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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

A romantic tuscan hideaway nestled into the hillside of the picturesque village of Taponecco. Cobbled pathways and arches connect the houses of this medieval settlement dating back to the 13th Century. La Mansarda forms part of this historic village property and combines the comforts of modern living with the charm of the past. The building has been carefully restored and interior designed to retain much of its original character including terracotta floors, chestnut doors and beamed ceilings.

Accommodation

La Mansarda was originally a chestnut drying house. The dining terrace leads into the hallway with the original stone basin. The bathroom is custom made with mosaic tiles and combined bath and shower. An antique chestnut door opens into a contemporary farmhouse kitchen with granite work surface and ceramic butlers basin. There is a traditional feature fireplace extending to the rafters above. Steps lead up to a spacious yet cosy room providing sleeping and sitting areas with an open beamed ceiling. The property occupies the top floor of the building and has views over the pretty courtyard. A further garden terrace above the courtyard offers a place to relax and simply enjoy the sun.

All towels and linens are included as are waffle robes from the White Company, and slippers.

Services

A swimming pool in the neighbouring village is available during the summer months (subject to terms and conditions). A separate laundry room is equipped with washing machine and iron/ironing board.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lerici 35 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa 1 hour 15 minutes 100 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 20 minutes 16 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

The Tuscany region

Lunigiana is the most northern part of Tuscany bordering Liguria, with Pisa and Genova airports approximately one hour away. A quiet corner of Tuscany where traditions are strong, hospitality generous and the pace of life relaxed. The marble peaks of the Appenine mountain ranges encompass the region against which magical outlines of castles can be seen, many restored while others remain romantic ruins. Paths lead through narrow villages streets with stone houses rendered beautifully with simplicity. Seasonal festivals are held in the villages throughout the year to celebrate the harvests, with simple recipes evolved through the centuries and gathered from the tastes of Tuscany, Liguria, and Emilia Romagna. During the long summer nights the village streets are lit by candle light with live performances, and cantinas are opened selling local handicraft.

Experience this beautiful landscape by foot or horseback, and cool in the shady river pools of the valleys.

Pontremoli is a principal town with it's imposing Duomo and hilltop castle, that house the Stele Statues dating from 200BC, said to hold the mystery of an ancient civilisation.

In contrast to Lunigiana, the Ligurian Coast is so very close in distance, but in many ways a world apart. A shirt drive takes yo to the Gulf of Poets, where you can wander the bustling old streets of La Spezia, with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, enjoy a drink in its many bars, and of course explore the shops and markets. Relax in one of the many seafood restaurants at Lerici and watch the sunset from the harbour. Regular ferries leave for Portovenere with its paste coloured waterfront, and the award winning Cinque Terre, five fishing villages that cling to the side of this dramatic coastline. The last of these villages has a beautiful beach for sun and sea enthusiasts, with some of the clearest waters in Italy. Sarzana lies inland, an elegant town of piazzas and narrow lanes, with a host of antique shops and small boutiques, and opens its streets during the summer fir the annual market, selling antiquities and memorabilia.

Cultural centres such as Parma and Lucca, are in easy reach. Florence can be visited by car in about 1 1/2 hours, or experience the superb scenery by train. Transport links are very good and inexpensive, however, car hire is recommended to really appreciate the region. This is a holiday with an opportunity to explore not only this beautiful part of Tuscany, but also Liguria. If you have passion for Italy, it's architecture, culture, fine food and wine, then this experience is fir you. It would be impossible to mention what all the region has to offer, however, we are sure that after your visit, this will be a place you will find difficult to forget.

Licciana Nardi

Nestled into the hillside, is the picturesque village of Taponecco. Cobbled pathways and arches connect the houses of thus medieval settlement, dusting back to the 13th Century. Taponecco is served daily with groceries and there us a popular Trattoria close by, where you can experience typical specialities and take in the breathtaking views from the terrace. The surrounding villages have facilities such as banks, grocery shops, cafés and bars.

A swimming pool in the neighbouring village is available during the summer months (subject to terms and conditions). Horse riding is provided by local stables of experience quad biking along the valley and hillside roads. Tourist information and advice is available daily.

Licciana Nardi

In this region you can admire castles, parish churches, tower houses, hamlets and fortified control walls of the Malaspina family, all dating back to the same period. The old street is rich in decorated portals, picturesque facades decorated with window boxes overflowing with colour. An 11th Century fortified town with much of the ancient town wall still visible, and narrow passageways running through immensely thick walls, into the village. In the Piazza del Municipo, the imposing 16th Century castle dominates the square and is joined to a graceful baroque church, by a small bridge spanning the entrance to the village. An autumn festival, noteworthy of a mention, is the chestnut fair held during October. The Main Street is decorated with chestnut branches, mock medieval shop fronts, old cantinas that open as rustic watering holes, and the main piazza feature large open fires for roasting this important ingredient. The local residents dress up in costume for the event, yo enhance the atmosphere. You may also see the odd donkey strolling through the village.

Towering over Licciana Nardi, is Bastia. A good base for walking, with high meadows and wonderful views out to the Ligurian Coast. Bastia is built around the castle, which us now privately owned.

Monti is another village near Liccianna Nardi, again with a fortified village and with a charming castle. The castle has been well restored and today is used as a summer residence by a surviving member of the Malaspina family. Below the old village, the new part of the town is developing, and although not particularly historic, offers a good selection of local amenities.

The Comune of Liccianna Nardi, encompasses many medieval hillside hamlets, protected as historic centres and most of which, are very much alive today.

Tavernelle from the road, may seem quite bland on the surface, however, it is necessary to stop ANC walk into the old centre to understand the charm of this settlement. Once an important trade route leading from Parma, Tavernelle was a popular stooping point, bustling with Locande and guest houses.

Taponecco and Varano are picturesque examples of 'borgo' villages, with narrow cobbled lanes and stone houses, connected by arches and passageways. The villagers are very welcoming of new faces, and go about their daily routine as if nothing has changed for centuries. Mostly, these are farming communities, however in recent years they have attracted buyers from Milan and other parts of Europe, looking for a unique and unspoilt place to do end their holidays. Many houses have been restored to strict regulations, to primarily preserve the heritage.

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