at the base of mount Etna. A simple ferry boat ride across the straight of Messina from Villa San Giovanni will get you there.

-Two of Europe's active volcano?s are a few hours from each other. You must take a ferry boat from Villa San Giovanni and explore the Eolian Islands of Vulcano and Stomboli.

-Try your street smarts and negotiating techniques through the Gioia Tauro street market on Viale Don Struzo every Monday from 8Am to 1PM.

-Impress your friends back home by take a cooking class in traditional Calabrian cuisine in Villetta Mimma Vittoria?s fully equipped kitchen.

- Drive to the observatrory deck of Mount Sant Elia (30 min from the villetta) to see the spectacular view of the Calabrian coast.

- Take the local train from Gioia Tauro to Lamezia Terme that runs along the northern Calabrian coast to see wonderful visitas of the sea, beach and mountains.

-You must listen for and jump out of bed to buy the fresh catch of the day from the traveling Gioiatana Piscattara (fish lady) who yells out the fresh catch of the day in the Calabrian dialect as she travels from neighborhood to neighborhood. Similarly the fruit - veggie man and fresh ricotta man driving by in their 3 wheel 'ape' and megaphone in hand barking out the fresh merchandize of the day.

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Villetta Mimma Vittoria

(A new vacation rental town house-100 Meters from the Piazza and 1000 Meters to the beach)

Villetta Mimma Vittoria town house - Italian elegance combined with New York's SoHo Chic. This newly constructed townhouse is on the vibrant Via Messina in the Villa Ponze district of Gioia Tauro, province of Reggio Calabria, region of Calabria. (tip of the boot)

Modern design has been plumping up the pillows on sensual content lately, which has broadened it's appeal. Villetta Mimma Vittoria is not about cottage coziness and certainly not of clutter, but of peaceful pleasures, clean lines and nourishment for the body and spirit. This phenomenon seems particularly true in southern Italy, giving 'Southern hospitality' a whole new meaning.

Villetta Mimma Vittoria town house has been completely rebuilt and renovated with extreme attention to details and comfort. Professionally restored in 2002, this Villetta town house offers splendid, high quality rooms to the discerning traveler and tourist ready for a Calabrian adventure.

Villetta Mimma Vittoria has 2 beautiful, practical and charming bedrooms that can accommodate 4 to 6 persons. Ground floor is one huge loft like space which includes the Living Room Zone with quality furnishings and antiques; such leather sleep sofa & entertainment center armoire, Dining Room Zone with teak table and chairs, and open (North American style) fully euquipped stainless steel/marble kitchen. The second floor has 2 bedrooms, a comfortable and luxurious bathroom and large walk in closet. The master bedroom has a high design Albers bed and the balcony has an eye view of the main street -Via Roma.

This "Great Town House of Gioia Tauro" property offers such amenities as private bath with an exciting rain shower head, washing machine, microwave, wood burning Franklin fireplace, outdoor shower, skylights in the large bedroom and hallway, window screens, 2 TV sets, radio- CD -stereo, candelabras, state of the art security alarm, and light dimmers to create a relaxing ambience. Stay in touch with the world - cell phones available for weekly rental. All one has to do is buy a prepaid phone card.

Villetta Mimma Vittoria is walking distance near food shops, supermarket, high scale boutiques, train station, cafes, park and sandy beach. Parking on the street in front of house is permitted. A few steps from the town house brings you to a little park-promenade (villetta) that has a panoramic view of the Tryannian sea coast, where one can view Gioia Tauro marina and the volcanic island of Stromboli.

