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Romantic Medieval Tower House Apartment "Authentic Tuscany" near Pisa & Lucca

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Tower house apartment in Vicopisano. Nr Pisa, Lucca & Florence

Casa Colomba is the perfect romantic bolthole situated in the historical centre of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany’s most beautiful villages and best kept secrets.

This 1 bedroom apartment sleeps 2-4 and offers boutique style with Tuscan charm and character, with original features such as exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, a 12th Century tower room and a charming Loggia.

Ideally situated in the heart of the village and only a two minute stroll from the lively village square, cafés, bars, restaurant and supermarket.

Vicopisano is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine-covered hills, sunflower fields and olive groves - an ideal landscape for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking.

This area is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany such as the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Siena as well as being just under a 30 minute drive away from the Pisan coast, its beaches, Thermal Spas and Golf Course.

COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES

PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION PACK - e-mailed to you before your arrival.

This guide is full of detailed information and is designed to help you plan and enhance your stay.

WELCOME PACK ON ARRIVAL:

FOR GUESTS STAYING 3 NIGHTS OR MORE

A chilled bottle of Prosecco

Local cheese and salami

Pasta and pasta sauce

Bread and/or crackers

A selection of tea and coffee

Fresh milk

Sweet biscuits

Salt, pepper, olive oil

GUESTS STAYING FOR 2 NIGHTS RECEIVE

A bottle of Prosecco

A selection of tea and coffee

Fresh milk

Salt and pepper

CONCIERGE SERVICE

We offer a concierge service which includes:

Booking restaurants, help organizing excursions, tours and experiences, shopping information etc.

TOURIST INFORMATION AND MAPS

A selection of guides and maps to help you explore the local area.

APARTMENT DETAILS

LIVING ROOM

A stunning airy room with the exposed stone of the 12th Century Medieval Tower and lofty beamed ceilings. The living room is spacious and comfortable with a library and study area.

There is a comfortable sofa bed which can sleep an additional adult guest or 2 children

BEDROOM

The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th Century Tower. The double/Queen size cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.

BATHROOM

Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap and shower gel.

BED LINEN and TOWELS

All bed linen, towels and adult bathrobes included in the rate.

KITCHEN

The stone-built kitchen is very typical of Tuscan design and is fitted with modern appliances and fully equipped for those wishing to cook at home. Cooking hob, oven, fridge/freezer, toaster, a cool box/bag ideal for beach days and picnics.

UTILITY ROOM

A small recess with doors situated off the living room has a washing machine, iron and ironing board.

OUTSIDE

There is a garden at Casa Colomba, which can be accessed at the rear of the property.

ACCESS and PARKING

Access to the Tower House apartment situated on the 2nd floor is via 34 stone steps. There is a bannister/handrail on each side. We do not recommend the apartment for those who have difficulty negotiating the stairs.

Free parking is available 100m from the front door in the car park used by all residents of the historic centre.

Keywords: apartment, flat, condo, one bedroom, historic, couples, romantic bolthole,

More Details

Owner
Marie and Lorenzo
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Marie and Lorenzo

Marie and Lorenzo moved to Tuscany in 1993. Lorenzo is originally from Turin in the North of Italy and Marie is from Leamington Spa in the UK. We met in England where Lorenzo was studying English in 1998 and we were married in Italy on Lake Orta in the year 2000. We lived in a small village on the lake for 3 years before moving to the beautiful region of Tuscany.

We bought Casa Colomba in 2006 and slowly and lovingly began its restoration. By 2010 we were able to open our home to guests and share with them the delights of this region.

By 2014 and by complete accident - or should we call it fate - we became fully-fledged property managers offering characteristic vacation homes in our small town.

We now manage 10 properties including our own and despite becoming property managers we still have day jobs for now at least! Lorenzo works in hospitality and customer service in a small family run hotel and Marie works part-time as an airline stewardess for a British airline.

Marie and Lorenzo purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Marie and Lorenzo chose Valdarno Inferiore

We bought Casa Colomba after searching for a property for more than a year and after seeing more than 40 properties.

Casa Colomba was not the type of property we were looking for as we had something a little smaller in mind!

At the time we were renting a small apartment in a village within the district of Vicopisano but we were desperate to buy our own property.

We both loved the village of Vicopisano and often walked around the historic centre wondering what lay behind the crumbling facades and huge wooden doors.

At the time there was not much on the market but friends had told us about a newly renovated property in the village so off we went to have a look at the outside.

The property looked good but it appeared much bigger than what we were looking for - however we spotted a 'For Sale' sign in the window of another nearby property which looked like an apartment on the first floor.

