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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany

Villafranca in Lunigiana MS, Italy
  • Apartment538 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Romantic 2 bed, 2 reception apartment in tranquil hillside village

A bright, sunny apartment in an ancient village called Virgoletta on a hill between Villafranca and Bagnone only 2.5km from a beautiful swimming pool complex and 35 minutes drive from the beach. Recently restored with a panoramic terrace, French doors to the living room, a large kitchen/dining room, a beautiful bathroom, and two bedrooms upstairs.

With magnificent views from the house and the terrace to the Apennines.

Steps lead up from the narrow cobbled street where all village life takes place. The single street leads to the castle at the head of the town. It is possible to drive to the door for unloading, and there is a large carpark nearby.

The property is probably 13th century but has been recently restored throughout. There are a range of shops, bars and restaurants in Villafranca 2 km away which also has a large swimming pool complex and a train station with trains to Florence, La Spezia, and Parma.

The property is set in the heart of Lunigiana, a magical part of Tuscany starting with its name the 'Land of the Moon'. The hills that encircle Lunigiana create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere whilst the blend of the mountains and sea are extremely inviting to those who enjoy the outdoors. The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage but for lovers of the coast the sea is only half-an-hours' drive away.


The apartment is centrally located for three airports, Genoa and Pisa which are 75 minutes away and Parma is 60 minutes, so you have plenty of choice for flights.

We have a welcome pack which we will send to you once you have confirmed your booking this gives you directions to the property as well as further details of the following. There is also lots of extra information held in the house for you to read.


At Il Tinello you are in the heart of a lively Italian village, but can also sit peacefully on your terrace with a glass of wine looking out across the valley to the hills beyond. In the village follow directions to the fontana where you can collect fresh spring water that runs continually straight from the Apuane Alps. Or why not visit the bakery that is open 6 days a week to buy freshly baked Italian breads, foccaccia and pizzas. Each day listen for the horns announcing the arrival of the travelling vans bringing locally grown produce, fish, meat or Italian ice creams to the village. If you enjoy cooking, all the ingredients you need are brought to you! There are individual shops as well as a well stocked supermarket in Villafranca.

Markets - There are a full list of these are available in our welcome pack and in our book at the house. There is a market in the local area 6 days a week, in particular Villafranca, 2km from the apartment, holds a large, colourful market every Friday morning selling local produce, clothing and gifts.


Swimming - At Villafranca 2 km away there is an Olympic-sized pool with diving boards, as well as a leisure pool with paddling pool area for small children and a jacuzzi. Hire sunbeds for the day and have lunch in the outdoor cafe onsite.

There is an another outdoor pool with slides just outside Aulla on the road to Equi Terme.

There are many lovely drives and walks into the hills where river pools for bathing may be found, details of locations are in our guide book in the apartment.

Beaches - Lerici and San Terenzo has two safe, sandy beaches with sunbeds to hire and beach cafes. Marinella di Sarzana is 40 minutes away by car with a long stretch of beach that runs down to the chic resort of Viareggio.

Tennis - At Villafranca there are is one indoor and two outdoor clay courts to hire. Rackets can be hired.

Mini Golf - At Quercia, just outside Aulla, there is a restaurant for snacks and meals, as well as table football and pony rides for children. The venue often holds themed evenings with entertainment.

Horse Riding - Available at Monti 30 minutes from the apartment, all abilities welcome.

High Rope Adventure Park - This is situated at Fosdinovo and has six courses for all ages and abilities.

Cycling - Hire bikes and cycle round the city walls of Lucca. Bicycle hire also available at Aulla with prices for 2012 from €20 per day.

Walking - You are spoilt for choice as there are many areas to hike and explore in the surrounding hills. The Garfagnana region just north of Aulla has hiking for all abilities and has stunning scenery with Lakes and Mountains, a real feast for the senses.


A short 5 minute drive away is the beautiful town of Bagnone, known as the 'jewel of Lunigiana', where there are cafes, shops and restaurants and stunning waterfalls.

20 minutes drive takes you to Pontremoli, a stunning town set on the banks of the Magra river with an old Malaspinan castle to explore, housing the Museum of Lunigiana. It is home to weekly book and food markets.

Within 90 minutes by car are the cities of Pisa, Parma and the walled medieval city of Lucca.

Florence is easily accessible by train from Villafrance station or 2 hours by car, although parking could be a challenge.

Also a visit to the World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coastline is a must. Take the train or go by car to La Spezia and then by boat to see the stunning colourful villages clinging to the cliffside. Alternatively there is a boat from Lerici to Portovenere with it's beautiful churches and castle from where there are regular boats to the Cinque Terre.

To experience real Italian chic and to see the yachts of the rich and famous, visit Portofino by boat from Lerici or La Spezia.


If you have any questions about the apartment, location or things to do and see, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.


