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Flats (Apuan Alps view ) in ancient farmhouse in olive-grove(4km from the beach) - ANTICHE TRAVI 4pp - max 5pp

Ripa- Pozzi-Ponterosso LU, Italy
  • Chateau / Country House1076 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Bright flat, carefully furnished, ideal place for people loving sea/mountains

This lovely holiday home 'ANTICO BORGO', in Versilia is located in the plains, at the edge of the village of Pozzi. Of ancient origins, this hamlet is surrounded by age-old olive groves.

This old farmhouse, originally an 18th century summer retreat for nuns from Lucca, has recently been restored by the owners who live in a flat of the property.

Three holiday accomodation belong to the property 'Antico Borgo':

The Flat 'Antiche Travi'

The Flat 'Alpi Apuane'

The lovely "maison d'amis" 'Tra gli Olivi'.

Our delightful setting is a perfect base for a wide range of attractions or for just enjoying those long summer evenings relaxing in our own secluded place..

The apartment 'Antiche Travi' offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere typical of old houses, thanks to nice pieces of forniture, to the old beams,to terracotta and wood floors. Every detail has been thought by the hosts, who have a passion for antiques and objects of the past.

The apartment of 100sqm (4pp) is a duplex: on the first floor, a large built-in kitchen (fully equipped with everything you need), with a stone sink and a stone top covering the working surface and a bright dining area, opens onto the living-room with an important fireplace and a beautiful staircase made of an old marble, extracted from the Apuan Alps. A study area is part of the same room.

The staircase leads to the upper floor, where there is a very wide double bedroom with two windows overlooking the ancient olive groves (where you can add a cot or a 5th bed on request) and a twin bedded room, with an ancient wall-wardorobe.

The elegant and spacious bathroom has a bath and a large walk-in shower.

A useful utility room complete the comfort of the flat 'Antiche Travi', which, with that 'typical atmoshere” of the past, will offer you a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

it is possible to add a 5th bed or a baby bed on request at extra cost.


The apartment "Apuan Alps" of 80 square meters (4pp), 2 'floor of the farmhouse, is carefully furnished with antique furniture restored all' ancienne by the landlord and decorated by the landlady.

Beautiful decorations help to create a special atmosphere to this apartment, which consists of a living room with kitchenette (equipped with everything you need) and dining area, with views of the Apuan Alps, a large master bedroom with a desk, a very large twin bedded room with a sofa and a TV, a spacious bathroom with bath with shower and a laundry room (equipped with pilozzo, washing machine, ironing board). The staircase leading to the apartment climbs very easily.

It is possible to add a 5th bed or a baby bed on request at extra cost.


The maison d'amis "Among the olive trees" (60 square meters), surrounded by the large garden / olive grove that surrounds the farmhouse, is a large, bright apartment, furnished with great care and originality: it consists of a spacious living room with sofa and armchairs, a dining area and a comfortable and secluded kitchenette, a double bedroom and a large bathroom with shower. A sunny terrace belongs to the maison d'amis. The laundry room is in the main building. it is possible to add a 3rd bed or a baby bed on request at extra cost.

The property, which the flat belongs to, is surrounded by a large garden and olive grove (3000sqmt), shared with the owners, fitted out with 2 barbeques, tables and chairs .Private corners for relax and meals, equipped with umbrella and deck chairs, are available for the guests' intimacy all over the garden/olive groove. A large patio, with wooden beams ,belonging to the main house, is also available for the guests.

Our guests are welcomed everywhere in the garden!

There is a playground area in the shadow.

Table tennis, basket hoop, table football, darts board, bowling.

Private parking.

Private entrance.

Crockery and household linen provided once. No beach towels.

Central heating (extra cost in cold seasons).

Wifi (in the flats, in the maison d'amis, under the patio and in the garden in front of the main buiding))

The property, set amomg olive groves, lies between several small towns and villages. Quiet places, but full of restaurants and shops. In the area there are many tennis courts, riding stables, a golf course and a swimming pool. The beach is only 4 km far from the farmhouse, reachable also by bike. In the area there is a free beach..

