Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
"Il Castellino" is a very attractive, tastefully restored, stables situated in the village of Comano in the beautiful Tavarone valley. Sweeping stone walls, huge chestnut beams, and traditional terracotta floors make this a truly Tuscan experience.
The contemporary design without loosing its rustic appeal offers spacious and light accommodation comprising: entrance into open plan kitchen and dining area with traditional fireplace, hallway to twin bedroom, utility room and bath/shower room A feature staircase leads to the mezzanine living area and the huge, feature master bedroom.
This property is ideally situated whether it be for a ski, sunbathing or cultural holiday. The famous places of Florence, Lucca, Parma and Portofino are all within reach when staying at II Castellino.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 85 km, Nearest railway: Aulla Lunigiana 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
* Galleried living area
* Open plan dining area
* Magnificent sleeping accommodation with kingsize bed, original chestnut roofbeams and flooring
* Master bedroom overlooking patio with fountain and views down Tavernelle valley
* Fully equipped kitchen
* Huge wood burning stove (fuel provided in winter)
* Large washroom with separate bath and shower
* Utility room with washing machine
|Further details outdoors|
* Private stone-flagged courtyard with barbecue and dining facilities
* Swimming pool in village just 5 minutes walk
* Property approached by the village borgo through a medieval vaulted archway
* The Torrente Taverone (river) runs close by the property
As well as two small hotels (bars open to the public) Comano has a Tourist Information Centre, newsagent, pharmacy, post office, foodstore, bakery, pizzeria, hairdresser and petrol station. The nearest bank is 5 miles away in Licciana-Nardi but there is a cash machine at the Tourist Information Centre. Larger supermarkets can be found in Aulla, Villafranca and Sarzana. Guests can use the swimming pool at the Miramonti Hotel in return for their custom in the restaurant or pizzeria and there are tennis courts, sports and a horse riding centre in Comano.
The Tuscany region
Part of Tuscany, Lunigiana is an ancient territory extending from the Apennines to the mouth of the River Magra. This hidden corner of Tuscany is rich in mediaeval history: castles, Romanesque churches and ancient hilltop hamlets of astonishing beauty dot the landscape everywhere. Bounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Apuane Alps and the Apennine Mountains, Lunigiana is a land lost in time. Its geographical location and turbulent history have combined to create a unique landscape, one that, even to this day, remains preserved and intact from over-development. Lunigiana remains virtually untouched by the rampant urbanisation and industrialisation that plague many areas of outstanding natural beauty in other countries. It has a uniquely rural character where life moves at a traditional pace yet it is easy to reach from the international airports at Pisa, Genoa, Parma and Milan.
Comano, in the upper Taverone valley is a charming Tuscan village with roots that go back as far as the 9th Century. Situated in magical countryside at a height of 600 metres beneath Camporaghena Peak on the edge of the Apennines National Park, Comano is famous for its Castello, an imposing tower dating from the 12th century and its chestnut woods which have played a significant role in both the economy and gastronomy of the area.
Numerous paths around Comano allow tourists to practice walking and pony trekking, enjoying incredible panoramas. Comano is the scene of many festivals and events including an art festival in August and an annual horse fair at a newly completed riding arena in September. A costumed Chestnut Fair in October celebrates the chestnut tree as a source of food, timber and charcoal.
Comano is inland from La Spezia on the Mediterranean coast. South of La Spezia, along the Versilia Coast from Marinella di Sarzana to Viaraggio, there are many beaches amongst them some of the longest and finest in the Mediterranean.
Comano is surrounded by major parks of international significance:
1. National Park of the Apennines: The wild, and extraordinary beauty of this region includes ecosystems of great scientific interest. Amongst the peaks golden eagles soar and wild Apennine wolves roam.
2. Equi Caves Cultural Park: the prehistoric Equi offers a diverse natural experience including grottos, canyons, the Equi Terme thermal spa town, the Equi Cut walk, the Caves Museum, the Archeopark and "The Buca" (The Pit)
3. Apuane Alps Regional Park: the striking Apuane range of marble-topped mountains sits between the Apennines and the sea. This extraordinary alpine landscape encloses an incredible variety of rare flowers and plants as well as wild fauna and important archeological and geological sites. For the active it is possible to go on beautiful walking or horseriding tours and the steep mountainsides and deep caves of the Apuane Alps attract many cavers and climbers.
4. Cinque Terre National Park: On the coast within 45 minutes drive lies the delightful “Cinque Terre” - five old, pastel-coloured fishing villages strung along the coast to the north of La Spezia which rise sheer from the sea in dramatic situations.
