The apartment is situated 2 km, outside the lovely medieval hill town of Mondaino on the border
between the Emilia Romagna and Le Marche regions of central Italy in peaceful rolling countryside covered in woodland, vineyards and olive groves - the property is next to woodlands that are ideal
for walking and for children to play in.
Mondaino is a very friendly, busy village with all the necessary shops, a bank, bars and a handful of nearby excellent proper Italian restaurants.
Though only 25 km drive from the beaches of the Adriatic coast, it is an area unspoilt by tourism where Italian rural life still thrives.
There are many other lovely neighbouring villages to visit and it is only a 30-minute drive to the magical city of Urbino. Bologna, Ravenna, Gubbio, Assisi,
and even Venice are all in reach for day outings. In mid-August Mondaino has its very own four-day medieval "palio".
There are cheap daily flights with RyanAir from London Stansted to Ancona (1 hour 30 mins). Many other airlines fly into Bologna (2 hours).
Coming by car
Heading south on the A 14 autostrada (motorway) from Bologna or Forli
(or heading north from Ancona) take the Cattolica exit. Then take the road heading inland for Morciano, then Saludecio then on to Mondaino. When you arrive at Mondaino
instead of continuing up into the old centre of the village, take a sharp right into via Cerreto-Tavoleto just after arriving in Mondaino. Continue for about 1km. You will pass a builders' merchant
just below the road on the left, then when you arrive at a large modern villa on the left turn left, into the lane signposted "via Barabana" which runs alongside the villa (you'll see a large cypress
tree and a red postbox here). Our house, with the apartment, is at the bottom of this bumpy lane.