Dragodena House

Dragodena is the name of the medieval borgo of which my house is a part, The house itself, since it’s construction in the 15th century has been called, Ca’ Ricci.  By legend, it was the first house built here 600 years ago and is it is la casa del padrono, the patron’s house.  The house is at an altitude of 700 meters in the beautiful the Apennine Hills,  it sits on a ridge amidst fields and forests.  It is a place of beauty and solitude.  And there are stories - so many stories...

Dragodena is located in Emilia Romagna in the provnce of Modena about 22 miles/35 kilometers south of Bologna. It is perfectly situated for day trips to Florence, Sienna, Verona, Venice, Pisa, and any number of cities and towns in north and central Italy.  Two small towns are very near by. Tolè is about 3.5 kilometers to the north and Zocca is about 6 kilometers to the west.  

Dragodena is a time machine. Closed after WWII, it was an abandoned house when it was bought by it’s present owner in 2007. The house has been restored in a most careful manner to preserve it’s original construction, leaving intact everything inside and out from the shutters to the stone medieval in-house well to the narrow slanted windows from which medieval soldiers fired arrows.
Dragodena is a balm for those who live too fast, a refuge from rush and worry, a place to gather and celebrate

Location

Dragodena is 41km southwest of Bologna Italy.

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Activities

Bicycling
Hiking
Skiing

Close to

Florence:
1hour 34minutes - 101 kilometers

Bologna:
54 minutes  - 41 kilometers

Venice:
2hours 12minutes - 201 kilometers


Portofino:
3hours 22minutes - 249 kilometers

Verona:
1hour 58minutes - 152 kilometers

Rimini:
1hour 56minutes - 169 kilometers

Ravenna:
1hour 41minutes - 131 kilometers

Siena:
2hours 18minutes - 170 kilometers

Modena:
1hour 13minutes - 52 kilometers

Pisa:
2hours 06minutes - 134 kilometers

Milan:
2hour 37minutes - 222 kilometers

San Gimignano:
2hour 08minutes - 147 kilometers

Orvieto:
2hour 56minutes - 264 kilometer