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Silvano

Podere Palazzo Illica

Very good 9.1 / 10 (29 reviews)
via del canale, 5 - San Lorenzo, Castell'Arquato (PC) - Area: hills | Map

Category
Bed & Breakfast

Rooms
21

Breakfast
included

Bathroom
Ensuite
Guests in this venue liked
  • Charming property
  • Abundant breakfast
  • Spectacular view
  • Swimming pool
  • The design of the property
  • Cheap
Description
Palazzo Illica is a 17th century building; with its rectangular plan, built with sandstones and bricks. During 19th century the building was meticulously restored and transformed into villa; it was owned by the Luigi Illica family, a very famous Puccini and Verdi librettist, who called this mansion with his name.

Today Palazzo Illica appears like a closed village due to its rustic outbuildings built during 19th and beginning of 20th century.

Now the property is also the head-office of a orchard, meadow, cereal farm. Its main characteristic is to grow 700 auctochtonal olive trees, which find their optimum cultivation conditions on green and gentle Valdarda hills.

Horse farming belonging to Libro Genealogico of Sella Italiano but also a barbera and bonarda vineyard for production of Gutturnio d.o.p. wine, complete the farm.

The infinite care, patience and love of the current owners maintain intact not only the extraordinary environment, composed by 5 hectares of bay oak, cherry, chestnut and hornbeam wood, but also the historical and monumental park, which surrounded Palazzo Illica.

Extended on 200mq area, the library preserves a cultural heritage composed by 10.000 books
Rooms and Rates
Conditions for pets staying in this facility:
Dogs, cats of medium-small size by prior agreement with the host
Well-behaved, not aggressive or noisy; kept on a leash; with pet passport; pets may not sleep on beds; pets may not be left alone at the facility; pets should be with owners at all times; pets are not allowed in communal spaces
Garden available
A daily cost of 10 € is due per pet
Features
Number of rooms with own bathroom inside the room (ensuite):
15
Number of rooms with own bathroom but outside the room:
1
  • Disabled Access
  • Pets Allowed
  • Historic House
  • Romantic Atmosphere
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Garden
  • TV
  • Free Wifi
  • Family
  • Business
  • Hair dryer
  • Charm
  • Heating
  • Restaurant
  • Ideal for trekking
  • Fireplace
  • Near cycle paths
  • Bicycles available
  • Farm with animals
*Declared by the Innkeeper

Various information

  • Disabled Access
  • Pets allowed
  • Parking
  • Internet access
  • English speaker
  • French speaker
  • German speaker
  • Spanish speaker

House features

  • Historic house
  • 19th century house
  • Recently restored house
  • Sharing areas available for guests
  • Panoramic location
  • Insured house

Air conditioning and heating systems of the house

  • Certified systems
  • Heating systems
  • Room temperature controller
  • Double glazing or solar panels

Electric system

  • Certified systems
  • Emergency lights or fire exit directions
  • Automatic fire extinguishers
  • Photovoltaic or other forms of renewable energy

Services of the house

  • Swimming Pool
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Access for the disabled
  • Garage / parking

Facilities and services

  • Children games / babysitting
  • Bicycle, boat, horses / sports equipment
  • Pets allowed

Location and surroundings

  • Panoramic view
  • Spa
  • Archeologic area / near monuments
  • Near (within 10 mins) pubblic transports
  • Near (within 45 mins) train station / airport / port

Number of rooms

  • Total number of rooms: 16
  • Number of rooms with own bathroom inside the room (ensuite): 15
  • Number of rooms with own bathroom but outside the room: 1

Size of rooms

  • Between 14 and 20 sqm

Bathroom facilities

  • Bathrooms restored in the last 5 years
  • Hair dryer

Room facilities

  • Children bed
  • TV
  • Mirror or luggage case
  • Internet connection or telephone

Furnishing

  • Historic furniture
  • 2 windows / panoramic view
  • Desk / table and chairs
  • Sofa / armchairs

Cleaning services

  • Every 2 other days

Services

  • Guides / maps / books available
  • Guestbook
  • Discounts in local shops and restaurants for the guests

Holiday themes - the place

  • Arts town

Holiday themes - town size

  • Village - under 5000 in.

