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Your holiday in Tuscany in a lovely and quiet place rich of history and poetry - LA CASINA, apartment with private garden and furnished vintage style

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



LA CASINA, apartment with private garden and furnished vintage style

LA CASINA is located at ground floor in the annex of Tuscan Holiday Home Borgo del Ponte, Massa. The ancient wash-house just restored has become a romantic apartment with a superb view of hills and sea. A fresh, quiet garden for exclusive use with citrus trees, rosemary plants and flowers is equipped with a large marble table, chairs and sun umbrellas.

Inside terracotta floors, wooden-beam ceiling and vintage furnishing creates an intimate and cosy atmosphere.

Very private double bedroom with window and glass door leading directly to the private garden. Bathroom with large, glass shower and with velux. Living room with 3 wide windows and glass door. Divan bed for 2 persons (20 euro by night for person), possibility of a child camping bed (Euro10 by night). Modern and functional kitchen, the window above the sink provides a relaxing view in the green, the glass door leads directly to the garden.

There is also an outside storeroom and an outside ancient marble water-basin.

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About the property

Holiday home Borgo del Ponte

Three tourist flats IL PANORAMICO (THE PANORAMIC), LA CASINA (THE COTTAGE), IL LUCERNARIO (THE SKYLIGHT) in a facility with an ancient main building and a depandance completely restored using marble, wood, terracotta and stone. Particular care for energy efficiency . Superb view of hills and sea, at 5 Km only., glimmering in the distance and filling the air with its salty smell. Unforgettable sunsets.

Large parking area and large, evocative and silent citrus garden with many fruit trees of ancient varieties, flowers and edible herbs . There are ancient marble benches and tables.

There is also the marble table where very famous italian poet Giovanni Pascoli used to sit, writing poems and tasting Candia's hills white wine, still very appreciated. Borgo del Ponte, tuscan holiday home in Massa, stands in the most ancient part of the town. The clear Frigido river flows murmuring below the garden.

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Maria Giovanna Giovani
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 3, 2018

About Maria Giovanna Giovani

Hydraulic Engineer Carlo and psychologist-psychotherapist Maria Giovanna renovated in 2013 the restoration of this historical residence which had belonged to the Carlo's family since 1840 ( the building dates back to the 17th century ).

This place, with its extensive garden along the Frigido River flowing below, the Candia hills descending towards the seashore and village church's ancient bell tower , evocates a 19th century atmosphere that fully expresses owners's love for nature, poetry and culture.

Owners, who live in the main buiding ,will be pleased to give any necessary information in order to offer a pleasent and significant holiday.

Maria Giovanna Giovani purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Maria Giovanna Giovani chose Massa

As soon as you walk through the gate of Borgo del Ponte,tuscan holiday home in Massa, you will perceive a 19th century ambience that greets you with its large orchard -garden filled with citrus and fruit trees of ancient varieties. A very old cypress tree dominates the garden's gentle beauty. The italian poet Giovanni Pascoli used to sit at a marble table still in here writing poems and tasting Candia's wine. He mentioned the tavern in his poem ' Noon '.

It is a charming and extensive place, very silent even if close to town's center ( 5 minutes on foot).

It is a great pleasure for us to share its very particular beauty with our guests.

What makes this apartment unique

The view of the mountains and hills, the village bell tower and the Frigido river below is particularly evocative at sunset . The starry summer nights are cool as the lovely breeze descends from the mountains along the valley.

We particularly like gardening and looking after our organic orchard. Maria Giovanna, the owner, particularly likes growing her several tomato's plants and making tomato sauces, marmalades and jams.

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Un eventuale letto aggiuntivo da campeggio per bambino ha un sovrapprezzo di Euro 10 a notte


Massa Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Very large shower box glass inox steel. TeleVelux
  • Completely new with high quality elements. Electric radiotors for warming up towels. Televelux
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Very private.IN front garden only
  • Very private and silent room. On the front only the garden. Very confortable and new matresses . Furnished in classic style with wardrobe and chest of drawers just repainted . Enough space for a cradle ( no extra-charge ).
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The owners Marlì e Carlo, who live in the main building, will be glad to help guests at any occourence. Homy and friendly hospitality


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LA CASINA, apartment with private garden and furnished vintage style
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Thank You

  • 5 of 5

Last year I and my 3 friends walked Via Frangigena from Vercelli to Rome. After a days walk we were unable to find our accommodation but fortunately we met Marili and Carlo who very kindly let us use their " La Casina". How lucky were we !!

The cottage is so stylish, comfortable, well equipped and super clean.

