House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This old village house is nestled in the foothills of the mountains, in the heart of the Taverone valley in Lunigiana. Originally it was the village bakery. It has a warm, friendly atmosphere, and the original pizza oven can be seen at the front of the house.
The Taverone, a clear mountain river, has deep bathing pools only 5 minutes' walk from the village.
There are two villages with shops and restaurants just 2kms away and it is not far from the seaside or the mountains.
Sleeping 4 people in a twin-bedded room and a king size double-bedded room, most of the accomodation is on one level. There are just six marble steps leading from the kitchen at ground level to the living room, dining room, kitchen at ground level, and shower room. Outside space includes a small balcony and a large vine-covered terrace with a barbeque.
The house itself is tastefully furnished with an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture. The living room has a largeTuscan woodburning fireplace, and the house has central heating, a washing machine and small DVD player
The old storerooms underneath have been converted into a stylish, one bedroom apartment. Built entirely of stone, with large wooden beams, the sitting area has an traditional woodburning stove. The bedroom area is beyond. The spacious modern kitchen has doors out to sunny terrace area.
Central heating - 15 euros per day
Wood for open fire - 5 euros per box
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 39 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa, also Genoa, Parma 100 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private 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!
Lunigiana is not a tourist area, and herein lies its beauty. It has the feeling of stepping back in time to a medieval landscape of villages clinging organically to hillsides – castles perched on mountain tops, snow covered peaks of jagged rock, and a peasant economy of vineyards and olive groves. In short, the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. There is an otherworldliness about the area which makes it a 'getaway from it all' holiday ideal.
You can forget the hustle and bustle of life, and walk around the paths of the hamlet of Montale amongst the streams and waterfalls, wild flowers and birds of the lower mountain slopes. Or you can relax on the vine-covered terrace of Casa Luna with glass of local wine in your hand, listening to the sound of cicadas and grasshoppers.