Without doubt, Lunigiana offers some of the finest walking in the world. Whether you traverse the high mountains of the magnificent Alpe Apuane or Appenine mountains, explore the chestnut woods and meadows of the beautiful valleys or follow the banks of the many rivers and torrents you will have an unforgettable experience. Lunigiana and the Alpe Apuane offer over 250 km of marked trails.
Lunigiana is an outdoor sportsmans’s paradise. Swimming, tennis, cycling, mountain-biking, kayaking, climbing, caving, horse-riding and fishing are just some of the sports on offer.
Just 30-40 minutes drive away from Comano are the pretty ski resorts of Zum Zeri, Cerreto Laghi and Prato Spilla. These resorts are situated in the Apennine mountains and are ideal for family ski-ing and snow-boarding. The ski lift at Prato Spilla is open in the summer months where you can take a ride up the mountain and either walk down one of the ski runs or take the ski lift back down.
It is not for nothing that Lunigiana is known as the land of the 100 castles. The region has the highest concentration of fortified structures in Italy and dozens of these defensive structures are to be found dotted around the area often in magnificent positions. Comano itself is the site of the 13th Century Comano Tower. The nearby Romanesque Crespiano parish church (11th century) preserves medieval artifacts and is flanked by one of the oldest towers in Lunigiana
Food is a cornerstone of Italian culture and lifestyle and the Lunigiana region is no exception. Lunigiana is famous for its wonderful dishes and quality of its food and the area has a number of unique regional specialities, cooking styles and flavours characterised by simplicity, freshness and quality. And of course, the excellent food is served in a wealth of good local restaurants which tend to be very reasonably priced.
FOSDINOVO ADVENTURE PARK
The Fosdinovo Adventure Park overlooks the castle Malaspina within walking distance of the hilltop town of Fosdinovo. The park offers an exciting alternative to the usual day at the beach and is a place for people of all ages who love open air and adventure. As well as an adrenalin-fuelled aerial assualt courses other activities at the park include orienteering, quadbiking and mountainbiking.
MARBLE QUARRIES AND WORKSHOPS
Visit the huge marble quarries of Massa-Carrara. The renowned flawless-white marble quarries of Carrara were the source of bright stone for the Colosseum, the Pantheon, London’s Marble Arch and Michelangelo’s David. Today, more than 1 million tonnes of marble are quarried every year from nearly 300 quarries.
Lunigiana hosts a wealth of museums that document and portray the treasures of the region:
Archeological Museum of the Stele Statues, Piagnaro Castle, Pontremoli
An important collection of stone statues of human figures from Neanderthal times.
Lunigiana Ethnographic Museum, Bagnone
An extensive collection of instruments, clothes and domestic objects used in the daily life of Lunigiana peasants in yesteryear all housed in a fascinating riverside mill setting.
Lunigiana Natural History Museum, Aulla
Situated in the imposing Brunella Fortress, the museum incorporates recreations of all Lunigiana's natural habitats and ecosystems, from the chestnut and beech groves to the mountain prairies and mediterranean vegetation.
"Jacobi da Fivizzano" Printing Museum, Fivizanno
As the cradle of Italian printing and the home of the world's first typewriter, this museum is dedicated to Fivizanno's Jacobi Bononi who started printing in 1471.
Equi Terme Museum of Caves
A museum dedicated to the history of the human presence in the vast Equi cave complex at the foot of the Pizzo d'Uccello.
Marble Museum of Carrara
This interesting museum charts the story of marble working and Carrara marble, the famous white stone favoured by Michaelangelo.
Every year the Lunigiana comes alive with fairs, shows, festivals and markets.
Medieval Markets/festivals in Filetto and Villafranca take place during August, an antiques fair at Sarzana throughout the month of August, the Bagnone Chestnut Fairs in October, Pietrasanta's monthly antiques market, Massa's coin and stamp show in October, the "L'arte nella strada" in Marina di Carrara at the end of July and the Fiera di San Martino in Fivizanno in October are just a selection of the events on offer.
Stemming from the fact that many major publishers originate from nearby Montereggio, the famous Fiera del Libro or Pontremoli Book Fair is held in July and August with Italy's most important literary award presented at this.
Massa puts on the Giornate Numismatiche e Filateliche massesi, a coin and stamp show in the middle of October.
The wooded hills and craggy mountains of the Lunigiana present a splendid, unspoilt natural environment for nature lovers and ecologists. Towered over by the high crests of the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines - recently recognized as a National Park - and by the majestic Alpe Apuane, Lunigiana has an exceptionally unpolluted ecology that must be experienced at first hand.
FRIGNOLI BOTANICAL GARDENS
Situated at a height of 900 metres the Frignoli Botanical Gardens near Fivizanno house a spectacular array of native plants, herbs and tree species in specially constructed natural environments.
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