Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
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|
Features and Facilities
|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|
The Tuscany region
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.
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23 Jun 2014
"We want to return!"
We didn't have time to read the reviews in the room, as we were so busy exploring this beautiful part of Italy...But I am sure everyone has mentioned what a fantastic apartment this is! We loved … More
15 Jun 2014
"Casa Colomba Tuscany's Best hidden little Gem"
This was our first visit to Tuscany, the Mediaeval 12th century apartment ( so comfortable and beautyfully restored ) and village typify the real Tuscany that that we imagined, the beauty and countrys… More
19 May 2014
"Beautiful, Quiet, Comfortable, Romantic."
Marie and Lorenzo were fantastico. The apartment was clean, comfortable. well equipped and in a great location with lots of great touches to make it like home. The view is incredible. The main bed was… More
27 Apr 2014
"Hidden gem in beautiful Tuscany"
Casa Colomba is a wonderful converted medieval tower in the peaceful village of Vicopisano which oozes quiet rural Italian charm. The apartment, with comfy bed, refreshing shower and lovely loggia, is… More
20 Apr 2014
"Genuine Italian country village experience!"
We enjoyed our stay here and think the hosts have done a lovely job preparing the property. It is very clean with lovely furnishings and good facilities to cook at home if you like. We had a hire car … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba. We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed the experience of staying in a 'genuine Italian village' and we would like to thank you for your kind words about the furnishings and cleanliness of the apartment. We are sorry that the bed was not to your liking however I think this may be a case of personal preference. If you read our previous comments many guest have commented on the comfort of the bed and the apartment as a whole. Regarding your comments about the shower it is not something that any of our guests have ever mentioned to us before therefore we were surprised to read your comment.
It's great to hear that you saw so much of the area during your short stay with us - a car is highly recommended if you are only in the area for just a short amount of time. The bus service is ideal to get into Pisa and the town of Pontedera where you can get the train to Florence and other major cities in the Tuscany region. Many of our guests who have been able to stay with us a little longer and soak up the authentic atmosphere have loved the idea of travelling with the locals at a slower pace. There are 7 buses a day to Pisa the first one leaves at 6.45 in the morning and the last bus back into the village from Pisa is at 6.50 in the evening. There are 9 buses a day between Vicopisano and Pontedera.
Many of our previous guests have been delighted at how easy it has been to plan their day excursions from Casa Colomba either by local transport or rental car. We like to think that this is due to our Pre – Welcome pack we send all guests 6 weeks before their arrival and in addition our extensive 'House Book' which is available in the apartment. Both our Pre- Welcome and house book s have been designed to help our guests plan and enhance their stay with us and many have found the transport timetables we provide, directions to the station and links to the transport websites extremely helpful. We now also provide a 'self guided walking tour of Pisa ' which has been designed by ourselves with a little help from a local historian and licensed tour guide. As well as the hard copy of this guide we can also email a PDF version to our guests so they can discover Pisa with a mobile hand held device.
Finally we must thank you again for your feedback, it was lovely to meet you and we hope you enjoyed your holiday in Tuscany.
Marie and lorenzo
2 Feb 2014
"'La dolce vita' in Vicopisano - fabulous!"
I stayed in Casa Colomba just before Christmas in 2013 and had a terrific time. The apartment is extremely comfortable and cosy in December. I loved climbing up into the fairytale 'princess and… More
Thank you so much for your kind words and informative review for Casa Colomba. It was wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the apartment comfortable.
You are right December is a fantastic time to visit Tuscany especially if one wants to visit the famous sites without the queues and heat.
We will let Giovanni Fascetti the historian and guide of Brunelleschi's fortress know how much you enjoyed the tour of Vicpisano's Medieval masterpiece!
We are so pleased you managed to pack so much in during your short stay with us and we hope you come back to visit us again one day in the future. Until then you can keep in touch via our facebook page!
Marie and Lorenzo
15 Jan 2014
We came to the Casa in Vicopicano after a stay in Cinque Terre. We picked up a car rental at the Pisa airport (so easy to do) and drove the short distance to begin our stay in Tuscany. The apartment … More
Dear Louise & B
Thank you so much for your lovely review of casa Colomba. We are so pleased you enjoyed staying at the apartment and that you enjoyed the olive farm visit, we must say it is a highlight for a lot of our guests.
