Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Appartamento Limone is situated not far from the centre of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany's most beautiful villages and best kept secrets, with its clusters of terracotta rooftops, cobbled pathways, medieval towers and village square. Vicopisano is a place to sip a cappuccino with the locals, dine alfresco and watch the world go by.
Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of sunflower fields, pine covered hills, and olive groves this is an ideal location for walking, hiking, cycling and mountain biking.
Vicopisano is an ideal base for exploring 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.
Appartamento Limone offers both rustic charm and simplicity so typical of Tuscan rural houses. This is the ideal place to stay if you are looking to immerse yourself into a typically authentic Tuscan lifestyle. You will be able to see the farmers at work, the mill where the oil is produced and sample the wonderful tastes which are produced on this charming estate.
For those who like to cook up a local dish whilst on holiday there is a fully equipped kitchen along with some award winning olive oil to get you started! Dine alfresco on your own private terrace or picturesque spots within the estate and take in the sweeping views over the Medieval village and olive groves.
If you need to pick up supplies the village centre is just a 2 minute drive away or for those who like walking it's a 10 – 15 minute picturesque wander past the kiwi plantations, and Medieval towers.
Come and visit in October and see the olive harvest or come and visit in November and see the olives turned into the golden nectar, dip a slice of crusty Tuscan bread under the flow of the extra virgin olive oil straight from the press!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marina di Pisa 34 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 30 km, Nearest railway: Cascina & Pontedera 7.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
KITCHEN & DINING SPACE
The kitchen and dining area is flooded with light through the large arched shaped glass doors and window.
Views from this room include the terrace and old stone wall which can be seen through the doors and the original granite stone which forms part of the hillside.
There is a fitted kitchen unit in dark wood so typical of Tuscan rural properties. Although a traditional colour the kitchen units are modern and convenient with a cooker hob (4 gas rings), an electric oven, and a fridge with freezer compartment.
The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking up a traditional meal with cooking pans, and plenty of cooking utensils, plus little extras like a colander for draining your pasta, a salad spinner, garlic crusher, bottle opener, crockery for 4 people plus a teapot and tea mugs and all the necessary equipment for making typical Italian café with espresso cups and espresso pot.
There is a large ceiling fan in this room to keep it cool in the summer months.
This room can also cater for 2 extra guests, where there are two single convertible beds stowed and hidden within the shelving unit.
The bedroom has a beautiful arched window with views over the estate and Medieval tower of Fillipo Brunelleschi. The double bed is Queen size and typical Tuscan in design with lace bedspreads and a wrought iron headboard. There is also a single bed in this room which can be used for an extra guest if needed but is dressed as a sofa for lounging when the room is occupied for 2 guests.
There is a large wardrobe and antique dressing table both with plenty of storage.
There is an iPod docking station in this room.
The shower room is more like a wet room with a separate annex where you will find the washing machine. Washing powder, shower gel and hand soap is provided.
All clients will receive a Welcome Pack comprising of a small bottle of the farm's award winning olive oil. A bottle of the estate's red wine, tea, ground coffee, sugar, milk and a bottle of mineral water.
Access to the apartment is up a very slight incline. For easy access the incline has 15 low wide steps.
The entrance to the farm is up a non asphalted gravel lane of about 500 meters.
|Further details outdoors|
There is plenty of free parking just 50 metres away from your apartment entrance. The space is shared with the owners and one other 1 bedroom apartment.
There is a private terrace at the entrance of the property where there is a table chairs & umbrella.
THE ESTATE GROUNDS
The estate is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of over 3000 olive trees, orchards, vineyards and pine forests. Around the estate you will find various spots, such as covered terraces and gazebos where you can relax and take in the magnificent views over the Medieval towers of the village. Guests at the farm are able to see the farmers at work, wander around the olive groves and help themselves to some of the fruit from the fruit trees.
BBQ & FARM SHOP
Approximately 50 metres from your entrance you have use of a very large BBQ. The BBQ is shared with the owners and 1 other 1 bedroom apartment.
Farm produce such as olive oil, wine, preserves and liqueurs can be bought in the farmer's shop next door to your apartment.
Welcome Pack on arrival comprising of a small bottle of the farm's award winning olive oil., a bottle of the estate's red wine, tea, ground coffee, sugar, milk and a bottle of mineral water.
All bed linen & towels
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is one of Italy's best-loved regions. A beautiful and diverse landscape, the region of Tuscany 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearby public pool 3 miles / 5km / 5 mins drive . Nearest Beach 19 miles / 30km / 30 mins drive. PISA 14 miles / 22km / 20 mins drive / local bus from village. LUCCA: 33 miles / 53km / 45 mins drive / public transport option. FLORENCE 43 miles / 69km / 1 hour drive / train 45 mins. Train station 5 miles / 7.5km / 10 mins drive or bus from village. Siena 82 miles / 132km / 1 hr 40 mins drive or bus from Pisa airport.