The Apuan Alps form the backdrop to this place in the plains, sorrounded by hills, secluded and quiet, yet close to shops and supermarkets, which can be reached on foot from 'Antico Borgo'.

What to see and do

The property, set among olive groves, lies between several small towns and villages: Pietrasanta with its famous historical centre, art galleries and exihibitions, Forte dei Marmi famous for its beaches, for exclusive shopping, and night life, Seravezza at the foot of the Apuan Alps (from Monte Altissimo was extracted the famous marble Statuario), mountains famous for some astonishing caves and for trekking trails, lakes and canyons..

Quiet places, but full of restaurants and shops, reachable on foot.

In the area there are many tennis courts, riding stables, a golf course and a swimming pool.

The Versiliana, a famous pinewood near the sea, is the right place for people who love jogging.

A few minutes from the beaches of Versilia, just a few kilometers from the Apuan Alps, but also not far from towns/cities like Lucca and Pisa. Florence is 50 minutes far, Siena and San Gimignano 1 hour and a half far from Antico Borgo. Le Cinque Terre are reachable by train in a short time(Forte dei Marmi/Querceta railway station). Portovenere less than 1h far. Torre del Lago Puccini is 20 minutes far from us.

Distances :

Distance to Pietrasanta 4 km

Distance to Forte dei Marmi 4 km

Distance to Lucca 20 km

Distance to Pisa 25km

Distance to Florence 50m

Distance to Siena 1 h e 50m

Distance to San Gimignano less than 2h

Distance to Volterra 2h

Distance to Portovenere less than 1h.

Festivals and Seasonal Events in Tuscany:

There are many events all year round throughout Tuscany, but many are concentrated during the summer.

Many 'sagre', or festivals dedicated around a particular local product, start in early summer and continue on through the autumn when local specialties (truffles, wine, olive oil, marroni chestnuts) come into season.

In Versilia you will find a lot of sagre organised by the various 'contrade' which give life to the Palio dei Micci (1st Sunday of May). They offer typical dishes (tordelli and panzanelle) in the evenings of July, August and mid September.

If you are coming to Tuscany during other periods of the year, don't worry as there is always something to see or do (or eat!) then as well.

For specific events, it is best to contact the local tourism office.

Please, contact the owners for furhter details:.They will be glad to answer to all your questions.

Language spoken: English, French and German



Gemma Ida Benedetti

Member Since 2014
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english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
Mar 27, 2018
About Gemma Ida Benedetti

Gemma, a teacher, and Andrea, an antiquarian, will welcome you! They are always happy to offer guidance to plan your visits, to let you have fantastic memories of your holiday in Versilia.

Gemma Ida Benedetti purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1973

Why Gemma Ida Benedetti chose Ripa- Pozzi-Ponterosso

The house was bought in 1973 by Gemma's parents: At that time they lived in Rome and wanted to have their own house in Versilia for their holidays. Back to Tuscany, her parents settled in Forte dei Marmi and Antico Borgo became Gemma and Andrea's house after their marriage. They decided to rent their house to share this pleasant place with people who love travelling and discovering new traditions and habits. According to the owners' experience, spending a holiday in a flat means to 'feel themselves at home', even if far from home!

What makes this Chateau / Country House unique

The main characteristic of this farmhouse is lying very close to everything, but being secluded and sorrounded by huge olive-groves at 360°, with a stunning view of the Apuan Alps!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • 2 twin/ single
      • Double bedroom
        1 queen
      • The large double bedroom, with 2 windows overlooking the olive groves surrounding the farmhouse, is carefully decorated. The ancient forniture and the wooden floor offer you a relaxing atmosphere. The large room can offer hospitality to a 5th bed or to a cot on demand.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • toilet, tub, shower, bidet
      • The elegant bathroom , with a Jacuzzi bathtub and a large walk-in shower, in on the second floor of the duplex. Another floor bathroom (with shower) is available for the guests of the flat 'Antiche Travi' (just outside the flat)..

