Hannah Donovan

QuartoPiano

  • Where:
  • Why:To eat at Osteria Francescana while it’s the world’s no.1 restaurant.
  • When:November 2016
  • Who:My food writer boyfriend, Adam, who didn’t know we were going.
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QuartoPiano About half way down this terracotta street is the entrance to QuartoPiano. Oh, and those umbrellas belong to the local bar, Spaccio delle Carceri, – aperitivo anyone?

About half way down this terracotta street is the entrance to QuartoPiano. Oh, and those umbrellas belong to the local bar, Spaccio delle Carceri, – aperitivo anyone?

QuartoPiano Across the rooftops of Modena.

Across the rooftops of Modena.

QuartoPiano The winding staircase that leads to the kitchen and folding seats from an old travelling cinema.

The winding staircase that leads to the kitchen and folding seats from an old travelling cinema.

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QuartoPiano That bed: king-sized, soft as a cloud, linen as fresh as sea air. Adam’s pretty happy with that.

That bed: king-sized, soft as a cloud, linen as fresh as sea air. Adam’s pretty happy with that.

QuartoPiano The kitchen – Provence style.

The kitchen – Provence style.

QuartoPiano Breakfast is served here or at Mon Café – the owners’ café.

Breakfast is served here or at Mon Café – the owners’ café.

QuartoPiano So pleasing to the eye was this wardrobe that we decanted our suitcases into it – something we normally don’t bother to do for a two-night stay.

So pleasing to the eye was this wardrobe that we decanted our suitcases into it – something we normally don’t bother to do for a two-night stay.

QuartoPiano ‘Oops, we dropped the lemon tart’, Osteria Francescana.

‘Oops, we dropped the lemon tart’, Osteria Francescana.

QuartoPiano Across the rooftops of Modena.

Across the rooftops of Modena.

QuartoPiano Fresh air via this window was welcome post-Saturday night in Modena.

Fresh air via this window was welcome post-Saturday night in Modena.

QuartoPiano Devil is in the detail – and boy was the diavoli everywhere!

Devil is in the detail – and boy was the diavoli everywhere!

QuartoPiano ‘The crunchy bit of the lasagna’, Osteria Francescana.

‘The crunchy bit of the lasagna’, Osteria Francescana.

Highs & Lows

  • The bed was an absolute triumph – soft, huge and heavenly scented.

  • It’s a small space but so well designed, you don’t give it second thought.

  • Proximity to excellent restaurants – including the current world’s best.

  • The lovely welcome – Antonio sorted our parking space, gave us tips aplenty and is generally a very warm, zen presence.

  • The wifi is a little patchy at times and while disconnection from the wider world is very relaxing, it’s frustrating if you need to work. That said, I was more than happy to be ‘Missing in Modena.’

  • If your stay spans a weekend, you might hear the odd cheer or tune from the bar down the road. If you’re sensitive, bring earplugs.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A Provence-inspired bed and breakfast in the heart of Modena that couldn’t be more hygge; Italy plus France via Scandinavia.

  • Vibe

    The cosiest of attic hideaways with ergonomic amenities; imagine if Laura Ashley went to Silicone Valley.

  • Location

    In Modena’s town centre, a 40-minute drive from Bolgona airport and a 20-minute train journey into Bolgona city. Modena is a pocket sized place so everything is near.

  • Rooms

    Two rooms – named Guerriero and Atleta.

  • Music

    Whatever you fancy playing over the Sonos system.

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    Antonio Di Resta and Alessandro Bertoni with the aim of creating a “home from home.” If only my home was so immaculate.

  • Health & Wellness

    No pool or gym, so you just have to deal with that tortellini and red wine belly when you return home.

  • Restaurant

    A three-minute walk down the road is Mon Café, run by the B&B’s owners where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • Bar

    Not inside the guesthouse, but a stone’s throw from the room they make a mean Negroni.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar but a fridge full of water – still and sparkling – that you can help yourself to for €2. Plus, there’s a great bar on your doorstep.

  • Children

    It’s more of a grown-ups place.

  • Price

    At 140 euros a night, for what you get, this is an unrivalled value for money in Modena.

  • Website

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