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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
La Casetta is the perfect little stone-built Tuscan cottage that everyone dreams of. It is completely detached from the other two houses that share the pool, making it is a perfect hideaway with all modern conveniences.
Upstairs there is a spacious bedroom and beautiful shower bathroom.
Downstairs is a well-equipped modern kitchen and a comfortable living room with the original stone walls and a wood-burning stove. There are also sofa-beds upstairs and down.
There are spectacular views from all the rooms and the portico-covered terrace, where you will spend most of your time. Meals eaten here while looking out across the valley are especially memorable.
At the end of the small garden there are steps down to the large pool.
A shop, bar and wonderful restaurant are only a couple of minutes walk away.
The narrow, winding streets have no cars, only cows going for milking and the friendly villagers sitting in the shade gossiping.
The gentle pace of life here makes La Casetta the perfect place to relax.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 43 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa, Parma, Genoa 100 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
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!
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.
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!
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