Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Oliveto is set in hamlet in the hills above Bagnone. It is a cosy one bedroom apartment in which the kitchen/living room opens onto a wonderful wide covered terrace with spectacular views across the lush garden to the medieval castle in the next hill.
The beautiful garden is planted with a variety of fruit trees and other interesting plants, producing dappled shade on hot sunny days.
The apartment is equipped with tables and chairs for eating outside as well as sunloungers and a barbecue.
The friendly Italian owners run the vineyards and olive grove which stretches into the valley. and they generally invite clients to help themselves to the fruit and and vegetables that are growing in profusion all around.
The hamlet of Nola is situated between Bagnone and Monti and looks over to the ancient castle and town of Corvarola,and beyond to the Apennines.
The hamlet of Nola isnt even on most maps and it seems remote from the modern world when you are there, yet it is only ten minutes drive to three towns with shops, bars and restaurants. And there are a couple of country trattorie even closer. It is possible to walk to the nearest, at Gabbiana - about a mile down the road, where you can sit on the terrace looking towards the mountains, eating some of the best food in Italy.
There is a mountain stream a short walk away, where you can bathe in the pools below the waterfalls on a hot summers day. The owners have cleared the land around there and created a picnic areas for clients. There are deeper pools a short drive away, where you can swim
In the next village of Gabbiano, there is small trattoria that has reopened. It does superb lunches for €10 as well as opening in the evening. It has a spectacular terrace. Also Trattoria Acqua Fredda is not far away in Pastina – check when it is open. All the restaurants in Lunigiana produce wonderful meals, generally prepared from local ingredients, and at a very reasonable cost.
Oliveto is the ultimate in relaxation.
There is a wonderful old wicker chaise longue in the garden, where you can spend a lot of time reclining in the shade of an apricot tree with a glass of the local wine or a bowl of fruit, listening to birdsong on the gentle breeze.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 36 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa, also Genoa and Parma 100 km, Nearest railway: Villafranca 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Tuscany region
Here in Lunigiana, undiscovered northern Tuscany, you will experience a very relaxed tempo of a century or two ago - calm and unhurried - cocks crow, church bells ring, and chainsaws buzz preparing the wood for winter.
Driving or walking around Lunigiana you will discover its rich natural beauty and the character of one of the loveliest parts of Italy, set like a green jewel in a triangle between the glistening sea, the mighty Apennines and the soaring Apuan Alps.
Many of the 'Borgos', old hill villages, are worth a visit. Try just wandering through the village streets, saying buongiorno or buona sera to the people sitting around on chairs or doorsteps chatting in the sunshine. If you attempt a few words of Italian, they will always be pleased, and many of the youngsters will want to practise their English. Tavernelle, Crespiano, Virgoletta, Prota, Camporaghena, Bastia and Varano and all typical examples of traditional Lunigiana villages.
The rhythm of the seasons still rules here. Tomatoes are 'passed' through sieves in the summer to make 'passata' for the year, the barrels are left to soak and swell in the street ready for the year's vintage.
In their time the olives and the chestnuts are harvested and processed in the 'cantine' beneath the village houses.
Funghi hunting is an obsession. Tens of kilos are collected by each family each year. The places where they are found are closely guarded secrets, though you have to have a licence to collect them. There is even a 'funghi' machine in one bar instead of a fruit machine!
Nola is a small farming hamlet with spectacular views over the valley. Only 5 minutes; drive away is Bagnone, 'the jewel of Lunigiana', is a quaint old arcaded market town with a river tumbling over rocks in the gorge below. Above, the ancient castle looks down over everything. There are several bars, restaurants and useful shops, including the oldest pharmacy in Europe - still trading!
Filetto is the most original and interesting village in Lunigiana. Unlike all the other villages and small towns, it is a squarre walled town, having been originally a Roman 'castra'.
The the elegant loggia in the middle of the main street and the Marquis' palace and the Fatebenefratelli Convent are all of great interest.
Just outside the village lies one of the oldest chestnut woods in the region (a relic of a more extended forest). This was where many of the mysterious carved stone images, now in Pontremoli museum, were found.
A big fair takes place every year on the 25th of August, near the chapel and spreads all around in the forest. Every year in summer, Filetto hosts the "Mediaeval Market". The narrow alleys and the secluded squares of the village become full of merchants in mediaeval costumes, shops are opened selling all sorts of handicrafts and restaurants serve traditional foods. In the main street there is also a Pottery Workshop, where courses of pottery, ceramic art and decoration are held throughout the year.
The old village of Malgrate, with its mediaeval castle, stands on a hill overlooking the Bagnone valley, from which one can have a magnificent view of this part of Lunigiana. The village and castle are of outstanding historical and environmental interest. Today the two elements, village and castle are strictly connected to form a unique and attractive setting. There is an excellent restaurant hidden behind the bar in the car park.
This village developed along the main street on a spur of solid rock with the church and the piazza at one end and the castle at the other, where the archbishop of Canterbury stayed in the 10th century on his way to Rome. Along the main street you will find doors, windows and other fine examples of mediaeval decoration. The castle has an elegant courtyard with an attractive double staircase. Virgoletta was a stop on the Via Francigena – the route from Canterbury to Rome.