LA CANONICA, a listed building dating from 1501, has been recently restored to a high standard in accordance with the requirements of the Dept. of Fine Arts. Situated in a quiet medieval hamlet it is within easy reach of the beautiful Gulf of Poets, the stunning coastline of the Cinque Terre, the ski resort of Cerreto. The walled city of Lucca which Prince Charles described as the most beautiful in the world is just a train journey away. LA CANONICA is the perfect place to relax. There is a peaceful garden and patio,incl pizza oven, with hillside views. But if you want a bit more activity, there are lovely hikes nearby, two swimming pools a few kms away, the thermal baths at Equi Terme, riding, musical evenings in summer, a weekly market in nearby Fivizzano, not to mention the many 'sagras' or food festivals held locally. Good food, good wine, a quiet patio and garden in which to relax. La Canonica is the ideal location. The perfect escape.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in 'La Canonica'. Our favourite time of the day was having a barbecue on the patio enjoying the sunset and evening sounds. The house is just lovely and I am so pleased we discovered it on the net. We enjoyed exploring this part of Tuscany, and Lucca and the bicycle ride was our favourite location. We had a great time and have many lovely memories. The Fenton Five, July 2012
La Canonica provides an idyllic rural retreat. It is full of character, well kept and with a very peaceful, secluded garden. Julie provides a very warm welcome and is a reliable source of local information. It is an ideal location for those wishing to get away from life's hurly-burly, with only the sound of birdsong being audible. It is a little off the main tourist routes, but is only just over an hour by autostrada to Lucca. The nearest coast boasts Lerici, Portovenere-a World Heritage site -and the Cinque Terre fishing villages, a must-see visit by boat. We also enjoyed a trip to the famous Carrara marble quarries nearby which included a mini-bus ride into the mountain workings - fascinating. Our favourite restaurant was the Controvento , 10 minutes from the house, full of locals and with a very friendly staff, and very reasonably priced. David and friends June 2012
Guest feedback: 'We were extremely impressed..it was perfect. We loved everything about the the house...Debico was fantastic....there were deer in the garden - what more could we ask. We would like to stay there again.' Brian, Bristol.
Fivizzano, 5 kms away, is a mediaeval walled town with its famous square surrounded by cafes and bars. Here there are supermarkets, shops, chemists and all services. Tues. is market day. Aulla, 13 kms. away is larger with a good choice of supermarkets. The area of the Lunigiana is dotted with villages, castles and forts. Just 2 kms from La Canonica is the Soliera/Rometta train line which chugs its way through beautiful mountain scenery down to the old city of Lucca. Alternatively head to the coast and hike some of the Cinque Terre coastline which is breathtakingly beautiful, visit the beach at Lerici (Blue Flag award indicating clean water, pristine sands and a well organised beach) or wander around La Spezia, and on to the UNESCO heritage town of Porto Venere just a few kms. beyond. The Gulf of Poets should not be missed. Pisa is just over an hour away and Florence a bit further - 2+ hours.
There are some very good restaurants and 'agriturismos' locally serving organic food.
Other Activities: skiing 40 mins.