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Palazzo del Duca
There are places full of history and poetry…
This impressive ancient palace of the 17th century, also known as Palazzo del Duca, set on the historic main borgo of Tavernelle, in the unspoilt area of Lunigiana, North Tuscany, was a summer residence of Podestà and Este Family (Duke of Parma).
The palazzo has been recently restored preserving original features, like spacious living areas and terracotta floors, local blustone portals and doors, stunning vaults and a wonderful ancient stone staircase and even in a bedroom there is a fireplace, a 'must' for all the ancient Lords of the 1700.
The palazzo consists of 5 apartments finely renewed and nicely furnished with some pieces of antiques. It also has a large internal fenced, safe garden and a brand new in ground swimming pool.
Ideal location for weddings, family meetings, painting and photography workshop and special events.
Painting And Sculpturing Workshops with international artists and wine courses for every level.
Details for Spino Fiorito 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms
Spino fiorito apartment is very similar to the Malaspina one.
Located on the second floor, you have access to this accommodation through a hallway. On the right a glass door opens onto a large living/dining room with two windows that make it very bright. Two comfortable armchairs and a couch with an ancient book case supplied with several books in English provide an ideal reading area.
Back to the hallway: right on your left, some steps down and you are in one of the 2 large bedrooms (1x2, 1x3) with en-suite bathroom with shower stall, basin, WC and bidet.
Back to the hallway: another entrance on your left, some steps down and you are in the second large double bedroom again with en-suite bathroom with shower stall, basin, WC and bidet.
At the end of the hallway a door opens to the large brand new well equipped kitchen with electric oven, 5 rings stove, fridge, refrigerator, dishwasher, table and chairs, etc. In the kitchen there is the third complete Shower/WC.
Gran bella struttura in un piccolo ma caratteristico e soprattutto recuperato borgo della lunigiana. L'appartamento era dotato di tutti i comforts ( anche la lavastoviglie ), pulito, spazioso e funzionale. Particolare da non trascurare per chi è alla ricerca dell'assoluta tranquillità è caratterizzato dalla mancanza della televisione. La titolare, Mirella, si è dimostrata gentile, disponibile e molto "innamorata" della sua terra. Se il tempo fosse stato più clemente avremmo potuto assaporare la natura circostante, ma forse è stato meglio cosi . torneremo al più presto.
My wife and I stayed at Mirella and Francesco's Villa for the week of Sept. 10th-17th, 2011. Our stay was the most relaxing and enjoyable time we have had on any vacation yet and recommend to all! We were able to come and go as we liked or just stay there for the day with the pool and the quiet surroundings. The only "noise" is the church bells ringing and the sheep herds with their bells being moved along the road twice a day.
The villa itself is interesting in the 12th century architecture, the spacious rooms with modern conveniences. The kitchen was well appointed with all the tools, pots and pans, plates and glasses needed for staying in and cooking. Gas range/oven, full-sized refrigerator and dishwasher.
The views of the surrounding Apennine Mountains are breathtaking and you can drive all the way to Parma, Modena and Bologna through them for a beautiful trip instead of the speedier Autostrada.
There is a good restaurant and bar/cafe' within walking distance, with more restaurants, bakery, butcher, cheese and full grocery stores within a 5-10 minute drive. Local honey, cheese, oil and wine are available right at the villa. The local baker shows up every morning at 10 AM and blows the horn for you to be able to buy fresh bread.
Locally there are many small villages to spend time exploring. A short drive to Aulla and a 3 Euro train ticket wil get you to Cinque Terre for a very enjoyable day trip. Within 1 to 2 hours you can be in Genoa, Parma, Modena or Bologna; Carrara, Livorno, Pisa, Lucca or Florence; La Spezia or Portofino, all great daytrips. We wish we had stayed for 2 weeks so we could have done them all.
We had flown into Rome rom the US and drove leisurely up the coastal highway in 5 hours. We could have taken the train all the way to Aulla and the bus to the villa if we had wanted to. We used a map to get around instead of a GPS with no problems.
Be sure to take a cooking class from Mirella, I did, and we handmade pasta dough to make ravioli (stuffed with local goat cheese and herbs from her plentiful herb garden right out the kitchen door), bruschetta, roasted potatoes, a great lemon chicken dish, all from products within 0 KM of the villa. Talk about local! She even had wine from her families vineyard and olive oil from the groves near Florence. She speaks very good English and offers very good recommendations on restaurants, cafe's, daytrips, train/bus schedules, the local villages and where to buy locally produced food products.
Submitted: Oct 7, 2011
Stayed: Sep 2011
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
The Palazzo is in Tavernelle, a small village about 25 minutes up the valley from Aulla, the nearest reasonably sized town in Lunigiana. In turn Aulla is around 25 minutes from the Ligurian coast, with excellent motorway connections. We flew into Genoa, and drove about 1 and a half hours to get to Aulla on a spectacular motorway passing through numerous tunnels and often with lovely views of the sea. The drive up to Tavernelle from Aulla is beautiful, with the Appennine mountains always in the background. You pass through several villages, and there are roads off to a number of other small villages that are well worth visiting. In Tavernelle there is good parking. The Palazzo is a large medieval building that has been recently converted very tastefully into apartments. Each apartment is very spacious, open, and furnished with antique furniture, but with very modern kitchens and bathrooms. The accomodation was simple but ideal for families. Outside is the garden with the excellent new swimming pool and facilities for guests to lounge around, read a book or eat outside. It was conducive to a sociable time if you wanted it, but it was never crowded or noisy. The hosts, Mirella and Francesco, (or Frank Tesco as our 3 year old called him) were perfect - very friendly and helpful and almost always available to answer any queries. Francesco was very keen to share his own Chianti with us and his love of Italian wine, and we also took away a bottle of the superb family produced olive oil.
Tavernelle is a small hill village but well worth exploring, and the local area is so pretty with interesting and beautiful walks in many directions. The village bar serves delicious local food at a very reasonable price, and if you are lucky you may hear some spontaneous folk music or storytelling. As is common here there was no menu, just what was available, but it was superb. We ended up spending much more time in the local area rather than down at the coast, despite being so close to famous places such as Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, spectacular though they are. If you want to go further afield then apart from the coast there are cities such as Lucca and Florence within easy reach by train from Aulla for a day trip.
To sum up, The Palazzo is a great place for couples or families; an interesting place in its own right but also a good base for visiting the fabulous coast or the Tuscan cities. Fantastic food, great hosts and good company. What more could you ask?
Submitted: Apr 14, 2010
Stayed: Aug 2009
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Tuscany is everybody's favourite travel destination, and the Lunigiana is the part of Tuscany that's undiscovered.
Lunigiana is the part of Tuscany that links up with the Gulf of Poets and Liguria to the west and Emilia-Romagna, gastronomic heart of Italy, to the north. Whilst it is dominated by the Apuan Alps (from which Michelangelo insisted that his marble had to come) and the Appennines (made famous by Eric Newby in his book 'Love and War in the Appennines'), it has beautiful sandy beaches on its coast at places such as Marinella and Marina di Massa. It truly does have mountains, rock pools, sun and sea. Lunigiana is a small homogeneous region that offers a mild climate and a sweet atmosphere, perfect for resting and holidays. The millenial story of its history are visible, from the mysterious “statue stele” to the Roman ruins, from old churches and medieval castles to the baroque palaces.
Untouched by industrialization damages Lunigaina area means holiday in harmony with nature
Other Activities: Rafting, painting, photography, sculpture, beauty spa, wine tastings, wine tour to Cinque Terre, Italian lessons.