I will never regret my decision to visit Castelnovo ne'Monti. Everybody will seem to agree that this place is pretty tough to reach with infrequent Reggio-Emilia public buses; but two things truly convinced me that that was all worth the trouble i.e. Pietra di Bismantova and BB Viviana.
Since this is the page for the latter, here I begin my review.
Yes, I'll admit that it is tough to reach BBViviana from Castelnovo ne'Monti or from big cities like Bologna, Parma or Reggio-Emilia. Viviana, however, extends her welcome by fetching me at Castelnovo ne'Monti town center. She speaks fluent English and she also treated me to a gelato and homecooked Italian dinner (I personally regard and value homecooked Italian food to be on par with dishes cooked by TripAdvisor-top-rated or Lonely-Planet-recommended or wikitravel-recommended Italian restaurants). She introduced me a glass of local wine and the specialty cheese of the region, i.e. (as LonelyPlanet said it) the most-grated cheese in the planet, Parmigiano-Reggiano. The view from the BB was truly breathtaking. The full view of Pietra di Bismantova surrounded by green Tuscany field was ethereal at early morning from the BB. The air was fresh and soothing. The room was clean and pleasant. The amenities were plenty and accommodating. The racks were adorned with various interesting local brochures and traveler's guides.
I'll say with great confidence that "BB Viviana is truly an epitome of Italian hospitality" after reminiscing on my three weeks solo Italy trip from Trento Alto Adige, Veneto, Lombardia, Liguria, Toscana, Lazio to Campania.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B Da Viviana is a delightful cottage in Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park. This territory is characteristic for the uncontaminated landscape and breathtaking views and offers different opportunities for everyone who loves trekking, horse riding, mountain biking or free climbing but it is also a wonderful starting point for visiting the cities of Parma, Modena, Bologna, Verona, Pisa, Lucca and Mantova or the spectacular landscape of Cinque Terre. Due to its central location, these cities can be visited as day trips with one-two hour drive.For the motorbike and car enthusiasts we are a short drive to Ferrari,Lamborghini,Ducati Museums and Factory.Da Viviana is in the heart of the region famous for the production of parmigiano-reggiano cheese, Parma ham, balsamic vinegar and other local specialities. Take a visit to the local dairy 2 min walk from the B&B where parmigiano-reggiano is made. Special agreements have been made with the local Parmigiano Reggiano dairy and with a Producer of Parma ham at Langhirano (Parma) where you can go (free of charge) and see how these important products are made.For eating out in the evening, we are lucky to have a wide variety of excellent restaurants in the local vicinity. We can of course advise you.Da Viviana is ideal both for couples or a group of friends and offers a family atmosphere with Italian hospitality. The rooms are bright,comfortable and quiet. All the bedrooms have a private bathroom with shower. It is also available:- a comfortable lounge where you can make plans for your holidays(a selection of maps,guides is at disposal) and a kitchen where our Guests are free to use for making tea,milk,coffee...- a terrace with panoramic breathtaking views - a small garden and private parking- at 4'drive a beautiful SPA: swimming pool(indoor and outdoor) whirlpool, sauna,turkish bath,Kneipp,gymnasium,massage treatments for the well-being of mind and body(the SPA grants 25% discount to our Guests). ... more less