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Marie and Lorenzo

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, italian

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

70 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Vicopisano Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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 just a two minute stroll away 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 - includes:

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

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,

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marie and Lorenzo (Owner)
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Speaks: english, italian

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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Romantic Medieval Tower House Apartment "Authentic Tuscany" near Pisa & Lucca
average rating of 4.928571 based on 73 reviews
5

I couldn't have imagined a more perfect honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

Marie and Lavinia were incredible hosts from the minute I booked the apartment for my honeymoon. They were incredibly prompt with their messages, and very organized. They had prepared documents filled with recommendations of what to do in the area. I wanted to move a few of the tours around, and they accommodated me with no issues. When I finally arrived in Italy, Lavinia stayed up late after my delayed flight to make sure she welcome me and my husband into the apartment. It was EVEN BETTER THAN THE PICTURES. Marie and Lavinia had prepared little surprises for us in the apartment (I won't ruin the surprise for you!) and showed us around. It was as if a really good friend had lent us their incredible apartment from which to explore the amazing sights of Tuscany. Because of their planning, I was able to see beautiful sunflower fields near the apartment, get a private olive tour, get restaurant suggestions for the best fish and pasta in town -- and feel like a local in the cute town of Vicopisano. After four incredible nights in Tuscany, and short visits to Lucca, Pisa, and the beach towns of west Italy, I couldn't have imagined a better apartment to do it all from. Thank you Marie and Lavinia for making our honeymoon so special. It wouldn't have been the same without your home. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Spectacular property, the best in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed warmly by Marie and Lorenzo and the apartment was everything and more! Impeccably clean, tastefully decorated and so inviting.

The welcome pack of yummy local meats and cheese, a bottle of Prosecco, coffee, tea, milk, biscuits, bread, pasta and sauce, the information provided about local sights, local guide books of the region and Marie and Lorenzo's knowledge and suggestions of where to visit was just lovely. We ventured to Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, Marina di Pisa in our 3 night stay with ease from the apartment's location.

The little bar downstairs was a great addition, and only a few steps up to our accommodation.

Casa Columba was by far, the best place we stayed in our 4 week trip away, and Vicopisano, the most charming village in all of Tuscany and we have no hesitation in recommending this property.

We will be back, and next time will stay longer!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

You are lucky if you have found this wonderful place - beautifully restored and with all the modern amenities. Marie and Lorenzo are terrific hosts and have lots of interesting things to offer. The apartment is clean and has everything you need to make it an enjoyable stay. And it's off the beaten path so you can make your own adventures.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot begin to even to put into words how amazing our stay as here at Casa Colomba. Marie and Lorenzo were gracious, attentive hosts and so personable. They have put many, many hours into organizing several excursions for their guests and we cannot begin to thank them enough for this. The tours were beyond fantastic! We did the Olive tour, winery tour, and my favorite- authentic Tuscan cooking lesson with Mara. Their place was also beautiful and comfortable. Their location is so close to Pisa and a short train to Florence. Thank you, thank you, thank you Marie & Lorenzo. We would love to come back one day!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Excellent place to stay! Our Italy vacation favorite. Book it now, you will not be disappointed!

  • 5 of 5

This place is lovely! Comfortable, very clean and fully equipped with everything you need. Marie is wonderful and the Olive Farm tour was great. We can't say enough about how perfect the apartment was. We will definitely stay here again and will highly recommend it to our friends. Vicopisano is a very quaint town and very accessible to many other great places.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Christmas at Casa Colomba

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Casa Colomba on Christmas Eve to a lovely warm welcome from Marie And Lorenzo. They are a really lovely couple that make you feel right at home right from the word go. Casa Colomba is an amazing apartment, very spacious, beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and takes you back in time to a more romantic age, especially the great big bed that you have to stand on a stool to climb into! Viscopisano is a lovely village with everything you need from a kebab shop to a medieval tower, the people are so friendly and welcoming. We didn't hire a car for our stay but the local transport is very good and we didn't miss having a car at all. We used the buses and trains which are very reliable and very economical. We visited Pisa for a day and Florence. A trip by bus to Pontedera is well worth a visit, it's only a small town but had some lovely shops. Unfortunately because it was the Christmas holiday all the local trips that Marie and Lorenzo organise such as looking around Bruneleschi's tower and visiting vineyards etc were not available when we stayed but we would love to return again one day to do all those things. Finally a big thank you to Marie and Lorenzo for all their help while we were there, we had a lovely Christmas dinner in a local restaurant which Marie had booked for us and a wonderful New Years Eve dinner in another local restaurant with Marie Lorenzo and their friends. We would highly recommend a visit to Casa Colomba for people of all ages, couples and families.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Museo Piaggio
"A very interesting place to visit - Locally it's also know as the Vespa museum. Great for k..."
la Rocca del Brunelleschi - Brunelleschi's Medieval Fortress
"A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance Engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Roc..."
Società Agricola Il Frantoio di Vicopisano Srl
"Know locally as the Frantoio of Vicopisano Guests of limonaia can enjoy an informative and ..."
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

Vicopisano Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$118
$772
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Low
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
$96
$648
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
$118
$772
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Low
Jan 9 2017 - Apr 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
$96
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
$118
$772
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Apr 24 2017 - Jun 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
$118
$772
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
High
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$130
$851
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$118
$772
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Low
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$96
$648
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
$118
$772
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$130
$851
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

The rate does not include heating if required during the cooler months - please contact us for heating rates

We require a 200 Euro refundable security deposit required on arrival

Pets on request 50 Euro per pet per stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Vicopisano Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
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.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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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