Holiday themes - area features

  • Near monuments
  • Arts or archeologic area
  • Cultural events and arts exhibitions
  • Wine and food attractions area
  • Local crafts
  • Shopping area
  • Located in country side or nature reserves
  • Near sports facilities
  • Spa
  • Gardens and landscapes

Holiday themes - house features

  • Historic house
  • Charm
  • Garden
  • Family
  • Business
  • Romantic atmosphere
Breakfast
The breakfast, which consists of locally sourced products, is served from 08: 00 to 10: 00 a. m.

It is possible to request an "early breakfast" or a "late breakfast".
Restaurant
The ancient double-height hall, divided by full brick and sandstone arches, has been converted into a dining room: it can be accessed through two symmetrical entrances facing the main facade, welcoming guests into a warm and pleasant environment, typical of the Emilian region, where every stone of the precious walls has centuries of history to tell. The furnishings are well-kept, sober, and elegant, all aimed at the pleasure of the table, to be enjoyed while respecting the time dedicated to convivial moments, which we want to offer our guests once again. The team manages every aspect of the dining experience with loving care for quality: the chef is the creator of the masterpieces that you can taste, always different depending on the seasons, in the unmistakable setting of Locanda Illica.
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Conditions
Check-in from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM - If you're late you may be charged for an extra night
Area hills
Podere Palazzo Illica lies in the very heart of Italian food valley; it is 30 km far from the city of Parma and Piacenza, 80 km from Milano and 150 km from Bologna and Genova.
Less than one hour’s drive you can easily reach the city of Pavia, Cremona and Mantova, which are important for their monuments and works of art, and you can also reach Soragna, Fontanellato and Colorno villages.
The property lies also less than 10 km far from two of Italian famous spas, Salsomaggiore Terme and Tabiano; it is also at a very short distance from two important ancient medieval villages: Vigoleno and Castell’Arquato.
Podere Palazzo Illica is in a strategic position: not far from airports (Milano Lainate, Bergamo Orio al Serio and Parma will be reached in less than one hour’s drive) but also not far from sea: in 1 hour and 30 minutes, by motorway called “Parma mare”, you will reach the wonderful Cinque Terre landscape and Versilia beaches.
Airports
Train Stations
*Distances As The Crow Flies

