In a tiny hamlet amid olive and chestnut groves. Fantastic view across valley to sea. House of character with white walls, massive chestnut beams and terracotta tiles. Ideal base for visiting art cities of Tuscany combined with sea bathing and gentle or energetic local walks. Good regional cooking. Basic shopping (2km), beaches (16km), Lucca (30km) and Pisa (50km). Florence, Siena and St Gimigano all make good day excursions.
Plenty to do apart from visit art cities of the region. Swim in sea near Viareggio, in thermal waters of Bagni di Lucca or sulphurous ones of Equi Terme. Taste wine in Lucchesia or Chianti country. Visit Tuscan villas and gardens including Villa Collodi where Pinocchio was written. Explore Apuan mountains, Garfagana valley and historic quarries of Carrara. Make an expedition to Cinque Terre, five villages on Ligurian coast once accessible only by sea. In August Puccini operas are performed out of doors at Torre del Lago, where the composer once lived.
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