Peaceful and secluded , in hilly country surrounded by wooded hills. Adjacent are the owner's terraced olive groves and pinewood, ensuring privacy . This part of Tuscany is still relatively undiscovered and in the village the rustic life goes on as it always has, with forestry and olive husbandry. The area is much more hilly than the more southerly parts of Tuscany - it is not so stiflingly hot as the plain and for walkers there is direct access to pleasant hills with the Appennines within easy reach. There is a spring at the property, though we are now on mains water.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 shower rooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 35 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 40 km, Nearest railway: Pescia 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (7), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
Set on several acres of terraced olive groves with pinewood above.
What can I say about Tuscany that has not been said already? Only that Tuscany north of the SS.435 Lucca-Pistoia-Florence road is very different from the south, with abrupt hills and deep well-watered valleys stretching north-east to the Appennines rising to 6000ft.+ at Abetone and elsewhere. San Moscato is still very much in the foothills (1500 ft), well within the area of olive + vine cultivation. The village, Pariana, is something of an 'eagles' nest' standing on a spur overlooking the valley which runs up from Collodi to the pass to Bagni di Lucca. Because of the plentiful water the valley bottom has long been used for paper-making and there are still some mills in operation there, though others are being converted into apartments. In the hills the traditional rural pursuits were, and still are, olive, vine and vegetable cultivation, honey, chestnuts, forestry and boar-hunting. As you might expect from such a list, the locals take their cuisine seriously and there are a couple of excellent country restaurants in the valley with a vast selection of eateries further afield between Pescia and Lucca. Wild boar (cinghiale) stewed with olives is a local delicacy, as are funghi, and figs with dried meats, and vin santo with cantucci biscuits - I could go on. In Pariana, a steep 10-minutes' walk from San Moscato, is a bakery which also sells staple foodstuffs, and there is a bigger shop at Biecina, at the junction with the main road (3 kms) and supermarkets, banks, speciality pasta shops, market etc at Collodi & Pescia, 20 mins drive away. Climate is normal Italian, with long hot sunny spells, and very pleasant in spring and autumn, but can be less settled than in the plain.
Favoured area for walkers and cyclists
Forest trail (‘Parco Avventura’) nearby
Pinocchio Park at Collodi
Pizzeria in village, restaurants at Biecina and Pizzorne hilltop.
Collodi is also very picturesque, as are the other villages on the flanks of the valley - Villa Basilica, Boveglio, Colognora, all 'eagles' nests' like Pariana itself. There are footpaths linking all these.
The road north up the valley goes over a pass with spectacular views to the Appennines and down to Bagni di Lucca, a nineteenth-century spa-town (still, of course, a spa w