Villetta Mimma Vittoria -peaceful pleasures and nourishment for the body and spirit

?When you walk into the house, it's as though you walked into a page from "Architectural Digest." It is beautiful! I. Lojeski PA - USA

Villetta Mimma Vittoria - Amenities List

6 Kilowatt - maximum electrical power

Air Conditioning - Climate Control cool/heating

All New Appliances

American Coffee Maker - 4 Cup - Bring Your Own Coffee

Antique Armoire Entertainment Center

Balcony From Master Bedroom With Eye View Of Main Street (Via Roma)

Beach Umbrella, Beach Towels, Folding Beach Chairs & Cooler

Built-In Closet In 2nd Bedroom

Bicycles (2)

Candelabras & Plenty Of Candles

Cell Phones Avail To Rent (Client Must Purchase Prepaid Phone Card)

Cool Terra Cotta Floors

Dimmer/Ambient Lighting

Elegantly Designed

Entertainment Center With TV, multi region DVD player, VCR & Hi-Fi Stereo w/ cassette & Speaker Stands

Espresso Coffee Maker - 2 Cup

Fax Machine

Featherbed Mattress Pads

Fire Extinguisher

Fishing Rod (bring your own reel, tackle, lines and other accessories)

Fitness Bike

Foot Stool (high design)

Games (Monopoly, Checkers & Playing Cards)

Hair Dryer

Ice Cube Trays

Internet Connection (bring your laptop computer)

Iron And Ironing Board

Large 80 Liter Hot Water Tank

Laundry Room - Washer & Wicker Basket

Leather Sleeper Sofa Bed Sleeps 2 More (At Add' Cost)

Microwave

Mini Clothes Line

Mirror - full length

Modern North American Spa-Style Bathroom With 10 Inch Exciting Rain Shower Head And Enclosed Bathtub

Modern North American Style Kitchen

Oscillating Pedestal Fan

Orange Juice press

Patio - Gated Private Ally Way - Vico With Outdoor Shower & BBQ

Potpourri

Portable heaters

Retractable Skylights With Screens

Remote indoor/outdoor Thermometer

Security Alarm

Screens On All Windows

Shoji Screen

Smoke alarm/Carbon Monoxide alarm

Step Ladder - To Store Your Luggage Out Of The Way

Stylishly Furnished

Teapot & Kettle

Telephone

Transformer (step up/down 200 watt - heavy duty)

Umbrellas - Doorman Type - For Those Raining Days

Vacuum Cleaner W/ Various Nozzles And Dust Buster

Walk-In Closet In Master Bedroom

With Gas Range, Oven, Fridge And Freezer - Great For Cooking Class

Wood Burning Franklin Style Fireplace

Wooden Beam Vaulted Ceilings

Zen Like - Pocket Sliding Doors

Villetta Mimma Vittoria - Distances to (in Km or Meters)

?If you're looking for a laid-back vacation with several different beautiful towns within easy traveling distance, this rental is outstanding? D. Chiappetta CT, USA