It was such a shame Lorenzo and I didn't get to meet you. We do hope that you come back and visit again one day in the future . In the meantime I hope you are enjoying keeping up with all our local news and events through our facebook page- Thank you for liking our page, thank you for choosing Casa Colomba and thank you for being our 60th review on Flipkey/Tripadvisor!
Marie and Lorenzo
2 Dec 2013
"Classic Tuscan Vacation"
This was our first visit to Tuscany and Casa Colomba was impressive in all respects! Marie & Lorenzo were excellent hosts, undoubtedly the best we have encountered in all our Vrbo planned vacations. … More
Dear Bob & Carol
Thank you so much for your kind and informative review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed discovering our little undiscovered part of Tuscany. We love the fact that apart from visiting many of the must see sites and bigger cities of Tuscany, that you were able to discover the local area and traditions.
The visit to the ceramic workshop, olive farm and tour of the Brunelleschi Fortress are often a highlight for our guests and it was a pleasure to be able to share the experience with you both.
Now that you have been to Tuscany once we do hope you will come back and visit us again one day in the future. There really is a lot more yet to see!!!
Thank you again for choosing Casa Colomba.
Marie & Lorenzo
4 Nov 2013
"Romantic getaway in a quiet village"
Lovely modern apartment with oldie world features. I was a little confused as the apartment stated it was a medieval tower house apartment, the picture featured is not where the apartment is, perhaps … More
Dear Liz and Andrew
Firstly we must thank you very much for your review of Casa Colomba. It was nice to hear that the Welcome pack we provide on arrival was greatly appreciated and that you enjoyed discovering the village wine bar and Pizza Takeaway.
You do mention in your review that the apartment in which you stayed was not the same property which is shown in our listing/advert photograph. We feel we really must address this comment and clarify the situation for the benefit of future guests reading this review.
We can assure you that the main photo on our advert/listing is that of Casa Colomba. In the photograph you can see 3 Towers, the one in the foreground is the Tower of Casa Colomba. The window in the Tower is the window of the bedroom , the bedroom in which you slept during your stay with us.
We can quite understand why you may not have realized that you were sleeping in a Medieval Tower as the Tower is at the rear of the house which faces the countryside and hills.
Casa Colomba is situated in a Medieval street which consists of many Tower houses however typically many of these Towers where placed at the rear of the house. In Medieval times the front of these Tower houses may have had a commercial use in the way of a shop or offices and this could be due to the fact that the Medieval Tower houses tended to be owned by either nobles or wealthy merchants.
We photographed the rear of Casa Colomba so that the 12th century Tower which we consider to be a unique feature of our home could be seen by those who are looking to stay in an authentic property with unique features.
In your review you mentioned that it is essential to have transport to get around. We state on our listing that car hire is recommended. We recommend renting a car for those travelers who are interested in visiting places not on the obvious tourist trail (such as the interesting Natural History Museum in the village of Calci which you visited during your stay).
Pisa, Lucca and Florence can all easily be reached by public transport from the village as a day trip. In our Pre-Welcome pack which we email to all our guests 6 weeks before arrival we include a timetable of buses from the village, plus a link to the Rail timetable (in English) . We hope that by providing this information in advance it may help our guests make the right decision as to whether they need to rent a car. We also point out that Taxi's may be difficult to book outside of normal business hours.
We are so sorry that you paid a lot in Taxi fares but we do hope that by Lorenzo picking you up from the railway station when you couldn't get a taxi on a Sunday and that by picking up a takeaway pizza for you from a restaurant that we may have eased the cost for you just a little.
You did say that you would like to come back and visit again one day, we hope you do because there is still a lot more to explore in this authentic corner of Tuscany, where you can still get a “luscious” glass of wine for just one Euro.
Finally we would like to thank you again for your support in choosing Casa Colomba and for your review which we are sure a lot of future guests will find very helpful.
Marie & Lorenzo
17 Sep 2013
"Romantic, peaceful home away from home!"
We stayed at Casa Colomba for two weeks.. Wonderful Tuscan village, great local people, and Marie & Lorenzo are exceptional hosts. Right in the heart of Tuscany so if that is your destination... we… More
Thank you for your kind words, Lorenzo and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. it's great to see our guests getting right into village life and getting to know the locals and all the local curiosities like the perfect time to take a cappuccino and of course an aperitivo! It was great to meet you and we look forward to you visiting us again one day in the future. Till then take care and warmest regards.
Marie & Lorenzo
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