If you are considering renting a house in Tuscany and want to experience true Tusan living then look no further. San Cassiano is a small village on the mountain Prato Fiorito in the northern quarter of Tuscany. Casa Paolo is a converted 3 storey townhouse within the hamlet of Cappella.
•The house has been renovated by local tradesmen in traditional ways with oak beams, terracotta ceiling tiles and stone walls overall giving it a very light and airy feel. A spectacular spiral staircase connects the three floors, bedrooms at top, livingroom in middle and kitchen at the bottom, again typical as the ground floor is cooler for eating.
• It is an ideal base to go travelling to the famous cities of Pisa, Florence, Lucca all within a short distance. Bangi di Lucca is the nearest town and offers thermal outdoor pools, beauty spas and tennis courts.
• If you are into sport then Abetone, one of Italy's top ski resorts is a short drive away. Cycling is a big sport over here with all the winding roads. There is a nature reserve further round the mountain in Botri for keen walkers. Whatever you are into there will be something within a short drive.
• The house although modernised with the kitchen and tiled bathrooms, the furniture gives it that homely rustic charm. Stand out on the balcony and be blown away with the view, the sound of goat bells, the cockeral in the morning just think of Heidi and you will get the idea!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio/Torre Del Lago Puccini 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||900 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 60 km, Nearest railway: Fornoli (Bagni di Lucca) 13 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Sofa Beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
• The livingroom is large and airy with a homely feel. Comfy seating for watching tv, playing games or chilling out.
• Spectacular spiral staircase connects floors. Wooden steps with decorated bannister.
• Balcony with breathtaking views of Lima Valley
• Tiled floors throughout
• Oak beams and Tuscan traditional terracotta tiles in ceilings throughout.
• Two large double bedrooms on top floor with ample storage in both.
• Shuttered double glazed windows / skylights
• Fully fitted modern kitchen with fitted appliances
• Dinning area with glass table
• TV in livingroom has English conversion for channels, tv, dvd combi in kitchen
• Outdoor patio area to sit and read, relax or have dinner
|Further details outdoors|
• Stone built 18th century renovated townhouse
• Cobbled alleyway to front door, enter onto middle floor of property.
• Patio area on ground floor
• Outdoor dining area
• Drying area
• Stone chipped area for sitting reading or sunbathing
• Smoking area (here only)
• Books and local event leaflets stored inhouse
• Games provided
• Driving essential - parking within 100meters
• Mainly Italian spoken in villages whilst larger towns people speak both Italian and English
• Smoking is not permitted inside the house only on outside patio which must be kept clean
• Neighbours on either side must be respected
• All breakages must be paid for
• Tourist Office in Bagni di Lucca
• Hilly and steep so not suitable for wheelchairs or prams
When people think of Tuscany they think open countryside with dotted farmhouses and yes this is so but it is so so much more. At the heart of every Italian is family, food and wine! A scenic hideout for explorers of Tuscany. This western climb of Italy is famed for its verdant hills, historic figures, and highbrow culture, and populates its rich landscape with sun-blushed vineyards and Roman cities. Widely regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance, the region has been home to such luminaries as da Vinci and Galileo, and boasts an enlightening array of museums, galleries, and ornate theatres.
Starting with San Cassiano, which nestles on the 'Prato Fiorito" mountain which translates as platue of flowers. Mountain regions are full of little villages dotted around, some seen and some hidden but exploring these is a wonderment. Villages like Montefegatesi where you can climb high up to Dante's monument and look down from the giddy height. Each village has its traditions with "Sagra's" which mainly involves eating drinking and dancing.
Travelling to the larger cities:
• Lucca is the capital, it is a walled city full of history with cathedrals, museums etc you can take a bike ride around the outside of the walls to see it in all its glory and visit thel Duomo of San Martino and the Amphitheatre - Piazza del Mercato. It has two open air markets on Wednesday & Saturday mornings between 8am - 12noon. Bargains galore. Many big music stars come here and put on shows British acts such as Texaz, George Michael, Elton John & Il Divo to name but a few have performed here.
• Florence has artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, amongst others. It.is beautiful with the Duomo recently restored to its former glory, the easiest way to get around is the tour buses to see Micheangelo's David, Art Museums, Art Schools as well as the rolling countryside and "Ponte Vecchio" the famous bridge of jewellers. Florence is also an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked within the top fifty fashion capitals of the world!
• Pisa again a walled city but probably most famous for the Leaning Tower, it is a wonderful sight and tourists can actually get up the tower so far.
• Barga is where all the families who live in Scotland head back to, this is where Paolo Nutini's family derive from. The town is full of little shops and in summer has dancing every night in the centre with a street market. It hosts the famous "Pesce Patate" Fish and Chip Fayre" lasting 3 weeks in August. Barga with its cobbled lanes and impressive duomo is a natural beauty and quaint village Timeless Beauty Untouched by mass tourism, more than picturesque, Barga is a gem: ancient, immaculate and prosperous, it attracts only the discerning. Cinema, theatre, dancing and more.