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Mountain
        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural
        • Village
        • Waterfront


            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Rustic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Extra cost in cold months
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Guests are welcomed everywhere in the garden. They share a playground area in the shadow, fitted with : table tennis, basket hoop, table football, darts board and other toys for children.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  In different languages
                                • Games
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                • Video Games


                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Beach Umbrellas
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      A few kilometers from us
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      A large playground, in the shadow of a huge tree, is available for children and adults: table tennis, basket hoop, darts board, table football and bowling
                                    • Boat
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Porch Furniture
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                    • Tennis
                                      A few kilometers from us
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                    • Yard


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • marina
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • caves
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • waterfalls
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • disco club
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • rafting
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • surf fishing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Private parking. Private entrance. Crockery and household linen provided once. No beach towels Central heating (at extra cost in cold months 1.50€cb/mt). Extra person 15/20€ according to season WIFI in the flats ,under the patio, in parts of the garden, in front of the main building and in the Maison d'Amis..FREE Languages spoken: English, French and German Booking service on demand. Information, leaflets, brochures and books on the area in the flats. For more information: Our site : 'Farmhouse Antico Borgo” http://farmhouseanticoborgotusc.altervista.org/index.html

                                                              16 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Great Italian hospitality

                                                              Rens D.

                                                              The house is clean and the personal touch of the owners in the decoration makes it a very nice place to be. The location is quiet but within minutes your at the beach.

                                                              Railwayconnections to Firenze and Pisa nearby as well as motorway exit.

                                                              Very friendly owners who really understand hospitality. It is a house you really feel at home.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dearest Rens, Helga and Koen, thank you hugely for your review, we just loved having you stay with us, and can't thank you enough for being such perfect tenants - you were all so charming to us!

                                                              We are delighted that you had a wonderful time, and very that the house lived up to your expectations. We're so pleased you had a good holiday at us: so lovely to see people enjoying the garden and have a talk with us! Antico Borgo is in a beautiful, peaceful place and it does seem to relax people and give them a good time. Please come again (as we loved having you here) and see more of the joys of Versilia! We will be very glad to welcome you back again some time.

                                                              Love from the 3 of us …to the 3 of you 

                                                              Great Place for a relaxing vacation

                                                              Judi MUpstate New York, USA

                                                              This farmhouse is a wonderful place to stay in Tuscany. The apartment is beautifully decorated and very clean. The outside space is very nice too. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. The location is wonderful within easy reach of the beach, mountains, restaurants, and attractions such as Lucca, Pisa, and Cinque Terre. We had a great vacation here in July and would return if given the opportunity.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you very much for your kind words! A great pleasure to have you at us!! We are very pleased to know that our house was cozy and comfortable.

                                                              And we are more than glad, thinking you have had the chance to meet your Italian relatives from Lucca!

                                                              It was a great pleasure to meet you all and share some evenings together, chatting, laughing and eating tordelli and homemade cakes!!:-).

                                                              You will always be very welcomed, if given the opportunity!!

                                                              Love from the 3 of us!

                                                              The perfect place!!!

                                                              Svetlana R.

                                                              We have been travelling to Italy for some time now and this is by far the best place we ever stayed, everything was perfect!

                                                              The ancient house has charm, but also all modern facilities. It was very clean, tastefully decorated and Gemma and Andrea were the perfect hosts! All from waiting for us, even though we were very late to inviting us for a homemade cake or some bruschetta with their own olive oil and...even more! They are so nice and did everything possible to make us feel welcomed and "at home" in every way, but never being intrusive.

                                                              The house is set in a beautiful and quite surrounding, with a huge garden and olivegrove all around, but everyhing is a few minutes walk.

                                                              You have spectacular views from the windows and the garden of the Apuan Alps at short distance, just like the sea, with its fantastic sandy beaches.

                                                              There is also a lot to do nearby if you want to: some of Europe's biggest caves, pictoresque villages, lively towns as Pietrasanta and beautiful art cities as Lucca, Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano. The 5 Terre a must!

