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Stone Villa on Front Edge of 2000 Year Old Tuscan Hilltop Village

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

L'Aurora di Montagna is a quaint, rustic, Tuscan cottage/villa in an ancient hilltop village with the most incredible, mesmerising Tuscan views imaginable!

The cottage is built into the front of a little village 1,000ft above Barga, which was voted one of Italy's 20 most beautiful villages/towns.

Sun from sunrise to sunset with two beautiful terraces to enjoy the vista, outside living and al fresco dining. Watch the working valley below you change by the hour. Listen to the woodworkers on the slopes, cuckoos singing in Spring and wild boar in the valley rivers. Watch the Fireflies, shooting stars and satellites at night. Or just enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful and historic village setting.

Fantastic for walkers, hikers, those with cultural interests and the shear love of all things Italy where the Tuscan pace of life is slow and meant to be enjoyed.

Every room in the cottage has dramatic valley views of Barga and centuries old thick walls keep the property cool in the hot summer months. The cottage is simple accommodation with a well equipped kitchen for all those who love cooking in this food rich region of Italy.

The terrace sitting room on the first floor converts to a 4th bedroom. It has a small utility room, bathroom and is accessed from the terrace only. Making very private and separate sleeping for 2 people in a larger party? Flexible accommodation with 3/4 bedrooms for up to 8 people.

The Garfagnana / Serchio Valley is the most dramatic and beautiful part of Tuscany. Its off the beaten track a little, very little tourism, great value if you eat out or buy in and its not far from the cultural areas of Florence, Pisa, Sienna and lower Tuscany etc.

The Garfagnana area is rich in cultural history, natural beauty, food, lifestyle and the friendliness of its people.

Hemmed in by the Apuan Alps on one side and the Apennine mountains on the other, the view wherever you are is always dramatic and breath-taking.

Wolves up in the high passes, deer and wild boar in abundance and a choice of beautiful natural parks in the region - The Orecchiella and Orrido di Botri being the best.

Wildlife is everywhere and the seasons all have their special look in the valley.

The famous Italian Rivera and the incredible Cingue Terre (5 Villages) are only an hour away by car or train. A must to visit if you can.

So is the wonderful walled city of Lucca, home and birthplace of Puccini and a great day out to explore.

One of the joys of the area is the food. The Garfagnana valley is justly famous for its prosciutto, pork, pecorino cheese and honey.

Within the ancient walled town of Barga, there are excellent restaurants where you can sample local specialities in a genuine atmosphere.

Barga is a "Citta Slow" so all food is freshly prepared from local ingredients so menus are very seasonal. Specialities include Stinco di Maiale (pork shin) Tagliata di Manzo (beef) Funghi, especially the Porcini found locally, and various chestnut dishes. Pastas include Ravioli with butter and sage or in Spring "Ortica (Nettle), Maccheroni (a flat pasta, not the tubes) which is usually taken with a game sauce eg Lepre (Hare) or Cinghiale (Wild Boar). Trout is common as there are many trout farms in the valley and in the mountain rivers.

Lovely, rustic eateries are also found up in the woods on both sides of the valley - many highlighted in our guest information pack. Some have menus, some are set menus, but great advice is always to ask "what's in season, what do you recommend" and you'll not be let down. As the Garfagnana isn't too "touristy" Italian may be the only language in some eateries you visit but always be rest assured that you will be understood by patient chefs and waiting staff who really appreciate your custom.

There is an Agritourismo restaurant in Sommocolonia where lovely rustic, Tuscan food is served. Great local antipasti and a small selection of seasonal mains, pasta's and deserts, all freshly made as you would expect. The speciality is pork from their own herd of Tuscan pigs who roam the local Chestnut woods. Lovely staff with limited English who will help you order your food. Sometimes best to book as its popular with the locals!