Apart from the wonderful property attributes the owners deserve 5 star rating for the most wonderful welcome and kindness , that we will treasure always , as one of the highlights on our walk to Rome.

Kind Regards Raili, Sisko , Sirkku and Seija

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Raili, Sisko, Sirkku and Seija, What a pleasure hearing from you! My husband and I have often remembered you and were wondering about your walk to Rome but we forgot to interchange our email addresses! Your presence, even for a short time, in such an unusual circumstance has been very sgnificant and evocative of another way of living and of establishing human relationships therefore we thank you a lot and hope to meet you again. We wish you all the best, Marilì and Carlo.
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Tolle Wohnung

  • 5 of 5

Die Wohnung ist ein Traum. Wir haben schon viele Wohnungen via Internett gebucht,

aber selten hat die Wirklichkeit die Fotos der Wohnungen übertroffen. Die Wohnung ist sehr liebevoll und persönlich und viel Designverständnis eingerichtet. Man merkt dass sich Maria sehr viel Gedanken gemacht hat, und sich Zeit gelassen hat beim Einrichten. Die Anfahrt ist beim ersten mal durch die engen Gassen vor dem Haus vielleicht etwas anstrengend aber auch mit größeren Autos zu meistern. Das Meer ist schnell erreicht und man findet auch in der Hauptsaison noch einen Platz an den freien Stränden. Die Altstadt von Massa ist in ein paar Minuten zu Fuß erreicht. Der persönliche und liebevolle Kontakt hat uns wie Freunde und nicht nur Gäste vorkommen lassen. Vielen Dank für die tolle Führung durch das Haus und seiner Geschichte.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sven, it's really a great gift for my husband and for me when our guests appreciate our effort to offer them a pleasent and significant holiday. It's a pleasure to share this fascinating location full of history and beauty with our guests and if you will come again you will be very, very welcome! Maria Giovanna and Carlo.
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Wohlfühlen garantiert!

  • 5 of 5

Liebe Vermieter/in,

nach einer wundervollen Woche in der Wohnung La Casina möchten wir Euch eine Rückmeldung geben:

Die Wohnung fiel uns bei der Suche, eine Bleibe in Ligurien Nähe Toskana zu finden, sofort wegen der schönen Fotos auf – sie entsprechen absolut der Wirklichkeit, auch wenn diese fast noch schöner ist.

Die Kontaktaufnahme zu Euch war sehr einfach und Fragen wurden sehr schnell beantwortet. Somit waren die Buchung, die Abstimmung wegen der Bezahlung (keine versteckten Kosten!), die Anfahrt

schnell geklärt und wir konnten uns auf den Urlaub freuen.

In Massa angekommen fanden wir Euch schnell in dem kleinen Altstadtviertel Borgo Ponte, konnten unser Auto bequem im Hof abstellen, wurden auf's herzlichste begrüßt und mit ersten Tipps versorgt.

Die Wohnung ist mit so vielen liebevollen Details (Möbel und Gardinen mit Geschichte, hübsche Bettwäsche, sehr gute Matratze, wohltuende Farben, Bilder, Bücher, Zeitschriften) und praktischen Dingen (tolle große Dusche, Bidet, Handtuchhaken im Bad, genügend Stauraum in Schlafzimmer und Küche, Espressokanne, gutes Brotmesser) eingerichtet, so dass wir uns gleich wohlgefühlt haben.

Die Altstadt von Massa mit ihren Geschäften, Bars und Restaurants ist keine 10 Minuten zu Fuß entfernt. Dort gibt es viele sehr gute Möglichkeiten köstlich zu essen und sich aufzuhalten.

Ebenso ist man mit dem Auto schnell am Strand, an den Carara-Steinbrüchen, der unmittelbaren Natur und auch in den bekannten sehenswürdigen Städten (La Spezia, Lucca, Pisa, Florenz etc.)

Wir empfehlen diese uns bekannte Wohnung und auch die anderen im Haupthaus, die Ihr uns gezeigt habt uneingeschränkt!

