ROMANTIC MEDIEVAL TOWER HOUSE APARTMENT NEAR PISA & LUCCA

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Marie Kidd

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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ROMANTIC MEDIEVAL TOWER HOUSE APARTMENT NEAR PISA & LUCCA

Vicopisano Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Casa Colomba is the perfect romantic bolt hole situated in the historical centre of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany’s most beautiful villages and best kept secrets.

This 1 bedroom apartment sleeps 2-4, and offers boutique style with Tuscan charm and Character, with original features such as exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, a 12th century tower room and a charming Loggia.

Ideally situated in the heart of the village just a two minute stroll away from the lively village square, cafés, bars, restaurant & supermarket.

Vicopisano is Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine covered hills, sunflower fields and olive groves an ideal landscape for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking

Vicopisano is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany such as the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Siena, as well as being just under a 30 minute drive away from the Pisan coast, its beaches, Thermal Spas and Golf course.

COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES

A pre welcome pack emailed to you 45 days before arrival the pack is full of detailed information and designed to help you plan and enhance your stay.

Welcome pack on arrival (includes a chilled bottle of Prosecco.

Concierge service- Booking restaurants, help organizing excursions, tours and experiences, shopping information etc...

A selection of guides and maps to help you explore the local area.

OUTSIDE

There is a garden at Casa Colomba, which can be accessed at the rear or the property.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

We can help arrange, Bicycle hire, bicycle & walking excursions, Wine tasting, Oil mill visits with tastings of award winning olive oils and local products, cooking lessons. Olive and grape picking for the oil and wine harvest (September, October, November, December)

ACCESS

Access to the Tower house apartment situated on the 2nd floor is via 34 stone steps. There is a Bannister/handrail on each side. We do not recommend the apartment for those who have difficulty negotiating the stairs

EATING OUT & RESTAURANTS

There are 2 restaurants in the village one is within easy walking distance from the apartment the other is a 2 minute drive away, there are many other restaurants scattered around the village. From May through to November there are many local festivals themed around food, wine and dancing under the stars.

NEAREST COAST/BEACH

The nearest beach on the Tyrrhenian Coast can be reached in just under a 30 minute drive where you can spend the day at the free beach or we can arrange a day for you at a lovely beach club with sun loungers, umbrellas, bar and restaurant.

NEAREST GOLF

The nearest golf course is just under a 30 minute drive away close to the sea on the Tyrrhenian coast. This course is renowned for being one of the oldest and most stunning golf clubs in Tuscany and has been voted as one of the best 9 hole courses in Italy by 'Golf digest’.

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SIGHTSEEING

A hilltop medieval fortress and watch tower designed by the renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi stands guard over the village and surrounding countryside. The fortress is open to visitors at the weekends; a perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring medieval dungeons, palace rooms and climbing the impressive watch tower. PISA with its famous leaning tower is just a short 20 minute drive or a local bus ride away. LUCCA the medieval walled city and Puccini’s birthplace is just a 30 minute drive away. FLORENCE with its famous monuments and museums can be reached in 45 minute train journey.

Keywords: apartment, flat, condo, one bedroom, historic, couples, romantic bolthole,

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Marie Kidd

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2010
Speaks english, italian
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Marie & Lorenzo moved to Tuscany almost 10 years ago, Lorenzo is from Turin in the north of Italy and Marie is British, although we met in England it wasn’t too long before we moved to Italy, first in the north not far from Lorenzo’s home and then to the beautiful region of Tuscany.

Marie Kidd purchased this apartment in 2006

We decided to buy in the village of Vicopisano due to its beautiful surroundings and unique location. The village although relatively undiscovered offers everything we need in the way of local amenities, transport links, and a beautiful surrounding country side where we can enjoy cycling, walking and trekking. We believe we have it all here just 30 minutes drive to the Mediterranean beaches, golf courses and thermal spas, and just 20 minutes away from the fascinating city of Pisa with its famous monuments, shops, museums and of course the international airport.

Casa Colomba and Vicopisano offers us a chance to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate in a characteristic environment away from the more beaten tourist tracks of Tuscany. Vicopisano is a friendly place and we enjoy the hospitality of the locals as well as the traditional festivals, eating al fresco and dancing under the stars. Our property is just a short stroll from the village square the life and soul of the village with its bars, café’s and Saturday morning market.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Romantic Medieval Tower House Apartment Near Pisa & Lucca
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Vicopisano Valdarno Inferiore
Fleet, Hampshire, UK
5

'La dolce vita' in Vicopisano - fabulous!