Alan Church

Member Since 2010
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english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018


    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • There is space to hang clothes in the main bedroom behind a pretty curtain, a chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets. In the second bedroom is a wardrobe, a bedside cabinet and a stereo. There is a sofa bed in the dining room which can be used to comfortably sleep an extra adult if required. There is central heating in each bedroom. Both bedrooms offer stunning views of the mountains and Magra valley.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet
      • Bright airy bathroom with lots of natural light; over-bath shower with mixer tap, wc, wash basin and bidet.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Heating
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                      Large free car park within 100 metres.
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Microwave
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Grill
                        • Kitchen
                          New fully-fitted kitchen.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Everything you need for cooking including ovenproof casserole, saucepans and griddle-pan. " kettles, one electric.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Selection of tinned and dried foods usually available; tea & coffee; sugar, salt/pepper etc.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Family-sized fridge/freezer.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Marble-topped dining table to seat 4; place-mats etc.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Games
                                  Small selection (30-40) of books for guests to borrow/take.
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  A selection of DVDs is provided.
                                • Books
                                  Selection of books & magazines available
                                • MP3 Dock
                                • Music Library
                                  Selection of CDs in the house.
                                • Radio
                                • Stereo
                                  Tuner/CD/i-Pod Deck in sitting room; Mini Hi-Fi with Tuner/CD/Cassette in 2nd bedroom
                                • Television
                                  There is a small flat screen TV in the living room for use with the DVD player only


                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Stunning views of mountains; ideal for al fresco dining.
                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Tennis
                                      Public indoor/outdoor tennis courts for hire at the local leisure complex.
                                    • Terrace


                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • caves
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • forests
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • laundromat

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • Unfortunately we cannot accept bookings for toddlers or people with mobility problems , as the stairs to the bedrooms are steep.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: Flexible

                                                              Check-out: Flexible

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                              16 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Wonderful View - Perfect Location

                                                              Charles L.

                                                              Excellent spot to explore this quiet area of Tuscany. There are many fascinating medieval hilltop villages to visit and beautiful mountain scenery to enjoy. A comfortable apartment with lovely mountain views, which we would happily rent again.

                                                              Excellent base in Historic Tuscan Village

                                                              Robert J.Reading, UK

                                                              We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Il Tinello it gave us the opportunity to experience the true Italian culture. Neighbours were very welcoming and we enjoyed witnessing the early evening gatherings, and the Church parades. The position of Il Tinello is superb and was a real treat for us. We were grateful for the warning about parking below the town and the steep walk up etc. All worked out well for us though. We found a lovely Agriturismo whilst trying to find our way to Il Tinello and would recommend it to anyone. We were so impressed we took our Italian friends there for a meal who were equally impressed. Villa Franca had everything we needed and Bar Nello was a good place to stop for coffee and Brioche. The views from the terrace were amazing and will live with us for a long time to come. We did go out, most days, site seeing and found Il Tinello an excellent base.

                                                              Very nice

                                                              Well laid out property, easy to reach, great views, excellent base for seeing north Tuscany and the coast.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your kind comments - we're pleased you enjoyed your stay. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to visit again.

                                                              Beautiful village, beautiful views

                                                              Hazel F.

                                                              The house is set in a delightful village and has glorious views across the valley. Eating or just sitting on the terrace is peaceful and captivating. The accommodation is well kept, well equipped and was just right for us. We had plenty to do within easy reach - markets (Villafranca on Friday), hilltop villages (Vezzano and Montecatini Alto) and shopping (Montecatini). On a previous visit we also we did Lucca and Pisa and had a day at the coast. We had a good choice of restaurants in nearby villages and towns, but also ate in. The trip to/from Pisa airport was swift and straightforward.

                                                              A gem.

                                                              Jill R.

                                                              This was our second stay in Alan and Carole's erie in Virgoletta, a hilltop village in Lunignana. The apartment, the village and surrounding country were as as perfect as last time. Il Tinello is sparkling clean, comfortable, well equipped and the view is the best we know. Alan and Carole pay meticulous attention to detail and to helping you make the most of your stay in the apartment and out and about exploring. Thank you both.

                                                              We had a wonderful week and recommend it to all our friends.

                                                              Excellent location

                                                              SarAh Walsh

                                                              We had a wonderful week staying in the apartment, it was well equipped and in a brilliant location. Terrace was great and the pool a short journey away. Really enjoyed it.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you we're delighted you enjoyed it. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to stay again.


                                                              Villafranca in Lunigiana MS, Italy

                                                              The shops, weekly markets, bars and restaurants of Bagnone and Villafranca are 5 to 10 minutes away by car. The local area is full of medieval castles and beautiful walks and to cool off there is an Olympic sized Swimming Pool, jacuzzi & children's leisure pools 2 km away or swimming in the river pools at Bagnone. At the swimming pool complex you can also play tennis on indoor or outdoor courts. Our apartment is centrally located for visiting Parma with it's beautiful architecture and gastronomic delights or the walled city of Lucca , to ride bicycles along the top of the city walls, visit the birthplace of Puccini or climb some of the many towers. For the beach lover, Marinella di Sarzana offers a choice of private and free public beaches and Lerici has two safe, sandy beaches and a beautiful castle. From here, take the ferry across to Portovenere to explore the beautiful Cinque Terre. Fosdinovo, 45 minutes away by car, has a beautiful castle, stunning views and a high ropes adventure park for all ages. Walkers are spoilt for choice in the Garfagnana region 30 minutes away by car. Shopping: Bargain hunters can visit the new discount shopping village at Brugnato just off the A12 autostrada 42km away. Golf: There is a golf club in Villafranca and a golf driving range and golf course at Ca del Moro outside Pontremoli, 30 minutes from the apartment. For extra fun, there's crazy golf, quad bikes and horse riding for children at Quercia, 12 km away, signposted from Aulla.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Rental includes cleaning and all linens apart from beach towels. Deposit £100. Heating in low season £10 per day, paid prior to travelling. Arrival 3 p.m.; departure by 10 a.m. unless by prior arrangement. Balance of rental payment and £100 breakage deposit to be paid 6 weeks before arrival by arrangement with owners. Access arrangements

                                                              16 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.8/5
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