Sommocolonia and the cottage / villa look down on Barga which is the focal point of this valley. This peaceful and 2,000 year old Roman village, with its own rustic restaurant, also has an interesting WW2 history - being on the Gothic Line and indebted to US Buffalo soldiers who gave their lives in defending Sommocolonia. There are books in the villa that cover this fascinating history.

Although also classified as Italy's smallest city, Barga was voted in Italy's top 20 villages/town for its balance of culture, old fashioned tradition, gorgeous old town looks, food and life - its a working hilltop town/village with a vibrant community and loads of character.The 10th Century Duomo (church/cathedral) at the top of the town is simply stunning.

There are Opera and Jazz festivals in the summer and a Jazz club is open every Friday.

Walking, hiking, cycling or just day tripping around the area is a pleasure. Footpaths are well signposted and our very detailed guest information provides many ideas on how you can explore and enjoy the area to the full!

For families or those who like swimming, there are 3 lovely pools in the area - Barga (7 mins), Albiano (10 mins) and at the Il Ciocco Resort (15 mins). Plus beautiful river swimming in many locations in the valley.

More Details

Mark Appleby
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2018

About Mark Appleby

We purchased L'Aurora di Montagna in 2015 after visiting/holidaying in the Serchio Valley/Garfagnana area over 30 times in the last 15 years. We live in Somerset, England and share a real love and passion for this little known part of Italy. We love walking, cooking, eating out and generally enjoying rural, genuine and local Tuscan life.

Mark Appleby purchased this villa in 2015

Why Mark Appleby chose Barga

Breath taking, mesmerising views, simple Tuscan character/charm, incredible history and the atmosphere and ambience of this sleepy and friendly village are the things that made us buy this property. The former owners said it might change our lives forever as it did for them - and we are sure it will.

What makes this villa unique

Built into the front of this ancient village, Tuscan villa's with outside (open and shaded) terraces and views like this are unusual on the sunny Apennine side of the valley. With sun from sunrise in the morning till sunset in the west and the view of the Apuan Alps and 30 towns and villages in the distance, the villa is and its panoramic vista is completely unique.


Barga Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The main bathroom has a shower and wash basin. Plus a separate WC on the landing which is useful. The second bathroom is on the ground terrace floor and has a WC, wash basin and bath tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • There are 4 rooms with beds in. Main bedroom - Queen/King sized double, large room, double aspect, gorgeous views in both. Local, historical artist frescoes on the wall. 2 people. Second bedroom - Queen/King sized bed and Double Sofa bed if required. Large room with same lovely view, one window. 2/4 people. Third bedroom - smaller room with two bunk beds. 2 Children All of these served by a shower room and small separate WC which is handy if there are few of you. Forth bedroom/lower terrace room - Decent sized but very basic room with a double sofa-bed. There is a utility room and an adjoining bathroom/WC off this room too, so quite self contained. This room is accessed from the terrace and not the main house. An overflow room for 2 people.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Stone Villa on Front Edge of 2000 Year Old Tuscan Hilltop Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Breathtaking views of Toscana

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended! This is is one of the best stays I`ve ever had.

We had breathtaking views from a fantastic terrace garden that we hardly wanted to leave.

A beautiful rustic and genuine stone house with fresh interior.

Wonderfully nice, caring and engaged hosts.

With car, the village of Barga is only 15 min away, going down a winding road.

Great beaches is 1,5 hours away, and much, much more.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review Per Magnus. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay so much and loved everything about the area, the house, the village, its history and its people like we do. We do hope you can return one day and explore more of the Garfagnana area of Toscana! Ciao e Grazie Mille!
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Ponte di Catatagna
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Barga Gallicano
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Guests are provided with excellent property and local area information before their stay so they can plan ahead if they want and get the most of their stay with us.

The property is a 4 minute walk on a cobbled path from the village car park. For shopping we provide two types of trolley to carry provisions easily back to the house.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please contact us if you would like to discuss part weeks as these maybe possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund