La Finestra Sul Fiume

3 nights
TYPOLOGIES

Car-free Holidays

Settings

Countryside, Riverside, Town centre

Activities/Interests

Romance, Sightseeing

£ 450 pp

Highlights

A hideaway with 5 room on a riverbank between Lake Garda, Verona and Mantua, ideal for some romantic cycling along one of the Italy's best cycling routes - the River Mincio Cycle Route.

Enjoy of the health benefits of wild swimming along the river.

Delicious breakfasts, tailored to your tastes and served under the willows as swans and geese drift slowly by.

Rooms:

5 double rooms

From

from £ 450 per person

Including

3 nights sharing a double room

Daily breakfast

Private airport transfers

Travel planning

We can help you with

International flights

Wine tasting and Golf Course reservations

Bike rentals and private tours in Verona and Mantua

Overview

This former mill hovers on the edge of the banks of the river Mincio, one of Italy’s cleanest rivers, lovingly converted into a five-bedroom B&B by owners Pietro and Mattea. Perfect for a few days of complete relaxation, it is a good base for visiting Verona, Mantua and the southern part of Lake Garda, or for anyone looking to explore the area’s superb gastronomic tradition.

 

In the grounds of the B&B, willow trees slung with hammocks border the gently meandering river and bridges create tiny grassy islands filled with flittering butterflies and the gentle drone of crickets and frogs. In the summer months, you can swim in part of the river. Breakfasts are bespoke (after a discussion with Petro on the previous evening) and memorable, eaten at your own individual table on the riverbank as you watch drifting swans and geese.

 

The B&B is in an ivy-clad building in the heart of this rural idyll. Bedrooms are simple, white-washed, with beamed ceilings and personal touches and with modern bathrooms. An extra bed or cot can be added for children.

 

There is no restaurant but the villages of Borghetto and Valeggio are within walking distance and both have excellent restaurants, all featuring the local traditional tortellini, trout and pike with polenta.

Rooms

Each room has a unique view over the gardens and the river, there are only 4 double rooms (no twins) with private bathrooms

They are furnished in simple style and decorated with objects part of the owner's private collection.

Gelso and Ortensia can accomodate a third person in a sofa-bed

Iris 1 and 2 are the smaller room with just enough space for two, Iris 2 has a picture window overlooking the river and willow tree.

Over in a gingerbread-style cottage on the lawn, next to the main mill, is Gelsomino. This room has a sitting area with a comfy sofa and an open-tread staircase spiralling up to the bedroom; the bathroom is downstair.

Dining

There is no restaurant but Pietro and Mattea serves a rich breakfast tailored to your taste, if you ask for cooked eggs, then cooked eggs you will get in whichever way you wish them. The breakfast is served in individual tables spread around the park.

 

You are also treated to complimentary apertifs prepared just before evening.

 

Eating out could be the reason alone of spending a few day in Valeggio sul Mincio. This area is famous for the Tortellini Pasta and its riverbank restaurants ranging from simple trattorias (Ristorante Alla Borsa) to Michelin starred restaurants (Dal Pescatore).

 

The town is only a 15-minute stroll and you'll be rest assure to be given the best recommendation from the BB's owners.

Map

Walk from La Finestra sul Fiume to the pretty villages of Borghetto and Valeggio, where restaurants and tortellini shops outnumber the houses. The centre is reached after a 15-minute stroll along a country path, a torch is useful at night. The best way to get around is to hire a bicycle and pedalling along the River Mincio to Mantua or Peschiera del Garda, Valeggio sul Mincio is right in between. Garden lovers can not miss out of the fab Parco della Sigurta only a short walk from La Finestra sul Fiume.  

Facilities

Hotel

Breakfats served in the park Bird-watching Sport fishing A "dip" in the river Park, gazebo and deckchairs 10 minutes walk to Valeggio and Borghetto Islands connected by bridges Bike rental

Rooms

Daily cleaning Linen change every 3 days Hairdryer Wi-Fi Ensuite bathroom with shower Air conditioning Kettle