An encounter with freedom in the Apennine Mountains

La Chiave, The key we want to share

After years in the bustle of Amsterdam, we’ve found our golden dream, our key to peace and happiness. And we want to share it with you. Every morning we wake up looking forward to a day where we can meet new people, share the magic of this perfect mix of culture, food, history and outdoors living and feel truly alive.

We’ve found the place to meet new people, share new experiences and where we  feel truly at home. Where our “usual” is no longer habitual, but where we feel alive again.

Near the two wonderful cities of Bologna and Florence, but far from the hectic pace, our home is surrounded by the Italy we love and cherish. The place where we rediscovered ourselves and can really be together.

We love the delicious wining and dining and we enjoy having fun just as much as the peace and quiet. Sharing the magic of this place with our guests completes our happiness.

La Chiave was built in the 19th century as a farmhouse complete with a place for animals and a cold room for the preserves and hams. It has now been renovated and has three guestrooms. We have a pool in our wonderfull garden. Every morning we serve a Continental  breakfast in the welcoming cantina (cellar).  In the cantina, which is open all the time, you will find games and information on outings and activities you’ll ever need.

The region offers a wide range of opportunities  for hiking and cycling, including the Via degli Dei  (“Path of the Gods”) a 130 km ancient route. Two cities of culture, Bologna (30 min.) and Firenze (50 min.) are nearby and readily accessible by car as well as by public transport. If you can’t make up your mind, we’d  love to give you more advice and share other ideas for daytrips and shorter outings.

Three times a week (tuesday, thursday and sunday) we invite you to join us  for ‘la cena’, dinner outdoors served in our garden with views onto the Apennine Mountains

Whether it is relaxing by the pool or a day out on a trip, there is plenty to keep you occupied for weeks at a time.

La Chiave is the key. Our doors are open. Everybody is heartily welcomed.

Dominique and Maarten

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Our guestrooms

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom and one double or two single bed(s). Breakfast, linen and towels are included. All three rooms have a stunning views.


1-1-2022 untill 1-6-2022 € 60.- per night 

14-6-2022 unto 31-8-2022 € 100.- per night

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Breakfast and more..


Brioches, fresh rolls, cheese, cold cuts, fruit and yogurt are locally sourced, and vary according to the season. When ripe, there is fruit from our own garden. The jam is homemade with fruit from our garden. Coffee, tea and fruit juice are of course included. Breakfast is served from 8.00 till 10.00. and since we dislike wasting food, our guests are invited to use the leftovers for lunch.

Water, soft drinks, wine and more..

In the cantina you’ll find a refrigerator with a supply of cooled drinks. We sell these by the bottle and count on our guests keeping score on the list provided for that purpose. You pay when you leave. We do not have a fridge for our guests.

La cena (Dinner)

You can join us and the other guests for ‘La Cena’ three times a week, on tuesday, thursday and sunday. We appreciate being notified one day in advance. We use regional and fresh ingredients.

We charge € 15.- per person water and a glass of wine are included.

We stock extra wine from the region by the bottle, if desired.

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After a lifetime in healthcare and the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam city life we followed our ‘sogno d’oro’ our golden dream and found the peace and quiet of ‘La Chiave’, the key to our happiness. We want to share that key with our guests and provide an unforgettable stay and experience. Dominique & Maarten



Swimming pool

You’ll find a pool in our garden for a refreshing plunge.

Free WiFi

All of La Chiave is equipped with free Wi-Fi, the garden included.

Free parking

Free parking is available at the front of the farmhouse.

Linen changes for
the rooms

Changed once a week 

Hiking maps

We have maps for walkers and cyclists.

Local information

We will gladly provide information on special events and the area in general.

Library and games

La Chiave offers a library with books and (board)games.

Pick up & drop off on arrival and departure

Pick up and drop off from Bologna’s Guglielmo Marconi Airport costs € 20.-

Pick up from the San Benedetto-Castiglione train station is € 2.50.

Arrival and

Rooms are on arrival available from 15.00. Check in is until 20.00 unles otherwise agreed beforehand. They need to be vacated before 11.00 on the day of departure.



Pets are welcome with our prior agreement.

The daily charge is €10.- 

Curious? Questions?

Just ask us!