'La dolce vita' in Vicopisano - fabulous!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
I stayed in Casa Colomba just before Christmas in 2013 and had a terrific time. The apartment is extremely comfortable and cosy in December. I loved climbing up into the fairytale 'princess and the pea' bed and slept blissfully snuggled up. The bathroom was a joy to use with beautiful towels and the kitchen was extremely well-equipped - both were sparkling and spotlessly clean. The apartment is furnished and decorated in superb taste. I just wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy the apartment.
Vicopisano is totally unspoiled and very authentic. The Brunelleschi tower is a gem - Marie personally took me along on a tour hosted by a professor of history and it was tremendous fun climbing up ancient steps and then ladders getting higher and higher to the top, stopping on one level of the tower to try on Medieval soldiers' helmets and armour and to actually hold original Medieval weapons. Amazing!
December is the perfect time to explore Pisa and Florence without the crowds. The galleries, museums and sights were so easy to access, no queues for the Uffizi museum or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Both Pisa and Florence had wonderful Christmas markets brimming with lovely things to buy - I bought 3 exquisite watercolours of the Tuscan countryside from the artist outside the Duomo which in the summer would have cost 25 Euros each, but I got them for just 10 Euros each as it was 'off season'.
Pisa is not nearly as commercial as Florence. Marie recommended me to take her walking tour which was fascinating and I took her advice and went to the recommended pizzeria and had the best pizza I've ever had. It was great to discover the Andy Warhol exhibition in Pisa at the 'Blue' museum.
I had delicious meals at the restaurants Marie recommended - and I more than took advantage of the Prosecco sold from nearby delicatessen Il Botte Gaio - which is only 2 Euros a bottle!
Marie and Lorenzo were extremely kind and hospitable, even inviting me along with them to their favourite restaurant in the next village of Buti - had a great evening there, they were delightful company and it was lovely to meet the restaurant owner Francesco who was incredibly warm and welcoming.
I had the best time. Marie and Lorenzo supplied me with great advice for getting the best out of my trip to Tuscany. I absolutely recommend Casa Colomba to anyone who wants to experience the real authentic Tuscany in the best accommodation in a charming and genuine village.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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Vicopisano Valdarno Inferiore
Brooklyn, New York USA
5

Loved it! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
My husband and I stayed here for a week in January. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by Marie and Lorenzo who supplied all the information one could need for a satisfying vacation, along with a basket of food and wine. We felt like we had moved in and kept talking about coming back for a month. As a matter of fact, we didn't do many of the things we had planned because we were so happy just being in Vicopisano and in Marie's and Lorenzo's beautiful and oh so comfortable apartment on a 14th century street full of history and charm. The apartment itself was renovated and decorated using period furniture amid modern comforts. We loved this place and hope to return. We thank Marie for all her warmth, enthusiasm and help.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Sandra
Thank you so much for your wonderful review.

I think it must be the quickest review we have ever received on record!

You had to have written it before you even touched down back in America!

It was so lovely to hear that you were comfortable at Casa Colomba and that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed just soaking up the character and ambiance of a typically Tuscan Medieval village and that you were able to relax .

We so hope you do come back and stay again. A month would be good as you could relax and enjoy the comforts of Casa Colomba whilst fitting in a bit of sightseeing as well!

Kindest regards
Marie and Lorenzo
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Vicopisano Valdarno Inferiore
4

Estupendo apartamento

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
Casa Columba fue un lugar muy acogedor para nuestras vacaciones en la Toscana. A corta distancia de Pisa y del mar, cerca del campo para hacer bicicleta o marchas. A muy pocos pasos tuvimos biblioteca, aparcamiento, supermercado, panadería, cafetería,...Marie y Lorenzo fueron extraordinariamente amables con nosotros.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Muchas gracias Ramón!

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review our first one in Spanish!

Please excuse us for writing our response in English however we know you have very good spoken and written English, a 100 times better than our Spanish!

It was lovely to have you and your family as our first guests of 2014, what a great start to the year. Thank you for your kind words and for choosing Casa Colomba.

We hope you come back and visit us again one day.
Kindest regards
Marie & Lorenzo
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Vicopisano Valdarno Inferiore
Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, NV
5

Classic Small Town Tuscany

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
This was our first visit to Tuscany and Casa Colomba was impressive in all respects! Marie & Lorenzo were excellent hosts, undoubtedly the best we have encountered in all our VRBO planned vacations. Marie was prompt and informative in our email exchanges and provided an extensive welcome packet prior to the visit which left no questions unanswered. The apartment itself is very large, modern and comfortable, a perfect place to unwind after a day of touring. No need to bring tour books as extensive information is provided in the apartment as well as a welcome gift of various foodstuffs and coffee. Vicopisano is a small, beautiful hill town which is off the beaten tourist track - perfect for anyone wishing to experience "real" Tuscan living. There are two bar/cafes just down the street on the plaza for cappuccino and pastries in the morning or snacks in the afternoon. A small grocery store and a bakery are conveniently located just down from the plaza. There is also a rotisserie, which has meats and prepared foods for takeout close to the plaza. For evening meals there is a takeout pizzeria in town as well as two excellent restaurants, one of which is within easy walking distance. Not to be missed is Marie's walking tour of the town, a local ceramics shop and an olive oil processing facility. Another "must do" is a tour of the Rocca del Brunelleschi, the fortress on the hill in town. Vicopisano is conveniently located for those interested in exploring Northern Tuscany - Florence, Pisa and the Chianti region are easy day trips as are the hill towns of Voltarre, Vinci and San Gimignano. Casa Colomba definitely exceeded our expectations and provided a wonderful Tuscan experience.
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Vicopisano Valdarno Inferiore
Algonac,Michigan, United States
5

