+39 391 332 1189 info@lamacchinafissa.com

La Macchina Fissa is open all year round

It is a private home and seat of the cultural association, Reading Retreats in Rural Italy, a holiday home to its members who come from all over the world to relax and unwind in a beautiful, rural setting.

Members are welcome to take part in the every-day operation of the house, grab something to drink from the fridge, help cook or set and clear the table, join Clark in gardening projects. La Macchina Fissa is an excellent way to experience an authentic Italian way of life. It is not a hotel or Bed and Breakfast


Staying at La Macchina Fissa costs 65 euro per person each day, all meals and drinks included. We are very flexible with check-in and check-out times, so feel free to arrive for lunch on the day you arrive and stay for lunch on the day you depart, but please let us know what time you will be arriving. If there is a concert, party, or cultural event scheduled during your sojourn, it is included in the daily fee.

Everyone who visits the garden, attends events, or stays on the property must become a member of the association. The cost of membership is ten euro per year.

Fees for events and Reading Retreats are contributions that cover the costs of the association, which is non-profit.

Book your stay

Reservations may be made by e-mail: info@lamacchinafissa.com.


There are eight guest rooms for a maximum of sixteen guests. Each room is furnished with antiques, exhibits contemporary art, and holds a themed collection of books.
There are four shared bathrooms.

The atmosphere is difficult to describe, but guests (over 50% are returning) feel like they’re visiting friends, but aren’t clients.


La Macchina Fissa has an interesting garden of unusual plants and is located along the Mincio River, in the Parco del Mincio.

Facilities include the library (over 6,000 books), CD collection, hundreds of DVDs for our mini cinema (see full list), three pianos, a small fleet of old bicycles, free wireless internet, and free parking.

Everyone normally eats lunch and dinner together; Meals are included in the price of a stay – usually traditional Italian food and local wine.

Where are we?

La Macchina Fissa is located on the plains of northeastern Italy, about 25 minutes south of Mantova, 40 minutes north of Modena, and 45 minutes south of Verona. From the levee of the river Mincio, (on clear days) there are spectacular views of the Alps to the north 

Winter retreats

The entire building at La Macchina Fissa is heated by a large wood-burning furace which heats water for the radiators in every room. The libraries, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms are cozy. There are also two fireplaces and three woodstoves.


Children of any age are welcome to stay at La Macchina Fissa if their parents make reservations before other guests, and then those who want to come during that period are informed there will be children around. If other guests already have rooms reserved, children are not allowed. Families should make reservations early to avoid disappointment.


Pets are not allowed on the property. There are four dwarf goats here at La Macchina Fissa and two indoor/outdoor cats that are not allowed in guest rooms.