                                                              We would highly recomend this farmhouse for anyone looking for a peacefull place to enjoy his holiday at full. Thank you again Gemma and Andrea! All the best, hoping to see you again, maybe next year! S.

                                                              A perfect place

                                                              Angelique B.

                                                              We stayed at Antiche Travi for one week. It was our first time in this beautifull place but won't be the last. The house and their owners (Gemma and Andrea) are just perfect. They made us feel very welcome from start on. The appartment is beautiful, very clean and everything you need is in it and more. Gemma and Andrea are very helpfull in giving you tips about the surroundings. Lots of nice places to visit very nearby, the beach is only a 5 minute drive away from the house and also very clean and comfortable. We wil defenatly go back when visiting Italy and Toscany.

                                                              Mirjam, Hans & Angelique

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Mirjam, Hans and Angelique,

                                                              Thanks a lot for your 5 Stars review and for taking the time to post your review - it always helps to get feedback.

                                                              We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at Antico Borgo and you are considering a return visit to us from Holland. You were such wonderful guests, always smiling and friendly! It has been a pleasure to spend some time with you... chatting together!.

                                                              Yes, our place is short distance from the beach and the Apuan Alps and we are glad if you have had pleasure in discovering some of the several things to do nearby!

                                                              We look forward to meeting you all again next year. Our very best wishes, Andrea and Gemma

                                                              Sfeervol huis gevuld met brocante.

                                                              sikko g.

                                                              De eigenaresse Gemma is een liefhebster van antiek en brocante, spreekt goed Engels en is zeer gastvrij. Het is een uitstekende uitvalsbasis voor bezoeken aan Lucca, Pistoia maar vergeet vooral Pietrasanta niet. Wat ons betreft een stuk leuker dan het over-the-top Forte Dei Marmi.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Delightful house filled with brocante.

                                                              The owner Gemma is a lover of antiques and brocante, speaks good English and is very hospitable. This place is an excellent base for visits to Lucca, Pistoia, but.. please.. do not forget Pietrasanta... especially! As far as we are concerned, we had a lot more fun there.. than in the "over-the-top" Forte Dei Marmi.


                                                              Thank you very much for your feedback! As you can see, we have translated you nice review in order to let everybody understand it!

                                                              You are right..

                                                              We are really fond of antiques and all the objects belonging to the past: they can give a special atmosphere to your house..so cosy!

                                                              We love England and English as well..

                                                              But we particularly like welcoming people at us! A great opportunity to share nice moments with guests coming form all over the world!

                                                              Yes, Antico Borgo and the surrounding area is central for a lot of activities.. for visiting art cities and towns, but... also our sandy beaches and Apuan Alps can offer stunning views and relax.. according to our guests' taste.

                                                              Thanks for having come! Our best wishes! Andrea and Gemma

                                                              Lovely house in a beautiful garden

                                                              Jan F.

                                                              We (a couple from Germany) stayed in the little house Tra Gli Olivi. This house is located in the middle of a beautiful garden. It is fully equipped (we did not miss a single thing) and really lovely decorated. We immediately felt comfortable there. Furniture and equipment are in good shape and everything is very clean. We did appreciate that very much.

                                                              There is a little terrace at the front of the house where you can have all your meals while enjoying the surroundings.

                                                              The big neat garden accommodates a large number of old olive trees which give it a very special touch. Numerous chairs invite you to relax. In addition, you have the possibility to do some sports in the garden. There is a basketball ground, table tennis, table soccer and much more.

                                                              The property is located in a quiet part of the village. There is some shopping in walking distance (a good bakery, pharmacy, etc.). Bigger supermarkets are only a couple of minutes away by car. Thus, getting your supplies for the holiday is easy.

                                                              The location of the property gives you easy access to both, the beach and the mountains. The beach as well as the mountains are in short driving distance. We did several tours into the mountains where all kinds of hikes led us through beautiful scenery with sometimes stunning views.

