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Your holiday in Tuscany in a lovely and quiet place rich of history and poetry - IL LUCERNARIO, charming and romantic apartment in Tuscany

Bedrooms 1
Space 376 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



IL LUCERNARIO, charming and romantic apartment in Tuscany

IL Lucernario ( The Skylight ) is a charming and romantic studio flat located on the first floor of the cottage. Outside marble stairs. Balcony with gorgeous view of garden, sea and hills.

The Skylight is particulary romantic, bright and quiet. In front garden only.

Over the oversize bed ( with new original memory Tempur matresses ) there is a wide velux that allows watching starry sky. A linen curtain separates the functional modern kitchenette from studio flat. Bathroom large and bright.

Enough space for a cradle ( no extra-charge ) or a child camping bed ( 10 euro by night ). Internal parking area in the facility.

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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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Il costo di un letto aggiuntivo da campeggio per bambino è di euro 10 per notte


Massa Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 376 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - toilet , shower , bidet , Shower box in glass and inox steel
  • Completely new, large and bright. High quality elements. Large showerbox in glass and inox steel. With a lovely window
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 king
  • Particulary bright and romantic . Two windows and a glassdoor . A wide velux with telecurtain over the bed allows watching starring sky. New memory original Tempur matresses. Oversize bed Splendid view of hills, garden and sea. Outside in the balcony enough space for a little table and two chairs. Inside enough space for a cradle (no extra-charge ) . Furnished in classic style with some innovative elements . Soft ambience, light colours. Wooden-beam ceiling, brickwork floor.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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 Marilì and Carlo live in main building. They will be glad to help the guests on occurrence. Homy and friendly hospitality


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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IL LUCERNARIO, charming and romantic apartment in Tuscany
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
Vancouver, BC

Beautiful and Comfortable Must Stay in Massa!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were in town visiting family for 5 nights and came across this place to stay. One thing I am always concerned about is that the pictures may not reflect what you actually get. In this case - it was EXACTLY what we got and were hoping for! The suite was very clean, very comfortable and had all amenities we desired. This place is adorable! The bed was comfortable, the air conditioner worked very well, it's quiet in the neighbourhood, had a small kitchenette with a perfect sized bathroom for my husband and I. The nice added touch was the skylight above the bed; waking up to that was just lovely. The location of the home is very convenient as it is right beside the downtown of the Massa.

If you're traveling through Massa or there for a stay, I would highly recommend staying here. The price was very reasonable and the home was comfortable. Maria and her husband, Carlo, were very accommodating and Carlo even assisted us by picking us up at the train station when we arrived in Massa and dropping us off on our departure! We had a fantastic stay - I look forward to staying there on our next visit!!

See you next time! :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that you appreciated and enjoyed your stay at our apartment IL LUCERNARIO. It has been a pleasure to have you as our guests and you will be always very welcome! Thank you again for coming, Maria Giovanna and Carlo.
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Wonderful stay!!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked, our hosts treated us like part of the family. They took great care to accommodate our every need, welcoming us with fresh apricots picked from their beautiful garden! The room was immaculately clean, quite large, and recently renovated with AC, full kitchen, and all the comforts you may need. The room overlooks a beautiful garden and evening sunsets. On-site secure parking is available. Great base for exploring the Cinque Terre, and many more beautiful and lesser-known towns, beaches which should demand your time. We loved our stay, and cannot wait to return one day...Thank you Marili & Carlo

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Daniel and Keren, what a pleasure hearing from you! We thank you for your appreciation of our apartment and of our site. We are happy that you enjoyed your staying here as offering our guests all the best is our main purpose. We have apprecited your sparkling youth and wish you a wonderfull future toghether full of human and professional satisfactions. We will be delighted to have you as our guests again and meanwhile..... all the best! Marilì and Carlo.
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  • 5 of 5