We made an appointment with the owner and couldn't believe what we'd stumbled across. The owners produced a huge iron key and unlocked two giant wooden doors on the ground floor.

Inside there was nothing but exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, earth on the floor and the calling for a lot of work!

Before we had even seen the rest of the house we were hooked by the romanticism of it all especially when we discovered that the property included a 12th Century residential tower.

What we thought was going to be an apartment turned out to be a 3-storey house with a garden full of original features and way beyond our budget and the rest is history!

With one floor completed and two more to go Casa Colomba is a labour of love and a project for life.

We named the house Casa Colomba as Colomba was the name of Marie's grandmother with whom she grew up with as well as being a girl's name Colomba which means 'Dove' in Italian.

What makes this apartment unique

We fell in love with Casa Colomba because of its sense of history, original features and its location.

All the rooms have beamed ceilings and we have either restored or replaced the hand made terracotta pavement tiles.

The 12th Century tower is unique and although the tower is not obvious when you first walk into the house it is very evident from the rear of the property.

It is amazing to think that the tower would have had another two floors during its heyday in the Middle Ages but due to the fortification of the village by the Renaissance engineer Fillipo Brunelleschi the residential towers of Vicopisano were cut down in size in order to spot the enemy should he arrive.

To have a garden is a bonus and a luxury in a Medieval historic centre. The garden is South West facing and is a complete sun trap with beautiful views over the hills and Medieval towers.

The other unique benefit is the location. In the historic centre we are just a short walk to all the village amenities but also just 100 metres in the other direction we are in the heart of the country surrounded by pine-covered hills and sunflower fields in the summer. There are plenty of walking and cycling trails for all levels of fitness and abilities.

Finally we love the location of Vicopisano because apart from the countryside we also love the sea and in just 30 minutes we can escape the heat of the summer sun at the beach or head for the higher hills in the more remote villages.

Another unique benefit is that we live in an authentic working Tuscan small town not yet discovered by mass tourism but close enough to visit the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Volterra and Pisa's wine region.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed 1 week in the fantastic apartment Casa Colomba. The proprietors, Marie and Lorenzo, had bought the tower and recently renovated it so everything is new.

When we arrived, we were received by Marie. They live downstairs, which is very practical if you have any question or problem.

Everything was super clean which is a important point for us! The apartment has many appliances that make your stay better : a toaster, espresso café machine, washing machine.

There is wireless internet !

And a loggia with beautiful views were we had breakfast and dinner.

Marie and Lorenzo are the perfect hosts, always very helpful and at the same time giving you privacy.

The weak points would be: the very steep stair, no dishwasher and the TV did not have many foreign channels (but we did not watch TV during our stay, so we did not care).

The apartment is ideally placed to visit Pisa and Lucca (about 25 min. by car). Other places of Tuscany need 1-2 hour drive (San Gimignano, Siena)

I would recommend Casa Colomba to my friends, we loved it ! In fact, you could spend the holidays in the apartment without going outside
May 2010
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Amenities

Vicopisano Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All cancellations will incur an administration fee Please see below for fees
  • Administration fees. Cancellations made 60 days or more: 25% fee
  • Alteration of the booking may also incur a charge if some of the booked days are cancelled. Please see our terms and conditions for full details
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap, hand cream & shower gel, bathrobes and towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower. The double/Queen cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes:
COOKING LESSONS Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine. You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. Your chef and teacher is from Vicopisano and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all things gastronomic. GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES and WINE TOURS Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, cheese tasting at an artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged with a private guide. Visits to local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce. GUIDED WALKS and BIKE HIRE Guided walks and cycle rides can also be arranged with a guide.

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Romantic Medieval Tower House Apartment "Authentic Tuscany" near Pisa & Lucca
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A real pearl

  • 5 of 5

Coming to Vicopisano was a real gift, and a great find. The apartment is absolutely beautiful, spacious, comfortable, and with all the amenities - including a wonderful and much appreciated welcome basket! Marie and Lorenzo go out of their way and are warm and generous hosts. They provide such a great connection with the community and history of Vicopisano by offering opportunities for touring sites and working farms, arranging reservations at local restaurants, offering suggestions for day trips, etc. (It was a great base for day trips.) The village of Vicopisano is so relaxing and beautiful in character. Marie and Lorenzo's love for it and its everyday life is so inviting. We stayed six nights and will definitely return! We are already thinking about a next time, and gathering friends and family there as well...This place is wonderful. Thank you so much, Marie and Lorenzo!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
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Lovely location for a quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a quiet base to explore Tuscany, you should definitely check out Marie and Lorenzo's beautifully refurbished tower apt. In Vicopisano. We recently enjoyed 6 nights there - the apartment had everything we needed and was just as pictured. Marie and Lorenzo are the perfect hosts - very responsive, personable and eager to share their love of the Italian lifestyle! They were both very helpful in arranging transportation and activities to make the most of our stay. We loved our pasta making class with Chef Olimpia. If you are lucky enough to time your visit during Vicopisano' annual Medieval festival, you are in for a real treat! Thank you Marie and Lorenzo for your hospitality and kindness during our stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in your apartment!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Beautifully restored Tower house apartment in a great location

