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Some places are worth the effort it takes to get there. This is true of Vitiana and this lovely house. Owner Laura is very responsive and friendly, answered all my questions promptly, and was there to greet us with fresh bread, wine, and other goodies, just in case we had not realized how remote the quaint village is. Her directions (that you'll receive upon confirmation) are very thorough and easy to follow, although the village and house itself are well off the tourist track. A big plus, but something to understand in your travels there. The house is spacious and beautiful and has all that you could want for a restful country stay. The neighbors are friendly, despite our lack of language skills, and on our arrival day, two of the neighborhood dogs literally led us around the village to show us around--charming! We did not need a grocery store, as we had supplied ourselves before arrival, but there is nothing commercial in this village, except the bar, which we did not visit. There are stores on the quick (but through the "bottleneck") drive to neighboring Fornali, and Lucca is less than 45 minutes away for more shopping if you need it. Lovely space, thanks for a great few days.
Loved staying here, the house is filled with country antiques, old books, magazines from the 1930’s. The rooms are small but perfect in every way. Beds comfortable, excellent shower. The ladder stairs may be a challenge for some, I’m not that agile but justcamedown backwards and had no problem. The house is well equipped, great kitchen with everything you want, I think it is equipped for their own big family gatherings. Nice outside table in the lovely garden with stunning views. The photos on VRBO are exactly as it is. It is hard to believe that the family allow other guests to stay here. The house has been in the family for 3 or 4 generations.
We arrived at night and had a bit of a problem finding it do arrive in day light if possible. The brown gets say Bafonni on them and the house is a right and second rights. More brown gates into the garden.
There is only one restaurant in Padona but we ate there four times, wonderful food, not at all expensive and not filled with tourists. Note that it is closed on Tuesdays.
Carrera marble quarry tour was amazing, Pietrasanta is a must stop for an hour, see the main squares. CinqueTerra was good but very busy. Loved Lucca. Tried to swim but everywhere is private you pay for a chair for the day. We discovered later there are free beaches if you know where to look. Note that it takes 10minutes drive down the windy road before you reach the main road to get anywhere. Apparently there is a national park south of Viareggio where you can park and walk to beach.
We would absolutely stay here again if we returned to the area. Our hosts where charming we were so glad to meet them when we arrived.