Set in ten acres of olive groves and forest with its own pool, Casa Lucia is a haven of luxurious elegance. Fully equipped chef's kitchen and pizza oven, and plenty of outdoor eating areas, this magnificent property combines contemporary luxury with traditional Italian craftsmanship, set against the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking views in all of Italy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 35 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 70 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The ground floor of the house features an immaculate, fully-equipped, brand new, top-of-the-range chef’s kitchen and open plan dining area, with French doors leading out to a large, spectacular stone-terraced eating area and outdoor kitchen with traditional wood-burning pizza oven, grill, and gas barbeque.
The warm and inviting reception room featuring a classic open fireplace leads to a cozy study that opens out to a charming Tuscan covered terrace with comfortable seating. A full guest bathroom and cloakroom complete the layout.
A major feature of the upstairs is the open-beamed ceilings, which add rustic charm to each of the four large, meticulously-presented double bedrooms and brand new stylishly-appointed en-suite bathrooms.
The two front master bedrooms feature French doors that open out to the spectacular, uninterrupted views of the Carrara mountains. Bedroom Three has beautiful views across the swimming pool to Castello d’Aguila – the Eagle’s Castle. Bedroom Four, with two single beds,overlooks a terrace and herb garden.
Casa Lucia is defined by exquisite stonework that is blended seamlessly with traditional materials such as oak, chestnut, terracotta, and local granites. Throughout the home are beautiful antiques, stylish and comfortable furniture, and finest quality linens, all of which will indulge the most discerning guest.
This luxurious home offers elegant and comfortable accommodation for eight people.
|Further details outdoors|
The 11 metre long swimming pool, edged in marble, has a commanding view of the mountains and valley. Guests will enjoy the luxury of pool furniture with comfortable cushions and large pool towels, as well as take shade under the poolside pergola with soft floating drapes or in the nearby chestnut-beamed open-air pool house. Perched above the olive grove with a spectacular view of the 13th century Castello d'Aguila and with comfortable seating, the pool house is the perfect place for the children to play in the shade or for the grown ups to have cocktails later in the day as the sun goes down - a favourite place for relaxing and having fun. Croquet, bocce, and volleyball sets are available for the active, and hammocks for the less so! The numerous places to sit or lie in or out of the sun enable guests to relax, read a book, sip a cocktail, or simply while away the hours contemplating the universe!
The outdoor kitchen boasts a spectacular wood-fired pizza oven, an open grill, a gas BBQ, a sink, and plenty of marble workspace for preparation and serving of food. Outdoor dining furniture is elegant and comfortable. There is nothing better than sitting under the shady, wisteria-strewn pergola enjoying good food and company.
** Please note that the pool is not fenced. Children and non-swimmers must be supervised at all times.
Summary of features:
* Classic Tuscan farmhouse with wood, stone, and marble throughout
* Secluded setting of olives & woodland over 10 acres
* Large swimming pool, shaded pergola, and sunbeds
* An elegant pool house with comfortable seating
* A spacious outdoor cooking area with a traditional wood-burning pizza oven, open grill, and gas barbeque
* Several terraces and charming shaded areas for eating, entertaining, or just relaxing
* Traditional architecture
* 4 double bedrooms, all en-suite, and one additional bathroom on the ground floor.
* Fully-equipped chef’s kitchen
* WiFi Internet connection and lap-top
* TV screen, dvd player, i-pod dock and speakers, CD player
* Books, board games, cds, and dvds
* Outstanding views from the house and the land
* Croquet, bocce, and volleyball sets
* Easy access to Cinque Terre, Lucca, Florence, and the Italian Riviera
* Ideal accommodation for 8 people
Casa Lucia is situated in northern Tuscany approximately ninety minutes drive north of Pisa Airport and near the town of Aulla in the Province of Massa-Carrara.
