House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
La Vista is set in an ancient village high above the Taverone valley, another one of those in the collection of four newly converted houses set on a hillside with stupendous views. You can gaze across to the beautiful pool from the terrace to he hills beyond.
It is a converted cottage with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, in the heart of the village, which boasts a shop, bar and excellent restaurant - all within 3 minutes' walk.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 45 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 100 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms.Upstairs, there are two double and one twin bedroom. Two of the rooms are at the rear of the house providing fantastic views over the mountains.There is also a bathroom with shower, toilet and bidet upstairs.
Downstairs there is a sitting room and kitchen diner with doors opening onto the large terrace.
The kitchen is fitted with double sink, fridge, cooker and hob with an extendible table capable of sitting six people.
There is a large bathroom with toilet, shower and bidet. A washing machine is also provided.
There is one twin bedroom downstairs which also has a sofa bed.
|Further details outdoors|
A small private garden leads down to the pool area, shared with the other three, smaller houses in the group.
The terrace is elevated and there are steps leading down to the garden and pool areal. It is large enough to seat 8 people and there is a barbecue.
The house has the enviable position of being on a south facing hillside in a small farming community with a shop, bar and restaurant a short stroll from the piazza. No cars pass by the house, only the cows!
The Tuscany region
Here in Lunigiana you will experience a very relaxed tempo of a century or two ago - calm and unhurried. The restaurants serve traditional dishes made from local ingredients at at a bargain price. Many don't have menus. You have to listen carefully to what they are serving that day - or just say what what you would like, and they will endeavour to provide it. The food in this area is as good as you you will find anywhere in Italy.
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
The rhythm of the seasons still rules here. Tomatoes are 'passed' through sieves in the summer to make 'passata' for the year. 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!
Lunigiana is known as 'Land of the Hundred Castles'. Many are still standing others have been ruined by time. In Pontremoli Castle is a Stele museum - prehistoric stone statues that have been found in large numbers in this part of Lunigiana. They stare out at you from the past in a most impressive manner.
Lunigiana also boasts of being the Land of the Hundred Lakes, with wonderful scenic drives into the Appenines, making it splendid walking country..
At Equi Terme is a spa with natural hot water gushing out of the rocks. Treatments are available at the Spa centre. There are also trips into the spectacular caves, inhabited in mesolithic times.
The ski resort of Cerreto with a lovely lake and splendid scenery all around. Also Zeri, a collection of ski villages.
Just 40 minutes away is the old fishing port of Lerici, wih beaches and restaurants along the quay side. From here you can catch a boat to the famous Cinque Terre, old villages clinging to the cliff sides.
Lucca and Pisa are an hour away, and Florence 2 hours, by road or by train.