Wonderful Tuscany Location!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
We had a wonderful stay! The apartment was beautiful and very comfortable. We loved the small village atmosphere and the friendly locals in Vicopisano. Marie and Lorenzo are most accommodating hosts. We appreciated all the information and helpful hints that they provided us with ahead of time, so we could plan our trip accordingly. Once at the apartment, they made sure we were well equipped with information. We arrived by train from Venice, then rented a car for three days to visit the sites in the area that would have been difficult to visit otherwise. You do not need a car to visit Florence or Pisa.
For those who are light sleepers, you may want to bring ear plugs while visiting Italy.
Town clocks and church bells are set to sound on the hour :). This area was absolutely beautiful and we would highly recommend that you visit.
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Museo Piaggio
"A very interesting place to visit - Locally it's also know as the Vespa museum. Great for k..."
la Rocca del Brunelleschi - Brunelleschi's Medieval Fortress
"A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance Engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Roc..."
Società Agricola Il Frantoio di Vicopisano Srl
"Know locally as the Frantoio of Vicopisano Guests of limonaia can enjoy an informative and ..."
Car: recommended

AUTHENTIC TUSCAN VILLAGE

Vicopisano is the perfect location for witnessing a typical Tuscan village. This is a place where you can still see the locals tending their olive trees and vegetable gardens as well as witnessing the daily washing hanging between trees and apartment windows.

This is a place to sip a cappuccino with the locals, dine alfresco at an authentic Osteria and enjoy the village events and festivals throughout the summer months.

CLOSE TO PISA, LUCCA & FLORENCE

Vicopisano is Ideally situated off the more beaten tourist tracks of Tuscany but yet perfectly located to visit the art and culture cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence just to name a few of the must see places in this beautiful region of Tuscany.

VICOPISANO STEEPED IN HISTORY- VISIT A MEDIEVAL FOTRESS

The Medieval village of Vicopisano is steeped in history and today’s visitors can witness many medieval towers and tower houses as well as a medieval masterpiece designed by the renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi . Brunelleschi was responsible for fortifying the whole village back in the middle ages and today visitors can wander the cobbled lanes of the historic centre and enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Medieval fortress and watch tower .

VIST ORGANIC OLIVE FARM & OLIVE PRESS

Visitors can also enjoy tours of a local organic olive farm where we can organize a private visit of the olive groves and olive press where you can taste the award winning olive oil along with a very good red wine and other organic products produced at the farm. We can also organize rustic lunches, BBQ’s and cooking lessons at the farm.

VISIT AN ARTISAN CERAMICS WORKSHOP

Not too far away at the edge of the village you can visit an artisan at work in his ceramic workshops. We can organize a memorable morning where you can visit the workshop of one of the very last remaining potters in the area. See the potter at the wheel witness how the pieces are decorated and glazed and understand the history behind the ceramics of Vicopisano an artisan trade which has been present in the area since the middle ages.

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Availability & Rates

Vicopisano Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Easter
Apr 13 2014 - Apr 26 2014
€115
€730
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Apr 27 2014 - Jun 14 2014
€105
€655
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €20 per night, per additional guest
 
High
Jun 15 2014 - Sep 8 2014
€115
€730
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Sep 9 2014 - Oct 31 2014
€105
€655
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €20 per night, per additional guest
 
Low
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
€85
€535
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 8 2015
€115
€730
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Low
Jan 9 2015 - Mar 27 2015
€85
€535
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
Mar 28 2015 - Apr 12 2015
€115
€730
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Apr 13 2015 - Jun 14 2015
€105
€655
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
High
Jun 15 2015 - Sep 8 2015
€115
€730
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Sep 9 2015 - Oct 31 2015
€105
€655
3 nights
 
 
Low
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 19 2015
€85
€535
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 8 2016
€115
€730
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

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Notes Heating is not included in the rate. Please contact us for details.

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Vicopisano Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap, hand cream & shower gel, bathrobes and towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th century tower. The double cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with Crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling. The double/queen cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with Crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • golf
  • hiking
  • cycling
Notes:
COOKING LESSONS Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine. You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. Your chef and teacher is from Vicopisano and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all things gastronomic. It is also possible to organise a shopping trip to the local market to buy all the ingredients with your chef. GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, Cheese tasting at artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, Truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged with a private guide. Visits to local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce. GUIDED WALKS & BIKE HIRE Guided walks and Cycle rides can also be arranged with a guide.
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