                                                              Saving the best for the end of this review: our hosts. Gemma and Andrea are very friendly and helpful landlords. They offered good advice for some trips into the mountains as well as for visits to the villages around. We did enjoy our chats with them at different occasions very much. They really want you to enjoy your holiday at their property.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear J. and J.,

                                                              Thank your very much for your outstanding and comprehensive review of our farmhouse and local area. Thanks for taking the time to do it!  It is very rewarding to receive comments like yours and to see all the effort we put in to making the place well cared...to ensure an enjoyable holiday....really pays off!

                                                              We were delighted to have you to stay at our home ( you were such wonderful guests!! ) and that you found it comfortable and a good base to explore the local area.

                                                              Perhaps we shall have the pleasure of your company another time.

                                                              We look forward to welcoming you back. Take care!! Andrea and Gemma


                                                              Ripa- Pozzi-Ponterosso LU, Italy

                                                              The farmhouse, set in a secluded and quiet place, is sorrounded by restaurants and shops. In the area there are many tennis courts, riding stables, a golf course and a swimming pool. The sandy beach and its well known bathing estalishments are only 4 km far from the farmhouse. There is also a free beach nearby. The property, set among olive groves, lies between several small towns and villages: Pietrasanta with its famous historical centre, Forte dei Marmi famous for its beaches and for exclusive shopping, Seravezza at the foot of the Apuan Alps (from Monte Altissimo was extracted the famous marble Statuario), mountains famous for some astonishing caves and for trekking trails. The Apuan Alps form the backdrop of this place in the plains, sorrounded by hills, secluded and quiet. The Versiliana, a famous pinewood near the sea, is the right place for people who love jogging. A few minutes from the beaches of Versilia, just a few kilometers from the Apuan Alps, but also not far from towns/cities like Lucca and Pisa (20 minutes). Florence is 50 minutes far, Siena and SanGimignano are about 1 hour and half far from Antico Borgo. Le Cinque Terre are reachable by train or by car in a short time. How to find us: Only 4 km from the beaches of Versilia, the position of this holiday accomodation in Tuscany is perfect for those who want to enjoy the sea, but stay away from the bustle. Directions: A12 Genova-Rosignano exit Versilia. After the toll follow Seravezza past two traffic lights and a junction with a roundabout. Continue straight until the next roundabout where you take the first right towards Seravezza. Continue for approx. 2 km until you reach the second traffic light. Turn right (via L.Salvatori), then take the third street on the left ( Via Borgo Terrinchesi). After approx. 30 meters turn left into a dirt road, in front of you and you will find 'Antico Borgo'. Coming from Florence or Pisa, exit Versilia. After the toll, follow the same above directions.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Final cleaning: 50€ Central heating (at extra cost in cold months:€1.50). Wifi in the 3 flats ,under the patio, in the garden in front of the main building. : FREE Changeover: Arrival/Departure : Saturday (in High Season) Extra 5' person 15€/day. Baby bed (to be paid 35€ per week if the baby is the 5th person) and high chair on demand Possibility of longer periods in Low and Medium Season: please contact the owner We recommend that you take out insurance against cancellation and the risk of rental, as well as damages, that spans the entire duration of the lease. SITO del proprietario: http: //farmhouseanticoborgotusc.altervista.org/index.html -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pulizie finali 50€ Wifi gratis negli appartamenti, sotto il patio e nel giardino antistante la casa. Prezzo per 5'persona 15€ al giorno. In alta stagione 20'€ al giorno Lettino (35€ al giorno solo se è per la 5' persona) e seggiolone: su richiesta Riscaldamento: costo extra, nei mesi freddi (1.50€/mc). In alta stagione: arrivi e partenze di SABATO (per particolari necessità, contattare il proprietario) Possibilità di soggiorni più lunghi in bassa e media stagione: contattare il proprietario. Si consiglia di stipulare un'assicurazione contro danni ed eventuale cancellazione. SITO del proprietario: http: //farmhouseanticoborgotusc.altervista.org/index.html

                                                              16 Reviews
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