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La Casa Padronale... An 800 Year Old Tuscan Farm-house in a Medieval Village

Bedrooms 1
Space 2,314 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large farm-house divided into separate living & sleeping quarters on 2 floors

La Casa Padronale is a large 800 year old farm-house built around a courtyard, which was once the perimeter walls of the Castle of Codiponte above, and is surrounded by a half acre of terraced garden planted with olive, fruit & flowering trees. There is even a fish pond!

The house is on two levels...

La Casa Grande is the living quarters right off the courtyard. The preferred entrance door is off the Dining Loggia reached by a short flight of steps and leads directly into the Living Room with high wood-beamed ceilings. Here there are two single-beds/sofas for 2 persons. Through an archway is the Dining Room, again with high wood-beamed ceilings. Beyond is a full kitchen with a low pass-through back to the Dining Loggia. In the Kitchen, there is also a door leading out & down to the Courtyard and another to the Bathroom with shower below.

The Sleeping Quarters are on the second floor and has a separate entrance reached by taking a grassy ramp up from the Courtyard. This open-space is called l'Appartamento Azzurro. There is a living & dining area here along with a basic service kitchen. Above and reached by a ladder is the Sleeping Loft with two single-beds for 2 persons. Down a short corridor on the right is the Master Bedroom with an antique double-bed for 2 persons, and on the left, the Bathroom with shower. Beyond the MBR is the Terrace with lovely views out over the village of Codiponte and the olive & chestnut groves on the surrounding hills. A perfect spot for wine & cheese to watch summer sunsets.

La Casa Padronale is decorated in an eclectic style of period antiques, flea-market finds and contemporary artwork & furnishings to create a pleasing & comfortable setting to relax and enjoy the quiet of this part of Tuscany, the Lunigiana.

A little something about Codiponte & the Lunigiana...

Codiponte is the home to 150 year-round residents. The population swells in the summer months to over 300. The village supports two convenience stores for basic food & cleaning items, a bar... The Social Center of the community... a green-grocer, an excellent butcher shop, 'Macelleria da Massimo', and a few other shops for household & clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri & similar food & retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the other two towns and the train station for service to Aulla & Lucca. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 min. drive away.


The beauty of the Lunigiana is its convenient position on the Italian peninsula. The nearest beaches are a 40 minute drive away from Codiponte at Marinella. The resort town of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets is just as close. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Aulla or by ferry-boat from Porte Venere or La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma & Lucca are all a little over an hour's drive away. Genoa & Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane & Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking & bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles & towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit & explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale... or, local cuisine, of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggi... panigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano & olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, the local pasta of testaroli and una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here... Buon appetito! 

And, we look forward to having you stay with us!

More Details

Forrest Spears
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
June 3, 2016

About Forrest Spears

I am an American, dividing my time between a loft apartment shared with my companion of 15 years and two Weimaraners in Genoa, Italy and our country house in the Lunigiana, Il Poggiolo, in Codiponte - Tuscany, Italy. I came to Italy nearly 30 years ago to pursue a career in fashion design. I worked for several well-

known Italian & Swiss fashion houses, specializing in footwear design... lots & lots of shoes! I currently maintain a blog, the Italian House, make art and watch after dogs & homes.

Forrest Spears purchased this house in 2009

What makes this house unique

Il Poggiolo, which consists of L'Appartamento Azzurro and La Casa Padronale, is a perfect place to enjoy the peace & quiet of the small Medieval village of Codiponte nestled in the olive & chestnut covered hills of the Lunigiana and yet, near enough to the cultural & historical cities of Pisa, Parma, Lucca & Genoa and also the Mediterranean Sea with the Cinque Terre & Lerici tops on the list! The immediate area is dotted with stone villages built at the foot of over 120 castles & towers in the region, besides the many Romanesque churches of the via Francigena, the pilgrimage route between France & Rome. You may find it difficult to decide to relax or sightsee!


Casola in Lunigiana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2314 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The Bathroom for the Living Quarters on the first floor is below the Kitchen in what was once a room to store cheese, wine & salumi. There is a shower, toilet and a large tub-like sink. Towels & cotton floor rugs are also stored in an antique basket.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • The Master Bedroom up in the Sleeping Quarters of L'Appartamento Azzurro is an ample space with a high wood-beam ceiling, a window over-looking the Courtyard and with access to a terrace with lovely views over the village of Codiponte and the surrounding hills covered with olive & chestnut groves. The Bathroom is across a short-hallway. The room is furnished with period antiques and the double-bed is from the 1820s.
  • Books
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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80 Kilometres
Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport... 1 hr 20 min by car
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Codiponte... 5 min walk
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Livorno... 1 hr 40 min by car
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50 Kilometres
Versilia... 1 hr 15 min by car
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Gragnola... 10 min by car
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20 Kilometres
Aulla... 25 min by car
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
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50 Kilometres
Border with Emilia-Romagna... 1 hr by car
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Marinella... 40 min by car
Car: necessary

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Additional information about rental rates

Extra-night $184.32
Refundable damage deposit $245.76
Cleaning & Laundry Fee $122.88

La Casa Padronale House Rules...

Please use & leave the house in a respectful & orderly manner. Thank you

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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