Casa Lucia is within easy access of major towns, cities, and attractions, such as Florence, Lucca, and Sarzana, and numerous medieval villages such as Fivizzano, Fosdinovo, and Equi Terme.
Coastal attractions include the beach resorts of Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Lerici, and the Gulf of Poets; the spectacular world heritage site of Le Cinque Terre; and the sophisticated towns of Santa Margarita and Portofino on the Italian Riviera.
Casa Lucia Location Facts:
* Region: Tuscany
* Province: Massa-Carrara
* Nearby Cities of Interest: Sarzana, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Genoa, Parma
* Nearby Attractions: Cinque Terre, Gulf of Poets, Italian Riviera, Portofino, Garfagnana
The town of Fivizzano, just fifteen minutes away from Casa Lucia over the hill is nestled in valley that extends from the Appenines to the Apuan Alps.
Historically, Fivizzano has always been an important centre of the Lunigiana region and the castles, churches, and noble palaces are testament to its long and distinguished history.
Fivizzano gave itself to the Medici family in the fifteenth century. The walls of Fivizzano were erected by order of Cosimo de Medici in 1540, and the baroque font of the main square was constructed for Cosimo III in 1683. Every summer in July, Fivizzano is home to a medieval archery festival, “Disfida degli arceri di terra e di corte”, a colourful and charming event at which people dress in medieval clothes, stallholders cook and sell all types of traditional foods, and music fills the warm summer air.
Fivizzano has many amenities, including a supermarket, bakery, fishmonger, butcher, gas station, post office, banks, pharmacy, and many restaurants and coffee bars.
Beyond the walls of Fivizzano lies the village of Verrucola and its spectacular castle. Nearby are the Romanesque church of Saint Paul of Vendaso and the village of Soliera with the sanctuary of the Madonna of the Necks, the village of Sassalbo, and the Botanical Garden of the Frignoli.
About 30 to 40 minutes drive from Fivizzano are many other beautiful medieval towns, such as Pontremoli, Villefranca in Lunigiana, Cassola, Bagnone, and Sarzana.
There are so many things to enjoy in this wonderful, unspoiled and undiscovered part of Tuscany:
Outdoor Activities and Exploration
* Skippered and self-hired yachting and boat trips around the Gulf of Poets, Portovenere, and Cinque Terre
* Swimming in the Meditteranean at Lerici and Cinque Terre
* Hiking in the mountains and along the Garfagnana trail
* Road Cycling and Mountain Biking
* Rock climbing in the Garfagnana
* Hunting (Wild boar and pheasant in season)
* Snorkelling and ferry trips to the Island of Elba
* Skiing (approximately forty-five minutes drive away)
Music and Culture
* Painting classes (the area has become a haven for artists)
* Stone carving (Pietra Santa is a world-renowned destination for sculptors)
* Language study (Lucca has many language schools)
* Exploring the hundreds of medieval castles and fortresses of the area
* Open-air music festivals in Lucca and Sarzana
* Opera festivals (including the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago and open-air opera in Lucca)
* Easy day trips to Pisa, Lucca, and Florence.
Among the many festivals in Tuscany throughout the year, several are within very easy reach of Casa Lucia, including:
* Carnevale in Viareggio (February/March)
* The Palio of San Ranieri in Pisa (June)
* The ‘Disfida’ festival of archery in Fivizzano (July)
* The festa medievale in Fosdinovo (July)
* La Giostra dell’Orso (Joust of the Bear) in Pistoia (July)
* La Festa della Rificolono (Festival of the Lanterns) in Florence (September)
* Luminara di Santa Croce in Lucca (September)
* The Nativity festival in Equi Terme (December)
Food, Wine, and Shopping
* Wine Tours to the local wine regions
* Porcini Mushroom Picking in season
* Sample the sumptuous foods of the area in charming restaurants and bars
* Regular local markets in Aulla, Sarzana, and Lerici.
* Spectacular street markets in Forte dei Marmi, Florence, Sarzana, and Lerici.