Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
L'Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo... or, the Blue Apartment, because of its soft-blue of the walls. Il Poggiolo is the name of the farm... is the original living quarters for an 800 year old farm & vineyard nestled in the village of Codiponte in the northwestern corner of Tuscany, the Lunigiana. The apartment has been transformed into a comfortable open-space with a living/dining area and a simple service kitchen. Above is a sleeping loft with 2 single-beds reached by a ladder. Down a short hallway is the Master Bedroom with an antique double-bed and the Bathroom. Off the bedroom is a terrace with lovely views over the village and the olive & chestnut groves on the surrounding hills beyond. The interiors are decorated with an eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds and the new, whether in the furniture, furnishings or artwork. It was designed to be a sophisticated yet, intimate & quiet retreat.
Immediately outside the apartment is a 2,000 square meter garden of grassy terraces planted with fruit & olive trees. There is even a fish pond!
The approach to the apartment is from the Medieval bridge of Codiponte. The village's name is the local dialect for "at the head of the bridge". Entering the village, there is a series of stepped ramps up to the tall arched entrance to Il Poggiolo. Under the archway is a passageway to the central Courtyard. From there, a grassy ramp leads up to the front door of L'Apartamento Azzurro.
Codiponte has 300 year-round residents and has two convenience stores for basic food & cleaning items, a bar & tabaccheria... The Social Center of the village... a green-grocer, an excellent butcher... people come from miles around to buy its varied cuts of meats... and other shops selling clothing & household goods. Casola in Lunigiana, the town above Codiponte, has a bank, a post-office and shops while Gragnola, the town below has a grocery store, a post-office, shops and the trains station for service to Aulla, La Spezia and Lucca.
The Lunigiana is perfectly situated to quickly enjoy the beaches of the Versilia along the Mediterranean coast, the Italian Riviera resort of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets and the Cinque Terre and its famous via del Amore walking path. Pisa and its airport, Lucca and Parma are all a little more than an hour's drive from Codiponte. Florence & Genoa are close enough for easy day-trips. The spectacular scenery of the Apuane & Apennine Mountains can be enjoyed on hiking or biking excursions. And, the region is still one of stone villages built around castles & towers. There are over 120 of them to visit & explore!
So, please come & stay at L'Appartamento Azzurro!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||The Versilia coast along the Mediterranean 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport 80 km, Nearest railway: Principal train station at Aulla 20 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
Casola in Lunigiana
Casola in Lunigiana and its sister town of Codiponte are situated in the valley of the Aulella River as it descend on its way to join the Magra River at Aulla before the waters flow into the Mediterranean Sea. Near to this junction stood the Roman city, Lunae, for which the Lunigiana takes its name.
The Casola area is noted for its mild climate, perfect for the cultivation of olives, since it is separated only by a string of low mountains from the Mediterranean Sea. The entire river valley is laced with olive groves towards the sun and chestnut forests on the shady sides. Both brought wealth & commerce to the area. Since Codiponte was also the only spot to ford the Aulella River, it was a capital in the Medieval period. And, for the same reason, the famous pilgrimage route from France to Rome, passed through the village, its church was a key way-station, before the route climbs to the Carpanelli Pass, down into the Tuscan mountain region of the Garfagnana to Lucca and Rome beyond. There are also six other Romanesque churches to visit before reaching the pass.
The valley is still one of pristine stone villages built on hills spread over the landscape with the Apuane Mountains as a stunning backdrop. There are many walking & hiking trails to follow, once the only thorough-fares connecting the many villages.
The local cuisine is like no other in Italy. Probably the most popular dish is testeroli... a kind of crepe... cut into strips, boiled and served topped with a pesto sauce. Panigacci, in various versions, is another speciality of a flat bread served with a white creamy cheese and salami. Still another is white lasagna. And, naturally, all are enjoyed better with the local white & red wines.