Very good

Overall Rating 9.1 / 10
29 reviews
Property
Cleaning
Host
Location
Price/Quality
Breakfast
davide
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
Wonderful location, very kind and attentive staff, truly excellent value for money. The pool is a real gem. We had a great time and will come back.
stayed from 08/12/2023 to 08/15/2023
The answer from the host:
Gent.mo Davide, grazie di essere stato nostro ospite e di aver dedicato tempo a inviarci il suo parere. Ci aiuta a fare sempre meglio! Lo staff
adriana
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 10 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 9 | Breakfast: 10
adriana rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 05/24/2023 to 05/25/2023
The answer from the host:
Gentile Adriana, grazie per la valutazione e per essere stata nostra ospite. La vostra soddisfazione è il nostro miglior risultato. Lo staff di Podere Illica
francesca
Property: 5 | Cleaning: 4 | Host: 6 | Location: 7 | Price/Quality: 2 | Breakfast: 5
The room is not up to the price paid.
stayed from 04/29/2023 to 04/30/2023
The answer from the host:
Gentile ospite, Siamo spiacenti nel riscontrare che la camera non sia stata di suo gradimento. Avrebbe potuto farlo presente al personale nel momento del check in. Saremmo stati lieti di assegnarle altro alloggio, qualora disponibile. Ringraziandola per aver dedicato tempo a recensire la nostra struttura, prendiamo nota del suo feedback in un'ottica di costante miglioramento dei servizi. Cordialmente
patrizia
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 7 | Host: 8 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 8 | Breakfast: 9
patrizia rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 04/29/2023 to 04/30/2023
The answer from the host:
Gentile ospite Grazie per il tempo dedicato alla recensione. Cordialmente Lo staff
fabrizio
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 9 | Host: 9 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 8 | Breakfast: 10
Beautiful vacation.
stayed from 10/30/2022 to 10/31/2022
The answer from the host:
Grazie mille Fabrizio! Torni a trovarci con la sua bella famiglia. Chiara
maria
Property: 7 | Cleaning: 7 | Host: 9 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 6 | Breakfast: 7
Wonderful pool and very convenient location.
stayed from 08/20/2021 to 08/21/2021
marc
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 9 | Host: 8 | Location: 7 | Price/Quality: 8 | Breakfast: 7
marc rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 08/16/2021 to 08/20/2021
teresa
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
Thank you for the lovely evening.
stayed from 07/22/2021 to 07/23/2021
daniela
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 9 | Location: 7 | Price/Quality: 9 | Breakfast: 8
Accustomed to traveling, sometimes the villages of Italy are lost sight of. The property is a marvel, it feels like going back in time. Everything has a flavor of old traditions and nostalgic family returns. The owner is a volcano of advice, historical notions, information on castles to visit, and anecdotes from her life and the territory. The sunset by the pool is enchanting and trekking is possible. We chose half board and the food was excellent, we were treated to handmade pasta and traditional Piacenza dishes. All good and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil produced by them and recipes to take home. I highly recommend it to those who want to escape as a couple or for families.
stayed from 09/30/2020 to 10/02/2020
arcangela
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
Beautiful seventeenth-century farmhouse, furnished with great taste inside and out in the garden. Owners and staff are exquisite and very kind, always attentive to our needs. They also provide a great service to the territory, recommending visits and excursions. Perfect for children who are even pampered and spoiled by the very kind lady owner.
stayed from 08/24/2020 to 08/29/2020
francesca
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 9 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 9 | Breakfast: 10
We were guests at this property for the BBDay and we had a great time! The estate immersed in nature is rich in history, which the owner illustrated to us, also showing us her library full of interesting volumes. Excellent breakfast with homemade cakes, very kind hosts, strategic place to visit the Castles of the Duchy and other wonders, what can I say, a place to definitely come back to!
stayed from 03/06/2020 to 03/08/2020
paolo
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 10 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 8 | Breakfast: 10
Splendid opportunity to combine well-being and relaxation in a refined environment with an ancient flavor, immersed in nature and close to the main routes for visiting castles and art cities. Friendly, professional, and caring staff, abundant and fully satisfying breakfast, comfortable and spacious room, equipped with mosquito nets and well soundproofed. Overall excellent, difficult to find significant flaws. High rating.
stayed from 03/06/2020 to 03/08/2020
cinzia
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 10 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 8 | Breakfast: 10
The stay at Podere Palazzo Illica has an extra touch, just like its owner, Mrs. Maria Enrica, who is truly a spectacular character that knows how to entertain guests by pointing out the true gems to visit in the surroundings and sharing her simple but delicious homemade cake recipes for breakfast. I took home 3 recipes, discovered incredible places like Veleia Romana (the Pompeii of Northern Italy) which I was unaware of, tasted the extra virgin olive oil from Napoleon's olive trees, and listened to stories, anecdotes, and tales from Mrs. Maria that I will always carry in my heart. The B&B is very convenient for visiting many nearby places of interest and the breakfast, although only sweet, is a real gem because it is artisanal and genuine, composed of the magnificent homemade cakes and jams made by the legendary Mrs. Maria. We will definitely come back! Thank you for everything! Cinzia and Andrea.
stayed from 03/06/2020 to 03/08/2020
gaetano
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 8
Beautiful place, excellent welcome and the owner is exceptional. Recommended.
