Come and discover Reggio Emilia, a stunningly beautiful province of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. The international airports of Bologna and Parma are just 1.5 hours drive from your holiday destination, Goat Cottage, Caru.
Hobbit House and Goat Cottage, Caru.
Caru is a small hamlet, nestling in the beautiful Apennine Mountains, near the Tuscan border in the comune of Villa Minozzo. It's set in the Parco Nationale Appennino one of Italy's largest national parks, locally known as Parco del Gigante (Park of the Giant). It's the perfect base for your walking or hiking holiday in the Apennines, enjoying the comfort of glamping (glamour camping) in stylish self-catering accommodation.
The Apennine National Park is famous for the diversity of its landscapes and the extraordinary variety of wild flowers, plants and vegetation. A wide variety of birds and animals inhabit the park, where they find the ideal protected conditions for them to live and breed.
On your walking and hiking tours around Caru, you may be lucky enough to see such rare species as wolves, eagles, peregrine falcons, wild boars, Alpine newts and many species of bat, as well as more numerous kestrels, buzzards and roe deer.
At different times of year in the Apennines, the park is carpeted with a wide variety of plants and wild flowers including fungi, primula, daffodils, lilies, rhododendron, mountain tulips, wild berries, forests of chestnut, pine, beech, oak and conifer. Rare peat-lands add to the rich biodiversity which makes of the landscape of the park.
Your holiday destination, Caru, lies within the municipality of Villa Minozzo in the Italian Province of Reggio Emilia. Villa Minozzo town centre is just 11.5km away from your holiday accommodation and has all the facilities of a busy market town - shops, supermarkets, banks, bars and restaurants. Discover the thriving market on Thursday mornings where, in Italian tradition, local people gather to meet and chat as well as do their shopping.
Villa Minozzo is an ancient and traditional farming community, with 25 picturesque traditional Italian villages dotted about its beautiful countryside, offering superb views and miles of ancient tracks and lanes for your walking, hiking or cycling tour. You'll find the local people friendly, helpful and courteous, though most speak only Italian.
Discover authentic Italy, far removed from the busy tourist areas, a little undiscovered part of Italy which preserves its unique traditional way of life.
Castelnovo ne' Monti
Not to be missed on your journey of discovery in Reggio Emilia is Castelnovo ne' Monti, a nearby large town with its mix of medieval and modern architecture, just 14 km from Caru. You'll find all the facilities of a large town, with dentist, doctors, vets and a hospital should you ever need them but apart from all that it's the ideal place to shop for your self-catering holiday.
Why not step back in time on Mondays and discover the huge traditional market, spanning two whole piazzas, where you can mingle with local people and browse the market stalls and shops for delicious local produce and souvenirs to take home.
Reggio nell'Emilia Link