• Montecarlo is the wine region and worth a visit to the Vineyards where you can eat and sample the wines.
Along the coast there are the beaches at VIAREGGIO/TORRE DEL LAGO PUCCINI. Beaches here are well maintained and plenty of places to eat and drink as well as shop in the seaside boutiques.
• Abetone, One of the longest established and best known ski centres in central Italy. The village itself has a wide range of facilities including typical Tuscan restaurants and pizzerias. The Italian ski resort of Abetone has direct access to 51km of downhill skiing, with 41 individual pistes, served by 22 ski lifts. Snowmaking :- Abetone is able to augment natural snow, on 24km of ski runs, with 110 Snow Cannons. Ski Lift Capacity :- The 22 Ski Lifts of Abetone are able to uplift 18,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour. The ski slopes spread out between four linked valleys: Val di Luce, Valle dello Scoltenna, Valle del Sestalone and Valle di Lima. These valleys form one of the most beautiful, famous and natural settings of the Apennines. At 1,800 metres, on a good day, the pistes at Abetone really are great.
•Collodi: Pinocchio Park and the story of the Adventures of Pinocchio great for kids and big kids, learn all about Pinocchio in this inspiring park about his life. Garzoni Gardens: The historic Garzoni Gardens are one of the most beautiful in Italy breathtaking beauty.
The climate in Tuscany is generally very mild with differences depending on the area.
The coast and valleys tend to have hotter summers than the hills or mountains. April and May as well as October and November are good months to visit Tuscany - they have sunny days but the chances of rain are higher. Winter offers many sunny, mild days but nights are cold, particularly in hill areas.
The warmest months are generally July and August, while June and September offer both nice warm weather in general without it being too hot. Of course, there are always exceptions or dry spells that cause a few days to get really warm.
The coolest months are December and January, with January being a bit cooler. Temperatures tend to be about 45 °F (7 °C) along the coast and from 38 to 42 °F (3.5 °C to 5.5 °C) inland. Temperatures in the mountains are below freezing, where snowfall attracts skiiers.
November is the month with the most rain on average but October, December, March and April also generally get a good amount of rain.
San Cassiano di Controne is a small community steeped in history. Without spoiling the discovery for you a few small points of information:
•This is a mountain village very steeped in traditions and community values. English is only spoken by a few but this is all part of the charm. There is a small but well stocked general store and butcher as well as “Santina’s” the local and renowned pizzeria/bar/trattoria. These are situated at the church down in the heart of the village, there are also quad bike trails available 2mins from house. There is a childrens play area 3 min from house with area for BBQ's.
•There are "Feast Days" and "Sagras" held around the villages here and all over Tuscany where everyone comes together to eat and sometimes dance but it is all about community and it is lovely to see. The dancing is old school and even the kids, sometimes babies take to the floor and waltz etc - serious moves are done!!!!
•20 minutes down the mountain is the spa town of Bagni Di Lucca with open air swimming pool, tennis courts, thermal spa with selection of treatments, horse riding and water rafting. This also hosts some excellent restaurants such as Circolo Dei Forestieri, Del Sonno and La Lira to name but a few. There are two supermarkets and a small market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 8am - 12noon. There is a tourist information office with internet point and Wi-fi can be found in some bars.
•For those fond of hiking and walking, the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the Apuan Alps offer countless possibilities ranging from relaxing walks to challenging hikes, to mountaineering itineraries. The Alpine Guides can even escort you along sportive rock-climbs and mountain bike trips.We highly recommend the ascent to the remarkable Orrido di Botri, the climb to the peak of Monte Prato Fiorito and without fail, a visit to the splendid Grotta del Vento (Wind Cave).
• The Bagni di Lucca tennis club is situated in Viale Roma just outside Bagni di Lucca Villa. It has four courts and is open from 9am until Midnight.
•Much of Bagni di Lucca's past fame rested on its thermal spas and their healthgiving properties. Most are now closed and their customers gone to larger spa towns such as Montecatini Terme. One establishment that is still open is the Terme Jean Varraud in the hills about La Villa. This offers a range of health and beauty treatments.
•The town has three main centres, La Villa, the location of most of the shops and hotels, Fornoli, the more modern and most highly-populated area, and also the location of the railway station, and between these, Ponte a Serraglio at the site of an early bridge across the River Lima.
• The Casino (1835) - Ponte a Serraglio. The first licensed casino in Europe and allegedly where Roulette was invented. Also recently restored, now operating as a Tourist information centre and Restaurant.
• Ospedale Demidoff and Tempietto Demidoff (1828) - between Ponte a Serraglio and Fornoli. This historic house, and neo-classical temple, prettily situated on either side of the Torrente Camaione.
•With so many activities on offer throughout the year: sight seeing, relaxing by the beach, walking and mountain bike treks, relaxing in the local spa, skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, not to mention a glass of wine and fine dining it’s easy to understand why Casa Paolo, Bagni di Lucca is the perfect holiday destination for everyone.