stayed from 11/22/2019 to 11/24/2019
beatrice
Property: 9 | Cleaning: 9 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 3
Wonderful structure with spacious rooms and comfortable beds. Immense garden and presence of horses that enhance the stay. Only downside is the breakfast, only sweet. Missing cold cuts and cheeses as well as wholemeal bread or alternative drinks to milk. Such a spectacular structure could update the breakfast menu to become top-notch.
stayed from 10/31/2019 to 11/01/2019
cristina
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
Heaven must be similar. This place is enchanting. It exudes love in every detail. And history and art that Maria tells you with the enthusiasm of her life. Full of study, of beginnings, of good and just things. And with the same passion she cooks beef cheeks that are unmatched, prepares medlar compotes and zero km pies, seeks the true name of everything and everyone. You come back home richer and with the certainty of returning.
stayed from 02/23/2019 to 02/24/2019
simone
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
Podere Palazzo Illica is welcoming and excellently managed by Mrs. Maria, who manages to find exclusive time for her guests, as she is very helpful both within the services of her estate and in providing information and directions for trips outside the door. We found a family atmosphere and abundant, very good cuisine. The price is not high considering the place and the services. For those who love Italian culture, it is an excellent reference point. Recommended to everyone.
stayed from 08/12/2018 to 08/18/2018
giuseppe
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
giuseppe rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 11/01/2017 to 11/02/2017
mila
Property: 8 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
mila rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017
vittorio
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
I fully agree with Sonia's excellent review who stayed from 02/09/2017 to 03/09/2017, also my wife and my son accompanied by his family stayed for only one night, but I promised to the very nice Mrs. Maria that we will come back to visit that magnificent territory where the magical Podere Palazzo Illica is located. Congratulations and see you again.
stayed from 10/07/2017 to 10/08/2017
luca
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 8 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 8 | Breakfast: 8
Excellent Bed and Breakfast 5 minutes from Castel'Arquato. Clean, very new rooms, very comfortable beds and stunning location. The lady who runs it is very helpful and friendly.
stayed from 09/18/2017 to 09/20/2017
sonia
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 9
I stayed only one night, unfortunately, but it was a wonderful experience: the farmhouse is a very pleasant place, with various well-kept spaces, a park with garden and animals, ideal for countryside walks and relaxing moments. Cozy and clean rooms, good food cooked by Mrs. Maria Enrica, who is the real surprise and the true treasure of Podere Palazzo Illica. A cultured, interesting lady who, upon request, opened her incredible library to us, full of books of all kinds and containing ancient and precious volumes. She gladly talks about her love for Podere Palazzo Illica, how she came to own it and how she renovated it over time, with the help of professionals and after extensive research in the archives to restore its original form (the one it had at the time of the father of the librettist of Puccini, Luigi Illica, who lived there). It's a convenient location to visit true gems like Castell'Arquato of course, but also the other medieval village with the castle of Vigoleno, the Roman ruins of Veleia Romana, the abbey of Chiaravalle, and on the way back to Mantova, we also visited the residence of Soragna. A weekend of relaxation for the body and nourishment for the mind and spirit: a lovely birthday gift for my husband. Highly recommended.
stayed from 09/02/2017 to 09/03/2017
stefania
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 9 | Location: 9 | Price/Quality: 9 | Breakfast: 10
Our stay was short, but we returned with Podere Palazzo Illica in our hearts. Spacious room (we were 3 + dog) and very clean, we used the restaurant: everything good and portions super abundant as well as breakfast, excellent cakes. We will return.
stayed from 08/12/2017 to 08/13/2017
pamela
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 8
pamela rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 05/27/2017 to 05/28/2017
mauro
Property: 7 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 10 | Location: 7 | Price/Quality: 8 | Breakfast: 8
The owner, an extremely pleasant lady, could not do enough for me and my wife.\n\nThe room was very spacious and clean and breakfast was served with lots of homemade cakes and jams, all superb.\n\nWe also had dinner in the restaurant and the food was very much appreciated, homemade pasta served with a tomato and bean sauce "pisarei e fasò" are to die for.
stayed from 03/31/2017 to 04/02/2017
fernanda
Property: 9 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 9 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 9 | Breakfast: 9
We stayed only one night during our visit to the Castles of the Duchy, a truly beautiful place, with a very relaxing atmosphere! Surrounded by nature and animals, it is a very well-kept, cared for, and spotlessly clean place. The lady is very kind and excellent in dealing with people, truly a recommended and enjoyable stay. We couldn't try the cuisine as we didn't stay over the weekend, but the lady indicated a really nice place where we ate very well (l'Angiolina).
stayed from 09/22/2016 to 09/23/2016
roberto
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 9
roberto rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 05/06/2014 to 05/07/2014
giorgio
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 8 | Host: 10 | Location: 8 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 9
Veramente accogliente e con gestori eccezionali. Un'ottima piccola vacanza.
stayed from 04/20/2014 to 04/24/2014
alda
Property: 10 | Cleaning: 10 | Host: 10 | Location: 10 | Price/Quality: 10 | Breakfast: 10
alda rated this property but he didn't leave any comment
stayed from 06/30/2013 to 07/07/2013