The Barn was originally a barn that was used to gather peasants for the cut and dried fodder for the cows, shelter in times of bad weather. It was also used to produce cheese and butter and ripened cheese. It has now been restored trying to keep the original forms but also providing it with modern facilities (heating, satellite TV). The house is completely independent and has 6 beds in three separate rooms (maximum 6 persons) all around there is green.
The house is on two levels:
- First floor living room with fireplace, kitchen, bathroom;
- Second floor terrace, three bedrooms and bathroom.
The house is in the best place for who want relax and do trekking.
Outside is surrounded by a large garden with oven and barbecue, table to eat out and deckchairs.
The Lunigiana: Lunigiana is a historical region located in both Tuscany and Liguria, between the Spezia and Massa-Carrara provinces.
During the Middle Ages, there were 160 castles in Lunigiana, only thirty of which have reached our times in a good state of preservation while others such as the castle of Agnino di Fivizzano have fallen into ruin. It was in these castles that Dante found respite during his stay in Lunigiana.
At the end of the first millenium, the earl-bishops of Luni and the Malaspina family fought for the predominion of Lunigiana. The dispute was finally resolved on behalf of the Malaspina that started an hegemony on the region.
Lunigiana is located among regions of strong gastronomic traditions. Some examples of local dishes including testaroli al pesto (local bread with pesto), torta d'erbi (savoury tort), i frittini (fritters), bomba di riso (rice balls), castagnaccio (chestnut flour cake sometimes filled with ricotta), and pappardelle pasta with wild hare sauce.
What to do: In 10 minutes you arrive to Licciana Nardi where there is a shopping centre (Masero di Licciana Nardi), restaurants, bar, bank, chemist and post office.
This beautiful house is located just 30 minutes from the Italian Riviera coast, you can see Cinque Terre a world heritage site with picturesque fishing villages dotted along the coast, Lerici, Porto Venere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto are another Unesco site in Liguria, near Portovenere there is La Spezia the most important city of district where you can do shopping and go with the ferry to Portofino and Cinque Terre.
Near the Barn there is the ancient city of Sarzana, the beaches at Forte di Marmi whit the wonderful shops of the best brand of world, the 'Carrara' marble mountains and the Garfargnana national park. The sandy beaches of Marinella and Marina di Massa are 30 min away. Many fresh water rock pools, made by the fast flowing water from melting snow are at walking distance.
What to do: The Barn is a 45 minutes drive from Lucca medieval city, and 1.45 hrs from Florence, both excellent day trips with fantastic shopping. Pisa is an hour's drive, you can visit San Gimignano and Siena one of the most beautiful town in Italy.
You can also visit the magnificent Tuscan countryside and beautiful villages like Volterra, Monteriggioni and Montepulciano, you can also taste Chianti one of the most appreciated wines in the world, eat typical cold cuts and typical cheeses.