The house is situated just above the village of Pescaglia, and enjoys fabulous views down through the Pescaglia valley, towards Lucca and beyond. Pisa airport is just over an hour away, Lucca (the walled city) is about 30 minutes, Florence just over an hour away, with many other famous towns within easy reach.
Barga, the famous hilltop town is well worth a visit, with stunning views, charming streets and ancient cathedral. Montecatini, one of the more famous spa towns is also well worth a visit, and perhaps after sampling the thermal baths, a trip to the old town up on the hill for your evening meal....magnificent! Lucca just has to be visited, mostly free of traffic because of the city walls, it is very enjoyable to explore on foot, with so much to see, many churches, the Roman Anfiteatro, and many piazzas, with cafes and restaurants and galore. The top of the walls can be cycled around, we took our own picnic, and stopped half way....very pleasant. (cycle hire in Lucca)
Passo a Sella is an old farm house, set in the hills just North of Lucca. It has been restored in typical Tuscan fashion. There is a large terrace area to enjoy the fabulous vista, whilst dining, or just sipping your prosecco and relaxing. The house sleeps four people, in one double bedded room and one twin bedded room. The living room has a fire place for the cooler autumn evenings.
The front door opens onto the large terrace which catches the sun for most of the day during the summer. The house is well situated for walking, perhaps taking a hike, to build the appetite ready for the evening feasts. The bathroom has a large shower, wash basin, toilet and bidet. There is another toilet and shower area, useable in the warmer months, in the outhouse. The kitchen is well equipped for self catering with all the usual necessities. The worktop is a pink Sardinian granite, the doors are chestnut (castagne), of which there are many in the woods.
The pool is an above ground type, approx 12ft across, and 3.5 ft deep.
The nearest village, Pescaglia, is about 8 minutes in the car. It has a shop, a cafe, and many churches. There are many restaurants dotted around the hillside, all offering a gastronomic feast. The nearest restaurant from the house is about 2 minutes away, this is also a small shop that always seems to be very well stocked with fresh produce. The Italians are fanatical about their food!
San Gimignano and Siena are within easy reach, as is Bagni di Lucca, another famous spa town. The beaches are easily reached in about 50 minutes, with Carrara the backdrop to the coast.....a fantastic vista. Viareggio and Camaiore are the closest beach resorts, very popular with the Italians through the summer (Carrara, of course the home to the Carrara marble industry).
There are many other towns and villages which all have their own quaint charms, and awaiting your exploration. The area is just saturated in 'history'.
We spent two weeks in this comfortable house. There is a small, cozy livingroom and a spacious kitchen with everything you need for cooking; also two bedrooms with good beds. We were surprised to find a lot of clean towels in de bathroom and our beds made up, so no need to use our own sheets.
From the large courtyard you look over the trees into the valley; at night you see the lights of Lucca. If the sun shines hot , the pool is large enough for a cool bath.
The location of the house is, although just below the road, rather isolated. Pescaglia offers nothing to see. Lucca is a 35 minutes drive, the supermarket 25 minutes. Tip 1: if you like to go to Florence, take the train, free parking in Lucca at the backside of the station. Tip 2: don’t miss a diner at restaurant La Fonte, 5 minutes under Pescaglia; after you have tasted the excellent housewine, it is a real sensation to drive the meandering road up to the house…
If you like touristic entertainment in the immidiate vicinity, go elsewhere. If you are looking for rest and privacy, this is a top location, with a good price - quality ratio.
Niels K. & Markus V.
Local activities include cycling, walking, swimming and fishing. Fishing guides are available. There are many very pleasant walks through the woods. A fifteen minute walk also takes you down to the nearest bar/restaurant/shop, although it is uphill on your return. The local restaurants are a delight! There are many within an easy drive, all serving very good local fare. To dine out is a real pleasure, and will not cost a fortune! There are many towns and villages within easy reach of the house, Lucca, Florence, Barga, & Bagni di Lucca to name a few, all with their own character and steeped in history. We are able to arrange walking tours of Florence and Pisa. Please contact the owners for more details.
For those of you interested in classical music.....Lucca and the surrounding area was home to the Puccini family. During the summer months, there are outdoor music festivals in Lucca and at Torre del Lago. We especially enjoy visiting in June, when the fireflies are at their best, on a nice warm evening.
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May 14 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
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