If you close your eyes and picture the perfect northern Tuscany location, lodging and hosts, that would be Il Lucernario (The Skylight). My husband and I spent 12 wonderful days in this beautiful apartment in Massa. Everything about the apartment was perfect - the location, comfort and layout. It was spotlessly clean, had excellent linens, high-end cookware, and was beautifully furnished and decorated. We had amazing views from the windows and we enjoyed sitting in the sun on our own private patio. We always looked forward to returning to this cozy, romantic home-away-from-home at the end of the day. Parking was available on the property, and on our arrival we were supplied with milk, bread, various teas, sweets, and a beautiful vase of flowers picked from the garden. Marili and Carlo, were the most hospitable and friendly hosts you could ever imagine and they made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. We just loved them - they are both lovely people who really wanted us to have a good time exploring Massa and the surrounding areas. They gave us lots of information and maps on places to visit (don't miss taking a tour of the Carrara quarries (spectacular), and the Wednesday market in the beautiful town of Forte Dei Marmi (one of the best we went to in Italy). We were encouraged to pick any of the herbs and fruit from their amazing garden which we really enjoyed. Overall, we couldn't recommend this place more highly! Thank you, Marili and Carlo for helping us enjoy Massa. You are the best hosts ever!

(We were also given a tour of the other apartments on this property and if you are lucky enough to stay in any of them, you are in for a real treat! All are beautifully decorated, and have the best in appliances, linens and furnishings. Two of the apartments are accessible by a private elevator, all others have private entrances.)

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steve, Thank you so much for your review, we are so happy that you enjoyed a lot your staying in our apartment. Our main purpose is offering our guests a pleasent, confortable and significant holiday, It is a pleasure for us sharing this beatiful place so strategically situated and provide our guests with some useful information. We both appreciated very much your friendly presence and do hope to meet you again. All the best, Marilì and Carlo.
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Just Stupendous!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

IL LUCERNARIO - Room With A View

Ms. Maria Giovani and Mr. Carlo Milani were the most gracious hosts ever. The property is immaculate and my particular room was better than the comforts of home: large, clean, well stocked with utensils and all necessary items for the weeks stay.

They were both very hospitable with many suggestions of area events as well as necessities of everyday living. The location is within walking distance of the town center for banking, shopping and sightseeing, which occupied much of my time while there. Having a car, I did many short side trips to Pisa, Pietrasanta, Carrara, Cinque Terre and the Marble Quarries above Forte de Marmi and Carrara. The architecture of the area is amazing and its history as well.

I will definitely recommend the property to all who wish to spend time in Massa in the comforts of a home environment with a hospitality to match! There is nothing like fresh orange and lemon juice picked off the trees downstairs for breakfast and tea.

Kudos to Marili and Carlo, whom I will fondly remember forever.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr Janusz, We are happy that you appreciated so much your staying in here. The side we like best of this activity is the human relationship. It enables us meeting people otherwise we have never met and we enjoy sharing the beauty of this place as well offering them all the best. We too appreciated your significant and discreet presence and we will cherish you with particular affection. Carlo e Marilì
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Wunderschöner Urlaub

  • 4 of 5

Wir hatten einen wunderschönen Sommerurlaub in einer romantischen Umgebung. Carlo und Marilie waren immer sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.

Das Apartment war sehr sauber und sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet.

Wir kommen gerne wieder.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Johannes, We are very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in our location and that you appreciated our apartment and we will be very happy to have you and your wife as our guests again. Marilì and Carlo.
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An amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I had an amazing time in this sweet little studio.

The studio itself is newly renovated with lots of love to every detail. It is well and valuable equipped. Also some roses and sweets were waiting for us. The studio itself was spotlessly clean.

A nice little place in front of the door can be used to sit outside the studio. The view is amazing. There is a course of a stream to be seen, the huge garden with its nice plants and other opportunities to sit and also the sea can be seen on the horizon. There are birds to be heard and the noices of the stream. At this lovely place you would not imagine that you are directly in the old centre of Massa. Everything you need is just in walking distance. Lots of great pizzerias and restaurants are in walking distance. Massa also has a train station (barely in walking distance) to drive to Cinque Terre.

In driving distance is a huge Carrefour supermarket, which has opening times until 23.30h.

We made trips to lots of tuscan cities and the landlords were more than helpful to provide us with tips. They were so nice and always friendly that we both were a little bit sad when we left the studio and had to say goodbye to Maria and Carlo. We hope to visit this place and both of them again!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Raphaela, We were a little bit sad too when you both left and we do hope to see you again: you will be always very very welcome! Thank you so much for your review which is such a realistic picture of this place. We are very happy that you enjoyed your staying here because our main purpose is to offer our guests a pleasent and significant holyday and to put at their disposal our knowledge of this beatiful area possibilities's . We wish you all the best. Molti cari saluti, Marilì and Carlo.
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Maria Giovanna Giovani
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2017

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.


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.


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