Our home in Castello is a rustic two-story stone building that dates back to the medieval period nestled high in the hills of Northwestern Tuscany above the village of Valdottavo in the Serchio River Valley.
~~Our home is situated high on a hillside with the Apuan Alps in the distance overlooking three beautiful valley towns.
~~Our Patio has outstanding views, surrounded with variety of trees and plants. Our White Fig tree’s succulent fruit goes perfect with a glass of white wine. Pomegranate trees, as well as Rosemary, Lavender, and Jasmine plants add a special fragrance to the outdoor dining area.
~~The grapevine shaded terrace provides a perfect spot to relax and watch the sun setting over the Apuan Alps. In addition, the patio is ideal for sunbathing and outdoor dining.
~~For outdoor enthusiasts, right out front there are trails for biking, hiking, or just taking a leisurely pasagiotta.
~~The house is a traditional Tuscan country home furnished with antiques. Terracotta tiled floors and white stucco walls complement the exposed beams made from ancient chestnut wood.
~~The first floor consists of a kitchen equipped with the basic essentials as well as a fireplace providing that extra glow during the winter months and candle lighting in the summer to add a special ambiance to your romantic evenings. In addition, the first floor has a dining/sitting room with a West view, great for sunsets.
~~The second floor has one bathroom and two bedrooms; one queen size and the other bedroom containing two single beds. At the end of the day you are bound to hear the soulful hoot of our resident Owl from your bedroom.
~~There are two private parking spots suitable for small cars located right outside of the house.
~~PROXIMITY TO CITIES & TOWNS~~
A corner of Tuscany that is off the beaten track, away from the hustle of tourists this natural gem has many areas to be discovered; world famous biking, quiet trails and awe inspiring views of two mountain ranges; Alpi Apuane Marble Mountains and Apennienes. With that being said, you are a short drive to many towns and cities;
~~The house is a short 15 min. drive to Lucca; 1 hour to Florence; 45 mins. to the Pisa Airport; and 40 mins. to the beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. Carrara, and Montecatini Spas are also about 40 mins. by car.
~~There is great local food shopping within the towns of Valdottavo and Borgo a Mozzano. The shopping ranges from freshly butchered meat, baked goods, fresh pasta, pizza, etc. Let’s not forget shoe shopping.
Keywords: House, Apartment, hideaway, Hilltop, Hamlet
Stephanie and I have a friend nearby who has lived in the area for many years.
We visited him on a regular basis until one year we decided to find a place of our own.
Our main residence is in the Hudson Valley of the great state of New York. When not in the Hudson Valley, we are in Lucca enjoying a glass of Prosecco and attending fantastic Festivals .
We have visited many places in the world, but have found none as magical as
Castello and the friendly local Contadini.
We find great pleasure in treking the woods of Castello with the local dog and lunching at one of the local mountain restaurants, or walking down the goat trail to Valdottovo to visit the 'bar' for an espresso.
Let's not forget the simple joy of reading a good book on the patio.
Festivals to consider: Luminara di Santa Croce, Feast Day of San Michele, Palio del Golfo,Giostra di Simone,Summer opera in Verona ,Puccini Festival in Tuscany at Torre del Lago Puccini, Sweet Olive Festival, National Motorcycle Meeting in Garfagnana, Palio of historic crossbow to Bagni di Lucca, Sant'Anna festival, Lucca runs in the squares, Outdoor cinema in Lucca, Spettacolando, Medieval flag-games in Galligano, Summerfestival; past performers include; Bling 182, Elton John, James Blunt, Joe Cocker+BBKing, Ben Harper, Jamiroquai. To name a few festivals.