Vielen, vielen Dank für eine herrliche, erholsame, freundliche Zeit bei Euch.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Katja, vielen Dank. Wir sind sehr zufrieden dass Sie unsere Wohnung LA CASINA genossen sowohl fuer seine aesthetischen und funktionalen Eigenschaften und die ruhige Lage, obwohl zentral. Es war ein Vernuegen, Sie zu bewirten und Sie sind immer gern gesehene Gaeste. Molti cordiali saluti, Maria Giovanna e Carlo.
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  • 5 of 5

Abbiamo soggiornato presso La Casina per due settimane e sin dal momento della prenotazione i proprietari si sono dimostrati persone disponibili, comprensive e molto gentili. Ci siamo sentiti subito a casa, tutto pulitissimo! La signora Maria Giovanna e il marito ci hanno consigliato i locali migliori per mangiare e ci hanno spiegato con entusiasmo la storia della proprietà. Il restauro è stato fatto in modo accurato con attenzione ai particolari e abbiamo apprezzato molto anche la tranquillità del posto e la vicinanza al centro storico di Massa, raggiungibile a piedi con una breve passeggiata. Inoltre, vista la splendida posizione, le temperature serali erano sempre gradevoli ed hanno reso ancora più piacevole il soggiorno. Ringraziamo di cuore la signora Maria Giovanna e il marito per la bella vacanza.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gentile Signora Manuela ci fa molto piacere che il soggiorno presso la nostra struttura sia stato di vostro completo gradimento sia per l'aspetto estetico sia per il silenzio e la tranquillità ed il centro storico a due passi. In qualsiasi momento vogliate tornare la vostra presenza ed in particolare quella del vostro tenero bambino sarà molto gradita. Tanti cari saluti ed auguri. Maria Giovanna e Carlo.
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Wonderful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We've booked the apartment because we wanted to be near the mountains and the sea and we liked the pictures on the webpage. In reality it was exactly like the pictures and better. The apartment is really wonderful with a lot of charming little details. The overall presentation inside and outside was perfect. It is big enough for two people. In the big garden there are possibilities to sit and eat.

We arrived by car which could be safely parked on the premises behind a big gate.

The owners of the apartment Mareli and Carlo are very well prepared for their tenants. They gave us a lot of useful tips and recommendations about Massa, the area and things to do. They really added value to our holiday. We are very thankful for it!

Massa is definitely worth a trip. The apartment is located in the oldest part of the town. From there one can discover by foot the town and the castle (opens only Saturday and Sunday between 4 and 8 p.m.). The nearest supermarket (Conad) is 5 min away and has everything one needs and more. In the direction of Carrara there is also a Lidl.

There are a lot of restaurants and pizzerias in town. We liked very much Il Baccanale at Piazza Mercurio and the pizzeria Il Portone in Via Palestro.

From the house it is possible to hike directly into the Apuan Alps or one takes a short drive with the car into one of the mountain villages and hikes from there. The path ways are very well marked. Hiking is definitely worth while.

The public beach is a short drive away.

If one does not want to drive as much, the train is a good alternative, it saves the hassle with the local traffic and the search for parking places. From the train station Massa Centro (20 min by foot) one can get to a lot of interesting places, like Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre and much more...

We would go back anytime and can recommend the apartment without hesitation!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diana, we thank you so much for your long and detailed review. You have pointed out every peculiar aspect of our location which offers so many possibilities. We particularly appreciate your description because it may be very helpful for others guests. For us it is a real pleasure to provide our guests with all necessary information to move easily around. We are particularly glad that our information about our mountain' s paths has been useful . We like hiking too and there are so many places where to go and paths of different difficulty to follow well signed on our maps. We are so pleased that you appreciated your staying in here and our apartment and do hope to see you again, you will be always very welcome. All the best from Marilì and Carlo
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Dove la storia incontra la cordialità

  • 5 of 5

Siamo stati subito colpiti dalla descrizione molto ben fatta e ci siamo decisi a prenotare dopo aver parlato al telefono con la squisita proprietaria. Le aspettative non sono state tradite, tutt'altro !!!! Il posto è incantevole curato in ogni particolare dagli interni al rigoglioso giardino. Entrambi i proprietari gentilissimi. Torneremo !!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie per la vostra recensione. E' stato per noi un piacere conoscervi e saremmo molto contenti di potervi ospitare di nuovo insieme alle vostre deliziose bambine. Vi aspettiamo e vi salutiamo con molta simpatia. Marilì e Carlo.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
70 Metres
Bar Ginocchi. Excellent cappuccino and coffee
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Versilia Golf
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Massa Centro
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Battì. Excellent quality, reasonable prices
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Cerreto Laghi
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Marina di Massa
Car: recommended

Massa is located in North Tuscany between the Tyrrenian sea and the Apuan Alps Chain (highest peaks 1900 mt o.s.l.).Its microclimate is particulary mild: not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter. It is the ideal place to visit all over the world famous historical and artistic towns as Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and so on. It is quite close to Liguria, rich of terrific landscapes on the sea. The mountains, the hills and the sandy seaside offer a lot of entertainment possibilities and tourist structures.