Location & activities in the area

Many activities can be enjoyed nearby La Chiave. We put together a small selection of fun things for you to do.

Truffles and more
We can arrange some unique gourmet experiences for you at La Chiave:

A morning in the countryside with a truffle hunter and his dog and in the afternoon preparing and enjoying a meal with what you have found.

A walk through the forest, foraging for mushrooms and much more with an experienced guide followed by a chance to make them into a meal you won’t forget.

Ask us about prices and availability.

The region boasts restaurants to suit any budget. Bologna isn’t called ‘il grasso’, the fat one, for nothing. What is more, there are many ‘agriturismi’ where one can eat wonderful food and enjoy the local wines. We’ll happily advise you.
Trips & Outings

What would you like? We have information, maps and brochures on many fun, crazy, interesting, and exciting things to do. But we’d prefer to tell you about it ourselves. For the benefit of all you Google addicts here are some examples:

  • Rochetta Mattei (a crazy castle. Is it a stage setting? A folly?)
  • Castiglione dei Pepoli (a medieval town)
  • Marzabotto (an ancient Etruscan archaeological site and museum)
  • Monte Sole (nature reserve, beautiful now but scene to a gruesome massacre in the Second World War)
Cycling and Hiking

The area is blessed with many hiking trails (cantieri) among which:

  • The Via degli Dei (the Path of the Gods) between Bologna and Florence
  • The ‘Strada della lana e della seta’ (the road of wool and silk) between Bologna and Prato
  • The Flaminia Militare The ancient Roman road, where in parts the original road can still be seen.

Parts of these routes can be walked as ‘single day’ hikes.

E-bikes can be rented nearby and there is many a beautiful trail to be explored.

For the cyclist with mountain legs the area is heaven. The Giro d’Italia passed through here last year.

And more!

Apart from Bologna and Florence, Modena (with its famous vinegar production, the Ferrari and Bugatti museums and an incredibly beautiful city centre) and Prato are more than worth a visit. The region between Bologna and Modena boasts some of the best wineries in the world and the circuit of Monza with its autodromo is there for the racing enthusiasts. And there is so much more. Let us tell you about it.


Guest Reviews

What a wonderfull place to spend some time. Although I was on a business trip it felt like on holidays. Very nice owners, it was great talking to you! See you again ;).


Absolutely amazing! Super nice hosts, well equiped and clean room with some cool design, breathtaking views, delicious and big breakfast. Drinking espresso in the morning in garden makes it perfect!


The place is great. The bedroom cosy, spotless and a very good bed! The location is not too remote yet the scenery is very pitoresque. Approx 25 min from Bologna. The area is nice for short trips. We went to this little village near by which had a great Saturday market. Regarding the B&B, everything is very relaxed. All is clean and the views are amazing. The hospitality is perfect. Maarten is very helpful and resourceful. He has a good knowledge of the area and is able to send you to great places both for sightseeing as eating. Lastly the shower is amazing!!!
It was a shame we could only have a short stay. You should stay here in the dreamy country side for days on end. It is just fantastic.
Diederik Stolk

Quiet location next to the forest and with awesome views of mountains and valleys; yet close to the highway and small towns with all necessities. The friendliest owners you can wish for. Great homemade breakfast with wide choice to suit any taste (and they cook damn well – we had a nice dinner too). Easy and spacious parking for your car. Interiors decorated with a great taste. And there was a pool our children loved.
That we can’t stay for any longer.

Room tent is a must in summer. Amazing view.

Janell Ann

Italy as we dreamt it

Contact us

B&B La Chiave

Dominique Stol
Maarten van Eerd
Via Le Macchie 5, 40048 Monte Acuto Vallese. San Benedetto Val di Sambro Bologna. Afslag Rioveggio.

We prefer direct contact with our guests, which is why you can make a reservation by:

  1. Email using our contact form or our e-mail
  2. Calling Dominique Stol on either 00393518122127  or  0031630708857 or
  3. Calling Maarten van Eerd on either 00393515999429 or  0031613169355

Reservations are definitive after we have received the full amount (payment period 28 days).

Free cancellation until 4 weeks before arrival, after which we will charge 50% of the total amount.

Any cancellations due to Covis related regulations will be fully refunded.

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