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved Casa Colomba! The Tower has been beautifully restored and is reasonably well kitted out with everything you might need. The only downside for us was the lack of direct access to the garden area but this is because the property is protected and changes to the structure are prohibited. It's not really a problem though as you can go through the owner's residence and they are fabulously welcoming and helpful. The location is perfect...the village is lovely and un-touristy and the surrounding area is just beautiful - classic Tuscan countryside with medieval hilltop villages and towns a-plenty. There is so much to see and do in Tuscany and Casa Colomba makes a perfect base - we will be going back and there's no better recommendation than that 😊?

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay. The apartment was beautiful, and the village charming. Marie and Lorenzo were helpful and friendly. A great base to explore the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Really great place to stay in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

Rustic and full of character we enjoyed our stay greatly. Great views from the loggia where you could chill out and rest. A perfect location to explore places like Pisa and Florence but also to taste something of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Marie and Lorenzo were really welcoming and a great source of helpful information. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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great location, great place, great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the middle of the 2017 heatwave, absolutely roasting. Too hot in many ways but we didn't let that stop us enjoying our visit. The apt is great and Marie and Lorenzo are brilliant. We had a great wine/cheese tasting tour with them which was a lot of fun and the wine with lunch was so fresh and enjoyable. We also did the cooking class with Chef Olympia which also was fun and we learned quite a few things. We finally got around to making our own pasta which is something we always wanted to do. We didn't rent a car as we wanted to enjoy the food and drink and it was ok. We used public transport to get to Pisa (bus) and to get to Florence (bus and train). It was easy to do. If you want to go wider and further (e.g. beach) suggest getting a car. The village is sleepy but has everything you need and I think is very authentic for this part of the world. We tried most of the restaurants in town. The pizza place is good, we had 4 pizza's in our week there. We also enjoyed the food at the old post office restaurant. If you like wine and getting some good local stuff at a very reasonable price you can 'pour your own' into bottles at the local shop. Novel and tasty. One thing that I haven't yet mentioned is how helpful and fun Marie and Lorenzo are we really enjoyed having their knowledge and experience on tap. Nothing was too much trouble and they really are brilliant hosts. Thank you so much guys for all your help and hopefully our paths will cross again in the near future! Ed & Dee

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Pisa 12 miles - 23 minutes
Nearest Barpub
1 Metres
Vicopisano - next door
Nearest Ferry
32 Kilometres
Livorno 20 miles - 35 minutes
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Tirennia & Montecatini Terme 19 miles 30 minutes
Nearest Train
7.5 Kilometres
Pontedera trains to Florence 5 miles 10 minutes
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
Motorway A12 Genova/Roma or A11 both 30 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Vicopisano - 3 minute walk
Nearest Ski
91 Kilometres
Abetone- 57 miles - 2 hours 25 minutes
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Marina di Pisa - Calambrone 19 miles - 30 minutes
Car: recommended

BRUNELLESCHI'S MEDIEVAL FORTRESS

A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Rocca as it is known is an impressive feat of Renaissance engineering designed to defeat and trap the enemy. A guided tour certainly makes this place come alive as one of the experienced guides takes you on a journey from times gone by. Visit the dungeons, climb the impressive watch tower and get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside. Discover the amazing history behind this Medieval stronghold and the village of Vicopisano - a place desired by the Medici family dynasty and a place well known and visited by Leonardo Da Vinci.

COOKING LESSONS

Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine.

You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. You will learn all the skills of cooking an Italian meal from Francesco who is head chef and owner of a nearby restaurant.

GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES and WINE TOURS

Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, cheese tasting at an artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged. Please contact us for more details.

Visits to local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce.

GUIDED WALKS and CYCLING EXCURSIONS

Guided walks and cycle rides can also be arranged with licensed and experience guide.

Buses from the village to Pisa and Pontedera where you can connect with trains to Florence. Buses run from Monday - Saturday during the day time.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35.39
Refundable damage deposit $235.9

Rate includes: all bed linens and towels, bathrobes, final cleaning, WiFi internet connection, welcome refreshment pack

All cancellations incur an administration fee

Pets on request 30 Euro per pet per stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.