A3 Highway Exit/Entrance 2 KM

Airport Lamezia Terme (SUF) 70 KM

Airport Reggio Calabria (REG) 50 KM

Auto Rental at Airport LAMEZIA TERME 70 KM

Auto Rental at RC Airport 50 KM

Café Bar 100 M

Basket Ball Courts 500 M

Bowling 1 KM

Butcher Shop 100 M

Bus Terminal - Lirosi 1 KM

Cinema 500 M

City of Naples 443 KM

City of Messina - Sicily 55KM

City of Palermo - Sicily 282 KM

City of Reggio Calabria 50 KM

City of Rome 633 KM

Dance Club 2 KM

Diving 7 KM

Fish Market 1 KM

Fishing 1 KM

Fitness Club 100 M

Fruit Market 10 M

Gas Station 500 M

Garbage Bin 30 M

Gioia Tauro Train Station 500 M

Historical Town Center 500 M

Horse Back Riding 2 KM

Hospital 1 KM

Ice Cream Parlor 100 M

Ionian Coast of Calabria 45 KM

Length of Beach Boardwalk - 2 KM

Length of Public Beach 3 KM

Library 500 M

Main Cathedral - Duomo 200 M

Main Street -Via Roma 100 M

Museum in Palmi 7 KM

Museum in Reggio Calabria 50 KM

Observatory Promenade deck of Mt. St. Elia 15KM

Outdoor Bazaar Market 800 M

Park - Promenade 40 M

Parking 0 M

Pastry Shop 100 M

Pharmacy 100 M

Piazza Del'Incontro 100 M

Play Ground 500 M

Police Station 300 M

Pool Hall 800 M

Port 3 KM

Post Office 500 M

Public Beach 1 KM

Public Telephones 300 M

Pub-Pizzeria 500 M

Recycling Bins 1 KM

Restaurant 300 M

Rotisserie 500 M

Shopping Arcade 100 M

Shopping Center- 'Annuziata' 2 KM

Soccer Field 500 M

Spa - Beauty -Nail Salon 50 M

Sport-Fitness Club Center - 7 KM

Sport Stadium 2 KM

Sundry Shop 100 M

Super Market 350 M

Swimming Pool 7 KM

Taxi Stand 500 M

Tennis Courts 1.5 KM

Theatre 500 M

Theme Park - Water Park 50 KM

Town Hall 300 M

Town of Gioia Tauro Marina 45 M

Town of Scilla 30 KM

Town of Tropea 50 KM

Town of Villa San Giovanni 40 KM

Town of Capo Vaticano 50 KM

Video/DVD Rental 300 M

Yacht Club - 3 KM

Yogurt café 130 M

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Welcome to Gioia Tauro

According to encyclopedias and geography books, Gioia Tauro is a growing town by the sea in the province of Reggio Calabria.

Gioia Tauro is located between Naples and Messina, 7 Km near the town of Palmi, it was "discovered" at the turn of the century by the English aristocracy and today is considered the "jewel" of the Costa Viola for its trendy shopping and sandy beaches. Gioia Tauro is located in the gulf of Gioia Tauro, (it holds the second largest port in Europe). On a clear day, you can see Sicily and the Aeolian islands.

In fact Gioia Tauro is not only a town by the sea, but a way of life, a love. Gioia Tauro charms anyone who goes there with the color of its sea, the greens of its shores, the warmth of its inhabitants. It is a place that has a miraculously positive and uplifting effect on those who are struggling with the constant demands of everyday life. From artists to businessmen, Italians to Americans, Germans and other Europeans, this Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean part of Italy is for everyone. Those who come from cold, or warm lands, have all undergone an invigorating metamorphosis when visiting Gioia Tauro. They have left their jobs, deserted their native towns to live here.

Gioia Tauro, exit on the A3 Autostarda (Salerno - Reggio) is 45 km from Reggio Calabria's airport and 70 Km from the Lamezia Terme airport.

Gioia Tauro can also be reached by sea by taking the ferry/traghetto from Messina, which is a major Mediterranean port. There is also, twice a day, a sea bus service which takes an hour from Gioia Tauro to the volcanic island of Stromboli that is currently in the news lately. The historical city of Tropea is also situated at the tip of the Costa Viola. The Splendid City of Capo Vaticano had a medical school in ancient times.

Gioia Tauro, one of the towns located on the Costa Viola is an excellent area if you love the beach and great weather. The villetta is a few blocks from the town's main center, a 10 minute walk to the Gioia Tauro Marina beach, and 7 km by car to Calabria's best kept secret 'la tunara' beach in near by Palmi.

Gioia Tauro has excellent restaurants as well as in the nearby hill towns of Seminara, Sinopoli, and Mt Elia abound; the area is noted for its cheeses, wines, olive oil. Beaches at Tropea and Capo Vaticano are at 45 minutes by car. Activities in the area include tennis, swimming, horseback riding and yachting.

Gioia Tauro is not a fad; Like mythological cities of the past, it does not let go of those who see it. Its sea, its shores, its history, its inhabitants form a whole, influencing visitors and rendering their life experience utterly blissful.

Gioia Tauro the Gateway of the Costa Viola

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Welcome to Calabria

CALABRIA - THE FINAL ITALIAN FRONTIER - A LAND TO DISCOVER.

Calabria - 800 Kms of coasts frame landscapes of unpolluted beauty, between the Ionian sea and the Tyrrhenian sea among thousands of streams. A surface of about 15.000 Km that is represented by over 90% of mountains and hills. The superb massifs of Pollino, Sila and Aspromonte form Calabria's backbone and hide ethereal angles that seem to belong to northern countries rather than south Italy. You will also find impalpable sand on the endless beaches and a wonderful sea with various and stunning colors.

CALABRIA, land of emigration but also a land that is proud of its pluri millenarian history and of its culture. CALABRIA, land of art and ancient traditions. CALABRIA, hospitable land that from the very first encounter amazes the tourists because it does not correspond at all to the stereotypes through which it is too often defined. CALABRIA, hard working land that is re-evaluating its tourism, handicraft and also the small industry.

CALABRIA, environmental, cultural and historical inheritance to all the world.

CALABRIA is a place for two types of people: Calabrians (and their descendants - sometimes) and adventurers. It is bewildering, even frightening to all others, but richly rewarding for the chosen few. You will find no Florences or Venices in Calabria. You won't even find a San Gimignano or a Positano. Art treasures are usually encountered in impoverished villages whose older homes barely have electricity and running water and newer homes have cement pylons where the second story will someday be. When there's a spectacular seacoast, you're likely to find hotels offering lumpy mattresses and microscopic see-through towels. Architectural masterpieces have been eroded by the earthquakes that recur every hundred years or so.

Calabria - Unforgettable vistas across rugged mountains, vast golden wheat fields and crystal clear seas. Age old olive trees that grow as tall as eucalyptus. Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Norman ruins, forgotten by time, which suddenly loom over the horizon, beckoning you to your own private rendezvous with history. Shy but unforgettably hospitable villagers wearing voluminous black skirts or colorful traditional costumes. Delicious fish, vegetables, cheese, sausage, salami, wild mushrooms and figs.

If you venture inland on those impossibly curvy mountain roads, you'll see abandoned railroad tracks everywhere, and you'll drive past countless roadside fountains dispensing natural mineral water. Take your place in line to fill your plastic bottle, or ask a local woman to teach you how to balance a terra cotta jar of it on your head. Driving through the towns, you'll see old men playing cards at tables in the main squares. Grandmothers sit on their doorsteps knitting, weaving or embroidering. You could spot a group of villagers waiting outside the house of a local santina, a psychic who "sees" the souls of the dead, sweats blood, blesses the farm animals or performs miracles. You may see small children, but you won't see many of their parents, who have had to emigrate north or abroad to support their parents and offspring. Someday they will return home to add that second story to the house they're gradually financing. Meanwhile they'll trudge through the northern snows dreaming of this strange land, which has been conquered and forgotten by every major culture in the Western world.

Although never mentioned in the annals of glorious world history, Calabria was a crossroads for Western civilization from the 7th century BC until the last century. Before you travel here, read Unto The Sons (Knopf), Gay Talese's engrossing story of his own family's evolution. Besides painting a vivid portrait of the Taleses, it provides a gripping narrative of the countless outsiders who have conquered here, left their mark and then moved on, defeated by yet another wave of temporary foreign rulers.

The theme of Calabria in detail, about the Bronzes of Riace, two magnificent statues that were found in the waters off the Calabrian coastal town of Riace. But I'm going to let it suffice to say that any plan for visiting Italy should include these must-see bronzes--they are fabulous. They were in Rome at the Quirinale, the Prime Minister's residence.

The bronzi are now on display at the Museo Nazionale in Reggio Calabria, (45 minutes by car from Gioia Tauro) but the museum very kindly (albeit reluctantly) allowed them to come to Rome for a brief period. There, along with the prime minister, senators, deputies, Cabinet members, their spouses, and other lucky guests, one can circle the two great metal warriors for a long time, utterly mesmerized. Please visit Calabria to see them: I'm sure you too will find them awesome.

If you are inspired by breathtaking panoramas and you don't mind winding roads, follow the signs to the Ionan cost (40 minutes by car from Gioia Tauro), about four miles south of Corigliano, to Santa Maria del Patire. All that remains of an 11th-century monastery, it sits alone at an altitude of 1800 feet, surrounded on all sides by rugged hills and valleys. Another major site back on the Tryannian Coast north of Gioia Tauro just two miles off route 106 is Rossano. The 11th-century church of San Marco, defiantly perched on its own outcrop, is a mystical masterpiece, one of the great Byzantine monuments in southern Italy. In town, you should also visit the churches of S. Panaghia, Santa Maria del Pilere and Santa Anna, the ancient hospital and the Parish Museum, whose most remarkable treasure is the Codex Purpureus, a 6th-century manuscript representing the Gospels of Sts. Mark and Matthew. Its name derives from the purple parchment on which it is written.

June and September are great months to visit Calabria, and a fine place to linger for a few days is the promontory that stretches from the Golfo di S. Eufemia to the Golfo di Gioia. Start out in Vibo Valentia, an ancient Calabrian city that has begrudgingly hosted Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Bourbons. Formerly known as Monteleone, Vibo is not a particularly beautiful city, but its castle, a fine example of Angevin military architecture, is perhaps the most interesting one to visit in Calabria. The 14th-century cloister in the church of the Rosary offers splendid respite from the traffic that torments every Calabrian city, and the church of San Michele, designed by Baldassare Peruzzi, is a gem worth seeking out. Marching back through the ages, you'll want to see the Byzantine temple of S. Ruba, the ruins of an old Roman baths, walls dating from the time when Vibo was called Hipponion, and the remains of a 6th-century Greek acropolis.

Between Tropea and Nicotera, especially in the areas around Parghelia and Capo Vaticano, the road curves along high above a non-stop succession of beautiful beaches and interesting rocky coves, creating a coastline that many have likened to Big Sur. The water is usually extremely clear and, as the Italians say, pescoso (which means "full of fish," not "fishy"). Settle down somewhere, stay a few days, set out each morning with your masks and fins, pack a lunch of cheese, bread, fresh tomatoes, fruit and bottled water, and arm yourself with plenty of suntan oil. It's one of the best seaside vacations you'll have in Italy.

(Part of the text on the region of Calabria © Words and Pictures 1993-2003)

CALABRIA - THE FINAL ITALIAN FRONTIER - A LAND TO DISCOVER.

There's a $50 cleaning fee at the end pf your rental period (you don't have to worry about cleaning when you leave since you pay a cleaning fee!).

A 500 Euro deposit is required - I will send a booking conditions and contract and the deposit will guarantee your booking and act as a security deposit while staying at the townhouse. This deposit is fully refundable after your stay. Full rental payment is due 60 days prior to arrival

Once again, please email us with questions

This Villetta Vacation Rental makes a great GIFT...for

Honeymooners

Artists

Educators on sabbatical

Authors -Screenwriters - Composers

Retirees

Any Anniversary

Birthday's

the ideas are endless.

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come back to this page and inquire about your choice week(s).

Useful links:

to view a map of the location click on:

http://www.map24.com/map24/mailMap24.php?mlid=villetta_mimma_vittoria

Villetta Mimma Vittoria Guestbook

http://www.rentors.org/guestbook.cfm?pid=18608

Villetta Mimma Vittoria Calendar

http://www.rentors.org/calendar.cfm?pid=18608

Reggio Calabria webcam

http://www.strettoweb.it/

Currency Converter

http://www.oanda.com/convert/cheatsheet

The weather in Gioia Tauro

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Eye in the sky

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Villetta Mimma Vittoria

Mission Statement

"Our Mission is to provide our discerning clients with a fine property and ultimate travel experience in Calabria. We operate with integrity, consideration and are committed to delivering on our promises to guests, friends and associates"

http://www.villettamimmavittoria.com/

Features
Broadband Internet
Cable/Satelite TV
Coffee Maker
DVD Player
Dishwasher
Full Kitchen
Linens/Towels Provided
Microwave
Oceanfront
Patio/Deck/Balcony
Refrigerator
Walk to Beach
Washer/Dryer
 
Activities
Amusement Park
Fishing
Golf
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Live Entertainment
Miniature Golf
Sailing
Scuba Diving
Snow-skiing
Swimming
Tennis
Water Park
Water-skiing
 
Amenities
Covered Parking
Elevator
Gated Complex
Handicap Accessible
Heated Pool
Hot Tub
Kiddie Pool
Lazy River
Outdoor Grill
Pool
Restaurant
Workout Room
 
Policies
Motorcycles OK
Pet Friendly
Smoking Allowed
 
 
Rates Effective Dates Min Weekly Max Weekly
All year long 01/08/2005 - 12/30/2005 $630.00 $1440.00
* Rates may be subject to applicable sales, use, and accomodations tax
 

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