A Romantic Medieval tower house Ideally situated in the heart of a characteristic Medieval village.
Casa Colomba is the perfect romantic bolt hole situated in the historical centre of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany's most beautiful villages and best kept secrets.
The apartment is part of a Medieval tower house which dates back to the 12th century and offers the ideal accommodation for couples looking for a Romantic hideaway in an authentic Tuscan setting.
Casa Colomba has 1 bedroom and can sleep from 2-4 guests. The apartment offers boutique style with Tuscan charm and Character as well as having original features such as exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, a 12th century tower room and a charming Loggia.
This stylish accommodation combines antique and traditional Tuscan style furnishings with contemporary and modern comforts.
Casa Colomba offers modern essentials such as free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen and washing machine.
On arrival you will receive a welcome hamper which includes a chilled bottle bottle of Prosecco, a selection of local products and essentials.
Vicopisano is an authentic Tuscan village surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine covered hills, sunflower fields and olive groves and is an ideal area for walking, trekking, cycling & mountain biking.
Casa Colomba is an ideal base for those wishing to explore the beautiful region of Tuscany such as the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Siena, as well as being just under a 30 minute drive away from the Pisan coast, its beaches, Thermal Spas and Golf course..
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Calambrone - Just under 30 minutes 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa-Galileo Galilei - 20 -25 minutes drive 22 km, Nearest railway: Pontedera - for trains to Florence and connections 7.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
Without doubt Tuscany is one of Italy's best-loved regions, beautiful and diverse landscape, the region which nestles between the blue green Apennines and the Turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea. It is one of the most visited parts of Italy as visitors flock to see the famous art cities, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and Florence, Its breathtaking scenery of rolling hills and cypresses and last but not least to sample its excellent food and wine.
The apartment is situated within the Province of Pisa. For those who enjoy sightseeing and shopping, the city with its famous Leaning Tower and quaint cobbled shopping zone is only 25 to 30 minutes away, although there is much more to see in Pisa than the Leaning Tower. Take a map and a guide book and discover the small lanes and market squares with hidden shops, restaurants and cafés Or head for the River Arno which runs through the city centre. Here you can take a city boat tour or just relax at one of the cafés. It is also possible to hire bikes & rickshaws to explore or take one of the official walking tours.
THE PISAN COAST
In Ancient times Pisa was an important port. Today the port has gone but you can still enjoy a day or two at the coast. Marina di Pisa and the Tyrrhenian coast is just a 30 minute drive away from Vicopisano. Here you will find mostly sandy beaches, lounge bars on the sand, seafood restaurants and wonderful sunsets.
The beautiful medieval walled city of Lucca can be reached in just over half an hour and is well worth a visit, especially in the summer months when its streets are filled with the sound of Puccini. The city is mainly a car fee zone and most citizens get around by bicycles. To feel like a local and explore the city hire a bike at one of the main gates - it's a great way to see the city. A short distance away is Torre del Lago, a small town where you can visit not only Puccini's home but also attend the Puccini opera festival which generally runs throughout the summer months.
Florence needs no introduction with its world famous galleries and monuments, also famous for its shopping and stylish boutiques. It's an easy 45 minute drive away or better still take the train from one of the nearby railway stations.
VOLTERRA & VINCI
Both delightful places to visit and worth a daytrip. VINCI is the birthplace of the famous Leonardo da Vinci, where you can visit a museum dedicated to the Renaissance master and the stone house where he was born .
VOLTERRA is an atmospheric hill town famous for alabaster, (and now the famous Twilight saga) and Etruscan, Roman and Medieval sites are scattered throughout the town. Both Vinci and Volterra are easily reached from Vicopisano and take just under an hour.
The Chianti region with its characteristic towns & villages, such a San Gimignano can be reached within an hour and a half with Siena being just under 2 hours away.
Many of our guest like to take a day trip to this beautiful region where 5 characteristic villages hang between the cliffs and the sea. it's an ideal place for hiking and taking a leisurely boat trip. Cinque terre although in the next region of Liguria can be reached in an hour and a half.
Nestled on the lower slopes of the Monte Pisano is the sleepy Medieval village of Vicopisano which has been described as one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany.
To visit the historic centre of Vicopisano is like stepping back in time with its Medieval towers, cobbled pathways and hidden lanes. Away from the more beaten tracks of Tuscany but close enough to visit its famous sites, Vicopisano is a place where you will witness a more authentic Tuscany where you will see villagers enjoying their morning cappuccino at the local bar, school children queuing for ice cream at the local gelateria, a three wheeler Api (small agricultural vehicle) piled high with local produce and the summer long festivals themed around good food, dining alfresco and dancing under the stars.
The Medieval village of Vicopisano once had more than a hundred towers dotting it's skyline and was famous for its tower houses which were built by noble merchants. These noble merchants flocked to the village in Medieval times due to the village's strategic position. Today these Medieval town houses can still be seen but alas most of the towers have been cut down in size. Despite this there are still many visible towers within in the village and if you are staying in Casa Colomba you will be sleeping in one of these towers.
The village is dominated by the Medieval watch tower and fortress of the Renaissance master Fillipo Brunelleschi. The fortress is now open to the public at the weekends, and the small entrance fee includes a guided tour starting from the dungeons right up to the top of the domineering watch tower. From the top of the tower there is a fabulous photo opportunity to snap or video the spectacular surrounding countryside. The tours are usually lead by Professor Giovanni Fascetti and his team who will not only guide you though this Medieval masterpiece but also give you some insight into the village's history and curiosities.
During the first weekend of September the village literally does go back in time with its splendid Medieval festival, the event lasts for 2 days and visitors will be able to wander around the characteristic streets mingling with villagers dressed in medieval costume. You can buy and haggle with the street vendors with your Medieval florins and enjoy mulled wine and delicious snacks at the Medieval taverns!
Well worth a visit is the local parish church PIEVE DI SANTA MARIA. The Church was first mentioned in 934 AD, but documents infer that it already existed some time before. The present construction dates back to the 12th Century and is a well-preserved example of a Pisan-Romanesque church. Positioned in the apse is a magnificent wooden sculpture of the Descent of Christ from the Cross, it dates back to the very early part of the 13th Century. On the massive interior stone walls traces of some 13th Century frescos can be seen of which some have been recently restored.