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Apartment / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 335739
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Apartment / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4
L'Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo...
...or, the Blue Apartment... 80 sqm./869 sqf... sleeps 4 persons. This apartment was the original living quarters for Il Poggiolo and is the oldest part of the farm-house. The entrance to the apartment is reached by a grassy ramp from the aia... or, the central courtyard, of Il Poggiolo, past a small stone out-building, which was once the chestnut drying-shed. Next to it is an oven. The apartment has an open-space living & dining area with a basic service kitchen... refrigerator, 2-burner cook-top, micro & convection oven, etc. A sleeping loft with 2 single-beds is above and can be reached by a ladder. A short corridor from the open-space leads to the Master Bedroom with an antique double-bed and a Bathroom with a shower, etc. Much time & effort was taken to create a charming decor in a decidedly eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds & contemporary furniture & artwork. Comfortable interiors per divertire gli occhii! Off the bedroom is a Terrace with lovely views over the village of Codiponte, the Aullela River Valley and the olive & chestnut groves on the surrounding hills. It is the perfect setting for an aperitivo of wine, bread & cheese to watch the Tuscan sunsets! Outside the entrance to the apartment is a large terraced garden planted with fruit & olive trees. There is even a fish pond! Plenty of chaises, chairs & tables are available to sunbathe or nap under a shade tree.
A little something about Codiponte & the Lunigiana...
Codiponte is the home to 150 year-round residents. The population swells in the summer months to over 300. The village supports two convenience stores for basic food & cleaning items, a bar... The Social Center of the community... a green-grocer, an excellent butcher shop, "Macelleria da Massimo", and a few other shops for household & clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri & similar food & retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the other two towns and the train station for service to Aulla & Lucca. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 min. drive away.
The beauty of the Lunigiana is its convenient position on the Italian peninsula. The nearest beaches are a 40 minute drive away from Codiponte at Marinella. The resort town of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets is just as close. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Aulla or by ferry-boat from Porte Venere or La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma & Lucca are all a little over an hour's drive away. Genoa & Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane & Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking & bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles & towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit & explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale... or, local cuisine, of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggi... panigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano & olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, the local pasta of testaroli and una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here... Buon appetito!
We look forward to having you stay!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Nearest beach||The Versilia coast along the Mediterranean 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport 80 km, Nearest railway: Principal train station at Aulla 20 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Casola in Lunigiana
Casola in Lunigiana and its sister town of Codiponte are situated in the valley of the Aulella River as it descend on its way to join the Magra River at Aulla before the waters flow into the Mediterranean Sea. Near to this junction stood the Roman city, Lunae, for which the Lunigiana takes its name.
The Casola area is noted for its mild climate, perfect for the cultivation of olives, since it is separated only by a string of low mountains from the Mediterranean Sea. The entire river valley is laced with olive groves towards the sun and chestnut forests on the shady sides. Both brought wealth & commerce to the area. Since Codiponte was also the only spot to ford the Aulella River, it was a capital in the Medieval period. And, for the same reason, the famous pilgrimage route from France to Rome, passed through the village, its church was a key way-station, before the route climbs to the Carpanelli Pass, down into the Tuscan mountain region of the Garfagnana to Lucca and Rome beyond. There are also six other Romanesque churches to visit before reaching the pass.
The valley is still one of pristine stone villages built on hills spread over the landscape with the Apuane Mountains as a stunning backdrop. There are many walking & hiking trails to follow, once the only thorough-fares connecting the many villages.
The local cuisine is like no other in Italy. Probably the most popular dish is testeroli... a kind of crepe... cut into strips, boiled and served topped with a pesto sauce. Panigacci, in various versions, is another speciality of a flat bread served with a white creamy cheese and salami. Still another is white lasagna. And, naturally, all are enjoyed better with the local white & red wines.
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