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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A delightful, refurbished house with everything included for your comfort to make it a memorable stay. Lots of fluffy white towels, soft pillows and crisp linen in the two bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two singles. The kitchen is well equipped to experiment with all the local, seasonal produce.
Lusana is a small, quiet hill village situated in the foothills of the Apennines in a relatively undiscovered and unspoiled area of Tuscany. The villagers are kind, warm and friendly and are pleased to welcome people to their village. A 10 min drive will take you to lots of authentic, local Italian restaurants or alternatively you can shop in the villages of Bagnone or Licciana Nardi, a 10 min drive, and you can cook at home in the fully equiped kitchen. A 45 minuet drive will take you to the picturesque coastal resorts of Lerici, Portovenere, or, inland, to ancient medieval villages.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 35 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 60 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
No air con but the property is cool in the summer, however fans are provided.
|Further details outdoors|
There is patio furniture, inc. sun umbrella, on the terrace.
There is plenty of parking in the village square, a 2 mins walk.
The area has not been discovered by too many tourists so a phrase book would be very useful, although the locals love to talk!
Smoking would be allowed on the terrace.
The Tuscany region
Lunigiana is an area extending from the Apennines to the mouth of the Magra River. It belongs to part Tuscany and part Liguria.
Lunigiana (pronounced Loonee-janna) is a magical place starting with its name – the land of the moon. While it remains comparatively undiscovered and unspoiled, it is neither isolated nor remote. Situated about one hour’s drive from both Pisa and Genoa with regular flights from the UK and one and a half hour’s drive from Florence, few tourists have penetrated the cluster of little villages straddling the valleys linking the mountains to the coast.
Lunigiana is a delight. The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage, but for lovers of the coast, the sea is no more that half an hour’s drive away. The local trattoria are numerous and give good value, and the local wine is plentiful and inexpensive.
The hills that encircle Lunigiana create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere not always to be found in the more exposed plains to the south. The blend of mountains and sea (monti e mare) appeals to people of all ages. The villagers are friendly and the hospitality warm and genuine, whilst the innate honesty encountered in bars, shops and restaurants is unique to country retreats unaccustomed to a stampede of tourists.
The nearby coast is heavenly, known as the Gulf of the Poets as Shelley, Byron and D H Lawrence all lived there at some time. An enclave with a group of three islands at its tip, it has fishing villages with exceptional fish restaurants, as well as opportunities for sailing, canoeing, snorkelling or just relaxing on one of the beaches hidden in craggy bays around Fiascherino or Tellaro. The easiest way to get around the gulf is by ferryboat, which runs between Lerici, La Spezia and Portovenere, or onto The Cinque Terre, five villages strung along the terraced cliffs looking out to the sea. These villages are completely unspoiled and, until recently, could only be reached by boat or by train.
There are plenty of pizzerias and other good restaurants within a 10 mins drive in Licciana Nardi, Bagnone and Monti. These are brimming with atmosphere, especially Sunday lunchtime and during the Festa months of August, September and October.
There is a beautiful, Olympic sized, outdoor swimming pool in Villa Franca, 10 mins drive away, where there are lots of sporting activities and picnic areas. Or, straight out of the door, you could go walking in the beautiful countryside surrounding our village(maps available).
Horse riding can also be arranged.
The magnificent coastline is just 45 mins drive. This area is known as the Gulf of the Poets (Byron & Shelley).
There are ferries from Lerici to the Cinque Terre (five towns) and other pretty coastal towns with excellent fish restaurants.
Anyone visiting the Cinque Terre should take a walk along the cliff paths, which link one village to the next. Stop in one of the bars or restaurants and try the anchovies marinated in olive oil and garlic, served with bread and delicate white wine made from the grapes that grow up the steep terraces above the villages.
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8 May 2013
"An Italian Experience"
We loved our stay at Casa Monica. We particularly enjoyed the non-touristy area and the opportunity to interact with the villagers and local customs. the location is a little off the beaten path but definitely can serve as a base for exploring other areas. We were able to easily visit Cinque Terra and Lucca, and even made it to Pisa on our way out. We otherwise spent the bulk of our time visiting the local area.
5 Sep 2011
We stayed at this holiday home for four nights whilst exploring the Northern part of Tuscany. This house is located in a traditional village, full of rustic charm. Quiet but reflective of the beauty that is to be found in Tuscany.
The house is fully equiped with everything you would need and expect for a comfortable stay. The house is clean, the beds very comfortable, and although we did not spend much time in the house as we were out and about everyday, we found it completely suitable for our family of four (with teenagers) and a lovely base in which to explore the area.
We were warmly welcomed by the owners, who are lovely people and know the area well and can offer help and tips of where to visit.
The local villagers are also warm and friendly.
This was our first time in Tuscany, and we had an amazing holiday. We will return to this beautiful part of the world, and would stay at this rental again.
21 May 2011
"A little piece of Tuscan heaven"
We had a wonderful week in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The house is lovely, with the most magnificent views. Breakfast in the morning on the lovely terrace.We ate at great restaurants, typical… More
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